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11-01-2003, 07:58 PM
What Type of attraction do you like to perform the most and why?

11-01-2003, 11:58 PM
House for sure... though it's more costly (electric, security, it goes on and on etc...), you don't have to worry about the rain or cold...and cancelling due to weather... and having patrons walkthrough a house amongst the actors instead of observing them from a wagon (though some places do a good haunt this way), has a more threatening factor for patrons. For most, having the security of the wagon does help the scare factor and can lead to "observation" unless the actors hop onto the wagon and are interactive.

11-02-2003, 04:09 AM
house defentaly there more weather resentent and you can do more with senery and lighting

04-25-2004, 08:18 AM
You can definently scare em more with the house. It seems more "real" But, if you have a tight budget and a tough fire dept. go for the forest. The fire dept. will be easier on you if it's outside.

Ben Fox
04-28-2004, 06:54 PM
Less of a hassel with cleaning up a house after you have kil......i mean injured a patron.......... and you can make more hiding sopts for the corps...... I mean actors.......

Jim Warfield
04-29-2004, 12:59 AM
..and when 25 enter the house and only 24 exit, who's to notice everyone has a little bloody souveneer in their back pocket or chewing on something gnarly, not Bob Gnarly the singer, either!

04-29-2004, 07:57 PM

ok last year i was working both a haunted hay ride and a house, it was killing me not to work the house every night because i needed the money the hay ride offered. But look its not even for those little mistakes its cause you dont get enough TIME to screw with people correctly on a hay ride, its jump on do your thing and jump off and run across the feild for the next batch of 50 people and you do this ALL night, you get 10 seconds for 50 people!!!!
i love the house because you can pick out the weak and play with them

Ben Fox
04-29-2004, 09:03 PM
I just thought up a good idea for a hayride, using bones and useing them to make the cart. Of course they would have to be human..........

05-01-2004, 01:48 PM
the bone idea though actually sounds like a great idea, but you gotta think about that a little better, actors jump onto that hay ride and they work like that, bone placement has to be careful for the sake of these actors, theres enough blisters, cuts, bruises, broken masks, in the life of a hayride haunter.
yes, broken masks, ive seen many of the harder masks get cracked when an actor jumps off a hay ride and doesnt realize theres a second cart connected and gets whacked in the face, causing the mask to break.
TIP:: when working hayride, for gods sake have face protection! little kids punch and hayrides hurt.

Ben Fox
05-02-2004, 05:41 PM
But it is more enetrainment for the customers buck when a Hayride actor falls off and gets run over by that second cart. "Hey son, Look at that scary monster, opps he fell off, but the his head gettting severed by the wheel is so realist... wait that was his head.......oh, crap"

05-03-2004, 08:58 AM
lol dont make fun of that! im in charge of those actors! if that happens again i have to go and find another person to work!

05-03-2004, 02:26 PM
Thats nothing that duct tape cant fix heads arms just about everything

Jim Warfield
05-03-2004, 06:40 PM
Instead of jumping on and off of the wagon, has anyone ever built a box slung underneath the wagon with a trap door opening up , "UP"?
Suddenly the monster is sitting behind you and he never had to even shake the wagon to make it happen......
An alternative to this could be an actor sitting in the middle of the wagon in plain sight but with head down assuming the role of a stuffed dummy, then coming to life later. Having good padding or catcher leg-guards under the costume would also help the actor pass the "Is It Real"? Test some of the punchers and knee-kickers would be providing, but after they think you aren't real, the scare handed out to them might just be worth the abuse!

Ben Fox
05-03-2004, 08:28 PM
Just manke sure to have some padding in the crotch. Some poeple have to test for apendages in order to check if its real.

Jim Warfield
05-04-2004, 12:48 AM
I have NEVER had padding in my crotch, no matter what anyone else might think or say.
I don't own a gun either.
I'm not always "happy" to see everyone either.

I once had an employee who misunderstood my instructions to him and at the end of the night he was bragging about how no matter how hard someone kicked him in the shins that he wouldn't flinch and let them know that inside of that mask, there was a real man.
He never did ever move to scare anyone (this is the misunderstanding) he just sat there on a couch in the middle of a maze, inflexible, unmoving.

05-30-2004, 08:07 PM
House (of the brain eating zombies)!

05-30-2004, 08:32 PM
Sounds like one person at my job, Jim!

Crotch padding, that was what everyone did in the past. Now, its buy HUGE SUVS as their crotch padding. thats usually to compensate for something which is what usually REQUIRES crotcvh padding!

Glad I drive a SMALL TRUCK :) :) :)

Warren Vanderdark
11-04-2004, 04:51 AM
After working house haunts since the age of 16, I can say "Indoors" definitely. 5 years ago, after a bit of semi-retirement from haunt acting, I revived my lycanthropic alter-ego for a "farewell tour" at the local Six Flags park. I was roaming the swamp of the haunt, which, if it had been at least partially enclosed, would have been quite atmospheric. However, the daylight as well as the extraneous noise from the nearby rides lessened the overall effectiveness of the scene. (Not that I didn't go for the proverbial jugular on many occasions, mind you...*evil grin*)

Warren Vanderdark;
Owner & Head Mortician,
The Baxter Avenue Morgue


11-04-2004, 07:21 AM
Haunted Forest :: I will never do this again, it was a haunted trail an even I was scared most of the time. Every like 10min I hared something walking out in the woods, an I didn't know if it was a person or animal. One time a skunk sprayed me!

Haunted Hayride :: We have one of these at the house I work on, My directer Shawn ( boss ) won't let me go help out with it, don't know why. Later on a lot of the kids came back with poison ivy an bitching about how cold they are. I never asked to work the hayride again. The one time I was a customer on a hayride I stood up like a dummy to get a better look at a shack, ended up falling of the thing an into the nice wet muddy grass.

Haunted House :: I love the house. I don't have to worry about rain or any of that other stuff that nature controls. Also I know what all the sounds are, yea thats a good thing.

11-05-2004, 12:58 AM
Forest for sure. It's real atmosphere with real paranoia getting in the people's heads. A house is just darkness and "scenes" with monsters and witches and things talking to you. When a witch or monster talks to me, it isn't scary.
Every room having someone look at me and show me what they are trying to do while talking to me is not scary . Many make this mistake. I'd rather see what they are doing and let them freak me out by what they are doing and saying.

In forest, you can plug haunters that belong there. You can have huts and lights and fog machines and tiki torches and good sets...and of course a real full moon to howl at. :)

Jim Warfield
11-05-2004, 06:47 AM
I have an outdoor loop for the tour, but if the weather turns bad, one door opens, another one closes and they are routed back into the house , being exposed to the weather for a quick six feet of travel.
The house is on the edge of a cliff with a small river below it and we have all sorts of natural wildlife prowling around here, almost any kind of it that you can name.
The normal comings and goings of them is no problem, but I have had some people decide they should put out alot of food for these poor creatures and then we have a bad deal, customers between the pile of food.
"Grr! are you my food?"
I am on poison ivy patrol here as long as it's warm out, buy the spray, kill the plant, spend the money, it will be very well spent.

11-05-2004, 10:14 AM
I think a house for sure, there are just so many things that you can do with a house, you can really make it into anything you want, and its usually indoors so weather is rarely a problem for the actors,props or patrons

11-05-2004, 05:10 PM
I also have an easier time just making a good hiding place in a house then trying to figure out if its safe to crawl in the hollow of a tree.

WARNING:: Never climb in the hollow of a tree, Oh yea it looks cool, an with a good make up job you can look like your part of the tree, or maybe being eaten by a tree. But do remember there there are things living in those damn trees! An if you think there is something crawling on you, damn it there probably really is some thing crawling on you! Icky Icky Yuck Yuck!!

08-08-2005, 07:19 PM
I understand and agree with all the rpos of indoor haunts...but I have always had the desire to work and outdoor haunt....I have some ideas that would be great in an outdoor setting......maybe it's left over from my yard haunt days which I loved and miss

09-20-2005, 01:07 PM
I've done most of my work outside entertaining lines of ornery customers.... which i love, anytime i can drive them to the brink of insanity i'm happy.

09-20-2005, 06:44 PM
I have worked outdoors a few times and I find the experience to bit a little bit more fun then inside an indoor haunt. I think that mother nature at night provides an ambience that you just can't replicate inside a haunt. The sound of the breeze, the rustle of leaves and other things lurking, the crisp chill in the air. These things all serve (at least to me) to heighten the experience.

I am part yeti so the elements don't bother me like they may other people. That helps, too.

01-08-2006, 01:46 PM
Well thats a toughy.

I enjoyed working in a forest, as it was in a graveyard(my fave place) that looked very overgrown and real. The drawbacks were that everyone was so spaced apart communications sucked. Only security and about every 5th scene had a radio to know what was going on. I was working so hard that the cold never got to me. But the rain was another story, so was the dust getting kicked up by customers running.

I like house work but I have had very little to work with in just a room or hallway. In the woods I could come up out of bushes, chase em down the trail, pop up over fences or gravestones. In houses youre kind of limited by your space and the set. I do enjoy though roaming in a house, ducking in and out of security halls ahead of the same group i just got or coming out behind them again. hehehe

02-16-2006, 05:12 PM
I've worked many scenes and the chainsaw...

I've had outdoor scenes and indoor scenes as well, and I must say I do enjoy working the indoor scenes the most (depending on how well they are set up of course, I would rather work a saw than work a barren hallway).

I had a scene this year that was inside and outside. It was bit colder than the rest of the indoor scenes, but in all truth it isn't that bad when you are working. I was actually quite warm all season long because of all of the focus and running about.

06-16-2006, 01:04 PM
Well. I've been in a house for 4 :twisted: years and last year was my first year in a scare zone. Though I enjoyed the fresh air ( it gets REAL HOT here in FLORIDA with heavy costumes and makeup as well,) Being in a house is the funnest. I can get way more people and freak them out as well. I did enjoy being in the scare zone though, People hate to walk through them and most run through screaming which can deter my fun!!!!!