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  1. Default Introduce Yourself... 
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    St. Louis, MO
    We've added and I'm NOT kidding something in the area of 50 new members of the past 10 days. I thought I'd start a new thread for ANYONE and I mean even the guys who have been posting for a decade or longer.

    Please introduce yourself!


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    Nightgore Guest
    Name: Tyler Barnett
    Age: 21
    Where: Lexington, KY.

    I've been a member on HW.com for a LONG time... even before these fancy boards where here and it was just a LONG descending list of post and replies! LOL! Wow... long time!

    I'm the V.P. of Ravens Run Productions, LLC.... building KY's BIGGEST haunt and making the world scream one person at a time!

    If you have any questions or just wanna "talk haunt"... just PM me!

    GO HAUNTWORLD!!! -Tyler
    Last edited by Nightgore; 11-12-2008 at 11:35 PM.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Name: Ian Austin
    Age: 28
    Where: Cedar Rapids, IA

    I've been on HW for quite a while. I don't always see eye to eye with a few issues, but I'm never afraid to tell you what I think, just don't take it personally, it rarely is ;-) I post when I feel compelled, or if directly solicited to respond to a topic, but I read just about everything.

    I'm one of the owners of Frightmare Forest ( http://www.frightmareforest.com/ ) a large outdoor haunt in Cedar Rapids, IA. We do very well for our market, and have contributed a lot to increasing the Halloween festivities in our part of the country.

    You've probably also stumbled upon my Haunt Controller ( http://www.hauntcontroller.com/ ) website, which currently features my PC-based haunt control solutions, free ticket booth software, among other things. It's due for a major makeover, I'm just finishing up a new, non-pc based product first.

    I also run Halloween Central ( http://halloween.sitenation.com/ ), but that's nearing the end of it's days, for updates at least. My other responsibilities take too much from me and I cannot find the time to update that site any longer. If I don't remove it completely, it will remain only as archives.

    Like Tyler, if you wanna talk shop, let me know.

    -- I

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    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    Jim Warfield also known in another forum as something like "Gym Whourlfelyd" (Nobody would ever figure this out, would they?)
    I believe in using my real name and let the cards fall where they may.
    My haunted house is The Ravens Grin Inn, located in-behind downtown Mount Carroll, Illinois in the northwestern corner of Illinois just ten miles from the big old Missiippii River, 2 1/2 hours due west of Chicago on rt.64, also known as North Ave.
    This is a haunted, haunted house but this factor probably scares away as much business as it draws.
    This is open for tours almost every night of the year and many Sat. and Sun. afternoons, admission is $12.oo and most tours require 90 minutes of your life.
    Some do complain at the end of the tour that their mouth or face or jaws hurt too much from smiling and laughing too much.
    I don't use Hollywood movie monsters here or displays commonly found in other haunted attractions. I build my own, for the most part.
    I have numerous "Scares" here for people and my ego prides itself upon accomplishing this using items commonly purchased for under $1.00..well, sometimes all the way up to $3.oo?
    I operate under the thinking that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Impressing the customer is a huge part of this entertainment business.
    I have learned alot from having my house open for these last 20 years, mostly about "people'. You can never underestimate anyone's value or worth because word of mouth advertising is beyond priceless.
    If your customers won't promote you because they enjoyed the experience...it all will be alot more difficult to maintain your place over the years.
    If they can't forget it, were impressed by it, then they maybe can't stop talking about it, THEN your business will have turned a tremendous corner, the dominos begin to knock themselves over without you having to pay some advertiser to push them.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    Name: Randy McLellan
    Username: Milkunits - Old nickname given to me by my father and his haunted friends

    Occupation: Computer Geek by Day (day job), Halloween Fanatic by Night

    Why: I have a true passion for this awesome hobby/business that takes on multiple facets for me. I am a Horror memorabilia collector, prop maker, mask maker, home haunter, haunted house actor, done consulting for local small town haunts, and general over all fan of the industry with interest to pursue my own dreams of owning a haunt or becoming a partner in one. If it is not a haunted house, I have other talents I would like to explore from a business perspective. I just need to get started. I frequent www.thehma.net, www.theeffectslab.com, and here of course.

    How: My father donated a bunch of time when I was a little kid to the local Jaycees Haunted House that was ran by my cousins. I still remember how cool it was to see my father dressed as Dracula rise from a coffin with me as his little prop
    From there, my family decided it was a good idea to do a massive yard haunt to keep the trick or treaters in our area safe and close to home. It gave them a safe place to enjoy Halloween in an over the top manner. The yard haunt continued to grow and saw witness to numerous car accidents in front and to many people to count from all over the world. It was the must see event in our town. We greatly improved when we became friends of Ed Edmunds from Distortions Unlimited. A lot of great stuff has been said about Ed, and I have to say it is all true. A true person of passion and an inspiration to me. So, I guess now I am regretting not opening a haunt years ago as the opportunity was there numerous times. I now frequent this board and thehma.net to learn the latest info and enjoy the company of haunters. Both professional and home haunters alike, I love the interaction.

    Where: Highlands Ranch, CO or the Denver Tech Center area. I am lucky to be very close to the Reinke Brother's haunted house and shop. Again, two outstanding guys that I buy numerous items for my display from and in general enjoy just going to their shop for childhood memories.

    What: Having done the yard displays for over 20 years, I am really starting to want to follow some passions and start to apply my skills in a haunt or something related to the industry. I love to travel to haunt shows and also exchange ideas to professional haunters and home haunters.

    Who: I do a lot of my own masks, props, and displays. I have enjoyed purchasing display items from all of the vendors that frequent these forums. As many professional haunters started out in their front yards, I am glad to see the industry recognizing this market and encouraging these relationships. Halloween to me is the best holiday of them all and is truly a time to have fun! I try to enjoy that fun year around.

    I enjoy a good conversation and would present myself as having an eccentric personality with a tad bit of dry humor mixed in. Nothing usually offends me and I encourage self-expression and open-minded approaches. Having been a member for a long time, I decided this was the year the Milker would milk the big one and bring it on home. Look forward to talking to all of you.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Davison, Michigan
    Name: Jared Layman
    Age: 26
    LOcation: Davison, Michigan

    I have been a hauntworld member for awhile too. I have ran a hayride as part of a non-profit organization for a few years. This year my wife and I are working towards breaking away and running an indoor haunt.
    Jared Layman

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by mindtumor View Post
    Name: Jared Layman
    Age: 26
    LOcation: Davison, Michigan

    I have been a hauntworld member for awhile too. I have ran a hayride as part of a non-profit organization for a few years. This year my wife and I are working towards breaking away and running an indoor haunt.
    Good luck with the indoor! It is a ton of work but very rewarding! Do you have it planned out yet?

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Sorry for the long post...

    Great to have found this place! My name is Kris and I teach 9th graders here in Kansas City. 4 years ago I wanted to raise funds for a school program so I proposed to my principal that we turn our already creepy JH school (which was featured in Steven Kings "sometime they come back" years ago) into a haunted house (running a professional haunt has always been a dream of mine). He said "okay, but fundraisers here don't usually go over well so don't spend much or you'll actually lose money." I spent a couple grand, got around 20 students to work the scenes and went out to open the doors at 7 PM....there were 3 kids there BUT WAIT.....one of the kids said, "oh, we thought this was the back door everyone's on the other side of the building I'll go get them!" Like a slow motion scene out of Braveheart, a sea of students came running around the corner as an evil grin formed on my face - okay enough dramatics. We made $7,000 in 7 hours that weekend and haven't looked back. We now employ almost 100 workers for two nights (8 hours total) where we transform our school into 15-20 scenes including an elaborate cheker and strobe room, laser vortex tunne hallway, a train scene with the train blaster box and a life-sized train front, Black light clown rooms, our infamous hospital/insane asylum scene a couple pneumatic props and of course the chainsaw chase out the back door.

    We always take the new group of workers to our local downtown haunts to get them "in the mood" but this year we are excited to make the 4 hour trip to St. Louis and visit one of the best in the country - the Darkness and Creepyworld where we plan on learning from the best as we are always eager to add more and more to our "little haunted house that could"

    We're excited to lurk around this place and learn from all the real pro's of the industry this place has to offer.


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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    cypress, ca
    Well I would be one of the newbies here, so here goes.

    Name: shawn watson
    Haunt: Heartstoppers Haunted House
    location: Sacramento california

    I like long walks on the beach and someone that can make me laugh. :wink:
    I've been watching and reading these forums for the past 6 months and finally decided to start putting in my own two cents. I'm in l.a. california, and my brother and I have been doing "something" for halloween for the past 12 years. Everything from throwing feet at trick or treaters to owning our own 4500 sq ft. haunt, to possibly joining forces with Karl at Pirates of Emerson this year. So ill be around from time to time but you'll probably see more of my bro on here (he's clusterone) and I hope to share many great seasons together with you all!
    I came here to do two things, kick some a$$ and chew some bubble gum...and I'm all out of bubble gum.

    www.ScaredYou.com www.TheHauntingFields.com

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    Name: Howard Erlich
    Age: 35
    Location: Warren, Michigan (20 minutes North of Detroit)

    I have been a member of Hauntworld for many years as well. I check in several times a day to keep up on the topics. I post when I feel I have something to add.

    This is my 21st year in the industry. The first 13 were for a charity haunt, then I went pro. For the last 5 years I have owned Deadly Intentions which is one of the premiere haunts in Michigan. Also as of this year I picked up some haunt consulting work and am planning on expanding that area in the future. I have also owned a novelty store and an adult novelty store as well as a hearse rental company.

    I love this business and would do it even if I never made a profit. Although the money is a nice benefit to doing what I love.

    My company name is Slobber Entertainment, LLC. Slobber is also my nickname coming from a haunt character that I performed all these years.

    My left arm is a tattoo horror sleeve consisting of 12 horror movie characters. (Pinhead, Chucky, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, Michael Myers, Jason, Leatherface, Freddy, Exorcist and Phantom of the Opera.) My right arm so far has two of my characters. (Slobber and Mortis.) More to come on the right arm.

    I love all Detroit sports teams but especially the Tigers and Red Wings.

    Been married this October for 15 years.

    That just about tells it all. I always love chatting with fellow haunters. If you ever have a question or need some advice just send me an email or give me a call.

    Howie "Slobber" Erlich
    Deadly Intentions Haunted House

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