View Full Version : what do you do in between scares??

08-06-2009, 12:49 AM
besides getting water or waiting for the next group to come..

As for me... I look at all the props and some time i look up and see how the stars are so cool...I work outside at the haunt i work at..

what do you guys do??

freak 'n' stein
08-06-2009, 06:14 AM
LOL!!!!..."I look up and see how the stars are so cool" <<< that one is classic

um, I am the guy who can't just stay in his "assigned" area of the haunt. So I will stalk groups, go to different areas of the haunt and try to invent different ways to scare.

08-07-2009, 01:27 AM
It depends really. alot of times I will just reset into my hiding spot and wait. I listen for actors in previous rooms so that I have an idea on where groups are at. If I have time, I will sneak a drink from a hidden bottle of water/juice. On really slow nights, if I have 2 or more in my room we will whisper things, or move around and change our methods of scaring.

Kelly Anderson
08-07-2009, 04:37 PM
Usually we are trying to not laugh our ass off about how we just scared the (*&^% out of the last group. Then again thats alot of why we do this. Its so damn entertaining!! I luv it!!

But I usually am the guy that is coaching the new actors in my area. And when not doing that I am getting called to other rooms to fix props, foggers, whatever.


Dr. Giggles
08-07-2009, 10:16 PM
Usually stay in character, and go from there. Dunno where it takes me.
If it s a REALLY slow night i will climb to the top of the maze and squat there on the 2x4 that supports the walls so i can see over the whole maze. I can see people and attack from sky!

That or sing showtunes/ do short skits to entertain my fellow actors. Entertaining is my business.

Once i was going all out with the song "Keep It Gay!" from The Producers and a group walked in. I had them all laughing then i snarled dropped down and bolted at them suddenly.
One of the best scares of the season for me.

08-10-2009, 01:53 PM
I go on the hunt for the next scare. Pick a spot and watch the crowd to get a read on them. Seek out the weak one and it's on again. Go go go.
Best of all I'm a roamer so it's never a dull moment. Heck, on a slow night I will follow people all the way through the attraction for my own amusement.

Jim Warfield
08-11-2009, 06:32 PM
Nobody should ever be "bored" working (playing) scaring people in a haunted house.
When I designed most of the old JCs haunt some complained that they were "Bored" (must have drank all their beer ration?)
So the next year I designed multiple scare stations secretly accessable for the haunters...."That's too much "Work!", "I get confused."
Pretty pathetic huh?
When the night is winding down I might go scare some of my employees, this is always fun!
(And Very memorable!)
One night I somehow pulled myself up into a small space among the rafters at the exit, and ever so slightly touched a few people on the top of their heads, so slightly that they weren't really sure if it had happened or not (keep'em guessing, it involves their minds alot more)
Then my employee walked back under me and asked another employee if someone was touching people on the top of their heads? (Since this is a haunted,haunted house and more things usually always happen here in October)
As he stood there asking this question I reached down with one hand and removed his bowler hat, taking it straight up into the ceiling!
He hollered and knees collapsed, straight down he went!
All the lights were on too!
My Wife Jessica has also been known to put on a weird mask, costume and harrass our helpers through the side gate. She really got some of them "going" too! (Maybe she's releasing some frustration after dealing with customers all night long?)

10-14-2009, 06:34 AM
Rehydrate right off the bat, then dig in to my bag of Jolly Ranchers to get my voice back up to par. Reset quickly for the next scare. If i have a few min between groups talk with other actors about how to play out a scene or whats working best and whats not working.

Rotting Flesh Radio

10-14-2009, 09:09 AM
Besides from all of the above mentioned, I like to holler and just scream and make a lot of noises. You never know who is in line and keeping the house sound alive no matter how dead it is or not can add to the affect. We have actors screaming like they are getting scared to make it look like more are going through on the dead nights, gets everyone pumped inside and out.

Warren Vanderdark
10-19-2009, 09:50 PM
Being that I'm the "host" character of The Baxter Avenue Morgue, I'm the first person that groups of patrons meet when they come in. From my dark corner just down the hall from the front door, I'll listen as the groups are being ushered into our funeral parlor, listening for any names of customers that seem to be overly scared. This NEVER fails to freak them out when you address them by name.

Like the rest of you, I'll pause for a sip of a beverage or pop a Vitamin C drop (these tend to work so much better than my previous fave, Halls Mentholyptus), straighten my tie, give a nod to the security guy in the front hall and then quietly make my way into the parlor, where I proceed to instill fear and dread in my own subtle fashion ..

10-20-2009, 10:48 PM
I'll just talk to my fellow sliders, fix up the gear a bit, stalk groups etc.

This year i scared the living shit out of an entire group. I was just watching a girl that was in the group, she saw me watching her, and she stood behind her boyfriend. I just started clicking my fingers together, and slowly walked towards the group, and then suddenly slid about 10 feet right to the girls feet and started hitting my hands randomly around her feet and i had her screaming for a good 45 seconds, i stood up and snarled in her ear and clicked my fingers in her ear, when her boyfriend (Mr. ToughGuy) Turns around and said "lay off man" and i replied back with "why, am i laying ON her too much? are you getting jealous?" and then just walked away.

one of my favorite scares yet.

10-21-2009, 02:01 AM
I just kinda keep on my toes for the next group and kinda pace. I get REALLY into character, so I keep in that "hunting" mindset be it inside the maze or outside working the line, especially after a really good scare. I rarely break character, even for water. We break often enough that I don't worry about water breaks really.

10-21-2009, 08:01 AM
Txas, I love sliders! That has always been one of my favorites. To me, I get better scared by something higher or lower then from the "normal view". In my haunt, we have someone on stilts and is about 12 feet tall. He always freaks me out and I watch him since he is in the room before me as he comes out and gets them every time. He can jump over things so easily, its scary as hell. For you to slide towards them, it would be the same affect in my book. Its out of the "normal" vision. Good Job! I mean what can you say to that comment you made? Nothing, he would be speechless.

10-21-2009, 05:39 PM
I've been relegated to a single small room, with no light other than a blasting strobe light... So I close my eyes in between groups, in an attempt to not get nauseous.

10-21-2009, 10:05 PM
It really depends on whether I'm outside or inside. If I'm inside then I'm constantly listening for specific audio cues throughout the house so I know where the next group is.

If I'm outside then I need to look for different ways to entertain the crowd whether it be hiding places or every once in awhile go interact with the line but each section for brief periods of time so that I can still be scary and not have them be too familiar with me enough so that I can scare them again when they leave.

10-23-2009, 08:41 AM

thankyou! i strongly agree with you there, like a Halloween Horror nights, the guys walking around with chainsaws werent scary at all. But the sliders or the giant guys on stilts just looked badass!

I really enjoy sliding because the group isnt expecting it. i try to get them while theyre turned around. And before they know it, they hear this loud noise, turn around and im jumping up right in there face.


Jim Warfield
11-12-2009, 04:46 AM
I spend a short time between groups straightening up the front room, trying to make it look like a mob of people were Not just in there sitting on the furniture, wiggling their butts on the slip covers, pulling things around because they are scared.
Sometimes I even vaccuum the middle of the floor quickly when leaves or whatever gets tracked in the front door.
As an extra bonus of doing this small amount of "Housekeeping" I have found people's wallets, cell phones earlier than I normally might so we can find them while they are still in the house and return the items to them.
A few feet away I have my own private half-bathroom, a very luxurious thing to have on a busy night for drinking water, garggling, checking yourself in a well-lit mirror..and that other thing, of course too!
If someone doesn't believe the haunted history, says I'm "full of crap", I have the very real option of showing them the evidence ..of the supernatural? No that I am no longer full of crap, unless I mistakenly prematurely flushed away the evidence.

02-13-2010, 10:05 AM
I'm bumped up to staff/security from being an actor, but when I did act I simply sat there & rested trying to get my breathing back to normal. Yeah, sounds boring doesn't it? One night though I started thinking of things that make me laugh, I'm not talking about a chuckle or two, I'm talking rib cage hurting kind of laughing. This actually came in handy that night seeing as I was already dressed as a Dr./mental patient. Groups would walk by as I'm laughing hysterically & every so often I'd sceam out BOO like the Joker does in the batman movie...Before Heath Ledger came along. People jumped almost every time!


03-18-2010, 08:01 PM
I know I'm like months late on this but I have nothing better to do ;)

When I acted, I was the kid that ran around his scene changing props around, and completely making it different. (My first room was an attic) So I had like a trunk, ton's of old stuff, giant piles of old childs toys, a TON of random stuff that most old attics have, so it was easy for me to go and change everything around. My Monster Mom loved me because I was so enthusiastic about scaring, thankfully it was entirely volunteer ran and no one was a real hard-ass, so I got to have a lot of fun! ...and now I'm hooked for life. :mrgreen:

03-18-2010, 08:37 PM
I continue to act in between scares that way the character is more realistic and I find it is easier than trying to turn the character on and off all night. I also like acting off of any other actors I encounter; it adds to the fun and increases the depth of the characterization.

03-19-2010, 07:35 AM
Love it! I don't think I've ever broken character even when no one's around, hence why I love to play with my scene non-stop! I've been a manager now for about two years and haven't had a specific scene, but I've choreographed a couple awesome moves with actors that I see when customers are around that involve me like choking them or them like tackling me, no one's ever gotten hurt and it's been a little extra scare for every customer who's seen it happen, really freaks them out when we're so hands on with eachother and not just holding a plastic knife to another actors throat ;D

03-19-2010, 07:34 PM
definitely interacting in character with other actors, and pretty much staying in character all night helps pass the time if there are ever slow nights. Like Katie said, it helps your character flow better if you arent jumping in an out of character all night.

Mike "Pogo" Hach

03-21-2010, 02:17 AM
well for me again...

I get in to thinking about how i can do better.

I think it's funny that one time a guy and a girl stoped. now keep in mind that they did not see me in the dark but i can see them.. anyways they started to makeing out and they were getting in to it. well i came up behind the girl cause the guy had his eyes closed and i said to them.. "Can i have some??" in a dark voice. the girl screamed and pushed the guy and ran. the dude said to me "thanks!! now i am not getting laid tonight...." then he ran to get her.. that was the most funny thing i did and i sat back down in my dark little spot..

that was to good..


04-25-2010, 12:12 PM
I've become a jack of all trades at my haunt...but even when working security i still gotta have my scares...while i'm acting if i'm not scaring a group i'm scaring fellow workers...It's kinda funny seeing actors too scared to work in their own rooms sometimes....maybe not so much on a busy night...but it's always worth the chance to turn things around on your fellow actors.

01-20-2011, 10:53 PM
Last year I was in a room where I could walk intoa hidden passage and listen to the groups go through two rooms before mine. I would listen totry and discern if there was one "scaredy cat" of the group and try to pick up a name. If I heard something like "Oh Sally, stop crying! We're almost through it. " then I would guarantee that Sally would have a hell of a time inmy room! Heh heh heh.

Two years ago I was alone in a room at the beginning of the haunt and didn't have any warning when people would enter. I just killed time by getting into arguements with the corpse props. It actually made some people laugh when they came in unexpectedly.

Johnny Thunder
01-21-2011, 07:11 PM
Chugged water, chewed cough drops and focused. :)

01-24-2011, 11:59 AM
I was in a room with a good friend so we would usually laugh at the last group then reset really fast/get straight faces back....and get water! And come up with new scares. The people in the room after ours would come watch the signal we had for when a group was coming [it was their signal, too] so we'd compare group reactions in each of our rooms if we had a lot of time between them.

01-29-2011, 01:43 PM
I'll get a sip of Gatorade.. If there's time between wagons I'll go hang out with the other 8 actors in my skit. My hiding spot is a bo x connected to slide, so I'll play on my slide too. We have a loud microphone in our skit, and one time my bro AJ was imitating Quagmire from Family Guy.... Just as a wagon was pulling in..

Soul Reaper
03-04-2011, 01:21 AM
I was in a room in the middle of the haunt and would follow the group that just came though to the back door. Getting more scares and freaking them out. I also would move from back to front of the haunt and back to my spot. Watching the other actors as I would go, as I was the Dir. of Ops. for the haunt. Then get a drink and listen for the next group. Then I would let out an uncanny howl the could be heard thoughout the haunt. And get into position and wait for the next victoms.

Then when we would have a dead spot with noone in line. I would slip out the front door and wait for the last group that just came through to turn the corner. And then procede to chase them to there means of excape on wheels.

06-21-2011, 08:10 AM
Okay, so basically at my haunted house the fair majority of actors that work there are teenagers, 13-17.
In the area I work in there are two other teenagers there, and when we are waiting in between scares we all come out of our room and just sit and talk about the scare we just caused or just sit and talk in general. Sometimes people from farther back in the house come up to see what's going on, but that's what I do.


06-21-2011, 08:19 AM
Last year I was in a room where I could walk intoa hidden passage and listen to the groups go through two rooms before mine. I would listen totry and discern if there was one "scaredy cat" of the group and try to pick up a name. If I heard something like "Oh Sally, stop crying! We're almost through it. " then I would guarantee that Sally would have a hell of a time inmy room! Heh heh heh.

Two years ago I was alone in a room at the beginning of the haunt and didn't have any warning when people would enter. I just killed time by getting into arguements with the corpse props. It actually made some people laugh when they came in unexpectedly.

XD Yes, at our haunt the people that talk to them at the door, you know, tell them the rules and stuff, they try to get the names. Once they get the names they pass it all the way down to end, and when the group comes through and we know a name we freak them out by saying their name. XD It's entertaining to hear "OMFG! How do you know my name?"

Joe P
08-01-2011, 10:12 AM
laughing or draining the sweat out of my cfx mask. You could bake a potato in those things here in florida.

09-02-2011, 06:43 AM
Unless I still have a chance to milk something out of a group, (banging on walls, utilizing workers trap doors, etc), if its a good night I sing horrendously and maniacally. There have been times other actors and I have had full blown hours of in-character diologue on the top of our lungs when groups are not present. This energy expidenture is perhaps why I experience bad nights, when I lie flat on the floor and glare at coworkers in between groups haha.

Vamps Bites
09-06-2011, 01:56 PM
I try to think of new ideas of coming out to scare guest. Ohh yeah i forgot, WATER BREAK!!! LOL

09-26-2011, 08:38 PM
I share an area with two others and sometimes they "fight" then randomly start dancing. And I try and make sure the two with masks on drink water. But dancing helps us keep our energy up and stay pumped :cool:

10-02-2011, 04:29 PM
Once I'm in character, I stay there--I only come out of it on the break deck...and even then, not all the way. So, between groups, I lurk, I twitch, I fondle the corpses and whisper sweet nothings into their decayed ears in the hopes that the next group will give me something.....fresher to play with.

This works well when alone, but it plays havoc with actors in or near my scenes. Not a lot of talking about how that last scare went, or what to do next.

My daughter also acts(and is now doing some makeup work) and she caught this from me. Once, one of the people who works the security cameras was talking about how she shes my daughter, on screen, between groups, standing in some unnatural pose, twitching slightly every now and then. She said,'Every now and then, when I'm watching, it feels like she's seen me and it creeps me out so much I have to get up and stop looking at her.'

And this is really cool because she wears a Silent Hill nurse outfit--she has no eyes.

Scares are everywhere, just because the groups' gone doesn't mean there's some blood you can't chill.