The Ravens Grin Inn in downtown Mount Carroll, Illinois is my full-time "job" and it is open for tours almost every night of the entire year.
It wouldn't be profitable at all if I didn't work at it full time since this is a creation of mine and I have done 98% of all the needed work here and do most of the tours here.
Also the way it has "worked" for me is that for the first 8 or more years I had nothing in the house that I bought that could be considered a haunted house specialty item or device and I still do make most of the things here myself.
The house is unique among October houses in the fact that it is actually haunted and has been since at least 1925.
The tours I give are suited to whatever kind of a roomfull is looking at me and I think this flexibility helps it succeed too. The average time spent by customers in my house is 90 minutes, does this tell you something about ME!? I must enjoy doing this? and I always attempt to pass this feeling on to the customers during the course of their evening here.
I have never done gory displays or movie monsters here but then some have been extremely frightened by the actual supernatural.......who doesnot perform on command or on a regular schedule.......
I bought my first new car a few months ago since 1973, I don't smoke, drink, gamble, do drugs or go to Vegas or spend money on cosmetic or sexual surgery!