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Thread: Estimitated cost of a 3600sf haunt?

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    That is a loaded question for sure...

    You can spend unlimited amount of money no doubt about it. You can fit a lot of scenes in 3,600 square feet, by my estimation about 8-10 with some mazes between. You can make the attraction so detailed that it will cost you hundreds of thousands or you can make it bare nothing for several thousand.

    Its really hard to say it really depends on the level of detail you want to obtain. Larry
     

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    Many customers take the easy way to illusions, deceptions of one's perceptions, they use liquid effects as found within a bottle of spirits, maybe that's why it is called "BOOO-ze"! ?
     

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    Here's my two cents...

    1. Facade - Extremely important! You only get one chance at making a first impression. A really cool facade can be used to build up the patron's apprehension level prior to entering the haunt. It becomes part of your show. It will also give a more professional look to your show will help enhance your patrons willing suspension of disbelief.

    2. Hollywood characters - been done to death! Be original and provide something unique to your patrons. Even if you use the movie characters in original scenes, they are still movie characters that most people are used to seeing. Provide new and exciting characters that your patrons will talk about!

    3. Detail, detail, detail... Anyone can do black walls. Create a highly detailed, immersive environment for your patrons. Make them forget that they are inside of a tent. Patron's may not notice all of the detail that is there, but they sure will notice what is not there.

    4. Safety - The fact that you want a waiver for a sprinkler system concerns me. Patron safety should be a number one concern. What do you plan to do in case a fire breaks out? Are you going to have a fire department pumper truck on-site at all times? Are the tents you plan on using fire retardant treated?

    5. What is the competition like in your target area? You need to provide something completely original to set yourself apart from the competition, especially during your first season. Why will a potential patron choose attending your haunt over another one in your area? You want repeat customers. I have many customers that return several times during the season who bring more people with them. In fact, we are going to be offering season passes this year.
    Last edited by MindWerxKMG; 04-09-2008 at 07:56 AM.
    Kevin
    Sleepy Hollow Productions, LLC / Folklore Haunted House
     

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    Just because you buy a liscensed Freddy Costume doesnt give you the right to use it for commercial use in your haunt. Even if the scene the character is in is different from the movies freddy is still property of the studio. Some haunts do get away with it cause they dont promote or advertise the use, but last year ALOT of huants got notices to stop using them, esp since Universal Studios now do their own haunt. Just becareful. You dont want to be shut down befor you open of worse get sued and lose lots of $$.

    Sean
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    The De Wane Asylum
    www.dewaneasylum.com
     

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    It is a little known fact that "Freddie" was modeled from the studio's actual head of their legal department!
    He has a very personal interest in coming after you!
    Maybe even in your dreams!??
     

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