Hell all ~
When I used to be able (before I had "locked" myself in to a particular character with latex and all ) to through haunts I helped design .. it was a great aspect as to seeing the creation "come alive" .
While I didn't use the "fast areas" for staff ( unless needed) it was still good.
Now... what I try to do currently is find a TRUSTED friend of mine who is from out of town(either out of state or from the next town over) .. or has NOT seen what we have done for a few years and invite them through and see what their take on it is.
Seeing as though all the actors I have KNOW what i will be wearing .. AND the fact I'm the only 6ft tall 38 year old on the crew LOL its makes it a bit difficult to go thru " incognito".
Just my thoughts.
Something we do that has proven very effective is to invite members of the Fire Department, Police Department, Press and Media, other Haunts, etc. to come through for free throughout the season as "scouts". The Actors know this will be taking place, however, they never know when a scout is in the house or who the scouts are. At the end of the season at our Golden Ghoul Awards Dinner, in addition to announcing the winners of the Scariest, Most DEADicated and Team Player award winners, we also announce the winner of the Scout Award. The Scout Award winner is determined by the feedback of our scouts. At the end of the evening we'll make mention of the fact that we had one or more scouts in the house and remind everyone that we're tallying their feedback. We also let everyone know how impressed the scouts have been, which is typically the case. : )
Just an FYI, The Fright Team members, Actors and Security, vote on the other three awards, Scariest, Most DEADicated and Team Player, and management is not allowed to vote. We encourage the team to pay attention to one another through the season and to share their scare and entertainment stories with one another. This really gets everyone pumped up and involved in a friendly competition.
I uploaded some pictures to Facebook from the 2010 Raycliff Manor Golden Ghoul Awards Dinner. You can check them out at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fb...37849559616444 ;)