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Haunt Weekly is a weekly podcast about the haunted attraction industry from the smallest home haunt to the largest event haunt. We talk about management, operation, tactics and more!


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 closings were not sad enough, the community has also lost one of its greatest members to cancer.

But, bear with us. If you get through the sad news we promise you some uplifiting news at the end. 

Also, in this episode, we have a major announcement about our upcoming appearance on Haunt Chat Live

So sit down, grab a drink and let's get through this together.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Haunt Chat Live Announcement (Check Out the YouTube Video)
  3. Conference Reminders
  4. Jim "JT Talent of Dream Reapers Passes Away
  5. Garage of Evil is Closing Its Doors
  6. Vault of Souls Also Closing
  7. Dr. Slaughters Closing After 18 Years
  8. Russ McKamey Back Up and Running
  9. "Camp Crystal Lake" Overs Overnight Stays
  10. Rapid City Haunt Does First Show on Valentine's Day
  11. Thousand Oaks, CA Haunted House Raises Money for Fire Victims

All in all, this is one heavy episode but one you definitely do not want to miss. 

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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 attractions. They've become highly sought after experts in agritainment and have assesmbled a broad number of outside experts (including myself) to help farm-based haunted attractions grow.

But not content to rest on their laurels, the duo have made a recent expansion, purchasing the popular online store Vampfangs and expanding it. Best known in the haunt community for providing contact lenses and custom fangs, the site also features FX makeup, accessories and apparel. 

Best of all, if you see something you like, we've got a special coupon code for 50% off. Just use the code "hauntweekly" to get your deal. 

So, in this episode we sit down with Benjamin to discuss his efforts both with HFA and Vampfangs and what the future holds for their efforts.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Understanding Haunted Farms of America
  3. The Purchase of VampFangs
  4. Discussion of Contact Lenses and Fangs
  5. A Look Ahead

All in all, this is an episode you do NOT want to miss!

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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 Plunkie of HaunTopic Radio, Haunters's Toolbox and, most recently, ScareIt Badges.

They spend the hour with us as we discuss their history in the business, all of the projects that they run and, most important, the huge abundance of free time that the two have.

So strap yourselves in and get ready for the tour de force that is the minds behind HaunTopic Radio and so much more!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. The History of the Two Men
  3. The Launch of HaunTopic Radio
  4. The Beginnings of Haunter's Toolbox
  5. The Launch of the Professional Site
  6. ScareIt Badges and the Kickstarter Campaign
  7. Conclusions

In the end, if you love haunted attraction podcasts (which hopefully you do if you're listening to us) this is one episode that you do not want to miss!

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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 good use as we sit down to discuss the ins and outs of flyer design so you can get working on your next season's flyer and maybe jump on some of the juicy deals that will probably be coming up soon.

So, on that note, let's sit down and dive right into the topic of haunt flyers.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Reasons for the Topic
  4. Size of the Flyer
  5. Thickness and Color
  6. Design
  7. Tools to Aid Design
  8. Where to Get Them Printed
  9. Where to Put Them Out

All in all, if your haunt has a flyer, which it probably does, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

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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 for the new season. It's a time for conferences and planning, not for making news.

But, that didn't stop several haunts from trying. So, without further ado, here's a look at what's going on in the haunted attraction indusutry this month!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Many Haunts Open for Valentine's Day
  4. Joilet Prison to Become a Haunted House
  5. Plano City Council Debates Restrictions on Haunts
  6. Mark Cuban-Backed Haunt Sued Over Injuries
  7. American Horror Story Murder House Buyers Sue Previous Owners
  8. Meow Wolf in New Mexico Provides Unique Experience
  9. Support the Awesome People at Haunters Toolbox!
  10. Download Dead Space for Free (TURN VSYNC OFF!)

All in all, there's a lot going on in this episode and this is one podcast you do not want to miss!

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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 great holidays between New Year's and Christmas but not all of them are suited for haunting. So which one(s) do you do?

In this episode we take a look at some of the more common holidays haunts open on, look at the strengths and weaknesses of each and help you decide when you might want to open your doors.

This Week's Episode Includes: 

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Why Holidays Are Important
  4. Mardi Gras
  5. Valentine's Day
  6. St. Patrick's Day
  7. Friday the 13th
  8. Thanksgiving/Black Friday
  9. Christmas
  10. Holidays to Avoid (For Now)

All in all, if you're considering opening up out of season, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

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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, The New York Times, The Washington Post and SyFyWire and so much more. She has so many credentials that it makes you wonder what she's doing here with us.

But, spend an hour with us she did and we talked about about her, what she does, who she works with and, most importantly, the basics of fear and what haunted attractions can do to make the most of it.

Oh, and of course to plug her excellent book, Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear

To call this a wonderful interview is an understatement. So while I say this every week: This is definitely an episode you do NOT want to miss!

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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 country cottage, people with aphantasia see only words, letters or numbers.

Though this was originally discovered in the 1880s, it's been getting a great deal of attention irecent years as more people have woken up to the idea that not everyone sees things the same way in their mind.

So what does aphantasia mean for our industry? How can we better serve customers with it and, perhaps most importantly, work with oher creatives who have it? We brought in our girlfriend and and partner Elli, who is one of the few with aphantasia, to answer these questions and more.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Background Info on Aphantasia
  4. Aphantasia in Haunt Customers
  5. Working with People with Aphantasia
  6. Conclusions

All in all, this is an episode you do not want to miss.

In the meantime, feel free to check out this article on the BBC, which features a test you can take to see where you see on the aphantasia spectrum and this post on Facebook about what it's like to live with aphantasia

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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 on. Still, there are a lot of updates worth reporting including a new licensed escape game, one haunt closing its doors and lots of conference news.

All in all, it may be a quiet time, but this is still an episode you do not want to miss!

This Week's Episode includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Official Saw Escape Room Opens
  4. Blake's Orchard and Cider Mill to Open Year-Round
  5. Johnston Barn in Half Moon Bay Closes
  6. HAuNTcon Plans to Double in Size Next Year
  7. Chattacon Moves to a More Intimate Location
  8. BBC Examines Why Horror is So Profitable
  9. Trick or Treat Studios Releases 2018 Catalog
  10. Lots of Halloween (The Movie) News

Slow season or not, this is still one jam packed episode!

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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 floor (both of them).

HAuNTcon was a beast of a show there's a lot to say so, be warned that this episode does go a bit long but believe me when I say it's an episode you do not want to miss!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. HAuNTcon Basics
  4. Thursday's Get Together
  5. Friday's Events
  6. Satturday's Events
  7. Sunday's Events
  8. Aftermath

All in all, this episode is a long one, but it's also a packed one!

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