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    We sell two kinds which basically mean "scare...

    We sell two kinds which basically mean "scare down" and "I want to be scared". A single group of friends may (and often do) buy some of one and the other. So you can end up with a "scare down"...
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    I would recommend watching a season or two of the...

    I would recommend watching a season or two of the show "The Profit" before spending a penny on an Escape Room business.

    Write down the numbers: Operational costs (rent, props, electicity,...
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    You found this in the haunt industry? Or some...

    You found this in the haunt industry? Or some other business? I can't say my experience matches that. It works for us. They pay for themselves in ticket sales. Why? The haunt industry isn't...
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    Kersey Valley does have zip lines which are...

    Kersey Valley does have zip lines which are amusement park in nature. Might make classification different.
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    Poll: An generally unknown fact that people with banner...

    An generally unknown fact that people with banner advertising don't want to know about is that a significant percentage of web traffic is via web bots.
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    At $100 per person... I do not understand how...

    At $100 per person... I do not understand how anyone could make money doing this.
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    Poll: Perfectly said! haha

    Perfectly said! haha
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    Poll: I come from a family of academic over-achievers. ...

    I come from a family of academic over-achievers. Most of my family obtained masters in what-ever and one brother had a PhD in nuclear physics. I only have a 4-year degree in computer science so I...
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    I once posted my haunt's theme for the year on...

    I once posted my haunt's theme for the year on here. I went into a little too much detail. One of the comments said it reminded them of a Scooby-Doo episode. When I read it I was instantly...
  10. Thread: Armed Security

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    My people are carrying to protect our lives and...

    My people are carrying to protect our lives and the lives of our customers... not the money.
  11. Thread: Armed Security

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    I've had unofficial conversations with my parking...

    I've had unofficial conversations with my parking staff who are also first responders. They said they all have conceal carry licenses. We also always have a off duty officer in uniform.

    I have...
  12. Thread: OUTDOOR haunts

    by mrfoos
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    I've been running a pro outdoor haunt for the...

    I've been running a pro outdoor haunt for the past two years. We've had minimal 50 paid staff each night open. I know the grass is always greener... but I envy the inside haunt guys. As RJ said,...
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    My day job is corporate online security for one...

    My day job is corporate online security for one of the nations largest ISPs. Yes. People do respond to insanely transparent scams every day. You would be mind boggled if you saw what I saw on a...
  14. Thread: wages

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    We've only been "pro" for two years and had about...

    We've only been "pro" for two years and had about 50 people on staff each night. We pay a little over minimum wage (by the hour) for starting actors. For more difficult positions we pay up to double...
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    My main regret is not having fun. I let a few...

    My main regret is not having fun. I let a few emo staff members, the hustle of the season, one or two complainer customers, and one annoying neighbor ruin the fun for me. I gotta make sure I don't...
  16. Thread: Silicone Masks

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    Silicone Masks

    So, possibly impatient question. I want to buy a full silicone mask and sleeve combo. I've checked out the websites of the usual guys that show up for "silicone masks" in google. From what I'm...
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    Yeah, I ordered two. I tried both with three...

    Yeah, I ordered two. I tried both with three different models of TVs. Different symptoms on all three TVs: black & white only, and gibberish static. I guess the earlier posters got lucky. Mine...
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    I don't think we are very far away from you. ...

    I don't think we are very far away from you. I'll be decreasing our nights from 10 this year to 5 next year for the exact same reasons you stated. Sounds like we are having very similar experiences.
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    I once watched a documentary that had a segment...

    I once watched a documentary that had a segment about accidental deaths at roller coster parks. They said when a death occurred the attendance shot through the roof as people showed up to ride...
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    I know exactly how you feel. There's nothing you...

    I know exactly how you feel. There's nothing you can say or do. Everyone is the star of their own movie called Life and very few care to co-star or watch someone else's movie. I would have gladly...
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    Friday versus Saturday customer energy?

    Has anyone else noticed a significant difference in customer energy level between Friday and Saturday nights? For our past two years the Saturday crowd seems to show up ready for fun and have a much...
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    Yeah, multiple conga lines. :)

    Yeah, multiple conga lines. :)
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    If you look at it mathematically there really is...

    If you look at it mathematically there really is no way to avoid conga lines if you want to reach the sizes of the full time haunts of 100,000 visitors a season.
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    Cool. The first haunted attraction I ever went...

    Cool. The first haunted attraction I ever went to was the Trail of Terror in Macon. I was about 15. It was also the first time ever a girl initiated holding MY hand. Great times. :P
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    Dude! How did I not already know about your podcast?

    I downloaded and listened to the past 4 episodes while working on building out the haunt this week, and it was fantastic material to listen to...
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