Haunt Weekly

Haunt Weekly

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A podcast about haunted houses, Halloween and the haunted attraction industry.
167 - Spookers: A Family Like No Other
Feb 11 • 50 min
Haunted attraction documentaries are increasinly common. However, those that put the community in a wholly positive light are still somewhat rare. If that's the case, Spookers: A Family Like No Other, is a great rare gem of a documentary that takes a look…
166 - The Haunted Castle Fire
Feb 4 • 58 min
On May 11, 1984, a tragedy unfolded at the Haunted Castle at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. The fire took 8 young lives and started both criminal and civil proceedings against the company. The fire and the investigation that followed was not…
165 - HAuNTcon 2019 Recap
Jan 28 • 60 min
HAuNTcon 2019 is in the books and it looks to be the pentultimate HAuNTcon in New Orleans. However, it isn't leaving the city without a party on the way and, to that end, it was an amazing year. With a trade show floor that was double the size of last…
164 - December/January News
Jan 21 • 52 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're doing the news! Unfortunately though, it's something of a somber episode as we have news not just of a tragedy in Poland but of the haunt industry losing one of its own. We also have irresponsible escape game owners in…
163 - Small Haunts
Jan 14 • 53 min
A recent question on Haunter's Hangout asked is 3K square feet big enough for a haunt. There was a great conversation about it with answers ranging a resounding no to many offering support. As overgrown home haunters, we have a lot of experience building…
162 - VR is Haunting
Jan 7 • 52 min
Virtual Reality (VR) is rapidly becoming big business for haunted attraction. The ease of set up along with the novelty of the attraction and the slate of horror-related experiences makes it so that more and more haunts, large and small, are getting into…
161 - HAuNTcon / New Orleans Tips
Dec 31, 2018 • 57 min
Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! As we’re winding down 2018 we’re also introducing a slightly new and improved Haunt Weekly as we’ve got some new kit we’re learning to use. Hopefully, this week’s podcast sounds a bit better than the previous 160. But this…
160 - December News
Dec 24, 2018 • 49 min
Happy Christmas Eve everyone! However, it’s also a Monday and that means it’s time to do another Haunt Weekly. Furthermore, since it’s another episode divisible by four, it’s time to do the news. And what a lot of news we have, we have a lawsuit against a…
159 - The Case Against Santa
Dec 17, 2018 • 54 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re doing things a bit different. I’m recovering from a significant surgery so we’re taking the opportunity to not only let Crystal take the lead on the show notes but to do our usual holiday tradition of doing an episode just…
158 - Christmas Haunts
Dec 10, 2018 • 55 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re celebrating Christmas… sort of. Ok, maybe we aren’t big Christmas people but Christmas haunts are definitely becoming a big thing in the industry. Finally, we were able to go to our first one and have spent a lot of time…
157 - 10 Unique Things We’ve Seen in Haunts
Dec 3, 2018 • 54 min
When you’ve been to as many haunts as we have, it all tends to blur together some. We often struggle to remember what we saw in one haunt versus another and really struggle to recall when we saw something. But then there are those moments that really…
156 - October/November News
Nov 26, 2018 • 59 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re doing the news! This week is something of a catch up week as we cover stories that we either missed or didn’t have time to mention last time and also cover some post-season news taking place in our industry. And what a…
155 - Haunter Black Friday
Nov 19, 2018 • 58 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re doing something a bit different. Rather than just blabbering on about whatever is on our mind, we’re taking a look at Black Friday deals and seeing what might be of interest to haunters. Tis the season for saving and…
154 - Our 2018 Lessons
Nov 12, 2018 • 60 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re doing something a little bit different. We’re sharing with you the lessons we learned from our 2018 season. The season, overall, went very well and many of the things we tried went swimmingly and will be repeated. Other…
153 - Our 2018 Season
Nov 5, 2018 • 58 min
For us, the 2018 season is in the books. We are brain dead, dead tired and damn near just dead. However, it was a great season in every way, record numbers, amazing reviews and a perfect safety record. So, since we are tired beyond belief, we are going to…
152 - October News
Oct 29, 2018 • 50 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re winding down the season by doing the news. And what a month for news it has been, with more than a few stories that will make you scream expletives at the top of your lungs. Stories of racism, antisemitism and a mock rape.…
151 - Queue Line Blues
Oct 22, 2018 • 50 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re talking about something that has been at the core of our lives this season, queue lines. Whether it’s the one we’re building for our haunt or all of the queue lines we’ve stood in at the 15 we’ve been to so far, we’ve had…
150 - Kayfabe in Haunting
Oct 15, 2018 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re talking about kayfabe in haunting. What is kayfabe? It’s a wrestling term that’s used to indicate the presentation of fictional events and information as real. However, kayfabe isn’t limited to wrestling. We see it…
149 - Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour
Oct 8, 2018 • 57 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re recapping what has beeen one of the best weekends of our lives for visiting haunts: The Lost Souls Chicago Haunted Bus Tour. To say it was an amazing weekend is an understatement. Not only were there six great haunted…
148 - September News
Oct 1, 2018 • 47 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s another episode divisible by four so that means it’s time to do the news! But wait! Haunts all over the country are opening, what news can we possibly cover? Turns out a lot actually. We have several stories of haunts being…
147 - How Far is Too Far?
Sep 24, 2018 • 54 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re doing something a bit different: Answering a question that wasn’t even asked of us. The question was asked on the Haunter’s Toolbox Facebook Group, which you should join and also join their main site, about how far people…
Haunt Weekly - Episode146 - Halloween Retail 2018
Sep 18, 2018 • 55 min
Back in episode 95, we took a look at all of the major retailers in our area and their Halloween sections. Well, it’s 51 episodes later and we’re doing it again, throwing in a few new stores to boot. So, with that in mind, here’s a look at what our local…
145 - Yard & Display Haunts
Sep 10, 2018 • 53 min
This week on #HauntWeekly, we’re talking about a group we’ve neglected for far too long: Yard Haunters It’s a strange omission for us. Every year we put a lot of labor into our yard display and far more people see it. However, when it comes to talking…
144 - August/September News
Sep 3, 2018 • 47 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re doing the news and what a news week it is! As we inch closer to haunts opening their doors we’re getting a slew of announcements and other news from haunts. Sadly, a lot of those announcements are of haunts not opening…
143 - New Orleans Haunt Season Preview
Aug 27, 2018 • 47 min
The New Orleans 2018 haunt season may well be the most chaotic of all time. The oldest and most famous haunt has closed, another is taking over the location and we have a brand-new scream park opening up. Needless to say, Crystal and I are equal parts…
142 - Oddities & Curiosities Expo
Aug 20, 2018 • 50 min
This weekend, we took a trip to the Alario Center here in New Orleans to visit the Oddities & Curiosities Expo as it toured through the city. With over 120 vendors we went in hopes of finding some new things for both our house and our haunt. Along the…
141 - 10 Habits of Really Great Haunts
Aug 13, 2018 • 51 min
This week on Haunt Weekly is a bit different. Caught up in the midst of a major project that’s giving us little room to breathe, so we decided to take some of the points and ideas we like to beat on and organize them into a bizarre parody of a book we’ve…
140 - July/August News
Aug 6, 2018 • 48 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s an episode divisible by four and that means it’s time to do the news. And what a roller coaster do we have this week. Everything from a change of direction at a major haunt to a pair of cautionary tales about taking over…
139 - Our Scare Design Process
Jul 30, 2018 • 52 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re talking about our process for creating a scare, everything from where we get the idea to questions we ask about it all the way through build and testing. While this might seem like a basic topic, a lot of people in the…
138 - Haunt Microtransactions
Jul 23, 2018 • 55 min
Do you like making more money? Sure, we all do. But instead of getting a new degree from a 90s correspondence school, may we suggest something a little more practical? Making more money per customer. Video games may have brought us the microtransaction to…
137 - Haunt Directories
Jul 16, 2018 • 59 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re taking a look at one of the less pleasant sides of the industry: Haunt Directories. Directories have the potential to be a very powerful tool for the industry, a way to help people find new haunts in their area or when…
136 - June/July News
Jul 9, 2018 • 47 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s another week divisible by four and that means it’s time mto do the news. And what a load of news we have this week! Not only do we have two stories of local importance here in New Orleans, but we have stories of haunt…
135 - Haunt Teardown
Jul 2, 2018 • 56 min
A wise person once said, what goes up, must come down. So is also true for haunts. But why are you talking about tearing down haunts in Summer? People are building their haunts now, not tearing them down! Glad you asked. That’s because the success of a…
134 - Continuing Education for Haunters
Jun 25, 2018 • 54 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we’re going back to school! Yes, we know it’s the middle of summer but that makes it the perfect time to pick up some non-credit or continuing education courses. Need some suggestions on what to take? We look at our local schools…
133 - Haunt Rules
Jun 18, 2018 • 60 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re talking about everyone’s favorit topic: RULES! Wait, wait, wait, before you leave. Hear us out. Rules are vitally important to your haunt but they are also something that none of us really pay much attention to. Heck, we…
132 - May/June News
Jun 11, 2018 • 43 min
Sorry for the late podcast this week! We’ve been travelling and this week’s episode is brought to you from a Super 8 motel near St. Louis. If we sound a bit different or seem a bit out of sorts, that’s why. But, the show must go on and there is a lot of…
131 - Lessons from Budget Horrors
Jun 4, 2018 • 57 min
When it comes to talking about spooky things, Crystal and I got our start reviewing “Garbage Horror” movies, low budget horror movies that were usually the brainchild of one or two people. We’ve seen hundreds, possibly thousands of these films. Many are…
130 - 10 Unusual Cost Saving Tips
May 28, 2018 • 57 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re lightening things up a bit. After such a downeer last episode, we decided to talk about something everyone loves: Saving money. But here’s the deal. Every article, podcast, forum, etc. covers the same tips and tricks. We…
129 - When Tours Get Too Real
May 21, 2018 • 49 min
Last week, Crystal and I had some time off. So we decided to take something of a staycation and explore the French Quarter and do some spooky things. One of which was visit the Bloody Mary Museum and Tour. While the museum shop wass your fairly standard…
128 - April/May News
May 14, 2018 • 48 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s an episode divisible by four and that means it’s time to do the news! And what a busy news week it is! We have some major news about new haunts opening, haunts moving and one haunted attraction that’s doing away with its…
127 - Inspiration Destinations
May 7, 2018 • 53 min
It’s that time of year where haunt building is in full swing so what happens if you have a prop, room or character that you need to push your haunt over the top but can’t come up with the idea? Well you go to the internet! Our industry has gotten very…
126 - Crafting a Villain
Apr 30, 2018 • 56 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re talking about villains! Every haunt has a villain, the difference is that many haunts take the time to flesh their villains out into marketable characters that add to the scare while others put no real time and attention…
125 - Haunt Consolidation
Apr 23, 2018 • 50 min
Haunt consolidation has been a big topic in the haunt community lately. With 13th Floor making major moves to acquire haunts all over the country, many are wondering what these purchases and further consolidation mean for the industry. However,…
124 - March/April News
Apr 16, 2018 • 55 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s another episode divisible by four and that means it’s time to do the news! It’s a surprisingly busy month for haunted attraction news, lots of legal cases going on and some general fallout from Transworld to discuss. On top…
123 - Copyright and Haunting
Apr 9, 2018 • 54 min
How did this episode not happen before now? Just… how? My (Jonathan) day job is working in copyright and plagiarism matters. I run the site Plagiarism Today, I run a consulting firm at CopyByte. This is my non-haunt life. So how is it that we are 123…
122 - Haunt Chat Live
Apr 2, 2018 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly it’s a two for one sale as you’re getting two guests for the price of one! This week we have Mike Ross, the owner/operator of Sinister Sidney and The Gravedigger Reverend Michael, the host of Sinister Sidney and the host of Haunt…
121 - Easter Special
Mar 26, 2018 • 50 min
Easter is almost upon us and, as we’ve been doing what we’ve been doing for other holidays, we’re taking a look at traditions around the world and seeing which may work well in a haunted attraction. That’s only understandable as more and more haunts are…
120 - February/March News
Mar 19, 2018 • 47 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s an episode divisible by four and that means it’s time to do THE NEWS! However, we have to be honest, this is one heavy and sad news episode. There’s just a lot of bad news to go around. If haunt closings to community…
119 - HFA & Vampfangs
Mar 12, 2018 • 45 min
Benjamin Selecky, along with his partner Alexis Abare, are already staples of the haunt community. As co-owners and co-CEOs of Haunted Farms of America, they’ve carved out a much-needed niche helping farms launch, operate and grow their haunted…
118 - HauntTopic Radio and ScareIt Badges
Mar 5, 2018 • 53 min
Here at Haunt Weekly we’re always looking for ways to improve our podcast. So we finally figured out the best thing we can do is bring on some better podcasteers. And that’s exactly whatt we’re doing this week as we’re joined by Brian Forman and Darryl…
117 - Haunt Flyers
Feb 26, 2018 • 55 min
Haunt flyers. Every attraction has them. Most of the suck. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Haunted attractions can and should strive to do better here and, by doing better, we mean doing less. So, in this episode we put both of oour degrees to…
116 - January/February News
Feb 19, 2018 • 48 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s another episode divisible by four so that means it’s’ time to do the news! It’s a bit of a slow news cycle for us. We’re in that strange time of year where there’s not much post season going on but we’re not yet ramping up…
115 - Haunting Holidays
Feb 12, 2018 • 55 min
Haunting isn’t just for Halloween anymore. More and more haunts are opening their doors for other holidays in a bid to make some more cash in the off-season. But, if you want to open up out of season, what holidays should you target? There are a LOT of…
114 - Margee Kerr
Feb 5, 2018 • 44 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we have a very special guest as we sit down with Dr. Margee Keer: The Sociologist Who Studies Fear. Dr. Kerr has been everywhere. Perhaps best known for her segment on Full Frontal with Samantatha Bee, she’s also been in Time,…
113 - Aphantasia in Haunting
Jan 29, 2018 • 54 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we’re doing a topic that, for us, has been a LOOOOOONG time coming: Aphantasia in haunting. What is aphantasia? It’s the inability to form pictures in your mind. Where most of the population can picture a beautiful beach or a…
112 - December/January News
Jan 22, 2018 • 49 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s another episode divisible by four so that means it’s time to do THE NEWS! However, we’re in the slow season for haunted attraction news. This past month covers all of the holidays and, to be frank, not a lot has been going…
Episode 111: Haunt Weekly - Episode 111 - HAuNTcon 2018
Jan 15, 2018 • 63 min
HAuNTcon 2018 is in the books and we were there for the entire event and then some. So, what happened then? That’s what this episode is about, it’s our full recap of HAuNTcon 2018 as we look at everything from the classes we attended to the show room…
110 - Haunters: The Art of the Scare
Jan 8, 2018 • 48 min
Boy howdy has this movie caused some controversy in the haunt community. Just hours after it hit Netflix people were talking about it left and right in various haunter groups on Facebook and we found ourselves getting multiple requests to cover it. So,…
109 - Layers of Fear
Jan 1, 2018 • 50 min
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are back once again, Crystal is adequately recovered from her surgery and we are back to talk about a… video game? That’s right we spent a good part of our time off catching up on some video games and one of the ones we played is Layers…
108 - November/December News
Dec 25, 2017 • 48 min
First thing is first everyone, Merry Christmas! While we here at Haunt Weekly certainly haven’t been nice enough to justify a visit from Santa (Krampus maybe) we’re still giving out gifts this year and that includes an all-new episode of Haunt Weekly.…
107 - More Christmas Horror
Dec 18, 2017 • 52 min
Every year around this time, we take a break from the haunted attraction stuff and, instead, discuss some of our favorite Christmas horror themes. Turns out, when you get down to it, Christmas (and the other winter holidays) is a pretty messed up holiday…
106 - Can a Haunt Be So Bad It’s Good?
Dec 12, 2017 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re celebrating the release of The Disaster Artist by asking a question that we haven’t actually asked before: “Can a haunt be so bad it’s good?” We talk about films this way all of the time with The Room, the film The…
105 - New Orleans Bound
Dec 4, 2017 • 56 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re doing things a bit differently. Rather than talking about haunted attractions we’re talking about our fair city, New Orleans. Since many of you are coming down here for HAuNTcon, we wanted to do our part to make sure that…
104 - October/November News
Nov 27, 2017 • 51 min
Episode 100, as most of you remember, was our blowout celebration episode where we definitely did NOT talk about any news. Episode 104 is where the hangover sets in. Now we have to get through two months, the two busines months, of haunt news in one go.…
Episode 103: Haunt Weekly - Episode 103 - Den of Fear
Nov 20, 2017 • 57 min
Starting any haunted attraction is a daunting challenge. Starting a professional one is much, much more so. However, when Jamie Lee Sullivan and Rickie Haines set out to make their own pro haunt, they didn’t even have experience with a home haunt. Though…
102: Haunt Weekly - Episode 102 - Haunt Industry Crutches
Nov 13, 2017 • 54 min
Haunting is hard. It’s hard work, it’s a hard business and it’s hard creatively. Because of that, we sometimes turn to crutches and lean on things that, maybe, are more out of laziness and lack of ideas than what is actually best. So, in this episode…
101 - Our 2017 Season
Nov 6, 2017 • 54 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re taking it a bit easy. It’s been a long, wonderful season so we need to take a moment to relax, reflect and talk about the season that’s just finished. And what a season it was. Record numbers, amazing scares and hours of…
100 - What Halloween and Haunting Mean to Us
Oct 30, 2017 • 56 min
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! Hope everyone’s season is going well and that you’re having a safe, scary and (if relevant) profitable October. The big night is just ahead but, for us, this is also a major milestone as we release episode 100 of Haunt Weekly!…
99 - Lessons from Our Atlanta Trip
Oct 23, 2017 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re wrapping up conversation about our Atlanta trip by looking at some of the lessons we learned from it. Many of these lessons come not from anything specific to Atlanta, but rather, from visiting 9 haunts over 4 nights…
98 - Our Atlanta Trip
Oct 16, 2017 • 61 min
We are back! We have returned from the exotic locale of Atlanta and, along the way, managed to take in 9 different haunted attractions including seven in two nights. While we really didn’t want to make this a “review” episode of Haunt Weekly, it’s kind of…
97 - Are Haunts Becoming Too Expensive?
Oct 9, 2017 • 52 min
Hope everyone is having a great season and that your haunts are operating as smoothly and as briskly as you like. For us as home haunters, this part of the month is the time where we head out and visit literally all of the haunts we can. However, we…
96 - September / October News
Oct 2, 2017 • 49 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s another episode divisble by four and that means it’s time to do THE NEWS! If your season hasn’t already started it’s likely coming up very soon. Either way, this is definitely the busy season for the industry and that’s…
95 - Retail Halloween
Sep 25, 2017 • 57 min
As haunters, we like to build things and the things we don’t build we usually have a “source” or a “guy” we’d rather buy from. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to traipse through the Halloween section at Walmart or swing by your nearest Spirit…
94 - Japes’ Current Projects
Sep 18, 2017 • 52 min
Japes Palles is one of the busiest men in haunting, and that’s saying something. Not only is he a new father but, even as haunt season is ramping up, he is taking on not one but two new projects, both of them epic in their scale and what they can do for…
93 - Why We Don’t Go Pro
Sep 11, 2017 • 53 min
You guys should go pro! Why don’t you? It’s a question we get asked dozens of times per year, usually starting right now as the work ramps up. Usually the question is high praise and comes from happy visitors to our overgrown home haunt. They see the work…
92 - August/September News
Sep 5, 2017 • 54 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s another episode divisible by four and that means it’s time to do the news! And a busy time for haunt news it is. As haunts gear up for the start of season, press releases are flying everywhere and everyone is talking about…
91 - Halloween & Hauntfest Recap
Aug 29, 2017 • 61 min
Halloween & Hauntfest 2017 is in the books and what a show it was. Some great classes, an exciting trade show floor and some after hours events that will make a lifetime of memories. Over the course of the 48 hours there, I have two talks, attended half a…
90 - Halloween & HauntFest Preview
Aug 21, 2017 • 49 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re not just staring at the eclipse, we’re gearing up to go to Halloween & HauntFest next weekend in Dallas! Now, before we begin, we had some technical issues with last week’s episode. If you didn’t ge the full 50 minutes of…
89 - What Haunters Can Learn from Pro Wrestling
Aug 15, 2017 • 54 min
To those who are not and never have been fans of pro wrestling, it can seem silly. That’s partly because it is, but, then again, so is haunting a lot of time. Just because something is silly doesn’t mean it isn’t also very serious. But, most importantly,…
88 - July/August News
Aug 7, 2017 • 50 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we’re doing the news and we have a lot to go through this episode! We have tales of two break ins at haunted attractions, an update on McKamey Manor, a new and unique haunt opening up in Orlando and another merger in…
87 - Raven’s Grin Inn
Jul 31, 2017 • 56 min
Most haunters are already very familiar with Raven’s Grin Inn, a year-round haunted attraction in Mt. Carroll, IL. The brain child and labor of Jim Warfield, it is an attraction that is both unique and revered. Last week, we got the chance to see the…
86 - 13 Online Services Haunters Need to Know
Jul 24, 2017 • 57 min
After a heavy podcast last week, we’re lightening things up this week with a podcast all about web services that can you run, promote and monetize your haunt more effectively. Best of all, these are all web services that, while very useful, aren’t…
85 - Offensive Haunting
Jul 17, 2017 • 54 min
Haunting is hard. Threading the needle between scaring someone and actively traumatizing hem is a difficult task. However, sometimes haunts can cross the line and include scares, props and scenes that do more to offend than scare. While haunting is an art…
84 - June/July News
Jul 10, 2017 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s another “4” episode meaning that it’s time to do the news! This is admittedly a slow week for haunted attraction news but there are still a few stories of serious import including the purchase of a major haunt conference…
83 - Haunt Branding Basics
Jul 3, 2017 • 51 min
Previously, on Haunt Weekly, we looked at haunt marketing and the questions that you need to answer with every single piece of marketing you put out. This week, we’re getting a bit more holistic and looking at haunt branding. This week’s episode is a…
82 - 6 Questions Your Marketing Must Answer
Jun 26, 2017 • 53 min
We’ve been spending a lot of time on haunted attraction websites and haunted attraction conference websites lately. What have we learned? That there is a lot of basic information missing from them. To that end, we’ve decided to do a little bit of…
81 - 7 Ways to Make a Terrible Escape Room
Jun 19, 2017 • 54 min
Making a good escape room is tough. It requires days of planning, countless hours of beta testing and an endless string of adjustments and tweaks. And we don’t have that kind of time, knowledge or expertise. However, we are avid players of escape games…
80 - May/June News
Jun 12, 2017 • 49 min
This week on Haunt Weekly it’s another episode divisible by four so that means we are doing the news! And it’s a surprisingly busy week for news as theme parks seem to be picking up the slack from the dead part of the year. We have news of several parks…
79 - 2010 Haunted Attraction Magazine
Jun 5, 2017 • 53 min
Not many podcast episodes start with a bit of house cleaning but this one certainly does. While doing some sprucing up ahead of a family visit, Crystal found a time capsule in an old box, a 2010 edition of Haunted Attraction Magazine, issue #53 to be…
78 - Women in Haunting #5 - Brooke Englehart
May 29, 2017 • 52 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we have a real treast for you as we sit down with Brooke Englehart of Svenpuss Productions. Based in Chicago, Svenpuss Productions is a traveling haunter troupe that also specializes in character designs, costumes and…
77 - Crowdfunding Your Haunt
May 22, 2017 • 53 min
The number one reason that haunts don’t make it past the concept stage is funding. However, as haunts get more expensive to open and remain high-risk traditiional sources to raise capital are being closed off. Banks, investors and self-funding are getting…
76 - April/May News
May 15, 2017 • 51 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we are doing the news! As we are wont to do on episodes diisible by four, we’re bringing yout the latest and greatest of haunted attraction news and, despite being literally as far away from Halloween as you can get, we have a…
75 - Japes Palles on Cancerous Actors
May 8, 2017 • 59 min
You might remember we sat down with Japes a few times in the past. For example Episode 59, Episode 46 and Episode 43 if you’re curious. You migh also remember that, on Episode 65, we discussed toxic actors and repeatedly said we wishes we could have Japes…
74 - Women in Haunting #4 - Sylvia Vicchiullo
May 1, 2017 • 48 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we are continuing our women in haunting series (it’s been far, far too long) and sitting down with Sylvia Vicchiullo, the cast managager for A Petrified Forest in central Florida. In this interview we learn a great deal about…
73 - Von Grimm Productions
Apr 24, 2017 • 51 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re kicking off interview month as we sit down with Matt Scott of Von Grimm Productions. Matt is a virtual wizard when it comes to masks and makeup effects for the haunt industry. He places an emphasis on creating high-quality…
72 - March/April News
Apr 17, 2017 • 48 min
This week on Haunt Weekly it’s another episode divisible by four and that means it is time to do the news! And it’s a busy month for haunted attraction news as we have the first haunt announced for Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, an upcoming…
71 - Our Haunt Wishlist
Apr 10, 2017 • 50 min
The idea for this week’s episode comes from one of our listeners and man is it a great one (Thank you Maximus Christian Bryant!). So good, it may well become a miniseries. Basically, as New Orleans residents, we’ve been to nearly every haunt along the…
70 - Dwayne Sanburn 2 (13th Gate)
Apr 3, 2017 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we are back with Dwayne Sanburn of the 13th Gate Haunted House in Baton Rogue, Louisiana but this time we’re not talking haunts, we’re talking room escapes, specifically the 13th Gate Escape. That’s right, this week is all about…
69 -Dwayne Sanburn (13th Gate)
Mar 27, 2017 • 52 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we sit down with a legend in the industry, Dwayne Sanburn of the 13th Gate Haunted House, Necropolis 13, 13th Gate Room Escapes and Midnight Productions. In this episode we sit down with Dwayne and discuss his haunt history…
68 - February/March News
Mar 20, 2017 • 51 min
Haunt Weekly is back with another news episode and boy do we have a doozy for you! Most of the news this week is actually really good with some excellent ideas on how to get some year-round business/attention for your attraction and some positive outcomes…
67 - Haunt-Related Charities
Mar 13, 2017 • 50 min
Charity has always been at the core of haunting. From the first haunted attractions that supported the Jaycees to modern megahaunts, the haunt community has always made giving back a priority. But while there are many great charities that you can support…
66 - Our Haunt Blunders
Mar 6, 2017 • 52 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re taking a trip down embarassing memory lane. We’ve never claimed to be perfect here, heck, we never claim to be experts. Just passionate people who have been doing this for a lot longer than sanity should allow. And since…
65 - Toxic Actors
Feb 27, 2017 • 55 min
Haunts are like families but, sometimes, families have toxic memebrs and you have to deal with them. While this is an unfortuante part of the haunt business, it’s a necessary part. Toxic actors can tear apart a haunt and sink even the best haunt seemingly…
64 - January/February News
Feb 20, 2017 • 52 min
It’s episode 64 and, since it’s another episode divisble by four, it’s time to do THE NEWS! It’s admittedly knid of a slow month this go around. While we have a slew of haunts who have opened up for for Valentine’s Day, the real news this month appears to…
63 - The Houses October Built
Feb 13, 2017 • 52 min
The haunt industry, unfortunately, doesn’t always have the best reputation witht he public at large. Though millions of consumers flock to haunts every year, many wonder if the danger is more than fantasy. While the truth is that we are one of the most…
62 - Our Escape Room Experiences
Feb 8, 2017 • 51 min
This is officially the cursed episode. We missed our recording date because we were both sick and coughing doesn’t sound good on camera. Then, when we went to record on Monday an SD card error ate most of our first take. Then, when we went to edit and…
61 - Conference Tips
Jan 30, 2017 • 56 min
Every week on this show we open up with a quick rundown of upcoming conferences and conventions. While we, unfortunately, aren’t planning to go to any in the near future due to job considerations, we believe that strong conferences help make our industry…
60 - January News
Jan 23, 2017 • 53 min
Well, it’s episode 60 and you know what that means, it’s time to do the news! It’s January so we are pretty much out of the post-season news and getting news that is looking forward to this year’s season. What that means for us is a lot of stories about…
59 - Catching Up With Japes
Jan 16, 2017 • 59 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, it’s a bit of a different episode. We’re catching up with our old friend and actor expert Japes Palles to learn how his season went and get his opinoin on some of the latest big stories in haunting. So, if you’ve missed Japes…
58 - Maintaining Secrecy
Jan 9, 2017 • 52 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we are all about the shhhhhhhh. Secrecy is a big part of haunting as this is an industry that depends upon the element of surprise. However, how do you maintain that secrecy in our current sharing culture, especially when…
57 - International Haunting
Jan 2, 2017 • 52 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we are going internationa! Well, the conversation is at least. There’s a tendency in the U.S. to thnk that haunted attractions are a decidedly American anomaly. However, a quick bit of research or a few trips abroad shows…
56 - December News
Dec 26, 2016 • 46 min
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s that joyous time of year where people are spending time with their families, consuming way too much food and, generally not working. But that doesn’t mean we get to take the week off. Not a chance. We’re back again…
55 - Christmas Demons
Dec 19, 2016 • 51 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we’re doing things a bit different. Rather than just talking about the haunted attraction industry, we wanted to do something special in honor of the holiday season. So we (and by we I mean Crystal) did a lot of research into…
54 - Handicap Accessibility
Dec 12, 2016 • 59 min
Handicap accessibility is one of the hot-button issues on pretty much every haunted attraction forum or group. Wheelchair access, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, the list of concerns and even complaints goes on. However, the ADA is the…
53 - Parking
Dec 5, 2016 • 54 min
With the one year anniversary out of the way, we can return to the business of putting out a weekly podcast and we have a doozy of an episode this week as we jump into the wild, exciting world of PARKING! Ok, maybe it’s not the most exciting topic but…
52 - October/November News
Nov 28, 2016 • 51 min
HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! That’s right, we’ve now been doing this crazy podcast for a full year and what better way to celebrate it than by doing what we do best: The News. Unfortunately, it’s kind of a sad news episode as we wrap up the haunt season…
51 - Seasonal Wrapup
Nov 21, 2016 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we are reflecting a bit. The season is over, the haunts are closed, cleanup has started and we’re taking a bit of a breather to look back on the season that was. For us, that means remembering the haunts we went to and thinking…
50 - Blackout Haunts
Nov 14, 2016 • 51 min
As the season winds down we turn our attention to one of the more bizarre but yet common traditions in our industry: Blackout or flashlight nights. The idea is fairly straightforward, take a haunt that has had countless hours of time and attention to…
49 - Interactive Haunts
Nov 7, 2016 • 59 min
As we wrap up the 2016 haunt season, we're taking a moment to reflect on one of our favorite trends that we saw in our area: Interactive haunts. While there's a lot of overlap between interactive and artisanal haunts, mainstream haunts are also getting in…
48 - October News
Oct 31, 2016 • 46 min
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hope that your season has been going well and that both the screams and the dollars are flowing well this year. It's certainly been a busy one for us and we've been very fortunate to not only have a great run so far with our small haunt,…
47 - Artisanal Haunts
Oct 24, 2016 • 55 min
There's been a growing trend across the country, one that's only recently reached our neck of the woods, of small "artisanal" haunts popping up every Halloween season. Whether they're run by artist spaces, theater groups or circus performers, these haunts…
46 - Actor Management
Oct 17, 2016 • 63 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're bringing back Japes Palles on the show to finish up his conversation about actors with a discussion about actor management. It's a crucial topic for a haunt of any size but doubly so for larger haunts. So how do you herd…
45 - Our Season So Far
Oct 10, 2016 • 55 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're taking a look back at our season so far. With our Halloween season about halfway over, we decided to take a look back at the season so far and reminisce about the 8 haunts we've visited and what haunters can learn from…
44 - September News
Oct 3, 2016 • 53 min
We're pretty sure most people have figured out what the focus of this week's episode is. It's about the FearVR story and, to be frank, we don't have any good answers here. Still, we talk at great length about the story and how our industry made…
43 - Actor Training
Sep 26, 2016 • 57 min
When it comes to actors, every haunt wants to know three things: Where to find them, how to train them and why they stay or leave. Japes Palles may not be able to help much with the first item, but he has 14 years of experience with the other two. This…
42 - Online Ticketing
Sep 19, 2016 • 54 min
It's that most wonderful time of the year, the time where haunts are opening up and we get to go to a few of our own! That, however, means buying tickets and, for a lot of the haunts, that means buying tickets online. Unfortunately though, buying tickets…
41 - Women in Haunting #3
Sep 12, 2016 • 50 min
This week on Haunt Weekly we are revisiting our Women in Haunting series but this one is a bit different. Our interviewee this week e is local to us and had a very negative experience with her attempt to enter into the haunt industry. While her experience…
40 - August / September News
Sep 5, 2016 • 53 min
Yes indeed, it's another episode that's divisible by four and that means it's time again to do the news! It's a bit of a downer this go around as we have stories of one major haunted attraction that will be shuttering its doors in the new year and another…
39 - Paid vs. Unpaid Actors
Aug 29, 2016 • 54 min
To pay? Or not to pay? That is the question. As haunts across the nation begin to recruit actors the question about pay will inevitably arise as actors and owners alike will try to decide what they want and what is best for them. The truth is this: There…
38 - Women in Haunting #2
Aug 22, 2016 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we are returning to the subject of women in haunting and have a great conversation with Neena Collins of the Scareatorium in Columbus, OH. Neena's story is, in many ways, not the typical one for a haunter. Though she was brought…
37 - Our Haunt Nightmares
Aug 15, 2016 • 56 min
We run one haunt, we've acted in several and we've been through countless. The vast, vast majority of our haunt experience has been completely safe, wonderful and fun. This is not about those experiences. There have been a few times that the horror of the…
36 - July / August News
Aug 8, 2016 • 39 min
Yes folks it's another episode divisible by four and that means it is time to do the news! We ended the show a little bit early this week. misestimating the amount of time we needed to talk about each of the stories. However, it's still a VERY busy time…
35 - Guerrilla Marketing
Aug 1, 2016 • 54 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we are putting my degree to some use and talking about guerrilla marketing. Guerrilla marketing is one of the most popular topics not just at haunted attraction conventions, but all small business conventions. However, most…
Huant Weekly - Episode 34 - Women in Haunting #1
Jul 25, 2016 • 52 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're doing something a little bit different. As we've discussed in some of the recent episodes, we're wanting to start a series on women in haunting where we discuss the experiences and challenges women face in the haunt…
Episode 33: Haunt Weekly Episode 33 - Haunt Reviews
Jul 18, 2016 • 55 min
With the recent news in our industry, we've been thinking more about haunt reviews in general and the tense relationship between haunters and reviewers. The truth is we have a very unique culture when it comes to reviews. Many haunters seem to dislike…
32 - June / July News
Jul 11, 2016 • 50 min
Yes everyone it's another multiple of four and that means it's time to do the news! This time, however, things are a little bit different. We start off this week talking about the recent controversy involving Ohio Valley Haunts. While it's rough that we…
31 - Our Process
Jul 4, 2016 • 53 min
Every haunt that has a backstory has a process for coming up with it. This week, we wanted to share ours and take a long look at how we come up with the story and how it ties into the construction of our haunt. So how do we come up with a new back story…
30 - Rapid Fire Questions #1
Jun 27, 2016 • 50 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're doing things a little bit differently. Normally we find a topic and take a deep 50-minute dive into it but we've had a lot of things we've wanted to discuss but haven't really been able to figure out a way to talk about it…
29 - Horror in Music Videos
Jun 20, 2016 • 56 min
Following up on our previous conversation about the need for kid-friendly horror, we take a look at look at one medium that's been giving the younger generation a good fright for decades: Music videos But these videos aren't just a way to introduce kids…
28 - May / June News
Jun 13, 2016 • 57 min
It's a number four episode and that means it's time to do the news! And to think, we were worried we wouldn't have enough to do a monthly news show. This week we have a lot of news about haunts, opening/closing/moving etc. as we enter permit season,…
27 - Universal Horror
Jun 6, 2016 • 53 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we have something very special for you. We brought in a good friend of ours, Dawn, to talk about her experiences with Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios in Orlando. Dawn is a 10 year veteran of Universal Studios and…
26 - Indoor vs. Outdoor Haunts
May 30, 2016 • 56 min
When people start thinking about opening a haunt, there's one decision that they usually make almost subconsciously: Whether the haunt will be indoor or outdoor. Very few haunts, it seem, seriously consider changing their path in this regard. Most people…
25 - Alcohol and Haunting
May 23, 2016 • 53 min
Pretty much every haunt has had to kick out a drunk and belligerent customer. It's a part of the industry that few like to talk about but everyone is familiar with. This is part of why the haunt industry's relationship with alcohol is so strained. Being…
24 - April / May News
May 16, 2016 • 52 min
This time on Haunt Weekly, it's all about the news! That's right, it's an episode that's divisible by four and that means we're taking a look at all of the latest and greatest news in the haunted attraction/entertainment industry. And boy do we have a lot…
23 - A-Maze-ing Failure
May 9, 2016 • 52 min
Maze attractions are great. For many, nothing says Halloween more than a corn maze in the dead of a brisk October night. However, many haunted houses incorporate mazes into their attractions, rather than making them standalone. The idea is simple enough,…
22 - Haunted Attractions and Horror Video Games
May 2, 2016 • 55 min
Many haunted attractions bill themselves as an interactive horror movie. Why should one simply watch a film when they can be a part of it? But on that front haunted attractions have some strong competition in the form of horror video games, which actually…
21 - Finding and Recruiting Actors
Apr 24, 2016 • 53 min
For all of the planning, building and other work that goes into a haunted attraction, haunts inevitably run on actors. It's the people in the haunt that make or break it. But recruiting and keeping good actors is no simple matter. Virtually every haunt…
20 - March / April News
Apr 17, 2016 • 51 min
Haunt Weekly fans it's time once again to do the news, this time for the fifth time. This week's episode starts on a bit of a down note as we get dueling reminders about the importance of safety when working on and acting in a haunted attractions. We then…
19 - Hell Houses
Apr 10, 2016 • 55 min
Religion and haunted attractions have always been a strange mixture. Sure haunts have long had exorcism rooms and themes surrounding the devil, but typically haunts have avoided straying too far into to the religious. But while haunting has been reluctant…
18 - The Worst Haunt Ever
Apr 3, 2016 • 55 min
The two of us have been blessed with our haunt experiences, nearly every single time we've been through a haunt we have enjoyed ourselves or, at the very least, had something great to take away. We've been able to tour some of the greatest haunts in the…
17 - Ethics in Haunting
Mar 27, 2016 • 55 min
Haunters have always had a strange fascination with evil. We love using the fear of evil to build a mood and get scares in customers. Our attractions regularly feature grizzly murders, demonic creatures, inhuman villains and much, much more. We even…
16 - February / March News
Mar 20, 2016 • 53 min
Rejoice Haunt Weekly lovers it is time for our fourth news episode as we get you caught up on all of the things going on in the haunted attraction industry. While it's true that the ides of march (or close to it) is far from peak season for haunt news,…
15 - Baby Got Backstory
Mar 13, 2016 • 54 min
Backstory. Not every haunt has one, not every haunt needs one, but if you're looking for a great, free way to improve your customer's experience and your marketing, it's a great place to start. However, not all backstories are created equal and even great…
14 - Talking About Tech
Mar 6, 2016 • 52 min
Though tech has become an important part of almost every industry, it's been playing a unique role in the haunt industry for nearly 50 years. What started off as parlor tricks meant to impress and woo crowds has slowly turned into an integral part of…
13 - The Core Haunt Crew (Krewe?)
Feb 28, 2016 • 52 min
It's a simple fact of haunting, while everyone loves scaring the ever-loving hell out of the customers, there's a lot more that goes into a haunt than just putting on a costume and scaring people. So this begs a simple question: How many hats do you have…
12 - January / February News
Feb 21, 2016 • 50 min
12 is divisible by 4 so that means it's time for us to do the news! While February might not seem like a time bustling with news for the haunted attraction industry we have a couple of major stories this week as we learn of one year-around haunt closing…
11 - Touch vs. No Touch Haunts
Feb 14, 2016 • 54 min
When opening up a haunt, one of the first questions that has to be answered is whether the haunt will be a touch or a no touch haunt. This decision is crucial because it affects nearly every decision that will come later including the design of the haunt,…
10 -HAuNTcon Recap
Feb 7, 2016 • 61 min
This week on Haunt weekly, we make our triumphant return from HAuNTcon and present our thorough recap including a breakdown of the classes we attended and some of the highlights of what we learned. As a result, this episode has a little bit of everything…
9 - Distract and Startle
Jan 31, 2016 • 55 min
This week on Haunt Weekly, we are at HAuNTcon. However, since the conference is ongoing you'll have to wait until next week for our wrap up and other wonderful content. However, we aren't ones to disappoint, we have a great show this week as we bring on…
8 - HAuNTcon & December/January News
Jan 24, 2016 • 53 min
It's that time again! Another month has passed and it's time for us to cover the news. This week's episode is mostly about the biggest story in the haunted attraction industry this month: HAuNTcon. We will be in attendance at HAuNTcon (one of us will be…
7 - Basic Actor Scares
Jan 17, 2016 • 56 min
The most common question actors have when they start a new role is "What do you want me to do?" Sadly, the answer isn't always straightforward. Sometimes, what the haunt owner or supervisor wants is not necessarily what is best for that actor or the room.…
6 - Haunted Attraction Websites
Jan 10, 2016 • 56 min
Websites. Your haunt has to have one. So how do you make sure your website doesn't suck? Here at Haunt Weekly the only thing we've done more than build haunts is develop websites and it's time for us to have a serious sit down about this issue because,…
5 - Price Differentiation (VIP Lines & Coupons)
Jan 3, 2016 • 53 min
It's time to talk some business. When it comes to running your haunt, you're trying to operate a year-round business that's only open for about 6 weeks. You need to attract as many customers as possible and bring in as much money from each of them that…
4 - November/December News and Christmas Stuff
Dec 27, 2015 • 50 min
It's episode 4 of Haunt Weekly and that means it is time to get caught up on the news! We have a lot to go over this week as we're covering all of the news stories from early November to mid-December, meaning we have six full weeks of stories to go…
3 - Basic Haunt Construction & Design
Dec 20, 2015 • 57 min
Previously we discussed haunt safety much but now we get to the nitty gritty: How to build and design a haunt. Obviously, this is too much to unpack in one episode so think of this as a whirlwind tour the basics of haunt construction and design. Why…
2 - Basic Haunt Safety
Dec 13, 2015 • 56 min
When it comes to running a haunted house, nothing is more important than safety. At the end of the night, you want every customer and actor to go home safely. So, in the spirit of safety first, we're making our first real episode of Haunt Weekly a…
1 - Introductions
Dec 5, 2015 • 23 min
Welcome to the first episode of haunt weekly! In this episode we introduce ourselves, Jonathan and Crystal, and we talk a bit about our backgrounds, what we want this podcast to be and, most importably, how you can help. ——more—— Our goal is to make this…