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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 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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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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