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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 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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When it comes to talking about spooky things, Crystal and I got our start reviewing "Garbage Horror" movies, low budget horror movies that were usually the brainchild of one or two people.

We've seen hundreds, possibly thousands of these films. Many are unwatchable, most are forgettable, but some are actually very good and very memorable.

So what can those GOOD budget horror movies teach us as haunters? That's exactly what this episode is about!

This Week's Episode Includes: 

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Our Background with These Films
  4. Practical Effects
  5. Cheap, Effecient Sets
  6. Compellling Characters and Stories
  7. Costumes
  8. Actors
  9. Use of Levity
  10. Focus on the Uniuque
  11. Closing

All in all, whether you're a fan of haunting or of budget horror, this is an episode you do NOT want to miss!

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This week on Haunt Weekly, we're lightening things up a bit. After such a downeer last episode, we decided to talk about something everyone loves: Saving money.

But here's the deal. Every article, podcast, forum, etc. covers the same tips and tricks. We all know to go dumpster diving, shop at thrift stores and troll through Craigslist. That's the easy stuff.

So we wanted to cover some less-common ways we save money, in particular how we takea tiny budget and use it to build our haunt.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. The More Common Suggestions We Hear
  4. 10 Tips for Saving Money Designing/Building Your Haunt
  5. Conslusions

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

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Last week, Crystal and I had some time off. So we decided to take something of a staycation and explore the French Quarter and do some spooky things. One of which was visit the Bloody Mary Museum and Tour. 

While the museum shop wass your fairly standard New Orleans French Quarter affair, it was the tour that stuck with us. Rather than being a generic tour of a "haunted" place, it was a detailed tour of the location of a 2006 murder-suicide that has both living survivors and still needles as an entire city wrangling with the aftermath of Katrina.

I quickly posted about the tour on Facebook (being vague at first) and it was picked up by a friend of mine that brought it to the attention of The Advocate, a local paper, which published an article on it and quoted me in it

All in all, this is one heavy and personal espisode and not one directly related to the industry. So, if you want to skip it, we understand.

Still, for those who are interested in haunted attraction ethics, this one is probably worth a listen.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. The Story of the Bloody Mary Museum Tour
  4. How it Impacted Us
  5. Why We Find It Troubling

As I said, if this isn't your cup of tea, we'll be back next week with a more normal episode. If it is though, it's definitely a one-of-a-kind episode.

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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 busy news week it is! We have some major news about new haunts opening, haunts moving and one haunted attraction that's doing away with its ghostly theme.

There's also some news about Disney's Haunted Mansion and a new documentary that focuses on home haunters.

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

This Week's Episode Includes: 

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Netherwold Cuts Ribbon on New Location
  4. Scout Island in New Orleans' City Park to Become a New Haunt
  5. Halloween Horror Nights Announces Second Attraction
  6. Legoland UK to Open Haunted House Ride
  7. Knott's Scary Farm Designer Opens "R Rated" Escape Room
  8. Kenhorst, PA Getting New Charity Haunt
  9. Australian Attraction Dropping Ghostly Marketing
  10. Concept Art for Disney's Haunted Mansion Auctioned
  11. Teaser Trailer Released for Epic Home Haunts Documentary
  12. Reindeer Manor Hosts Haunt Garage Sale
  13. Horror Lost Two Great Actors This Month

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

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It's that time of year where haunt building is in full swing so what happens if you have a prop, room or character that you need to push your haunt over the top but can't come up with the idea? Well you go to the internet!

Our industry has gotten very good about swapping and sharing ideas and, if you're scratching your head looking for something to go in your haunt, there's tons of places you can go online to get inspiration.

How many? We can't possibly list or even know them all so please share your places on our Facebook or Twitter, but in the meantime, enjoy our list of go-to places to get your haunt inspiration on...

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Gothic Homemaking
  4. Instructables
  5. Haunters Haungout
  6. Haunters Toolbox
  7. Halloween Props for Sale and DIY
  8. Damn Texaqs Haunters
  9. United Haunters
  10. Haunt Chat
  11. Hallloween Prop Builders
  12. Escape Room Enthusiasts
  13. Haunted Attraction Industry
  14. Reddit Groups
  15. Cosplay Groups
  16. YouTube
  17. Closing

All in all, this is one jam-packed episode filled with inspiration that you do not want to miss!

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This week on Haunt Weekly, we're talking about villains!

Every haunt has a villain, the difference is that many haunts take the time to flesh their villains out into marketable characters that add to the scare while others put no real time and attention into them.

However, that's pretty insane. Crafting a good villain is free and relatively easy to do. All you have to do is put some time and effort into creating a three-dimensional villain that your audience will connect with. Sound too good to be true? By the end of this podcast you should have a handle on how it's done. 

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. The Importance of a Villain to a Story
  4. Choosing a Villain Name
  5. Crafting Your Villain's Look
  6. The 6 Steps to Crafting a Villain's Character
  7. Conclusions

All in all, whether your haunt has a crafted villain or not, this is an episode you do not want to miss. After all, there's always something you might be able to improve. 

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Haunt consolidation has been a big topic in the haunt community lately. With 13th Floor making major moves to acquire haunts all over the country, many are wondering what these purchases and further consolidation mean for the industry.

However, consolidation in the industry goes well beyond the purchase of a few dozen large huants. There's other typeps consolidations to consider, especially considering their impact on customers.

So, are we becoming too consolidated and is this trend counter to our creative spirit? We explore that and much more in this episode!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Three Types of Consolidation
  4. Advantages of Consolidation
  5. Disadvantages of Consolidation
  6. How Consolidated Are We?
  7. What'ss Driving the Consolidation?
  8. Should We Be Worried?

All in all, if you're interested in the business side of the haunt industry, this is one episode you do not want to miss. 

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This week on Haunt Weekly, it's another episode divisible by four and that means it's time to do the news!

It's a surprisingly busy month for haunted attraction news, lots of legal cases going on and some general fallout from Transworld to discuss.

On top of that you can watch our (previously recorded) appearance on Haunt Chat Live and we have the usual spate of conference reminders and other information.

So, strap yourselves in, this one is a doozy!

This Week's Episode Includes: 

  1. Intro
  2. Check us out on Haunt Chat Live
  3. Conference Reminders
  4. Even the Press is Talking About the Pennywise Prop
  5. Second Trial in Death of Constable Ends in Hung Jury
  6. School District Must Pay Haunted Hoorah $229,000 for the Property
  7. Sharing of Haunt Footage Used as Evidence of Descrimination
  8. Universal Studios Announces Stranger Things Attraction for HHN
  9. Former Knott's Scary Farm Head Opens Spooky Bar/Restaurant in California
  10. Queen Mary Renting Out 'Most Haunted' Room for $499 per Night
  11. Indiana Teen Builds Amazing Dragons, Seeks to Open Pro Haunt
  12. Alabama High School Holds Annual Horror FX Competition

All in all, this is one jam-packed episode and definitely one you do not want to miss!

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