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    I assume there's not an escape room operating in...

    I assume there's not an escape room operating in your city now? If there was you would have some idea if it would work or not. Your population base is kind of small, you need your demographics...
  2. You are getting some really good information. We...

    You are getting some really good information. We switched a large portion of our advertising dollars to electronic advertising, we hired Ifocus to target potential customers on their smart phones. ...
  3. Weve done both methods. The food trucks are the...

    Weve done both methods. The food trucks are the easiest, but you dont make much from them. Weve simplified what we sell and it is profitable. It all helps with the bottom line. Soft drinks and...
  4. Speed seminar at TW - 3 minute escape rooms

    Ill be presenting a 30 minute speed seminar on the 3 minute escape room at Transworld this March. Ill share details about how we created additional revenue for our haunt by adding two escape...
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    Open this weekend for Happy HorrorDays

    The ScareAtorium in Columbus, Ohio will be open Saturday, Dec 26 from 7 11 and Sunday, Dec 27 from 7 10. Come out for some stress relief with Scary Claws, Krampus and dozens of evil elves. This...
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    2016 Halloween is on a Monday

    So what do we do in October 2016? With Halloween on a Monday; do we open Sunday night Oct 30 and Monday night Oct 31? I think well be open both nights. Have to discuss with our team, but just...
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    This was our best year yet. We had a few rainy...

    This was our best year yet. We had a few rainy nights, but overall the weather was slightly better than past years. We added a couple of the 3 minute escape rooms and they were a draw for customers...
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    Well the survey was wrong for us. We had our...

    Well the survey was wrong for us. We had our second largest crowd of the season on Halloween night (only missed the previous record by 10 people). The weather was cool and cloudy and light rain...
  9. We play a video on a tv in both rooms. The video...

    We play a video on a tv in both rooms. The video provides clues and scares with sound effects as a distraction. It also has a countdown clock so they are always aware of how much time they have. ...
  10. Thread: pow sticks

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    Yes, that would be a better connector, but we...

    Yes, that would be a better connector, but we found it's best to mount the Pow sticks so they don't get bumped around as much. They could last longer mounted someplace too instead of carrying it...
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    I too hope they are wrong, but since it is...

    I too hope they are wrong, but since it is Halloween, then we will be competing with all other sorts of activities. Again, the survey was of people 21 and over and only 2% of that group said they...
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    And the survey says

    Saw this article in Convenience Store Decisions; they surveyed adults about their plans for Halloween. Since Halloween falls on a Saturday; many indicated they are going to a party, only 2% of...
  13. We added 3 minute escape rooms and we charge $5...

    We added 3 minute escape rooms and we charge $5 per person for each room. About 40 - 50% of our customers are buying tickets for the escape rooms. We have donated prizes for those who are...
  14. Our 3 minute escape rooms were a hit this...

    Our 3 minute escape rooms were a hit this weekend! Our haunt was open Friday and Saturday nights and we promoted our two escape rooms on our web site and Facebook and at the ticket window. 49% of our...
  15. Thread: Mask cleaning

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    I'm not an expert, but we typically just clean...

    I'm not an expert, but we typically just clean them with a wash cloth, hot soapy water, then rinse and dry them real good. We haven't had any issues.

    Kelly
  16. Poll: Hauntfarm your figures look fairly accurate,...

    Hauntfarm your figures look fairly accurate, except your website fee looks very low, maybe you had a family or friend do it for you (we spent about $10,000 on our web site). Also I don't see any...
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    Also check with your building/zoning department...

    Also check with your building/zoning department and fire marshal. They wont let you lock them in a room. There must be a push-bar emergency exit door or you can't lock them in the room. Many of...
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    We're trying something new this year. I'll share...

    We're trying something new this year. I'll share the results and details about it after the season.

    Our budget for everything related to marketing is about $40,000.
  19. Poll: Like I said, it all depends on your location. If...

    Like I said, it all depends on your location. If you don't have any other haunts in your area, then you can start out small and build from there. But I wouldn't recommend black plastic walls. Not...
  20. Poll: There are a lot of variables. Weve invested...

    There are a lot of variables. Weve invested about $300,000 so far and after 6 years, havent made a profit yet (last year we were close to breaking even), but this will be our third year in our...
  21. Well be starting on construction soon on our...

    Well be starting on construction soon on our second escape room. This one will have a hillbilly/cabin/swamp shack type theme. Still working on the game aspect, but well figure it out.

    Hoping...
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    We have an armed uniformed police officer at the...

    We have an armed uniformed police officer at the entrance to the haunt nightly. Hes told not to let anyone intoxicated into the haunt. He uses his judgement as a police officer if someone has had...
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    Weve been selling timed tickets through...

    Weve been selling timed tickets through Ticketleap for about 3 years. We love it and our numbers of timed tickets have doubled every year. We have two queue lines; one for general admission and...
  24. We thought about charging less, but this was an...

    We thought about charging less, but this was an operations test and we wanted to see how much people would be willing to pay for it. We have two attractions and it takes about 35 40 minutes to go...
  25. Damon, your questions will be addressed in my...

    Damon, your questions will be addressed in my presentation at MHC, but I've commented on a few items below.

    We tested the 3 minute escape room during our Christmas HorrorDays event. It was an...
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