There are 3 types of haunted attractions: Those who rely almost
entirely on props and set design to scare their guests, those who rely
on actors soley to scare - not putting enough effort into set design
and those haunts who spend money on set design, props and hire good
The last type of haunt is truly the best type of attraction. If you have
the money, then use it wisely, and construct believable sets, and
integrate props with your sets. Now, growing up working inside trailer
haunts, I know that sometimes, budgeting cannot afford set design
and/or expensive props. If you don't have alot of money in your
budget, place your efforts into creating somewhat believable sets.
So you may not be able to buy 3D 'Brick Wall' to use as a dungeon
wall...improvise. Paint a brick wall, or have an artist come in to
help you with your work...I've seen painted scenes that have looked
really good and made me believe I was part of the scene.
Also, invest your efforts into coming up with creative, new scare
tactics working with what you have. You could take almost any room,
and with a little careful planning, you could turn it into the room
that people talk about when they exit your haunt, just by creating a
really good scare tactic.
I know this method will work because I've done it personally. I took
a room that people used to laugh at, and with a little creative
thinking, I was able to come up with an idea, and a scare tactic that
left people talking after they came through our haunt.
Personally, I would rather pay $10.00 and go through a haunt that has
little set design, but focused on good scare tactics, than pay $5.00
to go through a haunt that has the most elaborate sets and props but
weak scare tactics and actors. Besides, aren't scare tactics and actors
the very foundation of a haunted house? Props are just what their name
says: "props", decorations. Sure they look nice, but let's face it,
actors and the element of surprise are what make a house truly scary.
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