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Raycliff Manor
11-06-2008, 09:42 AM
How many haunted attractions plan to be open for Spring Break next year? We did this for two weekends last year and had a pretty good turn out for our first time doing it. Of course, now we've moved to a new location so it'll have to be test run again. Also, are there haunted attractions out there that do theme parties and/or weddings? I'd love to hear your insights and experiences! Feel free to email me at info@eurekascreams.com if you'd be willing to share or discuss. Thanks!

Kel

Dr Spooktakular
11-06-2008, 10:46 AM
What is your definition of pretty good? 50 per night, 100 per night, 200 per night?
We're pondering this.

lurker
11-06-2008, 03:00 PM
Doesn't the time of spring break vary for different schools? Do you have a college near by that you open for?

drfrightner
11-07-2008, 05:06 AM
Cydney Neil did this and said it was very successful she called it SCREAM BREAK... I don't know how successful it really can be without a very successful marketing effort. With the Darkness we plan on opening it year around after this March... we will rebuild the WHOLE ENTIRE Darkness for Transworld show, then from that date on we will never let the haunt be out of commission. What we plan on doing is opening for groups, conventions stuff like this... we joined our local convention associations and we get leads on groups. Some of those groups are 10,000 plus people...if we can book 1000 for $25.00 per person it makes it worth opening for one night only.

We are hiring someone to book the groups I will let you know how it turns out.

As for SPRING BREAK... yes we are opening FOR THE HAUNT SHOW!!!! LOL

Larry

bhays
11-07-2008, 09:00 AM
I think we are going to try it. I have a fellow doing an independent film on haunts who wants to shoot some film before next fall, etc. so we thought we would give it a shot.

We're just going to open one Friday and Saturday and call it Scream break... do some radio and really hit the Myspace Facebook stuff...

I don't expect much, but we're going to try it out. It gives us some goals for build team to stay on schedule if nothing else.

thehauntedhall
11-07-2008, 06:36 PM
has anyone ever thought of opening up like around christmas break? we are thinking about doing it maybe for a weekend before christmas and call it the nightmare before christmas and change a few scenes up but it would mainly be kinda like a encore for people..alot of people are home for the holidays and there is usually nothing to do you know

Jim Warfield
11-07-2008, 06:54 PM
Here in northwestern Illinois the weather calls the shots.
I have people get all very excited about being here around Christmas then we have --10 degrees, ice and snow...so forget it!

brad
11-08-2008, 11:11 AM
How many haunted attractions plan to be open for Spring Break next year? We did this for two weekends last year and had a pretty good turn out for our first time doing it. Of course, now we've moved to a new location so it'll have to be test run again. Also, are there haunted attractions out there that do theme parties and/or weddings? I'd love to hear your insights and experiences! Feel free to email me at info@eurekascreams.com if you'd be willing to share or discuss. Thanks!

Kel

Kel, go for it man.

The only downside is though, that ya'll dont get to be in a parade again, like ya'll did last year.


......Man that was fun. I was SO warn out after that parade!

Raycliff Manor
11-09-2008, 10:25 AM
Larry wrote: "What we plan on doing is opening for groups, conventions stuff like this... we joined our local convention associations and we get leads on groups."

Larry, this is exactly what we are looking to do. The joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau is awesome and very helpful. We're not sure what all conventions and/or groups come to the area as of yet, but I'm about to investigate that as well.

In answer to the question what is good attendance, I guess it depends on the specific haunts overhead. Because we are now purchasing the property and because we are a for-profit and pay our Fright Team members, our overhead may be higher than others. The way we looked at it last year, it was an investment in our Fright Team. It gave them another opportunity to get together and sustain the Fright Team bond. It also served as an opportunity to keep our attraction on the forefront of the press and media and to further brand Raycliff Manor. In the best case scenario, some profit will be made to be invested in improvements and even greater marketing and advertising efforts!:-D

You definitely want to find out when the college/s in your area are having their spring break. I'm wondering if it would be better to be open the weekend Spring Break begins, or at the end of the break. My inclination would be to do it at the beginning before all the money is spent. Any thoughts or insights from anyone on this?

Brad, you are more than welcome to come join us at Raycliff Manor again any time! Your high energy when haunting is definitely contageous and you inspired the team!!!

Kel

Raycliff Manor
11-09-2008, 10:28 AM
Oh yeah, I agree with Jim... We get harsh winter weather here so we can't even take a risk on trying to be open for the Christmas holidays. We'll be taking down our facade and storing it inside in the next couple of weeks and it'll stay in storage until spring. I wish we could give the Christmas Holidays a go though. If I were still on the West Coast I would probably try it.

Kel

brad
11-09-2008, 08:27 PM
Brad, you are more than welcome to come join us at Raycliff Manor again any time! Your high energy when haunting is definitely contageous and you inspired the team!!!

Kel


Thanks a lot Kel. I would love to come back up there for you guys.


I know we had tons of fun those 2 nights!!!!

HauntedPhantom
11-10-2008, 03:17 AM
I'm sure those of us that are home haunts could never make it work over spring break or anytime other than halloween for that matter. :(

KroneDaddy
11-10-2008, 04:21 AM
has anyone ever thought of opening up like around christmas break?

A friend in Nashville did this Scrooge re-dress of his haunted attraction with a great story line, etc. It was awesome. Unfortunately it did no business. All that work for nothing. The few that did see the show agreed it was spectacular.

Go figure

KDaddy

JamBam
01-05-2009, 10:15 AM
We are thinking of opening for Spring Break as well. I have researched the state high scholl database and colleges. The following is a website I found from Panama City, Florida that lists the colleges across America schedule. Here it is in case anyone could use it. http://www.panamacitymetro.com/springbreakdates.html

Boni
01-05-2009, 01:30 PM
I would open the weekend after Spring Break because many people have either already left Friday morning or Friday evening, or are leaving at the crack of dawn Saturday morning, so going out the night before would not be in the plans. This assumes you are trying to get the vacationers to come too.

A lot of these people will be back in town by the following Friday or Saturday to recoup for a day or two before going back to school/work.

Now if you are not after the vacation crowd and want to focus on those poor souls who are hanging around at home, the first weekend would probably be better.

The first weekend might be better this year as less people will be taking long spring breaks to Florida, Texas, Arizona and instead staying home and looking for local fun stuff.

Jim Warfield
01-06-2009, 12:54 AM
Last night I saw ten college kids come here, many of them for the first time.
I asked them what was the reason they came here?
Every break they get together and decided which place to go and see that sounds like it is haunted.
They have been to open fields, dirt roads, the last dirt road there was a dead deer, it's head severed, no bullet wounds, no marks showing how it may have died.
So since I now knew what their main intrest was I quit showing them my French postcard collections and delved into the expanded haunted history since I normally can only tell/talk just so much and then runn the risk of boring someone or scaring them too much to ever allow them to return here.
They seemed to really like my presentation and enthusiastically told me they did and started planning who they would be brining next!

Tom
01-09-2009, 05:51 AM
The Dungeon Haunted Ride will open during spring break and will be our 4th year doing it. It's worth it if you're in the right area and promote it. We're opening friday, March 13th (as in Friday the 13th) this year.
Then we're open every weekend thru the spring/summer season.

Tom

Raycliff Manor
01-09-2009, 07:15 PM
Our spring break event is taking place the 13th, 13th, 20th and 21st to accomodate the are college break schedules. Like you Tom, we're going to really play up the Friday the 13th in our promotions! :)

Kel

Jim Warfield
01-09-2009, 07:57 PM
"Well! We're HERE!"
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"Don't you know what night it is?"
"?"
"It's Dracula's Birthday!"
Yes this is the actual conversation one time at my ticket window.
Maybe the Haunt business needs to compile a special calender of these special days?

Like: The release date of the Universal Frankenstein-Dracula, Mummy movies.
Serial killer's Birthdays? Maybe not?
Friday 13eeenz. Invention of the electric chair? The Guilotine? The Chainsaw?
Invention of the first rubber mask? Latex mask?
Lon Chaney Sr.'s B-Day.("Man of a 1,000 faces", back before most of the make-up things today were even invented.
So we want to promote , just flip this calender and pick something.

brad
01-09-2009, 11:46 PM
Our spring break event is taking place the 13th, 13th, 20th and 21st to accomodate the are college break schedules. Like you Tom, we're going to really play up the Friday the 13th in our promotions! :)

Kel

WOW!!! You're gonna be open on the 13th... AND the 13th?!?!?! Man thats impressive. LOL!

Who'd ya'll manage to pull that off?

(Sorry Kel, I just had to poke fun for a minute)

Raycliff Manor
01-10-2009, 08:03 AM
LMAO Brad... I should have posted 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st. This is what happens whan a man tries to multi-task! LOL

Kel

JamBam
01-10-2009, 08:44 AM
Warfield, you are a genius (again)!

A calendar with all the haunted, dark, and macbre stuff on the dates they occurred.

It could open up lots of PR events during the year for the haunt!!!!

Now, I started a thread for ideas for the days people on this list know of. I am drawing a blank at present, but this could be good. It could be put into a calendar printing website for us to buy a copy or two.