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57 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 295 - Lessons from City Museum
Last week we paid a visit to St. Louis, our first trip since the start of the pandemic. Though most of the trip was about family, we decided to take a day to visit the legendary City Museum. Though City Museum may not be a haunted attraction in and of itself, it has a lot in common with one. To that end, there's a lot that the museum gets right when it comes to being an attraction and a few things it could improve. However, in both cases, there's a lot that haunters can learn about how to improve their attractions and, hopefully get more money from even happier customers. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Housekeeping Notes Quick Non-HW Housekeeping Note Question of the Week History of City Museum What is City Museum Positive Lessons Negative Lessons Wrap Up Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
54 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 294 - Encouraging Trick or Treating
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're looking at a different Halloween tradition, trick-or-treating. Trick-or-Treating may seem like something that doesn't have a lot to do with haunting, but the truth is that it is where many young haunt lovers get their start, and it's a potential way to expand your audience and reach a younger crowd. So, whether you're a first-time haunter hoping to give away some candy or a pro haunt looking to expand their business, we're talking ways that you can encourage and even profit from trick-or-treating. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Housekeeping Question of the Week 4: History Starting Out at Home General Trick-or-Treating Tips Home Haunters Pro Haunters Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
56 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 293 - Communication for Haunters
Two episodes ago, we talked about event planning for haunts and harped on the importance of communication. Now we're exploring that topic more fully. So take a seat and let's discuss some ways that you can improve communication in your haunt, and ensure that everyone knows what they need to know. We will look at everything from communication with the core staff to your entire actor team. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Housekeeping Question of the Week Background on the Topic General Rules for Good Communication Communication Year-Round Communication During Season Communication While Open Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you dod NOT want to miss!
49 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 292 - June/July News
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're spending the Fourth of July with you (you can probably hear the fireworks in the background) and working hard to bring you the best and biggest stories in haunted attraction news. And it is a very busy news cycle this go around as we have one haunted prop builder pleading guilty to tax evasion, another haunt destroyed by a flood and new scholarships made possible by a haunted attraction. It's not the longest episode ever, but it is a jam packed one with tons of great news and information: This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Question of the Week Haunt Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Crime (https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdoh/pr/owner-haunted-house-equipment-supplier-pleads-guilty-tax-crime) Eldon Fire Department Haunt Devastated by Flood (https://ktvo.com/news/local/eldon-firefighters-haunted-house-devastated-by-flooding) Midwest Haunters Convention Comes to Milwaukee (https://shepherdexpress.com/news/happening-now/midwest-haunters-convention-comes-to-milwaukee/#/questions/) Lumber Futures Drop 40% (https://apple.news/ApHtGuf4WTR2Ukm_Rwk9jIQ) House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs Closes (https://www.wivb.com/news/web-extras/house-of-horrors-and-haunted-catacombs-is-having-one-final-scare-this-friday-and-saturday/) Universal to Expand Halloween Horror Nights (https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2021/06/30/as-haunted-house-competition-heats-up-universal-looks-to-grow-halloween-horror-nights) Ohio Haunt Grants New Scholarships (https://www.reviewonline.com/news/local-news/2021/06/t-s-t-f-scholarship/) Hells Gate Featured in Video About Lockport (https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/943353?fbclid=IwAR0bZZ-M4mppBqh37y8la1sKobzsGazWtXaL25p_cSLnP3FQla1H_5GcpsU) Haunt Owner Opens New Kayaking Business (https://www.thenews-messenger.com/story/money/companies/locally-in-business/2021/06/05/ghoul-runnings-haunted-hydro-co-owner-opens-kayaking-company/7541016002/) Early Signs Point to Haunted Mansion Holiday Return (https://insidethemagic.net/2021/07/possible-return-of-haunted-mansion-holiday-ks1/) Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
57 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 291 - Event Planning for Haunts
Running a haunt is about more than building it and staffing. A haunt is an event, and it needs to be planned like it. But, while event planning is very much about setting up the best event possible, it's also about preparing for the worst and developing alternatives and backups for just about everything. So, that's what we're teaching this week, the rules and techniques to follow to make sure that your show goes off with the minimal problems and that you can enjoy your haunt to its fullest. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Question of the Week Our Background on the Topic When to Start Planning How to Perform a Pre-Mortem Keys to Communication How to Properly Budget The Power of Gantt Charts The Importance of Backup Plans The Need for Quick Thinking Planning for Melt Dealing with Customers Performing a Postmortem Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
51 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 290 - 10 Tips for First-Time Haunt Goers
It might seem unusual for a podcast named Haunt Weekly. After all, pretty much everyone who listens to this podcast has probably visited a haunt or 10,000. However, you know someone who has never gone and, if so, this episode is for them. Here, we take a look back at the dark times before we became haunters and talk about our first visit to haunts and the things we wish we knew before we walked in the door. That said, we have ten suggestions that should help you, or someone you know, make the most of their first haunt experience and, hopefully, set them on the path of becoming haunt fans. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Conference Reminders Housekeeping Notes Question for the Audience 10 Tips for First Time Haunt Goers Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one show that you do NOT want to miss!
52 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 289 - Year-Round Revenue For Outdoor Haunts
This week on Haunt Weekly we're taking a look at outdoor haunts and the unique opportunities they have to make revenue from their property all year long. Whether you have an empty field, a wooded forest or something in between, there are ways that you can turn your haunt into a year-round source of income. Best of all, a lot of these approaches do NOT require a large investment and can even be done for free or for just a few thousand dollars. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro New Pride Merch Available (https://hauntweeklystore.com) Question of the Week Story of Dark Woods Visit Intro to the Topic Axe Throwing Nature Walks 8. Camping Outdoor Theater Scavenger Hunts Biking/Hiking Trails Sculpture Garden Holiday Activities Zipline Mini Golf Lazy River Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
51 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 288 - May/June News
This week on Haunt Weekly we are doing the news, and it's a jam-packed news episode with haunts, opening, closing, being sold, being demolished and even a restaurant. Safe to say, this is not your typical early-summer news month, that much is for certain! This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Housekeeping Notes Question of the Week Waco Haunted Houses up for Sale (https://www.newsweek.com/authors/utkarsha-laharia) Lakeville Charity Haunt Set for Demolition (https://www.southcoasttoday.com/story/lifestyle/family/2021/05/04/haunted-house-attraction-lakeville-set-demolition-town-meeting-vote/4922340001/) Predictions for a Record-Breaking Season (https://sithon.io/blog/prepare-for-record-turnout-for-2021-haunt-season/?fbclid=IwAR1j91TWfUAgM9t4LSAV82FZeVu84M415IU5Ipbr0H5zzjJsR2PGIxLzjSc) Busch Gardens Gives Howl-o-Scream Updates (https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2021/06/02/busch-gardens-tampa-bay-reveals-more-info-about-this-years-howl-o-scream-event/) SeaWorld Announces New Howl-O-Scream Event (https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2021/06/04/seaworld-announces-their-own-edition-of-howl-o-scream) Salem Haunted Happenings Returning in October (https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/salem-haunted-happenings-returning-in-october-2021/2394881/) Screambulance Delivers Horror in Tokyo (https://www.autoevolution.com/news/screambulance-delivers-horror-on-the-go-as-worlds-first-mobile-haunted-house-161859.html) LA Theater Attempts Digital Haunted Attraction Experience (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-05-03/geffen-playhouse-someone-elses-house-jared-mezzocchi) Wells Township Haunt Claimst to Be Really Haunted (https://www.wtrf.com/jefferson-county/is-wells-township-haunted-house-actually-haunted/) Haunted Attraction Association Appoints New President, Announces 3-Year Plan Haunted House Restaurant Opening in Cleveland (https://www.wkyc.com/article/entertainment/dining/haunted-house-restaurant-melt/95-25e43fa4-538f-407a-ab51-ce3f477a2dba) Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
57 minutes | May 31, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 287 - Prop Based Layout
This week on Haunt Weekly we're talking about prop-based layout! What is prop-based layout? It's a way to save on lumber costs, give customers a more varied experience and create some new scares along the way. However, there are drawbacks and concerns with a prop-based layout so we're going to, well, lay it all out for you in this episode of Haunt Weekly. The good, the bad and the ugly of prop-based layout. This week's Episode Includes: Intro Housekeeping Notes Follow Up on Last Week's Question Question of the Week Intro to the Topic Fundamentals of Haunt Layout The Normal Way The Basics of Prop-Based Layout Advantages of This Approach Disadvantages and Concerns The Best Approach Examples Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode that you do NOT want to miss!
60 minutes | May 24, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 286 - Who Needs Lumber?
The prices of lumber are insane and keep getting worse. This is forcing many haunts, especially those with lower budgets, to start rethinking their build. For those haunts, we are here to help. We've got six different build types that can help you reduce the amount of lumber you need, save you money and give customers a truly unique experience. However, there's no such thing as a free lunch so, of course, we'll be talking about the drawbacks of each so you can make an informed decision. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Housekeeping Question of the Week Update on Lumber Prices Prop Based Layout Drywall Scrap & Pallets The Non-Build PVC Frames Alternative Walls General Tips for Reducing Lumber Costs Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
53 minutes | May 17, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 285 - PR for Haunters
Dealing with the press can seem like one of the most daunting tasks for haunters. However, it doesn't have to be. With a little effort and some planning, you can get excellent media coverage for your haunt... for free... The idea of dealing with the media can feel daunting to many haunters, especially newcomers. However, there's really nothing to be afraid of and getting good media coverage for your haunt is actually very easy. In this episode we're going to look at public relations for haunters including how to contact the media, what to send them and how to interact with them. We'll even offer some advice for dealing with bad news. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Housekeeping Notes Question for the Audience Intro to the Topic What is Public Relations How to Get Media Attention for Your Haunt How to Write a Press Release When to Send Releases Tips for Working with the Media How to Deal with Bad News Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!!!
52 minutes | May 10, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 284 - April/May News
This week on Haunt Weekly it's time to do the news and we have a lot for you. From haunts shutting down, haunts helping with tragedies and haunts opening new attractions, this has been an amazingly active spring for the industry. Learn more about how Easter State Penn is rebounding from the pandemic, changes for Disney's upcoming Halloween celebrations and much, much more! This is one jam-packed news episode to be sure! This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Housekeeping Notes Question of the Week Haunted Mansion Shuts Down (https://doorcountypulse.com/haunted-mansion-shuts-down/) Terror Farm Hosts Event for Family That Lost Daughter and House to Fire (https://www.abc27.com/news/local/terror-farm-hosts-event-for-family-who-lost-daughter-home-in-perry-county-fire/) The Slaughterhouse Opens New Escape Rooms (https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/entertainment/arts/arts-in-iowa/2021/04/21/des-moines-haunted-attraction-slaughterhouse-opens-live-action-escape-room-horror-things-to-do/7233759002/) Eastern State Penn Rebounding After Rough 2020 (https://6abc.com/eastern-state-penitentiary-fairmount-philadelphia-tours/10515101/) Fear Fair Holds Auditions for New Event (http://www.tribtown.com/2021/04/14/auditions_set_this_weekend_for_fear_fairs_season_opener/) Halloween & Party Expo Announces Dates and Locations for 2022 (https://www.halloweenpartyexpo.com/halloween-party-expo-announces-dates-location-2022-event) Former Disney Costumer Launches Haunt-Focused Business (https://menafn.com/1101917501/Former-Disney-Costumer-Rob-D-OBrien-Launches-ResirWrecked-Costumes-Offering-Custom-Made-Halloween-Costumes-to-Haunted-Houses) Disney Announces Boo Bash for 2021 (https://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-et-disney-boo-bash-halloween-not-so-scary-20210507-i3zf6rhworhe3ixkbilvt2psji-story.html) Disney Announces Muppets Haunted Mansion (https://deadline.com/2021/05/muppets-haunted-mansion-disney-plus-muppets-halloween-special-event-1234751284/) Zombie Army Productions Introduces Ghost Hunting App for Queue Lines (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBlbx4v-dCQ) Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode that you do NOT want to miss!
60 minutes | May 3, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 283 - Marketing Tips with Alex Berland
This week on Haunt Weekly we're sitting down with Alex Berland from Conjured Media (https://conjured.media/) to discuss haunt marketing and ways to supercharge it through storytelling. Conjured Media is a full-service marketing firm that works with haunted attractions to not just build campaigns, but great backstories and experiences. Alex is here to talk about his experience helping haunts build better stories and the impact that those stories had on their bottom line as well as tips and tricks to help you improve yours. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Interview with Alex Berland Info About Conjured Media Questions from the Audience Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
55 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 282 - 30 Tips for New Haunters
This week on Haunt Weekly we're talking straight to new haunters and offering some of our best tips, tricks and hints from 20 years of haunting and 15 years of running a haunt. Many of the tips in this episode are from past episodes and many more are from reader suggestions. So thank you all that sent in some great ideas that we got to include. So, whether you're a new haunter or an old one, sit back and relax as we take you through a collection of our favorite tips. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Question of the Week Some Rules Regarding the Tips 30 Tips for New Haunters Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
56 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 281 - Unusual Ways to Start Your Haunt
Launching a pro haunt is an incredible amount of work. There's all the usual challenges of starting a business plus issues of financing, staffing, building, decorating, marketing and much, much more. But what if I said there were ways that you could ease the transition from home to pro haunter? What if there were some roads less traveleled, that might help you get on your feet more quickly? Would you be interested? If so, this is the podcast for you as we go through half a dozen less-than-traditional ways people have successfully launched haunted attractions without carrying the fully load themselves. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Question of the Week What is the "Normal" Way to Launch a Haunt Pairing with a Charity Run a Maze Start at a Flea Market Partner with a School Partner with a Sportsman Club Playing the Long Game with a Home Haunt Return to Question of the Week Outro All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
59 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 280 - March/April News
This week on Haunt Weekly we're doing the news and covering all the haunted attraction news that's fit to print, or talk about, from the last four weeks. To that end, it's been a surprisingly busy month for haunted attraction and adjacent news. We have an update on the shooting at Erebus, news about COVID spikes following Halloween and much, much more. So, sit back and relax as we take you through all the haunted attraction news you need to know! This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Question of the Week Updates on the Store (https://www.hauntweeklystore.com) Teen Charges in Erebus Shooting to Get Psych Evaluation (https://www.theoaklandpress.com/news/copscourts/teen-charged-in-slaying-outside-erebus-to-get-psych-evaluation/article_38790e8a-8e4e-11eb-a033-4b1f9a50fa9d.html) Major COVID-19 Spike Seen After Halloween (https://mustangnews.net/major-covid-19-spikes-occurred-after-halloween-and-new-years-eve-now-students-are-concerned-about-cases-after-st-patricks-day-celebrations/) University of Southern Alabama Faculty Put on Leave Over Racist Halloween Photos (https://www.al.com/news/2021/04/usa-faculty-graduates-want-university-to-denounce-racism-after-halloween-photo-controversy.html) Haunted Attraction Opening New Escape Room (https://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2021/03/15/Escape-Room-Pittsburgh-Escape-FearScapes-Breakout-pandemic-2021/stories/202103080130) Scream n' Stream Returns to Osceola (https://www.aroundosceola.com/news/scream-n-stream-returns-osceola) Japanese Drive-Thru Haunts Return for Summer (http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13581435 ) Haunts Opening for "Scream Break" (https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/chattanooganow/outabout/story/2019/mar/20/scream-break-dread-hollow/490925/) Universal Orland HHN Seeking Dancers (https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/attractions/2021/04/05/universal-orlando-seeking-dancers-for-halloween-horror-nights) Baton Rogue's Black and Orange Bash Returns May 1 (https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/entertainment_life/festivals/article_d8d7f802-9630-11eb-9dab-4b77260f2a38.html) Midsummer Scream to Return in 2022 (https://www.nbclosangeles.com/the-scene/midsummer-scream-to-haunt-2022-and-the-upcoming-holidays-too/2568934/) Immersive Halloween Bar Minutes from Disney and Universal (https://insidethemagic.net/2021/03/halloween-bar-disney-universal-ad1/) Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
49 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 279 - The Lumber Crisis
You've seen the memes, you've laughed at the jokes, you've ouched at the prices. There's a crisis in the world of lumber and it is starting to hurt haunts badly. We're going to take a deep dive into that crisis as we find out what is causing it, when it will likely end and what, if anything, you can do about it right now. So, buckle up as we're going to talk a lot about lumber, market forces and international trade. Much excitement. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Question of the Week News from the Store (https://www.hauntweeklystore.com) Intro to the Topic What is Happening? Why is it Happening? Comparison to Silicon Shortage Who is Responsible? When Will it Be Over? What Can We Do Now? Recap Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
61 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 278 - Haunt Convention Etiquette for Actors
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're talking about conferences. As the world starts to open up from Coronavirus-forced lockdowns, that means new haunted attraction conferences, such as Transworld in May. So we're sitting down with Japes Palles to discuss haunted attraction conventions, what newcomers can expect and what rules one should abide by while on the tradeshow floors. It should be an interesting episode for any convention attendee, especially newbies making their first trip to a haunt convention. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro Transworld COVID Updates COVID-Related Advice Guidelines for the Show Floor After Show Events Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
59 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 277 - Using the Uncanny Valley
This week on Haunt Weekly we're looking at that sinking feeling we all get when looking at something that's human-ish, but clearly not human. That's right, we're talking about the uncanny valley and all the ways it can add a little unease to your haunt. We're going to explore how it works, why it is so effective and ways that you can exploit it. So sit back and relax... or try to relax at least. This one might make you feel a bit... uneasy. This Week's Episode Includes: Intro The Question of the Week Update on the Store (https://www.hauntweeklystore.com) Next Week's Episode What We've Been Working On Intro into the Topic what is the Uncanny Valley? What Causes It? Examples of the Uncanny Valley Why Use the Uncanny Valley? How to Use It Additional Tips Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
54 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Haunt Weekly - Episode 276 - February/March News
This week on Haunt Weekly we're doing the news and, much to our surprise, it's a VERY busy month for haunted attraction news. We have a haunt owner that was charged with child sex crimes, a police department being sued over an incident at a haunted house and, yes, the latest news from Halloween Horror Nights We also have an update on our new store (plus lots of new items and a new coupon code!) as well as the latest on what is going on in our lives. This Week's Episode Includes Intro Question of the Week Update on Our Store Introducing the NEW Store (https://hauntweeklystore.com/) Beetlejuice announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2021 (https://filmfave.com/article/beetlejuiceuniversal2021/) HellScream Haunted House Owner Arrested for Alleged Child Sex Crime in the Mid-2000s (https://www.kktv.com/2021/03/02/hellscream-haunted-house-owner-arrested-on-decades-old-child-sex-assault-charges/) Man Sues San Leandro Police After Altercation at Haunted House Caused Alleged Injuries (https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/article/Man-sues-San-Leandro-police-after-altercation-at-15998333.php) Wells Township Haunted House Opening for Special “Lights Out” Attraction (https://www.wtrf.com/jefferson-county/wells-township-haunted-house-opening-for-special-lights-out-attraction/) St. Patrick's Day Haunted Houses Planned at Bayville Scream park (https://patch.com/new-york/oysterbay/st-patrick-s-day-haunted-houses-planned-bayville-scream-park) NAHB: Lumber Prices Rose More than 170% in 10 Months (https://www.floridarealtors.org/news-media/news-articles/2021/02/nahb-lumber-prices-rose-more-170-10-months) Niles Scream Park Looking For Partner Non-Profits (https://www.wsjm.com/2021/03/02/niles-scream-park-looking-for-partner-non-profits/) ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Buffalo Bill House now a B&B (https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2021/02/18/rent-the-silence-of-the-lambs-house-where-buffalo-bill-lived-if-you-dare/?sh=19ad6ec52586) Cave City's Iconic Guntown Mountain Up for Sale (https://www.wdrb.com/news/cave-citys-iconic-guntown-mountain-up-for-sale/article_1824d89a-72c8-11eb-970d-ab6dad60f4b1.html) The Queen Mary is Getting its Own 3-part Horror Movie Franchise (https://lbpost.com/hi-lo/the-queen-mary-is-getting-its-own-3-part-horror-movie-franchise) Sims 4: Every Expansion, Game, & Stuff Pack You Need To Make The Perfect Haunted House (https://gamerant.com/sims-4-every-expansion-game-stuff-pack-need-make-perfect-haunted-house/) Will Abington's Barrett's Haunted Mansion Deliver a Fright? That's the Viral Question. (https://www.enterprisenews.com/story/news/local/2021/03/10/abington-barretts-haunted-mansion-ale-house-viral-tweet-twitter-delivery-sign-route-18/6936815002/) Revisit Question of the Week Conclusions All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
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