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xtremecreator
09-28-2008, 09:47 AM
We are looking at a way to get the media to our haunt. We were thinking toys for tots or coats for kids but would like to be more creative.

Any Ideas????

Thank You,
John

Nightgore
09-28-2008, 10:03 AM
Do some creative media invites! For instance, if your haunt is a haunted hospital... get a few of those cardboard boxed that say "human organ" on it... fold it up and fill it with those foam packing "peanuts"... then get a foam/plastic body part to put in the box. On the body part, put a tag on it that has all your info:

What
When
Where
Times
Website
etc., etc.


This is a creative way to get the media out to your event. Just a thought! -Tyler

SpFXChic
09-29-2008, 11:26 AM
On behalf of Jonathan from RFR, check this out:

http://www.costumesforkids.net/

Similar to a Toys for Tots, etc, but Halloween related!

shawnc
09-29-2008, 04:52 PM
Our local newspaper had an informal Best Tamale Contest every year that came about when one of the editors mentioned that someone had brought him some great tamales. Interesting the way it took off.

Anyway, the most recent winner had the tamales delivered by a couple of attractive scantily clad women. Were they the best ever? Who knows? The editor was too busy watching the women while he was eating to make an informed decision. But he did say there were the best.

How about sending personal invitations with a costumed character? Or find a business across the street from the newspaper/TV office or at the nearest intersection that wants to cross-promote with you that will allow one or more actors to run around out front attracting attention. Be sure to do this on a slow news day (or actually the day before the lightest news day).

drfrightner
09-29-2008, 05:54 PM
If you hire a good PR firm you wont' have to do any of that, they'll get your more press than you can handle. As with any field there is someone who's an expert, someone who knows all the inside scoop and they know how to get you what you need. The media doesn't find these stories by chance someone pitches them to them.

Hire a GOOD PR FIRM it pays for itself the first day!

Larry

shawnc
09-29-2008, 10:39 PM
Great idea Larry. But it has to be a GOOD one.

Haunting Copy
09-29-2008, 11:54 PM
Somewhere on this forum there was a discussion about holding a "press night." That might hold some good info.

If you're looking to have the media there *while* the haunt is in operation, you might consider offering a game, or a challenge of some sort.

If I were a reporter, I would think it would be fun to receive an invitation to do a scavenger hunt, of sorts.

Let's say someone comes to the office, dressed in costume, and hands a mysterious package to an editor/reporter. Inside the package is a bloody hand which is clasping a message. The message then tells the editor/reporter where to go next for the next message. And so on.

Maybe each message could be a riddle? Not too hard, though - you know editors. (j/k, shawnc!)

Sarah

Transfusion Tom
09-30-2008, 02:56 AM
Considering the current state of the market and with the election just a few short weeks away, if you haven't locked in a lot of marketing it's gonna be hard to push into with all the political ads and breaking news stories, etc.

Haunting Copy
09-30-2008, 03:22 AM
Considering the current state of the market and with the election just a few short weeks away, if you haven't locked in a lot of marketing it's gonna be hard to push into with all the political ads and breaking news stories, etc.


But gosh, they still have to have *some* fun segments in their shows, don't they?

Sarah