When someone starts a haunt or event, there are a lot more subtleties that they didn't spend lots of money and paid and trained their actors to suit the imaginary standard. Young people tend to find young customers who have not created some bias and will over time evolve and intrest with an event either develops with a haunt or falls off.
So for someone that is 30 years old, they are generally asking questions like how do I get tons of money and why do so many haunts suck and people that are 40 and 50 tend to say only the upper crust of haunts are the way to go and worth attending.
So in dealing with information about a haunted event, you have to recalibrate your life experience to be age and experience appropriate and magically the customer base anywhere in the country seems to patronize just the right one that has the sensibilities they think are just fine.
If I hear all my friends that are coming weigh 400 pounds and are 62 years old, I generally have to pass on that one. If I hear I have nothing but want to do this, I'm there to help with and advise the long cycle of going from nothing to something substantial. The haunts all along are out there and are still going from nothing to something. It wasn't one isoalted event that happened in 1987 and if you weren't there too bad for you.
You have to really examine wether you are having an open mind or have some kind of agenda that isn't tremendously negative and you don't even know it. You can find opinions anywhere that don't apply to any situation.
The other subtle bunch of suggestions come off like don't do anything unless you have 100 rules to go by and animatronics money. Great that some haunts have achieved the level of being able to mindlessly astonish even the 40 year old pro customer but there are 90% of the haunts out there that magically are not going to have a budget over night. It can be done with young haunt people and a young customer base.
If someone's frontal lobe hasn't formed yet or it has fomed improperly, I'm the absolute first to call the retard flag. But the world is more complicated than just one time line and the ages of who is still posting on Hauntworld or who has a mega haunt and is gracious enough to post one sentence about how to be high dollar.
There are a lot of things and levels of achievement in the haunt world that still have value. You can't segment out one style of behavior or offering and say that is it. Or your opinion if not intended to be negative is at least a waste of time. Something to consider but something that isn't going to happen anytime soon. I've worked with lots of the older crews and it was standard practice to not tell anyone else where you were having an event at all let alone post pictures on the internet. When it gets down to it, it isn't what we say, it is what THEIR customers say and some relatively lame or intimate things still keep an audience. Where else can you see any live performance that is possibly random, that hasn't been rehearsed and toured and is the same for 20 years. If that is what you dig perhaps a record collection would be a better past time.
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