We only charge $4.00 for the haunt and it all goes too a charitable organization in our town Last year we made 1000.00 toward our organization in 2 nights. Not bad for 2 nights of scare fest.It's kind of funny/scary how I went all those years with a full walk-through haunted house in the basement of my parents house without even thinking about all the potential rules I was breaking.
I mean, we always made sure safety was the #1 priority. We would keep a fire extinguisher or two on hand, post lots of safety rules, have actors posted all through-out the haunt with flashlights just in case, I would even follow EVERY SINGLE group through to keep an eye on things (in costume of course) with only 1 group of 4-5 people allowed in at a time, PERIOD.
I suppose we must have been lucky NOT to have been inspected. Maybe because we were raising money for crime stoppers, nobody wanted to complain (good cause, plus run by cops).
Come to think about it though, it was awfully dark in the haunt... no way of turning on emergency lights and if you don't know where you are it would take a few extra seconds to get to the exit.
All the more reason I dont want to take on that headache at my own house.
Now that i'm a home-owner myself, I think "wow, my mom was NUTS to let us do this in her house and take on the risk"
I find that, if you want to truly go pro, there are too many hoops to jump through and there simply isn't enough money to be made in haunted houses to justify the cost it would take to run (and I HATE haunted houses that charge UN-GODLY amounts like $15-$20 person) when you consider that you're only IN there maybe 10 minutes (if that).
Besides, the main reason I would want to build a haunt in the first place is for FUN, not as a business venture.
Ah well, good thing I took LOTS of pictures.