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    #1
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    Despite whether it has been asked or not, can I ask a quick question? How many of us use a backstory or have a storyline for our haunt!?? How important do we find it as an attraction to have a backstory?! I know that it isn't essential to have a story, but how many of us use back stories either to drive marketing or actors in an attraction?!
    O'Shawn McClendon
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    I use a back story in each of my haunts. It helps guide the setwork as well as the actors. I also use it to entertain the quelines.
    Allen H
     

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    I think a back story is one of the most important thing a haunt can do to make it successful.
    BLOOD, GUTS AND GORE!
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    We use a VERY elaborate backstory..... 50% of the people never notice.... 30% that do don't think about it one way or another... but that last 20% latch onto it like it's their favorite soap opera or something!

    And I agree... it does help flesh out the show and keep the actors involved.
    "What I need is more power and less *@^! from you people....... HEY....... who took my tiara of pain!!!"
     

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    I think you would be surprised at the number of people that read it on the websites. Our front door person talks with people outside and it's obvious when they get into the conversation how much they know. Helps set the mood. But make sure your actors know the storyline. If not, then customers are turned off.

    I couldn't believe the number of emails in the past two years we have gotten asking us if it the legend was true or not.
     

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    Just wrote the first draft of the backstory on our new haunt last night...
    Brett Hays, Director
    Fear Fair
    www.fearfair.com
     

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    My numbers were just off the top of my head..... we didn't do an official survey.
    "What I need is more power and less *@^! from you people....... HEY....... who took my tiara of pain!!!"
     

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    Haha. A.j., I will definitely have to look into signing up on the site !!!

    Thanks for all the responses guys. The feedback was kinda what I expected. I'm a FIRM believer in stories. I feel a short, detailed story would get more attention on the website than a novel, because even I don't enjoy reading stories about haunts that trail on forever and go nowhere. I too use them to drive room design, character development and entertainment for waiting guests. I definitely also agree with "you may not notice outright, but you'll miss it if it wasn't there"
    O'Shawn McClendon
    Creative Chair -- Operator: Cayce-West Columbia Hall of Horrors

    One mans junk is another mans kick-ass new prop...

    http://www.hallofhorrors.com

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    Well, being a writer, every aspect of my life has a story... That's how i got involved with my haunt to begin with, writing their legend. Now that I understand haunts better, i'm excited to tailor the story type to the haunt fans.

    We had several people come through who honestly thought our story was real, and we made sure not to tell them otherwise. We kept getting the "I keep researching for more and I can't find anything." I tend to want to say "i wish you could see the story in my head..." The actors came to me several times asking "well, what would this character do?" because the story of the haunt runs so much further than anything customers have ever read.

    Not only does it give actors something to work with and customers something to identify with, but it gives journalists something to write about other than "well they're scary!"

    Here's my proudest moment this past season:
    http://www.examiner.com/haunted-plac...er-pics-videos

    Catie Mahfouz
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    Backstory is always a good thing to have for your haunt and with good reason too! As stated people will read it off your website and this will give them a good idea of what to expect before even entering the premises of your haunt other then photos. An if your letting some one like me in charge of your photos, well I love being cryptic with the imagery I use.

    Another reason its a good idea to do this is because its a good way to help yourself when you decide to expand your existing theme. It just helps you move yourself in a direction that makes things come together.
    ~*~How is a raven like a writing desk ?
    ~*~*~There both the perfect tools for picking at the brain.
    ~*~*~*~An my favorite game you ask ?
    ~*~*~*~*~ Raven on the desk of course.

    Jessica Ward
     

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