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Old 06-20-2017
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We count ourselves fortunate in that we have a large pool of volunteers each year, so many in fact that sometimes we have to turn a few away. They are family, friends, kids from our scout troop( most being at least 16/17), etc.. We assign parts a couple months in advance and have them take ownership of their costumes/props etc.. We do a couple of walk-throughs in the weeks prior to have them go through their parts, tweak any dialogue they might have, etc.. no one has any formal training, just a love to haunt and scare people. Halloween night we have a pizza/wing supper for any who care to join, and some after hours refreshments. This is our crew from last year. We had 30 helpers. This year we'll only need about 20 so some will have to sit out. We'll give the spots to the folks who have been with us the longest.

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That's awesome jdubbya!

Honestly that's one of our big objectives if we want to make this a sustainable event. We NEED the core of volunteers like what you have. Again thank you so much for the help folks. It's not just helping us but also helping our local community. You guys rock!
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Getting your volunteers active in design, concepts, recruiting, etc., throughout the year helps to keep them for the long run. When they feel they have more of themselves invested, they tend to take more pride in it, and they also tend to be great salespeople for the haunt to other like minded folk. But that means that you have to be willing to delegate and to listen. That's often hard for many young haunters (young in experience, not necessarily age).
That said, those other opinions and eyes can often see things we can become blind to or different angles or ideas we never thought of.. From your side, being able to delegate means less work for you, and it also means you have people who will act more responsibly in their roles because they now share some of the fame/blame on how things go.
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