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    We used a decapitated clown's head on a zip line...

    We used a decapitated clown's head on a zip line one year. Picked it up at Spirit Halloween a few years back (yes, they do have *some* decent stuff that can be modified into a great prop).
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    We had one a few years back. Customer didn't...

    We had one a few years back. Customer didn't follow instructions on going down and ended up breaking an ankle. (We also had a few complaints about a rough landing below.) The ankle ended up as an...
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    That's a very interesting and good point. 10...

    That's a very interesting and good point. 10 years ago, we were the only haunt in the area, but now there are several more that have sprung up. Some have done quite well, while others have the...
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    One year, we sent all the area high schools...

    One year, we sent all the area high schools tickets (10-25 each) to be given out to "star students" or other deserving students (economically disadvantaged, etc). What we ended up with is very few...
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    We did a similar effect using a suspended floor. ...

    We did a similar effect using a suspended floor. We had a building with a mezzanine over one area. We used 500# test chains (I think 6 or 8 of them) attached to the I-beams above and the moving...
  6. What percentage of ticket sales will be taken as...

    What percentage of ticket sales will be taken as "commission" or fees? "Any breaks in ticket sales for charity haunts?
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    If you can score an old PC you could use a simple...

    If you can score an old PC you could use a simple program that comes with it (such as Media Player or Real Player or any other one) and set them to loop and full screen. Unfortunately, you'd need one...
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    We did a kicking victim (hanging from a rope...

    We did a kicking victim (hanging from a rope against a wall). Used a windshield wiper motor (they're high torque) and made "skeleton" legs out of PVC tubing to put inside the stuffed victim. My...
  9. Poll: I like this answer! We've answered the same...

    I like this answer! We've answered the same question occasionally with "We're not really sure. There's still a few people we haven't found."
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    We've had mixed results, but I would say it will...

    We've had mixed results, but I would say it will take some trial and error to find out. One thing is for sure, it's never as good as the weekend before Halloween.
  11. URGENT - High Risk Insurance - HELP!

    Looking for liability insurance for our indoor haunt. We're in our 14th season. We had a large claim on our last season that was settled out of court, however Western World has decided not to...
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    We also cringe at "I'm going to kill you!"...

    We also cringe at "I'm going to kill you!" especially if it's a youngster saying it.

    I've found that whispers, just loud enough to be audible over the ambient noise, can be more effective than...
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    Two come to mind: I built a "Freddie Krueger"...

    Two come to mind: I built a "Freddie Krueger" bedroom scene that was upside down. Bed (complete with headboard, bead spread, pillows, and stuffed animal), end table, lamp, vase, pictures,...
  14. Is any of this still available?

    Is any of this still available?
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    Excellent Quality!

    We purchased a 16' for 2011 and I can say that they are high quality! Very thick and easy to install. Glad we bought it.

    (The biggest problem we had was that people wanted to go through again...
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    I was also going to suggest the rice trick. If...

    I was also going to suggest the rice trick. If it got rained on a lot, like you said, you may need to try that more than once. You might also put it in a large sealed container (tote box?) along...
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    Awesome!!!!

    Awesome!!!!
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    pics of my Tilted Room

    Here's 3 pictures of the framework of my tilted room. Sorry, I forgot to get pictures when it was done, so these are during de-construction. :mad:

    Floor is tilted roughly 30*-35*. The two walls...
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    George's Squeeze Rooms are TOP NOTCH

    Bought a 16' squeeze room from George in 2011 for our haunt. The quality is great and the crowds loved it! (although, I would recommend putting the walls about 4 feet apart at the end and 5-6 feet...
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    I know it's a bit after the original post, but we...

    I know it's a bit after the original post, but we also use Wolfe. With their Hydrocolor Makeup, you don't need to mess around with baby oil, setting powders, or baby wipes. Goes on with water,...
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    Also to be considered is strobe light pollution....

    Also to be considered is strobe light pollution. What I mean by that is if you are in an old store or warehouse with tall ceilings, or your haunt doesn't have much space between rooms, the strobes'...
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    Search YouTube and Google for "laser vortex" and...

    Search YouTube and Google for "laser vortex" and you will see how to make a laser-light tunnel. You could adapt that idea into a wall, although we did the laser vortex this year and it was a big hit...
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    This is similar to how we used to do "repeats" at...

    This is similar to how we used to do "repeats" at The Haunted Hall. For 2011, we tried something new. We offered a VIP pass for the early weekends. It allowed you to skip the lines (like a...
  24. Go Big And Long!

    We used to do a "Lite Fright" for the first 45-60 minutes but found that the ticket sales did not cover the operating cost for that time slot. We also noticed that by doing that, it prolonged the...
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    We used to work with a popular radio station to...

    We used to work with a popular radio station to be included in their haunted bus tour. They gave their riders 3-5 haunts plus transportation for one price. The main problem was that by the time...
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