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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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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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Haunting is hard. It's hard work, it's a hard business and it's hard creatively. 

Because of that, we sometimes turn to crutches and lean on things that, maybe, are more out of laziness and lack of ideas than what is actually best.

So, in this episode we're taking a look at just some of those crutches, the things we lean on when we're out of ideas but need to fill a room (or 20). 

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Introduction
  2. RenFest Story
  3. Conference Reminders
  4. Chainsaws
  5. Strobe Lights
  6. Fog
  7. Drop Panels
  8. Technology
  9. Common Sayings
  10. Haunt Marketing
  11. Conclusions

To be clear, these aren't bad scares, but they are getting overused and are signs that maybe, just maybe, we're taking the easy way out...

All in all, this is a trip down the stuff we do because it's easy lane so join us for the ride as this is one episode you do not want to miss!

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This week on Haunt Weekly, we're taking it a bit easy. It's been a long, wonderful season so we need to take a moment to relax, reflect and talk about the season that's just finished.

And what a season it was. Record numbers, amazing scares and hours of security camera footage to pour over. We've got a LOT left to do but we can't help but take a minute and reflect.

So, reflect we shall!

However, this isn't all just about reminiscing, we've also got conference reminders and some podcast news to go over.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Into
  2. Episode 100 Thanks and Recap
  3. Podcast News
  4. Conference Reminders
  5. All About Our Season

Also, as mentioned in this week's podcast, here is our 360 video from our haunt this year. It's a bit dark because of the nature of the video, but it gives you an idea of what we do. We'll have more pictures coming shortly!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Hope everyone's season is going well and that you're having a safe, scary and (if relevant) profitable October. The big night is just ahead but, for us, this is also a major milestone as we release episode 100 of Haunt Weekly!

Due to the time of year and the fact we, like everyone else, is at our busiest, we decided to keep things low key, we're talking about what Halloween and haunting means to us.

To make things special though, it's our first ever lve episode as we record this in front of the world, taking questions and interacting with listeners as we go.

So join us on this journey as we talk about what Halloween means to us and answer some of your quesitons along the way. If there's interest, we may do more live recordings in the future so let us know what you think!

In the meantime, take a moment to Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and Subscribe to us on YouTube!

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This week on Haunt Weekly, we're wrapping up conversation about our Atlanta trip by looking at some of the lessons we learned from it.

Many of these lessons come not from anything specific to Atlanta, but rather, from visiting 9 haunts over 4 nights (including 7 haunts in 2 nights). When you do that, you start to see some paterns that you might miss when you go to just one or two a night.

Beyond that, we also have some news on the upcoming episode 100, which will be a LIVE edition of the podcast. You'll be able to listen in and (hopefully) ask questions on our YouTube Channel, so subscribe today and be sure to enable notifications so you'll get an alert.

Othewise, tune in 5 PM ET on Sunday Oct. 29 for a LIVE recording of the show!

Beyond that, here's a look at what's in this week's show!

  • Intro
  • News About Episode 100
  • News About Our Upcoming Walkthrough Video
  • Conference Reminders
  • Lesson 1: Vary Your Scares
  • Lesson 2: Whole Room Immersion
  • Lesson 3: White Out Mazes Everywhere
  • Lesson 4: Doubling Down Against Touch Haunts
  • Lesson 5: Backing Off on Chainsaws
  • Lesson 6: Focus on What Makes Your Haunt Unique
  • Lesson 7: The Danger of Overhype
  • Lesson 8: The Nearby Haunt is Not Your Competition
  • Lesson 9: Focus on Front of House Experience
  • Lesson 10: Different Areas, Different Rules

All in all this is an episode you do NOT want to miss!

Take a moment to Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and Subscribe to us on YouTube!

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We are back! We have returned from the exotic locale of Atlanta and, along the way, managed to take in 9 different haunted attractions including seven in two nights. 

While we really didn't want to make this a "review" episode of Haunt Weekly, it's kind of hard to talk about the trip without it being at least review-like. So, we're going to break down the haunts we visited, our thoughts on them and tell some stories of the general insanity of this trip.

It was a packed one that much is for sure!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Conference Reminders
  2. Nightmare at 3008
  3. Netherworld
  4. Paranoia
  5. Folklore
  6. Containment
  7. Nightmare's Gate
  8. Freaks of Fear
  9. Camp Blood
  10. 13 Stories
  11. Wrap Up

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

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Hope everyone is having a great season and that your haunts are operating as smoothly and as briskly as you like. 

For us as home haunters, this part of the month is the time where we head out and visit literally all of the haunts we can. However, we noticed something: It's getting to be a pretty expensive hobby.

With that in mind we had to ask ourselves a simple question: Are haunts getting too expensive?

Since we didn't have the answer to that we decided to turn to someone much smarter than us in this field, Mr. Adam Drendel of HauntedIllinois.com

Adam is one of the premiere experts on haunted attactions in the Chicago area and a man who visits up to 40 haunts per year.

With an open wallet and a LOT of data about haunt pricing, Adam has a lot of useful things to say about haunt pricing and the trend of more and more expensive haunts. 

Be sure to Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Subscribe to us on YouTube!

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This week on Haunt Weekly, it's another episode divisble by four and that means it's time to do THE NEWS!

If your season hasn't already started it's likely coming up very soon. Either way, this is definitely the busy season for the industry and that's also true for the news about the industry.

However, a lot of this week's news isn't all that happy. While we are hearing great reports of high ticket sales and interest in haunted attractions this year, we're also generating a lot of not-so-pleasant headlines about questionable billboards, props and other things widely seen as offensive.

So, with a mixed heart we dive on in to look at these stories and much, much more.

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Subscribe to Out Our YouTube Channel
  3. We Are Heading to Atlanta!
  4. Conference Reminders
  5. NC Haunt Sees Controversial Billboards Come Down
  6. Hanging Dummy Prop Sparks Outrage
  7. Las Vegas Haunt Causes Controversy with Sepsis Theme
  8. Cabot Yard Haunt Returns After Controversial Season
  9. Hong Kong Man Dies During Pre-Opening Haunt Tour
  10. Amazon Creates "Lore" Haunted House
  11. Haunts: The Art of the Scare Documentary
  12. Wyandotte Jaycees Celebrate 41 Years

All in all, this is one busy episode and a month's worth of news you do NOT want to miss!

Be sure to Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Subscribe to us on YouTube!

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As haunters, we like to build things and the things we don't build we usually have a "source" or a "guy" we'd rather buy from.

However, that doesn't mean it isn't fun to traipse through the Halloween section at Walmart or swing by your nearest Spirit store at least a couple of times per season. 

In this episode, we take a look at Halloween retail and what we've noticed roaming around the various stores in our area this year. The goal: To find where you can go shop to find some cool things you can use in your haunt (or atleast get more in the mood for the season!)

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Conference Reminders
  2. Halloween Retail Myths
  3. Some Caveats With Our Recommendations
  4. Spirit
  5. Walmart
  6. Target
  7. K-Mart
  8. Home Depot
  9. Lowe's
  10. Big Lots
  11. @Home
  12. Conclusions

Whether you are a haunter or just love Halloween, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

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Japes Palles is one of the busiest men in haunting, and that's saying something.

Not only is he a new father but, even as haunt season is ramping up, he is taking on not one but two new projects, both of them epic in their scale and what they can do for area haunts.

The first is a new Facebook group that aims to help haunts and actors pair up. Haunts and actors alike sign up, haunts post what they need and actors step up to fill roles. Easy, but complex at the same time.

The second is a three-night haunted attraction tour entitled the Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour. This is not only the fastest way to see some of the Chicago area's haunts, but also the cheapest as it includes transportation and, most impotantly, beer.

So join us as we sit down again with Japes to discuss these efforts and much more!

This Week's Episode Includes:

  1. Introduction
  2. Freelance Haunters Group
  3. Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour

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

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