Beginning a Haunted Attraction may seem daunting, or financially out of reach. Undoubtedly you have heard of Farmers turning their land into miniature amusement parks geared to families. Corn Mazes, and other not-so-scary actions have become big business in the fall/winter. Even in the largest cities, it is not a terribly long drive into a parcel of land where it is possible, such as Markoff’s Haunted Forest, outside Washington D.C, which attracts thousands of visitors every October. This is why a Haunted Forest could be simpler as a start-up company Than a conventional Haunted House 1 Dealing with the Fire Marshall just got a good deal easier. 2 Lower start-up costs. No need for multi-thousand buck animatronics and elaborate sets. A walk through shadowy forests can be scary to start with. You can keep your costs down by using natural components to scare the breezes out of people 3 Property is a lot easier to find than rentable and secure buildings.
The Carnival of Horrors Attraction Industry has grown tremendously in the past decade. It appears everywhere you turn there is a new or better haunt moving up. There were more than 10 million Google hunts in 2010 exclusively for haunted house, and of course the millions of different searches that included those words. Identify appropriate parcels which are big enough over 25 acres, have five or more acres of open space parking and 3 to 5 acres of wooded space. The fewer neighbours that the better ideally property owners with large parcels who wouldn’t be bothered by chainsaws and yelling. Contact the local municipality to find out allowing requirements. Sometimes you can find a temporary license to run 15 days or less without plenty of red tape and public disclosures. Otherwise, the process could take as long as 4-6 months. They will need a detailed site plan, projections, and also the chance to inform neighbours and permit them to bring up objections.
Contact territory owners. Ideally you need someone who owns a Piece which isn’t being farmed, or has been leased to another farmer. It’s even better if nobody lives there. Tell them you want to research a non-agricultural use for their land that could net them multiple thousands of dollars in just a month or two annually. If they would like to speak further, set up a meeting to learn what they think the property may be worth for your actions. Let them lead with a number, but you must be ready to go over what you may pay, maybe aper head rental of $1 or $2. If you do the market average in presence of 7,500 patrons the property owner will get $7,500-$15,000. Now that You are over the first two hurdles of site selection, Allowing, and partnering with a property owner you are prepared for the actual work to start. In future articles we will discuss insurance, safety, staffing, pricing, advertising, marketing, and maximizing earnings.