There is a trick to the paintball game, where the people shoot from needs to be booths, the whole front of a room or stalls like a regular shooting range with carpet and sound deadening materials, other wise neighbors might not like the sound of war. I have seen pnuematic zombies and light effects, things that jiggle and move to shoot at that seemed to garner quite the attention of passers by. It becomes an opportunity to check out how paint ball guns work for those that don't have them or are curious and so it does sell well. The guns and C02 recharging station get a little pricy and you can easily get $2500 wrapped up in outfitting such a thing and up. They usually charge as much as $5 for a load of how ever many balls fit in the little hopper. So you are talking 500 shooters to break even. This might be only 10% to 15% of the actual event willing to spend a little more. Or it has to do with the type of customers, usually older teenagers that can then scratch shooting paint balls off of thier bucket list.
Originally Posted by scary bill
Pitch black haunts or mazes tend to be maybe 20 by 30 open rooms with actor employing night vision goggles. There might be furry textures on the wall, people in black half standing in the way and moving to do it again. Or it might be a walled maze that one has to feel their way through. Ususally it doesn't require adding yucky stuff to the walls as the patrons provide all of that. It is usually a $3 seperate attraction and can be a pole barn covered in tar paper to keep out the light from all the other attractions or more elaborate than that. Too big and it is frustration. Some patrons just get in the middle and scream for no reason for long periods of time calling for help. They lock up unwilling to move unlss assisted. I have had as much as maybe 20 linear feet inside a haunt intended to be dark and come to find someone put lights in there because people couldn't see where they were going. Duh. What ever.
Last edited by Greg Chrise; 05-11-2011 at 10:07 PM.
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