View Full Version : What size was your haunt to start with?

Greg Chrise
02-02-2007, 10:12 PM
Just a general question was it 1500 SF or 3000 SF and over the years what size did it grow into and charging how much? Was it pro or charity?

02-02-2007, 10:22 PM
this is embarassing greg but we were 2500 sq ft. on our first yr.we will almost double taht sq footage this yr by using outside

Greg Chrise
02-02-2007, 10:38 PM
No reason to be embarrased I think that is the reality. And since we always have so many new people. If everyone chimes in, we know what works for smaller budgets!

Greg Chrise
02-02-2007, 10:43 PM
And here is an article about a haunt in Shanghai China that is 150 square meters that reportedly sees 60 people per night. That works out to slightly less than 1500 SF and a year round event, to be considered a stress relieving game for after work.


02-03-2007, 12:37 AM
In 2006 we were at 4300sf, and it took most groups about 6-7 minutes to go through the haunt. When we started it was just our front porch, so about 50sf! :oops:
Now 12 years later and we are at the before mentioned 4300sf.

Greg Chrise
02-03-2007, 12:57 AM
So with Miracle Grow Haunt pellets and a little water, a little talking to your haunt, it should grow 350 SF per year!

I think I'm going to start all over with a really good 50 SF. The 350 SF would be 7 really good 50 SF's per year. The haunted public restroom, 25 cents to enter says the coin vending thing.

There must be a certain going too big too quickly that it is unmanagable and does not recieve the proper detail or planning and then it potentially sucks from a customer's perspective.

Greg Chrise
02-03-2007, 01:28 AM
4300 SF would be 86 really good 50 SF units. So 12 people each doing 7 good 50 SF could do it in a year. A new haunted reality show.

An entire haunt show could be done with a stage crew and 2-50 SF rooms. As the patrons go into the next room, the set is changed, actors replaced and then they go back to the room they were just in and the other is getting a make over. This could switching back and forth between rooms happens 12 times. The actors go through Diana Ross costume changes and then the customers walk out and the total haunt has actually been done in only 100 SF.

No sprinkler system is required and the patrons wear battery powered smoke detectors that release water mist if they are activated. They have little emergency lights on the smoke detectors.

Patrons have been invited to pay $39 for 4 such reenactments by instant messaging or text messaging their cell phones. This of course is being done from a bank of 20 computers in Kenya. A little outsourcing.

This could be little haunts at the mall parking lot like photo huts used to be. Little 5 X 20 mobile buildings. They double as fireworks stands and you can drop off your photos there. You will never see them again though.

Jim Warfield
02-03-2007, 01:35 AM
When I first started my house I was 70 inches tall, later as business increased I shrunk down to 69.5 inches tall.
I could probably make alot more money if I was three little guys each 23 inches tall.
Buy one Monster-tickie and see all three Jims!
My three different themed Jim's would be...pre-Tuxedo, Tuxedo, post Tuxedo, but I don't want to be tied to Mr. Tuxedo's whipping post ever again! None of us three little guys do! Right Moe? Right Larry? Right Curly-Q?
Unfortunately re-educating the average customer away from "Size does Matter"-thinking would take at least as much money as the beer companys spend a year on advertising.
To physically accomodate "X" number of human bodys within a structure for a certain amount of time(time always figures into it) requires a certain square footage of floor space. You will not only be providing a physical space for them but they also will be moving, cutting the time factor.
Need then to spend more time but don't want to build more floor space?
Slow down the presentation, add actors and dialog, put on a show!
The customer's concept of time passing gets influenced and messed with if something is occupying their mind and making them ponder an idea or two, preferably a sort of new idea not yammered about by every TV show or movie.
Maybe if I was four little guys each around 17 inches high?

Raycliff Manor
02-03-2007, 07:37 AM
We opened our attraction in 2004 at 4,400 square feet and in 2005 we increased the haunt to 7,000 square feet. We're staying at 7,000 and trying to focus on detail now. :wink:


Haunted Nashville
02-03-2007, 10:05 AM
In '04 we were 9,000 sq ft. In '05 we bumped it up to 15,000 sq ft. Last season we were at 18,500 sq ft and thats where we are staying at right now. We're focusing on making the attraction more detailed for next season at the present time.

Jim Warfield
02-03-2007, 10:34 AM
Sq. Footage is needed for enough busybodys to be therein contained but attention to detail also impressed the customer and an impressed customer tends to be a happier customer who then won't begrudge you the admission price later.

02-03-2007, 11:53 AM
Started small in 2002 at about 7500-8000 sq ft. Moved to a larger location and our show was bumped up to a little shy of 20000 sq ft in 2003-2004, then moved into an 80,000 sq ft facility in 2005-present and have roughly 55,000-60,000 sq ft of actual haunt. Going to expand a little more for this season and try and use any available area left that we can!


02-03-2007, 02:46 PM
In 2005 it was our driveway, in 2006 it exploded to one acre (thats 4840 square yards) and yes I had to look that up. When you are a outdoor trail things are more spred out. It will stay at one acre untill we buy or rent some land to go pro. So to answer part 2 not a charity or pro haunt but if when you come out of the trail and want to throw a dollar or two into the bowl you will not hear me bitch about.lol.

Greg Chrise
02-03-2007, 02:53 PM
I had to look it up too. One taxation unit! Correctamundo!

In the English-speaking world, before 8th 21st century, a unit of land area, now = 0.001 562 5 square miles = 160 square rods = 4,840 square yards = 43,560 square feet, about 0.404 687 3 hectare. A square plot of ground, 208.7 feet on a side, will cover an acre. An American football field, 360 feet by 160 feet, is about 1.3 acres.

43,560 square feet

02-03-2007, 03:50 PM
I dont have a haunt, but my parties sure do look like haunts when Im finished. lol For my first year I had 3000SF and for my 4th year, I had 8000SF. So if and when I have a haunt, it might start out pretty big. Who knows.

Kevin Dells
02-04-2007, 08:15 AM
Love to talk about the haunt i work at but everything i say gets reported back to people i don't even know and shouldn't even matter too.
So i plead the fifth and refuse to talk about it anymore...Shame really!

Jim Warfield
02-04-2007, 10:34 AM
Vee haf vays uf making yoo talk!
Vee tel them yoo r a dubble agent, yo liyfe vont be wurth a plugged nickle if vee put yo back owt on der street!

02-04-2007, 11:12 AM
We are around 6500 Sq. feet, we also have alot that goes on outside around the event. Starting this year, a building is being built strictly for Terror on the Fox!

The building will be 25,000 Sq. feet and designed to suit the needs of the Attractions, workshop, office, and make-up area!

Take care,


Raycliff Manor
02-04-2007, 11:16 AM
A dream come true Tattoo! :wink:


02-04-2007, 11:46 AM
Yes it is Kel, and to think it only took 16 years! lol

See you soon,


02-05-2007, 03:54 PM
But Mike, you dont really need 25,000 sf, do you? How about letting me have 10,000 for my haunt, hmmmmmmmm?

02-05-2007, 10:44 PM
10 for you, 10 for me and 15 for totf... I think its a deal!

Greg Chrise
02-05-2007, 10:49 PM
Apparently they just stole a few buses that will need to be hidden and the rest will probably be used for everything you see on MTV Cribs. Just a little space for everyone with a tattoo to do a little chillin.