After sleeping on it, it would be better to just keep them as two seperate elements and the area between is a place for queue lines and a place to pass from one parking lot to the other. It may also have some elements of greater detail to just stand around and socialize and read tombstones that are in boxed in plant beds made out of rail road ties and dirt. You just get grass or weeds to grow into these things.
The front of the house is already kind of spooky and you don't want to close that off from view for drive by looks. I would still do one price at $10 to $12 and have hosts asking what you thought and don't forget to do the other one. The end result at night ends up looking like a city fair or small carnival stands with the concession booth (s) and ticket booths and tomb stone display along the wall of the 2 out buildings. Simple lights strung up between the house and the out buildings kind of define where the market place and fun place to be is. No attempt to wall anything off.
I would remove all the curbs in front of the house and only have some minor barrier on the two ends that looks like 3 foot high spooky fence. I'm thinking mostly of budget.
My other instinct is to turn it from an asphalt area into some weird ancient stone trails and mulch and gravel wilderness with dead trees. Some wood decks and even a few places with patio furniture. Having a cross over from one part to the other actually lets people in the queue line see people come out of the house and head toward the other and sees their reaction and adds to the over all anticipation of what they may be about to experience. Because of the over all size and look, think of it as being a large house party and in the center section is people hanging out and laughing and entertaining themselves by the snack bar and sharing what someone's reaction was.
People will follow anything thing even not walled in if they are told to. They will stand in line anywhere and follow tape on the floor even chaulk as far as expense goes. To be silly it could be play voodoo Hopschotch of death to the next pavillion.
I would need some more pictures of from the parking lot to the street and from the street to the buildings to get a good feel or better feel. What is on other sides of the house and is it yours to work with? If so I would ut things on the grass yard and what ever in on the other side that just look spooky. Kind of outdoor set dressing anyone can see and brings attention to the event, sort of your own billboard in 3D. Plus the traditional 6 foot high letters on the street side of the car ports that says HAUNTED HOUSE with the name of the haunted house a little smaller on the roof or at roof level of the car ports.
Lights, signage and people to wonder what are they doing and can we stop and do that. It looks cool and like they are having fun.
On a reality buzz kill level, if I was the fire department, I would want to be able to trash what ever is between the building and trucks and clear the area and even drive trucks through there if I had to. With temporary fencing they just destroy that stuff and hoses can go through and lots of walking room once all the partrons are sent to the parking lot. So closing these things off would make it one big massive area with no reall access.
In other words you can be in the center court even not having paid. You just can't get into either of the houses unless you have a ticket or hand band or something.
The over all theory here is if you go by a place and there are no cars in the parking lot, you think it might be closed and continue on to another place that does look open and has people. If there are no people at the first place there must be something undesireable that they have no customers so just don't be the first to be suckered in.
If there are people, it's hey what are they getting?
To me if they were seperate prices I would say the car port section looks like The whole thing is just a $2 attraction. Just trying to be real and not cutting down in any way. Just because you can see what the outdoor buildings are and exactly how large they are. Maybe it is $3. So then the house is a $10 attraction and if you were uncertain and the $3 attraction is so great imagine how stupendous the $10 attraction must be and how much they must have put into that. It is a chunk of change but we have to do it, we have to know what is in there. Or you can do both for $12. ust make sure you see them both.
This confusion and making sure is interactive conversation among the groups and staff that causes all sorts of what did you think moments. Actually creating word of mouth is something you have to coach. If you get people to think and formulate what to say, they will wander around and say it. If you just say drive safe, they have no idea what junk they just saw or how they really feel about it. They won't ask anyone what they also thought and word of mouth doesn't happen.
So all you need are people being good hosts, strings of lights and some junk spooky fence cut perhaps from other old fence that was replaced somewhere. You will have to block the light in the gap on top of the side panels of the car ports and if you really run short of money one car port IS the cue line and was all along intended for the comfort of your guests.
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