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    Hey guys, I'm a volunteer for Grimes Castle a new haunted attraction in Carson City, NV. This is a reworking of a haunt that's been in existence for the last 10 years or so, but the new owner wants to add a lot of side things such as carnival games and such. Consequently we need more volunteers than what we have currently so we can make everything run smoothly. We started a MySpace site last week and have amassed quite a few friends. We've posted on our site and through a bulletin that we are looking for volunteers but last weekend no one showed up for the first set of auditions. We've had a few contacts by actually looking at peoples' profiles and trying to appeal to their interests but that takes a lot of time. This is a new phenomenon to me, I recently had moved from Denver and people were being turned away from haunts the demand to work in them was so high. Granted haunted attractions are kind of a new thing here, there was a haunt running up in Reno for a while but it has since closed down, so maybe the kids aren't as familiar with what a haunt is, I've even considered having a sneak peek for our "friends" on myspace and once they get a taste of what it's all about maybe they'll want to volunteer. Anyway I'm just looking for suggestions from others on how they've handled this situation, thanks!
     

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    If you figure out how to do this let me know too.
    Before any suggestions get put on here telling me I should start a year round social club of activities to create a crew of usable helpers(which some people do and it may work for them?) I am a one-man show and am open every night of the entire year, so I don't have the time to do such a thing(s))
    Of course I'm not even asking or looking for volunteers, these people do get paid!
     

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    This is our third year and we have started something new this year that has created OUTSTANDING results.
    We contacted one of the local college theatre groups, one of the local high school bands (they raise money each year for trips) and a local college club that I am already associated with. We gave each of them 5000 4 x 6 advertisment cards with their name on them. They must put the cards out around town, supply 7 people a night to work the haunt, and they get $1 per person that comes through the haunt that uses their advertsiment cards (has a $2 coupon on the card). I am thinking of bumping their take to $2 a card just to make sure they want to do it again next year. Basically the harder they work the more they make. I have a business that will produce high quality card stock full color cards and they have turned out great this year!
    I split the haunt into sections and gave each group one section that will be "thiers" to man. The Theatre group was so excited they did a casting call, wrote scripts and are helping with the design of the "stage". I think this is the answer to the problems I had last year.
    Give it a try.
    Roy
     

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    The only "theater group" here in the cornfield are a bunch of 75 year olds who act like they are 90!
    I'm 57 acting and feeling like I am 75!...until the sun goes down.....
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorswings
    This is our third year and we have started something new this year that has created OUTSTANDING results.
    We contacted one of the local college theatre groups, one of the local high school bands (they raise money each year for trips) and a local college club that I am already associated with. We gave each of them 5000 4 x 6 advertisment cards with their name on them. They must put the cards out around town, supply 7 people a night to work the haunt, and they get $1 per person that comes through the haunt that uses their advertsiment cards (has a $2 coupon on the card). I am thinking of bumping their take to $2 a card just to make sure they want to do it again next year. Basically the harder they work the more they make. I have a business that will produce high quality card stock full color cards and they have turned out great this year!
    I split the haunt into sections and gave each group one section that will be "thiers" to man. The Theatre group was so excited they did a casting call, wrote scripts and are helping with the design of the "stage". I think this is the answer to the problems I had last year.
    Give it a try.
    Roy
    This sound like a really good idea, the owner of our haunt is friends with the drama teacher at the local HS, so maybe this is something we could try to incorporate, thanks for your help! And Jim I hope you are able to find some help too!
     

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    Cash works but I suppose that cancels out the volunteer bit! :roll: But serioulsy offering some kind of incentive or if there is a charity element then it is easier.

    Free- T-shirt
    Party afterwards
    Cast photo - framed
    Mystery Prize
    Training
    Reference for their resume - over here 'work experience' for students is mandatory
     

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    I've used www.volunteermatch.org before, but you must benefit a non-profit to use them.

    Basically, I just donate part of my proceeds to the local animal shelter or something similar anyway, as I feel like doing something good, and it helps business. www.volunteermatch.org got me about 20 volunteers.
     

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    Horrid Illusions,

    When getting those 20 volunteers, how much did you have to pay for them after everything?

    Thanks,
    Allan
     

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    Have you tried to go to local high schools and put up posters or
    something. This would probably work if you are willing to go under 18
    years of age.
     

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    We use duct tape and rope.....oh and a handy white van with no windows!!!
     

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