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By Joe Hudson
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About this project

Engineered Fear Productions is producing Baltimore City’s first major haunted attraction.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Building a haunted house in the heart of Baltimore City that will be the region's only haunt easily reachable by public transportation. Its location near the Inner Harbor means that people can make a night of being in Baltimore instead of spending the night driving to and from a haunt located far outside the social center of either Baltimore or DC.

WHY BALTIMORE?

  • A haunt near restaurants, bars, and other fun things to do means you and your friends spend more time enjoying yourselves and less time schlepping to corners unknown for the annual rite of having the bejesus scared out of you. This haunt attraction will be a part of your evening out –easy to get to, and in close proximity to other city events.
  • There are no haunted houses in Baltimore. ZERO. There is a serious need for a scary event in the center of the city.
  • This event will be indoors and will be open rain or shine. No need to worry about cold or inclement weather. We’ll always be open.

Our vacant building in the heart of Baltimore City is centrally located near the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Federal Hill, and Canton. While its old and abandoned feel provides the perfect ambiance for a haunted house, it needs a lot of work to be safe and comfortable for the public.

As the first haunted attraction in Baltimore City, this has to be done right. No volunteer staff or cheap rubber masks. Our staff is professional, experienced, and it shows! When it comes to design and construction, attention to detail and high quality props are a must.

WHO ARE WE?

Our current team consists of 32 actors, designers, and artists who eat, sleep, and breathe Halloween. We live for this. On November 1st we start planning for next October. Some of us are new to haunted houses, most of us have been working together for 10 years, and we are all dedicated to bringing a Halloween experience like no other to Baltimore City.

After years of working at other haunts, we've decided to break out and build our own Haunted attraction.

OUR VISION:

We believe that a proper scare is an art. It’s not about screaming in someone’s ear, which is highly annoying, or repeated gags that get tiresome. There has to be a story with engaging characters that improvise and interact with guests. The event should keep you on your toes, make you scream, laugh, and then scream again. The goal is entertainment – dark, macabre, and horrific, but entertaining above all else.

  • Located in the heart of Baltimore City: 4 minutes from the Inner Harbor, 8 minutes from Fells Point, 9 minutes from Federal Hill, and 8 minutes from Canton
  • We have ample parking, and we will charter buses to pick up guests in popular Baltimore destinations
  • Close to restaurants
  • Close to nightlife
  • Provides alternate entertainment for residents of the Baltimore City area

WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING

The $50,000 we hope to raise through Kickstarter will go toward: 
  • Building Repairs – While we have a construction loan to cover the renovations, this building still is in desperate need of some TLC. Every bit helps to protect and preserve this beautiful piece of Baltimore architecture!
  • Set Construction – Plaster is expensive! We have incredible artists on our team and tons of tricks up our sleeves when it comes to set design and decoration, but we still need the raw materials to bring our dark visions to life!
  • Costumes and Makeup – Quality costumes and makeup are just as important, if not more so, than detailed sets. We have some extremely talented actors and makeup artists, but they need the right materials and clothing to pull off the chilling characters we are creating.
  • Special Effects – If we had actual ghosts, we wouldn't need them.

If we happen to raise more than our goal, we will add various stretch goals for the Kickstarter project including: 

  • Additional Floor Space and Scenes – The current budget plans to use approximately 8,000 square feet of space for the event. With additional funding, we can expand and add up to an extra 2,000 square feet to the event. Estimating around 250 square feet per scene, that’s a potential 8 scenes that could be added to the event. Not all of the staff’s scene ideas will make the cut for Year 1, but we would love to squeeze a few extras in there. 
  • Side Attractions – Additional funding will also go toward adding extra attractions to the event, such as live music during the show, creepy carnival games, or even an area for viewing classic horror movies. We have the ideal location for a haunted house, we have an experienced team of dedicated haunters (actors), now all we need are funds to put this idea into action. 

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Engineered Fear Productions team has a lot of experience designing and producing haunted trails and haunted houses, but the goal of this project is to push ourselves and build something far greater than what we have done in the past.

To do this, we are hiring experienced contractors and carpenters to complete the necessary renovations and build the sets and scenes. Our experienced artists and designers will focus on props, set decoration, costumes, makeup and special effects. All the ingredients needed for an unforgettable haunted attraction.

To ensure the project stays on track for October 2015, we have laid out the following plan for execution.

  • December/January: Finalize the current haunt design and drawings
  • February: Renovations and construction begins
  • March: Select ticketing vendor, place wholesale orders for makeup, props, and special effects materials.
  • April: In parallel to the ongoing renovations, begin building custom props and set pieces offsite.
  • June: Contractor to finish renovations to the building and build the walls for the sets. Design and assemble staff costumes.
  • July/August: Creative Team to plaster, sculpt, paint, and decorate sets and scenes.
  • September: Creative Team to add finishing touches for the event. Big marketing push.
  • October: The moment we have all been waiting for! You scream from sheer terror. We giggle like giddy children.

Risks and challenges

Like all events and theatrical productions, our haunted attraction faces the same risks and challenges that come with coordinating a large scale production.

Construction Delays: Construction schedule delays are always a looming specter over projects like this. While there is a risk of schedule delays for both the renovation work and the construction of our sets, we have an experienced general contractor lined up to perform both the renovations and the bulk of the set construction. This will minimize the risk of falling behind schedule and will allow our creative team to spend less time hanging drywall, and more time doing what they do best: designing sets, building props, painting, and decorating the scenes.

Cost Overruns: Our general contractor has a long track record of completing renovations of old structures on time and on budget. Using professional contractors for the bulk of the set construction will minimize cost overruns related to building the sets. As for the set details, costumes and props, I have established supply chains for all critical props and materials. Wholesale accounts with manufacturers of theatrical makeup, high quality skeletons and other props, will allow us to push our budgets much further and ensure a high level of detail throughout our sets.

Our team is prepared for challenges to come, both expected and unexpected. We have a very diverse range of expertise, from the obvious backgrounds in event coordination, acting, and makeup to other critical areas of expertise, such as commercial construction, fire protection, emergency medical training, police and security experience, mechanical engineering, and software programming.

We know that the road to opening night will be difficult, but this has been our dream for quite some time, and the entire team is passionate and committed to seeing this through, no matter what challenges arise.

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    Your 5 dollar pledge will help rescue one of the neglected zombies seen in our video. You will also be kept up to date on our progress as we build the event.

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    You will receive the rewards mentioned above, as well as a FREE ticket for our October 2015 event. Tickets will be $25 at the door, so reserve yours now!

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