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  1. Default Length of time to walk through your haunt 
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    Was wondering what the average time for guests to go through your haunt is. The haunt I work with we average about 20 minutes. Depending on whether we use all three floors for our haunt, we had anywhere from 15 to over 25 minutes.

    Also as a charity haunt we only charge $7 per ticket ( we upped it from $6 two years ago). We dont adjust our price to how long it takes to go through our haunt. Does the amount of time aloan to go through your haunts, whether big or small, play much of contributing factor in the price you charge?


    Thanks for any feedback,

    Kelly Anderson
    HauntYourHouse.net
     

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    I just made this up because it sounded reasonable and honestly wasn't sure how others do it.

    I(personally) think for every dollar we charge we should provide 2 minutes of entertainment. $5 charge I think we owe the public at minimum a 10 minute show. If we charge $7= 14 mins, $10=20 mins.
     

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    I believe 20 minutes is a good time to walk through a haunted house. Sometimes it starts to drag on and I can't wait until the end comes.
    ~Bill Mlinac
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motograter View Post
    I believe 20 minutes is a good time to walk through a haunted house. Sometimes it starts to drag on and I can't wait until the end comes.
    CoughCoughTheDarknessCough.
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  5. Default Legends of the Fog - times and prices 
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    Quote Originally Posted by evilmanor View Post

    I(personally) think for every dollar we charge we should provide 2 minutes of entertainment. $5 charge I think we owe the public at minimum a 10 minute show. If we charge $7= 14 mins, $10=20 mins.
    I know this has been presented before (someone's going to yell at me) but this is my concern with the coffin ride... the coffin ride is approx 2 minutes... and I can't see charging more than 3 bucks for the thing. But that's just me... I'm a stingy kind of guy. Some people on our staff think that $5 is a good number... but I would rather have a long line for the coffin ride at 3 bucks, than no line at 5 bucks. Any suggestions?

    We're considering charging $5 for a coffin ride and a t-shirt at promotional events, and then giving them a $5 discount coupon to come to the attraction.

    On the attraction side of life... I think 2-3 min/buck is fair
    Patrick Barberry
    www.legendsofthefog.com
     

  6. Default Coffin Ride-$5.00 I. M. Opinion 
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    A 2 minute ride probably doesnot include the time spent explaining the ride, the time spent answering questions, the time spent waiting while some debate whether or not to do it and probably doesnot include the time it takes some people to get out of it. Am I right about these items?
    Even explaining the simplest deal ever made just befuddles some people , especially if they are the least bit apprehensive already, I mean you might be rendering their bodies down into fat to make soap or something, right?
    A tour of The Ravens Grin has me doing alot of explaining about many things, personal things because we live here, questions about the hauntings here because it is a haunted, haunted house, then add the torture devices and I'm talking myself to death..but I have alot of fun here interacting this heavilly with the customers, I love it.
    Wouldn't trade it for a black maze for twice the income.
    One might walk through here in 45 min. but nobody ever does, too much strange stuff to see. A tour requires at least 90 min. usually.
    I'm open every night of the entire year.
    Who would come back, driving hours to get here for a 10 minute black maze and a chainsaw?
    Last edited by Jim Warfield; 07-15-2009 at 08:13 AM.
     

  7. Smile hmmm 
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    Our haunt should be about 0.4 miles long if walking through it....I don't know how long this will take for people to go through. Any idea?

    Thanks!

    ~Natethegreat
    www.fearoverload.com
     

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    as for me we have it about around 45 mins to walk though. the owners have them pay about $15 bucks a head. It would come out to be 33 cents a min.


    IF it was me this what i would do...

    45 mins walk though = $10 bucks a head. If my math is true then it would be about 22 cents a min.

    now you see what makes a small differents in money?


    now you take say..20 people X $10 bucks person = 200 dollers!!!

    and 22 cents a min X 20 people = $4.40


    any ways if my math is wrong then tell me it's late for me and can't think well right now.

    HG
     

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    So what if it takes 45 minutes or 15 minutes - there are so many other factors left out here.

    How many actors per square foot? I mean come on - if I have 2 haunts both are 20 minute shows and one has 10 actors and the other has 40 - let's see... is there a difference?

    I feel like 20-30 minutes is a good length for a long show anything over that is probably too long 45 minutes being the extreme. But is it a hayride, walk through, ??

    If it's a hayride are all the tractors doing the same speed? If it's a walk through - how many run compared to how many that take in every detail and how many actually keep a decent pace in between... How many scenes, how many interaction points, how many actors, how many props etc...

    Too many variables that need to be considered - - every haunt, show will be different.

    If you price too low - people think it might suck - if you go too high - you risk losing people... the key ingredient is making the best show that rewards word of mouth and that in return will drive your traffic flow...

    To maintain a non boring show that is not too long, yet memorable enough and longer than 5 minutes....
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Nightmarez View Post
    So what if it takes 45 minutes or 15 minutes - there are so many other factors left out here.
    I just come back to this thread to say pretty much the same thing. This will be my first year doing a charity based haunt (previous experience in home haunting). I've got to the point where realism is the key, ambience, layout, theme, etc... and I failed to identify that in my initial statement.

    If it takes 20 mins to walk through a spirit store full of props I still wouldn't pay $5 to do it at night in the dark with fog, strobes and blacklights.

    Now that I think about it I'm not sure why they don't try and do that after hours...lol
     

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