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  1. Default Mr. Haunt has been given an interesting opportunity! 
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    My neighbor who is on the local city council has offered me an opportunity. He forwarded an email I had sent him to the recreation specialist of the city of Oakdale. I will share the email with you and I would like your opinions.


    Brian,

    My name is Mary Tulgren and I am the Recreation Specialist in the Oakdale Parks and Recreation Department. Paul Reinke forwarded your e-mail to me in regards to the haunted maze proposal you had suggested. We may have something that might work for you.

    To give you some background, my department puts on a Haunted Hayride for kids ages 3 - 10 every year the Thursday before Halloween. The Haunted Hayride is held in Oakdale Park, adjacent to the Nature Center. We set up 7 - 8 scare stations along the trails (with costumed characters, foggers, strobe lights, etc) and the hay wagons drive past stations. We also have other activities such as a bonfire, costume contest, etc. that take place as well.

    Currently, we are building a new facility for the Recreation Department/Nature Center - which will open in September 2007. The facility we are currently housed in will become a storage facility. My thoughts are that this may be a good facility to set up a haunted house. There would also be some potential to possible set up a small haunted maze. Or maybe we could enhance our haunted hayride event to include older youth & adults.

    I would be interested in talking more with you about your thoughts and ideas. I can be reached at 651-773-1316. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Mary Tulgren
    Recreation Specialist
    Oakdale Recreation Dept./Nature Center

    This might be the ticket I have been looking for. Being that I will be new to the haunt world, this could be a good starting point for my future.

    Brian
     

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    Brian,

    That sounds like it could be a very exciting opportunity for you. you could learn a lot working on a project like that and move much closer you your ultimate goals. I would certainly suggest setting up a meeting to discuss the options.

    I hope it works out well for you.

    Dave
    Lords of Chaos, LLC
    House of Chaos Haunted Attraction
     

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    1st thought that ALWAYS pops into my head is sprinkers?
    www.atheateroflostsouls.com Or if you need makeup or supplies www.abramagic.com


    "I am a frickin evil genius who deserves some frickin respect!"
     

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    Take it and run with it! If th city is asking you to help with a haunt i'd say take it for all its worth.

    Keep us posted!

    Sean
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    Sounds Good! How big is the facility?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxxdirk
    1st thought that ALWAYS pops into my head is sprinkers?
    I second that thought! Sprinklers, sprinklers, sprinklers.

    Best of luck with this opportunity, too!
     

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    Most of the successful haunters I have met....fell into a good location. It sounds like a great opportunity...I am envious
     

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    Spinklers? There might be, the building has been revamped. It's currently the nature center building. So it's the hub of operations for them. The one down fall is they lack parking BIG TIME! Maybe I can think of a shutle bus of some kind.

    I will speak to them ASAP so we will see how it goes, I will keep all posted!
     

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    A little word of advice for you Brian. For our first year open, I teamed up with a volunteer fire dept., which gave me a free building, and a few firefighters that I could put into costume. One thing that the fire dept. insisted on, is that we need to have a kids section goig along right next to the haunt, all in a big metal building. So that way all of the families that supported the fire dept could come out for support. On the really slow nights it was ok. We would just stop the loud music, and run a little kids soundtrack. But on the busier nights when we had a 45 minute wait or more, and we had a few 5 year olds walk up to go through the kids section, we had to stop verything almost imediately to let the kids go through- if not, then they would get terrified from waiting outside too long, because of the sounds coming from inside.
    I really did not want to have a kids section in my haunt, but they refused to back down from this idea, and it ended up biting us in the ass a few times.

    Moral of this story is: this sounds like a great thing you've got going and it really can work out really well. But if you are going to team up with the city on this, and they keep the little kiddie thing going, you wanna make sure ya'll are either in seperate buildings in the same area, or lean towards mainly having a haunt geared towards adults. Your main audience will be teens and younger adults, so you need to have something that will scare the pants off this age group. By doing this, you are probably gonna traumatize any kids that are close by.
    If the city is dead set on keeping this kids thing, then they might want you to tune down your design which can kill your sales and repeat business.

    Take this opportunity, cause most cities try to run us off, not offer us a building; but make sure you have the freedom of doing what you want first, before you commit everything to this.
    Brad Bowen
    Owner/Operator of the Ultimate Fear Haunted House in Shreveport, LA
    www.ultimatefear.net
     

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    No, no, no. Keep the kid audience simply make sure the lights are on, scare the adults infront of the kids, the kids will love it!
    It will be easier than you think to scare the adults with the lights all on because they will be relaxed. (If you can't figure out how to do this," scare", then you need to be doing something else in October)
    Lots of fun awaits everyone.
     

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