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    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Hi everyone! It's that wonderful time of year again where all of the haunt attractions start to open up

    I have been hired as a scare actor at a fairly large event near me. I have done haunted house acting at amateur haunts previously, but this will be my first time in a professional production. I'm looking for your wisdom on what makes an excellent scare. I have my own ideas of course, but I feel like you all can give me some great input.

    Of course any general advice would be awesome, but I'll give you some specifics about my role. I am in one of the outdoor trails and am the very first scene guests will get to. The premise is that we were a settlement of drifters/miners in the late 1920s. Not knowing we were out in the woods, people used the area as a toxic wasteland, killing and deforming us. You can read the official synopsis on the website below.

    Also, has anyone been to Corner of Chaos? I'd love to hear some reviews as I never attended in previous years. The Barnyard maze won "Maze of the Year" by FrightTour last year, so I'm really excited to be a part of the operation this year.


    Thanks for you help and have a great Halloween season everyone!

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    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Boiling springs, NC

    Lot's of good info here, including a rant of mine that I probably should go back and edit.

    Decide who your character is and be him when the lights come on. Whatever your act is be willing to change it at anytime. I've been known to have 4 different bits I can go to depending on what the group looks like- partially that's to keep me sane and interested. But even with the differnet personallitys of a charater you are still that character when it's time to persform.
    Colt Farrington
    "MEMO--- The beatings will continue until employee moral improves."

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Austin, Texas, United States
    Take all the advice you read and mull it around in your head, but remember that the best way to learn how to scare in a haunt, is to scare in a haunt. Lots of these tips go out the window your first few nights and you'll slowly realize why we keep emphasizing certain mindsets and ways of doing even the most mundane actions.

    Remember to ask your self, "Is it scary?"

    Lots of actors I've training never stop to think about what it is they are doing and if their actions would in fact scare them.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Valley AL
    The link provided by Colt does have a lot of great information even if he did rant a little his rant brought up alot of good points that so many other haunts forget and wind up taking their guests out of the suspension of disbelief. Lots of good information on the thread. Only thing I might add is remeber you are one part of a team and your building to a crecendo. it is important you make them really think they are they and that makes the them easier to scare for the next scene. Remember to listen to the owner for they want and try diffrent techniques and styles until you find the one that works for your character. What I tell our new actors is make me think your really that character with out make up and costume and when you have that stuff you will then be an unholy terror. My biggest advice s really stay in your postition and be ready at all times.
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    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Thanks for the replies so far everyone. Tonight is opening night! I will be heading over a little early so that I can talk with my manager beforehand. I'll let you know how it goes

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    Sep 2011
    Thanks again for the advice everyone.

    It is going great so far. I feel like it is getting better with each night, last night being the best yet. I found the best hiding spot where I am practically in plain sight, yet totally invisible. I am proud to say that I made two people pee last night, made a grown man cry, and just generally scared the sh*t out of so many people. It was awesome

    I can't wait to get back out there tonight!

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