Thanks Doc Brown! –
When I was young I grew up in the suburbs of LA, and we had this one neighbor Doc Brown that always decorated his house for Halloween and Christmas. The amount of decorations was ridiculous, but Halloween was always my favorite. His kids would hide in bushes and scare the hell out of us kids.
As I grew older I started decorating my parents house, and even my friends garage where we built a little haunted house for the local kids to go through. As I grew older the passion never died, and my wife and I always decorated for Halloween.
When my kids got to the age of about 5, we really started decorating. Because my wife and I have both been in theater and entertainment businesses, we have access to all sorts of equipment (sound and lighting) and so I started incrporating those into our little house haunt.
I think our final year haunting the house we had three big tents and two small ones, plus the garage and porch. Not to mention a lot of props and special effects I had been collecting over the years. We have a travel trailer parked at a campsite north of us, and the owner invited me to set-up in his campground. We did, and it was a hit, so every year we added more and more. The first year we did for free, the second year we charged a dollar.
This is our fifth year at the campground, and we are now adding a second attraction, and an expanded main attraction. I ahve invested a signficant amount of money into the attraction over the last five years, and this year we are adding a lot more advertising to expand well beyond the campground (a 200 mile radius).
By the way, my kids are still involved with Halloween. They all help as much as they can with the company and my son is my business partner!
Travis "Big T" Russell
Big T Productions Inc
Owner and Operator of "The Plague" and "Camp Nightmare"
Customer Quote of the year: "Damn, I pissed myself"