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    We haven't opened on Halloween the last 2 years,...

    We haven't opened on Halloween the last 2 years, in my previous experience it's just a slow night for haunts because people make other plans. Sure, you'll get some people to come through, but I would...
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    Do you have dreams of growing into a bigger,...

    Do you have dreams of growing into a bigger, professional haunt? If so, taylor what you buy/build towards things that you could use for a pro-haunt. Certain things work for a home haunt, certain...
  3. Thread: VIP lines

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    1:1

    We did 1 VIP group, 1 General Admission group, etc. It seemed like a good balance to make sure both lines moved. The key is to make sure the general admission people aren't getting pissed off while...
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    I know exactly what you're talking about, I...

    I know exactly what you're talking about, I remember seeing it at Headless Horseman. It's more of a bungee system, but not the "slingshot" style. Unfortunately I don't really have any info on it....
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    Donat Insurance

    I was looking into allowing some touching this year, so I asked Ken Donat what it would mean for insurance. He just said that it would be an extra $500 and there is no coverage for sexual abuse. If...
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    Fright Farm

    A couple years ago when the HAuNTcon tour went to Fright Farm in PA, they had just redid their makeup room and it was beautiful. I don't have pictures of it but see if you can get in touch with them...
  7. Marketing

    Arguably the most important key to turning a profit that you left out is marketing. Like others have said, it's quite rare for a haunted house to turn a profit early on, but it is possible if you can...
  8. Not to state the obvious, but "funds, exposure...

    Not to state the obvious, but "funds, exposure and benefits to your haunted house"- I'm quite certain that every haunted house that's ever existed would be interested in those things. Perhaps you'd...
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    You want to use relatively dense woods as much as...

    You want to use relatively dense woods as much as you can, and clear the path from there. The more open space you have, the more building you'll have to do to define the path that they are walking...
  10. Thread: how did you?

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    Crowdfunding might get you something, but unless...

    Crowdfunding might get you something, but unless you have lots of generous friends, it's not going to get you nearly enough money to get started. I would say #1 is to limit how much you need up...
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    I don't know what haunt that's from, but Terror...

    I don't know what haunt that's from, but Terror Visions at The Darkness has a very similar effect with an ice cream truck that rocks all over the place and all the windows are tv screens with CGI...
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    Can you define "semi-pro"? I have a couple I can...

    Can you define "semi-pro"? I have a couple I can send over to you, one being mine and the other I used as a reference. What's your email address?
  13. Congrats Wayne! Looking forward to seeing what...

    Congrats Wayne! Looking forward to seeing what you guys do with the new place
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    It really depends on what you're looking to get...

    It really depends on what you're looking to get out of it to determine which one is best. Being new, I'd probably point you towards HAuNTcon or MHC, and this year especially HAuNTcon because it's...
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    I agree, I think it would be similar to why...

    I agree, I think it would be similar to why Halloween night is generally a horrible night for haunted houses- people have plans already. I think it's a cool idea and would probably be a lot of fun,...
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    Ken Donat is awesome to work with, went out of...

    Ken Donat is awesome to work with, went out of his way to get everything set up in time for me this year. It's affordable and he knows the business.
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    It's a great publicity opportunity that's hard to...

    It's a great publicity opportunity that's hard to get anywhere else and would allow you to have a solid Year 1. But then you do have to make sure that it's a good longterm location- maybe after a...
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    Coming from someone who's actually been there, I...

    Coming from someone who's actually been there, I couldn't disagree more. It's a very unique attraction and setup and is far from a typical "charity haunt". I can't speak for everyone but the general...
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    Thanks for sharing Bart, the pics looks great!...

    Thanks for sharing Bart, the pics looks great! Love the room with the broken stairs. I really enjoyed seeing the haunt on the HAuNTcon tour this year, thanks for showing us around. Best of luck this...
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    Considering what you guys do at the trail, I...

    Considering what you guys do at the trail, I can't imagine what you're going to do to that place. Can't wait to see it! Best of luck
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    Sorry to hear that but glad you're putting a...

    Sorry to hear that but glad you're putting a positive spin on it. I'll be interested in a mask or two, look forward to seeing what you have.
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    Email sent

    Email sent
  23. Thread: Blackout cloth

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    Outdoors?

    I assume Duvetyne doesn't hold up outdoors? The description of it said that washing it will remove the fire retardant.
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    I'm glad to hear you did well with it, we were...

    I'm glad to hear you did well with it, we were just recently discussing doing this at an event over the summer. What did you charge for it? How did you get people to come over? One of my concerns was...
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    I'd talk to the building owner and find out what...

    I'd talk to the building owner and find out what they'll allow, then do as much as you can. You might be able to have a basic sign up during normal hours, but when you're open make more of an entry...
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