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A lot of us have haunts or displays that we've named. Post your haunt name and tell if there is a reason for the name you chose.

Ours was given the title of EERIE MANOR, a play on the name of our city of Erie, PA. We made plaques for our columns several years ago, and now folks actually refer to the haunt by it's name.



 

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Sleepy Hollow Manor
I just love the feel of the Sleepy Hollow Story. Just speaks Halloween to me. I rent my house so I didn't want to use my street name. My last name is East so I didn't like that with anything. Hubby wanted to name it The Nights Watch Cemetery I've just always loved Sleepy Hollow since I was a small kid and most of my scenes are from classic stories in some way or another. Poe, Bram Stoker, etc.. So a literary name is fitting for my haunt.
 

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The Ravens Grin Inn was an"INN",built to be one 1865-70 ( I guess it was done by 1870?)
i desired to "show" that a little more was going on here, Laughs-humor and not just one thing(Scaring people )
Poe's "Raven" poem was the most p0pular poem for many years,moody, sullen, mysterious....but yet the Raven is grinning!

Tonight was a prime example. A tall,muscular man,Father of the Family was a little "bossy" over his kind of timid teenage boys,telling them they "Were" going to do the risky stuff here.
Then I scared the Father three times in a row.....with a plastic toy that my neighbor had thrown away.
MY throat provided it's various sound "Defects", the first time I screeched at him, the second scare I squealed, the third time I said (as in "Spoke") "BARK!"
He jumped all three times too,in front of his other family members!
It turned out to be a Great night!
 

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Ours is names Nightmare on Barberry, because the name of our street is barberry. we got the nightmare part because someone years ago told us that we would be giving her nightmare's for years to come, thus..the Nightmare Family. The barberry addition is new, we used to be Nightmare on Hanford, but since my dad retired the haunt moved to my house and we dropped hanford and added barberry. even if the haunt moves again, the Nightmare part sticks...we just change street names.
 

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Fryght Manor. I was just thinking of a back story and along comes Col. Fryght- a southern soldier who returns from the fight to find his children died of disease and his wife committed suicide. Of course somewhere along the way, I added circus clowns and witches and blew the back story out of the water. :D
 

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When we're not busy alternating to various other themes (e.g. pirates, etc.), our more traditionally styled haunt is referred to as 'Revenant Manor'.

The name appears on the mausoleum, the column signs, and various other signage/labels:

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As for the reason, it's basically just that I've always loved words, and have a special affinity for those that feel as though they have their own inherent character. :)

For the haunt name, I wanted something that had a menacing, or dark quality, but that also wasn't too "on the nose". The word 'revenant' always struck me as having those qualities...surprisingly, the Wikipedia entry seems to do the word more justice than the traditional dictionary entries:

"A revenant is a visible ghost or animated corpse that was believed to return from the grave to terrorize the living.[1] The word "revenant" is derived from the Latin word, reveniens, "returning" (see also the related French verb "revenir", meaning "to come back")."
 

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I picked it because we lived on Waters Edge but this sounded a bit better. The back story is that it is an old mortuary that is now being used by a scientist as a cover for the experiments to try to revive his wife. The residents of the cemetery are not amused.
 

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I use Mind Fear because it allows for any theme and I always play people's fear against them. If you think of all the different kind of fears people have, the possibilities are endless.

One year, I made a long narrow room with a low ceiling to make it scary for the claustrophobic people. The entrance just had several layers of black plastic strips to act as a door. Then I added a strobe light at the entrance facing down the long narrow room. Also added a fog machine. At the end of the room, sat a helper in all black wearing a Jason's mask with a black light above him. Because it was so hard to see, I added glow sticks along the floor so they knew where they had to go. I was dressed in a painters suit (all white) and could be right next to someone and they wouldn't know I was there. Also made a few hidden places in the wall I could slip into and disappear. That made it interesting because I could lightly touch their hair as if a ghost or something was there or whisper something to them but they couldn't see me. As they walked down the room, then the Jason mask would slowly come into view but couldn't clearly see what you were walking towards. When you went to get the candy sitting on his lap then he would come alive unpredictable. Sometimes he would on the first kid or wait till 2nd or 3rd. Made for a eerie walk to get candy.
 

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I have been un-named for years.. My question is...I live on a street name that is common...a Google search found another haunt with the same name...even though they are 5 states away. Not sure if I should just name it anyway?
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