Do most home haunters dream of going pro? Would that take all the ‘fun’ out of it?
First, you must remember that a pro haunt is a business, and must be run like every other business. There will be Permits, Fire inspections, Insurance and Taxes. You will have to procure a site that has parking, facilities, sprinkler systems and plenty of emergency exits. You could use volunteers, contractors or employees; there will be mountains of paperwork like applications, background checks, 1099’s, I-9’s & W-2’s. With this business there will be make up, masks, costumes and props costs. Oh, and don’t forget the sets, sound system, lighting, foggers and chainsaws.
My suggestion before any home haunter tries going pro would be to work a season or two with an existing pro haunt. See just how they work and if that is a good fit for you. Write up a business plan, talk to a consultant and carefully consider all options.
In the words of Leonard Pickel (http://hauntrepreneurs.com)
“If You Do Not Make a Profit With Your Haunt, Then You Don’t Get To Play Anymore”
This season there is a growing trend to stay open for the weekend after Halloween. I was able to find six local haunts doing ‘flashlight” nights where you go through with the lights out as you make your way with only a glow stick. This I really like.
Not only does it give me more time to hit the haunts I might have missed, but going through in the dark gives it a whole new level of creepiness. Well done guys!