We have two Halloween attractions in the Lancaster, PA area. One is Field of Screams, which I visited some years ago. It was good then and has expanded since then.
The other is older and called Jason’s Woods. I had the pleasure of working there for about 7-8 years but had to leave when I become disabled and couldn’t work anymore.
My jobs included being a maniacal undertaker with a coffin and a “body” inside. She was a fake skeleton wearing a tattered party dress and I called her “Grandma.” We were in a corner of an indoor maze. When a patron turned the corner, I would jump up, screaming and banging on the coffin with a cane and invited them to get into the coffin. Then I’d scream other things depending on the age of the customer.
Another year I was a crazed clown, jumping out of my hiding space screaming things about clowns. Some people have a true phobia of clowns and, if they were obviously terrified, I would back up and let them go past. They had no idea that I would be popping out again from my other doorway!
My favorite job was being a chaperone on the haunted hayride. We had extra-long wagons drawn by tractors and seating about 60 people. I sat in the back keeping my eyes open for anyone who broke the rules. I also knew where every haunt was so that I could look in the opposite direction and enable the actors to really scare the bejeebers out of the riders. I also passed messages to other actors and some actors would grab me and go into their scare - I acted like I didn’t know what was happening. The riders knew I worked there but still got even MORE scared by what I was saying to the actors, pretending I didn’t know what was going on.
I did this for 4-5 years and had a blast! It was also my job to take action if anyone had an injury or health problem like an asthma attack - that meant calling for 2 ambulances to come.
The weirdest thing that ever happened was the night that my son’s buddy was the “chain saw man” and he got the air intake on the saw too close to a young teen girl’s head and it sucked her hair in so that the chain saw was tight against her head. She was screaming and so was the guy with the saw (no chain on it, of course.). He had to keep ahold of her head AND the chain saw while we rushed back to the shed where the ride started and ended so someone could get the saw off her head.
Unfortunately, some of her hair was pulled out and cut off in the process of removing the chain saw, so the owner came to talk to her and her very angry mother. They ended up having a custom haircut at our expense and I believe the owner also gave them some cash and free tickets to the attraction.
I tried so hard not to laugh during this whole episode but managed to keep it for later. Made a great story when we went to the bar after work! Nothing like a group of 30 or 40 invading the local tavern after a long night of terrifying people!