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    I love Pirate themed things. Flume rides, gulf courses, water parks, movies. This is not the scariest theme but I still absolutely love it. The possibilities are endless.

    Maybe one day ill have enough space to have a pirate themed something….


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    I have a pirate themed haunt, I find it very eay to come up with ideas for that show as opposed to the others. I would say my least favorite theme is the generic victorian manor theme, Its fairly limiting and VERY VERY popular, we have several great shows in my area alone but its almost over done as far as number of attractions or very loosely adhered to because of its limits.
    Asylum is a good theme and can make a strong haunt, I also like Castles, I can see a prison theme being limited but providing a high energy show.
    For those who are budget minded the Cannibal/zombie redneck theme is cheap and effectve.
    At my park I have a Castle, a pirate show (3-D), an asylum, a graveyard, and a death trap maze (light Saw theme) as well as a pumpkin patch.
    The trail I own inside the park cycles through 5 themes so it changes each year. they are, Realm of the Beast (gets to vary this year it was werewolves), Maze of the Minotaur (greek myth monsters), Frozen with fear (yeti), Classic creature feature (classic black and white movie monsters, sets and all costumes are in black and white I love this one) and lastly "The Infestation" (bug themed pretty high creep factor there).
    so the haunts I work on for SCREAMS are pretty normal but the trail I have alot of fun with.
    I guess I love off the wall themes where I am immersed in another world.
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    I would have a hard time picking a theme, but I guess I go more towrads traditional skeletons and tombstones and ghosts type stuff. Not much into the clowns and stuff that's more modern.

    This year we are switching gears and doing a real haunted barn. I have to get my wheels turning on THAT theme now, LOL.
     

  4. Default Kimmy's Haunted Barn 
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    Could have used this. A few years ago the city dumping ground just over the hill from my house(Not nearly as nasty as it sounds, they keep it cleaned up in neat piles and mow it often)
    Some farmer was given permission to dump a tremendous load of black dirt , like a semi-load that the city needed to replace sodded areas with that they tore up doing street and water main work. In that pile of dirt were the bones of cows, horses from what must have been some previous farmer's animal burial ground from many years ago, since the animal rendering business comes and takes the complete critter and have been doing this now for a great number of years.
    Imagine wiring the bones back together to have a barn full of skeletal farm animals awaiting the customers!
    The boney cow turns it's head loking at the customers and says,"No milk today, sorry."
    Mount a plastic gallon milk carton in the cow, upside-down of course.
     

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    Post apocalyptic themes are my favorite. I give the haunt even more props if it isn't zombie driven.

    Personally I'd love to see this as a theme. Post nuclear war, survivors of nuclear war/winter/summer have all rebuilt "society" in their own ways creating contrasting tribes, with different cultural beliefs. Due to the scarcity of resources, each tribe is very protective of their little settlements and basically war against neighboring tribes for resources.

    The idea being that you as a guest to the haunted house are nomads and are caught in the cross fire of these waring tribes that are filled with brutes, mutants, government experiments that survived nuclear blasts, corrupt humans and other chaotic things. Maybe have societies that are filled with people who worship a chainsaw and kill/survive with them. The real scare their is the carnal need to survive.


    I also like the mystery house/hotel rooms. Kind of like the haunted mansion themes but not really restricted to being within a mansion or hotel, I really liked the movie 1408. It was mostly in the hotel room, but then it wasn't at one point...but it was...Spoiler!

    Then of course I'd find it fun to have just a complete gore porn haunt. Blood guts and mayhem the entire time. I'd like to see how creative someone can get past chopping off limbs and what not. Gory is easy but if you aren't creative with gore, it won't impress me or many of the kids who grew up with SAW the franchise.
     

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    Jim, thanks that's a GREAT idea!!! My hubby works in the dairy industry so that's also a nod to him which he will LOVE!!!

    Being very rural where we are at, we are fortunate to have a good friend who is a farmer and butchers his own cows and pigs. I'm sure I can talk to him for some livestock goodies. Not sure about the whole cow skeleton but maybe we would come up with something!! Thanks again!
     

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    I like carnival/circusey things a lottttttt. Like, sideshow style deformities and stuff are creepy on their own, and fake pickled punks...and clowns. Just because it's so easy/entertaining to pick on coulrophobes. Oh and everyone's encountered some creepy fair employees at some point, so traditional carny workers are good.

    Second favorite is probably hospital/asylum stuff....with too many questionable looking strange instruments everywhere. haha
     

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    Old traveling circus is my runner up! So many ideas to run with.. Thanks for all the responses.
     

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    i think it'd be SO much fun to start up a fair, but market it as an old school "traditional carnival"......and still have all the regular fair stuff, like carosels/questionable rides/cotton candy/petting zoo and stuff, but then have a sideshow, too. and NOT market it as a haunt for a while and just have people wandering around in circus performer outfits/makeup and clowns and random other creepy things. so people are really at a "haunted carnival" but dont know it.
     

  10. Default Yes! Devolino! 
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    That would be much evil fun!
    Misrepresentation, fooling people then watching and listening as they slowly begin to worry about their surroundings and those populating it...
    I get to do such a thing many nights of the year. I sometimes miss this opportunity in the fall when it gets too busy to take the time to cultivate the mood, mess with their expectations, then sucker-punch their mental safety net and their responses mimic frightened clue-less children.
    Yes, it's all shamelessly feeding the ego. I probably have enough reputation "Badges" now to be a full-blown Ego-Scout!
    I'm "comfortable". I don't worry too much about someone possibly writing "Checks" on my Ego Account.
    In the finale everybody laughs, making it all good for all concerned.
    "Fooled Yah! I'm not really Dead!" (Or am I?)
    "Fooled Yah! I'm not really a totally crazy-person!" (Or???)
    You can't ask my old psychiatrist. He was found murdered in his car with his "goods"sliced free and shoved back inside of him. I was told.
    It wasn't My Doing, really it wasn't.
    True story.

    Scared Yet?
     

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