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  1. Default Pay for Volunteers 
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    So I've read some of your ideas about compensation for volunteers and I'm interested to know if everyone is compensated the same? For instance this is our second year for haunting and in addition to our actors, we are expanding to have a make-up and costume team along with security and safety. So if you offer employee incentives, does everyone work towards the same incentives or how does that work?
    I appreciate any input you guys can provide, this site has been extremely helpful!

    I'm looking forward to meeting everyone @ Transworld & Insane Shane!

    Thanks for all of your help!


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    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Mesquite, TX
    For me everyone makes the same, with extra being given for years of service.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Around Cape Girardeau
    I agree with Allen that seems to work best. But some times goals for actors to work towards makes some work harder to improve.

    a.k.a. The Butcher
    a.k.a. Hauntlord

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    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Everyone gets same...but a nice bonus for showing up every night you are scheduled. So when a friend calls them a few hours before show time and wants to go to the bar....they know going to the bar one night is going to cost them their bonus. They are told up front at beginning of season...if grandma dies and you miss a few nights you get your bonus...when you bring me her obituary. has worked great last 4 years.

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    Dec 2004
    Hickory NC
    I have used the ...If you show up every night and do a good job then you will get extra after the season is over.

  6. Default Pay 
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    Mar 2007
    Eddington, Pa.
    If you pay some staff/crew and utilize volunteers for other positions, I'd suggest a few bonuses for each based on their job performance, attendance, recommending other good staffers, etc. Volunteers are not paid but it would be nice to give them an end of season gift of some sort. It could be haunt merchandise or maybe and American Express $25 or $50 gift card. Something to show that you appreciate their efforts. If utilizing a number of volunteers from a non-profit organization, I would strongly recommend making a donation to their group based on the number/hours of volunteers they provide. As for the paid staff, offer incentives as mentioned above.


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