View Full Version : Who Has Started Their Haunts for 2011?

01-08-2011, 09:13 PM
So thought I would see who's started their Haunts for 2011. I am laying out Disturbia to my group at a dinner meeting on the 22nd. I got workers coming in the second week of Feb. Am I starting to early? Shane and it's let me know? Shane this time!

01-08-2011, 09:31 PM
We will officially be starting the same weekend Shane! We're taking the team to Gatlinburg and locking ourselves in a cabin. So, you're not alone!

I've also been busy, with some others, with the launch of a new company that will be vending at Transworld! We've already got some BIG clients and will talk more on that later! ;)


01-08-2011, 09:47 PM
Sounds good man! we will catch up on things at the party! Shane and it's see you there! Shane this time.

01-08-2011, 09:52 PM
I have! But then again I'm open for May! Haha. So far we've already gained brand new MAJOR sponsors, who are really helping out beyond words can describe. (we have practically no budget and everyone, myself included is a volunteer, and all of the ticket sales go to the American Cancer Society). We got it down to an 1,800sqft attraction so far, established that were going with an old mansion-type theme. Currently working on a setup and schedule for actually setting everything up (we have about 12 hours) to get the job done. Animatronic placement and such....we work it to the second! A ton of hard work goes into this and it raises a LOT of money for the American Cancer Society.

So...that's what we've done/need to do. But because it's me and this is my haunt, ofcourse I have to do a corny and totally not relevant to the thread begging for any haunt owners or haunt vendors out there that we're still looking for donations and have a tax id number and no donation is too small. :) Okay, I said my bit, sorry Shane!

01-08-2011, 10:04 PM
We broke ground on our second haunt, Miner's Hill, a few weeks ago. We've made alot of progress despite the snow and cold weather. We were going to wait to after Transworld, but after the holidays were over, we've got the fever to get started. Looking forward to the warm weather though.


01-08-2011, 10:04 PM
Buddy don't be sorry thats GREAT! Heck let me look around I may have some stuff I can give you! Where are you located? Shane and it's I love to help people out! Shane this time!

01-08-2011, 10:07 PM
Thanks! You are the greatest Shane, I really appreciate that! I will PM you with details. :)

01-08-2011, 10:17 PM
I had 2 old out of business haunts that brought stuff by my haunt this year and I have no need for it. Both times I came in to find boxes of stuff sitting at my back door at the haunt. Your more than welcome to it. Heck it's in crates I have no idea whats in them really but I can look! Shane and it's we will work it out! Shane this time!

01-08-2011, 10:35 PM
That would be absolutely great! I can't wait to see what you send on over. :)

01-08-2011, 11:14 PM
We are working to get our website done and up before June. All advertising has been inked and put into place. Having a photo shoot Jan 28th. Then starting to tear out the old and in with the new in Feb. Sounds like we have all been bit by the early bug this year.

01-09-2011, 12:03 AM
We have a theme/story-line created for this year, the poster is already designed, and I'm currently sculpting pieces for foam latex and silicone masks. Here is one I'm getting ready to mold....

I think I'm off to a good start.

01-09-2011, 04:08 AM
I took my key people out after closing on Halloween to say thanks for a great 2010 and they started planning for 2011 that night. I have met with them a month ago again and have had several meetings with my director. We have the years event planned out and schedule of workdays committed.

We will be on the MWH tour so our goal is to be done by May 1, abot 30 days ahead of the tour. THen we will continue to add detail everywhere until fall. We are starting a major relighting to minispotlights and similar lights this week.

Let the ideas flow !

Raycliff Manor
01-09-2011, 06:10 AM
Becki Gooch, our Fright Team Manager/Cast Director, and I have been soliciting ideas from the team. Weather permitting, we'll be holding our first brainstorming meeting on the 15th of this month.

I put together a Vision Board, which includes inspiration pictures and ideas and concepts that we as a team developed throughout last season. The Vision Board will be displayed at the brainstorming meeting for inspiration.

I've been developing a 2011 Marketing Plan, which includes a number of suggestions we've received and new ideas we've developed, many are grass-roots ideas specific to the area and area businesses.

I've already sent out our first Grave News Newsletter announcing many of the new and exciting forms of entertainment we plan to provide, and soliciting talent to participate.

I've already begun working on sponsorship packets and research to tailor the individual proposals and to solicit new sponsors.

We've begun looking at the blueprints for both attraction and working on options for modifying the layout. This year we want to really change up as much as possible and we're going to be doing a great deal with good old-fashioned sweat equity! ;)

On a side note, I'm also in the process of reviving my resume writing business; I just finished writing a new book (non haunt related), I'm putting together my consultation services info, which will be added to my Haunt Book website, and I'm planning to finally get back to work on the Fright Team Training DVD. The great thing is I love every bit of it!!! :D


01-09-2011, 06:53 AM
Louis, very nice work!! I guess I can't say that I have started because I have never actually stopped! LOL! Finishing up an organ scene, it's looking pretty good. Working on 3 toe pincher caskets. All the walls and doorways and hallways are up. I have made one masterbed bed and now working on the nanny's bed. I will have a crew coming out right after TransWorld to help. This will be year 3!! Made hundreds of minispots so so lighting should be fun. Hopefully I can have some pics soon!....


01-09-2011, 10:32 AM
Normally we would have been well started on our haunt getting it ready for Transworld but we decided not to do the Columbia haunt tour this year and instead go on a cruise and enjoy ourselves this year.

It was a nice break. Now its back to business.
We have already had two meetings and its looking like we are doing some major renovating again this year.
We will start tearing out next weekend for the 2011 season.
Everyone have a great build up and an awesome season!

01-09-2011, 01:18 PM
Weve been pretty busy here at DarkSyde Acres for the past few months, We are redesigning and expanding our Indoor queline area up to 5000 sq feet, and have done demo work on 3 more buildings to add another Attraction and double the size of a exisitng attraction for 2011. Id like to thank everyone of our guests that come out and lend a hand during the winter months here in Michigan...
In addition to the haunt, we are working on relocating BodyBag studios into a larger building, closer to the office area.

01-09-2011, 01:22 PM
Looks like everyone is off to a great start!!! I will say this Me, my family and crew pulled off the impossible at Disturbia in a month and it turned out great!! I am really excited to have all year to work. This WILL be our year! Shane and it's I am almost ready to get to work! Shane this time!

voodoo willy
01-10-2011, 05:28 AM
I've been ready man. If i don't start working on something I am going to explode.

Lets make it happen capt'n

01-10-2011, 07:01 AM
My crew and I have been brainstorming for about 2 weeks now and we started demo on last years event right after we closed up to christmas. All we have up is walls and lighting. As you may have read, we are moving to a new (undisclosed) location for 2011 - so tearing down and organizing everything is really a pain. We sat down and compiled lists of what worked well last year and what did not. We have general ideas and sketches for what we will accomplish this year.

Cant wait for transworld and to see everyone! Hope you are all doing well!


01-10-2011, 02:27 PM
The morning after our last night we started pulling everything inside the facade down and completely changing the layout of the haunt. We have the walls back up in 90% of the show and have started adding construction in areas we are expanding into. We will start the first layer of scenic background paint by the middle of February. We want to be installing and building new animatronics for 6 months before we open this time around.

01-10-2011, 03:15 PM
Hello all! Here at the Hex House we are in the planning stages of our haunt for this year. Although I can't tell you anything about what we be doing, I will say that most of our new effects will be created by our "Imagineers" and built on sight.
We are going to be in the fouth year of professional haunting and we have a lot of ground to cover. This year we have "ghouls" to keep. One of them is to be the best in Oklahoma.

01-10-2011, 03:21 PM
I'm pretty sure we began planning before 2010's season even started. There were several things we wanted to do, but didn't have time and ideas kept popping up during the season. We've already started some re-models but we're not in the full swing just yet.

01-10-2011, 06:11 PM
We are in full tilt, worked at the haunt Saturday and Sunday. It was 7 degrees when we started Saturday morning. We are on the Hauntcon tour and are doing a MAJOR theme change, though, so every day counts at this point.

01-11-2011, 02:08 PM
Wow! good luck Brett! I'm sure yall will pull through and it'll be awesome.

01-12-2011, 08:03 AM
Looks like most here is busy. Anyone else out there want to update us. Shane and it's looks like most are working. Shane this time.

Mad Wax Sculptor
01-13-2011, 12:53 AM
I never quit I followed thru after the end of the season and didn't stop. I have taken a few days off for rain and cold

Dark Scares
01-13-2011, 12:58 AM
I know we were already taking about this year while we were in the midst of last years haunt. But we will start serious planning at the end of the month.

01-13-2011, 01:39 AM
We are doing a little here and there... not much!



01-13-2011, 06:17 AM
We have been working up there periodically.

Dark Scares
01-14-2011, 11:59 PM
We are doing a little here and there... not much!



Wow! I would like to see what alot is to you then.....LOL ;)

01-15-2011, 09:33 PM
We started working back in November 2010 for 2011. Since we lost our building last year we where able to work out a deal in a new spot so we have begun cleaning and moving in our stuff.