Queue control and The Scare Forward Technique

      . Have you ever been going through a haunted house and bumped into the crowd in front of you? Is it because they have stopped short because of a group in front of them? Haunted houses are dark and, well.. scary. The scared walk slowly and with trepidation and the brave tend […]

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Using Craigslist to Promote Your Haunt: Part 2

. The last post covered the importance of Craigslist as an advertising tool as well as how important it is to create a simple and visually  appealing call to action. This time, we are going to talk about placement of these ads and promotional models that can be employed. . BUT FIRST… here is a […]

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Like us on Facebbook to Win free tickets to the Haunt!

. We are trying to promote Poplar Grove’s new fan page on Facebook so we can keep in touch with anyone who is interested in coming to the Haunted attraction this year. SO we are having a daily drawing for free tickets once the Halloween season starts. The winners will be notified/posted on Facebook and […]

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Using Craigslist to Promote Your Haunt: Part 1

One of the best tools out there for free promotion is craigslist. I have used to buy and sell furniture, get rid of junk (CURB ALERT!!!) and find things to do in the local area. Craigslist is truly the internet’s flea market and I love it. Apparently, so do a lot of other people. . […]

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Brilliantly Simple and Inexpensive Actor Incentives: The Whizzer Award

I would like to believe that I treat my staff well. I let them know when they do things right. I encourage independent thinking and improvisation as long as it doesn’t put the haunt at risk, and I make corrections constructively and delicately. Most people are newbie’s when it comes to acting in a haunted […]

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Charles Addams and Me

. I have always wondered about the origins of my dark humor and was reminded by my older sister during my recent visit to Sleepy Hollow about my obsession with Charles Addams cartoons as a child. This actually pre-dates my ability to read so I can not remember a time without this fixation. . My […]

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A visit to Sleepy Hollow and Washington Irving

This past week I went to visit my sister and her family in New York State. Much to my embarrassment, it has been more than a few years since I have been up there when it hasn’t revolved around business. In fact I have not been there since they moved out of Manhattan and settled […]

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WARNING! Dates on Calendar are Closer Than They Appear!

FUN FACT: Independence Day (July 4th) ALWAYS falls on the same day of the week as Halloween. This year it happens to be a Monday. For any serious haunter, professional or hobbyist, this is the wake-up call to get your rear in gear, start planning, writing, and building the things you need for the big […]

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