Been to your house a long, long time ago - born and raised in the Quad Cities. I should make it back out there one of these days!I have made a" Living" for 29 years. I have done almost ALL of my own work here. I have never even thought of spending even a $1,000 to buy something I could make myself.
I have also been open almost every night, plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the majority of more than 27 of those years.
I bought the cheapest property which just so happened to also be THE BEST House for a haunted house.
Some pro-haunters also told me I would fail (besides the people here in this village) "Worst possible location (No, it's THE BEST LOCATION!)
"Nobody will ever find it."
They all underestimated the desire of the haunt fans.
I run my house the way that I believe it should be run, with a ton of flexibility when it comes to what happens here to "Entertain" my patrons.
I basically "WENT" with my own ideas, and still am.
Last November I was told by a few Haunters that going through Ravens Grin is like going through my mind.
So, Please wipe your feet as you come in!
Buy a tee-shirt on your way out!
The haunt I was involved with for 4 years is run by an art gallery. They pay a group of lead/core actors who have a specific number of hours they have to commit to. The first year I did as many, if not more, hours than a lead and was unpaid, so the next year, I insisted on being a lead and actually worked less, but got paid. Most people there do it for the love. But they would probably not have so many nights where they're struggling to meet minimum staffing if everyone was paid hourly... IDK. That places owns my heart, but logistical and common sense problems like that are part of why I'm not returning this year.
The corporate haunt I'm testing out this year pays everyone hourly. I'll be getting a higher rate because I auditioned for and earned a more involved role. There are things that make me sad about going corporate, but biweekly pay and well ogranized and enforced break schedules are not on that list.