Published: October 31, 2008 at 10:36 AM
Interesting point. I have been to enough events around the country to have seen that myself, but I can envision it.
I suspect that the SoCal haunts employ a healthy number of un- and under-employed actors, people professionally trained to inhabit a role, and to do so aggressively. Certainly not everyone working a haunt is on IMDB, but I suspect enough have been to have influenced the culture.
That said, I don't like aggressive scare-actors, either. I've always been aggressive, myself, in looking for and making eye contact with them before I am "in range." With the element of surprise gone, they leave me alone. (FWIW, I am at a huge advantage here given the number of times I visit parks, allowing me to have pathways memorized. Less experienced visitors have to look where they are going, while I can look for who's in the way.)
A fog and maze zone where I didn't have to deal with scare-actors would appeal to me, as would special overlays on classic attractions. As much as theme parks have succeeded with their Halloween events, I think that there even more money left on the table, from folks looking for that spooky, not scary environment.