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    Cast and Crew

    Nightmare Village will finally open for the 2014 haunt season in Warminster, Bucks County, Pa. 18974.

    This will be a small, outdoor haunt event (limited build space) with 4 family-friendly...
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    Volunteer Actors Needed

    Fright Gallery is seeking volunteer actors for our haunt which will benefit local charities, non-profits and others in need. We are scheduled to run every weekend now through November 4, 2012. Help...
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    Build your own

    By building your own side show, you have total control over content, size, theme, etc. and it gives you an opportunity to improve your bottom line. If you're stumped for ideas, contact someone like...
  4. Barn

    A slaughter house where the animals are doing the killing and butchering. :o)

    Steve...
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    How many haunts?

    My personal preference is multiple, smaller haunts. This provides more variety and perceived value in my opinion. It also gets you out of a haunt that just doesn't cut it for you a little sooner...
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    Emergency system

    I would strongly recommend that Oak Island submit the system for national certification approval. In Weights & Measures (my line of expertise), there is something called 'type approval'. This means...
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    Square footage

    Once I find a location, my plan is to say what my haunt square footage actually is. Not the entire building because that's misleading. As a Weights & Measures inspector and instructor for the past...
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    Doors

    I plan to setup actual door frames built into boxed side columns with overhead header beams and very flat base plate joining the columns at the bottom. There's a good chance that I may not have an...
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    Pay

    If you pay some staff/crew and utilize volunteers for other positions, I'd suggest a few bonuses for each based on their job performance, attendance, recommending other good staffers, etc. ...
  10. Burn tests

    Since my local fire marshal is pretty much brain dead when it comes to haunts, I was thinking of doing a burn test in his office. I wonder if he'll get the message.....
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    Lease terms

    You're very lucky to find something like this although I have no idea where you're located. Your lease terms will probably be $2,500/month for the 45,000 sq. ft. building. If you're only paying for...
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    After finally going through a 3-D attraction this...

    After finally going through a 3-D attraction this past season (Shady Brook's Alien Invasion, Yardley, Pa.), I'm considering 3-D for part of my haunt. From what I could tell during my walk through...
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    Maze Throughput

    A maze could slow down your throughput depending on how it's implimented, number of switchbacks, etc. Think of it like your overall haunt but without scenes and scares. Look at the path your...
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    Year round

    Thanx for the feedback, Everybody. I've kicked around the same ideas and contemplated the negative issues as well. Living in the Philly burbs, there are no true tourist areas nearby outside of...
  15. Fire retardant inspections

    I haven't been through this yet but probably will be depending on where I setup shop. The cost is a mystery to me as well but I'd also like to know what to expect when it comes to cost. My...
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    Haunt location issues and solutions

    Hello again my fellow Haunters and enthusiasts,

    I'm sure this is not a new topic but can't seem to find any posts on the subject. Having endured an ongoing location scouting issue since 2005,...
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    Green Hornet

    I was watching the Green Hornet marathon on Syfy last week. The acting, fighting, direction, characters, etc. are very 'Batman-ish' but still entertaining. I used to watch that series when I was a...
  18. Autopsy table and stretcher

    I would suggest building the autopsy table. Just cut a stardard sheet of 5/8" to 3/4" plywood to just slightly smaller than a standard twin bed which is about 72" long x 39" wide. You could shave...
  19. Poll: How long?

    I've often wondered about the overall haunt size to throughput ratio. I posted a message here not too long ago asking this question but received no responses yet. Anyway, overall size is one thing....
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    Room size

    Not having a location yet myself, I'm planning all of my rooms in different sizes so that when I do land a location, I can kinda arrange and modify as necessry. One thing to keep in mind is what...
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    To: screamforadream

    You're right about the rules being a bit more "relaxed" with an outdoor venue. Unfortunately, my home town (Bensalem, Pa.) is also a ball buster with that concept as well but, if I do find a...
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    To: krazedklownkilla

    As a regulatory official, I understand these people have a job to do and there are specific requirements in place to even the playing field and make our industry safe ever since the May 11, 1984...
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    Square footage

    Haunts vary in size from as small as 3,000 sq. ft. (some even smaller) to well over 50,000 sq. ft. Many hayrides combine indoor attractions, midway with carnival rides and games, food concessions,...
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    Getting started

    Depending on the location, you may have a difficult time, or possibly an easy one, getting your haunt setup and operational. It really depends on who you are dealing with. In my area, most of the...
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    Throughput

    Happy New Year to All,

    Being relatively new to haunting, I was wondering the rate of throughput for various haunts. Size, markets, themes, theatrics, show animations, scenes, etc. would probably...
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