Boo! It is widely known that people have a love-hate relationships with being scared. Roller coasters look fun, but when the coaster rises toward its first apex, the riders start nervously questioning their initial choice to hop on. This fear dissolves into a chorus of excited screams as the coaster begins its descent. Because the thrill happened in a controlled environment, the net effect is catharsis. So it is for the haunted house. Haunted houses are usually seasonal, however, in rare instances they can operate year-round. There is even an industry periodical, titled Hauntworld, which estimates that there are nearly 4000 seasonally-based haunted houses operating seasonally in the US. As soon as the leaves turn brown in rural locales, corn mazes, cider mills and haunted houses start popping up. Since 19th century London, haunted houses have been delivering jump scares to willing participants. All one really needs to start one is a house, a penchant for set design, a passion for designing scary scenarios, and good insurance.
A haunted house must be economically viable to survive. Most tickets sell for $25-$40 dollars. Of utmost concern in delivering a fresh, fright-filled experience is safety. A seasoned haunted house operator will want to beta-test all aspects of the attraction to gauge things like reactions, timing, and how many people can be in the space at one time. While the archetype for a haunted house remains a creepy Victorian-era manor out of the pages of Poe, modern haunted houses can operate wherever the requisite square footage can be found, and creativity applied. A successful haunted house operator will need to retain staff for setup, teardown, art, security, medical emergencies and front-of-house duties like scanning tickets or operating an attached vending concession. Many modern haunted houses are run using on-premise software or software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms designed to handle accounting, online scheduling and deal with invoicing and ticketing.
Billing for your haunted house shouldn’t be scary. We’ll work out all the details so you can concentrate on delivering an unforgettable experience for your victims, err… customers. Payment Integrator has direct integrations into the most powerful haunted house management and point of sale systems available. Our PCI Compliant environment comes equipped with P2PE security and credit card processing devices with the ability to accept e-wallets like Google Pay and Apple Pay. Our hosted payment page (HPP) and restful APIs can facilitate an integrated haunted house payment experience for advanced ticketing. Text to pay, email to pay, QR code to pay, tap to pay, dip to pay and swipe to pay options give haunted houses a frictionless customer payment experience. Our unique tokenization enables customer identification and the ability to create customer profiles for return visits.
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