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  1. Default *** OUT-DOOR HAUNTS*** 
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    After viewing some video footage on other haunts and pictures, I asked myself, Why not do my haunt out-doors?

    I want some thoughts on this! I know weather for these are a big factor. I am not worried so much on the weather. Some times being out side gives a certain extra edge to a haunt, rather then an indoor haunt.

    I am sure that anyone could get real creative with an out-door haunt.

    Are they a little cheaper to opperate? Maybe this could be a better way to go.

    I want your opinions. This would be a walk through haunt. No hay-ride. After all I am going to have a lot of space available to use if it were to be out-doors.

    My other question would be, how do out-door haunts prevent theft?
     

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    If doing a haunt outdoors please make sure your path is:

    -Free and clear of ANY hazards; this could mean rocks, branches, potholes, wires, etc.
    -Not on "off road" terrain... let your path be somewhat flat and level most of the way! People don't like and bunch of hills, ditches, drops, etc.


    What we did for the maze was run all the wiring for lights, props, effects, etc. and then covered our path with gravel! This kept a nice, solid walk path that allowed us to run our wiring UNDER the patrons feet! For more on this PM me!

    For electricity we used three (3) generators with appropriate wiring/cabling to run electricity to about 20 acres of maze! The only thing here was gas prices... it takes gas to run those big monsters!

    For scares, we used the natural setting of the trees/woods to scare people. Scenes were inspired by movies like: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn, SAW, Friday the 13th (we did Camp Crystal Lake!), Signs and others!

    We rented out about 18 chainsaws and 8 weed-eaters... we were told that they where heard (with screams) upto 2-3 MILES away!

    We had a cast of about, I think 80... about 2-3 people per scene/area and a handfull to roam around in our "deadzones". The "Deadzones" were straight blackness of the maze that the people had to find there way through with only a flashlight to guide them. This is where you found all the saws and roamers! LOL!... We also had BIGFOOT walking around... LOL!

    We had to build a ticktet area, costume and backstage areas, parking, and have restroom facilites on site!

    Hope this helps... If you have any questions, please just ask. -Tyler
     

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    Thanks here on the iodeas. Going for outdoor midway and trailer and some mazes with no roofs as I live in a rural area with no light pollution. Somewhat gentle rolling hills all over, no really level ground, though. The ideas will help there
    The word for the day is NPD. Check it out.
     

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    Our areas that where themed and lit we your typical haunt style set-up with walls, effects, lights, fog, etc. But we used alot of the POD (OakIsland Pro.) technique in SEVERAL places...

    We also used those "cattle gates" found at Farm Supply stores to control where patrons can and CAN'T go! -Tyler
     

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    GREAT INFORMATION - KEEP THEM COME'N!
     

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    That's got to be one of the most amzingly scary haunts i've heard about. I'd love to check that out sometime if i ever got the chance!
     

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    Just come on up to KY! LOL!... We'll give you the full show and "backwoods" tour, LOL! -Tyler
     

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    haha maybe if i make enough profit off of mine i can do that sometime sounds like it would be well worth it....any other good haunts up there????
     

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    The first Transworld I attended found me quietly sitting behind "Grandpa & Grandma" who were jabbering about their outdor haunt.
    "We are open 43 days of the year, we have only ever been rained out 2 nights of those 43, we are located between two towns of 20,000 and 15,000, each town has a couple of colleges (more potential customers) we run with family and volunteer helpers, we pay them nothing but we will give them a free hotdog at the end of the night and a pat on the back........... we take in about $120,000.oo a season."
    They didn't seem like braggerts they seemed genuine in their remarks.

    "A free hotdog!??"
    I'm sorry, I just couldn't operate this way....
    Mr. Tuxedo couldn't operate this way either...he would keep the hotdog for himself! that beats out "Grandpa" for being a cheapskate old penny-pincher!
     

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    Since we are talking about out door haunts I thought I would include one they do in New york...

    Their haunt while smaller and less quality then some of you big guys, does fairly well. The haunt starts off in a picnic shelter about a 40x20 space...It then leads into a heavily wooded area, and goes up and around a hill. After that they enter a 2nd picnic shelter, and then exit.. takes a good 15-20 mins to walk through. Just thought I would post how one haunt does it.
     

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