Haunt location issues and solutions –
Hello again my fellow Haunters and enthusiasts,
I'm sure this is not a new topic but can't seem to find any posts on the subject. Having endured an ongoing location scouting issue since 2005, there are a number of property owners and leasing agents in my area who are willing to lease space on a permanent basis (5-8 years) as opposed to short term. What do you do with this space beyond our Hallowed fall festivities if setting up in a permanent leased (or owned) location? Owning a property is one thing. Leasing is another story all together. Mortgage payments end at some point. Monthly rent doesn't. I guess you could do weddings, commercial photo shoots, birthday parties, retirement parties, etc. but......
It is my understanding that there are a limited number of year round haunts scattered around the USofA. Does anybody know which haunts are open year round? If so, do they actually operate year round (52 weeks/year) or randomly such as for specific holidays, seasons or special events? This sounds like a somewhat risky proposition because I understand results will vary depending on location, market demographics and numerous other factors.
I'm considering the idea of a year round haunt basically because a long term lease is easier to acquire than short term. Covering monthly rent would require something going on throughout the rest of the year. An obvious added bonus to a permanent location is being able to stay on a 'permanent' basis and renovate or re-theme during the off season. No looking for new space year after year or dealing with local officials whose egos are far greater than the authority they posess. Many want us to build permanent steel studded, sheetrock walls even if leasing a temporary location. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Thanx in advance.