Fontgeek: We do ocassionally have trouble with teens grabbing stuff. The kids really liked getting into the treasure chest which was a pet peeve of mine as it was lights on the bottom with shinny stuff on top and they would mix it all up! But most of the time they leave things alone. I think the rules at the beginning of the haunt that ask that they please not touch things help, and our door person reitterates the rules to each group. The Ballons were for the clown area. Our neighbor down the street was an acotor at a local professional haunt for many years until the hours involved put a damper on his life so he comes and volunteers for us and last year he was a CREEPY clown! (the ballons were his idea) Last year he brought his son and his daughter, who is a professional stage actress.
Hairazor: There are MANY MANY hours of work that goes into this and some day I am sure I will tell DreadKnight that we need a year off but I'm not there yet! I LOVE making things and getting to do it with the person I chose to spend every Halloween with is better yet!