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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!

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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 talking about why this is such a major trend in the industry and what we can do to make it really work.

So, without any further ado, we're talking about Christmas haunts, why they're big, why to be cautious and how to make sure that they're executed well...

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Why Christmas Haunts Are So Big This Year
  4. Reasons to Hold One
  5. Reasons to Be Wary
  6. Our Experience 
  7. Thoughts and Tips for Christmas Haunts
  8. Conclusions

All in all, if you're thinking about doing a Christmas haunt, this year or next, this is a podcast you do not want to miss!

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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 stand out, when we see something so unique and special that we have no difficulty remembering it at all. These moments are getting fewer and farther between, but are still so magical when they happen.

Recently, long time listener and friend of the show Maximus Christian Bryant asked us to share some of those memories and we were more than happy to do so.

So, without any further ado, here's a look at just some of the most unique things we've seen in haunts.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Rules of the Podcast
  4. Raven's Grin Inn - The Format
  5. 13th Gate - Pumpkin Path
  6. Freaks of Fear - The Bird
  7. Stateville Prison (And HellsGate) - Intro Sequence
  8. Risewell Asylum - Touch Done Right
  9. Basement of the Dead - Queue Line
  10. Waterloo Sportsman Club - Multiplying Shadows
  11. Evil Intentions - Hellscape
  12. Insanitarium - The Bear
  13. HellsGate - The Dollhouse Room
  14. Conclusions

All in all, this is one packed episode that you do NOT want to miss!

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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 wild week this is! We have a stabbing, a lawsuit over a mock rape and a customer who claims to have had three of his teeth broken inside a haunted attraction. 

And that's just three of the stories...

All in all, this is one jam-packed episode filled with the best and the worst news in the haunted attraction industry.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Man Stabbed at Nashville Nightmare
  4. Couple Sues Akron Fright Fest After Alleged Mock Rape
  5. Customer Sues Oregon Haunt Over Broken Teeth
  6. Colorado Haunt Accused of Not Paying Actors, Safety Violations
  7. Another Setback for Old Joilet Prison
  8. An Exploration of Haunted Attraction Architecture
  9. How Haunted Houses Are Good For You
  10. Delray Beach Students Create Hell House for the Environment
  11. Indiana Haunt Cautions About Substance Abuse
  12. The Onion Targets The Industry
  13. Conclusions

All in all, this is one busy show that you do not want to miss!

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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 that's true for us haunters as well as everyone else. Fortunately, there are some great deals of haunters to be found!

So, without any further ado, here's a look at where some of the best deal for haunters are on Black Friday.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Black Friday is Nigh
  4. Evil Olive Productions Group YouTube Event
  5. Froggy's Fog
  6. Fight Props
  7. Gore Galore
  8. Von Grimm Productions
  9. Pumpkin Pulp
  10. Shattered FX (Just Announced $100 Off All Silicone Masks)
  11. Monster Mafia FX
  12. Lord Grimley's Manor
  13. Sinister FX
  14. FS Kris FX
  15. Slaugherhouse Studios
  16. Mister Jimmy FX Creations
  17. Missing Finger Productions
  18. Unknown Origin FX
  19. Frightmasters
  20. TNT Cosplay Supply
  21. RIP City FX
  22. Monster Makers
  23. Hallucinations Creations
  24. XFX Makeup
  25. Sinful Audio
  26. Home Depot
  27. Lowe's
  28. Harbor Freight
  29. Walmart
  30. Sam's Club
  31. Target
  32. Best Buy
  33. Amazon
  34. KMart
  35. Conclusions

All in all, if you like saving money, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!

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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 things we tried went... not so well. However, things that go poorly are often better learning experiences than the things that went well.

So, without further ado, here's a look at the key lessons we're taking away from our 2018 season.

This Week's Episode Includes

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Overview of the Season
  4. The Need for More Signs
  5. Our Photo Op Area
  6. How to Deal with Crying Children
  7. Gimmick Everything
  8. Ice Chests for Actors
  9. Proper Actor Area
  10. The Need to Give Actors Time
  11. The Need to Move Actors Too
  12. Our Upcoming Rule Changes
  13. Closing

All in all, this is one episode you do not want to miss!

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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 spend this week's episode talking about the only thing we can talk about, how it went.

So, sit back, relax and go on a trip with us through the season that was!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. A Description of Our Haunt
  4. The Challenges We Faced
  5. The Aftermath
  6. Closing

All in all, this is, hopefully a fun and relaxing recap that you don't want to miss!

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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.

Though it's been a very good season for us personally, it's clear several other haunts have had much more rough seasons. So, without any further ado, here's the news.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Haunted Hoochie's "Swastika Saturday" Sets off Controversy
  4. Akron Fright Fest Closes After Actors Commit "Mock Rape"
  5. Scream Town Reopens After Racist Facebook Post
  6. Haunt Employee Groped on the Job
  7. Home Haunt Display Shuttered Over Lack of Permits
  8. Chicago-Area Haunt Raises Money for School Supplies
  9. SC Teens Take Private Haunt Public
  10. New Orleans Family Runs Haunted House in Their Garage (wink)
  11. Conclusions

All in all, it's been a crazy month for industry news and this is one episode you do not want to miss!

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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 a lot of time to think about queue lines from the perspective of both a haunter and a customer.

So what have we learned? Well, a lot. And that's exactly what we're sharing today...

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Our Queue Line "Tradition"
  4. The Thread That Started It
  5. Comparing/Contrasting Different Haunts
  6. Fundamentals for a Good Queue Line
  7. Why Queue Lines Are Important
  8. Queue Line Alternatives
  9. Conclusions

All in all, if anyone ever has to wait at your haunt, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!

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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 everywhere. Whether it's the craze over the Blair Witch Project, the "Is this place really haunted?" questions or just simply the feeling of being transported to a different place.

So how can you use kayfabe in your haunt? That's exactly what we're here to explore!

This Week's Episode Includes: 

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. What is Kayfabe
  4. How to Build Kayfabe
  5. Good Examples of Kayfabe in Haunting
  6. One Not-So-Good Example
  7. When to Break Kayfabe
  8. Conclusion

Whether you're trying to improve an existing haunt or plan out a new one, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

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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 houses, but an amazing bus trip plus some great time with a good friend and friend of the show.

In this episode, we're recapping the weekend that was and, along the way, discussing why these kinds of tours are so great for customers and can also help out the haunts themselves...

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro 
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Our Experience Planning our Atlanta Trip
  4. Why The Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour and Ones Like It Are So Great
  5. Friday's Tour
  6. Saturday's Tour
  7. A Big Thanks to Japes and Terry
  8. Conclusions

All in all, if you're a fan of haunts, especially in the Chicago area, this is one episode that you do NOT want to miss!

 

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