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Scaring people in 2020: Haunting in the Wake of COVID19

By Leonard Pickel, Hauntrepreneurs Themed Attraction Design and Consulting Firm

October 2020 was set to be a massive season for the haunted house industry. Halloween falls on a Saturday; daylight savings time starts Nov.1 – the planets were aligned. Then COVID19 shut down “non-essential” businesses and people were told not to gather in crowds. Conventions were forced to cancel, and haunt owners were left wondering if they will be allowed to open or not. How can a haunted house scare people while social distancing and still provide a safe environment for patrons and staff alike? How do haunts convince local authorities to allow them open at all? In this lively session, haunt industry icon Leonard Pickel offers insight from his 40 plus years of haunting on how attractions can open safely and still be profitable in the wake of COVID19!

CLICK HERE To watch a video on how Haunted Attractions can open in the post COVID19 world! 


  • Posted : February 18th, 2020
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“It’s just a haunted house… How hard could it be?”

  • Posted : February 12th, 2020
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Creating a frightening attraction that provides safe, high entertainment quality while maintaining a profitable capacity that adheres to local building codes, that is economically built to provide the best opportunity to be profitable is more difficult than you might think. What you don’t know about owning, building and operating a Haunted Attraction could put you out of business before you scare a single person.

Check out the HAUNTING PROFITABILITY article to see the Hauntrepreneurs® vision of a profitable event!

A fright attraction designed by Hauntrepreneurs® Themed Attraction Design and Consulting has over 40 years of expertise behind it. Not only in fright design aspects of the patron experience, but decades of operational experience as well. Functionality, high capacity, ease of operation, quick actor substitution, quick set up, ease of alteration, code requirement issues are all solved in creative and time proven ways to make owning a Hauntrepreneurs® designed attraction as profitable and trouble free as possible. READ MORE

Haunting Profitability

  • Posted : February 26th, 2014
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I frequently get phone calls from people interested in starting a Haunted House. Sometimes they are Home Haunters who have been told by their friends and neighbors that “Their Yard Haunt is 10 times better than the professional ones in town.” Some of them are kids, (as I surpass 60 years of age, anyone under say 30 is a kid to me), with great enthusiasm, brimming over with ideas on how to scare people, but no clue how to find the money to get their mega-haunt into production or how to push enough people through an attraction to make it profitable.

Or in some cases they are business people who happened to drive past a local Haunted Attraction at 9pm on the Saturday before Halloween, counted the number of people in line, multiplied that by the ticket price and the number of days in October and get the brilliant idea that “Haunted Houses are a gold mine!” But is Haunting really a Get Rich Quick Scheme? Read More