A Certifiable Success… Or Just Plain Certifiable

November 4, 2011 by Tim Samson in Events, Amusements


Greetings all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I know, I know… it’s not ACTUALLY Christmas yet (even though some local radio stations started playing holiday music sometime around 4th of July), but to a guy like me, who runs a haunted house for a living and just took part in Morey’s Piers first ever Halloween event, it sure felt like Christmas. All the toys! All the presents! All the zombies! Ho ho ho!

As I’m sure you all know by now, we just completed the inaugural run of Morey’s FEARS: Terror on the Boardwalk. To say it was a success is an insult to the word “success,” that’s how much of a success it was.

As a guy with a lot of experience in theater, film and TV (no, I’m not famous, but you were probably well aware of that), I can tell you with a high degree of certitude that producing a show is very hard work. Producing a successful show, especially your first time out, is damn near impossible. But that’s what we did here at Morey’s Piers, pulled off the impossible, thereby negating the meaning of the word, which means you can now strike it from all your household dictionaries (and any dictionaries you might encounter in any book store you walk through… go ahead, they won’t mind).

Man, I’m big on definitions this week… must be my Word of the Day toilet paper…

Anyway, obviously, to make the impossible possible requires a dedicated team, of which there were many, and many of those of which I was a member. (Shakespearean, no?)

While the overall success of the event was due to the numerous teams who designed, built and lit the rides and mazes, and the value of their work was inestimable, what people are really going to remember is; Was it scary?

This is in NO WAY meant to belittle the contributions of the many carpenters, electricians, audio-visual designers and guys running around all night making sure the fog machines were full; I cannot stress enough how  important their work was. But it’s just the nature of the beast with a Halloween event. Like when watching a movie, the audience thinks when they look at the screen that the actors make up every word in the scene, not thinking of the guys who wrote it, lit it, directed it and cooked lunch. Us scare guys get all the glory! Unfairly to a degree, but here we are.

So, as the guy in charge (or co-in charge of) the make-up, costume and acting departments (why, oh why did I raise my hand at that first meeting?), this was my greatest concern. When all is said in done, no one’s going to talk about the awesome layout of the mazes or the coherent and consistent lighting scheme, they’re going to talk about, “Dude! That guy at the end of corn maze scared the crap out of me!”

And it was my job to make sure that you did indeed have said crap scared out of you. This process started in March and ended last weekend.

But even as awesome as I am, it is impossible to be in 25 places at once, as the job requires, so I was very fortunate to work with an incredible team of make-up artists, costume designers (though “designers” is a strong term for what we did. “Shredders” might be more appropriate, but I digress…) and maze managers who all ensured the overall vision of each maze was carried out on a nightly basis. Without them I am nothing, not the kind-of-a-big-deal I am now.

So what am I getting at? Excellent question…

I think it can be said with a high degree of confidence that we did, indeed, scare just about everybody who dared walk on the pier those 6… I mean 5 nights we were open (stupid nor’easter). I’ll paraphrase an old saying; you can’t scare all of the people all of the time, but you can scare some of the people most of the time. Which we did. If we didn’t get you in CarnEVIL we got you in CornStalkers. If we didn’t get you in CornStalkers we got you on Ghost Ship. And so on and so forth.

This is all really just my long-winded way of saying what a blast it was and how much I enjoyed spending so much time with so many of my co-workers, most of whom I had only known in passing, but would now gladly share a foxhole with. I can’t wait to do it again in 2012!

By the way, if you visited Morey’s FEARS and enjoyed the mayhem, throw us a vote in Behind The Thrills’ King of Halloween Poll.


Ken says:

November 4, 2011 at 11:54 am

So glad to hear it was such a great success. All that hard work is appreciated. Thanks to the Morey’s and everyone involved.

Sea Serpent fan says:

November 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I loved every minute of being there.  smile

Therese says:

November 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Could not go work weekends was hoping that you would run a Monday or Tuesday night!!  Glad it was a sucess maybe next year we will have weekends off to go

Martin Melucci says:

November 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm

A fabulous job by all involved.  Thanks to everyone…

Jack says:

November 8, 2011 at 8:44 am

Terry, can I pls pls pls have your autograph?

Terry says:

December 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Sorry, Jack… just saw this.

Autographs are $20. But for you… $25.

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