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What’s the difference? Is a haunt something people can walk through and a display a static decorated house? I guess what I’m doing this year would be better called a display and not a haunt??
 

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I consider a display something where you just decorate and people look at it. My yard straddles the line between the two... it's predominantly for looking at, but if you get out of your car and come out for a look, you'll see more stuff than just what's in the front yard.

So in my eyes, the difference is a display is for just lookiing at and a haunt is something a little more interactive. I guess all you'd need to make a display more like a haunt would be a few live actors to add a little "oomph" to it.
 

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I think Zombie hit it on the nose. A display is just that. Your house is on display for people to look at. A haunt is what I think of as people walking through some display and getting scared by some actor or animated prop. Just my two cents.
 

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I use the term "yard haunt" to describe what we do - because it's meant to be viewed by passerbys in their car. Of course if you get out of your car you'll see more details but you can almost get the full effect from the car.

A "home haunt" is what I consider a walk through - it's meant to be seen up close.

Just my take...
 

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I think a display is just that, something someone walks/drives by and looks at and says "that's cool". A haunt is something that the people actually interact with. You walk by a display, you become part of a haunt.
 

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I really don't think it's important what you call it as long as you are active in making props for your own enjoyment or for others.
I guess that I don't have a haunt or a display, but party decorations that leaked out in to the yard and are starting to spread.
 

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I think it is both. Its a display up to Halloween night and gets people interested. People driving by probably wont stop to look at it but might make a note of its location to visit it on Halloween night when they can take a closer look with their kids and it then becomes a haunt.
 

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HAUNT "to recur constantly and spontaneously to; to visit or inhabit as a ghost; to stay around or persist." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

To me that definition makes it very clear that anything you put in your yard, house, party, etc of a ghostly nature for a period of time is haunting it. Therefore, what we all do is a haunt. I have a Haunted House and Haunted Trail. Bone Dancer has a Haunted Party and Yard, etc..etc. Yeah, I really feel that what we all do is a Haunt regardless of what form we choose to have it in.
 

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I think it is both. Its a display up to Halloween night and gets people interested. People driving by probably wont stop to look at it but might make a note of its location to visit it on Halloween night when they can take a closer look with their kids and it then becomes a haunt.
I like that ^. I know it doesn't matter what you call it I just wanted to use the right term being new to "haunting" and all. :smoking:
 

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I call mine a Haunt display LOL. The only walk through thing I have is my Dot room which gets kids screaming...but its not a Haunt LOL. I display everything I can possibly fit into a front yard and garage. We serve hot cider, and hot chocolate and apple juice inside the decorated garage. I have one whole side set up for kids to come in and touch buttons to activate the animated fun Halloween things, and then one side is more the scarier set up. Coffins, candles, skulls. So its like a walk through display but they can stay as long as they wish. With the hot drinks we dont scare anyone. When they go in the dot room no drinks allowed. Parents love being able to walk around seeing the props, and letting the kids play with the animated things. So I call mine a haunt display LOL. Which reminds me i gotta order my Glow in the dark bracelets as we have every year.
 

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Wow Wormy havent heard from you in a long time. I dont know about all this touching, spilling warm cider on ones self and pushing your buttons talk but it sounds freaky and I like it :D I have mainly a display the whole month of October people line up at my gate and take pictures and stuff. On Halloween I do have a few scares for trick or treaters on the way up to my front door so I guess you could call it a Display/Walkup rather then a walk through. I think I invented something there but anyways Ill talk to you later all. :jol:
 

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Let me get this straight, there is only 115 days left and you guys are wondering if you should say haunt or display. Must be nice to have all your props ready and waiting to go.
 

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Heck Nooooooooooooo, I dont have mine ready by far. I have had several folks drive by and see me outside just doing regular yard chores and they are already asking me if Im gonna do my huge Halloween display LOL. So already I got folks in the waiting to see what i come up with this year. Oh my gosh the pressure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Let me get this straight, there is only 115 days left and you guys are wondering if you should say haunt or display. Must be nice to have all your props ready and waiting to go.
WOW, it's a simple question that, I don't believe, takes to much time away from prop/haunt/display building? :rolleyes:
 

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Eyes_in_the_dark said:
WOW, it's a simple question that, I don't believe, takes to much time away from prop/haunt/display building? :rolleyes:
The point of the comment was not about the time used to explore the question.
But the fact that what you want to call your display/haunt does'nt really matter.:rolleyes:
 

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Ok, this course of action can lead to nowhere good. Please keep things civil guys and if you can't, please take it to Private Messages.
 
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