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    Strip Mall Fašades

    Hi All:

    We are considering starting an indoor show to a retail property for one season before it moves into a more permanent location. It's in a nice place but is part of a strip mall, with the...
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    Centralizing Sound

    Could anyone share ideas on how to centralize sound in a haunt? I know one can run multiple SFX from a laptop, but it's the hardware I'm not familiar with - the kind of wiring, amps, and such that...
  3. "Screampark" Concept: Any suggestions?

    Hi All:

    An opportunity has presented itself where our event may have access to a great location - our goal, with an investor who is excited by the project, is to move our current haunted...
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    We change up our theme every year, but use a few...

    We change up our theme every year, but use a few common characters and places form time to time. One of our old chestnuts is Pandora Labs, often the cause of every zombie invasion / mutation /...
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    We change up our theme every year, but use a few...

    We change up our theme every year, but use a few common characters and places form time to time. One of our old chestnuts is Pandora Labs, often the cause of every zombie invasion / mutation /...
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    Down close to 40% so far this year. Probably the...

    Down close to 40% so far this year. Probably the worst in five years, with no real explanation. Even after a really tough (quality-wise) year a few years ago, people still came in droves. Not sure...
  7. I have had this question as well - what is the...

    I have had this question as well - what is the single-most scariest ending that could be done in a haunt?

    Too often a haunted house just ends. There might be a boring chainsaw, but for the most...
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    All kidding aside, if you can find the name of...

    All kidding aside, if you can find the name of that company, that would be great. My efforts so far have been less than encouraging but, really, I've only called one place so far. :)
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    Hey, if you know who that is, let me know. But I...

    Hey, if you know who that is, let me know. But I think I figured it out before them because, well, I'm pretty amazing that way. I am Mephisto the Great, after all. ;)
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    Ooh - that might work; I've been looking into...

    Ooh - that might work; I've been looking into custom printing on lycra. It can be done, but it has some specifics to consider. I'm going to look into it.

    For legal reasons I'll say right now...
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    Stretchy Fabric Portraits?

    Greetings Haunters:

    I am trying to track down the name of that rubbery fabric that you can push against and see the contour of your face and hands. It used to be popular a while back, then I don't...
  12. Stumped on an opening scare - outdoor haunt

    Greetings Haunters:

    Anticipation is always key is building a scare and, as we are a haunted forest, that first shriek of terror from a guest is a great build for those waiting in line. This year,...
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    Just a heads up that, if you play music to a...

    Just a heads up that, if you play music to a large group if people, you'll need to register that music to avoid copyright issues. Signing up with BMI / ASCAP or other service is amazingly cheap....
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    Thanks guys! It gets the ideas flowing. We...

    Thanks guys! It gets the ideas flowing.

    We have a robust acting skills and training process (incentives, prizes, etc.), but there are a good deal more issues than what I mentioned here. Hence the...
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    No-Acting-Needed Scares?

    I have to say, my volunteer actors stink. Since our event is non-profit, we are limited by those actors associated with the groups benefited; try as we might, the level of acting isn't getting much...
  16. Poll: Strangely enough, I have no photos during the day...

    Strangely enough, I have no photos during the day on film. Plenty of video (of the videos, 'natch) but nothing in daylight when it's all set-up. I have a shot of a partially-built queue in the...
  17. Poll: Since our haunt is outdoors, we theme the...

    Since our haunt is outdoors, we theme the queue-line as a 1950s haunted Drive-In, with a hearse projecting our movies on a big screen. This year we're adding tombstones and graveyard things to create...
  18. Facebook group

    If you go to their Facebook group, you can see a few pics. People are usually in front of it, but maybe it's enough. I have a photo myself from when I did one of their Fright Tours back in 2000 but,...
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    Transworld: Buyer Credentials

    Greetings, fellow haunters. A very silly question, but as a Transworld newbie (been in the business for 10+ years but finally making my first trip to St. Louis):

    Are the required buyer credentials...
  20. Ticketing Options - Any Recommendations?

    Howdy Haunters:

    We had a great seaosn this year but our biggest complaint was the wait in line. Do any of you use Fast Pass-style ticketing options? The kind that assign the customer a window of...
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    Poll: Larry: The front page of HW is already better....

    Larry:

    The front page of HW is already better. I'm of the camp that simplicity is better than overload, and keeping 2-3 areas of focus is better than 10-12. It's more linear, too, so visually it's...
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    Help! I need HELP! There's gotta be a...

    Help! I need HELP!

    There's gotta be a Dreamweaver guru out there somewhere!

    (Do I sound desperate?)


    Mephisto
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    Dreamweaver Question

    Any of you haunters savvy with Dreamweaver?

    On my event website I have a "Legend" page where visitors can click on items and see various documents and things revealing the history of the event....
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    Brett: Thanks for the input. I think they're...

    Brett:

    Thanks for the input. I think they're asking $1200, but I thought it might be a better investment for a ton of portable audio as those have served me well for 10 years. The biggest problem...
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    Expert Audio System Questions!

    Hi Haunt Fiends :

    The owner of the park where we produce our haunted forest is looking to secure a used audio system. It contains a mixer and a number of amplifiers and other things. Here's the...
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