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Let’s Get Creepy

Summer is over, school is back in, and fall leagues are in the air. That also means it’s time to start getting ready for Halloween. This is the perfect holiday to get creative and transform your bowling center into a spooky wonderland. There are plenty of ideas when it comes to bowling centers and Halloween events. Today we will share a few ideas with you to help you get started on your successful Halloween event.

  1. Decorating – Make sure to get your staff involved. They will see this as a fun task, and they can be very creative in transforming your center into a fun environment.
  2. Costume Contest – Have customers and staff dress up and offer gift cards and other prizes for winners. You can break this into many categories including adult, child, and staff. This is also a great opportunity to get pictures to post to your social media. This will get customers sharing the photos and posts which will be more exposure for your center. The gift cards can be from your center or from other local businesses. Remember you can ask for these to be donated. Businesses like to be promoted during big events like this.
  3. Trunk or Treat Event – Parents enjoy bringing their kids to a safe event in the community. This is also a great way to get people to your center who may not have been there before.
  4. Halloween Music – Make sure to keep the theme going by playing all your favorite Halloween music.
  5. Set your default BES X environment to HalloPin – Frightfully fun for all ages.
  6. Have a Match My Monster contest – have a staff member bowl to create their monster using Monster Factory and have customers attempt to match the monster for a prize.  Here’s a social media post and MMS Ad to help you get started.

These are just few things we have shared with you today but for more ideas and tips make sure to listen to our Seeds Of Success episode

 S2E Ep26_Let’s Get Creepy. Listen on all major podcast platforms.  

Leveraging the Craze

When looking for marketing ideas sometimes hopping on the hype of new movies like the Barbie Movie not only creates a platform for fun promotions but takes advantage of what everyone’s talking about and what’s being featured nationwide.  Taking a trip to your local movie theater might be the key to your next big idea.   When the new blockbuster hit is out it becomes “the buzz…the craze”!  The news is covering record box office numbers, while society is having a little fun and dressing the part and gathering with friends to celebrate the movie experience together.  The movie is featured everywhere…on apparel, selfie props, merchandise, and people are dressing the part of the characters and posting on their social media. The movies raking in the most money are the ones that can be leveraged to draw that excitement and enthusiasm into the center.   Why not capitalize on this in your center? The Barbie Movie is currently playing in theaters and is being talked about everywhere. Does anyone else think a Barbie Night or a Pink Theme event could get customers excited? Sometimes coming up with ideas for an event like this can be tough but don’t forget to reach out to your staff for ideas. Sometimes your staff will come back with ideas that will blow your mind.   Remember this isn’t a one-time opportunity. Once the Barbie movie has come and gone there will be many more hits that attract kids and adults. Almost yearly a superhero or animation franchise movie comes out and that is also a perfect time to capitalize on the hype. This doesn’t have to just be a movie thing. This can work with the hottest tv shows and with whatever current sport is going on. I know staff always enjoys when they can wear their favorite team’s jersey to work. The ideas are endless when it comes to events that you can host to bring in customers.   Sometimes these ideas aren’t easy to come up with and you just need a little seed planted in your head to help kickstart your ideas. This would be the perfect time to check out the Seeds Of Success Podcast. Weekly,  Dottie and Orly release a show that plants those seeds for you to grow into money making ideas for your center The show is now available on your favorite podcast platforms, or you can check out our Linktree to listen and subscribe or follow our other Beyond the Frame social media channels.


  • Host a themed bowling night, week, day, or month.
    • Create the atmosphere with a custom created light show. (In the case of the Barbie Movie create a totally pink atmosphere)
    • Encourage guests to come dressed as their favorite character of the movie or show and get a special offer or official swag.
    • Consider unique colored pins for a “Get A Strike for Barbie” promotion (or other movie character).
    • Offer character themed food and beverages.
  • Setup a themed Selfie Booth that is co-branded with your center logo.  The Barbie Movie has adorable Barbie and Ken boxes that are readily available online.  Have movie or character related props available for guests to be creative and have fun with the experience.
  • Get social media-savvy. Use social media to promote your themed events and promotions.  Tag the movie or show in posts and use relevant hashtags.
  • Have a costume contest.
  • Play themed music and videos in the center.
  • Allow staff to wear themed apparel to work and offer a prize for the most creative.  Let the employees experience the fun too.
  • Partner with local movie theatre to offer cross promotion opportunities.  Display movie promotional cutouts or run movie trailers on televisions and monitors or provide a special offer for movie goers with their ticket stub in return for movie tickets for staff.


  • Plan early.  Establish a relationship with local theatres and gain knowledge of upcoming potential hits in advance.  Start by planning your marketing and promotional activities early so that you’re ready to take advantage of the hype when the movie is released.
  • Be creative.  Don’t be afraid to involve the entire staff and have fun with the planning and execution.
  • Measure your results.   It’s important to track your results so you can see what’s working and what is not working.  This will help fine-tune the marketing and promotion so the results will be even better next time.

Don’t be afraid to take advantage of national hype of movies or the latest craze.  It’s clear to see that people just want to have fun!!


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