Creeperum is Fast Approaching!

CreeperumWhen last we spoke to you about Creeperum, the new haunted attraction from Chimera Enterprise LLC, back in February we were just entering the pre-production phase. Things are progressing nicely and everything is on schedule for our September grand opening.

The Creeperum website will be up in the next  month and a trailer video for the attraction will be ready in a few weeks. Until then, here are preview art works to give you some nightmares; stay tuned…

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CREEPERUM

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The new Connecticut haunted attraction, “Creeprerum”, is now in the basic phase of pre-construction!

This year is starting out on a strong foundation with the new haunted attraction, produced by Chimera Enterprise, LLC, slowly taking form. By this time next month, we will give you a preview of all things creepy and the experience will be open to the public in September 2015. The new Creeperum attraction website will be up and running soon and will give you an exclusive look into what is coming to a neighborhood near you!

The overlord of Creeperum is collecting his minions (staff/crew) as this post is being written and the outcome is going to be frightfully and entertainingly delicious. The overlord is sparing no expense to bring to the public the latest and newest in haunted entertainment.

To show and tell you more now will ruin the surprise, so please stay tuned for more information on the what, where, when and how. Next month we will be posting our first video sneak preview of Creeprum and if you are a lover of “all things Halloween” you won’t want to miss it. Your Custom Haunted House is about to bring a unique haunted experience, the likes of which have never been seen before, here for Connecticut!

See you all real soon…

Angelus Perez

President

Your Custom Haunted House

 

Creeperum Haunted Attraction

Elm Street Haunt 2Welcome to a teaser introduction of a new haunted attraction on the block! Well, not quit yet, but coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Chimera Enterprise, LLC, through the production company YourCustomHauntedHouse.com, is building a permanent haunted attraction in the state of Connecticut in the fall of 2015. The name is Creeperum; keep an eye out for it in the coming months.

Creeperum is the brain child of the staff of Chimera Enterprise, LLC located in Milford, Connecticut. When Chimera Enterprise’s crew were asked why build in Connecticut, the answer was “to create permanent new jobs and to bring badly needed family oriented tourism to the state”. Chimera will still rent out their famous inflatable haunted attractions (which they have been doing for over 11 years), but their main focus will be to create a premier family entertainment center themed specifically for all those Halloween lovers out there.

If any of you have ever seen Chimera’s inflatable haunted attraction, this will be along those lines but three times bigger and on steroids; for those who have not seen their past work, well you are in for a great SHOW! The official website for Creeperum will be up in a few months and that site will have detailed information on the who, what and where of the attraction.

For those interested in knowing more about the Creeperum or wanting to learn more about the possible location, please contact us. All of us at Your Custom Haunted House look forward to seeing and serving you this year, until then have a happy and wonderful new year!

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One of Our Biggest Clients…

Did you know that back in the mid 2000s, our company was approached by a man who, according to the story, lived in the most infamous and most haunted of all houses…
The Amityville Horror!

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Original House

The man’s name was Mr. George Lee Lutz and Mr. Lutz wanted us to consult, design, build, manage and operate the world’s first haunted attraction with the name The Amityville Horror. Once the attraction was well established, Mr. Lutz wanted to expand it from an attraction to a theme park.

Around 2004 and 2005, Mr. Lutz got the idea of getting into the Halloween haunted attraction business. He attempted to learn all he could about the haunted industry by contacting the owners of this website. Mr. Lutz wanted to create the largest haunted attraction in Las Vegas and theme and brand the attraction as the “Amityville Horror 20 Years Later”. His haunt would be made out of ten trailers, making it massive, and would stand two stories high. He had a story of fiction already written up by the time he came to us: the story was about Amityville that takes place 20 years after the original 1976 occurrence.  While we were in the process of designing his attraction, Mr. Lutz was attempting to sell the professionally written script to Sony Pictures in Hollywood and create a new movie.

The plan was to shot the movie in Canada and once the film was completed, then move the

1st Rough Draft of The Amityville Haunted Attraction

older looking Amityville Horror house facade to Las Vegas; there, it would be placed in front of the haunted attraction. It took six months to finally render the first rough draft of this future haunt.  The attraction was to have 8 1/2 trailers for the main attraction, half a trailer for the onsite office/operation center and one trailer for the actors and staff to change clothing and take breaks. Scenes inside the attraction were to be designed around a story plot of the movie; the rough draft was modeled after other attractions that have been around successfully for years.

By this time, Mr. Lutz had purchased all copy rights to The Amityville Horror, except for the last 28 days that the original book was published in.  This meant that there would not be another like it in the world!  Sadly, Mr. Lutz passed away in 2006 and his attraction and movie was never completed.

Rest in Peace Lee and thank you for giving us the opportunity to work on your dream!

DIY Haunt Tips from Your Custom Haunted House

With Halloween just 25 days away (!), founder and CEO of Your Custom Haunted House, Angelus Perez, appeared on the Cablevision show Focus on Family with Cathy McCarthy to share some tips & tricks you can use at home to add some extra scares and thrills to your haunt.

Enjoy!

Thrill-Seekers Thrive on the Scary

74 days left until Halloween…

Here is great article from WebMD which explains why people love all the thrills and chills (and we’re so glad they do); enjoy!

 

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Exploring the ‘dark side’ may be a psychological need that’s met when the scare is actually over.

Virtually everyone knows what it’s like to feel really scared: A pounding heartbeat. Faster breathing. Nervous perspiration. Butterflies in the stomach.

But whether that fright is caused by watching a nail-biting horror movie, listening to a spine-chilling story, or prowling through a dark-as-night haunted house on Halloween, some people actually revel in feeling frightened. They thrive on the latest Friday the 13th movie or Stephen King novel. They relish roller coasters, perhaps even sky diving. They crave having the bejesus scared right out of them.

Of course, for the mere mortals among us who feel that we’re liable to lose our lunch after just a glimpse of a slasher movie, it may seem unimaginable that others actually enjoy panic-button experiences. But experts believe that it’s not uncommon for individuals to push the envelope, seeing how much fear they can tolerate, and ultimately feeling a sense of satisfaction when they’re able to endure the anxiety.

Exploring the Dark Side

What’s the appeal of the fright associated with creepy stories? “There’s a long history of people being intensely curious about the ‘dark side,’ and trying to make sense of it,” says Frank Farley, PhD, psychologist at Temple University. “Through movies, we’re able to see horror in front of our eyes, and some people are extremely fascinated by it. They’re interested in the unusual and the bizarre because they don’t understand it and it’s so different from our everyday lives.”

For more than two decades, Glenn Sparks, PhD, has studied the way men, women, and children respond to terrifying images in the media. “Some people have a need to expose themselves to sensations that are different from the routine,” he says. “While experiencing a frightening movie may have some negatives, individuals often derive gratification because the experience is different.”

Several studies have shown that males like scary films much more than females do. “It’s not that they truly enjoy being scared,” says Sparks, professor of communication at Purdue University. “But they get great satisfaction being able to say that they conquered and mastered something that was threatening. They enjoy the feeling that they ‘made it through.'”

Quite commonly, at the end of the terrifying movie, an individual may walk out of the theater with a profound sense of relief, adds Sparks. “He may just be happy that the film is over.”

“Type T’s”

Farley, former president of the American Psychological Association, has studied people who have what he calls “type T” (thrill-seeking) personalities. These men and women thrive on the uncertainty and the intensity associated with activities that most people consider to be hair-raising — from riding roller coasters to bungee jumping. “Sky divers will tell you it’s the thrill, the rush, and a little element of fear that motivates them to push themselves to the extreme,” he says.

 

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Why Do People Love to be Scared?

With 93 days left until Halloween ( and believe us it will be here before you know it!), what better way to start the blog back than with a post from Remy Melina on why people love a good spine-chilling scare. Read on and enjoy…

 

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Every Halloween, Americans spend millions on scary fun. From haunted houses to horror movies, teens as well as adults seem to crave a good spine-chilling scare.

“People go to horror films because they want to be frightened, or they wouldn’t do it twice,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, editor of “Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment” (Oxford University Press, 1998) and professor of social and organizational psychology at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

“You choose your entertainment because you want it to affect you. That’s certainly true of people who go to entertainment products like horror films that have big effects. They want those effects,” Goldstein told LiveScience, a sister site of Life’s Little Mysteries.

Sinister, but safe, thrills

People enjoy feeling scared and seek the feeling out because, deep down, they know they are in no real danger, according to David Rudd, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.

They understand the real risk of these activities is marginal, and because of this underlying awareness, they experience excitement rather than actual fear, Rudd explained. This is why people enjoy going on terrifying amusement park rides and walking through a Halloween-themed haunted house.

Most adults and teenagers are able to realistically gauge the actual level of threat that scary stimuli pose to them, and, correspondingly, their safety level. For example, watching a horror movie poses no physical threat, with the minor psychological threat being that they might have nightmares as a result of seeing it. Therefore, most viewers feel safe watching such a film, and are excited by it, not truly afraid.

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However, some adults and most young children are unable to correctly gauge a threat, perceiving it to be higher than it is.

“The experience of ‘real’ fear is when the appraisal of threat is greater than safety,” Rudd told Life’s Little Mysteries. “People that are afraid of flying appraise the threat of a crash in an unrealistic and disproportionate fashion, since it’s actually safer than driving. As a result of the faulty appraisal, they experience fear.”

This is why children become scared so much more easily than adults. Having less experience at gauging the safety of the spooky things they see, from a gory monster costume to a talking skeleton lawn decoration. A young child may perceive harmless Halloween fun as a serious threat to his or her safety, and become truly afraid.

“Adults have habituated to risk over time and are far better at appraisal,” Rudd said. “Adults know it’s just a movie; kids can forget that fact. It’s really all about appraisal of risk — adults are much better than children. It’s something we learn over time, its part of what we refer to as maturity.”

This article was provided by Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience. 

Thank You!

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Now that we’ve had a chance to catch our breath from the madness that was this past Halloween season, we want to thank everyone for all the support shown to YCHH!

This year was one of our busiest years and we want to thank everyone who booked us for haunts, props, and consulting. Thanks to everyone who visited and liked our page, and though we may be quiet for a while know that we are already starting to prepare for an even bigger and better Halloween season next year.

Stay scary my friends!

6 Tips To Get Into the Halloween Spirit Without Breaking Your Budget

With 16 days left to go til Halloween, some people are still scrambling for costume and decoration ideas. Here are 6 tips for getting into the Halloween spirit without breaking your budget:

Tip #1

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The first tip comes from blogger Kendal Perez of HassleFreeSavings.com: Off-price retailers like T.J. Maxx, Ross, or Marshalls present spooky decor in the housewares section. You can even find costume accessories and trick-or-treat bags from these retailers.

 

Tip #2

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If you want to decorate on the cheap, there’s no better place to shop than the Dollar Store. In addition to skeleton cutouts and pumpkin lanterns, you can stock up on Halloween decorations and toys for parties and goody bags.

 

Tip #3

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DIY decorating: If you want some great ideas on Halloween decor look no further than the collecting website Pinterest. There you can get ideas on inexpensive and creative decorations along with instructions on how to create them.

 

Tip #4

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To save on costumes explore your own closet, basement, or attic. You can re-purpose existing clothing and accessorize with inexpensive extras like costume jewelry, masks, and/or makeup.

 

Tip #5

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Reuse or swap costumes. Try consignment shops for gently used children or adult costumes. You may even be able to exchange your old costume from last year for credit towards your new purchase. Think about swapping with friends or family for no-cost costume options.

 

Tip #6

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Wait until the last minute to pick up Halloween candy. Though the best prices can be found after the 31st, some supermarkets start marking down candy a few days before Halloween to clear out inventory; sometimes it pays to procrastinate.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It’s aliiiive! Haunted-House Industry Scares Up Big Money

Looks like the haunted industry is not only scaring up big fans, but big profits as well! In this great story from Martha C. White, NBC News contributor (http://nbcnews.to/GDaM9L), she takes a look at the profits the haunt industry is generating and how this once season holiday has turned into a year round money making machine.

Enjoy!

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What used to be a one-day kids’ holiday of candy and homemade costumes has morphed into a seasonlong commercial juggernaut that has growing numbers of adults forking over cash to get scared out of their wits.

Haunted houses, once a homespun hobby for dedicated horror fans that netted maybe a few million dollars a year in sales, has mushroomed into a $300 million industry. Today, there are around 2,500 haunted attractions worldwide, most in the United States, said Patrick Konopelski, president and owner of Shocktoberfest in Sinking Spring, Pa., and president of the Haunted Attraction Association.

“It’s a legitimate industry now,” he said. “Now we’re a season.”

Indeed, Americans plan to spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween this fall. And about 20 percent of the 158 million consumers who plan to celebrate Halloween say they will visit haunted attractions this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween survey.

Chances are they’ll be leaving the kiddies behind. In tandem with the rest of Halloween, haunted houses have grown bigger and more elaborate. Hollywood-style production ramps up the fear factor, and attractions are combining haunted houses with more grown-up activities like rock concerts, mud runs, paintball battles — even a strictly adults-only underwear haunted house tour.

“In the beginning, people would joke about spaghetti for brains and grapes for eyeballs,” said haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. “Now you have animatronics [and] dramatic advances in technology … so you get the realism you couldn’t have until the last decade.”

Kopelman estimated that a big haunted attraction can earn $2 million or $3 million a season. Even smaller ones can make upwards of $50,000.

“Haunted houses seem like the holiday brought to life,” said Joseph Szemiot, a 37-year-old New Jersey resident who said he has traveled as far as Massachusetts to visit a haunted house. “As Halloween becomes more popular and more commercialized, I guess it paid off for them to make the haunted houses better and better.”

An actor portraying a zombie grabs a flag from the belt of someone walking through the Prison of the Dead Escape, part of the Shocktoberfest attraction in Reading, Pa.

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An actor portraying a zombie grabs a flag from the belt of someone walking through the Prison of the Dead Escape, part of the Shocktoberfest attraction in Reading, Pa.

The haunted house is “a completely different animal than it used to be,” said Chris Stafford, co-owner of 1331 Entertainment Group, a brand that runs haunted houses in Denver, San Antonio and Phoenix, and just opened a fourth in McAllen, Texas. “It’s a form of live entertainment the same way a play is. The production value is high and the entertainment value is high.”

That’s largely because many movie special effects professionals who lost their jobs to the growing use of computer-generated images have found work at haunted attractions, Kopelman said.

“We create Hollywood-style sets, our makeup crew is all professional makeup artists,” said Michael Jubie, who owns Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, N.Y., with his wife, Nancy. “We have seen a steady increase,” he said. “People that enjoy the Halloween season and the fall season will come out for that entertainment …. Here, they’re part of the movie.”

On the opening night of the Headless Horseman, crowds lined up outside the gates and milled around a cluster of outdoor Halloween-themed gift shops. Visitors posed for pictures in front of the park’s signature ghoul, some startled when the animatronics kicked on and the horse reared as its rider brandished his head.

Repeat visitors Gary Call and Joe Deitrich, both 27, were heckling a friend for “screaming like a little girl” last year.

“How’s it feel to be 30 and scared?” Deitrich asked.

Konopelski said eliciting that reaction is trickier with an older customer base.

“It’s harder and harder to scare mature adults,” he pointed out. Tackling this challenge led him to come up with one of the more chilling — not to mention chilly — tweaks to standard haunted-house fare.

Inspired by the Discovery Channel show “Naked and Afraid,” Shocktoberfest started selling tickets to an adults-only “Naked and Scared Challenge.”

Since launching the website a few weeks ago, “We’ve been inundated with inquiries” and sold upwards of 100 tickets already, Konopelski said. Visitors keep their shoes on, but strip down to their undies for the roughly 15-minute tour. (Originally, the plan was to let visitors go through the tour naked, but local officials shot that down.)

An actor portrays serial killer Dr. Henry Howard Holmes at Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House, at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center on Oct. 5, 2012.

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An actor portrays serial killer Dr. Henry Howard Holmes at Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House, at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center on Oct. 5, 2012.

Most haunted houses aren’t asking guests to disrobe, but they are going out of their way to add more bells and whistles.

“Within the last three years, they’ve become aggressive. They’ve become an extreme sport,” said Timothy Haskell, creative director and co-owner of Nightmare, a New York City haunted house. “They’re all mirroring our culture in the same exact way. We all want extreme everything.”

Today’s haunted houses are really more like compounds: Many have multiple sets along with outdoor elements like forests, corn mazes and hayrides. For people who want to break out in a real sweat rather than just a cold one, the opportunities to battle zombies with paintball guns or elude them in obstacle races are proliferating nearly as fast as the mud run fad itself.

Musician and horror moviemaker Rob Zombie is spearheading a mashup of haunted house and rock concert called Great American Nightmare that opens Oct. 10 on the site where the Los Angeles County Fair is held. Lighting and sound alone cost $100,000, Kopelman said.

Haskell estimated he spends between $100,000 and $200,000 every year overhauling his Nightmare attraction. The investment has paid off, especially in an urban setting where space is at a premium.

Adding more gore and ghouls also gives haunted house owners the opportunity to raise ticket prices. “If you’re trying to get a higher ticket price, you have to give the general public more,” Kopelman said. “Initially, a haunted house that was 10 minutes long was just fine.” But visitors today view a haunted house as an evening’s entertainment.

“It’s a social night out,” said Samantha Steinhilber, 23, who came out to the opening night of Headless Horseman with a group including her mom and grandmother. She said she would probably visit another haunted house this fall with friends or family. “I love the whole horror and Halloween type thing,” she said.

Industrywide, ticket prices range from around $15 to $40, depending on the market, Kopelman said. Most of the bigger haunted houses now have a higher-priced “fast lane” option that shortens waiting time, and some have rolled out even more expensive VIP packages that offer shorter waits, private tours and other perks.

“It seems like the price has gone up, but they are giving you more for your money,” said Szemiot, of New Jersey, who estimated that he spends a few hundred dollars a year on haunted house tickets. “This is what I wait for all year long.”