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12-03-2010, 12:33 PM
I love Pirate themed things. Flume rides, gulf courses, water parks, movies. This is not the scariest theme but I still absolutely love it. The possibilities are endless.

Maybe one day ill have enough space to have a pirate themed something….


Allen H
12-03-2010, 01:39 PM
I have a pirate themed haunt, I find it very eay to come up with ideas for that show as opposed to the others. I would say my least favorite theme is the generic victorian manor theme, Its fairly limiting and VERY VERY popular, we have several great shows in my area alone but its almost over done as far as number of attractions or very loosely adhered to because of its limits.
Asylum is a good theme and can make a strong haunt, I also like Castles, I can see a prison theme being limited but providing a high energy show.
For those who are budget minded the Cannibal/zombie redneck theme is cheap and effectve.
At my park I have a Castle, a pirate show (3-D), an asylum, a graveyard, and a death trap maze (light Saw theme) as well as a pumpkin patch.
The trail I own inside the park cycles through 5 themes so it changes each year. they are, Realm of the Beast (gets to vary this year it was werewolves), Maze of the Minotaur (greek myth monsters), Frozen with fear (yeti), Classic creature feature (classic black and white movie monsters, sets and all costumes are in black and white I love this one) and lastly "The Infestation" (bug themed pretty high creep factor there).
so the haunts I work on for SCREAMS are pretty normal but the trail I have alot of fun with.
I guess I love off the wall themes where I am immersed in another world.
Allen H

12-03-2010, 03:00 PM
I would have a hard time picking a theme, but I guess I go more towrads traditional skeletons and tombstones and ghosts type stuff. Not much into the clowns and stuff that's more modern.

This year we are switching gears and doing a real haunted barn. I have to get my wheels turning on THAT theme now, LOL.

Jim Warfield
12-09-2010, 07:52 PM
Could have used this. A few years ago the city dumping ground just over the hill from my house(Not nearly as nasty as it sounds, they keep it cleaned up in neat piles and mow it often)
Some farmer was given permission to dump a tremendous load of black dirt , like a semi-load that the city needed to replace sodded areas with that they tore up doing street and water main work. In that pile of dirt were the bones of cows, horses from what must have been some previous farmer's animal burial ground from many years ago, since the animal rendering business comes and takes the complete critter and have been doing this now for a great number of years.
Imagine wiring the bones back together to have a barn full of skeletal farm animals awaiting the customers!
The boney cow turns it's head loking at the customers and says,"No milk today, sorry."
Mount a plastic gallon milk carton in the cow, upside-down of course.

12-09-2010, 10:51 PM
Post apocalyptic themes are my favorite. I give the haunt even more props if it isn't zombie driven.

Personally I'd love to see this as a theme. Post nuclear war, survivors of nuclear war/winter/summer have all rebuilt "society" in their own ways creating contrasting tribes, with different cultural beliefs. Due to the scarcity of resources, each tribe is very protective of their little settlements and basically war against neighboring tribes for resources.

The idea being that you as a guest to the haunted house are nomads and are caught in the cross fire of these waring tribes that are filled with brutes, mutants, government experiments that survived nuclear blasts, corrupt humans and other chaotic things. Maybe have societies that are filled with people who worship a chainsaw and kill/survive with them. The real scare their is the carnal need to survive.

I also like the mystery house/hotel rooms. Kind of like the haunted mansion themes but not really restricted to being within a mansion or hotel, I really liked the movie 1408. It was mostly in the hotel room, but then it wasn't at one point...but it was...Spoiler!

Then of course I'd find it fun to have just a complete gore porn haunt. Blood guts and mayhem the entire time. I'd like to see how creative someone can get past chopping off limbs and what not. Gory is easy but if you aren't creative with gore, it won't impress me or many of the kids who grew up with SAW the franchise.

12-15-2010, 05:09 AM
Jim, thanks that's a GREAT idea!!! My hubby works in the dairy industry so that's also a nod to him which he will LOVE!!! :)

Being very rural where we are at, we are fortunate to have a good friend who is a farmer and butchers his own cows and pigs. I'm sure I can talk to him for some livestock goodies. Not sure about the whole cow skeleton but maybe we would come up with something!! Thanks again!

12-23-2010, 08:33 AM
As a grown-up goth kid, I find my tastes are still very much in line with the gothic sensibilities. I love victorian mansion, cemetary, torture scenes, prison, asylum, and gore scenes, but they have to be done with a sense of style and taste. They have to transport me to another world filled with menace and dread, not just be some black painted wood and a few lights. With me, detail will make or break a theme. While I don't hate on Alien or post-apocalypse themes, they would make the bottom of my list of favorite themes, as would futuristic sci-fi themes.

12-26-2010, 08:56 AM
As a grown-up goth kid,

Me too!!! Long live my doc martins and black nail polish!

I love crazy paranormal haunts with gore mixed in. I love tricks of the eye and illusions that make you not know what to trust on what may and may not be real. I like things that are just over the top crazy with madness and insanity.

In a lot of my work you will find things that are just more bizzar and creepy.

Pumpkin King
12-31-2010, 07:06 PM
I tend to go for the hillbilly theme with a bit of victorian gothic themeing thrown in. I love the traditional stuff.

01-03-2011, 02:50 PM
At Dr. Buzzsaw's Haunted Hospital and Asylum, guess what, we like the Hospital theme.

Infectious toxins, mental patients, different shock treatments, all sorts of sharp objects and blood. Waiting room can be normal people, the morgue, you can work in an elevator, a secret basement, a mad scientist, people returning from the dead, brain surgery.

Some areas the doctor is good, some bad, sexy nurses, zombie doctors, zombie nurses, zombie patients.

Easy props that can be donated from many sources, hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, etc etc.

damon carson
01-17-2011, 09:12 PM
I love gothic, victorian haunted mansions, cemetarys, crypts and tombs. Far as scarefactor and creepiness nothing can beat it.

Jim Warfield
01-21-2011, 10:31 AM
"The Bachelorette Party!"
Everyone of them that come through my house for a tour is pure FUN! (For ME!!!)
(Go ahead Damon, eat your heart out!)
"Danelle" from The Pickers TV show brought her group of young female friends here for one, they were fun, funny.

damon carson
01-22-2011, 08:28 PM
Seriously! Thats awesome Jim! Were you the stripper? Did they ask for there money back? LOL! Just joking! Man Pickers would have a hay day at your house. Frank would be like I'll give you a shiney penny for the Phterodactyl. But I dont think it will fit in the van.

Jim Warfield
02-10-2011, 06:36 AM
Been told about it.
I got very bored with the whole "Reality TV" repetitive, phoney format which is actually about as "real" as chickenshit turning into gold bullion. (You just have to swill it in your mouth for a week, then it happens! Sure. sure it does...

02-10-2011, 08:08 AM
I still love the plain ol' gothic manor stuff.. and vampires.. vampires are sexay! :p
And ghosts..and monsters.. and pirates. and paranormal.. and mad scientists .. and.. and.. oh heck.. I love it ALL!
I guess my least fav would have to be the hillbilly/redneck thing.. in Georgia..:rolleyes:

02-11-2011, 07:45 AM
I like carnival/circusey things a lottttttt. Like, sideshow style deformities and stuff are creepy on their own, and fake pickled punks...and clowns. Just because it's so easy/entertaining to pick on coulrophobes. Oh and everyone's encountered some creepy fair employees at some point, so traditional carny workers are good.

Second favorite is probably hospital/asylum stuff....with too many questionable looking strange instruments everywhere. haha

02-11-2011, 02:44 PM
Old traveling circus is my runner up! So many ideas to run with.. Thanks for all the responses.

02-11-2011, 04:58 PM
i think it'd be SO much fun to start up a fair, but market it as an old school "traditional carnival"......and still have all the regular fair stuff, like carosels/questionable rides/cotton candy/petting zoo and stuff, but then have a sideshow, too. and NOT market it as a haunt for a while and just have people wandering around in circus performer outfits/makeup and clowns and random other creepy things. so people are really at a "haunted carnival" but dont know it. :D

Jim Warfield
02-20-2011, 09:09 AM
That would be much evil fun!
Misrepresentation, fooling people then watching and listening as they slowly begin to worry about their surroundings and those populating it...
I get to do such a thing many nights of the year. I sometimes miss this opportunity in the fall when it gets too busy to take the time to cultivate the mood, mess with their expectations, then sucker-punch their mental safety net and their responses mimic frightened clue-less children.
Yes, it's all shamelessly feeding the ego. I probably have enough reputation "Badges" now to be a full-blown Ego-Scout!
I'm "comfortable". I don't worry too much about someone possibly writing "Checks" on my Ego Account.
In the finale everybody laughs, making it all good for all concerned.
"Fooled Yah! I'm not really Dead!" (Or am I?)
"Fooled Yah! I'm not really a totally crazy-person!" (Or???)
You can't ask my old psychiatrist. He was found murdered in his car with his "goods"sliced free and shoved back inside of him. I was told.
It wasn't My Doing, really it wasn't.
True story.

Scared Yet?

02-26-2011, 09:49 PM
I have a house theme based around Texas Chainsaw Maasacre type story line. Its a theme Ive wanted to do for many years now.

But if things work out right next year, I have a new theme that'll will surely grab some major attention next year.

Im keeping my fingers crossed on that for next year.

Patti Ludwinski
02-28-2011, 09:22 PM
I have to agree with Devolino's pick. And to top it off, it's always our MOST EXTREME and AWESOME actors who want those crazed clown costumes and/or deformed circus sideshow masks. People FREAK out!

03-01-2011, 06:15 AM
I have to agree with Devolino's pick. And to top it off, it's always our MOST EXTREME and AWESOME actors who want those crazed clown costumes and/or deformed circus sideshow masks. People FREAK out!

Woo! I love it so much.

One year the state fair that comes through had a freak show tent? I'm not sure how they got away with it, but it was awesome. They had a bunch of weird stuff and then at the end a random capybara....haha

03-02-2011, 08:21 PM
Its hard tp pick just one But I do love the GORE!!!!!!!!

03-03-2011, 02:03 PM
They had a bunch of weird stuff and then at the end a random capybara....haha

That's one of those dog-sized rodents, isn't it?;) I suppose that it's fitting in a way, lol.

My favorite themes would have to be Gothic mansions, dark carnivals, graveyards, haunted woods, castles, and so on (pretty much things of a darker nature:cool:).

03-03-2011, 05:43 PM
That's one of those dog-sized rodents, isn't it?;) I suppose that it's fitting in a way, lol.

My favorite themes would have to be Gothic mansions, dark carnivals, graveyards, haunted woods, castles, and so on (pretty much things of a darker nature:cool:).

hahah yeah

I really like castles, too. :D

Jim Warfield
03-03-2011, 09:28 PM
My Dad was just a kid when he paid a nickle, entered the tent pitched on the street in Savanna, Ill.
There was a car parked inside of the tent. During the following demonstrations the audience had the "entertainment" of seeing various sexual positions attainable using the fender and running boards of a car! (Real sex, male/female, racially mixed)
The next day the tent was gone, the street was again normal and "safe". The local churches had "heard" and ran then on down the road.. someplace?
And you might have thought sex was invented on-line? Just for your computer screen?
Sure couldn't do such a thing today!
The thin plastic and thin metal fenders would get damaged, then explain THAT to your insurance adjuster!
Deep butt-prints in the dent?

03-05-2011, 02:01 PM
Wow...:roll: That is too funny, Jim:D

Victoria Stearns
10-18-2012, 05:19 PM
Tough question... I like asylum/hospital and carnival themes. They play to peoples fears more easily than any other theme. The inherent creepyness of asylums and old-timey carnivals makes it so that you can freak people without really even needing actors. Just the anticipation of what might be inside gets them so worked up that by the time they go inside, they're all mentally prepped to have the crap scared out of them.

11-11-2012, 11:32 PM
I've done werewolves, a Silent Hill theme, pirates and clowns. Of those the Clowns seem to be my best one and one we have done ever since . I am tempted to head back to Pirates eventually though..that was a great theme. If I can ever split into two haunts I will have clowns and pirates. I've also wanted to do an entire haunt with a Jack O' Lantern theme aka Killer Pumpkins or some such..something that really screams HALLOWEEN . ;)

11-14-2012, 02:22 PM
My favorite themes would have to be Gothic mansions, dark carnivals, graveyards, haunted woods, castles, and so on (pretty much things of a darker nature:cool:).

I agree. I like the dark and eerie things more than gore.

Jim Warfield
11-15-2012, 11:28 PM
Many people are really afraid of clowns, evil or not.
Many of my patrons come here not wanting to see such scary things and often we give them what they say they want... but.. this October I began some of the tours with the following: the first thing they see as the drawbridge comes down.... I walked out carrying the clown's head by it's top-knot, so looking like a severed head.
"Fear the evil clown no more.... he is dead.... I killed him."
Then the evil clown's head turned slightly toward me and he whispers:"No you didn't."
I slightly glance back at Evil Clown as I say to him, "Yes I did."
Then Evil Clown looks straight ahead again and remains quiet as I turn and lead them into the house.
So for October I play ever so slightly with their clown fear just before they came inside.