MHS Actor/Staff Application (July-September)
It is recommended that this application be completed at a computer.

This application serves 2 purposes.  The first part is to provide additional information about Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse and actor/staff expectations and ensure that you are both on-board with our general approach and structure.  If at any point it turns out you don't think this is the experience you are looking for, no worries, just click the box asking to no longer be contacted (about halfway through the survey).     

The second part of the application will cover specific roles, days of operation, compensation, etc.  Upon completion, if it seems like a good fit, you will be invited to an in-person interview.  Thanks again for your interest in Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse! 
Name (First & Last) *
Email *
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City *
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Do you have prior haunt experience? If so, where? What positions or roles have you served in?
Prior haunt experience is not required, but if you have it, we'd love to hear about it!
Why are you interested in being an actor/staff member at Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse this fall?
What Kind of Haunt Are We? 
WE ARE A SCARY HAUNT! A primary goal of Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse is to scare customers. In terms of expected content, we are on par with a 70s/80s horror movie 'R' rating; expect at least some scenery and gore similar to that seen in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, the Exorcist, The Evil Dead, and comparable films. We do not have an age limit; we believe it is important for parents to determine what content is appropriate for their children. That being said, children 12 or younger MUST be accompanied by an adult (13+ do not need an adult).

We are NOT an 'Extreme' haunt.  'Extreme' haunts incorporate elements like touching/grabbing customers, throwing blood/slime on customers, and potentially profanity and/or more targeted/provoking language.  If this is the sort of haunt you are looking for, MHS is not a good fit.

Given the details above, do you believe Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse is a good fit for you?  Do you have any concerns?  If so, please explain:
We are seeking RESPECTFUL individuals who are capable of putting aside differences in order to celebrate Halloween and bring a frightening, quality experience to EVERY customer that comes into our doors.

What this means: ALL actors and staff must treat each other with respect regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, ability/disability, get it.  Haunts that don't have good staff cohesion tend not to provide a good product. You don't have to be best friends, but you DO need to get along.  

Causing drama, being toxic, and/or leaving disparaging remarks towards actors/staff or Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse itself, whether in-person or online, are grounds for dismissal. NO INSULTING/BASHING OTHER HAUNTS.

The same standard applies towards customers.  Even if you disagree with a t-shirt slogan or something you hear in conversation, your focus needs to be on providing a good scare and overall experience.

Scares, dialogue, and performances are NOT to include anything remotely political (ex. No commentaries on Trump/Biden) or tied to current events and/or disasters (ex. No takes on Covid, Covid vaccines, shootings, hurricanes, etc.); there are other haunts that opt to be more provocative/incendiary (and that's their choice), but we are not one of them.   

Do you believe you will be able to comply with these expectations?
Physical Expectations: Shifts can be physically demanding! For most actor/staff roles, you should expect to be on your feet the majority of your shift with lots of energy required for waving, shouting, stalking, etc. As a result, it is expected that you are well-rested and prepared for your shift. Showing up intoxicated or inebriated IS NOT ALLOWED and is cause for dismissal.  

Various haunt zones may have: Loudness, Extreme Darkness, Extreme Brightness, Flickering/Strobe Lights, Fog, and/or other disorienting features and effects. Depending on the seasonal weather and time of the night, some zones may be hotter, colder, or wet (for actors in our outdoor area).  Some haunt zones require actors to be more mobile or be physical in different ways than others.  

Seats are typically available (to be used only when there are slowdowns) for periodic resting. Bottled water/drinks and snacks are provided to keep you hydrated and refreshed.

Do you believe you will be able to fulfill the physical requirements of an actor/staff role?  Are there any special considerations that you want us to take into account? We cannot promise we will be able to accommodate all requests, but we will try!
Behavioral Expectations: Actors and staff are expected to be able to keep cool, calm, and collected even in higher intensity situations.  While the vast majority of customers are happy, fun, and generally easy to work with, unfortunately you do get a small handful of folks that are annoying, confrontational, difficult, or otherwise atypical to deal with.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE YOU TO EVER ESCALATE THE SITUATION.  You are to let rude and/or insulting customers pass; don't waste your time/energy on them and, instead, move on to customers that are more appreciative.  As for customers who vandalize/steal property or shove/touch actors, we have a deputy on-site at all times who can be called in.  THEY ARE PAID TO HANDLE THESE SITUATIONS; YOU ARE NOT.

Note: Specific policies/protocols for dealing with difficult customers will be covered at an in-person training if you are chosen for an actor/staff role. Do you believe you will be able to comply with the expectations above? Do you have any concerns? If so, explain:
Must Be At Least 16 Years Old:

You must be at least 16 years old to participate as an Actor/Staff member at Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse.  There are no exceptions to this policy. If you are under 16, we appreciate your interest and hope you will reapply in the future!
Please confirm you will be at least 16 years old this Halloween season.
Background Check:

All actors/staff are subject to background checks prior to working a shift at Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse.  
Given the above expectations, do you still wish to be contacted about opportunities at Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse?   *
If you select 'Yes', please complete the remaining questions below.  If you select 'No', there is no need to proceed and we will not attempt to contact you further.  
Scheduling/Attendance Expectations:

Our 2023 Halloween season is only 12 nights. We need people who can reliably show up ON TIME for ALL shifts they sign up for. 

Actors/staff must show up ready to work (actors must be fully costumed and in makeup) each Friday and Saturday no later than 6:30pm. Our official hours of operation are from 7-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, but if a customer gets in line at 10:59pm, it could take another 30-45 minutes (or longer during our busy nights) before they are done and actors/staff can be released.  

We are open ONE Sunday, October 22nd, from 6-9pm.  On this day actors/staff must show up ready to work no later than 5:30pm with an estimated release time between 9:30-10pm.

Please provide a tentative schedule of availability during the season by selecting the dates below you intend to work.

If selected for an in-person interview, you will be able to update your list (if needed) during the interview.
Actors/Staff Roles Available:

Please select any roles you are interested in filling.  

Actor - Self-Explanatory

Front Entrance Attendant - Explains a subset of policies to customers before they enter Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse.

Metal Detector Operator - Checks to ensure nobody brings in items against Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse policies (Note: This is a seated position).

Ticket Processor - Provides tickets to customers who have made online purchases; updates system to indicate customer has received tickets (Note: This is a seated position).

Line Attendant - Collect ticket stubs, explain haunt rules, divide larger groups into appropriately sized groups, and/or permit groups into the haunt at timed intervals.

Parking Lot Attendant - Direct vehicles to appropriate parking spaces; contact the on-site deputy in the case of fender benders or any suspicious activity (i.e. someone who appears to be looking into/tampering with vehicles).

Makeup Artist - Provides makeup/airbrushing to all interested actors prior to their shifts.  A demonstration of your ability will be assessed during your in-person interview to determine eligibility. NOTE: Shifts are different than other actors/staff; you will need to show up at 4:30pm (3:30pm on the Sunday we are open) to get the makeup station ready, provide makeup/airbrushing to actors between 5-6:30pm (4-5:30pm the Sunday we are open), and have all equipment cleaned, and appropriately prepared for the next day.

Gift Shop Attendant - Assists in sales and answering customer questions regarding Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse apparel, swag, and drinks/snacks.

These selections will be discussed further if selected for an in-person interview.
Pay Scale, Incentives, & Perks:

All actors and staff receive free bottled water, soft drinks, and snacks during their shifts in order to stay hydrated and refreshed.  A free meal is also provided to all actors and staff after each shift. 

The front page of our Pay Scale & Incentives flier describes the various payrates and perks received; the more nights worked throughout the season, the higher the per-night payout will be & more swag/perks you will receive.  

The back page of our flier describes the expectations of all actors and staff during their shifts. It isn't enough to just show up; quality performance is expected.  Please take note of the Call-Off Policy.  Failure to abide by it can result in dismissal for the season.

Please indicate that you have reviewed and accept the Pay Scale & Incentives as described.  Do you have any concerns? If so, explain:
Pay Scale & Incentives Flier - Front
Pay Scale & Incentives Flier - Back
Scheduling An In-Person Interview

Please provide weekly days and times (weekdays and weekends) you are generally available for an in-person interview.  If selected for an interview, when we contact you we will take your stated availability into account as best possible.
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