Darkitecture: Designing a Sooktacular Façade for your Haunted Attraction

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First impressions are powerful and very important in creating the atmosphere and setting. For a Haunted Attraction this includes the entry area and façade (fake front) of the attraction. With one glance the patrons should know what kind of structure they are about to enter, the approximate time period and what may be in store for them within. A dramatic, realistic looking façade can greatly enhance the overall haunt experience and will increase ticket sales! Learn the steps in designing a spooky facade for your attraction from 30 year industry veteran Leonard Pickel, known for his “spooktacular” Haunted Architecture, and pick up some tricks and tips about how you can make the facade on your attraction look more evil and foreboding.

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Darkitecture: Designing a Sooktacular Façade for your Haunted Attraction

  1. 1. By Leonard Pickel Hauntrepreneurs® Themed Attraction Design and Consulting
  2. 2.  What Makes a Great Façade?
  3. 3.  What Makes a Great Façade?  Visibility
  4. 4.  What Makes a Great Façade?  Impact
  5. 5.  What Makes a Great Façade?  Drama
  6. 6.  What Makes a Great Façade?  Tells a Story
  7. 7.  What Makes a Great Façade? “A house without a history cannot be Haunted” Stephen King The House your Parents Warned You to Say Away From!
  8. 8.  Ghost Town  Flat Façade  Shed Porch  Hitching Posts
  9. 9.  Industrial  Brick  Low Pitched Or Flat Roofs  Smoke Stacks  Clear Story Windows  Dirty/Grimy  Pipes
  10. 10.  Medieval  Castle  Battlements  Ramparts  Towers  Archer Slits
  11. 11.  Medieval  Manor House  Castle Light  Steep Tile Roofs
  12. 12.  Medieval  Manor House  Castle Light  Steep Tile Roofs  Stone Walls  Chimneys
  13. 13.  Medieval  Gothic Church  Spires  Gothic Arches and Windows  Heaven and Hell
  14. 14.  Medieval  Gothic Church  Gargoyles
  15. 15.  Medieval  Gothic Church  Gargoyles
  16. 16.  Medieval  Gothic Church  Gargoyles
  17. 17.  Medieval  Gothic Church  Grotesques
  18. 18.  Prisons  Stone or Brick  Bared Windows  Castle Looking  Typically Gothic in Style
  19. 19.  Asylums and Hospitals  Large Buildings with Wings  Wide Compared to Height  Brick or Stone  Flat or Pitched Roofs
  20. 20.  Victorian Era 1837–1901  Rein of Queen Victoria in Britain
  21. 21.  Victorian  Greek Revival  Low Slope Roofs  Columns  Pediments  Balconies
  22. 22.  Victorian  Italianate  Cupola  Large Over Hangs  Decorative Brackets  Shallow Pitch Roof  Arched Windows  Gingerbread Porch
  23. 23.  Victorian  Gothic Revival  Steep Roofs  Gothic Arches and Windows  Sharp Points
  24. 24.  Victorian  Second Empire  Mansard or Bellcast Mansard Roof  Decorative Slate Shingles  Dormers  Deep Bracketed Eves  Corner Boards  Tall Windows
  25. 25.  Victorian  Queen Anne  Gingerbread  Towers  Balconies  Chimneys  Mixed Styles
  26. 26.  Amityville Horror
  27. 27.  Amityville Horror As it looks today
  28. 28.  Winchester Mystery House
  29. 29.  Vihisca Ax Murder House
  30. 30.  Borden Murder House
  31. 31.  Ed Gein House
  32. 32.  John Wayne Gacy
  33. 33.  Do you recognize this house?
  34. 34.  The Munsters
  35. 35.  How about this one?
  36. 36.  The Addams Family
  37. 37.  This one is a bit more obscure.
  38. 38.  Dark Shadows
  39. 39.  Do you recognize this house?
  40. 40.  Psycho
  41. 41.  Poltergeist
  42. 42.  Phantasm
  43. 43.  Amityville Horror
  44. 44.  Amityville Horror
  45. 45.  Amityville Horror
  46. 46.  Amityville Horror
  47. 47.  The Addams Family
  48. 48.  The Addams Family
  49. 49.  The Addams Family
  50. 50.  Haunted Mansion  California
  51. 51.  Haunted Mansion  California
  52. 52.  Haunted Mansion  California
  53. 53.  Haunted Mansion  Florida
  54. 54.  Haunted Mansion  Florida
  55. 55.  Haunted Mansion  Tokyo
  56. 56.  Phantom Manor  France
  57. 57.  Tower of Terror  Florida
  58. 58.  Tower of Terror  California
  59. 59.  Tower of Terror  Tokyo
  60. 60.  Tower of Terror  Florida  California  Tokyo
  61. 61.  Early Haunted Mansion Design Early Haunted Mansion
  62. 62.  Early Haunted Mansion Design Early Haunted Mansion
  63. 63.  Faces
  64. 64.  Faces
  65. 65.  Faces
  66. 66.  Faces
  67. 67.  Faces
  68. 68.  Faces
  69. 69.  Faces  Adding a face in the Architecture is an easy way to make a façade look scarier!  You can even add expressions to the face.
  70. 70.  Vertical Forced Perspective
  71. 71.  Classic Shrinking Hallway
  72. 72.  Classic Shrinking Hallway
  73. 73.  Fractional Perspective : The first floor of a building is built at a reduced scale, seven- eighths of reality. A second floor is build at seven- eighths of the main floor. A third floor, if there is one, would be seven- eighths of the floor below it, and so on.
  74. 74.  Fractional Perspective: The first floor of a building is built at a reduced scale, seven- eighths of reality. A second floor is build at seven- eighths of the main floor. A third floor, if there is one, would be seven- eighths of the floor below it, and so on.
  75. 75.  Dimension  Tall and Thin is Scarier Than Short and Wide
  76. 76.  Dimension  Tall and Thin is Scarier
  77. 77.  Towers
  78. 78.  Towers
  79. 79.  Make It Crooked
  80. 80.  Make It Look Unsafe!
  81. 81.  Location  Spooky Trees
  82. 82.  Location  Cemetery
  83. 83.  Location  On a Hill
  84. 84.  Distressing and Age
  85. 85.  Vines and Moss
  86. 86.  Atmosphere  Lighting
  87. 87.  Lightning
  88. 88.  Realism  Make it Look Real!
  89. 89.  Realism  Make it Look Real! Inspiration Facade
  90. 90.  Realism  Mansard Roof
  91. 91.  Realism  Details
  92. 92.  Abandoned  Boarded Up
  93. 93.  Abandoned  Over Grown
  94. 94.  Abandoned  Dilapidated
  95. 95.  Abandoned  Dilapidated
  96. 96.  Boarded Up
  97. 97.  Pure Creativity
  98. 98.  Pure Creativity
  99. 99.  Pure Creativity
  100. 100.  Haunt Facades
  101. 101.  Castle Haunted Attraction Façades
  102. 102.  Halloween Horror Nights Façades
  103. 103.  Asylum Façade
  104. 104.  Asylum Façade
  105. 105.  Farm House Façade
  106. 106.  Farm House Façade
  107. 107.  Farm House Façade Inspiration
  108. 108.  Farm House Façade Inspiration Design
  109. 109.  Farm House Façade Inspiration
  110. 110.  Farm House Façade Inspiration Design
  111. 111.  Approximate Time Period  Hints at What May Be In Store  Enhances the Experience  Increases Excitement  Tells a Story  and It Sells Tickets!
  112. 112. Leonard Pickel Hauntrepreneurs® Themed Attraction Design and Consulting 972-951-5100 leonardpickel@gmail.com www.hauntrepreneurs.com

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