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Motograter
02-17-2008, 03:51 PM
So how many of you sell concessions at your attractions? Do you think it's worth the bux? What do you sell?

MindWerxKMG
02-17-2008, 03:57 PM
We sell softdrinks, water, assorted bagged chips, candy and popcorn. We also sell glow necklaces. Definitely worth it!

Bill Schnell
02-17-2008, 04:04 PM
For us concessions have only worked this past season when we had a really good turn out. If you have large crowds of people and it takes a while to get in (not that that is a good thing) they are more likely to buy concessions. If the line is short, then they will probably just go through and hit up a McDonalds or something after. I think that glow stuff and t-shirts always sell well.

AW
02-18-2008, 09:48 AM
We have done concessions at both Farm/country events such as hayrides and haunted trails and barns as well as city evnts with just a haunted attration.
You have a more captive audience with the rural events and we were netting about $1.50 per person of the total attendece example if we did 2000 people in a night we would net $3000 after expenses . In the city people were less app to stick around and eat and were were netting about .75 per person. We did well woth glow products also wew sold more of our shrits and hats if the concession stands were open to draw the customers in for food. We also did a photo op that went over real well.

neffuri27
02-19-2008, 09:05 AM
We have made a large amount of money in the past selling concessions at Scream Farm. We sold hotdogs, drinks in cans, cotton candy which we make a ton of and
popcorn, oh and candy bars and chips as well as some small halloween type noveltys.
In 2007 just as soon as Halloween was over I hit wal-mart and CVS and Big Lots
and bought up a lot of their little halloween novelties for pennies on the dollar
and I am going to sell those this coming year if all goes well with us getting a new
building.
I purchased a carnival sized Cotton Candy machine and a very large popcorn
machine outright with my own money and it has worked out really well!

Huggs and Screams
Kimmy

Jim Warfield
02-19-2008, 09:10 AM
For the first number of years I had someone else do the whole food-thing my only tie-in was I provided electricity, they got all the profits but also had all the headaches.
For a few years now charitys have food stands but the amount of their sales dropped off alot when we began reservations so people were not idly standing around so much anymore(as someone else stated ahead of me)
by the time people drive several hours just to arrive here most teenagers don't have extra money to spend on tee-shirts, ex cetra.
Of course sometimes the charity food stands could be found selling cold pop on a freezing cold night and selling hot chocolate during a warm night. Certain products sell better depending upon the weather too.

tkaska
03-31-2008, 03:24 PM
I highly recommend selling food/drinks at your haunt -- you're missing out on a ton of money if you don't. We also sell glow necklaces and Halloween novelties in a wide price range variety. One thing's for sure, if they have a nickel, they'll spend it......besides, drink companies (Coke, Pepsi, etc) LOVE to sponsor these events and a lot of the time, depending on your local rep, will throw in "freebies" for the event like banners, hats, t-shirts, etc. Go for it!

spookhaven
03-31-2008, 05:45 PM
Our first year in business and we sold both glow pins, necklaces, and fiberoptic wands. They did really well. We had a local organization provide food and keep the profit. Problem was they didn't walk out into the line of people to sell their products. This year, we are going to control it much more. I am considering calling the local JC's and see if they will bring in their trailer. It will be more visible and folks will purchase while standing in line. Definately get the glow items, you make a lot of money on them. Stick with simple for the food to see if it works.

graystone
03-31-2008, 08:40 PM
Full service menu at Graystone Manor its Called Dead Debbies Diner seats 125 people we sell
Popcorn
Cotton Candy
Pretzles
Nachos
Polish Dogs
Roasted Hot Dogs
Chili Cheese Fries
Chicken on a Stick
Hand Dipped Corn Dogs
Funnel Cakes
Cheese Sticks
Carmel Apples
Candy Apples
Pizza
Chicken Fingers
Water
Coffee & Hot Chocolate
Fountain Drinks
We have a no wait in line policy where we issue tokens and you wait for your tokens to be called so the food does great for us.

Jim Warfield
03-31-2008, 09:56 PM
I have never understood selling glow sticks that will then be taken into your light-controlled haunted show. ??
If you had a movie theater would you be selling cherry bombs?
"Oh! Reginaldo I love you! When I think of the first time that we met I remember."BANG!" "Yes my dear, then I softly touched your "BANG!"
"And do you know who the murderer is? I do, it's "BANG!" no one else has figured this out."
"I just came here to hear the Academy Award nominated best sound track for best song."
"BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!: (furthermore)..."BANG!"

I know, you make "Money" selling them, but what about the ruination of everything that you tried to accomplish with your show ?
Will the non-glowing customers be understanding when you ruined it for them so you could fill your cash drawer? They just might not come back next time..
If an entire room full walks in glowing I make them sit on them until I am done with the first room, after that they can glow all they wish, as long as it is not a mixed group , otherwise they get taken and given back later.

Haunted Illinois
03-31-2008, 10:40 PM
Amen, Jim! I hate those pesky glow things. Speaking as a haunted house patron, I have had countless haunt tours ruined by such things. As Jim stated, most haunts have low lighting and there is a reason for it... to set the mood for the attraction or to hide actor(s) from sight. Artificial light sources (glow sticks, bracelets, etc) often ruin these surprises, scares and take away from the atmosphere the haunt is trying to create. Yes, you may make a few dollars selling them, but in the long run, they may do you more harm than good. Non-glowing patrons like myself actually enjoy going through an attraction without a night-light. When I go through an attraction and one or more people in the group have these artificial light sources, it just ruins the entire tour for me. Just my two cents.

xxxdirk
04-01-2008, 12:06 AM
I do not sell glow sticks at my haunt, but I do sell blinky things that flash. (Insert smart ass Warfield response here) So yeah the blinky things that flash , but they can be turned on and off. When we are giving the rules we ask people to make sure to laeve them off in the haunt and explain that if they turn them on, theyu are just going to ruin it for themselves. The nice thing about the blinkies is you can only sell the glow sticks for $2 or so, whereas we were selling blinkies for $5-$7! Plus a good selling point is many of the blinkies like rings have REPLACEABLE batteries, compared to the glow sticks which last for a few hours.....

If anyone wants contact info for blinkies, shoot me a message

spookhaven
04-01-2008, 12:48 PM
I do stand corrected about the glowing things, mine are flashing and they do get turned off.

We also have a childrens section that the parents can drop their kids off while the go through the haunt. In most cases, the flashing/blinking things go along with the children. Our rule of thumb is to have them shut off as well. We don't allow any additional lighting in the main haunt.

tkaska
04-01-2008, 01:05 PM
Greystone ~
Love the "no waiting in line" policy -- thanks! I've been wondering if anyone has a food token system that worked! We have several activites that we're switching over to a token system this year so we don't have so many staff handling cash....anybody else have a unique system to keep folks moving along?

mindtumor
04-01-2008, 01:40 PM
Full service menu at Graystone Manor its Called Dead Debbies Diner seats 125 people we sell
Popcorn
Cotton Candy
Pretzles
Nachos
Polish Dogs
Roasted Hot Dogs
Chili Cheese Fries
Chicken on a Stick
Hand Dipped Corn Dogs
Funnel Cakes
Cheese Sticks
Carmel Apples
Candy Apples
Pizza
Chicken Fingers
Water
Coffee & Hot Chocolate
Fountain Drinks
We have a no wait in line policy where we issue tokens and you wait for your tokens to be called so the food does great for us.

How well does it work calling the tokens?

graystone
04-01-2008, 01:54 PM
The tokens are used for the haunted house when you arrive you can see by the post how long your wait is. By this it allows people time to eat, listen to the band, watch movies or just hang out. We call 50 tokens at a time then they are put into a holding area then from there its broke down to 6 to 8 per group. So when you hear the annonunce say the doctor will now see persons holding a knife ( they look at the back of their token and if it has a knife on it then you know its your turn and if it has another item on it then you know its not your turn. And so on and so on.....P.S. what does everyone think of our menu?

mindtumor
04-01-2008, 01:56 PM
The tokens are used for the haunted house when you arrive you can see by the post how long your wait is. By this it allows people time to eat, listen to the band, watch movies or just hang out. We call 50 tokens at a time then they are put into a holding area then from there its broke down to 6 to 8 per group. So when you hear the annonunce say the doctor will now see persons holding a knife ( they look at the back of their token and if it has a knife on it then you know its your turn and if it has another item on it then you know its not your turn. And so on and so on.....P.S. what does everyone think of our menu?

That is a really good idea. Do you just collect the tokens and reuse them?

graystone
04-01-2008, 06:07 PM
Yes we have seveal tokens sizzors, knife,razor,saw ect and issue 50 at a time we have 10 different symbols. They were made for us they are professional poker chips. The symbol on one side and Graystone Manor on the other and yes we collect them back and reuse them they run about 80-90 cents each if you buy at least 1000.00 if you wanted a cheaper way you could just buy solid colored chips or make your own and do it by colors. Actually we did they out frist year. Still no comment I think we have a good menu!

Haunted Illinois
04-01-2008, 06:19 PM
Graystone,

You might want to try ChainsawChips ( http://www.chainsawchips.com/ ) to make your custom poker chips. Their minimum order is only 100 pcs @ $0.80 per chip. If your order is more than 500 chips, they only run $0.70 per chip. All you have to do is send them your custom artwork for the front & back and they can even print text along the side of the chip for you, if you want.

I had them customize some for me for Transworld and I couldn't be happier with them.

SomeThingInTheIce
04-01-2008, 06:24 PM
I think its a great menu, a lot to pick from.

graystone
04-01-2008, 06:58 PM
Thanks Haunted thats actually who makes ours but its good you put their sight up for others. Also Thanks Somethings we think its a good choice too.

Haunted Illinois
04-01-2008, 07:26 PM
I agree. It's a good selection to choose from. I've been to many Haunts that don't have half that menu. Some don't have food at all.

I like your idea of using tokens. A local haunter I knew used numbered tickets for his haunt. He had a carnival midway in the center, with the haunted attraction surrounding it. Patrons could play games, eat, watch movies played on projection screens, etc until their number came up. He had several TV monitors set up around the midway to display the current ticket number. Patrons could go to the entrance of the haunt if their ticket number was greater than the number displayed on the TV screens. Since I didn't run the haunt, I don't know the specifics, but he told me it worked out very well. As a result, there were a lot fewer complaints from people having to wait in line, as they were entertained the entire time.

graystone
04-01-2008, 07:44 PM
I agree there are fewer complaints because with everything we offer live band, movies, eating ect they dont feel like they wait is that long and instead of standing in a line a mile long they are spending$$$$$$$$. And we all know this is a good thing.