Retro Halloween Book- How to Operate a Financially Successful Haunted House

After seeing this book listed on Flashbak I had to find a copy of How to Operate a Financially Successful Haunted House by Philip Morris and Dennis Phillips

Luckily my library had a copy. It is also available on Amazon.

Talk about Halloween nostalgia. Wow. 

This book dropped me right in the middle of my childhood in the 1980s.

I was sent back to simpler times when anyone could put on a haunt without a huge budget and the government interfering with permits and licensing...blah blah blah...

I remember when the local fire station put on a haunted trail in the woods behind the firehouse. 

Local high students worked the trail and it was always a blast to go to. Kids would get picked up and carried away by monsters and zombies (who were usually the kid's best friend's older brother so they knew just who to grab)

Some of the ideas for haunted scenes seem a little outdated with all the technology we have now. 

We can now easily create ghosts, scary sounds, moody lighting and all kinds of spookiness with smart phones, computers, flat screen monitors, digital projectors, pressure plates, and all kinds of other gadgets and gizmos.

But if you're low budget or thinking of going old school these classic haunt ideas are perfection.

The book is also great of you just want ideas for different fright scenes to create 

Too many haunts opt for a carnival and clown theme or a haunted hospital or asylum set. Please, for the love of Halloween, do something besides clowns and hospitals.

This book also features a variety of creative haunt scenes- which many haunts could use. I hate dealing with jump scare after jump scare. Please put a little thought and creativity into it. The best haunts tickle all your senses. Not just your fight or flight response.


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