Archive for Haunted Amusements

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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Clowns, Zombies and Classic Scares – The Hottest Haunt Characters for Halloween 2015

Clowns, Zombies and Classic Scares – The Hottest Haunt Characters for Halloween 2015

April 14, 2015 No Comments

By Jessica Leigh Brown Zombies, ax murderers, sadistic clowns and classic Frankenstein’s monsters all make great characters at haunted attractions—but what will be the hottest haunt characters in 2015? The answer to that question depends on several variables, but the most important is the specific haunted attraction’s target market. “We target teens and college-age young […]

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Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

March 1, 2014 No Comments

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Scary Fun for All
The 7 Floors of Hell Haunted Scream Park

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross Rodney Geffert has always loved Halloween and, in particular, haunted houses; as a high school student, he worked at several such attractions. Reluctant to explore other career options, Geffert eventually opened a haunt of his own and, with his wife Melinda, operated it in the Akron, Ohio area for eight years. […]

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