Your not long winded at all. I appreciate the feedback. Honestly I probably built the haunt to satisfy my desire to build and learn new techniques more than anything else. I'd probably build it to the same detail if only 10 people came.
I could use some advise. Through the years, as my kids get older, my haunt has been evolving towards an older crowd. With the older crowd we made the scary props a little more active rather than passive. The visitors used to take their time and look at the props in detail. Now because they believe their life might be in danger they hurry and push through the haunt. This is where the problem lies. They are in such a hurry I don't even think they notice all the detail work put into the scenery. When we are done with them some of the guests can't even remember their name (ha ha).
The haunts you build are amazing and I was wondering if you ever get the same sensation I do. Why go to all the trouble of the details if people are just going to race through. I should just set up a maze and have someone chase them!!! Of course I don't want to build such a haunt, but it gets me thinking.
Perhaps I should have a two part event. The first half could be full of good scenery. The guests could feel reasonably safe and take their time looking at items. I'd follow up with a maze of sorts where they can pee their pants. This might also work out well for the young kids. I could take them through the first part only.
Just had a look at your setup. I find it hard to explain my amazement without using explitives. You must be exhausted. I don't know how you can maintain your love for the holiday when you work at that pace.
Hello PB! Those hands are great! I need to start making my own hands, heads, and feet. This week I've been working on my rocking chair prop. I have the motor all set to go. I'm looking for the right prop and sound for it. I'll probably post a video this week. Did you get any prop made this weekend?
No problem, Phantom Blue. I know the Halloween hoarding feeling and the need for more storage! My wife, gromit05, has been trying to change my packrat ways for years with only slight success up until now, but we really need to free up some space.
Absolutely, I'm always in Halloween planning mode. It'd be good to bounce ideas around after the holidays. I'm currently trying to narrow down my project list for next year. Trying to get away from the last minute panic build being the standard mode of operation.
Hi Phantom Blue. I'm sorting through some things to make room for more Halloween storage. Some things I probably won't use again I'm going to toss or sell. If you're close to the Willowbrook area of Houston, would you be interested in a free power line insulator (courtesy of Hurricane Ike, roughly 6 inches in diameter and 10 inches long and heavy) or a free large (6 feet wide by about 2-1/2 feet high) GreatStuff volcano/lava scene (essentially like a glowing embers prop - I'm removing the Christmas lights to reuse in another prop, but new ones would be easy to install)? If you would like to see photos of either, just let me know and I can post them. No problem if you don't want them, but if I can find them a good haunting home all the better.
If you may be interested, just let me know before Tuesday, otherwise I'll send them on their way to the landfill.
I am definitely getting a big jump on things very early this year! I just bought 5 new stones, fog machine and a huge castle facade earlier today! I can't wait to unleash the beast and go VERY BIG in 2013!