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So, I am pretty positive I am going to do the theme for my 2016 haunt as Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I am pretty stoked to wield the chainsaw and literally scare the **** out of kids and parents.
This is all so very preliminary so any and all ideas are welcome.

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That will be a nice tribute to the memory of Gunnar Hansen, "Leatherface" himself. I was fortunate enough to meet him and talk with him a bit last July.
He was a true gentleman and a horror icon!

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TTT...more ideas to make this haunt awesome
 

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I'm thinking of doing the same to honor Hansen, but I only have a two car garage to work with, I even bought a sweet realistic looking chainsaw at the Nov. 1st sale at Spirits, the tentative plan is to erect panels of walls and a door, I want the door to be light so I can kick it and it makes a loud sound when it bangs open but hope it doesn't break off for safety and of course, the mayhem ensues when I ran out with LF costume and wielding and flailing the chainsaw..just need to figure out how to secure the walls, I don't want to drill bolts into concrete ...
 

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Oh man, a lovely pairing would be Farmer Vincent from Motel Hell. "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters." I've always wanted to do the buried bodies scene from the movie. If you haven't seen the movie, it's a gem! Here's my board on the Butcher theme. Lots of ideas there. https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-butcher/
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Did this theme last year, lots of fun! We had a refrigeration room and a "dining room" and then a long hallway that had the man with the chainsaw (a leatherface costume didn't happen sadly) here's some pics!
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I'm thinking of doing the same to honor Hansen, but I only have a two car garage to work with, I even bought a sweet realistic looking chainsaw at the Nov. 1st sale at Spirits, the tentative plan is to erect panels of walls and a door, I want the door to be light so I can kick it and it makes a loud sound when it bangs open but hope it doesn't break off for safety and of course, the mayhem ensues when I ran out with LF costume and wielding and flailing the chainsaw..just need to figure out how to secure the walls, I don't want to drill bolts into concrete ...
Nice... I only have a 1 car garage much to my chagrin but will build dividers throughout. I am also using a real chainsaw (sans blade) for this haunt to really drive it home. :)
 

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Chainsaw haunts have been around for a long time. Consider some of the problems encountered over the years by people who had a commercial property .
Noise, smoke, a hot saw to burn someone, and even with the cutting chain/blade removed, that spinning sproket has been known to catch and tangle hair, rip it from the roots.
People will never be 100% predictable or physically coordinated at all times.
"Slamming a door Open" I hope it will be figured out so no one will be slammed by that door.
I had upright coffins for people to hide in. I had holes so the person inside could see if anyone was in front of the coffin door, which works great until small children are the ones slamming it open and can't make use of the vision hole, or the short one walks passed the coffin and gets slammed .
The brain has to be aware enough and have enough energy to constantly be asking:"What could possibly Go Wrong?" Playing numerous scenarios over involving all possible reactions from sometimes terrorized people of all ages, sizes and strengths.
I would rather be a "WET" blanket anytime versus a "Bloody blanket" with the blood of a stranger you might be becoming acquainted with in Court.
A chainsaw Scare can also be had without ever starting one up, if you make the process into an actual "ACT" giving people the time to An-tici-pate .. the worst.
Does someone still make the audio chainsaws? They were very expensive at one time.(At least according to My Wallet.)
In the middle of this long State a Haunt could not find the wrench to remove the chain. A customer reached for that running blade to "SHow OFF" as the saw was being held upright. did this really happen? I think that it did. the person who told me this story was an Insurance adjuster.
I'm not trying to ruin anyone's "DAY" or just be "Mr. Negative", Just trying to help. some of us can't stop giving advice because we are the "First-born" and we actually can blame our Parents for making us this way, from them having us telling our younger siblings what to do and what not to do, I am my Parent's First-born. I hope i may have helped someone here.
 
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