I had every good intention of posting regularly during October to tell of the building and running of the haunted trail for the museum's Halloween Howl. Well, I seem to have gotten busy doing it, and not writing about it.
In short--it was an amazing success. It all ran smoothly enough that it made us nervous, and on Saturday the museum was letting in over 600 people an hour (there are events all over the museum, so not *everybody* went on the trail, but it sure felt like it). It's too big and too complicated (and I'm still too tired) to write in any coherent manner, so you'll be getting it in a random fashion.
Quick background information--for the past 19 years the Tallahassee Museum has held the Halloween Howl. A big part of that is the Haunted Trail--about a quarter mile walk through the woods. For many years the trail was done by the crew who called themselves "The Sick Puppies"--Rob, Jeff, Bob, and myself. Finally, we burned out. In 2011 Bob and I ran off to Oaxaca, Mexico for the Day of the Dead (Rob and Jeff decorated the museum grounds), and in 2012 we did the Cabinet of Curiosities. For complicated reasons, we came out of "retirement" this year and did the trail.
We do try to take advantage of our space--all you need to do to scare most people is simply put them in the woods at night and keep it dark. We just push it a bit more. Some people aren't prepared to take that. We found it strange that a large number of people (at least 30 according to our Line Wench), after standing in line for an hour and a half, would start down the trail, see the first scene--then turn around and walk back out. (And these are taken during the day--imagine it at night, when you're pretty sure someone is going to jump out at you)
(Jeff is a genius--the tombstones and the mausoleum are made of Styrofoam.)
And there's the teaser. A nice soft bed is calling my name--more later.