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Heritage Square Museum

The Spooky Swap Meet at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles

Coming May 1st and 2nd to the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles is the Spooky Swap Meet. The museum’s nine Victorian manors serve as the stunning

Hudson Haunted House

Hudson Haunted House St. Patrick’s Revenge

Hudson Haunted House in Hudson, Ohio is opening this weekend for “St. Patrick’s Revenge”.  Hudson Haunted House is run by the Hudson JCs, who were

Wells Township Haunted House

St Patrick’s Day is Lights Out at Wells Township Haunted House in Brilliant Ohio

St Patrick’s day is just around the corner and that means some haunts are opening for an extra off-season event. On today’s show Max speaks

reopening

The First Step to Reopening in 2021, Updates from the HAA

Reopening in 2021 and Plans from the HAA We’re chatting with Spencer Terry. Spencer is the GM of Fear Factory in Salt Lake City, and was the first

2020 Haunt Awards

2020 Haunt Awards From The Scare Factor’s Team Zombillies

TIS the season for giving. And besides one of those 12’ skeletons from Home Depot, a great gift for haunters this season is recognition for all of their

Chainer's Field of Screams

Postmortem: Chainer’s Field of Screams in Botkins, Ohio

Max gets a postmortem report from Pyle Hazard at Chainer’s Field of Screams in Botkins, Ohio. Chainer’s is a small family haunt, but they had a stellar

Blood Prison

Postmortem: A Recap of Blood Prison 2020 Season

Postmortem: Blood Prison Max gets a Postmortem 2020 Haunt Season Report from Vic Amesquita at Blood Prison at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio.

monsters

What Makes a Good Villain? We Are the Monsters.

Crafting Villains with We Are The Monsters Mary Imagination has the unique perspective of being both a scare actor and a debut novelist. In this episode

TikTok

This Haunt’s Christmas TikTok Has Over 3 Million Views

What you Need to know to get your Tiktok up and running Josh Sumsion from Dead City Haunted House comes on to discuss the process behind their TikTok

halloween dead

Is Halloween Dead?

A rational look at the prospects for haunted attractions this year and for your haunt in particular Episode 46 of my A Scott in the Dark podcast (recorded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Month-long List of Halloween Things to Do All Year Round

A Month-long List of Halloween Things to Do All Year Round

Jonathan and Crystal present a list of terrific ideas to keep your haunt spirit alive all year. This blog is based on episode 178 of our Haunt Weekly

How Much is Too Much?

How Much is Too Much?

When it comes to creating an extreme haunt, how do you know when you’ve crossed over the line? This blog is based on Episode 6 of my A Scott In The

An Interview with Rick Jones of Horrify Me

An Interview with Rick Jones of Horrify Me

Mikey discovers how a horror photographer extraordinaire created Horrify Me, and Hannah discovers her inner vampire. Hello. It’s Mikey here, along with my

Eight Reasons to be Concerned about the Future of the Haunt Industry

Eight Reasons to be Concerned about the Future of the Haunt Industry

Jonathan and Crystal discuss red flags that every haunter should be aware of. This blog is based on Episode 174 of the Haunt Weekly podcast, which is

The team visits an escape room at Dana Prison

Finally—Mikey, Hannah, and Kate Get Us Out of Brexit!

The team visits an escape room at Dana Prison in Shrewsbury and solves the Brexit puzzle. Hello, and welcome to our blog, which is based on episode 138 of

How to view criticism as a gift that can help you make your haunt the best ever

You Suck!

How to view criticism as a gift that can help you make your haunt the best ever Here we are with another blog, this one based on Episode 5 of A Scott in

Gone are the days of setting up your haunt and getting a CD of that “ooooaaaaa” sound that every single ghost animation used to make.

Did you Hear That?

Audio completes your haunt environment and makes it real. This blog is all about audio and why it’s a key element in the development of your attraction.

The Care and Feeding of Actors

The Care and Feeding of Actors

Actors make or break your haunt experience, so you need to take care of them. This episode, which is based on the third episode of my A Scott in the Dark

Marketing Monsters

Marketing Monsters

How to create monsters to market for you outside your haunt This blog is based on the second episode of my podcast series, A Scott in the Dark. It’s

Shining a Light on… Santa Claus

Shining a Light on… Santa Claus

Too tired to read? Listen to this article instead: Creating Memorable Moments with a Traditional Character By Scott Swenson Yes, you read the title of this

The Basics of Actor Intake

The Basics of Actor Intake

Jonathan and Crystal Talk to Japes Palles about how actors and haunts can find a good match. This blog is based on episode 179 of our Haunt Weekly podcast,

A Scott in the Dark

The Very First A Scott in the Dark Podcast—The Basics

Offering a great new information source for haunters This blog is based on the very first episode of the A Scott in the Dark podcast. I was so excited to

Shining a Light on... Teams That Last Through the Season Event

Shining a Light on… Teams That Last Through the Season

Too tired to read? Listen to this article instead: By Scott Swenson Every seasonal event requires a dedicated team of eager and talented individuals.

first impression

The First Seven Seconds: You Have Less Time Than You Think to Make a Powerful First Impression

Too tired to read? Listen to this article instead: By Scott Swenson On July 30, 2018, Gantom Lighting & Controls hosted its second annual Leadership

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