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The Forsaken Crypt
10-01-2009, 08:12 PM
Well I am not even into college yet and I wanted to start gathering info to go pro, I read on another thread about "So You Want To Be A Haunt Entrepreneur" Book. Will this really answere mainly any questions about where to start in this industry?

HauntedMemphis
10-01-2009, 08:26 PM
I've found it to be the most useful book, DVD, Video, or magazine I've bought on the industry. If you want to start a haunt, I'd consider this must have.

Chapters include:
Business Plans
Thems/Storylines
Construction
Business Organization
Locations
Safety/Firecodes/Security
Advertising and Marketing
Insurance
Recruitying
Accounting
Concessions

It doesn't go into the great detail (those topics could all be books of their own), but it gives you a good starting point on what you need to think about from the business side of things. This book is not on designing scares or sample rooms. This book is on what a haunt business needs to run.

hsmag
10-01-2009, 09:08 PM
I have both of Kelly's books and they're both AWESOME!!! "So You Want..." is a GREAT book for anyone looking to get into the haunt business. It's not a be-all, end-all book that will tell you how to run and open your own haunt but it gives you an immense amount of insight into someone who started their own haunted house. How they got started, getting sponsors, recruiting actors and even gives you insight on how to prepare a good business plan outline when trying to get a loan for your haunt. It is by far one of the most useful books anyone who's looking to start their own haunt can read. It's also useful for those who have already started haunts but are looking to expand their attraction.

DEFINITELY buy this book! It's worth FAR more than what he's charging!

shawnc
10-01-2009, 09:37 PM
There have been several threads about the book, I believe. You can type the title into the Search box at the top of the page and find them.

Nightgore
10-01-2009, 10:24 PM
Best... Book... EVER!! PERIOD!!

All of Kelly's books are amazing... I suggest them all!

-Tyler

DarkTikiEntertainment
10-02-2009, 11:56 AM
I also recommend the book. Everything in the book might not necessarily relate to your specific situation, but a lot of it will. It's packed with helpful information!

mikeq91
10-02-2009, 12:23 PM
Matt- I read the book when I was still in high school and it was a big help opening my eyes to the reality of what it takes to open and run a successful haunt. The book shows that it's not all fun and games, however it does clearly spell out all the little details that you need to get into order so that you can get to the fun part. Definitely worth your time and money to get this book.

Nightmare_Trance
10-02-2009, 01:15 PM
Sounds like a wealth of knowledge. I'm gonna have to pick one up.

hsmag
10-02-2009, 02:57 PM
Sounds like a wealth of knowledge. I'm gonna have to pick one up.

You can buy it directly online at http://hauntbook.com

EMBRUJADA
10-02-2009, 04:13 PM
i bougnt this book directly in raycliff manor haunted house , and have a personal respond of kelly, its a great person very kind and she have the time to attendance all with her emails. Thats book its amazing , its the better ways to maintance atracttiones , and thats have a great section about marketing , Its working for all maerkets , I live in Mexico , and its very complementary for my haunt. great........................

The Forsaken Crypt
10-02-2009, 09:01 PM
Great! Im gonna buy it and get a nice jump start. Better start my long journey now while I can. Hopefully in the years to pass Ill have my own article in HW :)

The Forsaken Crypt
10-03-2009, 09:14 PM
BOUGHT IT! Should be getting it soon :)