View Full Version : Attendance Up or Down???

10-06-2008, 01:42 AM
How is everyones attendance? Is everyone up or down right now???

Both of our attractions are up right now, but its kind of a wierd season because one day its way up and the next its down from the previous year but the up days are more up than the down days.

Its great that gas prices keeping getting lower, that helps!

So how does it go?


10-06-2008, 06:31 AM
We are up, no joke, 400%. I was expecting a dismal season between gas prices and the economic problems, but that's not been the case at all. I really don't know what to make of it.

We changed our radio advertising from running whenever the station placed it to only morning and afternoon drive and added some cable television spots... not sure if that's the reason... Oh well, not looking a gift horse in the mouth as pappy used to say!

Howie Slobber Erlich
10-06-2008, 07:43 AM
We are up about 20% over last year. Down about 5% from 2006. It seems like we are going to have a pretty good season. The customers are loving this years show so, I am hoping that word of moutn spreads quickly.

Howie "Slobber" Erlich
Deadly Intentions Prison Escape

Jim Warfield
10-06-2008, 07:55 AM
Having been open 19 years, year round, like every night, I can tell the rest of you that I have seen Octobers where almost nobody showed up during the first two weeks of October , I think it was because the weather was too nice!
Nobody was thinking "October". The leaves begin to turn and fall , a chill in the air and suddenly they show up.
I always hear customers telling me they were here 3-5-9-10 years ago, to which I would like to ask them, "So where have you been in the meantime?"
The answer would have to do with school, Army, jobs, marriage, kids, moving hundreds of miles away.......
So far this season I have underestimated the numbers of customers who will be showing up, but then how important are mere guesses anyway?
The business will be what it is, illreguardless.
I used to have a better intuition with this stuff, infact I would even get an ESP "heads-up" as to which customers were coming here on a given night!
One time I "knew" this one young woman was going to be here about 8 hours before she decided to make the drive.
We weren't "involved" she was just a customer.....(who happened to be on the same mental link as my brain must have been?)
"Life is strange, if you take the time to notice."

10-06-2008, 08:10 AM
Saturday night was a record breaker for and opening weekend at Spookyworld!!!
Great reviews and how can you beat the combo of roller coasters and haunted houses...we love our new home!!! This will be the biggest Spooky- Season ever!!!

Haunting Copy
10-06-2008, 08:51 AM
When an economy slows down, the entertainment industry actually sees gains. People are looking to "escape."

Congratulations to you all! :)


10-06-2008, 11:16 AM
Our opening weekend was up significantly from last year. Very similar to our best year, 2000. Our pre-opening/dress rehearsal was a record breaker by far as we had invited many to a free night for the shake down dress rehearsal.

Looking forward to this weekend!!

10-06-2008, 01:19 PM
Well lets just say that Our numbers were LESS than expected being that thieves stole the majority of our road signs! Lesson learned, next time Ill be keeping our signs plainjane and not so frigging COOL looking..... Hoping a new strategy will work for next year!

10-06-2008, 05:18 PM

Are you still running a haunt in Salem? Glad to hear about everyones success...


screamline studios
10-06-2008, 09:13 PM
I can say this in my opinion,

When people work all week and the bill collectors call every day the one thing you want out of life is happiness so what better way than entertainment!!! in this case haunted houses...

Jason Blaszczak

http:// screamlinestudios.com

Raycliff Manor
10-07-2008, 09:14 AM
We're up about 75% over the first weekend last year! The new location is proving to be a good move! : )


10-07-2008, 10:17 AM
the haunts i have been to and the owners i have talked to said that their numbers were up for the first weekend...hopefully it continues....


10-07-2008, 03:28 PM
Let us not forget that durring the great depression. When American's were at their porest. King Kong was released and changed the face of adventure and horror forever.

People would spend their last pennies to get a chance to experience the terror and adventure that Kong would provide. Today is no different...

10-07-2008, 04:44 PM
I second that!

10-07-2008, 06:17 PM
We are doing pretty good, sales are up from last year. Getting LOTS of positive feedback from customers!

Jim Warfield
10-07-2008, 08:12 PM
The big monkey climbed that brand new Empire State Building which to some people was a parable of the little, common man, large in sheer numbers but weak poitically and unorganised financially and politically ignored instead giving all breaks and perks to the richest , most powerfull people who could build the world's tallest building in 1932.
Then that large population of mere unempowered masses climbs the rich man's empire building, shakes their collective fist ...and they shoot him without a second thought.
Didn't a History Channel program about the Empire State building say that the offices within it were empty for most of the years it has been in existence?
"Why did we build this thing?"

Mr Nightmarez
10-08-2008, 01:29 PM
Our numbers are over all the past year's and we had a tremendous 2nd weekend. We are even open less days yet we are ahead of last year's numbers.

Hopefully the trend will continue - as we too were looking for a dismal year w/ the economy and Wall Street in the dumps...

Good Luck - and hope the season continues to increase!

10-08-2008, 01:44 PM
I would not get too excited either way this early in the season. I track each day and know my numbers for each day I I have ever been open. The weather (beautiful weather as well as cold and rain) can effect the customers coming along with a million different things. All we can do is design a good show, advertise, open the doors and count our sales at the end of the season....


10-09-2008, 12:06 PM
Well for us, we moved locations aboutn 20 miles away to a city rather than a borough and our attendance last weekend (opening weekend) made more than all season last year!
We partnered up with the Pumkin Bumkin Fest in that town that's the weekend before Halloween and even secured R.A. Mihailoff for the 30th-31st-Nov. 1st!!! He was down last Tuesday before we opened and gave us his seal of approval!
For all you who don't know...he played Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre III!!! (His folks live about 10 miles away from here and we called them and he was in town for October and traveling around to various haunts!)
Only going to get better I hope!!!

Happy Haunting!


10-11-2008, 01:36 AM
We opened tonight and our attendance increased 178% over last years opening night. Yes 178%! Looks like a great season is in store for us!

Haunting Copy
10-11-2008, 06:41 AM
I know y'all are really busy with your haunts, but I hope you'll take a moment to consider that your local media would be *very* interested to hear that your haunts are bucking the Wall Street trend.

This means the media could very well run a story on your haunt, thereby bringing you even more business.

I've offered a fr*e press release template on a separate thread. If you'd like to read the thread, it's at: http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_house_forums/showthread.php?t=6233

I strongly recommend taking advantage of this situation. It may not be here next year.

If you're interested in the template, just shoot me a quick PM with your e-mail address. And if you have any questions about press releases in general, I'll be happy to answer them. :)

Congratulations to everybody!

10-11-2008, 09:57 AM
We "The Dungeon Haunted Ride" opened last night and doubled our attendance from this time last year. I hope it goes like this the rest of the season and not just a fluke night. Gas prices are dropping alot here too (around $2.50 a gallon) so hopefully that will help a little as well.
Glad to hear everyone else is on the increase and wish everyone a great season.


10-18-2008, 03:50 AM
Time again to revisit this post...

Anymore updates from people. One group told me in their town attendance is down over 50%. How is everyone doing now? I can tell you EVERY vendor has told me they are very interested to know and concerned at the same time.


Todd Shumansky
10-18-2008, 10:37 AM
So far so good for us. This is our tenth year open. 2006 was our best year ever and 2007 was next best. Right now we are neck and neck with the 2007 numbers. A few nights have been down a little and a few nights have been up a little compared to 2007. Last night we were down about 15% compared to the same Friday night last year. It was fairly cold last night so that may have affected attendance.

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year it makes our season have one more weekend than last year. That alone should make for a great month. I'm anxious to see how it all plays out. Good luck to everyone!

Killer Katie
10-18-2008, 10:52 AM
I would venture a guess that there may be some corrolation between location and how you're haunt is doing. Unfortunatly, I went from a well established haunt, to a first year haunt - and let me tell you, there is a HUGE difference in customer numbers.
I would say that the attendence is way down, but I've never been on the ground floor of a haunt before.
So really, I have done a Seinfeld post, alot of talk about nothing! LOL

10-18-2008, 02:28 PM
Here is our status... The Darkness is up right now about 15% from last year, this is exciting news and that is on top of the fact that we raised the prices by $2.00, raised prices on speed passes, kids prices just all across the board. So this is GREAT NEWS...

The bad news is our Creepyworld attendance is down but in a funny way... the attendance on weekdays is down about 40% every single day, but the attendance on weekends is for the most part up but overall we're down like maybe 10% overall at Creepyworld.

One thing this just goes to show is that people do not attend several haunts in the same city... Darkness gains Creepyworld loses, Creepyworld gains Darkness losses. Overall we're the same as last year just one is up and one is down.

This is also a funny year because Halloween in on a Friday. So we'll see how it all ends up.