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hauntedghost
02-01-2011, 12:34 PM
we all know that the best promo car is the hearse. the next best thing is a limo or a van of some sort. what can be the next best thing to drive around in to promote you haunt?

I have been looking in to this and the one comes to my mind is a flat bed. with a 4 feet high by 8 feet long bilborad. as you drive it down the streets people will see..

now the next best thing is that where to go right? my answer is middle and high schools, collages, malls, parks, teen hang outs. and most of all driving around town.

so my little Q and A is this.. what else can be the next best thing as a promo car for your haunt and also too where would you go to promote you haunt?

thanks! HG

hauntedghost
02-01-2011, 12:38 PM
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i think this can be a good one

legendsofthefog
02-01-2011, 03:16 PM
there are a ton of ways that you can promote your biz w/ an ad car... you could spend the money and wrap your personal vehicle... espeically if it is a larger car/van/suv/truck that has plenty of bulk to get noticed. If I didn't want to get rid of my truck I would wrap it in a heartbeat. That way... you have a vehicle that you travel everywhere in, and it isn't a chore to go out to those locations.

One idea I picked up from another business (non haunt) was take a mobile business vehicle, and put a clear plastic real estate box on the back with your flyers or special coupons inside... that way you can quantify a small amount of your results from your promo car.

http://www.legendsofthefog.com/images/vansmall.jpg
This is a pic of our promo van... it serves many purposes. We drive this behind our float in our local 4th of July parades. This is also a great 'troop carrier' for those parades and other events. We have also put LED light bars down the side to act as a illuminated billboard for our event at night. (We haven't yet but) We can make magnetic signs to stick to the side of the truck underneath of our graphics for different applications (i.e. turn right here).

Some friends of ours have also made an art car (I believe ol' Jim Warfield has a couple of these) They have an acting group out of the city and have labeled their 'art car' the "Brothership"
http://baltimorerockopera.org/wp-content/uploads/Brothership2-300x225.jpg They built this car for a Baltimore festival called Artscape. There is an art car parade... and they blew away the competition. They built a stage on the roof of the car (I believe its an old Volvo) and they are creating a mobile performance using the car as their stage.

the sky is the limit.

sts
02-01-2011, 11:41 PM
Our cars from The Battle Of The Haunted Houses
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm98/screamtheme/rods-1.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm98/screamtheme/tuneup-1.jpg

hauntedghost
02-02-2011, 08:14 AM
Our cars from The Battle Of The Haunted Houses
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm98/screamtheme/rods-1.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm98/screamtheme/tuneup-1.jpg

i love the hearses!!!

hauntedghost
02-02-2011, 08:16 AM
there are a ton of ways that you can promote your biz w/ an ad car... you could spend the money and wrap your personal vehicle... espeically if it is a larger car/van/suv/truck that has plenty of bulk to get noticed. If I didn't want to get rid of my truck I would wrap it in a heartbeat. That way... you have a vehicle that you travel everywhere in, and it isn't a chore to go out to those locations.

One idea I picked up from another business (non haunt) was take a mobile business vehicle, and put a clear plastic real estate box on the back with your flyers or special coupons inside... that way you can quantify a small amount of your results from your promo car.

http://www.legendsofthefog.com/images/vansmall.jpg
This is a pic of our promo van... it serves many purposes. We drive this behind our float in our local 4th of July parades. This is also a great 'troop carrier' for those parades and other events. We have also put LED light bars down the side to act as a illuminated billboard for our event at night. (We haven't yet but) We can make magnetic signs to stick to the side of the truck underneath of our graphics for different applications (i.e. turn right here).

Some friends of ours have also made an art car (I believe ol' Jim Warfield has a couple of these) They have an acting group out of the city and have labeled their 'art car' the "Brothership"
http://baltimorerockopera.org/wp-content/uploads/Brothership2-300x225.jpg They built this car for a Baltimore festival called Artscape. There is an art car parade... and they blew away the competition. They built a stage on the roof of the car (I believe its an old Volvo) and they are creating a mobile performance using the car as their stage.

the sky is the limit.

is the black car a old ups van???

Jim Warfield
02-02-2011, 10:48 AM
A Thunderbird through various metamorphisses.
A Nissan Truck
An Olds station wagon.
Each unique and an attention-getter.

legendsofthefog
02-02-2011, 07:04 PM
I would have to do some research on the title to find out exactly.... but probably. I think it was a dry cleaner or something before we bought it...

Jim - I still see something new every time I get on your site... So tell me... how many pounds... i mean tons of food does Mr. Tuxedo eat every day?

RJ Productions
02-04-2011, 01:44 PM
Here's a couple pics of the Jeckyll & Hyde Club "non-hearse" promo car.

I would think more in line with what your theme is.
We also have Hotel Fear so how about an old taxi?

Maybe you could utilize a delivery truck? A limo? a station wagon?
I have a hearse but have always wanted a different themed vehicle.
Would really love on old Checker Cab for the Hotel...but we never had Checker
Cabs in Vegas! Most of the old ones are back east!!

Dependant on if you are using the vehicle on the street, just at your attraction,
or maybe just a parade vehicle could also be a contributing factor.

Maybe you build a fantasy vehicle, like the Dragula coffin car.
If it's not a street legal vehicle you can get by with just a go cart motor
or maybe even a powered wheel chair.

Night Screams Studio had that large character that was based off a power wheel chair.
If you just want an on site "vehicle" who says it has to be a vehicle?
Motorize a autopsy table... a crypt.... a dog house...

Think outside the box...isn't that what we do best???

See everyone in a couple weeks!!!

Rich

damon carson
02-04-2011, 07:02 PM
I think the coolest promotional vehicle I have ever seen is a school bus the Edge of Hell made up to look like a prison bus. It had bars on the windows and everything. It was awesome and really got looks and major attention. At the same time had people worrying! Why is a prison bus pulling up to the haunted house. LOL! The second best I have ever seen is Jim Warfields spook mobiles. Go to hauntedravengrin.com to check the spookmobiles he has made over the years. I also like the Jeckyl & Hyde car. Its very cool!
Damon

Jim Warfield
02-04-2011, 07:58 PM
Oh, yeah?
You just like the prison bus more than my stuff because of those fond childhoolum memories of trying to wave "Bye-Bye" through the bars!
As the plane lands at Levenworth from the East coast with civilian and military prisoners the civilian prisoners are put into a bus with no guards, they get to roam around inside the cage doing whatever suits them whereas the military bus has guards and restraints and order!
My Son was an Mp. he was there.
Very scary civilian bus! Every man for himself!

psycho_ward
02-05-2011, 06:01 PM
Here is a picture of the back of my 2002 Dodge Durango that I got wrapped this year. One thing that I did to make sure that I don't have to change alot on the wrap year to year is I put our dates on a magnetic strip right under the "October" in the picture. This of course allows us to change dates each year for around $20. The whole wrap ended up costing $400 including the artwork. Sorry there is salt all over the back of my vehicle since we are in MI.

damon carson
02-05-2011, 08:20 PM
Jim Im sure if you could get your hands on a bus or any other unique larger vehicle like that you would make my favorite list. LOL!
Damon

Jim Warfield
02-06-2011, 10:50 AM
A "Haunted" boom-truck? I have begun thinking this would/could serve numerous tasks .
They often are fairly "cheap" (around here, at least), paint it wild, then in Oct, park it along the road with boom raised, dangling a display high in the air!
Since it is moble, drive to numerous locations in one day!
When "Jeepers Creepers" came out I saw a few 1949? Chevy/GMC cab-overs for sale and thought how fun that would be. Then as I was driving my 1989 Oldsmobile spookmobile through Mc Donald's drive through a kid pointed and said, "look! it's the car from "Jeepers Creepers!"
(A 89 Olds station wagon looks like a 1949 Cab-over semi?) Nutty!
Building a machine from the ground-up would be fun too!
I thought an open, 2 seater convert, sports car built to very much resemble a slimey slug like is found under a rotten board would be the ultimate!
Grey, wet/slippery looking, maybe featuring it's own slime-trail when you push a button?
Of course it would have a tremdous amount of immeadiate horsepower to accellerate with.
"I was just beaten off the line by a Slug!" (Slugs Are streamlined)

hauntedghost
02-06-2011, 02:40 PM
A "Haunted" boom-truck? I have begun thinking this would/could serve numerous tasks .
They often are fairly "cheap" (around here, at least), paint it wild, then in Oct, park it along the road with boom raised, dangling a display high in the air!



NOW this is what we all need!! a big ol' sign that says your haunt on the boom!

i like this!!!

Jim Warfield
02-06-2011, 02:56 PM
an object or critter instead of a mere sign is what should be done.
Words painted can be more easily ignored than an object or critter.
Even something dangling, twisitng in the breeze, breeze is free, a nice attention-getter too!
Maybe a foam copy of a grand piano with a caped Dracula playing it, hide the speaker in the piano!
Some huge hunting game critter dangling, maybe ever still strugling on the end of a cable.
Or a net full of big critters all singing for their supper?
A bag of King-Kong's gonads? ("whats a gonad Mommy?")
"Ask your Father."
hahahaah!

hauntedghost
02-07-2011, 10:45 AM
what about a car that was in the movies or tv show? aka the batmoblie or the scooby doo van from scooby doo, k.i.t.t. car for knight Rider, the munsters family car, or grandpa's Drac coffin car, etc.. i know that more prome cars can be made in too any things. like as a death car or the skull moblie..


it's funny that even a school bus can be a nice ad space for a haunt.

Karl Fields
02-07-2011, 07:52 PM
Here's a wrap from last year:

Jim Warfield
02-08-2011, 09:21 AM
"So u wanna tricky ride, maybe low and wide
Room for costumed monsters to ride inside?
You will need a motor that always runs
An accellerator that roars when you "Guns"!
Unbreakable brakes, real no fakes
A good excuse when chasing snakes
Design it wild, don't dim it
So even your Mother won't ride in it
Take it once to the store
And people will want to see it more
Take it on summer vacation
Spread the excitation
Red & Blue Cop lights at One-Hundred and Four
"A test Officer, making sure the bones stay on the door."
Cop lights gave you the heart attack?
(Not just "Lights", his daughter was in the back!)
Father with a loaded gun
Your fun....is....done.
Responsibilty falls so Heavy
Where's my brown ,chrome-less Chevy?
The Bright Side , in OCtober , many Will haunt your haunt
Because of the wild artistry you chose to flaunt
and even more young women will seek you out
(Just to give Their Daddy's something to worry about!)

damon carson
02-08-2011, 10:15 AM
Very clever. You never said you could rap! Ha ha! You must all your gold chains and top hat and clocks you hang around your neck packed away in the cellar. Yeeeaaahhh Boooyyeee!
Damon