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tchaunt
02-10-2009, 06:12 PM
Everyone has their own version of it. You know, the event in your haunt. The one everyone talks about until next Easter. And then a few people talk about it after that. I was wondering, what effects or rooms are usually the most popular among your guests?
Also, what types of characters do the people (guests) usually love?

Odinseye
02-10-2009, 06:38 PM
Our best the past year has been our dark maze through the barn... we have it at the end of our tour and its always been a hit. We change it every year but last year we started it out with three doors, two that lead to dead ends and one that goes into the main maze.
Best costume was our stilt guy in the parking lot... had a ton of great compliments from him. (you can see some pics at lovetoscream.com)
This year we also had an actor from the college who played "host" and escorted groups to the entrance when it was time to start the tour. We dressed him up as a pirate and he did the whole thing in character. They loved him.
Unfortunately last year our cave and new grave yard got flooded out... but this year its going to be great!!!

tchaunt
02-10-2009, 06:48 PM
What exactly do you do for the maze? Like, is it a dark chain-link maze or is it a wall-panel maze?

I'm definitely wanting to get one stilt character for when I open my haunt. From what I've heard, they always go over good.

Dang, that would suck. Did it happen before the season or during the season?

Odinseye
02-10-2009, 07:16 PM
The first year we started out our maze as just a "dark maze" we used plywood and 2x4s to make the walls... everything painted black. They screw together real fast and we take them down and stack them throughout the rest of the year. Doing it this way also allows us to change things every year. Thats really all we did the first year... one long dark maze with a few people hidden in it. But it was still a hit with just that.
This year we took two areas and made them a bit more "permanent" setting up one jungle room and one bug room. This year I hope to put in several endless hallways to liven it up a bit. By the way, last year we put in a sheet of plexiglass in one hallway... it was great. Second to the last group on the last night broke it into pieces though but it was worth the $150 for the season! Especially when 5 blonds crashed into it one after the other in a big pile up!!!!
If you do the stilts get those running stilts. Most people can get around on them with about 20 minutes practice and they freek people out when the come running across the parking lot.
Unfortunately we had a ton of rain during out season last year. Just one of those things you cant fight... but since we are in Minnesota at least it wasn't snow!!!

Motograter
02-10-2009, 07:19 PM
Not to brag or anything but I think that I was one of the best things this past year. I acted as a 7 foot cannibal mortician eating out of a Unit 70 "eyegore" prop. I designed a Morgue room where customers had to walk past my autopsy table where then I chased after them with an axe made by Oak Island. I scared the S*** out of so many people it was great. I can do a great death metal voice like the band Cannbal Corpse. So I would yell "ANOTHER BODY FOR MY MORGUE!" slame my axe on the table and than go run after them. We had returning customers just to see me believe it or not on the special perview nights where you could go through the haunt as many times as you like on opening weekend. It actually shocked me to hear this from our ticket sales ladies. After the nights where over, they would tell me that customers came back to the ticket window to say how much fun that had at our haunt and how awesome "That really tall guy was" lol. So I have great plans in the making for this season. hehehehe

Jim Warfield
02-11-2009, 01:52 AM
Is what many of my customers have always told me when I ask them what they have enjoyed, been scared of or thought was impressive in other haunts ?
Tonight a young couple were doing the tour, he was here for maybe his 4th time , her first time.
Why don't they go to other haunts? Boring. Too many people crammed together, no scares because the front person always got the treatment, they could hear it and/or see it coming.
I get a large number of customers who will never go back to another haunted house.
Some were too young when someone took them. Some hate chainsaws, as some don't like bloody displays and face-screaming.
Her answer was, I don't go back there.

tchaunt
02-11-2009, 05:03 AM
@Jim:
That actually does make sense. My mom would probably be the person to go to your haunt. She hates the fact that I am so desensitized to gore and all. But, yeah, I do believe you when you say that.

@Motograter:
XD That sounds like it'd be a fun role to play. Did you ever have people actually crap themselves though?

@Odin:
How I wish I could've seen the blonds crashing. On the way back to class from lunch (I'm in middle school) I watch my blond friends run into a lot of random items:
doors
lockers
trash cans
fire alarms
poles

And the list could go on. I can hardly breathe when I get in class I'm laughing so much.

JamBam
02-11-2009, 07:09 AM
It is very insightful for a young man your age to see the need for this already. The distraction / scare idea is another very important idea that some never get.

Our big bang this year was our custom made J shaped claustrophobia exit. That concept is awesome. Some would absolutely lose it in there.



My opinion of Warfield's Raven's Grin Inn big bang is the three story slide from the bed that tips into the slide. You travel down barely touching the slide and bumping both sides as it twists downward. You wonder how you will stop without a crash when suddenly you are laying face up in the deepest basement I have ever been in. A twenty foot arched stone ceiling and a cold damp floor. It is 53 degrees that far down. Then, you look around cautiously and wait for Warfiled to make his way down to continue the tour with his genuinely unique show.

The other big bang that happened on the first of the three visits for me was the exiting from the subteranean tunnel up out of the trunk of a 46 Hudson onto the street. Blew me AWAY!!!

Thanks for the great show Warfield!!!!!!

mindtumor
02-11-2009, 08:37 AM
@Jim:
That actually does make sense. My mom would probably be the person to go to your haunt. She hates the fact that I am so desensitized to gore and all. But, yeah, I do believe you when you say that.

@Motograter:
XD That sounds like it'd be a fun role to play. Did you ever have people actually crap themselves though?

@Odin:
How I wish I could've seen the blonds crashing. On the way back to class from lunch (I'm in middle school) I watch my blond friends run into a lot of random items:
doors
lockers
trash cans
fire alarms
poles

And the list could go on. I can hardly breathe when I get in class I'm laughing so much.

One of the radio guys ran head first into the wall after seeing him. That was pretty funny. Plus bill's nickname now is tall motherfucker.

Motograter
02-11-2009, 09:20 AM
Oh yeah I forgot about that guy! I scared him so bad he ran full speed into a black wall. I think he was bleeding a little too. Thanks Jared for the new nickname lol. I like it.

mindtumor
02-11-2009, 09:47 AM
No I didn't name you that, one of the guests at the haunt did after they left. Maybe we never told you.

Jim Warfield
02-11-2009, 02:01 PM
On our web site we have a copy of a newspaper article written several years ago by Bill Windom? In which he states numerous things that were not true when he was here and have never ever been true.
His style of writing is heavilly into whimsey and flights of fancy and I guess that his audience of regular readers must realise this, I know at least some of them do.
The story about someone getting scared, running into a wall reminded me of what this Windom wrote, it was describing how we rammed his head into a real brick wall, the wall exploded! ....
But he was all right.
In my opinion there have only been a very few people whose head should have met the non-exploding brick wall, but they didn't .
I plead guilty to inspiring many person's imaginations to run from wild to wacky upon seeing then touring my house. I see that as part of the buzz called "entertainment".

tchaunt
02-11-2009, 02:21 PM
Jim, I knew your haunt was impressive, but I didn't know just how impressive. I feel that I have to visit your haunt now when I get enough money. I already have a list of like 6 or 7 haunts I have to visit when I get my haunt started. Obviously, all of them are owned by HW members. But sorry guys, I'm going to give Tyler the gift of being the very first haunt owner to have his actors scare me. :) Maybe I should make a certificate for him for when my crew and I go! XD
In gold letters:
"Congratulations!
You were the first person to scare the s*** out of Jon-Kyle Bailey!
x_________"
Of course, the line will have my signature on it.

But, um, what did he write for? Like was it a blog or newspaper? I don't think I'd keep him employed very long. Unless it was a tabloid and the readers were looking for articles like "Batboy lives again" and "Sasquatch files sexual assault charges on the Loch Ness Monster".


Thanks for the compliment Brett! I only know that I want to beat all the haunts around me. Since my friends who go to those death traps tell me they sucked becuase they weren't scary and that it was a bunch of bad clown masks. So I know to win guests, I need things for them to talk about.

Hey Bill, do you use those weird looking "kangaroo stilts" as I call them? The ones that add like 1 1/2' to your height?

mindtumor
02-11-2009, 02:31 PM
Jim, I knew your haunt was impressive, but I didn't know just how impressive. I feel that I have to visit your haunt now when I get enough money. I already have a list of like 6 or 7 haunts I have to visit when I get my haunt started. Obviously, all of them are owned by HW members. But sorry guys, I'm going to give Tyler the gift of being the very first haunt owner to have his actors scare me. :) Maybe I should make a certificate for him for when my crew and I go! XD
In gold letters:
"Congratulations!
You were the first person to scare the s*** out of Jon-Kyle Bailey!
x_________"
Of course, the line will have my signature on it.

But, um, what did he write for? Like was it a blog or newspaper? I don't think I'd keep him employed very long. Unless it was a tabloid and the readers were looking for articles like "Batboy lives again" and "Sasquatch files sexual assault charges on the Loch Ness Monster".


Thanks for the compliment Brett! I only know that I want to beat all the haunts around me. Since my friends who go to those death traps tell me they sucked becuase they weren't scary and that it was a bunch of bad clown masks. So I know to win guests, I need things for them to talk about.

Hey Bill, do you use those weird looking "kangaroo stilts" as I call them? The ones that add like 1 1/2' to your height?

No Bill is really actually that tall.

tchaunt
02-11-2009, 02:34 PM
Nearly 7 ft? (Just making sure I'm not remembering the wrong thing)

Jim Warfield
02-11-2009, 07:32 PM
Wrote a column for a newspaper in the Quad-cities. He could be compared to what Edgar Allan Poe wrote for newspaers, stories supposed to be "True" of him reporting what it was like to be on the moon, since he was actually there and experiencing it first hand!
Not alot has changed over the years has it?
They have to write something everyday whether it is true or not or just kinda true, sometimes, then there is always tomorrow's retraction if someone complains.
My cousin lost a really good job because of a false arrest that made headlines in the local paper, the retraction was buried on page 8.
I guess the paper didn't want to look bad, or rather that bad.
The really funny act is when a newspaper person does everything possible to keep their name and their scandal out of the paper........in a small town we know everything.

tchaunt
02-11-2009, 07:38 PM
That would make me sick if I lost my job just so someone could keep theirs.

mindtumor
02-12-2009, 06:34 AM
Nearly 7 ft? (Just making sure I'm not remembering the wrong thing)

Yes Bill is almost 7 foot. With his boots on he is 7 foot.

Dr. Giggles
02-12-2009, 09:39 AM
Being as a "normal" clown in the circus before i become the "scary" clown on halloween i have quiet a reptoire of clowning skills that make me (not to toot my own horn) a memorable character. I have used everything from Jump Stilts, to normal stilts, to giraffe uni cycles, to normal uni cycles. But becareful while using stilts. I was walking on loose chipped wood which is usually no problem because iv been doing it for so long. When one big guy kicked at the foot of the stilt so it slipped and dug into the floor. I broke my ankle. I couldnt recover because it dug into the ground at a wicked angle. But yeah anything that people dont normally see makes an impression, eg stilts. uni cycles, and jump stilts.

Boni
02-12-2009, 10:14 PM
At our Haunted Hospital, our most talked about scene was the Ambulance scene.

Guests approached the ambulance from the back side and had to crawl up into the ambulance.

We had a really small actor inside the back that looked fake.

For those of you that saw the Twilight zone the movie, the front seat actor turns around and says, "you want to see something really scary" and blast "Midnight Special" by CCR on the radio. Then the actor in the back pulls a rope that slams the back door shut and at the same time starts running going nutso inside the ambulance.

Two outside actors get the ambulance rocking a little as this is going on. Then the outside actor opens the side door and lets the people out.

The guest then walk around the front of the ambulance which is motion sensored with flashing lights and a huge air horn and at the same time the second outside actor who was rocking the ambulance positioned them self behind the guest in relation to the hood of the ambulance, so as they set off the lights, the actor gets them from behind.

Boni
02-12-2009, 10:29 PM
Our second most talked about scene was Dr. Buzzsaw's Major Surgery Room.

One Actor on the surgery table where they sit under it with just head and arms in sight, fake torso with guts spilling out which they handle with their arms. Really sick looking. This guy has huge tubes filled with blood going in and out of him. His legs are hangin nearby draining all the blood into a tub.

Then Dr. Buzzsaw revs up the circular saw and flies at the patient and lays that saw into his gut. The patient also has one of those knuckle squeeze squirt guns filled with water and as Dr. is grinding into his gut, patient is squirting the guest with blood (water).

JamBam
02-13-2009, 05:10 AM
Hey kid,

If we are on your list, you can use your money for more gas to get further because we give professional courtesy to friends in the industry. No charge, but you need to let someone know before you get here.

Jim Warfield
02-13-2009, 02:44 PM
"Courtesy Is Contageous..But I Can Cure You!"

No free tours found here.
I invest usually 90 minutes of MY TIME to do a tour.
When Transworld people began wanting to come see my house I was told I should be giving all the members of IAHA free tours.
I said no. Stand in my shoes for a minute....if you stood in them for 90 minutes..your feet would smell like mine!

tchaunt
02-13-2009, 10:15 PM
@Boni:
Wow. That sounds like a great scare. It amazes me that you picked so many scares into one room.

@Dr. Giggles:
How long did it take you to get used to stilts? I would like to get at least one character that people will talk about, and I think--if I can manage to learn to-or find someone who can already-walk on stilts, that would be just the right thing.
Thanks for the words of caution though.

@Mindtumor:
I would love to have a scare actor that tall. I could think of so many awesome things he could do just by being a few inches taller than other people.

@JamBam:
Thanks for the free offer. When I get my license, I am seriously going to tour the haunts across the US (or at least the ones whose owners use HW).

@Jim:
You cease to amaze me. Even in your serious posts, you manage to slip in a joke.
I wouldn't expect you to give me a free tour. Your haunt sounds so creative and awesome. I really want to see it.

JamBam
02-13-2009, 10:23 PM
Come on Jim,


Make the kid an offer. If he brings at least four or five people with him, you will let him in free.


Now TCHAUNT, you need to make a sign that says, "Jim will show you a great time for $ 15.oo" and stand on the main highway corner of Mt Carroll, Illinois waving it wildly like they do in L.A.

Win - Win !!!!

tchaunt
02-13-2009, 10:53 PM
Like I'm really going to stand anywhere outdoors today. XD I ended up having serious allergy problems on the best day of the year. Yesterday was my sister's Sweet 16 (yes, I know. I did envy her very much when I saw that her Sweet 16 was on Friday the 13th). We had been planning a massive surprise party for her. Well, I got severely sick yesterday, so my mom told one kid to tell another kid to tell other kids that the party was canceled because I was sick. Well, all day long, everyone kept coming up to my sister saying "I hope Jonny fells better!". After hearing that all day long, she realized that she hadn't told anyone. Well, she asked one of her really close friends how she knew, and the friend let it slip that we had been planning a surprise party. Well, I went to the doctor, and like I figured, it was just allergies...just a really severe case. Well, we still had about 11 or 12 kids come over, but Jess knew.
I nearly broke my finger playing Egyptian Rat Screw ( a card game we play in marching band all the time). But I had a really good time. I think I may have enjoyed it more than Jess (my sister) did.

Floor8Horror
02-14-2009, 07:58 AM
Our big bang last year was something that we put together the night of the haunt. We had a lame ending this because we couldn't think of anything else to put there and people knew when it was over. The haunt was over but there was still a decent length dark hallway to get to the real exit. We noticed that people really let there guard done in this final hallway leading to the exit.
So after about an hour I grabbed one of my scarers and said "We got another job for you". I stationed him in that final hallway and people thought the whole thing was over and they relaxed and my scarer got them big time. We had our best scare of the night without any planning or any cost. All we had to do was react to the guests.

tchaunt
02-14-2009, 08:42 AM
I can easily see how the actor in the last hallway got the scare. I'm just wondering, did he stay in the hallway somewhere or was he by the exit? Was he in a black-out suit?

Floor8Horror
02-14-2009, 08:51 AM
My scarer moved around in the hallway, so it wouldn't be the same. He actually had another job in the beginning of the haunt and once he was done there he went to the dark hallway. And yes he was in all black.

tchaunt
02-14-2009, 09:02 AM
Okay. That makes sense. What did he do to scare? Did he whisper in the guests ear, slightly touch them, yell, etc.?
(Sorry if all the questions are getting annoying)

Floor8Horror
02-14-2009, 09:15 AM
The questions are fine. He jumped out and yelled at them. He jumped when they were beside him. And then he quickly got back to his hidden spot. Don't have your scarer be out in the open too long because the guests get comfortable and it isn't as scary. Have them jump out, scare them, and then get back into position.

tchaunt
02-14-2009, 09:40 AM
And you said in the light thread that your night lasts 4 hours? How did he keep screaming that long? Did you have lots of hot drinks for him?

That's one thing I've heard from a lot of people. 1 second is almost too long for the people to see your actor--since they can at least get a basic idea of what "Attacked" them. I know that 5 seconds is way too long because people may start swinging or kicking if you stay in their face that long.

Floor8Horror
02-14-2009, 09:47 AM
It is amazing how good of throats my actors have. They can scream and make noises like crazy and it doesn't phase them. But also candy is a GREAT incentive. We take a break and get food and drinks. But my scarers love doing this and when you love scaring people you don't notice your sore throat until the next day. haha

tchaunt
02-14-2009, 09:54 AM
XD I hope I can find actors that are that good at what they do when I start my haunt.

Floor8Horror
02-14-2009, 09:57 AM
yes I wish you luck, but I was in the same boat when I started my haunt in middle school. it is possible though.

But now I have to get some stuff done because I have to work at 2, grrrrr. See ya

tchaunt
02-14-2009, 10:12 AM
Thanks for giving me all of the info you did though.

Dr. Giggles
02-18-2009, 03:26 PM
Stilts are probably the easiest. But your actor has to be aware of whats around them if its their first year stilt walking. I have had people try to kick my stilts from under me. It took me about a week of straight using it about an hour every evening to get moderatly good at it. So in the summer your actor has off from school (If they go to school) have them practice whenever they get the chance.

tchaunt
02-18-2009, 03:28 PM
I may end up being the actor doing the stilts since I won't be able to provide insurance (for obvious reasons) and wouldn't want the chance of getting shut down before I barely get started. Where did you buy your stilts?

Dr. Giggles
02-18-2009, 03:30 PM
Ebay! Mine needed some maintenance when i bought them though. Dont shell out cheap for these get good ones. Or you could hurt yourself.

tchaunt
02-18-2009, 03:34 PM
What would you consider a good brand for stilts? Also, what type of stilts would you recommend: the jumping stilts, or walking stilts?

Dr. Giggles
02-18-2009, 03:41 PM
Depends on your character. Jumping stilts are fun, but can get hard to control. Wouldnt advise it unless your on all pavement and have lots of room to stop. Especially for a beginner (no offense) but if you insist on getting the jump stilts i suggest practicing NOW. You can do cool things, i can backflip over a car with mine. If you get jumping stilts get poweriser, or Powerizer, or Powerskips. http://getjumpingstilts.com/
For normal stilts heres a website.
http://www.durastilts.com/
Your choice my friend. Personally the jumping stilts look great and add a lot of dimension to a character and it will make your haunt memorable but i would practice a LOT more with those. Practice stopping suddenly, and jumping suddenly (you might have to leap over someone, i had to in the past, guy walked right infront of me and it was to soon to stop)

tchaunt
02-18-2009, 03:46 PM
I'll probably get a set of both now. That way, I can start getting the feeling of it. I really want to beat out other haunts around here and show DFW (a jerk who thinks I'm an idiot for wanting to start a haunted house) that I was right and he was wrong. If I ever figure out who he (or she) really is, then it will be a long night in He** for them 'cause I'll scare and scare and scare until I can't scare them any more.

So it should be safe to buy them from ebay?

Dr. Giggles
02-18-2009, 03:48 PM
Well becareful. A lot of people get used to one or the other and have the in ability to use the other pair once they ahve gotten used to it. Hahahaha Thats what my brother did. He has the inability to use the jump stilts. Now WEAR A HELMET! I dont want you dieing. Because then i would feel like crap.

tchaunt
02-18-2009, 03:52 PM
I'll definitely have on a helmet when using the jumping stilts. I don't think I could get in them without knowing how to use them and convince myself it was safe to not wear a helmet. I'm a freak when it comes to not dying. Then again, aren't most humans? XD

Heck, if I die, I'll just scare act for a while as a ghost.

Dr. Giggles
02-18-2009, 03:54 PM
You mean just scare? Because if your a ghost i doubt much acting is required to freak someone out.

tchaunt
02-18-2009, 03:57 PM
Well, maybe. If I manage to gather enough energy to appear, then I'll scare. If I get enough energy, I may play a bit with knifes and forks. If I get really good, I may start to play with chairs and chainsaws!

drfrightner
02-26-2009, 12:08 AM
Last year it was the moving swamp house it makes you dizzy.

This year we are adding a dropping bridge. When you walk onto it it will hold about 8 people, the whole thing drops like 3 inches quickly. It will scare the crap out of you.

Hmmm... well chainsaws will have to be #1 for sure. At Creepyworld we always chase them out with chainsaws. It still works!

Let me think...

I would say a few years ago it would have been the black hole tunnel.

Down the road at our haunts here is what we will do ... we will build more MEGA FX for our haunts. Meaning rather than just buy something that pops out we'll be building major effects that scare groups of people all at one time. We have lots of ideas and we'll do some of them this coming year at Creepyworld.

Larry

Bobocyko
02-26-2009, 06:02 AM
I'm not quite sure what the big bang was ours essentially, seeing as almost every scene we had made quite an impact on the audience. We had no holds barred in ours; we had a shrinking hallway (Willy Wonka, for those who dont get it) A Wall in the dark that shocked those who touched it, An electricution chair in action that would spark to life with a live actor, A man in a cage who could pull down the fence and climb through and under towards unsuspecting patrons, and a man who hung himself right infront of the patrons. I did the hanging man stunt and it certainly spooked alot of people. The Harness when I jumped actually allowed me to hover in mid-air for quite a time. The funniest thing about the stunt was that people didnt think I was going to jump off of my bed and hang myself, but I did and some patrons actually thought I did myself in as I hovered in mid-air. They actually stopped in thier tracks confused if they should go on or not. In the confusion as I was still I would then convulse while hanging out of nowhere. That got quite a few screams.
Honestly it thought it was a tad bit overwhelming, but then again, it brought us repeat visitors, and defineatly left an impact, but in the end instead of just one scene just blowing me away, I'd rather go to a house where the entire experience as a whole would leave the impact.