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Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! 2019

Thank you to the most Wonderful Sponsors!

Our Scarecrow in The Palatine Contest 2019:

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Game Designed by:
Barb Kronau-Sorensen

Produced by:
Emerald City Music Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 126
Palatine, IL 60078

Contact-Us via Email

Participating Businesses

The businesses within Palatine are invited to participate in this community encouraging event. Our aim as local Palatine businesses, is to help support ourselves in boosting our economy by having a ton of fun with the players! The players come to your location via GPS coordinates and a written or other type of digital and/or traditional clue. The activity you provide is meant to help you interact at a human (non digital) level with the players, outside of the regular business routine. This connection is invaluable to learning other dimensions of the human player and how your business may grow by that. If you would like to sign up your business to participate in this year's Hunt as one of the locations for players to come to, we'd love to have you on board,and invite you to join us! Click here to send us an Email

These are the requirements to be a participating business location in the game:

1. Think of a fun interactive creative activity you can have the players do in your business location when they arrive.
*Note: It must be safe, playable by all ages, non-discriminatory, Halloween themed, and be the same activity for all players.

2. There is a business participation fee of either $250.00 or $500.00.
The difference is in the amount of recognition generated within the marketing of this event

3. The businesses and organizations must be located in Palatine, IL.

A few technical questions that have arisen:
Question: Do I have to be open for the players as long as the event is open? (9:00 am - 7:00 pm)
Answer: Yes. You get more out of it if you are open the entire day for the event, there is some flexibility in the routing of the players if you absolutely can't be open the entire day. We would like to encourage businesses to be open the entire day since it is a community wide event and players would miss out on getting to know your business if you shut down early or open up late. You also would miss out on a great learning experience about the players and other dimensions of them besides what you think you know about your regular customers.

Question: About insurance.....
Answer: It's in your place of business, therefore it is in the realm of your own insurance. Please check with your insurance company before hand if you have any concerns. We only handle the logistics of the event. We are not responsible for player's actions.

Question: How many people are you expecting this year?
Answer: We are aiming for over 100 players, 30+ businesses, 5+ community service organizations and a handful of Slow-Downs and miscellaneous locations. We do not give a guarantee on the number of players. We will give updates to registered businesses as the ticket sales come in.

Question: Will the players come all at once or how does that work?
Answer: We have a variety of routes to send the players on. Players may come in a group if that is how they are traveling as a team, or they may straggle in indivudally throughout the day at various times. Players may start, stop, and restart their games on their own timelines nd as often as they wish. Therefore we canot tell you when they will be at your location. Thus we ask you to be open for the entire length of the game to give them a chance to get to you as well. Each route also contains Slow-Downs. These locations slow the players down, and keep them from following each other too closely and coming to your location all at once. Slowdowns also help give you a break between players to focus on your regular clients. Of course we hope you will encourage your regular clients to purchase a ticket and join in the fun!

Question: Who is the target audience?
Answer: Everyone! It is built to be an all ages family friendly game. The players can come from anywhere in the world. Only the locations are required to be in Palatine.

Question: I want to give my swag away to the players, how do I do that?
Answer: Part of the promise to the players is that you, as one of the locations, won't give them any fliers/brochures or businesses cards, won't have them sign up or register for anything to get them to come back, and won't try to sell them anything or take any money from them. The idea is to give to them only a fun play activity! The way to get your swag into their hands, is to have us add it into the goody bags ahead of time, have the players use it in the game as a tool for some sort of activity after your location has already been visted, and/or add it to the sponsor table at the awards celebration in the evening for players to pick up.

Question: What kind of swag can I give them or put into the goody bag?
Answer: Safe, all ages, non-discriminatory, Halloween themed items are acceptable. Fun stuff! No Drugs, liqour, cigarettes, porn, weapons, or contraband. Brochures and business cards are best added as coupons in the passport booklet itself. Otherwise they will most likely get tossed by the players as not being a cool enough item to hang onto when they get swag from others. Think about your swag items to be things such as caribiner clips, tiny flashlights, bags, wrapped candy, fake mustaches, gloves, cellphone attachments, etc.. Be creative with it and have fun. *Note: Each business, as part of their participation, is required to also have 1 "clue item" that can be used with the "clue tag" that leads the players to your location. This particular item may not have your logo or brand on it. I.e. it can be a cheap eyeball from the local dollar store if you're a vision center, or perhaps a magic apple if you're a grocery store, etc... If you want to give swag with your brand or logo on it, that is a separate item and yes we will either include it in the game after your location, or, as descirbed above, in the goody bags or on the sponsor table.

Question:How long should the activity be?
Answer: We would like to suggest that the activities be no more than 3 - 10 minutes per person.
However, we also realize that some activities might take longer and are super fun for the players, so to cut them short would be a disservice on a fun time to the players and you. So it's ultimately up to you. We suggest 3 - 10 min. as a rule of thumb. Keep in mind too, that the players goal is to accomplish as many activities as possible in as little time as possible. Please respect other locations time needs too.

College Student Discounts! 50% off Ticket price

For ticket purchases enter code "Hawk10".
Must bring student ID with you to the game.
Please purchase tickets in advance (before October 25)

New Routes in 2019! More Fun!

Challenging Routes, Easy Routes, and Bicycle Routes!

Click here for Game Photos 2015-2018!

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