If it is going to be a home haunt, I don't think you can gage other parents participation until it is actually October. Then it is something to do that all the kids and parents can get together and do. More of something to participate in that is a fun thing rather than this is going to raise lots of money. It won't. Even being right in the middle of all the haunts in your area, you will be lucky to see 300 people in one night. At what amount, $1 or $2 donation?
So having all the parents all excited to put in 1000 a year for $300 that is going to be split a dozen ways doesn't have that excitement factor to everyone. When everyone is already spending probably lots of expendable income just to get to every practice and game, buy the equipment and spend the time. Unless they can see this is something that is fun and will be remembered with their kid participating and it might lead to something bigger, most people will just say Steve, I didn't know you needed money that bad, here's $50. Let's not do that.
There have been pro haunts out in that area open all month long that only saw 800 total customers at $20 a pop for 3 haunts. SO no, I would not pay any labor to be there, but find people that want to do these things just for the love of doing them. Of course it will be you being a gateway drug to working at any of the areas big haunts for a long time and you will just have to live with that and wish everyone well.
If you are going ahead and having to pay, then the baseball team is not getting anything. Then you are building your own event at your own investment and it might be to have just your kid get an education and become a world banker or something. Or to put in an application with illuminati or something.
I just think you are premature in wondering if any one cares or as excited about doing this as you are. They will do it and enjoy it greatly but may not commit until the last minute and it is up to you to sell the enjoyment of the parents and kids hanging out and learning to make things and having cook outs for a couple weekends and the wonderment of how people coming to see it appreciate what ever has been made no matter how retarded. You really only need about 5 people to really be into it for a home haunt and maybe the proceeds as small as they are are for some Baseball team christmas party, something that has incentive rather than if it is successful, everyone gets new jock straps.
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