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  • drfrightner
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    At this point it doesn't look like ANY CHICAGO haunted houses will open. It doesn't look like ANY HAUNTS will open in California period! I just found out that New York isn't going to allow haunted houses to open ... Headless Horseman told me as of today they're not going to be allowed to open.

    https://www.waxahachietx.com/news/20...ls-2020-season

    Screams in Dallas said they won't open.

    Knotts Scary Farm said they will not open.

    I think we're looking at less than 50% of haunts at this point will open.

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  • Kevin Brekke
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    Are there emergency loans available to help haunts that can't open? I feel like there should be

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  • drfrightner
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    I'm hearing that most of the haunted houses in Chicago WILL NOT OPEN and neither will most of the haunts in LA or California in general. I'm going to predict right now more than 50% of all haunted houses will NOT open because over 50% of them are charity haunts. Those are going to be the first to call it.

    I talked to someone from SIX FLAGS they told me they plan on to open so we'll see!

    Larry

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  • Kenton
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    We will see you in 2021 all! Too risky for us this year. The covid thing, our local oil based economy, the upcoming election and all that could entail, but most importantly it all boils down to the safety of my actors and guests. Oklahoma recently has seen an uptick in cases and it does not look to be letting up. I don't see how we could pull it off, be effective and be safe. So today I start building my 2021, would've been 13 season, but alas... it shall only be our 12th. Hope all goes really well for those that decide to take the risk and you can tell me.... I told you so some day!
    Kenton
    www.nightmareinthecountry.com

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  • monsterwax
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    We're waiting to see what the schools do. If they are open, we'll be open-- because they not only provide the customers, but we're 99% safer than they are, and here's why:

    They touch nothing when they come to the haunt this year. All the inflating tunnels are turned off, they walk through the helevator, no gunny sack hallway, no black curtains to brush up against, and everyone (customer and actor) wears a mask. Also, they go in micro-groups that they arrived in. If they are just two customers, then they can go with another small group but at the 6 foot social distance. Our ceilings are 40 feet, so lots of fresh air. And none of the actors will touch them. So obviously, this is much better than a school setting where they are in smaller room sitting at a desk that may or may not have been cleaned.

    Actor wise, they'll have their own make up and mask, and no costume room gatherings (they arrive ready). And they social distance from the customers.

    On the plus side, it will be very intimate and lonely inside this year, which makes it MUCH scarier. So they lose a few traditional frights, but they sure make up for it in the terror dept.

    It sounds like there will be a vaccine next year, which could to a long way in saving our bacon. Then again, there may not-- or the virus may routinely mutate so that no vaccine is very effective. We already reduced our numbers by using groups of 8 to 13 instead of a conga line. If we have to go to groups closer to 4 year after year, that could be devastating.

    Another issue is the Covid Liability issue. Republicans want to protect businesses from nuisance lawsuits by adding protections against Covid lawsuits for all business except those that are reckless, but the Democrats (who's cater to the trial lawyers) want to keep it easy for business to be sued-- even when they follow all the government CDC recommendations. Trial lawyers are already going after all the big companies where employees have died, saying they got the virus at work (although no one really knows). If they win there, they will go after the same thing on the customer side. You don't have to do the math much to realize how this would kill our industry. Even when you win the case, WE have to pay the expensive lawyer rates, and the customers pay nothing because the Personal Injury lawyers work off a commission for them. So for all but the big corporations, THAT would be the death nail Larry eluded to earlier. So watch the ball on this issue. It's no exaggeration to say it's a matter of life and death for haunts.

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  • Kevin Brekke
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    Freakling Bros Horror Shows in Las Vegas, Nevada is closing for 2020

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  • drfrightner
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    Yeah I would expect Knott's and Six Flags to announce the same thing next week.

    Here is my article about it

    https://www.hauntworld.com/hauntworl...s-cancels-2020

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  • EMBRUJADA
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    Hollywood horror nights too

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  • EMBRUJADA
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    Another was cancel

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  • drfrightner
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    Another haunted house cancelled

    http://www.stchauntedhouse.com/

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  • drfrightner
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    Kevin,

    Let me explain my comments I little better.

    1) If haunts don't open this season then they won't be spending much if any money with vendors in 2021. I'm sure you could agree there. So vendors would have to go thru two seasons in a row of little to no revenue? What impact do you think that will have? More or less in my opinion you could write off at least 50% of every single vendor out there and maybe more.

    2) If a bunch of haunts don't open thereby not getting a dime in revenue where do they find the money to stay in business? How do they pay their rent? Some haunts own their building but pay loans, property tax, building insurance, heat, electric, and more. How do they pay for that because they'll be without revenue for 22 months. Who can do that? Maybe some giant haunt with a ton of money in the bank but what about the rest?

    Here is the point the haunted house industry is an industry full of all different types of haunts not just big ones not just Universal. It goes from Charity to Universal and everyone between.

    How many between will be lost?

    When that happens yeah the industry is no longer the industry you know today. People will go back to the way it started, getting real jobs, doing haunting on the side, or just giving it up.

    I'm not saying this is happening I'm saying if we're looking at a doomsday scenario where most haunts don't open or if they open and see 45% or something like that attendance.

    Let me tell you a haunted house would be better off NOT OPENING than OPENING for less than half of their revenue because you'll lose money opening.

    Larry

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  • Kevin Brekke
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    Come on. It's not going to be the "nail in the coffin" for the industry if no haunts open this year. As long as there's interest and demand for going to haunts, the industry will be fine. And I believe that demand will be back in 2021.

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  • drfrightner
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    If you’re in a liberal state you’re in BIG TROUBLE! California is usually the first to go then the rest fall in like lambs. At this point if you have a haunted house in California you might as well cancel the season. They’re saying states like Pennsylvania, New York, and a few others are going to do the same thing. California is like the boss of the liberals whatever they do everyone else just follows. This is NOT GOOD with only a couple months to go. I would say if you’re gov is friends with Trump like Georgia, Florida, or right here in Missouri you’re in good shape everyone else risky to spend all that money to plan on opening only to find out you can’t. This news today is devastating. If haunts don’t open this could very well be the nail in the coffin to the haunt industry as we know... vendors will be out of business, Transworld there won’t be one.

    Hopefully this is a short time deal and business re-open in a couple weeks but will anyone even have a JOB or MONEY to attend a haunt? Out of fear alone will anyone attend? We have to start asking ourselves is it time to layoff everyone and just shutter the doors until 2021.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/newsom-orders-closure-of-indoor-activities-across-california-as-coronavirus-cases-increase

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  • hauntfarm
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    A couple haunts near us informed everyone they're not opening as either. We plan on trying to open. Going to be an interesting year without question.

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  • drfrightner
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    It has come to my attention that another PA haunted house is NOT OPENING ... I won't state their name until they make it public. From what I'm hearing many haunts in PA are worried they won't be allowed to open, so they can't go thru the long and expensive process of setting up their haunts only to find out later can't open.

    Heavy liberal states or states with liberal gov are in BIG TROUBLE! Illinois - Cali - New York - New Jersey are in BIG TROUBLE!

    I hope you can open!

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