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  1. Default Numbers up or down for 2013? 
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    Some haunts started as early as the 13th and a lot opened this weekend, what are the numbers looking like in comparison to 2012? Hope everyone has a great season, I always enjoy hearing how things go early in the season around the country.
     

  2. Default Heard from a cooperative; 
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    Scuttlebutt coming at me through grapevine is "down" for same week as last year even with good weather this year. This was from a haunt in Michigan that puts together a small publication of about 20 haunts. We are holding good though after 3 weekends of maze and our 2 nights of haunt. But had rain Sunday morning Sept 29th and our corn maze attendance today at opening is way below what good weather would be.

    At least this year the news media din't drive "short corn this year" into peoples heads. Tired of hearing "oh you have tall corn this year" to which we answer "we had 10 foot tall corn last year." Now as long as we do not have another I-96 shooter with swat teams all over and cop helicopters buzzing us this year i think we will be ok.

    Wicked Farmer
     

  3. Default Numbers 
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    So far, we are right about the same as last year, but both are still down a good bit from 2011.....anybody else have any numbers to share?
     

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    Down from last year and last year was down from 2011 as you said... I think price has become a major factor now. I'm adjusting right now ... I'm always learning about trends and when faced with serious issues you have to be willing and able to quickly change things up. That is what I'm doing. I think the entire haunted industry is overpriced and we've reached the limit of what is realistic... I'm making adjustments. Larry
     

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    We did about three times as much this past weekend than we did the same time last year .
     

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    I've been to 7 haunts so far and each owner has said that their numbers are slightly up from last year and most of them have said that the numbers are much better for this early in the season. We've had great weather so far and this weekend is looking good too...
     

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    I have made 17 haunts and most have said that they were up a little and one was up by 25% its opening weekend and it was a established haunt that you would not expect large fluctuation in attendance.
    Phatman
     

  8. Default So far pretty good in Ohio 
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    Last weekend was our opening weekend for the ScareAtorium in our new location. We were up about 20% over last year. I was concerned because the Ohio State Buckeyes were playing a night game on Saturday, but we still did pretty good. We’ve been fortunate our PR has been paying off early this year; we’ve had 2 entertainment newspapers/magazines feature our haunt and the local newspaper did a front cover story with a picture too.

    This week we had two TV stations at the haunt and we have another appearance scheduled for this Sunday morning. Also the ABC station set up a night vision camera in our of our scenes and they’ll be streaming live from our haunt all month. It really helps because they usually talk about it every night during the weekend evening news.

    Now if we could just get our government to open for business, then I think we’ll all do great!

    Kelly Collins
    The ScareAtorium Columbus, Ohio
     

  9. Default Reservations calendar UP for next 3 weeks.. 
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    Last weekend weather was THE driving force...but hey the lightning show in the skys was awsome!
    We raised our haunt from $10 to $15 this year. Ok we were underpriced for many years still making money. We are known widely and the price change doesn't seem to be hurting. Now; I do not intend to make a living off the haunt.
    Wicked Farmer
    Last edited by wickedfarmer; 10-10-2013 at 11:10 AM.
     

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    Started with best our best opening weekend in 5 years. This is the second year in the new locations, so that hurdle is clearly over.
    Randy Russom

    www.midstatescare.com
    Mid State Scare - San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria's favorite Haunted House
    2013 - Hmmm, we shall see what gets conjured up
     

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