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  1. Question Semi pro haunted house budget question 
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    Hello. New to this site and I have been building extravagant home haunts for some time now. I want to consider taking on a semi pro haunt. What I would love to get my hands on is a budget or business plan of someones professional haunt. I am not so much worried about the actual costs at this point (although that would be great data to have) but more interested in things I may not be thinking about that I would need to do. I.e. insurance, waiver forms guests sign before entering, etc etc.
    I want to make sure that if I pursue this plan, I am fully prepared and so I am requesting information/advice from the experts.

    I thank you all in advance and I hope to be able to contribute to this site more in the future!
    ~Weathernut
     

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    Can you define "semi-pro"? I have a couple I can send over to you, one being mine and the other I used as a reference. What's your email address?
    Mike Quill
    Fear Town Haunted House
     

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    Shoot me an email! Bobbyarel@gmail.com

    Welcome aboard and best of luck! Would be glad to help!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeq91 View Post
    Can you define "semi-pro"? I have a couple I can send over to you, one being mine and the other I used as a reference. What's your email address?
    Well, by pro, my idea is pretty elaborate with a huge budget. Let's say spending a couple grand on a prop is more your flavor.
    Semi pro, in my mind is more than an elaborate house haunt, and more the speed of a Haunt that one might do to raise money for a volunteer fire fighters. Or where you charge admission and NEED a budget! LOL

    So far I have only done elaborate house haunts that the public sees for free.

    I hope that clarifies this up a bit. My apologies for not stating that right off hand.
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    You CAN'T go wrong with Kelly Allen's book if you don't have it already!! Business plan example and a bunch of forms. I've read over and over. >> http://www.hauntbook.com/entrepreneur.html
    O'Shawn McClendon
    Creative Chair -- Operator: Cayce-West Columbia Hall of Horrors

    One mans junk is another mans kick-ass new prop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by freak 'n' stein View Post
    You CAN'T go wrong with Kelly Allen's book if you don't have it already!! Business plan example and a bunch of forms. I've read over and over. >> http://www.hauntbook.com/entrepreneur.html


    Agreed!

    The only thing better would be my revised version of Kelly's book!

    Our first year into pro haunt territory cost us about $23 per square foot (which included EVERY overhead cost), minus any rents- as we own our own building. You mileage will vary as we built 90% of everything ourselves including plumbing and electrical and spent a year hawking Goodwill stores, Restore depots and yard sales with an army of minions. Yes, I have a contractors license.

    Without all of that it would easily have been double that or more.

    And lets not forget The Invaluable Mr. Hopps!

    Good Luck!
    How can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temple of his gods.

    What you put into your mind- you put into your life.


    www.zombietoxin.com
     

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    Hello, I too am looking to go professional, hopefully this year! I've been doing a large home haunt (an actual buildout) and and after this last year have out grown my space as well as the city starting to give a hard time. I have been attended trade shows for the last 3 years and try to gain as much knowledge as I can. I saw this post and actually just ordered the book that was suggested. I am in the process of trying to put together a business plan but am not exactly sure about it. So if you guys have any info that would help it would be greatly appreciated.


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    I am not sure If this book it out there anymore but I love this book:

    It is called Shock Therapy: Planaphobic by G. N. Strumberger

    it used to be on a site called Cyber Shock University
     

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    I also am putting together a business plan to start within the next two seasons. I have reached out to local haunts in my area but so far have not heard from any of them at all. Shock Therapy: Planaphobic by G. N. Strumberger is still available on Amazon. I have read Kelly's book and I have ordered Shock Therapy to read and compare between the two. If anyone would be so kind to send over what they have as a Current working plan it would be much appreciated as the books are starting to be a bit dated in their numbers.
     

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