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  1. Our first two years we opened every weekend in...

    Our first two years we opened every weekend in Oct. We tried giving discounts on the first weekend. Then we tried special says like "come dressed as a zombie". And then we gave up. On the third...
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    We have several gay guys working at our haunt and...

    We have several gay guys working at our haunt and are part of our extended haunt family... but we don't really poll on sexual preference.

    I don't think you'll find a more open minded community. ...
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    I'm not saying I have the best solution here,...

    I'm not saying I have the best solution here, it's just what I use.

    I run 12v power around the trail and use these:

    $25 auto-play on power MP3 on SD card amp:...
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    Here's a rough breakdown of what we used in 2015:...

    Here's a rough breakdown of what we used in 2015:

    MARKETING BUDGET PERCENTAGES
    Billboard 86%
    Facebook 10%
    Posters 1%
    Car signs...
  5. Thread: Haunt Start Up

    by mrfoos
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    Is there sufficient capital available to complete...

    Is there sufficient capital available to complete the anticipated project... through at least two to four years of profit loss? Historically speaking it just isn't realistic that the average haunt...
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    I cannot give a scientific answer but I can give...

    I cannot give a scientific answer but I can give you a hunch based on estimates from our parking staff: 25 miles.

    This was our third year and our main two advertising vectors are Facebook and...
  7. The big established haunt owners rarely seem to...

    The big established haunt owners rarely seem to share any useful information here. Larry being the exception. It's not a knock on them; I probably wouldn't either. However as a startup haunt...
  8. Launching Haunt Owner/Manager Roundtable in North East Georgia

    Hey guys/gals,

    My wife and I are organizing a roundtable. It will be a day long conversation with owners and managers of other haunts to share ideas, techniques, business strategies, marketing...
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    Does anyone record these training seminars? I...

    Does anyone record these training seminars? I can't go to these conventions but I'd PAY to watch later. Being in person is sooooo 1900s. :p

    Edit: I'd even be willing to pay for simply...
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    Here's how we do it. * Posted "no alcohol"...

    Here's how we do it.


    * Posted "no alcohol" signs in the parking lot.

    * If someone is seen carrying alcohol... we send them home prior to buying tickets. In truth, if they apologize, are...
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    I run an outdoor haunted trail. I use...

    I run an outdoor haunted trail. I use "Eliminator Lighting Strobes and Par cans Dyno Flash Strobe Light". They are quite bright, are connectable for synchronized strobing, and I got mine for only...
  12. An authentic and unique storyline? My goal is...

    An authentic and unique storyline?

    My goal is to start with an engaging storyline each year... and design to it... not design based on the latest Distortions prop or a checklist of room types. My...
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    We went from 10 open nights last year to only 6...

    We went from 10 open nights last year to only 6 this year.... AND still went up 27% from last year attendance. :D
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    I think the days of expecting people to not have...

    I think the days of expecting people to not have their cellphones easily available are gone. So I don't fight it. What I do is frequently monitor the actors with different kinds of support staff: ...
  15. I would love to use your services but I can't get...

    I would love to use your services but I can't get my actors to spend any time practicing outside of October. We've only been open a few years so hopefully that will change over time. We have...
  16. AND... only joking! :p

    AND... only joking! :p
  17. We go to the local dog shelters and pick up all...

    We go to the local dog shelters and pick up all the abandoned aggressive pitbulls. We collar them to adjustable leashes on the sides of the trail so that as people walk between them, the dogs rush...
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    Just to chime in my experience. Back in the...

    Just to chime in my experience. Back in the early part of this year I filled out their contact form twice. I was interested in some of their body parts. I had a very simple question on how they...
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    I love storylines! Good job on the video...

    I love storylines! Good job on the video presentation!
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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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