Archive for Haunted Amusements

Getting in Touch with Terror <br> Trends in Haunt Experiences

Getting in Touch with Terror
Trends in Haunt Experiences

August 20, 2018 No Comments

Some folks simply can’t get enough of the haunted house experience, the scarier the better. Interactive haunts are designed for audiences like these. As with everything, there are pros and cons to operating one. For this article and sidebar, four haunts in different parts of the country described their experiences. In the beginning, Castle of […]

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Realizing Extra Revenue <br> Food and Souvenir Concessions at Haunted Attractions

Realizing Extra Revenue
Food and Souvenir Concessions at Haunted Attractions

May 21, 2018 No Comments

By Sara Hodon Halloween lovers look forward to October, when their favorite haunted attractions rise from the dead, so to speak, and open their (albeit creaky) doors for business. Operators look for new and creative ways to give their visitors the scary thrills they’re looking for in the main attraction, and once their collective heart […]

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A Picture Perfect Haunt<br> Design Tips from the Experts

A Picture Perfect Haunt
Design Tips from the Experts

April 10, 2018 No Comments

The first stirrings of a haunt begin in someone’s imagination. Born from a stark memory, perhaps, or a vivid dream or maybe a designer’s vision of what spine-chilling really looks like. Practical concerns soon enter the picture. Is it feasible? Is it affordable? Is it safe? Will it deliver return on investment? There are many […]

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Trends in Big Scares and Great Escapes

Trends in Big Scares and Great Escapes

February 13, 2017 No Comments

Countless haunted attractions exist around the country and more pop up every year. Add the relatively new and fast-multiplying phenomenon of escape rooms to the total and it becomes clear people love entertainment that either chills or challenges them. Frequently it does both. Yet how do owners of these types of businesses keep things fresh? […]

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Selling the Extras <br> Souvenirs and Food at Escape Rooms and Haunted Attractions

Selling the Extras
Souvenirs and Food at Escape Rooms and Haunted Attractions

December 29, 2016 No Comments

It’s a scary world out there – at haunted attractions and escape rooms nationwide, owners and staff members work hard to scare up additional sales with souvenirs and food offerings. While a number of venues are still in the planning stages when it comes to these categories, others have established strong sales in good eats […]

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Low Gore for High Scares <br> Why, For Some, Creepy is In and Bloody Is Out

Low Gore for High Scares
Why, For Some, Creepy is In and Bloody Is Out

October 25, 2016 No Comments

If your idea of a haunted attraction involves spattered blood, gross-out eyeballs and decaying plastic flesh, the proprietors of the Northeast’s most popular Halloween spots have news for you. Blood is out, creepy is in — and the scariest stuff, in a world jaded by R movies and Internet memes, is psychological. “It’s a lot […]

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Top Tips to Maintain Safety

Top Tips to Maintain Safety

May 25, 2016 No Comments

Chills, thrills, fire drills? While patrons aren’t usually required to take part in actual drills, fire safety is definitely a top priority for owners and managers of haunted attractions. Fire safety and a host of other concerns specific to the genre present unique situations. Certainly other entertainment venues are accustomed to having hordes of people […]

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Set-Up for Scares <br>Design Trends at Haunted Attractions

Set-Up for Scares
Design Trends at Haunted Attractions

April 12, 2016 No Comments

If you had to pinpoint one defining characteristic of haunted attractions, it would be change, as in the need to change things up to keep an attraction fresh year after year. Many haunts entertain repeat customers and the only way to consistently keep them coming back is to provide fresh scares. How can that best […]

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New Twists on Classic Creepiness <br>How Haunts Keep the Characters and Scares Fresh

New Twists on Classic Creepiness
How Haunts Keep the Characters and Scares Fresh

August 27, 2015 No Comments

When people visit a haunted attraction around Halloween, they are looking for one thing: to be scared out of their minds. Visiting the same haunt year after year can get a little stale, especially if the attraction does not do much to keep the scares coming. For this article, owners and managers at haunted attractions […]

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Makeup, Masks and Motors  – Finding the Right Mix of Actors and Animatronics

Makeup, Masks and Motors – Finding the Right Mix of Actors and Animatronics

May 22, 2015 No Comments

The season for most haunted attractions is fleeting but the creative minds behind them are seldom at rest. Owners, managers and directors are always contemplating ways to increase the scare factor at their respective haunts. Determining the right mix of animatronics and live actors usually factors heavily into the equation. Trey Smith is the mastermind […]

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