Just a quick note to let my readers know that Carnival of Souls 2005 was a big success. Despite the fact that our visitor count doubled again, to 700-800 visitors, a good time seems to have been had by all.
The "Blackwood Mausoleum" attraction was a huge success, working even better than I thought it would. The "Madame Sarita's Spirit Parlour" improved upon last year's show to rave reviews. The Magic Mirror and the midway games provided their usual staple attraction for the kids, and we had many more people getting their photos taken at the photo booth.
The only thing that went wrong was the new animatronic pirate skull show which shut down halfway through the evening. But that was a minor thing - if anything would have had to go down, that was the one we wanted to go down!
I couldn't have done it without the tireless, selfless efforts of our 25 or so volunteers. Their creativity, skill, stamina, and willingness to help me achieve this event for the kids has been amazing and gratifying to watch over the last few months. If even one of them hadn't helped, at least one of our attractions would have had to close - every single one really contributed to the fundamental success of the event, and a great time was had by all our visitors as a result.
I'll be posting more photos and more detailed descriptions of the night in follow-up posts.