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  1. Default How do you do it? 
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    So, as I sit here bored out of my mind, I was wondering... How do you other haunt owners/managers work the whole providing costumes and make up and props for your actors. Do you provide or do you make the actors get their own stuff? Reason is say you have an actor that shows up the 1st night, is given a prop or costume and then never returns.
    www.atheateroflostsouls.com Or if you need makeup or supplies www.abramagic.com


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    Most Haunts have a cast room where they keep costumes, costume accessories and allow the actors to get into make-up. They have to sign in to get paid, when they leave, they leave the costume at the haunt. You don't let them take it home with them.

    They should solve 99% of your problems with that -
    Steve Martini
    Screamline Studios
    www.screamlinestudios.com
    steve@screamlinestudios.com

     

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    You have a wardrobe where Actors get dressed at the event before you go live and do make-up there.

    Once the show is finished and event has ended all actors return the costumes, masks etc. to the racks.

    Then you can spray the inside of the masks, and wash the costumes if needed that day.

    That way your items never leave your control.

    "The Original Haunt Industry, Halloween and Horror Podcast"
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    COSTUMES FOR KIDS
    "Bringing Halloween to Disabled and Less Fortunate Children"
    http://www.costumesforkids.net
     

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    Look at the post Steve, you beat me by one minute. hahahaha

    "The Original Haunt Industry, Halloween and Horror Podcast"
    http://rfrpodcast.com

    COSTUMES FOR KIDS
    "Bringing Halloween to Disabled and Less Fortunate Children"
    http://www.costumesforkids.net
     

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    LOL - That's what you get you post troll -

    Just kidding - you added some nice content as well.

    Steve Martini
    Screamline Studios
    www.screamlinestudios.com
    steve@screamlinestudios.com

     

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    I have heard of some haunts in my area and others around the counttry that make the actors provide their own makeup and costumes. This to me is amazing because in Community theater, that stuff is provided for you. I mean, I can understand if it is a non commercial haunt, but a "for profit" haunt doing this?
    Anyhow, I had a few actors break props this past season. Like my cool Terror Tools were broken the 1st night!! :evil: And a handful of the actors would leave the makeup area a mess. Blood and latex open, tissues all over the counter, crap like that. Some costumes torn to the point of uselessness to attain that "cool look" .
    www.atheateroflostsouls.com Or if you need makeup or supplies www.abramagic.com


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    here we utilize a series of managers to over see opperation. WE have a seperate makeup section, and another area for costumes. The one more area for sign-in,etc. Actor signs in and goes to the board to be placed. Myself, or another manager puts them in an area of thehouse. next the proceed to costumes where they tell the girl there their room, based on the person we then choose a costume appropriate for them. Props are left in their respective areas. After the costume is on, they wait in line to get into the makeup room. At our location we have a
    'main" artist, who does makeup aswell as oversee the other artists. Along with the head artist there are 2-3 other artists in the make up area. Actors who we find capable may come-in at their leisure and do their own makeup. All actors must be in make up 10 min prior to show time. We shut the lights off, and send them in. Now, the main artist cleans the makeup area and watches over the actor area. This person (along w/ the costumes girl) is in charge of actors on break, and touch ups. The show ends and everyone returns costumes. (no one leaves til all costumes are accounted for. Once finish we all head to the main building for food. And the cycle continues the next day. All offices, costumes, and makeup are thier own areas, and are locked nightly, aswell as when hthey are un-staffed
     

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    Our operation is very similar to Steve's.

    Actors show up, get placed by stage manager. They don the appopriate costume, and get makeup done by one of our artists based on where they are acting.

    We have a few staff members that we actually casted their parts with auditions and understudies and everything else. These people generally just know what to do anyway, so they write their own name on the board and get things done without assistance from the stage manager.

    Some well trusted and very reliable staff members get to keep track of their own costumes, take them home and wash it, etc. They have to earn this ability with us, we don't let just anyone do it.

    Finally, the stage manager is responsible for show quality throughout the night, and he works with actors that are having difficultly with their part or scares. The makeup people oversee breaks and treats.

    At the end of the night, everything is returned, and we all go out and have some food.

    -- I
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan
    Then you can spray the inside of the masks, and wash the costumes if needed that day.
    What brand of sanitizer do you recommend for spraying the inside of masks, Lysol? Is it safe for the actors?
     

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    Ron I put a response on HC for you.

    To all you people who say they give all costumes and makeup.......I gave up 4 years ago when i stood there for over 1 hour collecting costumes and spraying them lysol and febreeze.

    Bring your own...i don't want another smelly wet piece of clothing near me.

    Make the actors bring their costumes the week before opening for approval. Work a little magic on the people who have no clue...bingo instant wardrobe room

    We have anywhere from 50 - 70 actors on any given night.
     

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