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Leonard Pickel
  • Winter Garden, FL
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The most important question! Do you build the elements that go into your haunt, and/or want to learn more about building props? Oh, and if you choose no, we're going to have to delete you.
How long have you been haunting:
Too long to mention!
Your haunt comprises...?
Your haunt - Do you prefer?
Scare the sh**out of people
Tell us a little about your haunt..
I design for pro haunted attractions for people accross the US and overseas. Each has a storyline and and heavy themeing. I like props that do not look like they will scare you... but they do!
When it comes to props/decorations in your haunt, would you say you are:
A crafter that makes everything from scratch
Which statement comes closest to describing your haunt's attitude toward kids?
the haunt's for adults because Halloween ROCKS!
You understand that any non prop related content will be deleted?

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HAUNTING PROFITABILITY - PART 3 "You have to make a profit!"

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

So how do we do that? Now this is going to upset several of you, and for that I apologize up front! Please understand. “this is my personal belief that there is no right or wrong way to Haunt, and that the following recommendations are just that,…


HAUNTING PROFITABILITY – PART 2: Profit Must Be Greater Than or Equal to Zero

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

All that Said, it is possible to make a living with a Haunted Attraction, and there are people who are doing just that. For most of my life I have been doing everything in my power to help those who are not making any money, get to the profitable stage:

  • Through the articles I…

HAUNTING PROFITABILITY - Part 1 “It’s just a Haunted House… how hard could it be?”

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

By Leonard Pickel of 

I frequently get phone calls from people interested in starting a Haunted House. Sometimes they are Home Haunters who have been told by their friends and neighbors that “Their Yard Haunt is 10 times…


Just wanted to say hello!

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 10:12am 3 Comments

Hello GoE members!

I am new to the garage but have been around the industry for a few decades and wanted to say hello. If we have not met then you don't get out much. I am at most of the conventions and do seminars as offen as they will let me. My focus is mostly Haunt design, with some increasing throughput, code compliance and timed ticketing thrown in.


I haunt for a living through D.O.A Haunted Design and Consulting and HAuNTcon (the Haunted Attraction National…


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At 6:24am on February 13, 2011, WitchOtastic said…
Welcome to the Garage
At 1:57am on January 24, 2011, Mr. Chicken said…

Thank you so much!  I did sculpt the Frankenstein.  Here's the process (in reverse order, so start at the bottom) if you're interested:

The piano player (couldn't whip up an organ in time) uses a simple servo-driven crank mechanism to slide the arm back and forth, and another servo attached to that to lift the arm up and down.  Frankly, it was a flawed design, but in the end it did the trick.

That groundbreaker zombie is one of my favorites, too.  I'm glad you like him!  I actually ended up selling a couple duplicates to other haunters.


Thanks for taking a look!  I really appreciate it.

At 7:22pm on January 18, 2011, Steve O said…


I keep trying to say hi but I look at your profile pic and crack up. Too awesome!


Thanks for joining, took ya long enough :)



At 6:10pm on January 18, 2011, Mr. Chicken said…

Glad to hear it!  It's one of those movies that really stuck with me as a kid.


While I have the attention of a haunting great, I don't suppose I could convince you to watch one of my haunt videos?  The first one here shows a little of everything from my most recent haunt.  I know it's different from what you do, but it would be really cool if you could take a look.  Thanks!

At 3:57pm on January 18, 2011, playfx said…
Welcome to GOE Leonard!
At 10:31am on January 18, 2011, Scream Theme Studios said…
Hello Leonard from all you friends at Scream Theme Studios!
At 12:00am on January 18, 2011, Mr. Chicken said…
Great to have you here, Mr. Pickel! A friend of mine shared a couple recordings of your lectures with me recently-- great stuff! I'm very impressed.
At 3:15pm on January 17, 2011, The Bloodshed Brothers said…

very good. out haunt was opened Friday sat and sun. Friday we had a "chicken run " for the kids and adults that would be to scarred to go in it sat and sun. overall we had just over 1400 people go through. 

how was yours. i expect you were quite busy

At 3:06am on January 17, 2011, The Bloodshed Brothers said…
sadly, you must supply your own lol
At 12:43am on January 17, 2011, The Bloodshed Brothers said…
welcome to the Garage Leonard!! Good to have you!

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