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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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Boy howdy has this movie caused some controversy in the haunt community. Just hours after it hit Netflix people were talking about it left and right in various haunter groups on Facebook and we found ourselves getting multiple requests to cover it.

So, cover it we will.

But while we share many of the same concerns other haunters have about the film, we also wanted to try and hone in on some of the things the film got right and some of the good it has done the industry

With that in mind, there's a lot of ground to cover with this film and we also have a lot of groundwork to lay before HAuNTcon. So this is one jam-packed episode that you do not want to miss!

This Week's Episode Includes: 

  1. Intro
  2. Updates on Us at HAuNTcon
  3. Pre-HAuNTcon Meetup at Bar Mon Cher
  4. Haunt Widows Facebook Group Created by Elli
  5. Ween Dream Donations for Crystal's Birthday
  6. Conference Reminders
  7. Edit Explanation and Background Info
  8. What We Didn't Like About It
  9. What We Did Like About It
  10. Final Thoughts on the Movie and McKamey Manor

All in all, this is one packed episode with a lot going on so take a deep breath and dive on in!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We are back once again, Crystal is adequately recovered from her surgery and we are back to talk about a... video game? 

That's right we spent a good part of our time off catching up on some video games and one of the ones we played is Layers of Fear, a horror-themed walking simulator with some intersting ideas with regards to storytelling and layout/design.

Is it worth checking out if you're a haunt? Absolutely, especially since it's just $5 on Steam through the fourth! But, even if you aren't interested in video games, this episode has a lot of great conversation about haunt design and story telling, making this an episode you do not want to miss!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Update on Crystal
  3. HAuNTcon Reminder
  4. Conference Reminders
  5. Why We Are Talking About This Game
  6. What We Liked
  7. What We Didn't Like
  8. What Can Haunters Learn
  9. Why Every Haunter Should Play This Game (Despite Its Flaws)

Hope you enjoy this week's episode and we will see you guys next Monday!

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First thing is first everyone, Merry Christmas!

While we here at Haunt Weekly certainly haven't been nice enough to justify a visit from Santa (Krampus maybe) we're still giving out gifts this year and that includes an all-new episode of Haunt Weekly.

Best of all, since it's another episode divisible by four, that means it's time to do the news. 

And a lof of news there is. Some of it's good, some of it's bad, some of it's sad and some of it is just plain weird. Any way the news blows,we have you covered.

To that end, this week's episode includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Reminder to Come See Us at HAuNTCon!
  3. Conference Reminders
  4. Chainsaw-Weilding Clown Injures Teen in Mexican Haunt
  5. Another Clown Faces Sexual Assault Charges
  6. In Germany, Real Tombstones Used in Haunt
  7. Anime Creates Haunted Attraction for Theme Park
  8. Texas Haunt Expands into Hosting Concerts
  9. Musem Creates Inverse Escape Room Concept
  10. High Schoolers Help Wildfire Victims with Haunt
  11. "Zombie Nativity Scene" Heads Into Final Year

All of that and much, much more makes this an episode you do not want to miss!

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Every year around this time, we take a break from the haunted attraction stuff and, instead, discuss some of our favorite Christmas horror themes. Turns out, when you get down to it, Christmas (and the other winter holidays) is a pretty messed up holiday in a lot of places.

So we're continuing that tradition again this year with another slate of Christmas traditions that seem more like they belong on Halloween. Want to keep witches at bay? Burn evil spirits alive? We've got you covered.

So kick back and learn more about the horror-themed Christmas traditions the world over!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. Mistletoe
  4. Chandles in the Window
  5. Door Flinging
  6. Hiding Your Brooms
  7. Caroling
  8. Mari Lwyd
  9. Burning Devils
  10. Don't Eat Santa's Cookies
  11. Elf on the Shelf

All in all, this is an episode you do not want to miss and, most likely, one best enjoyed with some eggnog!

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This week on Haunt Weekly, we're celebrating the release of The Disaster Artist by asking a question that we haven't actually asked before: "Can a haunt be so bad it's good?"

We talk about films this way all of the time with The Room, the film The Disaster Artist is based on, being an oft-cited example. But, if it can happen in films, can it happen in haunts? 

The answer, as far as we can determine, is no. However, that's because the way we judge haunts is different than fims and that makes it almost impossibe for a haunt to be both bad and entertaining.

Still, we take a deep dive into the subject here. 

This week's episode includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. How the Conversation Begins
  4. Our History with bad Films
  5. Can a Haunt Be So Bad It's Good?
  6. The Argument for No
  7. The Argument for Yes
  8. Conclusions

All in all, if you're a fan of bad movies (or bad haunts) this is definitely an episode you do not want to miss!

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This week on Haunt Weekly, we're doing things a bit differently. Rather than talking about haunted attractions we're talking about our fair city, New Orleans.

Since many of you are coming down here for HAuNTcon, we wanted to do our part to make sure that you have the knowledge and info to be safe, have a good time and maybe know a few off-the-beaten path places that you can check out.

So, if you're planning a trip to NOLA, hopefully some of these suggestions will give you a leg up on finding things to see or visit while you're here. 

Also, we are still going to make ourselves available one evening for drinks on our side of the river along with an admittedly brief tour of our haunt (All 600 sq ft of it). 

But on that note, for those of you planning your trip to New Orleans, here's what we are advising you do to stay safe and have fun!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Conference Reminders
  3. General New Orleans Safety Tips
  4. Thoughts on the Locations HAuNTcon is Visiting
  5. Suggestions for Other Places to Check Out

All in all, if you're coming to HAuNTcon, this is one episode you do not want to miss!

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Episode 100, as most of you remember, was our blowout celebration episode where we definitely did NOT talk about any news. Episode 104 is where the hangover sets in. Now we have to get through two months, the two busines months, of haunt news in one go.

So, that's exactly what we're going to try and do (and probably fail miserably in the process). 

So, with that in mind, let's take a look at what is in this week's episode:

  1. Intro
  2. Remembering Jerry Lesperance (Please consider donating to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here
  3. Jonathan will Be Speaking at HAuNTcon... Twice
  4. Conference Reminders
  5. Haunt Sued for Negligence Over Rape
  6. Police Called After Haunter Scares Pedestrians and Cyclists
  7. Maryland Haunt Canceled Due to Fire Code Violations
  8. Universal's Monster Cafe Finishes Renovations and Reopens
  9. NBCUniversal is Killing Off Chiller
  10. Why Haunted Houses Win Most of Their Lawsuits
  11. New York Post Says Halloween Should Be Just For Kids
  12. Teen Uses Haunt To Raise Money for American Cancer Society
  13. Community Comes Together to Give Halloween to Special Needs Girl

This episode is in memory of Jerry Lesperance, whom we lost over the holiday weekend to suicide. Please, if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, talk to someone. It can be as simple as reaching out to a friend or loved one. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for help immediately. 

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Starting any haunted attraction is a daunting challenge. Starting a professional one is much, much more so.

However, when Jamie Lee Sullivan and Rickie Haines set out to make their own pro haunt, they didn't even have experience with a home haunt. Though they had been involved with haunted attractions for decades, they had never actually built a haunt in their lives. 

So how did they make the jump from avid actors and helpers to proud haunt owners? That's exactly what this episode is about.

It's a long, harrowing tale that involves research, planning, luck, an insane amount of work and at least one injury of note.

So how did they pull it all together? That's what we find out in this interview with the minds behind the Den of Fear!

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