I thought I'd ask for the help of you fine folks in planning my group trip to Vegas this fall. We work in the haunt industry, and Halloween 2016 should work well with our schedules since we're not open for business when Halloween falls on a Monday. I've done Halloween in Vegas before, but not since 2013. I've worked the past two Halloweens. A co-worker and I talked about how much fun it would be to go to Vegas with a few of our co-workers, so we decided to make it happen. We decided this last March. Yes, 19 months prior to the trip. We won't have a huge group. It might be as small as four people. It could be 10-12 people. I've encouraged the youngsters who might be interested to plan ahead, but try telling the paycheck-to-paycheck members of society to save a few bucks a month. I've even offered to help people find ways to sock away bonus cash without having to quit smoking or pick aluminum cans out of the trash, but nobody seemed that interested. You can only try. I have a general philosophy on how we should organize a group trip: I'll invite people to follow my lead when it comes to booking airfare and a room, or they can do it themselves and meet up with the group as little or as often as they'd like. As a seasoned visitor I know enough ins and outs to make a few nights fun for the newbies and second-year players, and I know how to make their minimum wage paychecks stretch without having to rely upon McDonald's for every meal. The main goal is for people to get there by the afternoon of Oct. 30 so that we can make a group trip to one of the local haunted attractions and then spend Halloween night downtown. Anything else we do collectively is a bonus. As you might expect, it's a slightly diverse group of folks that are drawn together by our weird seasonal job/interest. I'm the elder statesman of the group. For starters I'd like to ask anyone who has been an organizer and a participant in a group trip to Vegas what worked well and what didn't. I've read some of those anecdotes before, and I hope a few of you have some experiences to share here. I'd ask that if you don't have experience to share, please spare your recommendations as to what you think are good or bad ideas for group trips. Thanks, and happy new year.