View Full Version : Break Rooms

scattered screams
12-03-2009, 03:07 PM
I was wondering how many haunts have break rooms for the actors and employees?

Allen H
12-03-2009, 04:19 PM
I always have a break area for my actors, that way I know where they are and they do not have to wander to find a break spot. If I control where they go then I know that customers will not see an actor with a mask on top of their head, blackened greasy eyes ,and a cigarette hanging out of their mouth.
I try to shield the break room from noise and keep it pretty well lit. Psychologically it helps to have a break from the dark noise of the haunted house. I see a big mood difference between the houses that have decent break rooms and the ones that do not at the end of the night. The same assault that our patrons get our actors are also in all night. I think they need a place to take a breath and fuel up.
A haunt owner who does not think of this pre-show will have some logistics problems to work out opening night. Know the break schedule and where they will go on break.
Thats just the way I do it,
Allen H

Raycliff Manor
12-03-2009, 06:29 PM
We too have a break area. We have a downstairs outside smoking break area, which is actually a walled in break area with mostly open roof and we have an upstairs inside break area. Both break areas have chairs and tables. The upstairs break area also has makeup stations and mirrors for makeup touch-ups.


The Nightmare Factory
12-04-2009, 02:27 AM
We have a break room / meeting room / prop storage area, the room is huge, and has to mid sized rooms for props, fridge, snacks, bathroom, and other storage. Actors check in here to see where they are working, get thier character sheet, go to make up then costuming, then back to HQ.

If you go to google earth and type in 999 Locust Street NE Salem Oregon 97301, you'll see the school, look for a large m or w shaped building, the haunt takes up the entire basement of this building, scene shops, hair, make up, everything is there.

I could go on for hours, I Love our space.

12-07-2009, 12:42 PM
we don't have a break room because we are a out side haunt. the only time we do have a break is before we start and after we are done for the night. i wish we had one but the bosses here will not put up the money for one and at the same time we will work 3-4 hours a night with out a break.


12-07-2009, 01:06 PM
We have a costume room, break room and makeup room all clustered together. This year we also added a food room on the min level for the actors to eat before we start as we brought back food because of a seminar I attended that changed my mind on this subject. The actors liked it a ton and they were better through the night I think as well.

scattered screams
12-07-2009, 02:28 PM
I'll go take pics and show you what I have.