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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 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 never read.

With that in mind, we present to you: The Ten Habits of Really Great Haunts.

All of this is based on things we've talked about in greater detail before but, as we're gearing up for haunt season, now is a great time to make sure that your haunt has all of these bases covered.

Best of all, all of these habits work for haunts of any size, regardless of budget. Meaning you can improve everything from your home haunt to your eventual megahaunt.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Habit 1: Be Safe
  4. Habit 2: Have a Great Pre-Visit Experience
  5. Habit 3: Have a Great Queue Experience
  6. Habit 4: Be Actor Driven
  7. Habit 5: Have Well-Trained Actors
  8. Habit 6: Offer a Variety of Scares
  9. Habit 7: Focus on Lighting and Sound
  10. Habit 8: Don't Pad Run Time
  11. Habit 9: Have a Really, Really, Really Memorable Moment
  12. Habit 10: Focus on Being Entertaining, Not on Being Scary
  13. Conclusions

All in all, this is an hour loaded with tips and tricks, making this an episode you do not want to miss!

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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 historic buildings.

So take a break from your haunt work and actor recruitment and find out what else is going on in the haunt industry this time of year!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Erebus Haunted House Changes Strategy, Focuses on Actors
  4. Universal Studios Announces "Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces" Haunt
  5. Dracula's Haunted House in Surfers Paradise Closes
  6. Local Fire Department Uses Haunt for Training
  7. Decatur Scream Opens Up Mini-Haunt at Area Festival
  8. New Dark Ride Being Made for Minnesota State Fair
  9. Haunted Attraction in Meriden, Connecticut Put on Hold
  10. Historic Site and Former Haunt to Be Preserved in Kansas City
  11. Veterans Memorial Group Gets $7,500 from Area Haunt
  12. You'll Be Seeing Even More Pennywise This Year
  13. 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 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 industry, especially actors who are used to working in finished rooms, may never have gone through it. As we work to bring more people into the design process, we felt it was important to spell out our process to help us communicate both with each other and the people we work with.

On that note, let's' dive right in and talk about how we design and build our scares.

This Week's Episode Includes: 

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. The Reason for the Episode
  4. Step 1: The Idea
  5. The Questions We Ask
  6. Step 2: Strategy
  7. Step 3: Design
  8. Step 4: Build
  9. Step 5: Placing the Scare
  10. Step 6: Testing

All in all, if you have anything to do with building a scare or are just curious how it happens, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

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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 the forefront but they also showed us how not to do them, now the time has come for us to learn the lessons from gaming in both how to and not to upcharge customers.

So sit back as we walk you through a world of suggestions about how you can get more per customer with microtransactions.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. We Will Miss Steve Colberg (Support a Fundraiser in His Honor)
  4. A Quick Follow Up on Last Week's Podcast
  5. What is a Microtransaction
  6. Defining Microtransactions for Haunts
  7. The Last Ride
  8. 5-Minute Escape Rooms
  9. Dare to Scare
  10. Photo Ops
  11. Bounce Back Tickets
  12. Small Merch & Food
  13. Ideas We Haven't Seen 
  14. Conclusions

All in all, if you're looking to make more money per customer, this is one episode you do not want to miss!

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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 they travel. However, our current options are, to put it simply, less than perfect.

So we're going to take a deep dive, look at some of the current haunt directories and, most importantly, what can be done to improve the situation...

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Why This is a Tough Episode
  4. General Complaints Haunt Owners and Users Have
  5. HauntWorld
  6. FindAHaunt
  7. HauntFind
  8. HauntedHouse.com
  9. HauntedHouses.com
  10. The Scare Factor
  11. Haunted House Ratings
  12. Why There is No Perfect Answer
  13. How Do We Fix it?
  14. Conclusions

All in all, whether you're an owner hoping to be listed or a user trying to find a haunt, this is one episode you do not want to miss!

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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 mergers, new attractions opening and some major stories from big industry players.

All in all, this is one jam-packed episode with all of the latest goings on in the industry. 

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Many Haunts Opening for Friday the 13th
  4. House of Shock Becomes New Orleans Nightmare Haunteed House
  5. The Mortuary Announces Zones for Scout Island Scream Park
  6. Haunted Mines Merges with Hellscream Entertainment, Reopens
  7. Disney Announces New Halloween Cruise
  8. Universal Studios Announces Slaughter Sinema Haunted House
  9. Busch Gardens Announces Demented Dimensions Haunted House
  10. McHenry Country, Illinois Jaycees Seek to Raise Funds for Haunt
  11. Adventureland Theme Park Opens New Dark Ride
  12. All Digital Museum Opens Its Doors in Tokyo
  13. St. Rita's School for the Deaf Haunted House Torn Down
  14. Haunted Plantation House Goes on Salee in Louisiana

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

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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 haunt teardown sttarts during haunt construction. Decicions made during the build impact how smoothly the haunt comes down.

While most haunts use panel-based construction for easy knock down or renovation, there's a lot more that goes into tearing down a haunt than just building it in pieces.

With that in mind, we're taking a look this week on how to tear down a haunt safely, quickly and with minimal swearing.

The Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Introduction
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Safety During Tear Down
  4. Building Tips to Help with Later Tear Downs
  5. Tear Down Practices
  6. Conclusions

Whether your haunt is permanent or a knockdown, if you plan on taking some or all of it down, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

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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 and see the types of courses you might be able to pick up closer to your home.

Best of all, many of the courses can be taken online so, even if you aren't near a school, you may be able to attend.

So strap in as we talk about some options for continuing education and suggest some courses that can benefit you as a haunter.

The Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Why Continuing Education?
  4. Graphic Design Classes
  5. CAD Classes
  6. Photography Classes
  7. Social Media and Marketing Classes
  8. QuickBooks/Accounting Classes
  9. Technology Classes
  10. Project Management Classes
  11. Vocal Lessons
  12. Other Options

All in all, if you're looking to improve yourself or what you can do for 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 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 haven't updated our rules in 12 years.

However, now is a good time to start thinking about those rules and, maybe, getting some new banners printed. After all, haunt rules protect the haunt, its customers and it actors equally. It's important to have good, clear and concise rules.

So let's spend an hour talking about these rules and how we can improve them, it's an hour that, hopefully won't be totally wasted.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. The Common Rules
  4. The Medical Rules
  5. The Rules We'd Like to See
  6. The Controversial Rules

All in all, if you have a rule banner (and you should), this is one episode you do NOT want to miss. 

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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 news to cover this week. We have a major announcement from both Halloween Horror Nights and VooDoo Fest, We also have some new examples of haunted attractions being used as either add ons or as promotions and much more news.

So, sit back, relax and let us get you caught up on the industry news.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Halloween Horror Nights Adds 10th Attraction
  4. VooDoo Fest Announces on-Festival Haunt
  5. "Murr" From Impractical Jokers Announces Book w/ Haunt Promo
  6. Paranormal Cirque Uses a Haunt As Part of Its Show
  7. Wyandotte Jaycees Put Out Call for Volunteers
  8. Montgommery County Cultural Foundation Seeks to Open Competitive Haunt
  9. Illinois Haunted House Vandalized
  10. Photographer Releases Book of Haunt Scenees

While it may not be the busiest week for haunted attraction news, you can still guarantee that this is one episode you do NOT want to miss. 

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