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ScareHouse Podcast

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One of America’s Best Haunted Houses
131: Jordan Patton Talks FaceOff and DeadNecks
Jul 20 • 44 min
Jordan Patton, a competitor from Syfy’s FaceOff, sits down with Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” Dudas to discuss FaceOff, his early beginnings at ScareHouse, and DeadNecks. Jordan discusses his time on FaceOff and what the process is like on the show…
130: Pittsburgh Movie Behind the Scenes Legend Steve Parys
Apr 5 • 72 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" chat with Assistant Director and Pittsburgh native Steve Parys. Steve has worked on television shows and movies filmed in Pittsburgh and around the world including Silence of the Lambs, Fear the Walking…
129: Fan Q&A with Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders”
Mar 29 • 55 min
Before Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" left for Transworld, they recorded a live Q&A podcast where they answered fan questions at Sorgatron Media Studios. Fans submitted questions beforehand on Facebook…
128: Poison Props Adam Johnston
Mar 15 • 35 min
Poison Props has been creating fast, durable haunt house animatronics for 11 years. ScareHouse has at least one Poison Props animatronic in each of their haunts. You must be willing to learn and get feedback from your client to run a successful business.…
127: Themed Attractions Legend Robbi Lepre
Feb 19 • 75 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons introduces Katie "Dudders" to the amazing and inspiring live entertainment shows and events legend, Robbi Lepre. Robbi talks about her almost 40 years of experience in the industry, learning from other haunted attraction…
126: Basement Managers Tracy and Kevin
Jan 19 • 43 min
Tracy discusses the inspiration behind her character Patti from The Basement 2016. Why the first character you meet from The Basement is the most important one. Tracy and Kevin discuss what it was like going from The Basement actors to managers. The…
125: 2017 ScareHouse Season Recap with Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders”
Dec 7, 2017 • 55 min
The 2017 ScareHouse season was filled with wild moments that included a German television crew, flugtag, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Star Wars. Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” look back on 2017 and talk about what’s next for ScareHouse in…
124: Kip Polley Pale Night Productions Returns
Sep 27, 2017 • 34 min
A few weeks before opening night, Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Beechview to Sorgatron Media Studios to record a long distance podcast with Kip Polley from Pale Night Productions. Kip was visiting the Southern Illinois…
123: Ricky Brigante Founder of Inside the Magic
Sep 4, 2017 • 35 min
Three weeks away from opening night, Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Beechview to Sorgatron Media Studios to record a long distance podcast with Ricky Brigante from Inside the Magic. Ricky talks about the challenge running…
122: Top Horror Movie Picks with Sean Collier
Aug 12, 2017 • 72 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” head down to The Basement with Sean Collier to talk about their favorite horror movies. Sean’s passion for movies is evident when he appears on the radio, the comedy stage, his podcast, and when he…
121: The Dent Schoolhouse with Bud and Aryn
Jul 30, 2017 • 54 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit Bud Stross and Aryn Fox from The Dent Schoolhouse. They chat about the legend of The Dent Schoolhouse, how they got their start in the haunted attraction industry,…
120: ScareHouse Actor 001 - Tracy Campbell
Jul 14, 2017 • 45 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” chat with veteran actress Tracy Campbell. They discuss Scott and Tracy’s shared television news history, what it’s like to have your face all over ScareHouse marketing, and how props, hair, and music…
119: Nick Paradise, Kennywood’s Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Jul 8, 2017 • 35 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” head to Kennywood to chat with their Director of Public Relations and Social Media, Nick Paradise. They discuss year round marketing of seasonal businesses, innovating while remembering your roots, the…
118: Members of 501st Garrison Carida Star Wars Troop
Jun 23, 2017 • 52 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” geek out with Tim Gregg, Dan Beltz, and Greg Ochaba, members of the 501st Garrison Carida over everything Star Wars. They talk about the 501st charity missions, what drew them to the group, their first…
117: Allen and Shannon Hopps
Jun 14, 2017 • 87 min
Allen Hopps is the "Forrest Gump of the Haunted Attraction Industry" having contributed to several of America's iconic haunted attractions over the last 20 years. Days after high school graduation he drove a moped from Baltimore to Orlando to perform as…
116: Throwback to Jerry from Creepy Collection at 2015 Midwest Haunters Convention
Jun 5, 2017 • 63 min
Throwing it back to the 2015 Midwest Haunters Convention. Our former Director of Operations Crystal caught up with Jerry Dalessandro from Creepy Collection on the show floor. Looking for zombies? Clowns? Demon dolls? We got a guy. Brooklyn born artist,…
115: Zombie Army, Naked and Scared, and Pushing Haunted House Boundaries
May 29, 2017 • 103 min
Scott Simmons and Kate "Dudders" Dudas join fellow haunters, hustlers, and provocateurs John Laflamboy (Zombie Army Productions) and Pat Konopelski (Shocktoberfest) for an extended conversation about modern haunted attractions. John shares the birth and…
114: Glenn and Ursula from Submersive Productions
May 22, 2017 • 92 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons travels to Baltimore to catch up with former ScareHouse audio masters Glenn Ricci and Ursula Marcum from Submersive Productions to talk about immersive theater. Scott and Glenn first worked together in sixth grade on a…
113: 3 Rivers Comicon With Todd and Jon from New Dimension Comics
May 15, 2017 • 48 min
Creative Director Scott Simmons catches up with Todd McDevitt and Jon Engel from New Dimensions Comics at Rock Bottom to chat about the comic book industry, pushing your ventures, and 3 Rivers Comicon. Scott asks Jon and Todd when and how they first got…
112: Macabre Noir, Aaron Doctor Morose, and The Mad Muse Lori Howsare Discuss Wearing Your Weird on the Outside and Atrocity Exhibition IX
May 7, 2017 • 61 min
The award winning Atrocity Exhibition’s ninth performance will take you to hell. Katie “Dudders” caught up with Macabre Noir, Aaron Doctor Morose, and Lori Howsare “The Mad Muse” at Atrocity’s command center, aka Macabre’s living room. They talk about the…
111: Over Caffeinated Chat with Rob Johnston About Social Media, Adapting, and Being Genuine with Your Audience
Apr 28, 2017 • 56 min
Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” hang out on a loading dock in Pittsburgh’s Strip District with Rob Johnston to talk about social media and the importance of being genuine with your audience. Highlights: Rob, former ScareHouse Podcast host, reminisces…
110: Exploring the Pittsburgh Burlesque Scene with Boom Boom Bridgette, Moon, & Thea Biss
Apr 21, 2017 • 61 min
Katie “Dudders” sits down with Pittsburgh Burlesque performers and members of the ScareHouse family, Boom Boom Bridgette, Moon, and Thea Biss. The ladies discuss Pittsburgh’s current burlesque scene, what attracted them to performing, and how burlesque is…
109: Bricolage Production Company, Enter the Imaginarium, & Immersive Theater
Apr 11, 2017 • 66 min
Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” sat down with Tami Dixon, Jeffrey Carpenter, and Rod Schwartz from Bricolage Production Company. Bricolage works to remove the fourth wall to differentiate themselves from traditional theater productions and become closer…
108: Interview with John Eslich: Roadtrip to Factory of Terror in Canton
Mar 13, 2017 • 61 min
Factory of Terror is one of largest indoor haunted houses in the WORLD. Scott and Dudders sit down with owner John Eslich to talk about what it takes to become a Guiness World Record winner, helping customers get their scare on in the offseason, how…
107: Nino is Promoted to Operations Manager so Let’s do a Throwback to his First Podcast
Feb 22, 2017 • 46 min
Congratulations to our new Operations Manager Nino Balistrieri! We’re going to go back to December 2015 for Nino’s first starring role in a podcast when he was our Tech Manager. Nino and Pnuematics Assistant/Actor Maryane Kimbler are the masterminds that…
106: Recap of Valentine’s Day in The Basement with Costume Manager & Designer Madison and Design Manager Nicole
Feb 15, 2017 • 64 min
This season’s Valentine’s Day event in The Basement took customers down the rabbit hole to a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. Creative Director Scott Simmons, Katie “Dudders”, Costume Manager & Designer Madison, and Design Manager Nicole walk…
105: Pittsburgh’s “Podfather” Michael Sorg Talks About his Podcast Evolution, Creating Your own Space Online, and Niche Entertainment
Feb 8, 2017 • 62 min
Michael Sorg is known as the “Podfather” and has been podcasting in Pittsburgh for over 10 years. He began with a Juggalo podcast and now hosts weekly shows discussing pro-wrestling, technology, and awesome things happening in and around Pittsburgh. We…
104: The Basement, Studio Wrestling, and Bad Sports Analogies: A Chat with ScareHouse Veteran Christine Mancini
Feb 1, 2017 • 56 min
ScareHouse veteran actress, Christine Mancini, got her first lesson on sarcasm from a nun and her acting chops from studio wrestling. She has a unique voice and large presence that ScareHouse and Basement customers remember long after they leave. Creative…
103: Fog, Snow, and Smell with Chris Markgraf from Froggy’s Fog
Jan 25, 2017 • 35 min
Froggy’s Fog provides fog, haze, snow, bubbles, and even smells for haunted houses across the country (and probably the world). The company started in the roller skating industry then expanded to haunts, mega-churches, emergency and military personnel…
102: Embrace Your Weird: Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews Curators of Planet Weird’s Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult
Jan 18, 2017 • 32 min
Director of Sales and Marketing Katie “Dudders” and Design Manager Nicole Conniff traveled to Gettysburg, PA for Strange Escapes in December. While they were there, they had a chance to chat with Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews, the currators of Planet…
101: Saying Goodbye to our Director of Operations Crystal
Jan 11, 2017 • 65 min
Our Director of Operations, Crystal, is leaving us for sunny California (and who can blame her right now.) She sat down with Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie “Dudders” to reflect on her last 9 years with…
100: Serpentine: Ayne Terceira from Uncumber Theatrics’ Newest Immersive and Alternative Reality Game
May 18, 2016 • 41 min
“Serpentine is a film-noir style Alternate Reality Game that examines a true Pittsburgh cold case. Be prepared to travel to different Pittsburgh locales in search of clues, meet up with different characters, collaborate with fellow participants, and…
99: Gaming Geeks Dreams Come True: PAPA & ReplayFX in Carnegie, PA
May 12, 2016 • 34 min
Scott and Dudders visit the PAPA (Professional & Amateur Pinball Association) warehouse to chat with Special Events Director of ReplayFX, Fred Cochran. The warehouse contains 506 pinball and 300 video games from the 1950s to today. Fred, Scott, and…
98: Atrocity Event Preview 2016 with Macabre & Morose: The Infamous Aaron Doctor & Doing Terrible Things in Beautiful Ways
May 4, 2016 • 40 min
“Morose & Macabre’s annual cavalcade of the beautiful and bizarre. The Atrocity Exhibition promises to create an immersive theater experience that tells one horribly wonderful story through the art of nationally recognized sideshow, burlesque, and cabaret…
97: Scenic Artist & Prop Designer Brian Demski
Apr 27, 2016 • 30 min
Hosts Katie “Dudders” and Scott Simmons interview scenic artist, prop designer, special effects makeup artist, and production designer Brian Demski. His distinct style can be found in some of the biggest haunts in the industry and Hollywood movies. His…
96: Valentine’s Day in The Basement: Murder Castle
Feb 4, 2016 • 33 min
Darkness. Obsession. Murder. It’s time for Valentine’s Day in The Basement. This all new production is based on the true story of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. This year guests will step into our own version of his murder castle. Podcast…
95: The Forest: Movie & Facts with Fear Expert Margee Kerr
Jan 15, 2016 • 39 min
Fear Expert Margee Kerr joins ScareHouse team members Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” Dudas to discuss The Forest and the facts and sociological elements that influenced the movie. Margee visited Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji as part of her…
94: ScareHouse Tech Experts Nino and Maryanne
Dec 29, 2015 • 46 min
They are the masterminds that bring Hollywood quality effects to live each and every night of our season, without the benefits of editing or 2nd takes. From turning Michael Dougherty’s Halloween classic Trick r Treat into an immersive pop-up-book, to…
93: Krampus Comes To ScareHouse
Nov 24, 2015 • 62 min
This season the ScareHouse design team partnered with LEGENDARY to create two all-new attractions based on the twisted imagination of Michael Dougherty, the writer/director of the films Trick ‘r Treat and the upcoming film Krampus. ScareHouse Creative…
92: A Strange Escape with Amy Bruni
Nov 17, 2015 • 53 min
The ScareHouse podcast is back! ScareHouse’s Kate Dudas and Nicole Conniff return from a weekend of paranormal investigations at Gettysburg with our friend and Ghost Hunters’ star Amy Bruni! Kate and Nicole talk with ScareHouse Creative Director Scott…
91: 30 Years of Fears with Ed Gannon
Jul 7, 2015 • 25 min
Ed Gannon has been in the Haunted house industry for almost 30 years designing, acting and building haunted attractions all over the country! As Director of Attractions and Development for Massachusetts’ Spooky World, he designed, built, and managed all…
90: Creepy Collection
Jun 15, 2015 • 62 min
Looking for zombies? Clowns? Demon dolls? We got a guy. Brookyn born artist, entrepeuneur, and hustler (compliment) Jerry Dalessandro joins ScareHouse Director of Operations Crystal Rupp to talk about Creepy Collection - recorded at the Midwest Haunters…
89: Midwest Haunters Convention 2015
Jun 7, 2015 • 27 min
ScareHouse Director of Operations Crystal Rupp and ScareHouse Sociologist Margee Kerr wrap up this year’s Midwest Haunters Convention: the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US! MHC serves haunted attraction industry professionals, home haunters,…
88: Burlesque, Side Show, and Dark Arts - The Atrocity Exhibition!
May 6, 2015 • 63 min
ScareHouse Art Director joins us for a preview of Morose and Macabre’s Atrocity Exhibition of dark, twisted and sexy sideshow, cabaret, burlesque, and performance art! This annual event, this year held on May 16th at the Rex Theater, brings together some…
87: Haunted House Convention 2015
Mar 24, 2015 • 56 min
It’s time to recall and recover our 2015 adventures at the world’s largest trade show for the haunted attraction industry! ScareHouse scream team members Crystal Rupp, Macabre Noir, and Nino Balistrieri talk about 5 action packed days at TransWorld’s…
86: How to Kick Ass
Mar 13, 2015 • 79 min
How can freelance artists stay successful, creative, and positive in a world full of competition, distraction, and negativity? ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons joins costume designer Jen Rocket, graphic artist & photographer Rachellyn Schoen,…
85: Social Media Marketing 2015
Feb 26, 2015 • 56 min
No matter what people try to tell or sell you, social media is still the most powerful and effective way to attract customers to your haunted house or Halloween event … and a vital component of any succesful consumer business. But with trends and habits…
84: Director of Operations Crystal Rupp
Feb 19, 2015 • 46 min
Veteran ScareHouse manager and performer Crystal Rupp joins Creative Director Scott Simmons and Sociologist Margee Kerr to look back at the explosive growth of Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House, and to look ahead at our ambitious plans for Halloween…
83: Plenty of Fish In The Sea
Feb 10, 2015 • 66 min
We’re back! After a lengthy hiatus the podcast team from one of America’s Scariest Hallowen Attractions returns for an extended epsiode … that has almost nothing to do with haunted houses. Long-time listeners should be in no way suprised. Rob Johnston,…
82: Our Legendary Season
Nov 19, 2014 • 61 min
This week we talk with Kevin, Margee and Scott as they share their experiences about this past season and how successful it was. There were a lot of surprise visits from Legendary folks! Scott and Margee also talk a little more about the ups and downs of…
81: Skydiving, Juggalos, and all things thrilling
Aug 14, 2014 • 56 min
This week we check in with Rob, Scott, and Margee as they share adventuers about skydiving, the Gathering of the Juggalos, Vine, and all things chilling and thrilling. Our hosts get deep as they talk about the truth and the myth surrounding the Gathering…
80: Talking horror with local author Thomas Sweterlitsch
Jul 31, 2014 • 44 min
This week the ScareHouse Podcast is back and talking with Thomas Sweterlitsch who just published his first novel with Putnam titled “Tomorrow and Tomorrow.” Tom lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter. He has a Master’s Degree in Literary and…
79: ScareHouse visits AlphaLab Gear
Jun 25, 2014 • 43 min
On Wednesday, June 18, President Obama hosted the first-ever Makers Faire at the White House. To celebrate this #NationOfMakers, AlphaLab Gear, the hardware and robotics accelerator program of Innovation Works, hosted a social media Day of Makers event.…
78: ScareHouse Bunny Revealed!
Jun 18, 2014 • 72 min
It’s been the best kept secret for over five years but on this week’s ScareHouse Podcast we reveal the man behind the axe, the original ScareHouse Bunny actor who took a dirty bunny costume to a whole new level. The ScareHouse Bunny has appeared on…
77: Scenic Design with Christopher de Troy
May 28, 2014 • 26 min
This week special guest host Dudders talks with Christopher deTroy who was in town working with Mike “Tattoo” Krausert and the ScareHouse design team. Chris is the creative director for the New York Renaissance Faire and Forest of Fear. In addition to…
76: Bogota, Fun World, Furries, and Juggalos
May 7, 2014 • 53 min
This week’s ScareHouse podcast features the one and only Katie AKA “Dudders” as a special guest host. We find out all about Margee’s recent trip to Bogota, Colombia where she explored the history of the horror genre, popular ghost stories, and the topic…
75: Midwest Haunters Convention 2014
Apr 30, 2014 • 55 min
Ben Armstrong, co-founder of Netherworld Haunted House, and Jennifer Braverman, President of Transworld Trade Shows, join us for an extended preview of the 2014 Midwest Haunters Convention! The Midwest Haunters Convention is the largest Halloween show of…
74: THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION 2014 - MUSEUM OF DREAMS
Apr 23, 2014 • 30 min
This week we talk to Macabre Noir and Lilith Deville from Morose & Macabre’s Atrocity Exhibition coming to the Rex Theater on May 17th. Macabre is not only the organizer of Atrocity she is the instructor for The Steel City Burlesque Academy and a designer…
73: Mollie the Painter
Apr 16, 2014 • 23 min
This week’s podcast features ScareHouse makeup artist and Customer Service rock star Mollie Stofan. Mollie is a Robert Morris University grad who started who own successful business “Mollie the Painter.” Mollie works year round face painting at a variety…
72: The Josh and Gab Show!
Apr 9, 2014 • 76 min
What kind of connections would a singing comedy duo have to a haunted house? More than you might think! This week the ScareHouse Podcast talks to Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso, two Pittsburgh-based writers, performers, educators, and public…
71: TransWorld Recap and ScareHouse 2014
Apr 2, 2014 • 48 min
This week catch up with Rob Johnston, Scott Simmons, and Margee Kerr as they recap all the latest from TransWorld, Japan, and Vine! Scott gives us a recap of TransWorld-AKA the Haunt Show which is the world’s largest haunted house trade show held every…
70: Margee’s Adventures in Japan
Mar 26, 2014 • 27 min
Margee Kerr takes us with her on her trip to Japan as she explores thrilling and scary attractions and spaces for her book SCREAM: Adventures in the Upside of Fear. She visits several haunted attractions, amusement parks, and just straight up scary…
69: Interactive and Immersive Theater
Mar 18, 2014 • 60 min
Ayne Terceira has worked with ScareHouse for two years as the very first actor in The Basement at ScareHouse and has now developed her own immersive theater and art piece titled “Her Things: An Interactive Estate Sale.” We talk to her and the show’s…
68: Burners, Artists, and Clowns in the Basement
Mar 12, 2014 • 39 min
Meet Bonnie Banner, also affectionately known as “Happy the Clown” from The Basement at ScareHouse. Bonnie is an actress, make up artist, and designer with ScareHouse. We talk with Bonnie about her extremely diverse experiences growing up, in the haunt…
67: Writer/Comic Sean Collier
Mar 5, 2014 • 81 min
Sean Collier was described as a “budding media personality” by the Pittsburgh City Paper, and no one - least all of him - seems to know what that means. What is verifiable about Sean is a varied list of roles around town. He’s the movie critic for the…
66: ScareHouse Designers Aaron, Allison, and Nicole
Feb 26, 2014 • 33 min
This week, we’re hanging out with three long-time members of the “ScareHouse Family” of artists, designers, and performers. Aaron Parkus, Allison Edwards, and Nicole Danielle Conniff have designed, built, and detailed our sets and effects, created and…
65: Jennifer Rocket and Rachellynn Schoen
Feb 19, 2014 • 51 min
Get ready to be inspired. Pittsburgh seamstress and ScareHouse consultant, Jen Rocket, operates from her sewing studio in Highland Park, east of Downtown Pittsburgh. Jen is a 4th generation seamstress who began sewing at the age of 5. Jen graduated from…
64: Kiara’s Spring Fling and Online Fundraiser
Feb 12, 2014 • 19 min
Meet Kiara Hawk. As the Syria Shriners 2013 Poster Child, Kiara has seen her fair share of hardships due to the spina bifida and other health issues that she’s had to deal with her whole life. This past Thanksgiving, hardships befell her family again as a…
63: The Artist Hustle: Meet Matt Gondek
Feb 5, 2014 • 41 min
Matt Gondek is a Pittsburgh freelance illustrator and artist. He has worked with a diverse set of clients—from Hot Topic and the Vans Warped Tour to the NBA. Matt also works with ScareHouse and was heavily involved in painting and design in Creepo…
62: The Scariest Job in Town—Talking with WPXIs Scott Harbaugh
Jan 29, 2014 • 64 min
Scott Harbaugh, meteorologist for Severe Weather Team 11 and PCNC joins us to talk all things weather, social media, and fear. Scott grew up in Pittsburgh and is an alumnus of North Allegheny so if anyone knows how Pittsburghers respond to weather crises,…
60: Looking Back and Forward
Jan 15, 2014 • 80 min
For the first episode of 2014, the ScareHouse podcast team reveals how each of them became involved with the “ScareHouse Empire,” shares secrets and stories from a year filled success, and looks ahead to a new year of exciting adventures! Rob Johnston,…
59: Haunted House Business Advice from the Experts
Dec 11, 2013 • 28 min
Want to get started in the haunted house business? Looking for low-cost yet high-impact ways to improve your haunt? Want to learn how you can grow your haunted attraction into a full-year business? This week’s podcast features a Q & A with haunted house…
58: The Basement
Dec 2, 2013 • 73 min
What is THE BASEMENT at ScareHouse? Here’s how boingboing.net described it: “The most spectacular attraction this year was the newly-opened, adults-only Basement, where individual visitors receive the singular attentions of a range of nightmarish crazies…
57: ScareHouse 2013 - Guillermo del Toro and Good Morning America!
Nov 25, 2013 • 58 min
Annnnnnd we’re back! After an unexpected hiatus, the ScareHouse Podcast team returns for a fast-paced look back at an amazing season for Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House. Rob Johnston, Laura Kelly, Margee Kerr, and Scott Simmons talk about our…
56: ScareHouse Promo Shoot 2013
Aug 15, 2013 • 16 min
Annnnd we’re back! Sorry about the brief hiatus, but we hope to have new episodes of our podcast back online every week. This week: a short sneak peek at this year’s promo shoot! The same creative team who creates our sets, effects, and characters are…
55: Jerry Gergely - Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program
Aug 1, 2013 • 25 min
Jerry Gergely is a highly regarded special effects artist who has worked on classic genre tv shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Babylon Five - and is the technical director for Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program. Jerry joins former…
54: Dent School House
Jul 16, 2013 • 37 min
Road trip! The ScareHouse design team pays a visit to our friends at The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati - which is ranked as one of the nation’s best haunted attractions by USA Today, Forbes, Fangoria, Haunted Attraction Magazine, Hauntworld,…
53: Great American Water Balloon Fight
Jul 10, 2013 • 27 min
100,000 water ballons, four teams led by Pittsburgh celebs, and a truly EPIC battle in downtown Pittsburgh to help raise money in the fight against global poverty. It’s the Great American Water Balloon Fight! Ian Rosenberger and Vivien Luk from Team Tassy…
52: Anthrocon - The World’s Largest Furry Convention (encore episode)
Jul 2, 2013 • 84 min
Encore episode! This extended episode of our podcast (which was originally recorded and posted in 2012) features a rare and guided tour behind the scenes of Anthrocon, the World’s largest Furry convention, which takes place in Pittsburgh every summer.…
51: ScareHouse Family Picnic
Jun 25, 2013 • 35 min
Dudders takes you to the annual “ScareHouse Family Picnic” - our annual gathering of veteran cast and crew members every June. In between eating and random attacks with water balloons, our actors and actresses talk about about new friends, scaring people…
50: Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March
Jun 19, 2013 • 37 min
ScareHouse is proud to support Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March and PrideFest - presented by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh (their mission is to increase awareness and understanding of and improve the quality of life for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and…
49: Hoochie, Haunt Shows, and Hanging Aht
Jun 12, 2013 • 34 min
ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and “Scare Specialist” Dr. Margee Kerr hang out and talk about wild weekends at both The Midwest Haunters Convention and the West Coast Haunters Convention, offer advice to new haunters and Halloween enthusiasts,…
48: Cydney Neil and Mike Krausert
Jun 5, 2013 • 36 min
Cydney Neil is the Producer and Creative Director of the legendary Rocky Point Haunted House, one of the most iconic and successful haunted attractions in history. Under her direction Rocky Point went from 100 guests and $500 in income to nearly 70,000…
47: Terror Behind The Walls - A Massive Haunt in a Haunted Prison
May 28, 2013 • 34 min
Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Now in its 22nd year, Terror Behind the Walls attracts over 100,000 visitors from around the world…
46: Midwest Haunters Convention
May 15, 2013 • 56 min
The annual Midwest Haunters Convention, held in Columbus Ohio, is one of the largest Halloween shows of its kind in the US for Haunted Attraction Producers, Actors, Artists and Home Haunters. Kelly Collins joins ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons…
45: Nightmare Factory and West Coast Haunters Convention
May 8, 2013 • 42 min
Ed Roberts started working at haunted houses in the 1970s, with no idea that he would one day be featured on a national TV show alongside Rob Zombie, or become the mastermind behind a annual convention for the haunted attraction industry. The Nightmare…
44: Nuns n Vines
May 1, 2013 • 37 min
The gang’s back together! Laura Kelly, Rob Johnston, Margee Kerr, and Scott Simmons hang out and talk about recent adventures involving New York City, gothic burlesque, claymation, singing nuns, and bathtubs filled with french fries. Plus, an extended…
43: Macabre Noir - Burlesque, Body Modification, and Horror Art
Apr 17, 2013 • 31 min
Pittsburgh’s Macabre Noir is a body modification sideshow performer, burlesque dancer, and creator of neo-Victorian horror-inspired works of art for “Dr. Morose & Miss Macabre’s House of Oddities.” How does one start walking on glass? Why was she named as…
42: Living in one of America’s Hippest Cities… Pittsburgh!
Apr 10, 2013 • 23 min
Did you know that Pittsburgh has been named as one of the friendliest, hippest, and most affordable cities in America? Ever wonder why? Annie Clough, the programming and membership development manager of Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP), joins Laura…
41: Kip Polley and Pale Night Productions
Apr 3, 2013 • 51 min
He’s created a haunted attraction in Ukraine, floating buildings, and high-tech animations and effects for haunted houses and Halloween events all across the world. Kip Polley, owner of Pale Night Productions, talks with ScareHouse Creative Director Scott…
40: One Year Bout With Cancer
Mar 28, 2013 • 32 min
Frank Macinsky is a young, healthy, and athletic community leader in Pittsburgh… who was diagnosed with cancer one year ago. This is the story of a guy who was both one of the luckiest and unluckiest 25 year olds in the entire country. This story has…
39: Giant Monsters and Gore Galore!
Mar 21, 2013 • 65 min
Kevin Alvey is the owner of Gore Galore, a company that provides creatures, costumes, and corpses of all shapes and sizes to haunted attractions and theme parks all over the world! He joins ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons for an extended…
38: Transworld Haunted House Convention Wrap-Up
Mar 13, 2013 • 42 min
ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons first attended the Transworld Halloween & Attractions trade show in 1997, while our Scare Specialist, Dr. Margee Kerr, attended the show for the very first time just last week! So what really happens inside the…
37: Doug Bradley, best known as Pinhead in the Hellraiser Films
Mar 4, 2013 • 53 min
Actor Doug Bradley is known by legions of horror fans across the world for his iconic performance as Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series. He is one of only three actors to play the same horror character at least six consecutive times, the others being…
36: Legacy of the Living Dead
Feb 20, 2013 • 26 min
For this episode of the ScareHouse podcast, we’re paying tribute to the low-budget film that set the groundwork for just about every zombie movie, tv show, comic, or video game released in the last 45 years…. Night of the Living Dead. ScareHouse Creative…
35: The Dean Martin of 2013
Feb 13, 2013 • 40 min
Why was 2012 such a challenging year for the haunted house industry? What does the future hold for our original online content such as Scare U, YouTube videos, and this podcast? How did time spent working with killer clowns and derby girls lead to a…
34: Transworld’s Halloween and Attraction Show Preview
Feb 6, 2013 • 26 min
We’re back! Our first new podcast episode of 2013 features Jennifer Braverman, President of Transworld Trade Shows, who joins us to preview this year’s massive trade show for the haunted attraction industry! For the last 17 years, TransWorld’s annual…
33: The Last Night of 2012 at Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House
Nov 14, 2012 • 43 min
It’s the last night of the 2012 season at ScareHouse, and the last 2012 episode of the ScareHouse podcast! Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly take you backstage to hear from the owners, the cast, the crew, and other members of the “ScareHouse Family” in the…
32: Haunted House Marketing, Promotion, and Social Media
Oct 15, 2012 • 44 min
Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House is making national headlines! Find out why and how the ScareHouse PR team generates so much creative content and media coverage with the latest episode of our FREE podcast. Rob Johnston joins Laura Kelly, “Scare…
31: Scare Specialist Dr. Margee Kerr - host of The ScareHouse’s SCARE U video series
Oct 3, 2012 • 36 min
What is fear? Why are we so scared of clowns, zombies, and creepy dolls? And how did a PHD in Sociology lead to a job as “Scare Specialist” with one of America’s Best Haunted Houses? Dr. Margee Kerr, senior manager at ScareHouse and host of our new SCARE…
30: The Final Countdown!
Sep 20, 2012 • 39 min
It’s go time! ScareHouse opens for business on Friday! Just days before the doors open, podcast hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly take you behind the screams with our design and construction staff. ScareHouse Creative Direct Scott Simmons and his…
29: Locked in the Dark at The ScareHouse
Sep 5, 2012 • 31 min
Would you like to explore ScareHouse in the dark with no lights on? Our friends Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O’Malley from Pens Tv join podcast co-host Laura Kelly accepted our challenge, and agreed to be locked in the dark at ScareHouse. Is this a…
28: Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O’Malley from Pens Tv - Part 1
Aug 22, 2012 • 33 min
ScareHouse Podcast Co-Host Laura Kelley shares many passions with her friends Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O’Malley from Pens Tv … a love of Pittsburgh radio, the Penguins, and late night karaoke…and total hatred of horror, haunted houses, and…
27: Bonus VIDEO episode: Haunted House Acting with The ScareHouse cast
Aug 13, 2012 • 4 min
What’s it like to scare thousands of people every night at ScareHouse in Pittsburgh? This short, bonus video episode of our podcast, features veteran cast members from Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House. Watch more behind the scenes videos. ScareHouse,…
26: ScareHouse owners Scott and Barb Simmons
Aug 8, 2012 • 72 min
In 1990, Scott Simmons met his future wife Barb while working at a volunteer haunted house fundraiser in Pittsburgh… now, along with Scott’s dad Wayne, they are the owners of one of America’s best known haunted attractions: ScareHouse. For the first time,…
25: Sleep No More
Jul 24, 2012 • 81 min
What is Sleep No More? It’s an interactive and immersive theatrical experience created by British theatre company Punchdrunk, produced within 100,000 square feet of converted warehouse space in Manhattan. It’s a self-guided journey through the dark and…
24: Shocktoberfest Haunted Theme Park
Jul 10, 2012 • 33 min
Shocktoberfest (located near Reading, Pennsylavnia) is a 30 acre “scream park” featuring an elaborate hayride, multiple haunted attractions, a midway, and much more. It has been named as one of the scariest attractions in America by Travel Channel,…
23: Anthrocon - The World’s Largest Furry Convention
Jun 27, 2012 • 84 min
This extended episode of our podcast (which was originally recorded and posted in 2012) features a rare and guided tour behind the scenes of Anthrocon, the World’s largest Furry convention, which takes place in Pittsburgh every summer. What is Anthrocon?…
22: Zombie Museum at Monroeville Mall
Jun 21, 2012 • 33 min
When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth… and probably visit the Zombie Museum at Monroeville Mall. George A. Romero’s epic zombie film, Dawn of the Dead, is arguably the most influential and critically acclaimed zombie movie of all…
21: Miss Gay Pittsburgh - Ian Trischler
Jun 6, 2012 • 37 min
Ian Trischler is a haunt manager at ScareHouse, a veteran drag queen performer, and Miss Gay Pittsburgh 2012. Ian, who performs as “Ann Fu Young,” joins us for a fun and frank conversation about Pittsburgh’s LGBT community, the secrets and misconceptions…
20: Wisconsin Feargrounds Tim and Anne Marie Gavinski
May 23, 2012 • 35 min
Former “home haunters” Tim and Anne Marie Gavinski turned their Halloween hobby into one of America’s best haunted attractions. Their creation, the Wisconsin Feargrounds, was recently ranked as the #1 “Must See Haunts” in the country by Haunted Attraction…
19: A Creepo Carol
May 11, 2012 • 28 min
ScareHouse has released their first teaser video for our new haunt in 2012: Creepo’s Christmas in 3-D! Visit www.youtube.com/thescarehouse to check it out! Rob Johnston was on the set as our team came together for one of the strangest video projections…
18: ScareHouse Acting with Steve and Tori
Apr 27, 2012 • 32 min
Veteran ScareHouse actors Tori Benacquista and Steve LaRussa have portrayed zombies, steampunk warriors, creepy Victorians, and … a meteorologist? Steve and Tori join hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly to talk about working inside Pittsburgh’s ultimate…
17: Social Marketing, Advertising, and PR with Jonathan Wander
Apr 18, 2012 • 41 min
Jonathan Wander is the Vice President of written communications and social marketing for Z Brand, one of Pittsburgh’s newest and most successful design and marketing communications firms. He is an accomplished writer with more than 20 years of experience…
16: Leonard Pickel - Hauntcon Haunted Attraction Convention
Apr 5, 2012 • 34 min
Leonard Pickel has amassed a lifetime of Haunted Attraction Design and operational experience, with October seasonal events to year round haunted attractions, museums and dark rides. He has designed over 100 successfully creative events since his first…
15: Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters
Mar 28, 2012 • 42 min
Ghost Hunters star Amy Bruni joins us for an extended conversation about the upcoming season of America’s #1 paranormal tv show. She talks about Grant Wilson’s final episodes, upcoming paranormal investigations, life on the road with the TAPS team, and…
14: Steel Advice for The ScareHouse Single Ladies
Mar 20, 2012 • 31 min
The ScareHouse podcast has covered some frightening topics lately: zombies, Pittsburgh’s paranormal history, and the world’s longest haunted house… but now we’re talking about something really scary: dating and relationships! Pittsburgh Post Gazette…
13: Pittsburgh’s Haunted History of Paranormal Activity
Mar 7, 2012 • 34 min
Tales of the most haunted house in America. The b-25 ghost bomber that disappeared without a trace. Shadowy figures that roam the abandoned halls of the Old Allegheny Jail. And even “the most important ghost story in history” … just a hint of Pittsburgh’s…
12: World’s Longest Haunted House
Feb 29, 2012 • 27 min
Today we’re bringing you a conversation between ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and fellow haunted house owner Todd James, who is the owner of Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth Texas. Cutting Edge was originally a 235,000-square-foot…
11: Pittsburgh Zombies in Japan
Feb 15, 2012 • 42 min
Did you know that Japanese music fans LOVE songs about Pittsburgh’s zombie apocalypse? We’re kicking off the 2012 season of the ScareHouse podcast with a fun and fast moving conversation about zombies, haunted houses, creepy dolls, and our upcoming…
10: The Last Night of 2011 for Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House
Nov 9, 2011 • 49 min
It’s the last night of our regular season, and the last 2011 episode of the ScareHouse podcast! On Halloween eve 2011 Host Rob Johnston talked with members of the cast and crew, and Creative Director Scott Simmons, about the amazing season for…
9: Zombies, Ghost Hunters, and Marriage Proposals
Oct 12, 2011 • 35 min
ScareHouse has once again been ranked as one of America's "Must See" Haunted Houses by Haunted Attraction Magazine - and also one of the country's best haunted houses by Yahoo News, hauntedhousereviews.com, tophaunts.com, and Travel Channel! The lines are…
8: Pittsburgh Zombies - Behind the Screams
Sep 28, 2011 • 27 min
Pittsburgh Zombies is an ALL-NEW attraction devoted to our city’s living dead legacy as “Zombie Capital of the World.” This new attraction features elaborate recreations and references based on iconic Pittsburgh landmarks, now infested with legions of the…
7: Social Media in Pittsburgh
Sep 14, 2011 • 30 min
Can social media be used to make the world a better place? Can it not just improve but actually save lives? Host Rob Johnston joins Michelle from BurghBaby.com, Laura Kelly from "Team Tassy," ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons, and ScareHouse…
6: Costume Design with Jennifer Rocket and Dejah Harnish
Aug 30, 2011 • 31 min
Meet the women who fill one of America's Best Haunted Houses with Dirty Clowns, Lost Souls, Demented Cybergoths, Sexy Steampunks, and the Walking Dead! Costume Designer Jennifer Rocket, Design Manager Dejah Harnish, and Creative Director Scott Simmons…
5: Haunted House Marketing & Video Production with Creative Director Scott Simmons
Aug 17, 2011 • 32 min
The same team of artists and designers that create the sets, characters, and effects for ScareHouse also create the multimedia content and concepts for our website, commercials, print advertising, and online videos. Creative and Marketing Director Scott…
4: Sound FX Designer Glenn Ricci aka “Delirium Dog”
Aug 2, 2011 • 28 min
How do you create the sounds of a failed exorcism? How about the smoldering ruins of a forsaken church? The angry buzzing of a thousand flies? Or even a full fledged zombie apocalypse? Every year ScareHouse sound effects designer, Glenn Ricci, and…
3: Haunted House Managers Margee Kerr and Crystal Rupp
Jul 20, 2011 • 31 min
More than 135 employees. Tens of thousands of customers. A full season of screaming, special events, spreadsheets and … sociology? The managers of Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House talk about casting, operations, and the secrets of running a…
2: Design Managers Christopher Gilgour and Dejah Harnish
Jun 8, 2011 • 29 min
What does it take to create "One of America's Best Haunted Houses" every year? A full year of design and production involving concepts, creatures, and costumes as well as set construction, scenic elements, and special effects! Host Rob Johnston talks with…
1: #1 Creative Director Scott Simmons
May 25, 2011 • 29 min
Go behind the screams of one of America's Best Haunted Houses! The new season of the ScareHouse's free podcast starts with an exclusive and extended interview with Creative Director Scott Simmons. How has the haunted house industry changed in 25 years?…