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    Anyone else have problems with your staff not wanting to work at your haunt on Halloween night? (Halloween is on Friday this year.) Half our returning staff say they already have plans for Halloween night (and some for the whole weekend.)

    How do you deal with that?
     

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    Maybe these forums should be renamed to GhostTown. :P
     

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    We always have the same problem with staff, but somehow, we always make it through. We've tried a few different approaches, and nothing seems to have solved the problem entirely. If you pay your staff, you can try bonus pay, or we even tried double pay. We also tried limiting the use of the actor freebie tickets to only being able to be used on Halloween night, thinking that they would want to be there so there friends and family could see them act. Didn't really make any difference, just ended up having a few more customers, and still short on staff. We've even tried having an "after Party" on Halloween night, thinking that more actors would be present. Didn't help either. Guess it's just luck of the draw as to who works at the different haunts, as to who stays and who doesn't show on these nights.
     

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    Hello mrfoos. I will echo pondo's sentiments. It is always a challenge staffing the haunt. I wish there was a sure fire method for getting the staff to attend all of the time but it's hard with a part time seasonal position. We usually do pretty well but you always seem to get those nights where you scramble to get all of the spots filled. Good luck to you for a successful season.
     

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    One reason that any haunt I have worked at, or operated, wasn't open on Halloween. If all your actors are too busy to come, then where will your customers be? Probably the same partys or taking their kids trick or treating.
    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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    School Homecoming dances are what kills my staff turnout
    Like a midget at a urinal, you gotta be on your toes

    http://www.wellstownshiphauntedhouse.com
     

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