Also, any actor who purposefully scared a little child would be disemboweled, strung up, and used as lifelike decor . . . not to mention fired on the spot. Not only is it bad karma, it's also bad business, as not only would I probably have to smooth things over with the parents, including refunding the family's ticket money and giving them free drink coupons at the concession stand or something, but that kid will probably grow up to never be a haunt goer, and I just lost a potential life customer, not to mention all the bad word-of-mouth we would get.
All because some dorky kid in a mask making $7 an hour thought he was going to be clever.
Something else I have in mind for when we do a multi-attraction event is having scare zones, where the lot actors and house actors have to stay in a certain area, so the kiddies at the kiddie area would only see them from a great distance, if at all. If a scare actor crosses into the kid friendly zones, they are either given a warning or fired on the spot.
Also, actors will only go after the parents, not the kids. Not only is it more entertaining for the kids, but they feel safer, while the house and overall experience is still just as spooky. Yes, they will acknowledge the kids, and give them attention, but we don't need to traumatize them to entertain them.