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    I was wondering how people help little kids when there scared if at all. The ones that are to scared to even enter the haunt. My buddy gave me a wonderful idea of having a box of cheap $1 masks laying close by. So when there scared hand them the mask and say now your one of the monsters to anytime they scare you they are actually just saying hi to you. It reminded me when i was toddler, I actually did say hi monster anytime they would growl at me. whats your guys input?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Macabre View Post
    I was wondering how people help little kids when there scared if at all. The ones that are to scared to even enter the haunt. My buddy gave me a wonderful idea of having a box of cheap $1 masks laying close by. So when there scared hand them the mask and say now your one of the monsters to anytime they scare you they are actually just saying hi to you. It reminded me when i was toddler, I actually did say hi monster anytime they would growl at me. whats your guys input?
    I like that. I also thought of having a lot actor be a sweet fairy (female) or a cute clown ( keyword: cute, and, again, female, and with no white-face) who would help the kids feel better, and maybe even give them a lollipop.

    Also, any actor who purposefully scared a little child would be disemboweled, strung up, and used as lifelike decor . . . not to mention fired on the spot. Not only is it bad karma, it's also bad business, as not only would I probably have to smooth things over with the parents, including refunding the family's ticket money and giving them free drink coupons at the concession stand or something, but that kid will probably grow up to never be a haunt goer, and I just lost a potential life customer, not to mention all the bad word-of-mouth we would get.

    All because some dorky kid in a mask making $7 an hour thought he was going to be clever.

    Something else I have in mind for when we do a multi-attraction event is having scare zones, where the lot actors and house actors have to stay in a certain area, so the kiddies at the kiddie area would only see them from a great distance, if at all. If a scare actor crosses into the kid friendly zones, they are either given a warning or fired on the spot.

    Also, actors will only go after the parents, not the kids. Not only is it more entertaining for the kids, but they feel safer, while the house and overall experience is still just as spooky. Yes, they will acknowledge the kids, and give them attention, but we don't need to traumatize them to entertain them.

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    If they are under 13 I dont want them in my haunt.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marr Branch View Post
    If they are under 13 I dont want them in my haunt.
    Well, you'd think so, but what if a family of 6 shows up, with all the kids being of age, except one that's 10? Do you turn away a group worth $100? Or do you allow for that one youngen in?

    Aye, there be the rub.

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    i do not recomend children under the age of 12 i repeat i do not recomend children under the age of 12. If mom and dad are stupid enough to bring there child through my haunt i will gladely take there money NO REFUNDS if the child wants to go stand by my uniformed police officier fine i will not alter my scares for anyone i have had 8 year olds go through and get scared but nothing major and i have had grown adults come out crying so its up to the adult on what is approipriet (by the way i cant spell) if i change the scare for a family when 14 year old billy AKA older brother goes to school monday and tells his friends that the haunt wasnt good. Thats potiential money down the drain. Also the level of actors that we are getting sometimes cant or shouldnt think for themselves giving your actors mixed messeges about who they should and should not scare is in my opinion a reciept for disaster.
     

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    http://marrbranchhauntedhouse.comIf there are 6 paying guests and the youngest one is 10 they can go through. But I am not responsible for what might freak them out . I've seen stupid parents force their kids to go thru haunts that the kids were terrified of. It says on my website we are not you're local pumpkin patch we are the MARR BRANCH!
    Last edited by Marr Branch; 08-25-2012 at 08:10 PM.
     

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    While I do not recommend younger children in the haunt. I always put on an act when I see them in the queue. I go up to scare the parents and suddenly when I see the child, I immediately cower down and act scared of them. Usually the parents 'get it' and act like the kid is protecting them. The kids tend to start growling and acting scary towards me. I will continue to act frightened and run away from them. They usually have a smile on their face, everyone is entertained and we all wind up having a great time which is the entire point of working a haunt.

    I also do this to elderly and handicapped people in the right circumstances. Obviously it varies with the situation, but I would rather make them laugh than have them crying in fright...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Macabre View Post
    I was wondering how people help little kids when there scared if at all. The ones that are to scared to even enter the haunt. My buddy gave me a wonderful idea of having a box of cheap $1 masks laying close by. So when there scared hand them the mask and say now your one of the monsters to anytime they scare you they are actually just saying hi to you. It reminded me when i was toddler, I actually did say hi monster anytime they would growl at me. whats your guys input?
    Even better the mask makes them a monster or makes them invisible.
     

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    While all the warnings and disclosures of age suggestions are needed to warn customers before during and after they pay, the way your cast handles each circumstance will determine how good they are at doing what they do. Some times horror and comedy can go hand and hand.
    Here is a good test for your actor... line up an elderly couple, two parents with a child and a group of teenage girls. See if they can entertaint each of them without upsetting or offending one of the others...
     

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    What if you have a group of 5 a mother father and a child and two other adults? If you come out of character you stand the chance of ruining the other guests experience. I feel that you should never come out of character. Parents should know before going in if their children can handle it or not. Once in the haunt if the child just can't go thru we have a room where the parents can drop them off. We call this room the Cup Cake room. It's a regular room with candy on the table and we usually have a child friendly movie on the TV. After the walk thru we take the parents back to their children.
     

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