Archive for Haunted Amusements

Agricultural Haunts
How a Baker, Fla., Farm Is Cultivating Scares

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross In the fall of 2012, Bill Barnhill turned a portion of his 1,500-acre farm in Baker, Fla., into a five-acre corn maze. The venture, executed under the umbrella of a partnership between Barnhill’s newly formed company, Baker-based Gum Creek Entertainment, and the Crestview Rotary Club, of which he is a member, […]

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Big Scares on the Small Screen <br/>A Look at Haunt Video Technology

Big Scares on the Small Screen
A Look at Haunt Video Technology

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Whether a Halloween attraction is designed as a demon’s den, a spooky mansion, or an eerie asylum, human actors have long been featured to boost the scare factor. But now that high definition video technology has become more affordable, attractions are adding virtual cast members to intensify layers of fright at annual scream-fests. Each October, […]

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Two Character Attributes

September 1, 2013 No Comments

A Fresh Take. Characters need familiar elements, but above all need to offer something novel. Stamina to Spare. Performers need the energy to bring life to a scene night after night, sometimes for more than a month.

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Top Advice for Picking Characters

September 1, 2013 No Comments

The haunted house business can be expensive, so for owners, it’s important to pick characters that have staying power. “Every time we come up with an attraction, we have to live with it for two or three years,” said Scott Simmons, the creative director and co-owner of Pittsburgh, Pa.’s ScareHouse. There have been years when […]

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Creating Scares to Spare <br/>How Haunted Attractions’ Owners Dream Up and Set Loose Effective Characters

Creating Scares to Spare
How Haunted Attractions’ Owners Dream Up and Set Loose Effective Characters

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Is anyone scared of vampires anymore? Sure, they suck the life out of humans and usher them into an eternity as an undead ghoul. That’s scary. But the Twilight series has also turned them into sensitive boys from the Pacific Northwest who fall in love too easily. That’s not scary. But zombies: those are still […]

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Shining Light on Working with Lighting Vendors: Five Tips

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Stay Smart and Local. Find knowledgeable, close-by vendors who stress safety first. Ensure the Price is Right: Weigh the costs carefully. Hit the Shows. Visit trade events to meet the experts. Do Your Homework. Read up on technology and map out a change game plan so you can ask intelligent questions when speaking with vendors. […]

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Tips for Making the Scene with Lighting

Tips for Making the Scene with Lighting

May 20, 2013 No Comments

A Haunted House attraction measures its success by the number of loud cries and screams emitted by its visitors. To achieve their goal of terror, these attractions count on the talents of live actors, custom make up, set designs and specialized lighting. D’Ann Dagen is president of La-De-Da Productions, Inc. and the producer of Hangman’s […]

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Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Are you seeking to insure your Halloween attractions for 2013? Look to Fun Pro, the “A” Rated (by A.M. Best) insurance program tailored for the haunted attractions industry. Fun Pro’s customized coverage focuses on, but are not limited to, Haunted Houses, Dark Attractions, Corn Mazes, Forest Trails, Pumpkin Patches (including u-pick) and Christmas Tree farms. […]

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Themes that Generate Screams<br/>Haunted Attraction Trends for 2013

Themes that Generate Screams
Haunted Attraction Trends for 2013

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Gone are the days when darkly lit hallways with creaky floorboards were the key components to a successfully scary haunted attraction. Over-the-top shocks and gory horrors, with a mix of special effects, are now drawing large crowds looking for a scream with their Halloween. For terror created outside the box, Scream Team Productions, a Murrieta, […]

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Keeping the Scares Safe
Practical Advice from Haunt Owners

January 3, 2013 No Comments

If comedy is said to be serious business you can bet that scaring the socks off of people is, too – especially when it comes to also ensuring their safety. Haunted attractions only operate for a handful of weeks each year, but the potential for injury — dark, often cramped spaces filled with bizarre artifacts, […]

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