MIKEY

Mikey has been reviewing scare attractions since 2012. With a BA Honours Degree in Theatre to his name, Mikey uses his specialist knowledge of Artauds Theatre of Cruelty along with other detailed research when reviewing attractions. Mikey has conducted numerous haunt seminars and hosted an extreme haunt panel debate at recent scare conventions. Along side ScareTrack, Mikey also admins the ‘Scare Actors Group’ on facebook. This group helps aspiring and seasoned scare actors find new and exciting acting opportunities. Mikey enjoys attractions that aren’t scared to try new ambitious ideas.

MIKEY'S POSTS

Remembering Robbi

Remembering Robbi: Lessons Learned from a Reluctant Haunter

By Scott Swenson For over 25 years, I was lucky enough to have Robbi LePre as part of my life. She played many roles. She was my mentor, my boss, my

AECOM

TEA and AECOM Release the 2019 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index

The annual publication lists new additions to the top 25 theme parks worldwide and provides data and trends on the global industry. The Themed

Phases of Recovery from COVID for Haunted Attractions

Phases of Recovery from COVID for Haunted Attractions

Approaches to Addressing a Crisis—Which Haunts Should implement All the Time By Scott Swenson Welcome back to the dark. I based this blog on Episode 45 of

Midsummer Scream Telethon

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Midsummer Scream to Host a Livestream “Telethon”

There in Spirit: Midsummer Scream — a Daylong Livestream Telethon Celebrating All Things Spooky Midsummer Scream, the world’s largest Halloween and

halloween

5 Enormous Halloween Events Cancel Plans

While one haunt has reopened, Disney’s Halloween Party, Kennywood Halloween events, and Eastern Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls announce canceled

pandemic.

How to Reopen Your Haunt During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fear Factory, the first haunt to reopen, discusses its strategies Right now, the haunt industry is being faced with something we’ve never done

diversity

The Power of Diversity in Your Haunted Attraction

Use Diversity in your team, in your scares, within your industry, and in your products to strengthen your haunt. By Scott Swenson Welcome to the dark. This

pivot

Don’t Panic, Pivot Your Haunt

Creative strategies for haunts and haunters to move through the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge on their feet. by Scott Swenson Episode 42 of my podcast, A

marketing

Marketing Your Haunted Attraction After a Pandemic

Strategies from FearWorm Hauntvertising for how to market your attraction during a post-pandemic Halloween season By HaunTopic Radio When a global crisis

fear factory

Fear Factory Haunted House Successfully Reopens

Tickets sold out for the May 29 “Halfway to Halloween” Event at Fear Factory in Salt Lake City On May 29, 2020, Salt Lake City’s ​Fear Factory became the

haunted attractions

So Now What? Haunted Attractions COVID-19 Edition

This unprecedented situation provides an opportunity for haunts and haunters to become more creative and support one another. This blog is based on Episode

horror experiences

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Use Mobile Horror Experiences to Expand Your Haunt Brand

Use mobile, remote, horror experiences to keep connected to your guests and expand your brand. ​ By HaunTopic Radio Each year, we should be adding

Empower your Audience

Empower Your Haunt’s Audience

By Ricky Brigante, Edited by Staff What follows is a summary of Ricky Brigante’s keynote given at the 2017 Haunted Attraction Symposium, the theme for

hauntque

HauntQue Booking App Seamlessly Syncs Prescheduled Guests With Walk-Ins

HauntQue allows guests to schedule their visit to your haunt so it works best for them and for you. HauntQue virtual queue line is an “intelligent waitlist

disaster

Haunt Extreme Disaster Preparedness and Survival

Take steps now to prepare for any type of disaster to enhance the chances your business will survive it. By Carol Jeffers I am Carol Jeffers (CJ), Founder

‘You Want Me to Do What?’ Training actors in the science of immersive interactivity.

Training Haunt Actors in Interactivity

By Dr. Margee Kerr, Edited by Staff What follows is a summary of Dr. Margee Kerr’s keynote given at the 2017 Haunted Attraction Symposium, the theme for

time and money

Bootstrap Your Haunt – a Guide to Saving Time and Money

Tips and tricks to save time and money on building or upgrading your haunted attraction. By Brian Foreman and Darryl Plunkie Time and money are the two

october haunt

The February Meeting to Prepare for Your October Haunt

Get started early in the year to be better prepared for the Halloween season Welcome again to my blog, this one based on episode 40 of my A Scott in the

Year-Round Haunting

An Ode to Year-Round Haunting

The general manager of Haunted Mayfield Manor talks about the great hurricane of 1900 and women in haunting. This blog is based on episode 191 of our Haunt

haunted mine

Drop 96 FEET PER SECOND at This Haunted Mine

Developing Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s Haunted Mine Drop By Philip Hernandez Most of us have had the experience of stepping into an elevator on a top

actor safety

Actor Safety in the New World – a Guide

We’ve always focused on actor safety, so build on what you already do well to care for them after the pandemic. By Scott Swenson We, in the haunt industry,

Aroma Prime — the Source for Uncommon Scents

The Source for Uncommon Scents for Haunts

Mikey interviews Florentina of Aroma Prime about those weird smells at scare attractions. Hi, it’s Mikey, and this blog is based on episode 145 of

Attraction

Designing a Fright Attraction from the Inside Out

A basic overview of the fright attraction design process! By Leonard Pickel, Hauntreprneurs.com Attraction Design and Consulting My background is

lighting

How to Get Away with Lighting in Your Haunt

4 lighting designers offer tips for pulling off effective haunted house lighting design using what you already have. For many haunted attractions, lighting

HAuNTcon-2020

HAuNTcon 2020 – a Weekend in New Orleans

Seminars, a panel discussion, and chats with folks from Dark Woods and Raybourn Creative I recorded Episode 39 of my A Scott in the Dark podcast at the

Haunting

7 Things We Wished We Knew About Haunting

Jonathan and Crystal Discuss Lessons Learned Over Years of Running a Haunt This blog is based on Episode 186 of our Haunt Weekly podcast, which was

Why You Need a Merch Booth and, Especially, a Gift Shop at Your Haunted Attraction

Why You Need a Gift Shop at Your Haunted Attraction

Jonathan offers six plus two rules for creating a successful gift shop at your haunt. It’s Jonathan and Crystal here again, and this blog is based on

fear

Engaging Fear for Your Haunted Attraction

Making an emotional connection through fear is the key to creating a powerful and memorable experience for guests. By Phil Raybourn For haunted

A Visit to the 2019 IAAPA Expo

A Visit to the 2019 IAAPA Expo

Discovering what’s new and trending in the haunt and theme park industries Episode 38 of my A Scott in the Dark podcast was recorded at the 2019 IAAPA

Transitioning your Haunt to Christmas

Transitioning your Haunt to Christmas

A Haunter in Christmas Town: How to Do a Changeover from a Halloween to a Christmas Event This blog is based on Episode 37 of my A Scott in the Dark

after party

The After Party – Bringing Haunters Together All Year Long

by Scott Swenson This blog is based on Episode 36 of my A Scott in the Dark podcast, which came right on the heels of Episode 35. I wasn’t planning on

The Power of the Paranormal — A Chat with Jill Witecki of Tampa Theatre and Jeremy Rettig of Genesis Paranormal Services

The Power of the Paranormal — A Chat with Jill Witecki of Tampa Theatre and Jeremy Rettig of Genesis Paranormal Services

This blog is based on Episode 34 of my A Scott in the Dark podcast, entitled “The Power of the Paranormal,” in which I had the great opportunity to look at

‘Tis the Season - Summer is the Time to Start Preparing for Halloween

‘Tis the Season – Summer is the Time to Start Preparing for Halloween

This blog is based on Episode 33 of my A Scott in the Dark podcast, which was called, “’Tis the Season.” This wasn’t a Christmas episode. No. It was

Tips and lessons for folks who think they might want to create a haunt

Planning Your Haunt’s Success

Tips and lessons for folks who think they might want to create a haunt by Scott Swenson This blog is based on episode 31 of my A Scott In the Dark podcast,

Listeners’ Choice

Listeners’ Choice, Volume 2…

…in which Scott talked about how he got into the haunt business and a few other topics. This blog is based on Episode 30 of my Scott in the Dark podcast.

Recipients of 2020 Haunters to Watch Awards Announced

Recipients of 2020 Haunters to Watch Awards Announced

The wait is over! In partnership with HAuNTcon, we are excited to announce the recipients of this year’s Haunters to Watch awards. Created to highlight

Transworld 2019

Transworld 2019

Highlights from my visit to this year’s Transworld in St. Louis, Missouri It’s time once again to step into the darkness… This blog is based on

The Majestic Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas Presents “Sweeney Todd”

The Majestic Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas Presents “Sweeney Todd”

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Comes to the Las Vegas Arts District from January 16 to February 16, 2020 Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-award-winning musical,

haunt questions and answers

Welcome to Volume 1 of Listeners’ Choice

…in which I answer a few burning questions from listeners Welcome once again to A Scott in the Dark. This blog is based on my Episode 28 podcast, which was

haunt

Interviews with Friends at the 2019 HAuNTcon in New Orleans

TRADESHOWS ARE THE BEST PLACE TO MAKE FRIENDS AND GET EDUCATED ABOUT THE HAUNT BUSINESS We’re going to do something a little different in the dark this

Krampus Haunted Christmas Event Comes To 8 States This December

Krampus Haunted Christmas Event Comes To 8 States This December

13th Floor Entertainment Group brings ‘A Haunted Christmas’ featuring Krampus to indulge guests in search of a demonic holiday experience. Krampus: A

7 Scary Holiday Events coming this December to Southern California

7 Scary Holiday Events coming this December to Southern California

Need a break from Christmas holiday mayhem? Cleanse your palate with a little Halloween spice. Halloween is over for most people, but not for us! Keep your

Tradeshow

Attending a Parallel Industry Tradeshow

What haunters can learn from participating in tradeshows outside the haunt world In this blog, I’ll be talking about my experiences at The Special

Shopping for Your Haunted Attraction Year Round

Shopping for Your Haunted Attraction Year Round

How and where to find bargains on stuff for your haunt throughout the year Welcome to my first blog of 2019. Since it’s right after the holiday season, I

Krampus Show Debuts in Las Vegas for the 2019 Holiday Season

Krampus Show Debuts in Las Vegas for the 2019 Holiday Season

Guests are invited to an immersive family holiday party with an unexpected guest and horrifying consequences On December 5, 2019, the Majestic Repertory

Installing “ Dark ,” my First Haunt in Canada, at Fort Edmonton Park, Alberta

Moving into new territory with the installation of a haunt at a historic site in Canada I was thinking this blog should probably be called A Scott After

ScareHouse Opens 2 New Experiences in Pittsburgh for 2019 Halloween

ScareHouse Opens 2 New Experiences in Pittsburgh for 2019 Halloween

The Basement and Stalked by a Killer Open in Pittsburgh ScareHouse is on hiatus for 2019 while the attraction relocates, but the team announced two new

haunt season 2019

When the Tide Comes in, All Ships Rise

All the reasons to support fellow haunts and haunters – especially in online public forums. Welcome, once again, to A Scott In the Dark. We’re

Michigan’s Hush Haunted Attraction Grows 6X for 2019 Halloween

Michigan’s Hush Haunted Attraction Grows 6X for 2019 Halloween

Hush Haunted Attraction in Westland, Michigan, is debuting three haunted houses in a new venue that’s 6X as large as the previous space. The trio of

New for 2019 at Cross Roads Escape Games—The Séance

New for 2019 at Cross Roads Escape Games —The Séance Experience

Debuting at Cross Roads Escape Games in Anaheim, California for the 2019 Halloween season is The Séance, a theatrical horror experience For the 2019

Dead Factory Haunted House in Mexico, Missouri Focuses on Phobias

Dead Factory Haunted House in Mexico, Missouri Focuses on Phobias

Family-owned, home-grown haunted house in Mexico, Missouri focuses on phobias. Dead Factory, located in Mexico, Missouri, is a 30-minute, linear,

New Mazes and Special Events at this Year’s Haunted Fort

New Mazes and Special Events at this Year’s Haunted Fort

Historic, haunted buildings and real ghosts await guests at this unique outdoor haunt at Fort Abraham Lincoln on the North Dakota prairie. Haunted Fort is

HAuNTcon 2020 Announces First Sessions of Education Program

HAuNTcon 2020 Announces First Sessions of Education Program

All-inclusive, full-weekend pass allows access to all education sessions, HAuNTcon and Halloween Party & Expo exhibit halls, and costume ball. HAuNTcon

haunt

The Four Levels of Haunt

The Importance of Targeting Your Haunt to One of the Four Demographic Audiences Welcome to the Dark! Here we are at the crux of the Halloween season.

Twilight Actors Visits 2019 Spirit of Halloweentown Festival in St. Helens, Oregon

Twilight Actors Visits 2019 Spirit of Halloweentown Festival in St. Helens, Oregon

Peter Facinelli, who played Dr. Carlisle Cullen in “Twilight,” will light the city’s giant Halloween pumpkin at this year’s 10th annual event. As part of

Halloween season at Tampa Theater features film festival, story contest, ghost tours, campfire stories, and creepy storytelling for mature audiences.

Tampa Theater’s 2019 “A Nightmare of Franklin Street” Halloween

A horror film festival, short-form horror story contest, campfire stories, and creepy storytelling for adults are featured in Tampa Theatre’s 2019

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 2019 Event Overview

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 2019 Event Overview

Open from Sept 26 – Nov 2 on 23 select nights, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor occurs in the harbor surrounding The Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach,

Third Annual Haunted Little Tokyo Returns to Los Angeles this October

Third Annual Haunted Little Tokyo Returns to Los Angeles this October

The Little Tokyo community transforms into family-friendly scares and fun on select days and nights in October. The Little Tokyo community welcomes

Monster Movies for Music

“Monster Movies for Music” Festival Debuts at San Diego’s Observatory Theater on October 20

The first-ever event sponsored by Spooks and Spirits podcast will premier on October 20 at San Diego’s Historic Observatory Theater. The inaugural Spooks

Epic Entertainment - Dark Horizon

Marrying Location, History Inspired Story, and Party

EPIC Entertainment Group Launches Dark Horizon in Orlando By Philip Hernandez “Dark Horizon: Point of No Return” is a new haunted attraction produced by

Dark Horizon

Dark Horizon, Point of No Return 2019 Event Overview

Dark Horizon is at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Orlando, Florida from October 10 through November 2 on 16 select nights. This Halloween event has 200

The Director is the Lens, Not the Sun

The Director is the Lens, Not the Sun

What’s the role of the director in a haunt attraction, and do you need a director at your haunt? I’m really excited about this blog, which is based on

Slaughterland Screampark Opens in Binghamton, NY for 2019 Halloween

Slaughterland Screampark Opens in Binghamton, NY for 2019 Halloween

An abandoned theme park sat deserted for years after a horrific accident, but now, the chaotic and haunted remains of what was once a fun-filled playland

The Overlap Between Haunted Attractions and Theater

The Overlap Between Haunted Attractions and Theater

All the reasons for haunters to get involved with their local community or professional theater Welcome to this blog, which is based on Episode 17 of my A

FunkO’s Oogie Boogie and Ursula Cereals Provide Fuel for Haunters

FunkO’s Oogie Boogie and Ursula Cereals Provide Fuel for Haunters

Oogie Boogie FunkO’s Cereal Coming to Spirit Halloween and Spencer’s September 2019 Wondering what to eat while working on your Halloween decorating?

Jack Skellington Hosts Disney’s Halloween Fireworks

The first look at the ‘Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular’ Fireworks – Hosted by Jack Skellington Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to the

Nominations Open for First Annual ‘Haunters To Watch’ Awards

Nominations Open for First Annual ‘Haunters To Watch’ Awards

Haunters to Watch Awards will recognize Future Leaders in the Haunt Community at HAuNTcon 2020 27 August, 2019 – HAuNTcon, The Haunted Attraction

Make It Cheap

Make It Cheap

Tips and tricks for using your creativity to have the most awesome haunt ever… and save money In this blog based on Episode 16 of my A Scott in the

Create Your Terrifying Adventure in Variant 31

Can you Survive the Dark at London’s new attraction?

Create Your Terrifying Adventure in Variant 31 In Variant 31, players become their favorite action character and choose their own adventure within a

OC Fair Hosts Boo Ha Ha Haunted Oktobeerfest October 25 – 26

OC Fair Hosts Boo Ha Ha Haunted Oktobeerfest October 25 – 26

OC Fair brings Beers and scares together in Costa Mesa at this first-ever event for 2019. The first-ever Boo Ha Ha, a haunted Oktobeerfest, will take place

Play Disney Parks App’s Halloween Overlay

Play Disney Parks App’s Halloween Overlay

Enjoy Halloween With Play Disney Parks’ Spooky New Halloween Experiences The Play Disney Parks App has received frightfully fun Halloween makeover with

Tales from the Crypt Turns 30: Relive its epic moments

Tales from the Crypt Turns 30: Relive its epic moments

‘Tales from the Crypt’ is 30! 10 Things we learned about the Series at Midsummer Scream ‘Tales from the Crypt’ – an American horror TV series, first

Winchester Mystery House Hosts Christine McConnell

Winchester Mystery House Hosts Christine McConnell

‘From the Mind of Christine McConnell’ Went to the Winchester Mystery House for the Second Episode of the YouTube Series Christine McConnell announced the

Balancing Immersion with Throughput

Balancing Immersion with Throughput

By Ken Parks & Jon Cooke, Edited by Staff What follows is a summary of Ken Parks’ and Jon Cooke’s keynote given at the 2017 Haunted Attraction

Walpurgis Night at the UK’s Scare Kingdom Scream Park

Walpurgis Night at the UK’s Scare Kingdom Scream Park

Mikey and guest hosts Jenna and Ryan discuss this year’s Walpurgis Night scene at Scare Kingdom. This blog is based on Episode 141 of our Scare Track

These boutique hand sculpted masks are to die for

These boutique hand sculpted masks are to die for

Serious haunters know the only way to scare is with hand-sculpted short-run masks. Their detailed is unmatched and the look is unique (likely not copied by

Graveyard Games is the newest Haunted House at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights

Graveyard Games is making its debut at this year’s Universal Orlando Resorts Halloween Horror Nights. The story goes like this: Two teens have awakened the

New Haunted House Based on Jordan Peele’s Blockbuster Movie “Us” at Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Orlando Resort has announced a new residence of terror at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Guests will walk through the Wilson family beach

Renaissance

Learning from Ren Rats and Fairie Folk

Discovering the similarities between Renaissance Faires and haunted attractions by Scott Swenson This article is based on Episode 13 of my A Scott in

Oogie Boogie Bash Debuts at Disney California Adventure

Oogie Boogie Bash Debuts at Disney California Adventure

Oogie Boogie Bash Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park for 2019 Halloween Season Debuting this year at Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim is

Celebrate Halloween on the High Seas with Disney!

Celebrate Halloween on the High Seas with Disney!

Disney Combines the Cruise Craze with Halloween Fun Disney’s Halloween on the High Seas cruises, which set sail in early September through late October,

The Park of OWA on the Alabama Gulf Coast Unveils its First Dark Ride

The Park of OWA on the Alabama Gulf Coast Unveils its First Dark Ride

Mystic Mansion, at Alabama’s The Park at OWA, opened to the public on June 15, 2019. This is the Park’s first dark ride. Kristin Hellmich, Director of

New Halloween Peeps Available Soon

New Halloween Peeps Available Soon

The classic marshmallow candy will be available this season in four, Halloween-themed shapes and flavors. Even though Halloween is almost three months

The Haunted Mansion Turns 50

Disneyland Resort’s Haunted Mansion Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary Haunted Mansion, one of Disneyland Resort’s oldest and most popular attractions, is

Universal Studios Hollywood Offers Fans a Premier Peek at This Year’s Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood Offers Fans a Premier Peek at This Year’s Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood is offering fans an exclusive first look at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights on September 12, one day before the event opens

It Experience Chapter Two

The “It Experience Chapter Two,” arrives at Hollywood and Vine on August 15

An immersive, interactive experience introduces fans of “It” to its terrifying sequel. The It Experience Chapter Two features a 40-minute journey through

Killer Klowns Maze Comes to Horror Nights Orlando

Killer Klowns Maze Comes to Horror Nights Orlando

This year, the Klowns stalk their victims inside their own haunted house. MGM Pictures “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” will arrive en masse at this year’s

Communication

The Art of Communication

How to Communicate with All the People in Your Process—from Creation to Production By Scott Swenson This article is based on episode 12 of my

Gaylord Resorts Announces 2019 ICE! Holiday Events at Five Properties

Five Gaylord Properties to See ICE! and Christmas Events in 2019 Highlights include The Polar Express coming to Gaylord Palms and the first event at the

SEE “THE POLAR EXPRESS” IN ICE DURING CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD PALMS!

All Aboard! Feel the magic of Christmas come alive in a world made from over two million pounds of ice, hand-carved into scenes from “The Polar Express.”

Signing and Tour Announced for New Haunt Book by Scott Swenson

Signing and Tour Announced for New Haunt Book by Scott Swenson

Scott Swenson’s Virtual Book Tour will include a stop at Midsummer Scream for the official Signing of Follow the Story on August 4th. Follow the Story: The

10 Horror Games for Haunters

10 Horror Games for Haunters

Jonathan and Crystal discuss 10 horror games that offer lessons for haunters. Hello, it’s Jonathan and Crystal again. This blog is based on Episode 185 of

haunt season

How to Make it to the End of the Haunt Season

The key is: consistency, consistency, consistency by Scott Swenson Welcome back to the dark. This blog is based on Episode 9 of my A Scott in the Dark

Best Room

The Best Room- How to Create the Most Memorable Room in Your Haunt

Following on the heels of blogs about the first room and the last room, Jonathan and Crystal discuss the best room. This blog is based on Episode 183 of

The Last Room

The Last Room

Jonathan and Crystal discuss six approaches for creating a memorable “last room” in your haunt. This blog is based on our Haunt Weekly podcast, Episode

The Pros and Cons of Shows and Cons

The Pros and Cons of Shows and Cons

How to decide which events and shows to attend, and why they’re important to you and your haunt. Welcome, once again, to the Dark. In this blog, which is

https://soundcloud.com/hauntedpod/a-scott-in-the-dark-episode-7-auditions-and-how-to-survive-them

Auditions and How to Survive Them

Advice for how to make an unforgettable—in a good way—impression during an audition This blog is based on Episode 7 of A Scott in the Dark—which I refer to

First Room

Six Approaches for What to Do with the All-important First Room of Your Haunt

Jonathan and Crystal explain why the first room is so important for setting the atmosphere and expectations in your haunt. This blog post is based on

haunted

The Antipodes Episode (180˚ from Halloween)

Jonathan and Crystal talk about Halloween and other news of the day. Welcome to our Haunt Weekly blog. This one is based on episode 180 of our Haunt Weekly

Mad About Horror

A Discussion with Mark Jardine from Mad About Horror

Hello, everyone, it’s Mikey, and this blog is based episode 139 of our Scaretrack podcast in which I talked on the phone with Mark Jardine from Mad About