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Have you always wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of Haunted Attractions, Scare Attractions, and Halloween? We tell those stories here! We capture the stories of the people behind the scary events and share tips along the way on HOW YOU can make your own Haunted House scary and effective...without spending lots of money to do it. We've done it and are still doing it. Join us, Brian Foreman and Darryl Plunkie, as we pick the brains of the professionals that make up the Haunted Att ...
 
It's October all year long around here! Join Brian Foreman & Darryl Plunkie as they interview the people who make up the Halloween & Haunted House Industry. Professional Haunted Attraction Owners, Home Haunters, Halloween Fanatics, Haunt Vendors, Horror Musicians, Haunt Trade Shows, Special FX Artists, Live Training Seminars, and so much more. Listen to the show and find out how you can win FREE prizes from your favorite Halloween vendors!
 
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Episode 36-Fear Factory 2020 RecapPublished 15 January 2021Hosts: Keoni Hutton & Leslie Reed Welcome back, Spencer Terry, General Manager of Fear Factory in Salt Lake City. Come hear about the lessons learned from Fear Factory's 2020 haunt season. Resources mentioned during this episode: Haunted Attraction Association: https://hauntedattractionasso…
 
Turning Pro is the dream for many home and volunteer haunts, but how do you know when to make the leap? What does it take? Is it safe to leap in 2021? This is a preview of the live panel from the Haunt Masters of Haunter's Toolbox. Bring your questions for the Live Q&A January 21st at 1PM ET. Featuring Brian Foreman & Darryl Plunkie from Haunter's …
 
This week HHN RETROSPECTIVE returns! We discuss HHN 19(2009). This is Zak’s first year going to the event. Time Codes: 00:00-12:44 Open 14:05-52:28 HHN Retro: HHN19(2009) Social Media: Twitter- @HauntersPOD Instagram- haunterspod Facebook- Haunters Podcast Voicemail- (757) 603-3658 Feeds: iTunes-https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/haunters/id1451…
 
Scott Swenson comes on to preview HAuNTcon’s 2021 Keynote Panel "I Didn't Think It Would Work...But It Did: Lessons Learned From the 2020 Haunt Season!" Register FREE for HAuNTcon at www.hauntcon.com and attend this panel LIVE Jan 19th at 1PM ET! Up next, Max is back with a Postmortem of Backwoodz Oddities presents The Last Carnival Haunted House i…
 
On today’s Green Tagged, we discuss Combating Disenfranchisement and Designing for Empathy. Stories covered: “Inside the Capitol Siege,” “Japan declares 2nd State of Emergency,” “Busch Gardens Williamsburg to be open for first time in January,” “Glamping at Singapore’s Changi airport as traveltainment help airports weather COVID.”Show notes: www.gr…
 
This week the gang gets excited about what they’re looking forward to haunt wisez Then begin their speculation on HHN 30. Tickets, shows, houses, and more!!! Time Codes: 00:00-11:45 Open/2021 Wants 11:45-37:00 HH30 speculation Social Media: Twitter- @HauntersPOD Instagram- haunterspod Facebook- Haunters Podcast Voicemail- (757) 603-3658 Feeds: iTun…
 
On January 18th, 2020, five talented and experienced women in the haunted-attraction industry gathered on stage at HAuNTcon for the second annual Women in Haunting panel. The first year’s panel offered insight into wide-ranging challenges and opportunities for women working in the industry. This year, panel organizer Liz Irving, Senior Vice Preside…
 
On today’s Green Tagged, we examine three trends that will impact your attraction in 2021: Demand regeneration, Changing Guest Expectations, and Deglobalization. Stories covered: Universal reaches capacity before 9AM; Denny’s hostess quits on the spot after customers claim ‘religious exemption’ to wearing a mask; Discussion points taken from an int…
 
Episode 35-Happy New YearPublished 01 January 2021Hosts: Keoni Hutton & Leslie Reed Happy New Year! With 2020 behind us, we take a few minutes to reflect on the previous year and look ahead to everything 2021 promises. Resources mentioned during this episode: Chamber of Haunters Website: https://chamberofhaunters.com/ Want to show off your love of …
 
Well dear listeners, we made it to the end of 2020. Phew. And while we plan for 2021, it’s a good time to reflect on what we learned this year. On today’s Special, we’re celebrating the end of 2020 with some of your favorite podcasters and guests.Featured in this episode: Darryl Plunkie and Brian Foreman from HaunTopic Radio, Donnie Hoover and “Mea…
 
In celebration of the 50th episode of "A Scott in the Dark", Scott looks back to the initial reason for doing the podcast and forward to the opportunities it has provided. The show includes a few clips from previous shows, including a 2018 interview with the late Robbi LePre after she was awarded her Lifetime Achievement award from the Haunted Attr…
 
This is a bonus rebroadcast from Haunt Weekly: “This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re looking at the issue of simulated violence in haunted houses and discussing what boundaries should be set and what is best for your haunt and your customers.There’s not much doubt that most haunts contain at least some implied violence. Severed limbs, dead bodies, grue…
 
On today’s Green Tagged, we continue the Futureproofing discussion with two topics your attraction should tackle in 2021: Diversity and Sustainability. Stories covered: “The World Travel & Tourism Council published new diversity guidelines for the travel and tourism sector,” “Walt Disney Company releases 2030 environmental goals,” “Self-driving veh…
 
Zak & Wonderful get into Friday the 13th part four through six, the Tommy Jarvis trilogy. Social Media: Twitter- @HauntersPOD Instagram- haunterspod Facebook- Haunters Podcast Voicemail- (757) 603-3658 Feeds: iTunes-https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/haunters/id1451679958 Spotify-https://open.spotify.com/show/1P7w4219LuMZbo6iJ8v1a3 Stitcher-http…
 
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a… Gremlin? What does Christmas look like at a haunter’s house? I was curious to know how other haunters celebrated the holiday season, so I asked a few. On today’s 2020 Christmas Special, we’re asking how haunters celebrate the holidays. Featured in th…
 
This week we are joined with amazing talent in the haunt/theme park community to declare a winner of best house at Diet HHN! Plus Zak & Brooke discuss if Gremlins would be a good HHN house. Time codes: 00:00-13:37 Open/Gremlins House 14:14- 01:01:52 Tooth v Bride 01:02:20-01:07:47 Social Media: Twitter- @HauntersPOD Instagram- haunterspod Facebook-…
 
To celebrate our 400th episode, we’re hosting a giveaway! On today’s show you’ll hear Scott Swenson discuss his new book “The 13 commandments of haunting.” And we’re giving away a few copies of the book! Simply email me (philip@hauntedattractionnetwork.com) with what Scott is over the top with and you’ll be entered into the giveaway. Email your ans…
 
On today’s Green Tagged: Virtualizing pieces of your experiences and what the FTC’s case against Facebook means for your attraction.Stories: BBC’s new Radiophonic Travel Agency, VR waterslide at Vana Nava Water Jungle, Thailand, MicroStrategy’s massive purchase of Bitcoin, & 4 Takeaways From The Government's Case Against Facebook.…
 
ScareTrack- Horror Escape / Escape From Wonderland / Review Episode 2020 *SPOILER FREE* Dan from UK Haunters discusses his experience at Horror Escape in London. Escape From Wonderland is a super immersive escape game and one of two currently available at Horror Escape. Follow Horror Escape Insta: @horrorescapeuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/…
 
Mary Imagination has the unique perspective of being both a scare actor and a debut novelist. In this episode you’ll hear an excerpt from her new young adult fantasy horror novel ‘We Are The Monsters.’ Then, Mary joins to discuss crafting villains for both the page and the flesh. Grab Mary’s book on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/34kJTVA…
 
We had the pleasure of having the creators of the new game coming out, “Oh, the Horror!”. We discuss their Kickstarter, the game, Kevin Smith, HHN, & more! Twitter: @OhthehorrorGAME KICKSTARTER: http://kck.st/36tpfEi Time Codes: 00:00-05:27 Open 05:59-1:05:29 Oh the Horror 1:05:59-1:15:32 Final plug/Goodbye Social Media: Twitter- @HauntersPOD Insta…
 
Josh Sumsion from Dead City Haunted House comes on to discuss the process behind their TikTok videos, some of which are going viral. Here’s what you need to know to get your TikTok up and running. In the News: Trouble for 13th World in Cumberland; Frank the Christmas Gargoyle; Creepy Christmas Photos; A call for Women Haunters; the line between Ter…
 
This week on ‘Green Tagged: Theme Park in 30’ we dive deep into the ripples caused by Warner Brothers in the entertainment and attractions industry.Stories covered: Warner Bros CEO Jason Kilar explains his move in an interview with the NY Times; California lockdowns resume; Russia announces plan for tourism recovery; Technifex pivots to offering th…
 
ScareTrack - Jeff Jones Interview / Hourglass Escapes EVIL DEAD 2 "Keep The Lamp On!" Mikey and Dan interview Jeff Jones from Hourglass Escapes. Jeff discusses how he started working for Hourglass Escapes and how he enjoys running the EVIL DEAD 2 Escape room. We also discuss old school horror movies, our dream escape room IP's, and agree that POP U…
 
Besides a 12ft Skeleton from Home Depot, recognition is one the best holiday gifts you can give a haunter. Nora & Tyler From The Scare Factor’s Team Zombillies present their 2020 Haunt Awards. The winners are: Funniest Scare - Hysterium Haunted Asylum - Fort Wayne, IN Bobby and Bennie; Best Clowning Around - Grissom Maze of Terror - Peru, IN; Best …
 
Jam packed episode! We review Frightmare Before Christmas. We also talk to Cody Green from (Escape)Nightmare Mansion about the haunt & him as a Paranormal Investigator! Time Codes: 00:00 - 17:32 Open 18:07-38:21 - Frightmare 38:23-43:16 - shudder 43:20- 1:40:00 - Cody Interview 1:40:00-1:44:00 - Bye Social Media: Twitter- @HauntersPOD Instagram- ha…
 
On the first day of Christmas a true haunter gave to me... Answered! Plus, Haunted Overload donates to Pope Memorial for tenth year, the Mortuary debuts ‘psycho’ holiday haunted house, and The Krampus. Max gets a Postmortem 2020 Haunt Season Report from Blood Prison at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio. Get “The Krampus and the Old, Dark…
 
This week on ‘Green Tagged: Theme Park in 30’ we examine Big Moves in brands monetizing DTC digital experiences, vaccine requirements from Airlines, and big openings.Stories covered: Warner Bros to Release 2021 films on HBO MAX concurrently with theatrical release; Qantas to require COVID-19 Vaccine to fly; Online shopping up 21.5% with 47% being v…
 
Max gets a postmortem report from Pyle Hazard at Chainer’s Field of Screams in Botkins, Ohio. Chainer’s is a small family haunt, but they had a stellar year and raised a lot for charity. They’re keeping involved by ringing for the salvation army and entering the local mascot competition. In the news, Darryl reports on: Black Friday Deals for Haunte…
 
ScareTrack- Evil Dead 2 / Hourglass Escapes Seattle / Review Episode 2020 *SPOILER FREE* ScareTrack teamed up with UK Haunters to take on the Evil Dead 2 Escape Room. We experienced the attraction via ZOOM and can only imagine how awesome it would be in person. Follow Hourglass Escapes Insta: @hourglassescapes FB: / Houseglass Escapes - Seattle Esc…
 
This week on ‘Green Tagged: Theme Park in 30’ we examine the slow US recovery and what some attractions are doing to diversify revenue.Stories covered: The Malaysian Tourism Ministry reveals recovery plans for pandemic-hit travel sector; Reuters reports US $500B travel spending dive, slow recovery through 2024; Academy Museum of Motion Pictures exc…
 
We compare Halloween Haunt & Christmas Celebration. Get into holiday haunts you can visit. Then, Q & A from the world. Time Codes: 00:00-11:10 Open/Broke Skull Haunters 11:10-21:03 Halloween v Christmas 21:03-41:12 Holiday Haunts 41:45-1:12:39 Q&A Social Media: Twitter- @HauntersPOD Instagram- haunterspod Facebook- Haunters Podcast Voicemail- (757)…
 
Episode 34-Welcome Chamber of Haunters with Rob NultonPublished 01 December 2020Hosts: John Schelt, Keoni Hutton & Leslie Reed We are excited to announce that Haunting U is now the official podcast of the Chamber of Haunters! What is the Chamber of Haunters you ask? We have the Chairman, Mr. Rob Nulton on the show to talk about it. Resources mentio…
 
The entertainment industry has been devastated by this pandemic, and we’re not out of the woods yet. But today, let’s pause and reflect on what we’re thankful for. I’m thankful for the connection I had with Robbi Lepre and I often think of how she would handle these hardships. And so, I want to share that with you. Today’s 2020 Thanksgiving Special…
 
What are you thankful for? Today’s show is all about how haunters are giving thanks and celebrating Thanksgiving. Darryl looks at how haunted attractions thank their cast and then we hear from haunters all over about their traditions. In this episode: Scott Swenson, Brian Foreman, Max Christian Bryan, Darryl Plunkie, Dalton Dale, Ashey Cope, Samant…
 
This week on Green Tagged we explore trends and new experiences in the theme park and themed entertainment industries. Universal Hollywood launches a drive-in experience; Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser; Own The Park at Great Wolf Lodge; IAAPA went virtual; PortAventura World is carbon neutral; The Hyperloop test was successful; 3 bid opening announ…
 
ScareTrack - Lou Jones Interview / Fit To Scare on YouTube Mikey interviews Lou Jones about her brand new YouTube Scare Acting Venture. Lou has a 6 part series discussing tips and tricks on becoming 'Fit To Scare'. Lou also has UNBOXING videos lined up along with an in-depth look at Molly Leigh for her next upload. Follow Lou Jones Insta: @9loucife…
 
Patrick Konopelski from Shocktoberfest Scream Park gives a postmortem on his 2020 Halloween season. Shocktoberfest had a great year, but that took a lot of pivoting. Patrick discusses what his team did beyond the basic safety measures, including shifting their advertising spend and transition the hayride to a walkthrough. A must-listen for any haun…
 
FREAKY came out to theaters, but Zak’s mad about it‘s release. Then, Holidays have hit the theme parks & Zak has feelings. Time Codes: 00:00 - 19:27 FREAKY 20:18 - 1:02:34 Holidays at the Parks Social Media: Twitter- @HauntersPOD Instagram- haunterspod Facebook- Haunters Podcast Voicemail- (757) 603-3658 Feeds: iTunes-https://podcasts.apple.com/us/…
 
I had the delight of going on-site to interview Scott Swenson, the Creative Director for The Garden of Spirits at CW’s Gin Joint in Tampa, FL. Scott discusses the event and how critical both contingency planning and scaling are for events of all sizes. In the news: ScareTour is making a Christmas Gift Guide; The ScareFactor’s Monster Bash was cance…
 
With the 2020 haunt season coming to a close haunts everywhere are shutting down, evaluating how the season went and starting planning for the new year.But, while a LOT happens in the off-season for haunts one key thing does: Earning money.For most haunts, not being opens means no money at all coming in. However, that doesn't make any sense. Sure, …
 
Episode 33-Wrapping Up Halloween 2020Published 15 November 2020Hosts: Keoni Hutton & Leslie Reed We did it!!! Halloween 2020 is done and we have the haunt all packed up. See how it went, what we learned and what we're planning for next year.Want to show off your love of Haunting U? Check out our store here:https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/55018584…
 
This week on Green Tagged: How does a vaccine change planning at your attraction? While Buena Vista Street plans to open on November 19th, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk closed after only one weekend. The Pandemic has inspired a cornucopia of new tech, including AI Bag Scanners, UVC light fixtures, disinfection robots, socially distanced roller coaster…
 
Join in our conversations at: HauntersToolbox.com UK Haunters is a vlog style documentary that explores the UK Haunt scene from the POV of filmmaker Dan Brownlie as he opens up the UK haunt scene for the world to view. While shooting a feature film at the London Tombs scare attraction (entitled 'The Tombs'), director Dan Brownlie got a peek into th…
 
ScareTrack - Discussing Escape Room with Dan Brownlie UK HAUNTERS Escape Rooms need your help! If you are in the position to help via just giving pages, voucher buying etc, please do. Dan recently joined the Escape Room train and has been to a handful in 2020. We have a discussion about his latest visits to *Trapped in a room with a zombie* and *Hy…
 
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