Somewhere there is an article Larry wrote that describes that there are 2500 haunts, 70% of them suck the living soul out of society 20% make a meager gain and 10% kick ass and can afford to spend kazillions in advertising. The survey is nice to know, it only describes that you may or may not be crazy and that there are others like you out there so how wrong is it.
A survey of 2500 different electrical bills from different places in the country isn't going to help your opportunity. Rather for us to help in a positive way, we need to know what part of the country you are setting up in. This way it can better focus people closer to you to actually hand you contacts that are within your region. That might be of better assistance or can actually come lend a hand, let you borrow or trade props and costumes and perhaps entire sections of haunts not being used anymore. Knowing what city and state you are setting up in better identifies for us what you will have for specific expenses.
Example, many years ago a guy told me he was going to have a haunt that was going to need 12,000 SF in a town that the largest buildings are typically 8,000 SF. Or you only need 3 acres to put on a moderate show but all the land is $25,000 an acre and the smallest plot available is 175 acres. You have to dial it in a little. If you have 4.3 million to buy property I will give you my phone number. My point is none of this information is specific to your location.
We can help you. In fact conversation and free on here. Waiting for a book that describes how someone took a former career selling motivational business information and a small hotel business that became a dream haunt business that hopped to 3 different towns and got taken out by a tornado for $30 isn't going to help you either when it comes right down to it.
At this point, first post ever, you could be some kind of spy that wants a survey of all haunt income and expenses across the country. We have discovered here in the haunt underground, experienced haunt guys like to become sock puppets and just see what we will say on here for their own entertainent.
Electric bills can be $35 a month through a co-op using flashlights or $16,000 a month. What are you plugging in? Do you have time to have 16,000 watts of transformers installed or need 4 semi sized power generators moved in by crane or will a few batteries and a shovel get the job done.
1. Are you a spy for some government agency or a sock puppet
2. do you have any money (if not no problem, I can recommend wether or not to eat what you find in a dumpster)
3. Where is it you have been given this opportunity
4. Is it a charity or for profit event
5. is your event happening this year
Over the next 20 years you can buy every haunt book, every magazine, every video tutorial and still be a failure. We can fill in the blanks and offer suggestions with more information. If you give us something to work with.
Last edited by Greg Chrise; 08-25-2012 at 02:00 PM.
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