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JasonSt
05-02-2006, 12:31 PM
I've been putting on a yard haunt in my neighborhood for the past 5 years. Now I'd like to turn it into more than just a yard display and turn my garage into a 4 or more room haunt and/or maze with actor friends of mine...

I've got a perfect walkway from the front yard to our 24' X 24' garage in back than out of the garage around the opposite side of the house to the front again!

Does anyone have any idea's how I could do this and actually get people to walkthrough... In this day and age people are a little leary of doing more than just going to the door and getting candy!

Also does anyone have pictures of other similar low-scale haunts such as this or tips on making walls for it and or anything else!

Thanks!

Jim Warfield
05-02-2006, 01:37 PM
A big Hershey bar hanging from the end of a fishing line/pole, lead them through with this. (Be sure and don't use a fishhook)
Have either a low seperating wall between you and them or a slight elevated walkway for yourself behind the wall, all you need to see is just the top of their heads as you lead them.
I cut a piece of 1/4inch plywood and replaced the chocolate , it makes the "prop" last alot longer with fewer repairs.
This isn't really anyhting new . It is just a modernization of the story of the Witch with the gingerbread and candy covered house tempting Hansel and Gretel, or course candy was cheaper back then, especially if you procured that candy via magical powers.
All that I can conjur up is another day's growth on my facial hair and killer BO.

SomeThingInTheIce
05-02-2006, 03:21 PM
Build it they will come! Oh yes, they will come!

Jim Warfield
05-02-2006, 08:00 PM
I think everyone here will agree that it is alot more work to build a haunted attraction than it would be to make a baseball diamond in a cornfield, he even "cheated", he had a tractor!
I didn't see "Field Of Dreams" until it was several years old but when I finally did see it I laughed my butt off at that famous quote because, yes, I had done just that! But it will NEVER work here, in Mount Careless, Illinoise, the middle of nowhere!
That movie cornfield/baseball diamond is only about 70 miles from here.
I should have famous dead baseball player autograph night here in my haunted, haunted house. Of course admission to such an incredible event would have to cost more, at least 25 cents MORE!
(I wonder what a ticket to a baseball game cost in 1920?..25 cents?)

jason-x
05-03-2006, 07:43 PM
:twisted: go with the flow.If you have been doing a yard haunt for awhile.you should be able to get people in your garage.I get bigger in my yard every year,people come from all over to see what we do.At the beging of the night it seems like everybody gathers at the end of my driveway forming a mass a people,but as soon as the first few go in and here the screams and monsters that start to fall right in.Some still need a little help with my actors but with the right motovation they have no where else to go but forward.

Mr Nightmarez
05-10-2006, 01:18 PM
I've been putting on a yard haunt in my neighborhood for the past 5 years. Now I'd like to turn it into more than just a yard display and turn my garage into a 4 or more room haunt and/or maze with actor friends of mine...

I've got a perfect walkway from the front yard to our 24' X 24' garage in back than out of the garage around the opposite side of the house to the front again!

Does anyone have any idea's how I could do this and actually get people to walkthrough... In this day and age people are a little leary of doing more than just going to the door and getting candy!

Also does anyone have pictures of other similar low-scale haunts such as this or tips on making walls for it and or anything else!

Thanks!

INVITATIONS!! POSTERS, FLYERS!
And some of the local radio and TV stations will plug a good home haunt... All ya gotta do is ask!! :twisted:

As stated above - "Build it and they will come..." but try the invitations, posters and flyers to help share your work! :wink:

wikkid669
05-10-2006, 10:27 PM
i agree, build it and they will come. my wife and i started a small haunt 3 years ago, now we are one of the most popular free haunts in North East PA. people like to be scared and if you are doing a good thing for the young kids in your community like running a haunt then the community will see the good you are doing. good luck

drfrightner
05-11-2006, 01:35 AM
I've seen more and more home haunters create websites for their attractions...its amazing!

Home haunting has exploded!

www.HauntedOverload.com is one that I know of...

Larry

Frighteners Entertainment
05-11-2006, 07:40 AM
I've seen more and more home haunters create websites for their attractions...its amazing!

Home haunting has exploded!

www.HauntedOverload.com is one that I know of...

Larry
Larry,
That's very true and keeps getting larger every year.
I think it's just the begining!

Nightgore
05-11-2006, 03:24 PM
Don't forget...

www.terrorsyndicate.com
and
www.methodzofmadness.com

Happy Haunting. -Tyler

SomeThingInTheIce
05-11-2006, 05:02 PM
And lets not forget www.somethingintheice.com

JasonSt
05-11-2006, 08:21 PM
Thanks for all the cool links and words of advice... Hopefully I be able to take my home haunt to a new level! Any other tips are welcomed! :D

Ruafraid
05-14-2006, 08:07 PM
I have done this in our 4 car detached garage for the past 3 years. We don't seem to have any issues with people showing up but our neighborhood has 450 homes in it ! . If you put out Haunted House signs they will come on Halloween and you will find that it grows exponentially year by year . 2005 we had over 300 come through. Word of mouth is a powerfull tool and everyone likes "free" LOL We do have several of the local teenagers that "act" in each of the scenes and that is the major challenge for me each year getting them to show up on time and to rehearse a time or 2. I try to include them in the build and listen to their ideas that helps them feel connected. I can usally throw together a room that suits their taste and most of them just like scaring their friends a LOT ! and they do. We have tried the don't touch the actors and they wont touch you but some of the victims come un-glued and contact is made but no body is ever hurt and no complaints its all a lot of fun and I think that is understood going in. I stress safety a LOT and ask myself "why" a few times then the screams and laughter ring out and I get my answer. Without the actors then the entire haunt would need to be designed very differently. http://s24.photobucket.com/albums/c29/ruafraid/

JasonSt
05-14-2006, 10:33 PM
ruafraid! Thank you very much for the feedback and also links to pictures of your garage haunt! Very cool stuff! This is exactly what I was hoping to see. An actual haunt similar to what I would be doing!

A couple questions for you... How many rooms are in your haunt? How wide are the hallways? Any problems with vandalism???

Thanks again!

Jason

Ruafraid
05-15-2006, 08:37 AM
One of the reasons for the garage is the ability to lock it up. The entrance you see in my pics will clear the garage door comming down "just clear" LOL We also have to move all the "stuff" up to the front 2 car garage on one side to have room. This year I also have one of those portable carport that are 10' wide and 20' long no sides just the cover. You can build more in that space than you think and for 95.00 not a bad deal. In 2005 we had 6 room "area's" but we started late and did not use the entire garage we also used 3' hallways. I drew it out on grid paper oh about a few hundred times at least ! I am going to use angled walls this year. The 90 degree's angles work ok but Steve Hickman has convinced me otherwise (Terror Syndicate). This was also the first year with real walls. I did use large black on one side silver on the other tarps to "hide" the other part of the garage the "tool" area. We used 2X4 and 1/8" Luan I think. It was slick on one side and not the other they cost approx 8.00 at Home Depot and we built 4X7 foot walls the 8' walls are too hard to move around in the garage and it worked fine. Plus you have to "clear" the garage door. One side effect was the actors can hit the walls from behind and it creates quite an effect. We used screws for the luan and tied the walls together with corner brackets and 2X4's at the top for braces. It was very sturdy. "safety" The Front entry you see in the pic were 4X7 frames with Pallets screwed to the 2X4 frame it was a job but it looked really cool. At the the other side of the garage was the stalk around "HUGE" and he just stood there very still most people thought it was just another "prop" but then he became "Alive" and we have video of it but not the best quality. One parent jumped 3 feet off the ground! no kidding it was a huge hit.

hth

RU

Jim Warfield
05-15-2006, 09:45 AM
Question? Does having a scary haunt in your garage maybe make people less likely to come around wanting to borrow tools from that garage the rest of the year?
"Sure, you can borrow my rake, the "Haunted" rake, it might scratch the ground alittle too deeply though, it gets too carried away sometimes, being possessed and all, you know!" (Insert evil laugh ~here)

JasonSt
05-15-2006, 09:48 AM
Not a bad observation... I guess having a haunted garage has it's perks! :D

Ruafraid
05-15-2006, 01:07 PM
Jim ruafraid to borrow my tools :evil:

Glad to hear from you

sixfootgeek
09-13-2006, 07:36 AM
Just check out my website............www.freehauntedhouse.com

JasonSt
09-14-2006, 07:14 AM
Just check out my website............www.freehauntedhouse.com

Very nice set-up! Can't wait till I can finally convert my garage over!

Any idea when you plan to open up again...? Hate to see a good haunt go unseen!

Thanks

pensacolahaunter
09-14-2006, 03:35 PM
i did a garage haunt one year . i used black plastic table cloths for the walls and used glow in the dark paint . we made hand prints and warning signs written with it

sixfootgeek
09-16-2006, 03:54 PM
I had actually planned on doing a haunted show this year....................but I ended up helping out with The Darkness instead...

Jim Warfield
09-16-2006, 05:06 PM
"afraid to borrow your tools?"
Unless my life would depend upon it, I try to NEVER borrow anyone else's tools. Why? Because so many times in the past when I would pick up someone else's tool , like just a ruler, it would break in my hand!
Then I would stop the work I was on, drive to a store and buy them a replacement tool.
(Of course as I am typing this, I remember the one guy whose ruler broke in my hand and I immeadiately replaced it for him also was the guy who backed into the side of my truck, promised to fix the damage and never did! Give me back that ruler!)

Xeverity
10-04-2006, 05:42 AM
I don't like sharing my tools...... ;-) I never get them back!

dshaunt
08-07-2007, 09:10 AM
Im 15 years old now and have been doing the home haunt to 7 years. People didnt know me and i didnt really advertise but we got hundreds to go through.
When we started it, it was on the porch, now its the garage and a seprate building... But yeh start making those floor plans... let me know if you need help.

-Drew
www.deadenddungeon.com *site just opened will post more soon*

scorpio
08-17-2007, 09:44 PM
when I started way back in 2001 it was me in a skeleton costume, scary music, a strobe light. That year I go 25 trick or treaters. I decided to make my garage more of haunt walk through. In 2004 I decided to involve a local charity where they get all the profits (it is a free will donation, so dont worry about a permit.) The charity does all the psa, and gets the media attention. Last year I had 846 be warned more exposure more ppl, have to watch your props a little closer. I had masks stolen off my props in my graveyard in 2005. I have gotten security cameras now. Good Luck:D

Mr. Haunt
09-04-2007, 01:44 PM
I to am a Pro Home Haunter. Even though I have been trying for just about a year to start a pro haunt, I get a kick out of doing my yard haunt. Last year I tested the waters by buying myself a costume, and wandering around in the yard. I did not scare anyone though. There had been a lot who asked for it though. So with that said, I am getting a group of people that I work with to haunt my yard and part of the street.

I do a cemetery scene every year. I add very little, do to $$$$, but I do OK. I will have some wondering zombies and a crazy grave digger to spook some things up a bit. I plan on using the whole yard this year. There are a few things that I would like to build that I have stormed up, but we will see. One Idea was to have an actor use a leaf blower as a prop. Not sure if this is a good idea, but it's loud and blows air. If someone is not expecting it, who knows what kind of reaction we will have? Not sure how to tie in a leaf blower to a cemetery type haunt, but ya never know.

Good luck HOME HAUNTERS!!! DON"T FOREGET TO GET CREATIVE!!! THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO SCARE THE SOCKS OF SOMEONE!

Mr. Haunt

Out-There Entertainment
09-04-2007, 07:12 PM
Well I'm in the same boat as all the beginners so all I can say is good luck to you. So far we have around 8-10% completed and we have 80% of the materials. Of course I would have more up but my dad has so much crap still in the garage that we can't build far. As I said good luck to you all this year.