Jul 11, 2018
One of the most difficult things for a Haunted Attraction Owner
is to find quality Scare Actors and Staff to help make the
attraction come to life.
Having your Scare Actors not show up is one of the biggest
complaints we hear as haunt consultants...from the bad reviews from
your customers to the other actors who have to cover those spots
and pull double duty on a busy Saturday night.
These are some of the things we have tried in the past. We now
have over 40 scare actors inside our haunt The Dead
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LIVE ONLINE MASTER CLASS on Hiring Employees and Recruiting
Here are five things you can start doing now to recruit and
hire new scare actors for your haunted attraction.
- Reach out to family and friends. Use
social media to let others know you're searching for help. People
aren't mind readers so you gotta put it out there. I know it's
tough to ask for help, but it determines the success of your
- Create an Ad on Facebook. Create a
business page on Facebook..yes, they still work. Boost a post or
create an ad directly focused on your local area (maybe a 15 mile
radius around your location) and interests like Horror Movie Fans,
Theater/Plays, Haunted Houses.
- Team up with your local theater or high school drama
club. Many of my scare actors have come from the
local theater. My son was also in the drama department at his high
school. You might be able to cross-promote with them by sharing
staff members or even hanging banners in each others queue
- Ask strangers. Allen Hopps, from The
Darkhour Haunted House, carries pre-made business cards
specifically for Scare Actor auditions. He carries them everywhere!
I usually get a feel for a person and then ask them if they'd be
interested in helping work behind-the-scenes of a Haunted
- Ask your current Actors/Staff for
referrals. Sometimes your current helpers don't know
you need more help. Ask if they have a friend that may want to try
it out as a test run. Once they get that first scare..it usually
lights that fire inside. It's either for a person or not...don't
try to force it. You'll get a better quality of actor by letting
the good ones come back for more.
Treat your scare actors and your haunt staff like family. Have
food and drinks if it's in your budget. Make them comfortable as
possible. Make their time with you fun and enjoyable so they'll
want to come back and bring a friend.