Haunted Attraction Network

Haunted Attraction Network

We connect the global Haunted Attraction industry through education, news, and events. Subscribe to our podcast for education and interviews with innovators in the Halloween space.

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May 13, 2021 35 min
We’re past halfway to Halloween and that means many haunts are finished design and entering build. But before you begin, have you avoided the common design flaws? Today Leonard Pickel from Hauntrepreneurs walks you through the top common haunt design flaws. Leonard is a legend in the haunted attraction space, and with his background in architecture has been designing haunts for over 40 years.

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Seasonal events have always been used to encourage FOMO and drive attendance – and they work. Despite the staffing concerns we discussed last week, attractions are pushing Fall 2021 for all they’re worth. Attractions, restaurants, and streaming services are jumping on the Halfway to Halloween bandwagon – and you should too! This is the perfect time to begin pre-sales and get audiences a preview of the Fall. Clearly they’re ready fo...
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May 12, 2021 5 min
Florida's Orange Country announced "all settings" - including theme parks - are allowed to move forward with reducing the required social distancing from six feet to three feet. This new guideline will allow for increased capacities in parks and attractions.

Cedar Point, Kings Island, and Cedar Fair parks have released updated COVID-19 protocols as they prepare to reopen this month. Many of the parks will not require tem...
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Today we’re highlighting a show in the Dallas region. The Texas Haunters Convention is coming July 17th - 18th to the Mesquite Convention Center. Culley & Brandon join the show to discuss the offerings. Find out more about the show here: https://www.texashauntersconvention.com/
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Fall is coming and as attractions ramp up, some are scrambling to find employees. We discuss why that is, how attractions are adding incentives, and what training will look like in the new normal.

Stories Covered: Genting SkyWorlds in Malaysia seeks 1,500 new workers; Great Wolf Resorts has almost 2,000 job openings available at 16 of its locations; 900 jobs available at Pennsylvania parks for 2021 season; Dutch Wonderland in Penns...
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Haunt Industry News: The West Coast Haunters VIRTUAL Convention Recap, HAA Announcements, an update on social distancing, and the 6 Types of Screams


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Today is halfway to Halloween! How are you celebrating? Things are only getting better from here as we creep towards Halloween. I celebrated Halfway to Halloween at the Spooky Swap Meet with some of the best ghouls around, so this episode is all on-location Halloween goodness. Co-creators Claire and Sarah are featured in a previous episode if you want to go back and listen.
Featured in this show: Murder House Productions, Bats and ...
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April 30, 2021 5 min
Haunt Industry News: Product Announcements, The Slaughterhouse Opens Escape Room, & Joe Bob's Drive-In Jamboree.
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Well Hello haunters, this is Part 2 of “Keeping your makeup Room Clean” taught by Shawn Morse. Shawn prepared this for HAuNTcon, and HAuNTcon is allowing us to share it with you. If you’ve not listened to Part 1, go back and check the feed. However, you don’t necessarily need to listen to these in order. The video is available on our Youtube and Facebook Pages. Support for the haunted attraction network comes from Gantom Lighting a...
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How’s your merch game? This week we’re discussing large retailtainment openings and the land grab happening as companies struggle to go vertical.

Stories covered: ‘Harry Potter New York flagship store opening date set for June 3,’ ‘Next-Gen Luxury Guest Experience at the new IWC Flagship Boutique in Zurich, Design Build by The Producers Group,’ ‘Design Museum supermarket is selling artistic essential items,’ ‘2 new solar plants plan...
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We’ve talked a lot about reopening guidelines for your attraction as a whole, but today we’re diving deep into the makeup room. You might be wondering ‘why do I need to change anything?’ Well, it’s better to make the plan and not need to use it, rather than scrambling when it’s time to open for the season. The recording I’m playing for you today is “Keeping your makeup Room Clean” taught by Shawn Morse. Shawn prepared this for HAuN...
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Curation is the antidote to our recent algorithm poison; how can your attraction use Thought Leadership to excel? This week on Green Tagged we discuss the curation and discuss openings we love.

Stories: Time Out Market: first editorially curated market opens in Dubai; Avengers Campus; Super Mario Land; The Secret Life of Pets; Eye candy: getting high at California's Sugar Rush theme park; Cupnoodles Museum at China Hong Kong Ci...
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April 21, 2021 4 min
Haunt Industry News: HPE Announces New Dates & Location, Scream n' Steam Returns for 2021, Haunted Mansion at Door County KOA Ends its 14-year Run!
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This week on Green Tagged we summarize the stumbling blocks attractions still face to successfully reopening. Specifically: the differing policies on travel, the new CDC guidelines, and scaling your workforce.

Stories covered: Summaries of policies from New Zealand, Britain, Japan, China, and the US. “Disney also announced cancellations of all Disney Magic cruises from European ports through Sept. 18,” “The C.D.C. advised that ther...
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April 14, 2021 5 min
News from the haunted attraction industry: Delusion Interactive Theatre & Film returns in partnership with 13th Floor Entertainment; Tickets for Creep It Real OC; Midsummer Scream announces new dates; plus Halfway to Halloween events with Fear Factory SLC, Reign of Terror Haunted House, and Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse.
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We are nearly halfway to Halloween. And as we begin to see an end to the pandemic, haunts everywhere are testing the waters with off-season events. Coming up on today's show Flow and John from the Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse (Perrysville, Ohio) take us on a journey from their home haunting roots to the upcoming ‘Send in the clowns’ event on April 24th.
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This week we have updates to stories we’ve been tracking and news on new openings. Stories covered: US Vaccine Passports, State of California issues full updated theme park opening guidance, Hong Kong to lift ban on residents stranded in Britain, Taiwan And Palau Launch Coronavirus Travel Bubble, Disney World Will Pay Cast Members Who Get Vaccinated, IMF chief says lack of fans at Olympics won't harm Japan's recovery, Disne...
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Recently we learned that Steve Koci was diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor. In the haunt community, Steve is recognized as a master of DIY Animatronics, having literally published a book on the topic. Steve has taught and contributed so much knowledge to the industry over the years, and now is the time to send him your well wishes. In honor of Steve, we are replaying a master class he taught for the Haunter’s Toolbox Haunt Master...
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Airbnb is now the most valuable hotel company and attractions are testing face recognition technology. This week on Green Tagged we’re discussing your Digital Footprint and how that is changing what attractions know about guests. Stories Covered: Airbnb’s IPO; Facial recognition technology coming to Abu Dhabi, UAE, theme parks; Disney World Testing Facial Recognition Tech to Enter Parks; State Museum of Baden to feature Tinder-styl...
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Andelin Family Farm in Sparks Nevada runs entertainment year-round, but 2020 wasn't the best year for agritainment. The farm tested a drive through event, private tours, a summer series, and a fall event – learning each time about how to pivot during the pandemic. They pivoted in three major ways to succeed. Today, Cameron Andelin, co-owner of Andelin Family farm, discusses how their team shifted their mindset in ticketing, sta...
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