Vince, how populated is that other target you want to open at? And methinks you are making the right decision by looking elsewhere. You can pour in literally millions of dollars into a location but if they already have ordinances deterring haunted houses, you simply will not open.
Look into other local cities or unincorporated areas that would be county controlled. If there is easy road access or freeway access to other population centers, you can target those areas instead of the original city.
The word for the day is NPD. Check it out.