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I love to see scared little kids! The younger the better! They are just so cute when they think all the Halloween monsters are real! I used to scare my daughter with Halloween masks when she was a baby. She now loves everything Halloween just like me!
 

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Your post just reminded me how my mom used to hide behind walls, jump out, yell "boo" and scare the sh*t out of me then laugh uncontrollably. Ahhh, yes, childhood memories...
 

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We are alike my friend. Making kids cry during my haunt is just so much fun!! Last year, my 7 year old made a 12 year old girl cry :eek:
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I don't like scaring little ones myself. Haunt wise -- we have a "scare free zone" because of this. We also usually stay in character UNLESS we have a kid that freaks out. Then, I'll break character in a heart beat to chill them out.

I want to build memories for their future that make them want to build a haunt of their own.... not instead be a scarred grumpy adult who hates halloween.

But that's just me. ;)
 

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We have a rule that no "monsters" scare anyone that looks 4 and under. That's the goal. But sometimes we get carried away when the adults are already freaking out. Now I have to admit that anyone 12 and older is seriously fair game. And yes I still fondly remember the group of teen boys who ran screaming like 10 year old girls because my 9 year old turned to look at them. (she was looking rather Grudge-like)

So maybe you're just a little twisted. :eek:
 

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Totally depends on the kid. We've had several come through the mortuary this year who were scared, but holding it together and the parents were right there on top of things. (Very first one had a Mom carrying her, pointing out "look, there's a person, they're going to move!" She was totally ok going through, though of course we do have some discretion for the young ones.) And then Saturday night we had one who just should never have been there (at 10 PM! right at closing) with both parents (uh, one of you should have stayed in the car with her) but NOOOOOOOOOO, "let's take the toddler through screaming and crying so nobody has any fun". smh


There's a difference between "fun scared" and freaked out and wailing.


Then again, we had a full grown adult who did the same crying, wailing, freak out routine. Dude she was with came through my room saying "you're the one who wanted to come!" Come one people, make a good decision here. If you know you, or your kid can't handle it, don't come. You're going to have a bad night, you're going to waste your money and time, and nobody in the haunt is having fun either. Some people can handle being scared, some can't - that's fine! Just know and act accordingly.
 

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We have scare free zones and a "chicken bucket". We had a fence where the ToTs would have to walk through the cemetery and under scary ghouls, skeletons and all that. strobes lighting up monsters and spooky lighting. We had one switch that would kill everything and bring on a spotlight if anyone freaked out. Also if the tiny ToTs could not bring themselves to walk under our archway and past all the creepies, we had the chicken bucket that they could get handed candy from at the curb.
 

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I love to see scared little kids! The younger the better!
I'd rather see little ones enjoy the night and not be terrified, making them want to take part in Halloween rather than instill fears in them.

Making kids cry during my haunt is just so much fun!!
I rather dislike making young kids cry. Scaring people can be fun if they're in the right age bracket and they have the ability to discern reality from fantasy, which most younger kids do not.

I don't like scaring little ones myself.

I want to build memories for their future that make them want to build a haunt of their own.... not instead be a scarred grumpy adult who hates halloween.
^^this^^
 

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Little tots under 5 dont get the scary factor. 6 to 10 depends on how they are acting. 10+....oh hell yeah..its game time! Last year I had 5 cryers...they are all over 13. I was a happy girl!
I had one 4 year old butterfly walk past all my jumping/moving/popping stuff and tell me that I had the best house. Now that I have to say, was way cool!
 

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My house really is tame by Halloween Forum standards. I want to create a spooky atmosphere that kids will remember fondly when they get older, and they may just want to create some memories for other kids too. I have this huge Costco Skull that many of us bought several years ago, and is is motion activated. When the sensor is triggered, it has a sinister laugh, and says, I see you. I place it in the flower bed right by the walkway leading up to the door. Then we do spider webs that cross from the tree over the walkway to the lamp post. I place a big spider somewhere in the area where the kids are bound to see it. We have the cemetery, the motorized coffin, skeletons, and other stuff too, but no gore.

So, a couple of years ago I had one little girl come up, and when I opened the door she just kept saying you scared me, you scared me in the most adorable 3 yr old voice. Then a few minutes later, another 3 year old came up and said to her mom, Mom, can we have a skull like that too? She loved it. Now she's going to be a haunter when she grows up, I can feel it. Finally, we had the jack a$$ dad who brought his daughter to the door screaming and crying her eyes out. He totally ruined it for her, and caused her so much terror by forcing her to the door. I felt so sorry for her. It's suppose to be fun people.

Last year, we were still setting up at about 5 in the daylight, when three siblings were out making the rounds early. They looked like they were all in Elementary School, but the oldest was wearing a Middle School t shirt. I had the motorized coffin outside, and even though it was light, she stopped on the far side of my neighbor's driveway. She was pretty sure she didn't want anything to do with my yard. Her brothers were trying to get her to come over, and I wanted to reassure her there was nothing to be afraid of, so I opened the lid to the coffin and showed them the wiper motor making the lid go up and down, and the skeleton arm screwed into the lid. The told her what it was, and she still refused to come any closer. I gave the huge hand fulls of candy and an extra treat for her. They left happy.
 

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You're not nutso! I thought it was funny too! ... though I am diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder.

I mean... I have age limits too but I love messing with the kids at work. I told 2 10 year old boys that the hot wheels they were buying cost $488 and the looks on their faces were priceless. What's really funny was the smell afterwards.

Ok ok I know immature commentary. I'm sorry.
 

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You're not nutso! I thought it was funny too! ... though I am diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder.

I mean... I have age limits too but I love messing with the kids at work. I told 2 10 year old boys that the hot wheels they were buying cost $488 and the looks on their faces were priceless. What's really funny was the smell afterwards.

Ok ok I know immature commentary. I'm sorry.
PFFT!!! Kids are just so easily tricked and impressionable. I like talking to very small children like they're adults, like use big words and see how they react. I'm not around a whole lot of children though, fortunately, haha.
 
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