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  1. Default Lights Out Tours 
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    I run an amateur haunt. As such, I don't get a chance to go out and see the professional haunts in the area.

    This year, though, I made an effort to find dates on which my haunt was closed, and the area's professional haunts were open.

    Tonight, one of the professional haunts in the area was having a "lights out tour" where you are given a glow stick and go through the haunt with all of the lights out, but with the props and actors still doing their thing.

    I gotta say, I'm not a fan.

    It may be because I run a haunt myself and I wanted to see props and scenes and effects, but I couldn't appreciate the decorations, props, settings, makeup, or anything else because I couldn't see anything. It was a bit unnerving bumping into things and having the actors scream in my ear, but it wasn't scary or impressive.

    Do any of you do these lights out tours? What do you see as the draw? I'm guessing it's targeted more to the crowd that just likes to be scared as opposed to seeing a show.

    Opinions?
     

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    I don't like them. They don't bring a crowd. $20 says when you went tonight it was almost dead lol.

    And screaming in someone's ear just isn't scary either lol
     

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    I went to a 'lights out' event on November 1st at a fairly large haunt in SC. While the creepy factor was certainly ramped up, it was a bit disconcerting not being able to see the cool props and set designs. I had not been to this particular haunt during the regular season and I had always heard good things about it regarding their attention to detail. Thankfully, there was no screaming in our ears.

    And for the record, the place was packed for it being the day after Halloween. I don't know if they consistently draw crowds for their lights out events but there were certainly a lot of folks there.
     

  4. Default done here in md nov 1 and 2 
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    we have 3 differant themes ..lights out only in 1 theme ,but with small lights throughout, not completely dark....only 1 customer in each group gets finger light. very good crowds both days..the customer in back half of group doesnt get to see much and usally misses animated props...as an actor i didnt care for it customers would put light beam directly in your eyes or face and say that 1 is real.. i am a in your face scare and moving around alot , but got blinded often..thats my feed back on it.
     

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    We did it for Halloween and had a pretty response, we are in a small market and most haunts are dated so it was a fresh idea in our market.
    My actors liked that could freestyle so to speak with their scares and the customers I talked to said it was more of rush trying to find the way out than zombie shooting which is way over done here...
     

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    I think any decent actor would enjoy this type of haunt. There are always those that whine and complain but if I were acting the darkness would be much more fun, and allows you to mess with people a little more. It should be a neat little difference than the normal show and make things fresh the last few nights and bring people back.

    DA
     

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    This has become VERY popular and profitable. I'll give you an example... the last night we opened we did Lemp as a blackout and Darkness normal. For the first time EVER Lemp beat Darkness.

    Larry
     

  8. Default lights out 
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    i never thought an actors opinion was a whine or complaining ..yes these tours are becoming popular,but if it take the darkness for you to get the scare you must not be doing a got job anyway..
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy g View Post
    i never thought an actors opinion was a whine or complaining ..yes these tours are becoming popular,but if it take the darkness for you to get the scare you must not be doing a got job anyway..
    Didn't you complain about people shining lights in your eyes? I'm just saying if you're good none of that stuff would stop you from getting great scares. It's just excuses. When I did my home haunt we sent them running out!

    DA
     

  10. Default actually no i did not 
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    no i did not complain..i replied to the lights out post from an actor or actors stand point...what i said was i did not care for it meaning lights out because of the flash lights in our eyes.....you cant please everyone everywhere...im sure you did a good job scaring the neighborhood kids with your home haunt..next time its dark out try running through the woods with a led flashlight in your eyes ..let me know how many tree you hit.
     

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