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Haunts of Richmond
02-09-2009, 05:42 PM
Are there any haunts with unique road signs or messaging boards? We're trying to think of the best and most cost effective way to have signage on the road leading to our haunt. Last year we used a giant foam board and cut out "Blood Lake Open Tonight" and stuck it to a lit up messaging board. Then we took red flood lights and put them behind the sign. It looked okay... because we didn't have the time or the funds to do any better.

Any cool ideas? Or maybe suggestions for places that sell novelty boards?

stonegate
02-09-2009, 06:43 PM
I'd be happy to quote you customized signs for your haunt---something a lot more durable than foam. I have a 4x8 CNC router and am always looking to work load it.

you can check out some of my work here:

http://s496.photobucket.com/albums/rr328/Stonegate-Creations-Studio/CNC%20projects/?albumview=slideshow

Fred
Stonegate Creations Studio
Corpus Christi, Texas

spookhaven
02-09-2009, 09:17 PM
If you are looking for signage to put out on the highway and direct folks to your haunt I got mine from www.speedysignsUSA.com. You can design your own online and approve. They were 16x24 corrugated full color and great looking signs. I uploaded our logo and put website and some THIS WAY. They were great and people were looking for them.

Another great place to order full digital color banners are www.wholesalebannerz.com. I can't find them any cheaper for the good quality.

Not sure if this is what you are looking for but good product for the money. Hope this helps.

Jim Warfield
02-09-2009, 11:02 PM
I bought the expensive weather-proof sign board, painted and cut it to look like my house.
Then across it I screwed sheet metal indivdual letters across it with my message. Being actually physically raised from the surface gave it the ability to make slightly moving highlights or shadowing from these letters as a car drove passed.
Because I used two pieces of wood I didn't try to hide the fact, I accentuated it by cutting a jagged edge between the pieces to make it look like the house was cracking into two pieces.
This sign also advertised the chamber of commerce graveyard tours .

Motograter
02-10-2009, 10:55 AM
The last two years we have made large signs out of thin plywood painted orange with black lettering. Then we had a generator out front hooked up to red flood lights and those red flasher lights. This year I would like to buy one of those electric arrow signs that light up and maybe on a few weekend nights rent those large spotlights that you can see for miles.

mindtumor
02-10-2009, 11:05 AM
We need better signage at the road. Heck we need to be by the road.

Haunts of Richmond
02-10-2009, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. Keep 'em coming. Even with our poor sign last year, we still had people come visit us just because they saw it lit up by the road.

tkaska
02-10-2009, 02:14 PM
What are some things you guys do to keep people from stealing your signs? We're out in the country, so lighting our signs is a problem. We thought we'd solved it with solar powered uplighting -- but someone stole the signs, the lights, everything! There really isn't anything to chain it to....it's a farm to market road so we can't really put anything big and heavy out there.

Jim Warfield
02-11-2009, 07:41 PM
Put your sign up real high to discourage theft.
Then pour 100's of gallons of water where they would have to put the feet of their ladder or dig a pit there, cover it with sticks and leaves...
They sell hunter cameras that snap pictures automatically when something passes by they are small products and even come camoflauged.
Maybe just buy an old big truck with a box on the back and paint your sign on it.

Raycliff Manor
02-12-2009, 08:21 AM
For banners, we use www.worldsbestbanners.com Very affordable and outstanding service and quality!

Fred, do you make and sell the skulls? If so, please let me know the price. Thanks!

Kel

Brandon_K
02-20-2009, 03:43 PM
Sigh.

I was all excited for this thread. I thought we were talking about construction road signage.

http://blog.wired.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/02/05/zombies_in_texas_oh_yeah.jpg

Don_OfThe_Dead
03-16-2009, 02:08 AM
Maybe just buy an old big truck with a box on the back and paint your sign on it.

This is exactly what I want to do- just strip off the rear trailer and lay some thick plywood down- place sign on front and kazamm! you got your road sign...
and I'll just use that to drive around from about mid sept-end of oct. Free advertising everywhere I go.

Phil Miller
03-24-2009, 02:35 PM
buy a pre-built 4 x 8" trailer from Tractor Supply for $350 (no floor), weld a 10' x 12' x 12" metal frame and attach it to the trailer, have two really cool vinyl banner printed up. ( $260) Circle Graphics, back lite the sign by adding a light inside.




Phil Miller

NightstalkerEntertainment
04-11-2009, 06:30 PM
Once approach for the road sign that we did last year was contacted a local print shop that made signs. We asked them if they would sponsor us by making a sign for us and they were all for the idea. We came out in the end with a great sign (for free) and we gave them free tickets to our haunt. If you have a local shop such as this in your general area you should definitly approach them with the idea.

legendsofthefog
04-14-2009, 05:07 PM
I would love to connect with a local construction company to hook up one of those road signs... original... no... but it might generate the attention from the road that we need.

Our location is less than 3 miles from I-95 in Maryland... and we have a lot of trouble with the county trying to get our signs displayed. Our first year, the county confiscated all of our corrugated signs on Monday after the week we opened. Our county also had ridiculous rules for a 'legal' sign in front of our haunt. It had to be less than 32 square feet and more than 35' from the edge of the road... a little excessive I think...

Our way around it... we bought an old UPS delivery truck... painted it black... then turned it into a huge billboard. As long as you are legally parked... if its on wheels, they can't do anything about it!! A haunt near me has a towering sign above I-95 that sprouts out of the back of an old pick-up truck. I don't think the state can do anything about it... pretty clever.

Haunted Farm
04-18-2009, 05:58 AM
We use the 18 x 24 Corrugated signs around our haunt. At the both ends of the roads leading to the haunt we put a banner 3 x 4 with our logo on it and arrows. We to have the problem of being in the country and not having lighting.
Because of the cost of getting the 18x24 signs done, I purchased a vinyl cutter and do my own signs. If anyone would like signs cut I would be happy to help them out, send me a PM.

monsterwax
04-18-2009, 11:23 AM
Someone said they needed to be near the road. That really only leaves two options: Move the haunt closer to road, or move the road closer to the haunt. I'm reminded of those classic Horror Hotel type movies where they go out and place "detour" signs along the highway to syphon off traffic. If it worked for serial killers, it just might work for us!

RJ Productions
04-19-2009, 03:41 AM
We inadvertently started the whole rolling billboard concept in Vegas back in 2000. We had our attractions at a hotel right on the Strip. We were going after the tourist market so marketing directly seemed like a good idea. We modified an old trailer to display a large 8x16 double sided frame, put a small generator on it to run lights and sound. Had 2 vinyl signs made and attached to the frame. Then we mounted a Bucky to the back of the sign like he was holding on for dear life! We then drove it up and down the Strip.

The Marketing Mgr from the hotel liked the idea and said if we would build a couple of them he could book advertisers!! Since our focus was the attractions and we didnít do very well on the Strip we just shrugged off the idea. Several months later a company put signs on the back of a large truck and starting driving the Strip. Now there are 2 or 3 companies and they ALL stay busy!!

Shoulda, woulda, coulda!!!!

Jim Warfield
04-19-2009, 08:24 AM
If I had the money...old utility trucks are for sale with the work-bucket booms on them.
Have a large unfurled banner or an inflatable critter, pull into a parking lot to buy your supply of $1.98 goat-glue masks , raise the bucket 30 feet high and have the portable highly temporary billboard!
Of course those trucks themselves are big and ugly, paint it up like a giant killer-sloth, teeth in the grillwork, spots with some hair glued to them (traveling sickness?)
If you left it parked for awhile under some power lines just tap into the 5,000 volts to run your sign lights! Sure.......
The utility companys do sell their trucks but you sign a waiver . Many years ago a local guy got the money from his Grandma to buy one of these trucks to become a tree trimmer. He proudly took it to show it to her, she went for a ride in the bucket, a cable broke , she was killed.
(Some old trucks just had a cable run over a big pulley to lift the main arm.)