This is the strategy we use to build our haunts. We talk about each step throughout the podcast, but here is the whole method in one place. It is broken down into three phases, with several steps in each.
1. Planning Phase
Taking the time to plan what you're going to do will help guide your actions and decisions as you move forward.
This is the start of your planning process. What do you want to accomplish with your haunt? Impress the neighbors? Collect food for a charity? Raise money?
A good backstory helps sell the haunt to you guests. The story serves as the basis for every detail in your haunt and every detail should be chosen to support your story. We all want to throw in every scary idea, but a clown has no place in an 18th century asylum, and by sticking to your story, you'll transport your guests and maximize the opportunities to scare. Hear more about your backstory in Episode 11: https://hauntingu.podbean.com/e/episode-11-patient-zero/
Now that you've got a plan, its time to start building!
Lay Out the Layout
This is your first opportunity to see how everything will fit together. Maybe you do it on paper, maybe you do it with a 3D model, or maybe your chalk it out on your driveway. Either way, modeling your layout helps you envision what your guests will see and identify challenges early. Hear about how we do it in Episode 3: https://hauntingu.podbean.com/e/episode-3-layout/