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  1. Default calculating your sqft 
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    I see some haunts listed at 20k sqft. Is that only actual haunting area or does that include things such as queue line areas, exits, actor passageways, etc etc..
     

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    That's going to depend 100% on who is doing the figuring. Most haunters want to bump up the bragging rights, so they would count everything, but then some people are honest about it.
    Brian Warner
    Owner of Evilusions www.EVILUSIONS.com
    Technical Director of Forsaken Haunted House www.Forsakenhaunt.com
    Mechanical Designer (animatronics) at Gore Galore www.Gore-Galore.com
     

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    We have a 25,000 sq foot building we are in and that's how big we say the haunt is , really just because it's easier. The space the haunt takes up in it is about 18,000 but with us we have people leave before they get a foot in the door so we scare thru out the whole area, pretty much.

    Robert
     

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    Over 740,000 square feet of corn maze. Haunted area is another 130,000 square feet. Of course I am outside though.

    Wicked Farmer
     

  5. Default Sqare Foootage 
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    Haunted Paws~

    As Gadget said " Most haunters want to bump up the bragging rights, so they would count everything, but then some people are honest about it. "

    Which for BRAGGING RIGHTS is all good an well(to an extent) ..
    the only ones who will REALLY KNOW will be you and your crew and POSSIBLY those that want to go through with a tape measure.

    So do you want to "brag and lie " about how big your haunt (walk through is) or do you want to be up front and honest about it .

    BUT ... this also would depend on your situation ..

    Indoor or out door...

    Does you Insurance Company OR you Building/Fire Inspector want to know how much area is OCCUPIED ( as in travel through space consistently) for your patrons and your actors .. as well as props and such.

    Commercial, non profit, or just "doing for the hell of it" for Halloween.

    There are many different aspects you want to take into consideration when calculating sq footage.

    Just my thoughts.
    ~LoneWolf
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolfmage View Post
    Commercial, non profit, or just "doing for the hell of it" for Halloween.
    I'm gonna run as a commercial non-profit? I'm planning to pay a few people and then donate the rest to some specific charities. 25k seems enough but running the math you'd need an even larger building as 25k haunt is probably 30k with all the passageways and rooms for the actors.
     

  7. Default Sq Footage 
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    You may or may not know some of these things.. if you do sorry for "preaching" in a way. .. if you don't consider it a bit of friendly advice.. with no offense intended at all

    What *I* would do .. Is the following

    consider ALL your Sq Ft age(patron space, actor space, etc.) .... for insurance purposes... (Talk to Ken at West Land Insurance)

    That way you most if not all your stuff( meaning ..animations, props, etc.) is covered......even including if you store stuff on site..

    As far as running commercial/non profit...

    Again, check with you local Town/City council .. REMEMBER . once you CHARGE(meaning money changes hands from the patron to you .. or your business) .. you MAY ( at least in my area) you MAY need to get a variance from the city /town board..

    Case in point .. I was told .. after talking with building inspector.. for my home haunt .. that I COULD NOT charge ,, or ask in any way for monetary donations from the patrons .. UNLESS I went for a variance..

    BUT I Could ask for NON monetary donations for admission.. ( such as non perishable food items - or SLIGHTLY used clothing) with no problems what so ever tyhat would go to a local food pantry or clothing pantry.

    Just some things to think about.

    ~LoneWolf
     

  8. Default There is this old quote: 
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    "Nobody has a good enough memory to be a totally successful liar."
    "Was he lieing?"
    "Were his lips moving?"
    If someone ever thinks I am telling lies it might just be because they can't believe those "fantastic" things I am telling them because , 1) The things I tell them are unusual compared to the things they know or have done.
    I have had some very non-ordinary experiences in my 61 years.
    2) I created an unusual haunted house here from a haunted, haunted house.
    3) I HAVE done a huge percentage of all the work here over these last 25 years.
    4) This haunt, house, yard and subterraineon levels cover 5,000 sq. ft. which is not wasted, maybe too busy for some?
    5) Tours Do Take 60 to 90 minutes and most of the time I lead the whole house tour.
    6) Or maybe I'm just a 12 yr. old kid getting my jollys pretending to be someone else?
    Now there is a difficult lie to pull off since people here have been to The Ravens Grin! (And not just in their dreams, although they sometimes hang out here after they experience the house!)
     

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    Okay the plan is coming together, Year one I will have limited guests in exchange for pairs of socks, second year underwear, third year laundry soap, fourth year dog food. Year 5 will be paper towel year. I likes wiping things up.


    Another fabulous post from the U.S.Department of Wild Imaginings, now in spectaclar stereo, sponsored by the Adhesives and Sealants Council, suggesting ways to stick things together since the 1800s. Not fabulous in a gay way. Your results may vary. Illinois residents add 8% sales tax. These posts have been made by professional post makers, do not try this type of posting on your own without extensive training, lovely assistants and a trusty clown horn.
     

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    How many square feet should my sock drawer be? I is it a funtion of population? What kind of sock drawer can I build for $3,000 to $5,000? Should I dip my socks in fire retardant? Will the fire marshal be intrested in getting some socks?

    I think for 3 to 5 K the sock drawer should have voice recogition, you say what day of the week it is, what color you want and a shelf flips around and comes out pnuematically, a little LED light illuminates the sock presentation. A robotic air brush and stencil come out and put my very own special insignia on the sock prior to going out in to public. If I ever find a reason to leave the house after having all these socks. Security cameras and recording devices are trained on the shelves to make sure that one sock isn't trying to escape every once in a while. Miniature gold plated barbed wire pointing in to keep the socks in.

    Big neon signs that declare it is "sock time." Special sock presentation music. It could happen.
    Last edited by Greg Chrise; 04-14-2011 at 01:48 AM. Reason: socks socks and more socks


    Another fabulous post from the U.S.Department of Wild Imaginings, now in spectaclar stereo, sponsored by the Adhesives and Sealants Council, suggesting ways to stick things together since the 1800s. Not fabulous in a gay way. Your results may vary. Illinois residents add 8% sales tax. These posts have been made by professional post makers, do not try this type of posting on your own without extensive training, lovely assistants and a trusty clown horn.
     

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