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  • Covid-19 Haunted House Guidance Plan For Parks and Recreational Facilities

    I encourage all haunted house owners to share a common goal to be prepared for dealing with Covid-19 safety guidelines. Reach out to all the local haunts around you and share this plan if they need one. If one haunted house makes the news of not preparing it can be open season on all haunts in your market by the bloodthirsty news. My advice if the news media wants an interview is just reference your plan! Every state has its own guidelines, so make sure you read up on your mandates. Click here to search your states resources

    WHY HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER MASS GATHERINGS It is important to remember the difference between haunted attractions and other venues for mass gatherings such as sports arenas, movie theaters, and concerts:

    1. Capacity can be reduced/managed to allow for appropriate social distancing.

    2. Seating positions on tram or hayrides and attractions are controlled by employees.

    3. Exposure time is limited. Guests generally move throughout their experience, much like in an inter-city district or zone. The guests are not sitting in a single location, elbow-to-elbow, for an extended period.

    4. A large percentage of attraction attendance is made up of family members and others who live in the same home and thus do not need to be physically distanced from each other.


    It's not a perfect plan for everyone, so make changes where you need to to fit your own haunts needs. There are lots of links in the document from audio and video clips to promote safety at your park to graphics for signage, pretty much everything you need to be as safe as you can be. Having hand sanitizer station throughout your park is required. We have year round attractions here at Kersey Valley, so it was an easy add using Cintas that already provided us with all our sanitation station stand needs. Get a quote for your seasonal needs from your local store. www.cintas.com

    I took information provided by the Fear Factory in Salt Lake and information from the CDC website. This plan has no logos or any haunts name on it, so you can just print it and use it. I have given credit to the Fear Factory for using parts of their plan, so if you share a modified version please give them credit.

    Download the Word Document from this link.


    Good Luck and I hope you can open and make a profit despite the disasters of 2020! What's next a cat 5 hurricane?
    Tony Wohlgemuth,
    Comes up with the fun stuff!
    Kersey Valley, Inc.
    www.KerseyValley.com

  • #2
    If anyone is looking for automatic hand sanitizer dispensers w/ stands or automatic temperature screening kiosks, I secured a large number of each and am selling them via HUSHfx Studios.

    We have sold 80% of our available sanitizer dispensers and stands already, so be sure to place your order soon! If you're ordering 10 or more units contact me at cody@hushhaunt.com for a promo-code to save $25/unit!

    Information can be found here: https://www.hushfx.com/shop/COVID19-Resources/7

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    • #3
      Thanks for the thread Tony.

      Guys before I get started look at so called haunt experts look and see what they're suggesting you do ... OMG
      https://www.iaapa.org/news/funworld/...ra-coronavirus

      He says you should pen up all your guests and give them clues to solve. He also suggests closing down your haunted house every hour to a cleaning, have monsters do it in costume so the customers can see it. WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT?

      How do you do that exactly? Maybe he can come teach me!

      Another article a different guy suggests getting rid of chainsaws like that is going to help. HUH?

      Bottom line we need to take the reigns here and fast! There are some really really dumb people talking for ALL OF US!

      Haunted Houses owners and operators aren't theme parks. We have different issues.

      Larry
      Larry Kirchner
      President
      www.HalloweenProductions.com
      www.BlacklightAttractions.com
      www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com
      www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com

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      • #4
        California is going to require masks.

        https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...191222316.html
        Larry Kirchner
        President
        www.HalloweenProductions.com
        www.BlacklightAttractions.com
        www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com
        www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com

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        • #5
          They can try to make me.

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          • #6
            Here is my plan and keep in mind haunted houses are basically ONE MAN BANDS! When you the owner are in charge of 5 million things going on you have to pick your battles. We need a plan that address what can or will actually be enforced.

            Here are some suggestions:

            1) Have a meeting with your top actors and pick their brain. I'm doing this next week. Find out their expectations learn their ideas and get their feedback to your plan.

            2) 3D glasses / Squeeze walls: stuff like this just eliminate for 2020 or make sure no customer gets the same pair of 3D glasses. For some of you trying to save money just eliminate 3D glasses all together.

            3) Scareboxes: We have these in ALL of our haunted houses. The actors can jump out and scare people from inside scareboxes. Remember your actors jump out the customers go backwards. Actors can no longer stay and mingle they need to scare and get back to their scarezone/scarebox.

            4) Ending all roamers don't let actors roam around. By having a meeting with your actors and telling them point blank you want to work you stick to this spot and don't leave. Actors won't be mingling with other actors this way.

            5) Assign masks / costumes to an actor. They have the same spot all year long... the actor is in charge of their own mask and costume. No mask is used by any other actor.

            6) Pay extra staff to clean costumes and masks after each night of operation.

            7) Post warnings and waivers on your website and print these warnings to inform customers of risks.

            8) Encourage all guests to wear masks, or simple require all guests to wear masks. If you go this route you should purchase those NOW!

            9) Add washing stations to your que lines.

            10) Do temp checks for all employees as they show up for work. Require all staff members read a waiver informing them of risks and rules such as do not come to work if running a fever.

            11) Reduce staff to your lowest level EVER! The Darkness operated with up to 90 actors last year, this year we're going 50 on weekdays and 65 on weekends. This will be MAX!

            12) If your'e a screampark with multiple attractions consider CLOSING some of the attractions which will help you reduce staff and time customers spend at the park. We're doing this at Creepyworld.

            13) Timed ticketing is an option but it could drastically hurt ticket sales but customers might like to know the exact time they could enter. Fearticket has this feature. www.fearticket.com

            14) DO NOT STOP LETTING PEOPLE IN THE DOOR... in other words speed up how many people go into the attraction. Don't allow big long lines to pile up to get in keep the lines moving.

            15) If you run one of these haunts where you stop people and do acting gigs, END THAT you need to be a straight SCARE Haunted House in 2020.

            17) Purchase a lot of NOISE makers in 2020 so your actors can scare from a distance if that what they feel comfortable doing. You can buy all kinds on amazon.

            18) END ALL ACTOR MEETINGS in person. Grab everyone's email and blast out updates or record videos and upload to an actor facebook group.

            19) KEEP CHAINSAWS its the ultimate social distance tool

            20) Pay your staff electronically.

            21) Buy a product called MICROBAN start stocking up NOW. When you see it for sale buy!

            22) Stock up on Lysol if you can find it buy it.

            23) Stock up on a lot of hand sanitizer if you see it buy it.

            24) AVOID THE MEDIA ... do not bring the spotlight upon yourself. Just keep your head down and do what you gotta do! If the national media calls you turn down the call or tell them to call me. Seriously avoid the media in 2020.

            On the marketing side... cut marketing and focus on people who've bought tickets in the past. Limit your financial risks we need you back in 2020.

            I'll post more soon!

            Larry
            Larry Kirchner
            President
            www.HalloweenProductions.com
            www.BlacklightAttractions.com
            www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com
            www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com

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            • #7
              We're putting this warning on the bottom of our FEAR TICKET (ticket) the customers get when they place an order. Feel free to use it! Larry

              covid ticket warning.jpg
              Larry Kirchner
              President
              www.HalloweenProductions.com
              www.BlacklightAttractions.com
              www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com
              www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com

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              • #8
                Do you have a version without The Darkness name inside the image? Thanks for sharing!

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                • #9

                  New Safety Guidelines: Post the initial spread of Covid-19
                  These rules apply to The Darkness - Creepyworld - Lemp and St Louis Escape
                  Actors who are sick with fever or cold/flu symptoms etc. will not be allowed to work. We will be implementing temperature checks upon arrival prior to sign in.
                  Unfortunately, you cannot work if you have Asthma or an autoimmune disease or are taking a medication that could lower your immunity. There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases. Ten common autoimmune disease are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Graves, Lupus, Crohns, Multiple Sclerosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Psoriasis, Celiac Disease, Vitiligo, Alopecia. When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system does not always distinguish between healthy tissue and potentially harmful antigens. As a result, the body sets off a reaction that destroys normal tissues. Additionally, many of the drugs that treat these diseases can trigger changes that can potentially confuse the immune system.
                  If you live with someone who has an autoimmune disease, you should not work the haunted house industry unless you can find temporary housing elsewhere during the 30+ days of operation, plus 14 days after the final operating date. This is additionally true if you live with someone over the age of 60, someone who is ill, someone on a ventilator, or anyone with breathing issues.
                  Common haunted house scare tactics include squeeze walls and black mazes. Until further notice, we will completely eliminate the use of squeeze walls and add easier exiting measures inside black mazes.
                  We are eliminating the position title ROAMERS to avoid bumping into or getting too close to customers, so the welfare of the actors will now be checked on by Section Leaders & Managers. We will only assign 1-person per scare box or per scare window to avoid bumping into or getting too close to co-workers. Roamers, tenure -actors, top-actors, and actors who commit to EVERY DAY of the season will be given first priority to choose their scare-box or scare assignment. If you work every day, no other actor should be inside your space to scare on any day of the season. We will be implementing in-scene breaks where possible, again to avoid getting too close to customers and/or co-workers.
                  This will be an ALL MASK season. The more covered you are, the more there is distance between actor and customer. So, you will be assigned a mask for the entire season and that mask will be used by no one else all season long. We have several mask types, made from several different materials, so if you are allergic to a material, be sure you are assigned one that works for you. If your mask needs eye-black, you will be provided your own black makeup tube, all your own. Masks will be labeled. We will use MICROBAN SPRAY (or other germ-killing spray) daily to keep mask hooks and other surfaces sanitized. MICROBAN kills 99.9% of germs, including cold & flu viruses, for up to 24 hours and keeps killing bacteria even after multiple touches! Since a larger number of masks will be in use, you must notify us immediately upon noticing even a small tear so we can correct it asap. We cannot risk a mask going out of commission. If you want/need an exception to the new mask rule, requests must be made to Management (not section leads) in advance. Pre-approval is required. Assignment of costumes will be handled similarly. You will now be allowed to take your costume home with you (but not your mask).
                  All customers will be asked to wear masks upon entering the building and encouraged to use them throughout the entire show. If a customer arrives without a mask, we will have disposable masks available to them. We will also have disposable masks available for employees, plus see-through face shields for cashiers and security. Additionally, gloves will be reimbursed for anyone who prefers. (OReilly Auto Parts has inexpensive black gloves, as suggested in actor meeting.)
                  Customers will be asked to sanitizer their hands before entering the building.
                  The use of sound-pedals and loudspeakers for booming sound scares will be used to implement distancing scares. Individually, actors should consider voice-amplifiers too.
                  Lower actor staff will be used immediately at all locations. We're preferring to hire only staff members who can work the entire season.
                  Actors who get pre-approval for make up must do their make up at home and show up ready to work. We will reimburse for make up supplies if pre-approved.
                  Actors must show up already in costume for work. Actors are responsible for their masks and costume. Loss of paycheck will result if costume and masks aren't returned.
                  Pre-Approved actors can take their masks home but must sign a document agreeing to be responsible for replacement if lost.
                  All actors with makeup must wear a breathing masks and would have to theme the outside to look scary otherwise you must wear a mask.
                  Scarebox: Any haunt where there are scarebox they must be used to create a barrier between you and customers with no exception.
                  Actors can't report to work more than one hour and fifteen before showtime. If you're coming completely dressed for work must arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to showtime.
                  All staff members will be paid digitally either thru paycards or direct deposit
                  All staff members must wash hands prior to working or wear gloves.
                  Each actor at the end of each session must spray and clean their own masks and hang their masks to prevent any other staff member from touching.
                  NO ACTOR meetings are allowed after closing time. Any actors meetings will be done via facebook group by us posting a video (you must join) or prior to working. Once we close each night staff members must clean their masks and EXIT the property within 15 minutes of checking out.
                  3D Glasses will NOT be reused rather collected and reboxed and given back to management. Each time a new box of glasses runs you replace with all-new
                  Each night your section of the haunt must be sprayed with disinfectants including anything customers or actors might touch including hanging bodies and props. This must be done PRIOR to opening. Section leaders or security must spray down their haunt.
                  No sharing of drinks or food. You must bring your OWN water bottles. None will be provided to ensure safety for all actors.
                  All actors must sign a waiver agreeing to all the terms.
                  Any actors who taunt or use lines with customers must be at least six feet away otherwise we only encourage scaring customers from the side and scare forward. DO NOT SCARE ANY CUSTOMERS FROM THE FRONT or follow customers thru the maze. Following customers thru the maze would only result in walking back to your starting point and encountering new customers face to face.
                  HPI will reimburse with pre-approval any make up supplies or safety masks or gloves you might require to work.
                  Upon arrival do NOT enter the actor room or zones until you've had your temperature checked. DO NOT ENTER WITHOUT THE CHECK! All temp check staff members must be wearing gloves and mask.
                  All sections leaders must disinfect their sections props and contact points or get confirmation this has been completed before allowing your actors into their areas.
                  Any concerns from staff must be reported to management or owners immediately.
                  Actors can and are encouraged to wear gloves and breathing masks at all times while on property.

                  Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to
                  Coronavirus/COVID-19

                  The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person to person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibit congregation of groups of people.
                  Creepyworld/Darkness has in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, Dark Rides cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, your employment could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.
                  Creepyworld/Darkness has taken enhanced health and safety measures. You must follow all posted instructions, including but not limited to the following:
                  • Cleaning procedures throughout the facility;
                  • Minimum six feet social distancing;
                  • Minimal contact with employees and guests;
                  • Face coverings required at all times;
                  • Temperature screening; and,
                  • Immediate reporting if ill or have a temperature.
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                  By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by my employment and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, employees, volunteers, and participants and their families.
                  I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself (including but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness. damage, loss, claim. liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with my employment at Creepyworld/Darkness. On my behalf, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Creepyworld/Darkness,its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Creepyworld/Darkness its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any program.

                  __________________________________________________ ______________________
                  Signature of Employee Date




                  Waiver. Signature.



                  Larry Kirchner
                  President
                  www.HalloweenProductions.com
                  www.BlacklightAttractions.com
                  www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com
                  www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com

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                  • #10
                    waiver for your customers you can upload this into fearticket and require they check a box before they can buy a ticket

                    Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to
                    Coronavirus/COVID-19

                    The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person to person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibit congregation of groups of people.
                    Our Company/Attractions has in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, We cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, your attendance to our attractions could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.
                    Darkness/Lemp/Creepyworld/St Louis Escape has taken enhanced health and safety measures. You must follow all posted instructions, including but not limited to the following:
                    • Cleaning procedures throughout the facility with disinfectants nightly
                    • Suggest Minimum six feet social distancing between groups when possible;
                    • Face coverings suggested throughout attraction especially while waiting in line
                    • Staff members being screened with temp checks
                    • Do not interact with other guests
                    • Do not touch props or staff members
                    • Washing stations available (wash hands prior to entering property or after exiting)
                    • Doubled cleaning of restrooms - Avoid using if possible.
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                    By buying a ticket and attending event, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by my employment and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, employees, volunteers, and participants and their families.
                    I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself (including but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness. damage, loss, claim. liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with my attending attractionsOn my behalf, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Darkness Haunted House - Creepyworld Haunted House - Lemp Haunted House - St Louis Escape and all entities associated with attractions.,its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Creepyworld Haunted House, The Darkness, St Louis Escape or Lemp Brewery Haunted House its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any program. Do not attend this attraction if you have not read all of our warning signs in advance. Do not attend our attractions if you have preexisting medical conditions such as asthma, heart conditions, not physically fit, prone to seizers, or any type of repertory condition. Customers should wear facemasks, wash their hands and NOT attend our attraction if you're suffering for a fever or flu like symptoms. This attraction uses fog and strobe lights. If you have broken bones, prone to dizziness, expectant mothers, high blood pressure, or have any type of mental disorder such as claustrophobia do not attend.
                    You will experience rough terrain, sudden noises, moving floors, fog, strobe lights, jarring actions, dramatic tilting. You must be able to walk long distances. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. DO NOT BRING WEAPONS TO ATTRACTIONS.
                    Larry Kirchner
                    President
                    www.HalloweenProductions.com
                    www.BlacklightAttractions.com
                    www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com
                    www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com

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                    • #11
                      I posted a new video to youtube yesterday... check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf7DdB84nCg

                      Within a couple hours I got this reply

                      What’re the precautions you’ll be taking for COVID-19? I’m HEAVILY interested but I’m also interested in staying safe and preserving the Darkness

                      Never got a question like this before. Clearly people will want to know your plan in writing.

                      Larry
                      Larry Kirchner
                      President
                      www.HalloweenProductions.com
                      www.BlacklightAttractions.com
                      www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com
                      www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com

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