alternate endings –
My first year at the Hex House, was their second year of operations, they introduced me to the alternative ending. We had people stop in front of a circus-barker who let you choose either the magic way out or you could leave through the forest. The magic end was made by Corn, one of the creative minds there. He built this fantastic box that a group of people squeezed into. The door closed, trapping them in total darkness. After few seconds, an air blaster shot off and the screams were fantastic. The people were let out by a secret door in the back and that was their end. Our other side, the forest, was more tamed down. I gathered tree branches and built an amazing forest. I built a Zoltar booth for an actor to slam against the plexiglass. Then I built a sliding hidden door for an actor to chase people out.
The set up worked, but not something I would recommend. It caused a lot of additional clogging of lines. We thought for sure our actors could guide and keep people moving, but when people in a haunt are given a choice, they are just indecisive. Much like the scared person trying to decide if they should go through the haunt at all.
I am for the huge scares. The rule of thumb should always be; Big scare at the beginning, big scare in the middle, then big scare at the end.