2 Weeks Ago
Any haunt consultant that is encouraging you to do this is an idiot!
My guess is that any haunts that do full contact, do not tell their insurance company anything about it. No insurance company will cover this type of physical contact.
I am all for trying new and even unconventional types of ideas in your haunt, but haunts that are including these types of gimmicks are ruining this industry in my opinion. It only takes one actor to accidentally touch a boob to get that haunt in huge trouble. I worked for a haunt many years ago that had that scenario happen. Police were involved, people were fired and law suits ensued.
It is a horrible idea! There is no need to touch customers. We tell our customers all the time not to touch anything inside the haunt especially the actors, but then we go and touch them? Does that make any sense at all? Any haunt that does this, must have actors being hit, punched, kicked & thrown to the ground every night. Who wants to work in that type of envirorment? If this is what you do in your haunt then you deserve whatever you get.
This new trend is just as bad as the Naked haunted house idea. Don't do it! Doesn't our industry already have enough problems. It's just another way to place another black eye on haunted attractions.
Most haunts probably ask their customers to sign a waiver stating that they may be touched inside. Ask any lawyer how well waivers hold up in court.
The only reason to attempt this type of tactic is that the haunt cannot scare anybody any other way. If that's the case, how good of a haunt are they in the first place? This can ruin your reputation in very quick fashion. Word of mouth is the best advertising in the haunt business. Without good word of mouth, your haunt will not make it very long!
DON'T TOUCH THE CUSTOMERS!
I am sure someone will come on here and totally disagree with what I am saying. Almost every time I make a post I get bashed for my comments. However, I am a person who has been involved in this industry for 28 years and have seen almost every haunt situation. When I post or reply to a post, it comes from my own experiences and knowledge of this industry. Even though I sold my haunt and am no longer associated with any attraction at the moment, I still watch out for the industry which I love and has been such an important part of my life for so many years. I hope my posts come across as helpful information and suggestions from someone who really cares about the future success of this industry that has treated me very well for most of my life. I am never here to try to cause problems.
Anyway, just my 2 cents!
Yours in "Spirit,"
Howie "Slobber" Erlich
1986-1997 (Mutilation Mansion,) 1998 (Screamers Haunted House,) 1999 (Evil Intention Haunted House,) 2000-2001 Concept Creator/Business Partner (Urban Legends Haunted House,) 2002 Floor Plan Designer and Consultant for a (Haunted Barn) Owners had city challenges & were never able to open, 2002 Floor Plan Designer/Construction (Fright Nights Haunted House) 2003-2012 Now retired Owner (Deadly Intentions Haunted Attraction)