PDA

View Full Version : Are you open Halloween night this year?



bhays
10-26-2005, 12:47 PM
It's a Monday night, probably be slow, but we are gonna give it a shot.

Rachel
10-26-2005, 01:21 PM
Saturday will be our last night. Hopefully Sunday and Monday we can spend some time actually seeing other haunts.

lurker
10-26-2005, 03:14 PM
Saturday will be our last night. Hopefully Sunday and Monday we can spend some time actually seeing other haunts....that will make us feel better about ours.

xxxdirk
10-26-2005, 04:32 PM
Last year, Sunday the 31st we did about 300. Not overally busy, but just right. Super busy nights are fun for the money you make and the night seems to fly by and you get to scare the crap out of a lot of people, but there is also a lot of stress and sometimes the actors feel like a fast food worker:
"RARHHHHHHH!, you want fries with that? Ok, next, RARAHHHHH! ok, move on I have another group right behind you! Oh great!, the're doing the locomotion line, come on people and we're walking and we're walking and RARAHHHHHHH!!

Quiteer nights are more fun cause you can really mess with people

bhays
10-26-2005, 05:04 PM
46 viewers and only 9 votes...wow, what a bunch of lurkers :wink:

Raycliff Manor
10-26-2005, 06:43 PM
We're open tomorrow night through October 31st, the next 5 nights, and then we're closing up for the season. We've got the month of October to get everything disassembled, organized and stored away til nest year. That's when I collapse for a day or two! :lol:

Kel

Chris
10-26-2005, 09:46 PM
We will be open.

I suspect it will be fairly busy.

slash
10-27-2005, 06:33 AM
We tried it 2 years ago. Never again. We didn't get enough people to make it worth staying open.

Ironman
10-27-2005, 08:00 AM
Traditionally a very slow night, but everything is set up and we have a very eager staff, so why not? Knowing that it will probably be a short night, chances are we will order in pizzas for our crew for a little after hours relaxation and enjoyment. The REAL cast party will take place when the last wall panel is taken down and packed away.

10-27-2005, 08:37 AM
We are open on Halloween. Because of our proximity to Detroit where there is a 7:00 pm curfew in effect on both the 30th and Halloween a lot of people come to our haunt for something to do on those nights. Halloween has been our best night of the season both years so far. We anticipate that being the case this year as well.

Howie "Slobber" Erlich
Deadly Intentions Haunted House
www.deadlyintentionshaunt.com

Jim Warfield
10-27-2005, 08:57 AM
I can see the Monday-thing making it a painfully slow night.
For the last three Oct.31st's we have been open for normal tours til 9 pm then had "Ghost Seekers night . People would spend possibly all night in the wine cellar with video cameras and other ghost hunting equiptment.
Last year of the six people paying us to do this and the other dozen saying they would be here and pay that night, only one person showed up, then some of the paying no-shows asked for a refund.
Few were ever dissappointed because of a lack of strange happenings down there, though.
As busy and as tired as I get this month, just the thought of then staying up all night to babysit this event drags me down.
Like it or not, Halloween night is a special and different night or at least always has been here.
Maybe it has just more to do with the physical rotation of this planet and the creation of "Time" as we measure and feel it?
Oct. 31st is THE day of the entire year that has the largest difference between clock-measured time and solar measured time, it is a whole 16 minutes difference that one day . Books charting time in building sundials tells all about this.
Maybe seeing ghosts is just a time-warp sort of thing?
Two nights before or after the full moon each month is also a potentially active time (at least in this house)
I didn't come to this house with much of a thought or belief in ghosts but after numerous customers coming through here kept giving me the credit for making a special effect in the northeast corner of the wine cellar and they all described her the same each time, then I began to wonder?
Happy Halloween! It might just be MORE than you allowed yourself to realise.

SpFXChic
10-27-2005, 09:16 AM
We're always open on Halloween. Once we tried to stay open on Nov. 1, since it fell on a Saturday, but we won't do that again. Staying open on 11/01 just wasn't worth it. Usually we do about 1000 on Halloween. Only a little over 800 last year, but that's because we had a blizzard, and we ended up closing early for the safety of the customers and our actors.

It always-without-a-doubt snows here on Halloween... :cry:

Raycliff Manor
10-27-2005, 11:04 AM
The weather forecast is looking really good for the remaining nights here so we're hoping to have huge crowds! We're really hoping to break even this year so we can start planning for a profitable year next year. :) With this being only our 2nd year and with all the improvements we made this year, we'll be doing really well if we break even! Of course, if we do larger numbers than we're anticipating and we make a profit this year, that'll be icing on the cake :!: :D

Kel

Jim Warfield
10-27-2005, 11:07 AM
Hey there Raycliff, you must be doing "something" right if you aren't breaking even , yet you can still find a way to have cake, even if you can't afford the icing! hahahah!

HauntedWebby
10-27-2005, 01:08 PM
We'll be open on Monday. All our other Monday's haven't too bad, so why not.

On Nov 1st we have a goth wedding :roll: Then the haunted house is closed, but we are booked till Dec 17th for ghost tours.

Scareview
10-27-2005, 01:16 PM
We are open til 10, not really knowing what to expect. Last year on Halloween our numbers were great! Can't wait to make new plans for next year after we see our profits.

jason
10-27-2005, 02:02 PM
Last year, Sunday the 31st we did about 300. Not overally busy, but just right. Super busy nights are fun for the money you make and the night seems to fly by and you get to scare the crap out of a lot of people, but there is also a lot of stress and sometimes the actors feel like a fast food worker:
"RARHHHHHHH!, you want fries with that? Ok, next, RARAHHHHH! ok, move on I have another group right behind you! Oh great!, the're doing the locomotion line, come on people and we're walking and we're walking and RARAHHHHHHH!!

Quiteer nights are more fun cause you can really mess with people welcome to my world. oh boy do we ever get busy on nights like that. last nigt (wed.) we were pretty busy for a while. all you can do is set and reset at times and be on your improv. toes! we are open on oct. 31st but it really is never too busy! should haunted house be open on oct.31st??? what do you guys think??

ScarlettP
10-28-2005, 06:34 AM
We're really hoping to break even this year so we can start planning for a profitable year next year. :)

Tell me about it! :roll: I'm hoping for an amazing turn out this week end so I can pay off SOME of the credit cards I ran up for the haunt. Oh well. I'm chalking this year up as a "learing experiance." I'm learning a lot of things that you don't find in books, like who my real friends are and how much some people really do love haunts - or at least they like to support the underdog. IF we had managed to stay in our orginal location, we probably would have had really good numbers, but that last minute move really hurt us. PLUS it was a lot of unexpected expence to buy all that plywood! BUT we have nice plywood walls for next year.

AND I'm more determined than ever to find us a permenant building - ON COMMERCIAL PROPERTY! My mother is even jumping in saying that she will help us get a building. That, my friends and haunters, is a mirical. I think she's finally seeing the light, that haunting is not just a hobby, it CAN BE a business and we are very determined to make a go of it.

(Did I ever mention that my mom is an accountant and quite well off financially speaking?)

drfrightner
10-28-2005, 02:32 PM
Wouldn't even THINK of not opening on Halloween. That should be a crime punishable by death to haunted house owners if you don't open on Halloween.

Halloween for us is NEVER a Saturday or Friday night in October but its close and will beat any other Sunday, Thursday or whatever night hands down. We're hoping for a BIG turnout this Halloween.

Crowds have been coming late this year so we're hoping for the best.

Something NEW for me this year...I won't be at my haunt this Halloween atleast not at first. I will be running my sons haunted house in the back yard and handing out candy. Then we're going trick or treating. I'm really excited.

I got home last night and stayed up until 4am making signs for the haunted house.

Larry

KroneDaddy
10-29-2005, 12:05 AM
Absoloutely! I do the haunted house, in part , because of Halloween, to not do it wouldn't seem right. Pkus people around here start late in the season and seem to want to go out on Halloween to haunts. Wait until the last minute.

Timmy