Engulfed Guest Scare

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This is just an idea that popped into my head. In a haunt, what if one of the walls was composed of brushes angled away from the guests, like a fish trap?

The wall is actually part of a 3 sided room on a track. You push the wall forward and walls some along with it. When extended, the guest has been swallowed up by the wall, and is now in an alternate corridor.

Blue circle is patron:
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The brush trap slides in the direction of the arrow, engulfing the patron, who is now given only one option for travel:
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I imagine you'd need a way to keep the patron from running away. Another option is maybe you scare them into it?

It seems like an interesting way to trap guests, or even to separate someone from their group for a short time. Their group would go along the "normal" route, and the one in the trap would be all alone in s short diversion.

Any thoughts on this? Have you ever seen anything like it in use?

Happy haunting!


  1. Godzilla's Avatar
    I have not seen this idea in person. I like the idea and the reference to the fish trap is very effective in clarifying the idea. Perhaps better than the illustration. I have to admit the image with the red lines (moving walls, I believe) looks like it would definitely meet with resistance from patrons. I'd be very interested to see a mock up, because I'm loving the idea, but I am lost with understanding the mechanics of the entrance system represented by the red lines. I find it an extremely clever idea though.
  2. JustJimAZ's Avatar
    Thanks for the response. I come up with a lot of half baked ideas that truly do need to be built to see how they can be improved.
    This is basically two thoughts on application. One, it's static and the patrons go through it, like a static fish trap. Similar examples include the claustrophobia tunnel. The thing with that is it's not very scary.
    The other does indeed use moving walls. I think an actor would have to force the patron to keep moving forward by scares or, possibly, by closing off the hall behind them. How a fire marshal would react to that, I am not sure! I think I could make the case that the hall is still open in one direction, even if they have to go through the brushes to escape.