HaunTopic Radio: Haunted Attractions | Haunted Houses | Halloween | Haunters

HaunTopic Radio: Haunted Attractions | Haunted Houses | Halloween | Haunters

Have you always wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of Haunted Attractions, Scare Attractions, and Halloween? We tell those stories here! We capture the stories of the people behind the scary events and share tips along the way on HOW YOU can make your own Haunted House scary and effective...without spending lots of money to do it. We've done it and are still doing it. Join us, Brian Foreman and Darryl Plunkie, as we pick the brains of the professionals that make up the Haunted Attraction Industry!... Show More

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October 5, 2020 86 min

Shawn Morse, from Shawn Morse FX and Stalker Farms, takes you through his procedure on keeping his guests and staff safe in a world full of germs. Whether it's COVID or the seasonal haunt crud, we should always take precautions when applying makeup.

Join our next Haunt Master Class at HauntersToolbox.com

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Learn from the mistakes and accomplishments of the Fear Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah, and how they opened their attraction in the middle of a health pandemic and successfully did it! 

Here's a link to their Contingency Plan to help you do it. 

http://fearfactoryslc.com/contingency-plan/

If you want to join us in our next Live session, join here.

https://www.haunterstoolbox.com/main-pages/haunters-toolbox-membership/

 

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This is the year of COVID cancellations and many Haunted Attractions are closed for 2020. Those that will be opened are doing things a little differently. 

The Haunt Master members of the Haunter's Toolbox share their thoughts on this year's operational plans and how you can safely open your attraction or home haunt. 

Join us next time by becoming a Haunt Master Member at HauntersToolbox.com

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Steve Koci, many of you know him as Halstaff on the webs, is the author of The Ultimate Guide to DIY Animatronics.

In this podcast, learn the best way to get started in moving props and how to animate many different types of props...Halloween Style.

 

  • Steve's Book: The Ultimate Guide to DIY Animatronics
  • Check out Steve's YouTube Channel
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    Papa VooDoo Animated Prop

     

    What are DIY animatronics?

     

    The animatronic...

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    When a global crisis happens, like COVID-19 and similar contagious pandemics, haunted attractions and entertainment venues can suffer. Customers can become fearful to attend close-quarter events like concerts and attractions.

     

    State regulations may be different for your event this year and they'll probably keep changing weekly. You may be feeling a bit uncertain about what this year's season will actually hold for you.

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    "Remote" brings you into a horror experience without leaving your house. But you'll feel like you're there.

     

    Learn how a"Remote" type of interactive digital experience can be used with your customers.

     

    Each year we always try to add something unique to our Haunted Attractions. Sometimes we need to think outside of the box so that we can prepare for the experiences customers want and crave...they just ...

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    We ask Bart Butler and Michael Edwards from Terror in the Corn about their preseason preparation, scare acting, timed ticketing, surviving a pandemic, outdoor haunting, and more Haunt stuff! 

    This was recorded from our LIVE virtual prepared summit. You can find more trainings and master classes at HauntersToolbox.com 

    Follow Terror in the Corn at https://terrorinthecorn.com/

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    One of the biggest issues we found when we asked you "What is one of your biggest challenges as a Haunter?" We kept seeing this answer: time and money. 

    In this podcast episode, we cover ways to save time AND money as you start and grow your haunted house. 

    This was recorded LIVE during one of our Master Classes. You can find all of our past seminars, classes, and workshops at HauntersToolbox.com 

    Grab a seat to our next LI...

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    February 1, 2020 88 min

     

    Special effects tips inside this podcast:

     

  • The best clay sculpting tools to use to make your own molds and masks.
  • A great technique to save time and money when applying prosthetics and appliances to your scare actors in a Haunted Attraction.
  • A NEW type of foam latex prosthetics that have different scents and colors.
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    Where to find Jeff West:

     

    Jeff West is a makeup artist from Wichita, Kansas. He moved to Los Angeles wit...

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    When operating and owning a Haunted Attraction, you must evaluate your recent season and make notes on what is working and what needs changed.

    Listen to this audio recording of our private master mind session. You can join these sessions and become a member at HauntersToolbox.com

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    Join us on December 13th, 2019 at 7:30pm-9pm CST in this LIVE Online Master Class.

    Grab your ticket at HauntersToolbox.com/class

    We'll go over ways to save you time so you can get more things done, save money so you can focus on the right things to buy, and finally start your Haunted Attraction or improve the one you have. 

    See you there!

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    What is HAuNTcon?

    HAuNTcon will push your attraction business out of its comfort zone and introduce you to game-changing new products, ideas, and concepts. Improve your Haunted Attraction, start a new Haunt related business, or get ideas for next season. It's more than a tradeshow, it's an innovative experience where the haunt community creates the future of the industry.

    Click here to get up to $35 off your tickets. ...

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    It's getting harder to get people to hear about your haunted house. You've got an awesome haunted attraction but your attendance isn't growing. There are so many channels like social, radio, TV...where do you spend your marketing money for your Haunt?

     

    We interview Alex Berland and Nick Levanti with Conjured Media and pick their brains about marketing your haunted house in today's market, where to focus your adve...

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    "An attraction is most effective when it follows a path, when it takes guests on a journey. The story determines an attraction’s physical layout, character development, and technical design. It also points the way for clever marketing, merchandising, and branding. This book gives you the tools to develop a story and to use that story as a blueprint for your attraction's development." -Follow The Story Book

     

     

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    Banshee Manor Haunted Attraction is in Fayetteville, Arkansas is located inside a family fun park called Lokomotion.

     

    Buying Ghosts is a audio drama series in the form of a podcast available everywhere you find podcasts.

     

    Jonna Summers is the one orchestrating both of these fun Haunt projects. You'll have to listen to this podcast to hear how these two projects are similar.

     

    Banshee Manor Story

     

     The McCraulic Clan ...

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    In this podcast we interview Edward Douglas (aka Aleister Rigby) and Gavin Goska and get these key takeaways:

     

  • What Type of Haunt Music to Use in Your Haunted Attraction
  • How Midnight Syndicate Got Started in Gothic/Horror Music
  • The Reasons They Keep Playing Live at Cedar Point in Ohio
  • Which of Their Soundtracks is their Favorite Ones
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    Midnight Syndicate is a Gothic - Horror - Haunt musical group that has been producing "soun...

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    A Chamber of Commerce is a network of business owners whose goal is to further the interests of businesses and grow stronger together. It serves as a spokesman and representative of the industry.

     

    This is where The Chamber of Haunters comes in.

     

    Imagine a Chamber of Commerce that stands to represent you as a Haunter, a Haunted Attraction Owner, and your interests within the Haunt Industry. This is the mission that the Founder...

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    April 26, 2019 45 min

    In this podcast episode, we chat with Tony Brueski on How to Get More People to your Haunted Attraction and valuable Tips that you can implement this season.

    Tony also hosts two podcasts about real ghosts stories, so of course we had to discuss a few of our favorite paranormal encounters. Have you ever had any experiences with any ghosts?

    Haunted House Marketing Tips Inside

     

  • Why your Haunted Attraction needs to be different in...
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    The Transworld Halloween and Attractions Show is the largest trade show that features products focused directly to Haunted Attractions, Themed Attractions, and Escape Rooms. This was the first year that a Christmas Show was added into the show.

     

    The TransWorld Halloween and Attractions Show is currently located in St.Louis, Missouri at the America's Center.

     

    Who is inside this podcast episode:

     

  • Dark Stitches (Tessie...
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    Women do exist in the Haunted Attraction Industry. They are Haunt Owners, Haunt Business Owners, Designers, Special FX Artists, Scare Managers, Scare Actors, Haunt Moms, Security, Maintenance, Ticket Takers, Parking Lot Attendees, and just about anywhere you'd find a man.

     

    Female Haunters bring unique perspectives and creative energy to many different positions within this crazy industry. And these ladies discuss all of th...

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