The annual publication lists new additions to the top 25 theme parks worldwide and provides data and trends on the global industry. The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM have just published the 2019 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, which provides comprehensive data on attendance and other statistics from the world’s top theme parks, water parks, Continue Reading
There in Spirit: Midsummer Scream — a Daylong Livestream Telethon Celebrating All Things Spooky Midsummer Scream, the world’s largest Halloween and horror convention, will be hosting a livestream telethon all day Saturday, August 1, featuring previews and updates for Halloween events and attractions, including related performances, talks from leaders in spooky Continue Reading
While one haunt has reopened, Disney’s Halloween Party, Kennywood Halloween events, and Eastern Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls announce canceled seasons. On June 29, 2020, the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor joined several other large events that have already canceled for 2020. However, Fear Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah held a successful reopening event on […]Continue Reading
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 first professional haunted attraction in the world to safely open during the coronavirus pandemic. Themed attractions and most other businesses shut down in the U.S. in […]Continue Reading
This unprecedented situation provides an opportunity for haunts and haunters to become more creative and support one another. This blog is based on Episode 41 of my A Scott in the Dark podcast, which was recorded on March 16th, 2020—right after all the social distancing and other restrictions started being implemented across the country. That […]Continue Reading
Use mobile, remote, horror experiences to keep connected to your guests and expand your brand. ​ By HaunTopic Radio Each year, we should be adding something unique to our haunted attraction. We need to think outside the box to bring experiences to our guests that they crave—even if they don’t know it yet. A mobile, […]Continue Reading
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 most recent HAuNTcon, which took place in New Orleans on January 17-19, 2020. This year, there were all kinds of new additions to the show because, as […]Continue Reading
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 innovation, mentorship, and creativity, Haunters to Watch was designed to showcase unique and out of the box thinking. The 2020 recipients were selected by judges Scott Swenson and Michael Bolton […]Continue Reading
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 episode 29 of my A Scott in the Dark podcast, which I recorded at the granddaddy of the haunt industry—the Transworld show in St. Louis. There was a lot going on for me […]Continue Reading