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  • Hacksaw
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    Guess I need to introduce myself. I'm Hacksaw. Originally "Bonesaw" but after seeing Macho Man Randy Savage play Bonesaw on Spiderman, I just threw my hands up and said "Well there goes that.." lol. I can't top the Macho Man.

    We're currently building our first full fledge mobile attraction. Mainly started for Charity Work, but also plan to take this thing to fairs and such as well... if we can get involved with them.

    Building it into tractor trailer rigs in 48' lengths. We will most likely start out with 2, so we can keep it small and park it at a major outlet like a Target or Kmart.

    Due to some real shady characters in this industry, mainly locally, we are keeping details such as our location under wraps until we unveil it. We have a haunt local here that, the more I learn about them, the worse I feel about them. They apparently like to steal ideas, sabotage other haunts if they can etc.

    Looking forward to all the new things being built this year!

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  • Fear Addiction
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    slipknot

    Hi everyone
    Ive been checking out the site for last 6 months decided to introduce and get involved. We have been running a 3000 sq ft charity haunt in southern california for last 5 years and would like to take it to the next level and really make it professional. In process of planning and getting set up the right way. Attended Transworld two years ago will be there again in a few weeks. Great info at these shows learned alot we do wrong and alot we do right it been great learning from all of you. Met some great contacts over the last year and we are working with them now Ghost Ride, Unit 70, Scarefactory. Great people giving us lots of help. See everyone at Transworld.

    Greg

    Fear Addiction Haunted House

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  • TheDarkestHour
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    Lucky.

    I wish someone would hand me a haunt and say here you go. You're way ahead of the curve, you were able to bypass a lot of the hard parts of starting a haunt. Congrats! Don't screw it up.

    Go to the convention, this is a great Idea, and I also highly recommend you read: "So You Want to Be a Haunt Entrepreneur" by: Kelly Allen. It's pretty much required reading for anyone wanting to get into the haunt industry.

    Good luck!

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  • Jdbeckwith
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    Name: Jack Beckwith
    Character: Testing the waters!
    Haunt: 1st year...still working on name
    Company: Celebration Tents & Amusements

    I am new to the professional haunt scene, but long time home Halloween haunter and partier. I have owned and operated an amusement rental company in Southern Maryland since 2004. I am also a full time firefighter (17 yrs). I have an over active imagination and the abilities to turn ideas into reality. Every year Halloween comes around I get more and more excited spending more and more money on haunted items.

    I was recently approached to take over a farm that has a corn maze on it and a one year old haunt under its belt. The people that were operating the haunted trail last year left on VERY BAD terms, with the property owners approaching me. My goal is to attend the HAA convention in St. Louis and attend as many seminars and meet as many people as possible to make sure I am educated in this business. I posted on the SEMINAR Thread my list of seminars that I am attending (so any recommendations will be greatly appreciated). I will be actively watching and following this forum site several times a week to stay up to date as much as possible on the inner workings of this community of haunters. Thank you in advance for your patience to a new comer and I look forward to collaborating with you all.

    JB

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  • TheDarkestHour
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    Welcome, Tess!

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  • DarkStitches
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    saying hello

    Hi, my name is Tess. Brand new to the forums...been in the industry for the past 13 years with House of shock both acting and making costumes. Going to ge a vendor at transworld this year. Very excited about that as it will also be my first time attending.

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  • Tiki13Man
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    Oops.. I guess I never officially introduced myself. Real name is John and I'm an actor at my local haunt in SE Minnesota. Due to smaller space, we utilize that space by creating skits to our scenes. Example: I run the cannibal butcher area. Small room, not a maze though. Approx 15 people a can fit into that room and will remain in that room for about 3-4 mins. During that time, I get to interact with the crowd more; cutting through them to get to the scared patrons. This is also a guided tour than a typical go through on your own. 4th year and loving it.

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  • Carnevil135
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    Thank You Very Much.

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  • TheDarkestHour
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    It's off season right now. Things are starting to pick up a lot lately due to convention season coming up.

    Welcome!

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  • Carnevil135
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    Hello Everyone im New Here Im A Huge Fan Of The industry just thought I would join up to look at new Haunt's And To see People's own Creation's So Far I must say I like these forum's even though there is not a lot of talk goes on around here judging by the forum's. But anyway thank's Again

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  • skull-manor
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    Hi, my name is Marc. My family and I have been doing a small free yard haunt for about the last 6 years. We build about 80% of our stuff and last year got into Picaxe controllers and expanded from just our front yard to a small walk through haunt. We are in a small neighborhood so very happy with the 125 average last couple of years. We are looking at the possibilities of going to the next level. 2015 is planned our intro into pneumatics so if nothing else should be interesting

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  • Mike Danielson
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    My name is Mike, I used to rap so a lot of people know me as PayDay. I have always loved dressing up on Halloween. I just started volunteering in the haunted house at my kids' elementary school. I figured this would be a good place to start to try to get some ideas on improving it, because last year it was pretty lame....lol. I already have my costume for next year, Freddy Krueger.

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    ....hopefully it's not TOO SCARY for an elementary school, but I guess we'll see...lol

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  • newhorror2010
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    Looks like I need to update my profile... that's from back in the day! Haha

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  • newhorror2010
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    Old & then new again

    I think I'm starting this off right, it's been several years since I was last on here so I suppose that makes me an "old dog" on, but since it has been so long I'm new once again. My real name is John Elks, I'm no stranger to Transworld or The Darkness. My last time at either was way back in '09, I had a brain surgery take place in '10 so that canceled out that years trip. I hope Transworld will still be around in 2020, that's the earliest I believe I can get my own hha (haunted house attraction) started. Larry, your place as well as several other attractions are & always have been GREAT SOURCES of inspiration to me! Thank you!
    Last edited by newhorror2010; 01-05-2015, 12:13 AM.

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  • RandalB
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    Charity Haunt in Cedar Lake Indiana

    Hey All,

    Randal Bogathy (RandalB get it?) here. I coordinate (and come up with ideas, build stuff, do wiring, recruit volunteers, etc,etc, etc) a 100% charity haunt in Cedar Lake, Indiana. We have been using local school gyms for the last 6 years for this program. Came to Haunt World forums because even though we are a small haunt, we are always looking to be more creative and professional.

    Our program has been steadily growing over the years and some new things we did for 2014:
    1) 13 Rooms (10k sq ft of decorated space) with connecting hallways
    2) Queue line entertainment
    3) Low voltage lighting throughout
    4) Independent Sound systems for individual rooms
    5) Digital video effects
    6) CC camera coverage
    7) Photo op at exit (Selfie Station)
    8) Comment Cards for self improvement and Ideas

    We had a budget of $1500 and operated Four nights: 17,18,24 and 25 October from 7-9:30 PM. We had a net donation to our sponsoring charity of over $5000. We charge $5 per guest.

    There are some real technological and logistical challenges we have using a school gym but we have a great time with it.

    All that being said, I'm glad to have found this forum and hope to contribute some of my experience and learn from you guys.

    See ya out there!
    RandalB

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