I have several friends who run rural haunts. Because I live on a farm in a rural area and have considered doing a haunt here on the property, I have kind of picked their brains about their attractions. The consensus seems to be that you can run a rural haunt and do well if you keep your costs down. The two that I am most familiar with are both quite rural. They built their haunts in pole barns or greenhouses. The haunts were relatively small in terms of square footage, but intense and well done. Both did limited high-budget advertising. In other words, they did not take out radio or TV ads. The march in parades, contact schools etc. The bottom line it that neither of these haunts puts through the kind of numbers that a large haunt in the city might. One of them is steady at about 3000 guests per year, the other has slowly grown to almost 5000. I can't, of course, predict what you might draw in your area, but from those that I have talked to it does seem that a haunt in a rural area can be viable if the limitations of being in the country are kept in mind.
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