View Full Version : When is everyone opening?

04-12-2005, 05:14 AM
In looking at the calendar for this year, I noticed that October 1st is a Saturday. For those of you open on friday's, when are you planning to open? Will you make it a five weekend season and open on September 30th or are you going to wait until October 7th?

04-12-2005, 06:17 AM
Deadly Intentions is opening on Sept. 16th. This years calendar sucks! Halloween is on a Monday. :( We have been open the last 2 years Wed - Sunday. Although we have at least covered the cost of operations on Wednesday's, we have decided not to open on Wed. this year. It will give our actors 3 days off a week to recover from the four days of ripping their throats out.

We opened the last week in Sept. last year to great crowds. This year we are offering more incentives to come out early in the season so, we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will have reasonable attendance. This will help with our goal to be open year round in 2007. It will let us see what kind of interest there is off season.

Howie "Slobber" Erlich
Deadly Intentions Haunted House

04-12-2005, 06:32 AM

Thats out calendar for th year!

Jim Warfield
04-12-2005, 07:23 AM
Of course I'm OPEN every night , but I have seen some Septembers and Octobers that were so lonely until it got to be around the end of October.?
I see an end-of-the-summer rush to come here before school starts, then "Zero" for at least the next two weeks.
Maybe some of you others could plan around your local schools and scoop up some decent pre-season business?
Once they have been there you shouldn't have to work as hard to have them become repeaters. Given the opportunity to see your show before everyone else in a four county area is open is good too. (more chance to come back, tell their friends.)
I heard once that many don't pay attention to ads, they just ask their neighbors where to go and who to see?

04-12-2005, 08:18 AM

Kelly told Rachel that Terror Park wasn’t going to open on the 30th or Halloween, cause he said it won’t be worth it. Is that true? Attendance on Sundays generally stinks, but I was hoping it might be a little better this year, because Halloween is on Monday.
We are debating on whether we should end it on the Saturday before, as well.
We are definitely going to open on Sept. 30th.

04-12-2005, 08:30 AM
We are opening September 23rd. Septemeber weekends are fairly slow (and mostly our 'fans'), but it's very good to see how things are working before the crowds come in a few weeks later. It's almost like test runs that people pay for!

-- I

04-12-2005, 09:16 AM
That is what brought up this question. I was talking to Kelly Friday evening and we were discussing the pro's and con's of it. we will probably open on the 30th and get five weekends out of it. One of the things we find is that it isn't as much proximity to Halloween that determines the crowds but how many nights you are open to build up the word-of-mouth advertising. I think no matter what weekend you open it will be small and build from there. As for Halloween itsdelf, no I cannot see us being open on a Monday. We also do not do Sundays and last year we dropped the first two Thursdays as well.

Lord Barnabus
04-12-2005, 02:52 PM
We'll be open a short season this year. October 28, 29, 30, 31. The 27th will be a full rehearsal night. Yay for the small guys!!!

04-12-2005, 03:23 PM
I am not going to be open the 1st Saturday. It seems it is always dead the 1st weekend. I will be open on Sunday the 2nd, but at a discounted price, kind of a sneak peak night/work out the kinks night. Then we will be open weekends and a few Thursdays too. We will be open on Halloween, very short hours, God, you almost have to be, I mean it is Halloween! but I am expecting a smaller than Sunday crowd and will most likely pay out more to my actors than I take in that night and sit here and cry about it on Nov 1st. :evil:

Frightmare Man
04-12-2005, 03:41 PM
We're open October 28th-31st.

Raycliff Manor
04-12-2005, 04:02 PM
We're going to open Friday, September 30th. We're still working on securing a location though. :? Send positive thoughts, good energy, prayers and anything else you think will help, our way! :)


04-12-2005, 07:00 PM
I am performing in Tampa Tues-Sat next week and then will hang arouund there til the 26th & hopefully get my certification for scuba. If I can find any virgins in Florida I will sacrifice them for you...... Ohh Ohh, looks like your screwed Kel!. JK, I REALLY WISH YOU THE BEST DUDE> IF ANYONE DESERVES POSITIVE KARMA ITS YOU!!! :P

04-12-2005, 07:53 PM
We at FearFair haven't decided on when we will open yet. This October will be hard on actor's as it could be a long month. I noticed some of the haunted houses are only open a few nights toward the end of the month.
What's up with that? Curious, I guess, not meant to be a put down towards those haunts. I am not the person that puts anyone down. In fact, I am the guy that is always ready to put a hand out to help anyone.

So, with that in mind, Kelly, I have been praying for God to make a way for you. Faith my friend, faith.......


04-12-2005, 07:58 PM
I believe the haunts that are open only a few days are smaller haunts... POWER TO THE LITTLE GUY!

(just cuz theyre small it doesnt meen anything... its just less space to cram #### into.)

explicitives removed:Frightmistress is watching you!

Raycliff Manor
04-12-2005, 10:31 PM
Thanks for the well wishes. I'll keep the faith! :wink:


Jim Warfield
04-13-2005, 12:43 AM
The old line from the 1960's:"Keep the faith, Baby. Keep the Baby, Faith!"
(And learn how to change diapers real fast!)

04-13-2005, 04:25 AM
Ghostly Manor officially opens Wed June 1. We have several early groups coming in May. We are open Wed - Sun June thru Labor Day, Fri & Sat in Sep and Thur thru Sun in October.

Sandusky is a big tourist area in the summer. We have the Lake and the Cedar Point amusement park crowd here so that helps. This will be our 4th summer open. We have already been working since Feb getting things ready. I have to meet with our Fire Inspector today for our annual inspection. :shock:

Bill Criscione
Ghostly Manor
Sandusky, Oh

04-13-2005, 06:12 AM
Thanx Steve. I really didn't have a clue, but the only way I know to a
good answer is to ask a dumb question. :lol: Yeah, cram it ! We have
10,000 sq ft to work with now. During the rebuilding process we've got
everything stacked up, piled up, and we keep moving stacks and piles as
we grow the rooms back into the haunt. It's just more stuff. Stuff here, stuff there. I remember the comedian George Carlin used to do a piece on all his stuff. It was a good laugh.

Frightmistress is breathing softly, moving quietly, watching, always watching.......... :lol: :lol: :lol:


04-13-2005, 06:57 AM
The Hall of Horrors is opening October 1. We usually open the first full weekend in October, but we decided not to open on Friday since that would fall into September and we have never been open in September. Business is usually low our first weekend, and Fridays are usually low early in the month because of high school football games.

We'll likely offer a large discount to try to boost some attendance as this will mainly be our one and only dress rehearsal. We might offer a buy one/get one free deal for opening night.

09-13-2009, 03:57 AM
We are opening Hundred Acres Manor Sept 18-19, 25-26 and then we start our run of Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 1 - Nov 1.

Jim Warfield
09-14-2009, 08:59 PM
There is the last Car Cruise in town for the season, a block from Ravens Grin, Charlie's Tavern next door is doing a wedding deception for someone AND we already have deposit checks here for that night for many groups!
I would say our fall season will be beginng that night.
Tonight, nobody has showed up for a tour yet.
Our usual school-beginnig lull only lasted the first three nights of September.
We have been busy every night.
People still may show up yet tonight, I don't close until 12 midnight and certain people make it a point to be here at that time.
It's a haunted house!

09-15-2009, 03:02 AM
We open both attractions this weekend. Traffic on our websites is up up and away! No telling what happens we'll see. Larry

09-20-2009, 06:24 AM
This is too funny. I saw my name as the person who started this thread and I did not remember doing so. LOL Then I realized it was from 4 YEARS AGO!! LOL

Brandon, were you in the "way back machine" again?? ;)

09-20-2009, 04:33 PM
ScareHouse opened this weekend and we had a blast! I was a little worried that the concept and theming behind "Rampage" would be too out there for people, but the reaction to it has been overwhelmingly positive. Whew!

I do, however, need to buy many more ear-plugs for the actors. It's LOUD!