After hearing the story of fun and scary moments at a haunted boat ride experience along the backyard of single-family homes in a suburban neighborhood, you may wonder, “what the dickens! How in God’s name did they pull that off?” Well, with a team of business-minded individuals, support from the neighborhood, and people who enjoy a little scare in their lives, this haunted boat ride became a success.
How was a haunted boat road along a canal in the neighbors' backyard created?
- Intex Challenger 3 - click here
- Live Concierge WIFI Wireless Speakers - click here
- Flood lights (Alexa color-changing light bulbs) - click here
- StuntCams HD Modified 1080 IR Night Vision Camera Glasses
- Nature rocks
- Rubber snakes - click here
- Rain boots - click here
- Realistic Simulation Alligator Head Remote Control Boat - click here
- Affordable prices
- People in scary costumes
After getting the neighborhood’s consent to do the haunted boat ride, the haunted boat ride business commenced. The screams, the haunted sounds and commotion heard in the neighborhood was identified by neighbors and so the boat rowed fluently for business along the haunted canal. All neighbors had an updated schedule of business hours, and if any neighbor disagreed for any reason with the scheduling, alterations would be made. For the most part, neighbors were really accepting of the haunted boat ride.
Intex Challenger 3
The boat used was the Intex Challenger 3. It fitted three people at a time. One seat was always occupied for the business associate who rowed the boat. So, a max of two guests per ride was allowed.
The boat rowed smoothly and slowly along the canal. As guests screamed and jumped, the boat continued to maintain its coast as it rowed. It cost the business about $200 a boat, $400 in total, as they purchased a back-up boat in case of a malfunction.
Live Concierge WIFI Wireless Speakers
Along this boat ride contained wifi wireless speakers to emit various spooky sounds. There were various haunted background loops played that included zombie, wolf, and snake noises. Creepy drones, tense strings, footsteps and humming were also added to the heart-pumping experience as crew members would also whisper guests' names through the speakers.
Flood lights (Alexa color changing light bulbs)
Various color schemes that included vampire blood red, witchy night purple, jack-o-lantern pumpkin orange, hints of goblin green illuminated throughout, creating an even more horrific experience. In the event if the haunted boat ride was too extreme for younger guests, business associates would illuminate the area with shining white light to free guests of their fright.
StuntCams HD Modified 1080 IR Night Vision Camera Glasses
Throughout the haunting boat ride experience, the rower of the boat would record the guests’ reactions. If guests would like a recording of their boat ride experience, they could pay an additional charge for the clip. The StuntCam HD night vision glasses would use invisible infrared light to see guests in the dark, and record their facial expressions throughout the ride.
As the boat rowed throughout the canal slowly, with haunted sounds and complimentary lighting schemes, among other scary additions, business associates would throw rocks into the canal that would draw the guests' attention as if there was something that hopped into the water, and perhaps coming for them. Behind the canal was a wooded area, so in reality, there could perhaps have been a snake that hopped into the water, an alligator or a larger sized lizard. Who knows? But the fact that it was dark near the woods, anything was possible.
As the guests were pretty much paralyzed paralized by various actions throughout the ride, business associates would throw realistic looking fake snakes into the boat. This is when guests would lose it; they would jump out into the canal and run away in terror. Because of guests` reactions to this part of the haunted boat ride, business associates would suggest before the ride to wear sppecial boots to protect their shoes from the water. These boots were provided by the business.
Croc rain books weren’t specifically the brand used to protect guests’ feet from the water but rain boots were offered at the start of the ride. Guests would come into the haunted boat ride experience without a clue that they’d scare to a point of jumping out of the boat. So it was made clear to them that there may be times that are excessively haunting that will cause them to jump out of the boat in terror, and this has happened many times before. The rain boots were optional. There were various sizes, including kids’, that could conveniently fit over the guests’ shoes.
Realistic Simulation Alligator Head Remote Control Boat
In the water, a remote control operated alligator would swim towards the boat slowly as the flood lights dimly illuminate a goblin green. This green lighting against an alligator swimming towards you, along with horrific background noises and spooky sounds coming from the woods is extremely entertaining, if not terrifying. As the alligator comes for the boat, guests are typically restricted in fear or wonder. If not, this scene creates the perfect opportunity for business associates to throw a prop snake into the boat to better incite the fear desired. During this spotting of this alligator, this is another time when guests usually jump out of the boat to proceed to run alongside the wooded area to escape the fright. The scene with an oncoming alligator is another reason why rain boots are recommended at the start of the haunted boat ride.
People in costume
Business associates would dress up in zombie, dracula and monster costumes and creep throughout the woods, and even appear at the boat (behind the guests) surprisingly and tap them on the shoulder. At a distance, you may see a zombie sliding through the canal coming towards the boat. There are even business associates that can climb trees, and even jump 5 feet down onto to the ground to best create the most terrifying and fun haunted boat ride experience possible.
Ticket prices cost $20 for adults and $12 for kids. The ride would last for roughly 10 minutes, five minutes one way, and five minutes going back to the starting point. The business associates came up with four different performances. So, if you’ve been through the haunted boat ride once, you can go again and be completely surprised three other times. In the beginning of each ride, a business associate tells you which haunted boat ride you will experience. Each performance is identified by a number (1-4). In addition, guests are given a schedule on when a particular performance will run.
Guests can also purchase a clip of a recording taken by a business associate while the ride is in operation. Using the StuntCams night vision glasses, a video clip is created and sent to guests via email or WhatsApp. They would pay an additional $5 for the video clip.
Was this haunted boat ride legit?
The question of whether the ride was legal or not never came up. The owner was a friend of a family member, and they needed all of the support they could get; support was given as a favor.
Legit or not, the haunted boat ride was sheer success. They were open at least three times a week (seven days some weeks) and brought in over $200 an hour. There hasn’t been any word of anyone of the business associates getting fined or doing jail time. The story of this haunted ride was quite interesting to write about.
Where was this haunted boat ride located?
The haunted boat ride was located in a suburban single family neighborhood in central Florida.
Haunted houses in Central Florida
- Mortem Manor Haunted Attraction - Kissimmee
- A Petrified Forest Scare Trail - Fern Park
- The Haunted Road (contactless) - Orange County
- Murder House - Tampa
How much would it cost to start a haunted house business?
Depending on the size of the haunted house, building one from scratch can be quite costly.
To secure a building to host events can cost thousands of dollars. If you build your haunted house from scratch it can cost $35 per square foot.
The lighting and sound, if a main attraction, can cost $100,000. Smaller attractions may run about $10,000 for lighting and sound.
You’d have to pay actors (roughly $11/hr), and for costumes which can cost hundreds.
In addition, rent, props, advertising costs, commercial insurance ($800/year), and trademarking ($250) are all costly as well.
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The haunted boat ride was an extremely fun and scary experience. How the business associates managed to get that business off of the ground was incredible. Who would have ever thought to convert a dark area with a water canal with a wooded area behind it into a spooky haunted boat ride? Wow! There are some amazing people in the world today. Anything is possible with an idea, action, and people supporting you.