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I've known about Enigma Haunt for a few years now, as my cousin-in-law is heavily involved with it, but I finally got to see it for the first time last year, & it was really good! I had a good time, wrote a nice little review on their Facebook page, and didn't think anything else of it....

This year, they threw a Halfway to Halloween party at the bar next to the building they rent for their haunt - it was mostly people who work in the haunt and their friends and family (that's how I found out about it - my cousin-in-law sent a FB invite my way). I had a good time, despite only knowing one person there - well, two, if you count my hubby who I dragged with me - & it was nice being able to talk to people about Halloween and assorted scariness without any thought to what time of the year it is (kinda like we all do on here!)

Well, they mentioned they were having tryouts and looking to add to their team, so I filled out the paperwork & took the plunge.....while I'm not terribly nervous, as I've loved Halloween since I can remember (isn't that why we're all here, after all?), this will be my first time working in a professional haunt atmosphere. Due to sensitivity to strobes, I can't work upstairs in the haunt itself, which I figured going in, but I've already offered to assist with set building, ticket-taking, & den-mother was mentioned to me as well (bringing the actors drinks & the like while they're working the event). I'm super excited!!!

So, being that plenty of y'all have been doing this for a long time, any advice for a newbie? It would be much appreciated.....

Here is the link to the haunt, btw, if y'all have a care to look.....

http://www.enigmahaunt.com/

P.S., If you watch any of the video footage & you see a ringleader clown, that's my cousin-in-law! Why yes, I'm proud! :D
 
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We were involved only once with a pro haunt.... we had a LOT of fun doing it, the crowds were mostly a blast, many of the actors too but TPTB not so much, during the haunt they were all smiles and nice words, lots of promises about next year and how we'd be reimbursed for money we spent on our scene that year. When all was said and done the other shoe dropped, all this negative stuff came out, all their promises made to us about the scene we spent a lot of time and money building forgotten...

If I ever got involved with a pro haunt again I'd make sure everything promised or said was spelled out and written down. In the excitement and rush to get things done on time things can be said or promised that no one really has any intention of following through on... Oh we just said that to make sure we opened on time.

Next word of advice make sure to dress for the weather, the haunt we dealt with was mostly open air with trails.... here it can be wet and chilly, the haunt was just off a lake so it got windy... long underwear under the costume was a must. A large thermo of tea, cocoa a double must. Also keep your sense of humor and things in perspective. Lastly stay alert, for every hundred guests there is always one or two bent on doing evil. We had several hundred come through before we got one group that decided tearing apart the scenery was a good idea... some real damage was done before they were noticed and escorted out. There can never be enough eyes watching and keeping people and scenes safe.
 

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Always carry two,small but powerful flashlights,and don't be afraid to turn them "ON", if you have any doubts about where you are stepping or walking , and if you sense someone might be hiding,once again use a flashlight to check them out.
Being in "The Dark" can work both ways and some rowdy types assume they can punch someone working there and get away with it by claiming fear or saying,"Sorry , I was Drunk!".. as you get an ambulance ride to an oral surgeon, or the Cat Scan machine.
If someone is screaming, staggering drunk, they should be denied access. If they become screaming,staggering drunk they should be escorted out, to protect other customers and haunt workers and the owner's insurance coverage-end of story.
If you are a female haunt worker always have someone near you,in the same room.
Learn how to activate any distress call-devices or alarms near you,better "Safe" than getting a "Sorry" after a beating!
If the haunt owner/operator won't protect you,leave,don't return. Many nasty things can happen too quickly in a dark place.
I always tell my employees:"Never scare someone up-close. Always stay at least an arm's length away from them, figure this by their "ARM",not yours."
Use your powerfully bright flash;light to quickly "Blind" any would be "puncher", then make a quick retreat and call security.
Not every "Puncher" will be a staggering drunk,some of them are very sober and looking for their next victim... unfortunately for the rest of us.
Some customers will also be dressed in Black. i was told about a group dressed in black that did seem to be going through the haunt looking for someone to abuse physically. When they all entered the pitch black room, they had the advantage, not the ONE employee.
 
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Thank y'all for the input! I just had my first afternoon helping with set painting - so far so good! Learned some stuff too! :D

Grey Lady, you are so right - it gets hot in there! Most of the staff is soda & beer drinkers, so I'm going to start bringing a small cooler of water with me....

Stinkerbell n Frog Prince - I don't know if this is normal for haunts, but I know at this one, they've said that the first year is on a volunteer basis, and you can stay on as a paid employee next year, but from what I've heard from several of the staff (my cousin included), most come back the next year unless they move or they realize it's just not their thing (or they're kids who don't realize that there's actual work involved in these things). They haven't asked us to buy supplies or anything, just to donate time. Our haunt is indoors - they rent out a huge building space that used to be a gym - so the weather shouldn't be a factor, unless it's raining so hard outside it's keeping away victims/customers. But I will definitely stay alert - I've already heard stories from actors that work the lines about how rowdy people can get as the night gets later - it doesn't help that the other half of a building is a bar, so some of the patrons stumble over....

Gym Whourlfeld - I will remember the flashlight thing - I work at HFT, so I've got the small-but-powerful light covered. I know they have security and seem to take this very seriously, especially due to the bar next door (as mentioned above), but it can't hurt to be on alert.

Thank you all (and anyone else who pops in on this thread) for your advice!
 
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