Second Haunts Horror Tour Rules

Eligibility Requirements and Application Deadline:

  • ALL LOCATIONS MUST BE HALLOWEEN OR HORROR THEMED. This is a list of haunts and horrors after all. We aren’t opposed to stores participating but we do expect that your location will be substantially decorated in a Halloween/horror/macabre theme.
  • ALL LOCATIONS MUST BE PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE WITHIN THE SECOND LIFE VIRTUAL WORLD. If you use a security system or ban list on your land in-world that is fine, we understand the need for those and have no issue with them. That said please do not use whitelisting security systems or forms of exclusionary filtering (IE avatar age, payment info, pass sale, or group exclusive access) at your location. You may use the age verification access restriction if you feel the need to do so at your location, but outside of that any visitors should be able to access the landing point of your location if they have not been implicitly added to a blacklist in a security system or added to the parcel or region ban list.
  • NO FORCED LPs (Landing Points) that do not land visitors in front of (or inside of) your location. Malls with forced landing points are confusing for some visitors. If you own/rent a location on land you do not own yourself, please make sure that the land owner is courteous enough to allow your visitors to arrive in front of your location when using a landmark or SLURL.
  • NO CLUBS. This means no night clubs, no hangout clubs, no escort businesses. Visitors understand a little lag, but going through a wave of people and enthusiastic hostesses can be QUITE annoying. Just know that we are more than happy to accept a haunt that is on the same region or otherwise connected to or contains a club or other such hangout, but under no circumstances will it be allowed to hide the hunt object in a club that is on the side of, connected to, or inside your haunted location.
  • NO RESALE or BUSINESS IN A BOX (BiaB) STORES will be accepted. This type of store is defined as one with more than 20% of its products consisting of items from resale kits or third party creators. Collaborative stores and stores with resale items from other creators are perfectly welcome, but the bulk of the products in your store should be under your own store or brand name. If more than 20% of the products sold in your store are reseller or BiaB vendors/items then your application will likely be rejected.
  • SUBMITTED DESCRIPTIONS SHOULD BE APPROPRIATE. The description submitted should be targeted for the audience of the Second Haunts web site, and as such should focus on Halloween, horror, and the macabre. Descriptions should be written in English and crafted to be appealing to human readers. Submitted descriptions should never be meant to provide any sort of boost for containing specific keywords (IE keyword stuffing). While keyword stuffing may work positively in Second Life, it is something that often leads to negative repercussions on the Internet outside of Second Life and can result in reduced ranking or de-listing of pages in search engines and, given the potential for harm to all of the listed haunts, such practices will not be allowed. Applicants that violate this rule may have their submitted descriptions altered or have their application denied.
  • APPROVED LOCATIONS ARE PERIODICALLY CHECKED. Approved locations that do not continue to meet the eligibility requirements and/or fail to keep their location information up to date may be skipped until all such issues have been rectified. Should an approved location fail to rectify issues effecting their eligibility in a timely manner they may be dropped from the Second Haunts Horror Tour. Locations that are dropped form the Second Haunts Horror Tour will remain skipped for the duration of the Second Haunts Horror Tour if it has already started.
  • INCLUSION IS AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE SECOND HAUNTS TEAM. While we wish to provide all who love Halloween, horror, and the macabre an exhaustive list of locations to visit, sometimes we may have to decline a location for one reason or another. For this reason, we reserve the right to make the decision of which applying locations to accept or decline to list at our own discretion. Any such decisions should be considered final.
  • September 15, 2024 is the last day applications will be accepted.

Tour Signs and Hiding Helpers

  • Signs and scripted hiding helper objects are distributed as locations are accepted to the tour.
  • Put out your sign out when you receive it or as soon as possible. It should be placed with other event signs and in such a way that it is able to be easily found and recognized by visitors. This lets vistors know they are in the right place, and lets everyone know that you have a hunt item to find.
  • Official signs must be out by September 25, 2024.
  • You must use the official sign. No substitute signs will be allowed.
  • DO NOT DELETE THE SCRIPTS OR ADD ADDITIONAL SCRIPTS!!!! The sign script will send us an email stating that you have put your sign out, the hiding helper object script will help you find a suitable hiding place and come up with hints.
  • YOU MAY RESIZE THE SIGN IF NEEDED. The sign permissions may say “no mod” in your inventory, but only the scripts inside it are no mod. If you choose to resize your sign please be reasonable about it.
  • DO NOT CHANGE THE NAME, GENERAL APPEARANCE, TEXTURES, RELATIVE POSITION OF PRIMS IN THE SIGN, OR LINKSET OF THE SIGN IN ANY WAY. The sign is set up to be recognizable. It provides your visitors with information about the tour and an example of the hunt object for reference, so we insist that you not alter the appearance of the sign beyond resizing it if absolutely necessary. In addition the sign helps you as a participant by providing you with a random hint giver and a count of the number of times that your hunt object has been requested by visitors. If you alter the linkset of the sign, it may fail to function as intended.
  • DO NOT BURY PARTS OF THE SIGN IN A WALL OR SIMILAR STRUCTURE. The front side of your sign has an example of the hunt object for visitors to reference, therefore it must be visible to your visitors.
  • The hiding helper object that is distributed along with the hunt sign can be used to assist with finding an appropriate hiding spot, coming up with hints, and to familiarize yourself with the size requirements of the final hunt object.
  • DO NOT LINK THE HIDING HELPER OBJECT TO ANYTHING!!! This object will delete itself entirely on the day that the tour begins. This includes any prims it happens to be in or linked to at the time, not just the script.
  • READ THE “Script Instructions for Participating Locations” notecard in your welcome package folder. If you have any questions, ask a member of the Second Haunts team.

Location Lineup

  • Between September 16, 2024 and September 20, 2024 location order will be determined. During this time the Second Haunts team will use a scripted object to randomize the order of sponsoring locations and non-sponsoring locations.
  • The final location order will consist of the randomized list of sponsoring locations followed by the randomized list of non-sponsoring locations. This randomization ensures fairness for all such participating locations.
  • Once the lineup is determined the hunt objects will be distributed to all participating locations via a scripted delivery system.

Hunt Gifts

  • Your gift should be something that TRULY reflects your location or the products you sell!
  • NOTE: If you are using any full permissions textures, templates, mesh/sculpted objects, or other materials you may have purchased to make your gift, please make sure to check the terms of service from the creators of those items to ensure you may use them in a L$0 hunt. Some creators restrict the use of their materials in freebie items or hunt gifts while other creators do not. It is up to you to check how you are allowed to use any materials you may have purchased.

Hunt Object

  • Hunt Objects are distributed on September 21, 2024. If you have not gotten your folder within 24 hours of this date let a member of the Second Haunts team know ASAP. We all know SL sometimes likes to eat inventory in transit.
  • HUNT OBJECTS MUST BE OUT By September 30, 2024 at 11:59pm SLT (23:59 SLT). If you don’t think that you will be home/awake before starting time, PLEASE put your object out BEFORE you are unavailable.
  • Remember the hunt object will activate itself at midnight, so you can hide your object at any point after you receive it.
  • You can safely add up to 20 items of any type other than scripts into your hunt objects to give to hunters. The hunt object will not give out any scripts, so if you intend to distribute scripts as part of your gift you will need to ensure they are boxed up prior to being placed inside the hunt object.
  • You must include at least one item that is not a script, notecard, or a landmark inside the hunt object. Otherwise the hunt object will not activate on time.
  • Once your hunt gifts are properly loaded inside the hunt object you should be ready for the hunt. If your gifts aren’t properly loaded inside the hunt object, it won’t activate on time, so double and triple check that you have everything right.
  • You may use any name and/or description on the hunt object you wish.
  • You may link the hunt object to other objects in your location if you observe the following rules:
    1. When linking the hunt object to any other object you must ensure that the hunt object is a child prim of the resulting link set.
    2. If the object you link the hunt object to is scripted it must not interfere with the script inside the hunt object in any way.
    3. You may not link your hunt object to any object that is for sale. We don’t want to hear about hunt objects bringing up payment dialogs.
  • You may resize the hunt object as needed, but must ensure it is no smaller than x = 0.15, y = 0.125 and z = 0.25 (<0.15, 0.125, 0.25> in vector format) otherwise it may not rez for hunters.
  • Remember that the hiding helper object that is distributed along with the hunt sign can be used to assist with finding an appropriate hiding spot, coming up with hints, and to familiarize yourself with the size requirements of the final object.
  • DO NOT RECOLOR THE OBJECTS. If you break this rule, we will tell you to change it and/or give you a new one. Repeated violations of this rule may result in your being removed from the list.
  • DO NOT SET THE OBJECT FOR SALE. The script inside the object knows what to do and when to do it. We understand mistakes happen, so if your hunt object walks off after a hunter grabs it, we need you to immediately contact a member of the Second Haunts team to get the issue fixed. This will be a ONE TIME replacement and cannot be repeated so we will insist on checking the replacement ASAP to ensure it is properly fixed.
  • Your object will let us know if it is set up correctly.
  • If there is an issue we will notify you fairly quickly so that it can be fixed.
  • If you notice that your object is not working properly, and we have not contacted you yet, feel free to send a notecard (or IM if online) to a member of the Second Haunts team.

Hiding Spots and Decoys

  • DO NOT hide the object in an unfair manner. This includes but is not limited to putting the object INSIDE a solid, transparent, or phantom prim (wall, box, under a sofa that is flat with the floor, in a sealed display case behind glass, under the floor of a skybox store or other such place). While we all want to make them work for this it seriously isn’t cool to put the hunt object it INSIDE a prim or inside a sealed box even if all or part of it is transparent. Remember that not all hunters are experts at camera work, and some don’t know how to disable constraints. Determination of the fairness of a hiding spot is at the sole discretion of the Second Haunts team, and if we determine that your hiding spot is unfair we will require you to move the object. We will give one warning for this infraction.
  • Make sure that the hunt object and any decoys in use are WITHIN 50m of the landing point. Any farther away from there will get you a warning to move it closer.
  • Remember that the hiding helper object that is distributed along with the hunt sign can be used to assist with finding an appropriate hiding spot, coming up with hints, and to familiarize yourself with the size requirements of the final object.
  • You may use up to FIVE (5) decoy objects. All decoys must be able to be identified as a decoy either by name and/or by scripted means.
  • If you choose to use decoy objects please follow the instructions you were provided with your hunt object to see how to properly create them.
  • DO NOT DELETE THE SCRIPT OR ALTER DECOY OBJECTS IN ANY WAY OTHER THAN WHAT IS PERMITTED FOR HUNT OBJECTS. This ensures that the decoys work properly. As an added benefit you can easily swap your active object with a decoy if you need to, just make sure you keep any hints you may be giving up to date should you do so.

Participant Tags

  • Participants are given a special tag in the HALLOWEEN 24/7 OF SL in-world group that grants the ability to send notices through the group! We expect you to act responsibly and professionally with this ability. For this reason we have written some rules for the merchant tag below.
    1. We permit participants to post notices in the HALLOWEEN 24/7 OF SL in-world group promoting your haunt. stating your sales, new items, or other advertisements. We request that notices be limited to only ONE (1) notice in any 24 hour period. We also ask that participants NOT post their sales, new item or other advertisement notices to the group chat, though you may still promote your haunt in the group chat within reason. Doing this helps keep the hunt chat clutter-free, so that you everyone can find important messages and hunters can ask questions when needed.
    2. If you have A LOT of info you want to share, attach a notecard to your notice! If you need advice on writing up a good notecard, ask a member of the Second Haunts team for help. We really are happy to help.
    3. PLEASE keep the spam to just your location or friends’ businesses that are PARTICIPATING in the Second Haunts Horror Tour. Please be fair to the rest of the participants, and obey this rule.
    4. PLEASE refrain from specifically naming OTHER hunts or events within the chat or notices (either in the title or body). We provide you with notice rights to help promote YOU to our group members and other participants, NOT to promote other hunts, events, or groups. If you wish to mention that you are participating in other hunts or events we ask that you please restrict such to notices only and mention them in a generalized way (IE: “Come search for my other hunt objects!”). You may then put the specifics (including hunt names if you wish) in a notecard and attach it to your notice.
    5. If you see someone misbehaving in the group (talking down about a store, a gift, or a member of the Second Haunts team or in-world group members), please make a copy of the conversation, notecard it, and give it to the owner or an officer of the in-world group.
    6. Treat others as you would like to be treated. This is an international politeness rule. We are INTERNATIONAL, so if you have a question about if something will be taken badly, come to us and ask. We will tell you which direction to go in a conversation, or if someone was being rude (We are fairly well-versed in cross-cultural conversations).
    7. If for ANY reason you need to move your location, end your participation in the tour, move your object, kill a hunter, ANYTHING… let us know, PLEASE. We know it’s a bit of a nuisance to let us know as soon as you know yourself, but we REALLY need to know, because hunters WILL go ballistic if they land at your place and your location is gone. Let’s try to make this event move smoothly, by YOU communicating with US as much as you can, ok?
      • If you need to move your hunt object within your current location simply move it to its new hiding spot, click on it, and click the button labeled “moved” on the menu that appears and you are done. NOTE: This menu only appears for the owner of the hunt object.
    8. STAY IN COMMUNICATION WITH US! We are VERY approachable, friendly, and caring people. If you have an issue, come to us. If your location moves, let us know. If you are having RL issues (physical, mental, familial) PLEASE come talk to us so that we can work with you. Our door really IS open. We care about EACH of you, even if we seem like we are extremely busy during the tour. Remember that even though we are business associates, there is a RL heart behind each of us.
    9. Outside of the HALLOWEEN 24/7 OF SL group, you can run things as you wish. Inside the HALLOWEEN 24/7 OF SL group, WE represent EACH OTHER. Remember that the Second Haunts Horror Tour is a collaborative effort. If we are not online and you break one of these rules, SOMEONE WILL TELL US.
    10. Remember to have fun above all. We don’t ask much of you all, but if we have to correct you too many times, we CAN and WILL remove your group tag, and we may even remove you from the event entirely. We will do everything in our power to make this event run smoothly. Although we HATE being hard on anyone, we will do so to protect the integrity of the event.

Sponsorship (OPTIONAL)

  • There are a limited number of twenty (20) sponsorship slots available.
  • Sponsor locations will be featured on the website with a logo on the side of the page linked to their in-world location, these are randomly re-ordered with each page load.
  • Sponsors with participating tour locations will be listed first on the tour locations page.
  • If you are approved as a sponsor please make sure to provide your logo to us so we can put it on the side of the site with a SLURL link to your location. Please keep in mind that the logo should be square (or at least very close to square), otherwise your logo may not be usable. Logo link image sizes are 180 pixels wide and 180 pixels tall. If your logo image is larger we will resize it to fit within a 180 pixel square area.
  • Sponsorship is L$500 and is due upon request of Laurel Pumpkins.

Applying to the Second Haunts Horror Tour means agreeing to follow all the rules listed the entire time you are participating in the event, a sponsor of the event, or are represented in the HALLOWEEN 24/7 OF SL group as a Second Haunts participant or applicant. All participants must follow these rules for the duration of their participation or sponsorship whether during a round of the event or between rounds of the event.

Please note that there may arise unforeseen substantial issues that hinder the event, hunters, or location owners and which may call for augmentation of the rules. If this occurs the rules as written in the current round of the event as of the application deadline of the event will remain in full effect unless the issue is of substantial enough concern to warrant immediate change. In the case an issue necessitates an immediate change we will attempt to notify participants by any means possible as well as through blog posts on the home page of this site. Any new rules or modifications that are immediately required will go into effect no less than 48 hours after such blog post has been published to allow all parties time to comply with the modification of the rules.