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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.


Haunted Attraction Industry News for Nov 29th
Season's Screamings takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend; Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show announces their events lineup for 2023; The Scare Factor presents their 2022 Haunt Awards; Submissions now open for the 2022 Home Haunter Awards Show; Area15 to host enhanced screenings of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas; The Newburgh Civitan Zombie Farm hosts their 3rd annual A Creepy Little Christmas December 9th - 10th; The Dent Schoolhouse presents "A Christmas Nightmare" December 9th & 10th; The House of Four Scythes Haunted Attraction raised over $60,000 for charity in their 4th season; Twisted Haunts LA returns this year with Gremlins: Fan Tribute Haunt; Twisted Christmas horror double-feature will take place at The Friday Cinema on December 17th; Dive into the mysterious backstory of The Haunted Mansion with Tokyo Disney Resort's Disney Story Beyond AR Event January - March 2023; Spirit Halloween releases new Toothy the Clown Animatronic; 12' Home Depot Skeleton Thanksgiving displays featured on Good Morning America.
17:06 11/30/2022
The Return of Bob Iger
We discuss the return of Bob Iger as CEO of the Walt Disney Company.
32:48 11/29/2022
Transworld’s Halloween & Attractions Show adds Interactive Entertainment
Transworld’s Halloween & Attractions Show is the largest gathering of haunters in the world, and the annual show has moved up its timeline this year to February 2-5, 2023, in St Louis. The show also added a new Interactive Entertainment section. While at IAAPA Expo last week, I stopped by to learn more. Subscribe:
06:18 11/25/2022
Thanksgiving Special: A Celebration of Robbi Lepre (Replay)
In 2020 we dedicated our Thanksgiving special to Robbi Lepre, who had recently passed. Most haunts were unable to open at the time, and vaccines weren’t a thing yet. While things are moving ahead in the US, many haunts saw dips in attendance this year, and we’re still dealing with supply chain prices. So today, I’m replaying our 2020 special – a celebration of Robbi Lepre. Listen and reflect on where we were, where we are, and where we’re going. Subscribe:
91:20 11/24/2022
The Haunted Hotel Dark Ride comes to Funtown Splashtown in Saco, Maine
Set to open in 2023, Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco, Maine, has partnered with Sally Dark Rides to add the Whispering Pines Hotel to their property (AKA the Haunted Hotel dark ride). Four-passenger ride cars will move guests through 14 scenes concluding with a final visit through an otherworldly dimension. Guests of the Haunted Hotel will play a key role in the story. Sally unveiled the new Dark Ride during this year’s IAAPA Expo, and we stopped by to learn more from Drew Hunter (Vice President of Creative Design). Subscribe:
07:49 11/23/2022
Haunted Attraction Industry News for Nov 22nd
Updated Holiday Haunts List; Funtown Splashtown USA & Sally Dark Rides unveil new Haunted Hotel Dark Ride at IAAPA; Creep It Real FESTIVE announces new celebrity guests and Fear Farm haunt experience; Brokepam Productions launches a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new haunt "The Haunting of Bloody Mary"; Jingle Hells returns to Awaken Haunted Attraction; Fear Columbus expands their Krampus: A Haunted Christmas Experience to two weekends; Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group presents "Turkeys! The Musical" and "Cabaret Macabre Christmas"; The Frida Cinema hosts a special screening and panel of Silent Night, Deadly Night; The Haunted Museum Nottingham is set to open in January of 2023; a Halloween-themed Thanksgiving display is featured on the local news in Parma, Ohio. Read more:
11:21 11/23/2022
LIVE from the IAAPA Expo Show Floor
Scott and Philip walk the IAAPA Expo Show Floor, meet with some friends, and discuss the 2022 show. Watch this episode here:
32:07 11/22/2022
Masters of Make-Up Effects LIVE with Howard Berger and Marshall Julius
Authors Howard Berger and Marshall Julius pick the brains of a panel of film and television's greatest Masters of Make-Up Effects. We’ll hear stories the history behind some of the most iconic creatures, appliances, and make-up effects on the big screen. This audio was recorded live from a panel presented by Nostalgic Nebula. In it, Authors Howard Berger and Marshall Julius pick the brains of a panel of film and television's greatest Masters of Make-Up Effects. This was recorded LIVE on September 23rd, 2022, at The Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood. Subscribe:
87:30 11/18/2022
“WITCH!” an Original Horror Immersive Experience
"WITCH!" is an original immersive experience, based on the true story of the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612; we’ll learn about the writing and design process on today’s show. The team behind Witch also created ‘It’s Alive’ last year ( ). Today, we’ll speak co-writer Devon Armstrong about the process. Subscribe:
14:37 11/17/2022
Season’s Screamings Returns to Burbank Dec 2-4
Haunters Rejoice because Season’s Screamings ( is coming to Burbank Dec 2-4; Now in its 2nd year, Season’s Screamings holiday horror convention in Burbank is where you’ll find scores of spooky stocking stuffers, wandering evil, and so many other not-so-nice surprises. Today, David Markland joins us to preview some of the chilling holiday entertainment they have planned for this year. Subscribe:
06:11 11/16/2022
Haunted Attraction Industry News for Nov 15th
Universal Studios & Blumhouse Productions celebrated their partnership with the first-ever in-person Blumfest featuring a Halloween Horror Nights Q&A; IAAPA Expo takes place this week - November 14th - 19th in Orlando, Florida; The Scare Factor hosts their annual Monster Bash at Nightmare on Edgewood this Saturday, November 19th; Seasons Screamings announces full panel lineup; Krampus Tavern comes to The Globe Theatre December 10th & 11th. Read More:
09:44 11/15/2022
Preparing for IAAPA Expo 2022
Scott and Philip outline their plan for the annual IAAPA expo in Orlando.
32:06 11/15/2022
Cedar Fair Earnings and Halloween Enthusiasm
Cedar Fair Earnings are great; Supply chains will be strained more for Chinese New Year; Seoul's Halloween Stampede is a cautionary tale.
32:50 11/12/2022
Haunted Attraction Industry News For Nov 8, 2022
Remaining Halloween events in Seoul canceled after a deadly Halloween celebration stampede; Creep It Real Festive takes place November 25th & 26th at the Heritage Museum of Orange County; The Legendary Haunt Tour visits Nashville area haunts this weekend; The Hall of Yuletide Spirits returns to Season's Screamings this December 2nd - 4th; The Idaho Halloween & Horror Con has changed its name to Horrorween Con Idaho; Universal announced the first Halloween Horror Nights maze of 2023: Chucky; Bennett's Curse presents "Krampus Haunted Christmas" December 2nd - 3rd; Castle Dark returns to Castle Park this holiday season with "Krampus" interactive maze; NPR shared 4 creative ways to keep leftover pumpkins out of landfills. Read more:
09:11 11/10/2022
Programming Note: We Return November 14th
We're taking a post-halloween break to work on new shows and will return on November 14, 2022. Check our feed for all 61 Hauntathon episodes, plus our Halloween Special.
00:56 11/01/2022
BONUS: SPECIAL – The Making of Oogie Boogie Bash
On October 9th, we went to the Frida Cinema and recorded this audio from ‘An Oogie Boogie Afternoon,’ a panel presentation from Disney on the making of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney’s California Adventure. Jeff Depaoli from Dizney Coast to Coast produced the panel and aired it on his show ( ) . Today, we’re playing that full episode from Dizney Coast to Coast. Happy Halloween! Follow along to our Hauntathon:
55:59 10/31/2022
Day 61: ScareUSA in Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Today, we’re visiting ScareUSA in two rivers to learn about their 10th season from John Schwarz Jr. ScareUSA is open November 4th and 5th so there’s still a chance for you to visit this year if you’re nearby. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
08:15 10/31/2022
Day 60: Fear Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah
Now in its 11th season, Fear Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah, spans 6 floors and nearly 90,000 square feet. If you’re worried about missing the show this year because it’s nearly Halloween, Fear Factory will open for blackout nights on November 4th and 5th. Today, we’ll speak with two owners (Rob Dunfield and Spencer Terry) about the show and get insight into what it takes to operate. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
11:21 10/30/2022
BONUS: Halloween Special from Green Tagged
Scott and Philip discuss the 2022 Halloween Season
33:24 10/30/2022
Day 59: Darktober at M&D’s Scotland's Theme Park in Scotland
An abandoned farm’s bloody history is revealed during Darktober at M&D’s Scotland's Theme Park in Scotland. Scotland's Theme Park has been celebrating Halloween with a maze since 2014. The maze is part of this year's larger event called Darktober, which acts as a second gate for the park. Today, we’ll learn about the event from Carly McCleary, who produces the maze. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
13:31 10/29/2022
Day 58: Grey House Haunts in Holdrege, NE
Nestled in rural Nebraska, Grey House Haunts is a 7,000 Square Foot linear haunt celebrating its 9th year. Today, we’ll speak with owner Jan Knuth about the season and what it’s like haunting in an isolated area. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
14:23 10/28/2022
Day 57: Making Dark Nights at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA
Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has offered Halloween for many years, but they made a massive expansion this year with Dark Nights at Hersheypark. Billed as an immersive haunt experience, Dark Nights expands Hersheypark’s Halloween offerings with four haunted houses, three scare zones, themed food, and merchandise. Guests can still enjoy the Halloween entertainment as normal and can purchase wristbands that allow entry into the haunted houses. Adding Dark Nights makes the Halloween programming more multi-generational, but it’s a balancing act adding something scarier to a traditional family-friendly park. Today, we’ll learn about the event and how the team maintains that balance. Featured in this episode are Quinn Bryner (Director of PR), Chris Brown (Director of Planning and Design), and Rob Gordon (Managing Director for Food & Beverage). Follow along to our Hauntathon:
19:57 10/28/2022
BONUS: Haunted Attraction Industry News for Oct 25th
News stories from Hell Week! Follow along to our Hauntathon:
05:39 10/27/2022
BONUS: Marketing your Halloween Event
Scott and Philip take a break from the news to discuss marketing a Halloween event at your attraction.
33:42 10/27/2022
Day 56: Reindeer Manor Halloween Park in Red Oak, TX
Now in its 49th Season, Reindeer Manor in Red Oak, Texas, is preparing to move to a new location after this season. Today, we’ll speak with Co-Owner Alex Lohman to learn about this year’s show, the reasons for the move, and their approach to staffing. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
19:58 10/26/2022
Day 55: Requiem Haunted House in Caldwell, ID
Requiem Haunted House in Downtown Caldwell, Idaho, is celebrating its 9th season this year. The haunt is roughly 13,000 square feet spread over multiple levels and takes 30-45 minutes to walk through. However, what makes Requiem stand out is its fun and community engagement culture. Today, we’ll speak with co-owner Krista Brower Wood about Requiem and their haunt’s culture. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
08:42 10/26/2022
Day 54: Wicker Manor's Haunted Mine in Denver, CO
The Herman Brothers Haunted Mine has reopened for tours, but if you descend into the mine, will you make it back out? Wicker Manor is a 300 square foot experience built within a two car garage in Denver, CO. Now in its 6th year, the last two years have explored a haunted gold mine. Despite the size, this home haunt is broken into 5 scenes, each brimming with effects. Guests descend into the mine via a fake elevator and then must make it out. Today, we’ll hear from owner Sean Herman about designing and building wicker manor.
12:51 10/25/2022
Day 53: Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano, TX
At Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano, TX, a cover of 13 witches is using your fear to cast a spell of eternal darkness! Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano TX is a 50,000 square foot facility with theme park quality sets and show control. For those in the haunt industry, it’s an iconic venue. Today, we’ll explore how Director Allen Hopps is creating a unifying band aesthetic using costuming, story, and show control. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
23:23 10/24/2022
Day 52: The Summoning at The San Francisco Mint in San Francisco, CA
During The Summoning, Guests will participate in a real live seance that rips a hole into the supernatural world and takes them on a terrifying adventure! Held at the San Francisco Mint, the show is a unique brand of immersive horror. It combines scares with show sequences, sexuality, and plenty of queerness. Today, we’ll speak with founders David Flower and Joshua Grannell about the show’s evolution. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
19:25 10/22/2022
Day 51: A Nightmare on Franklin Street at Tampa Theatre in Tampa, FL
Now in its 10th year, A Nightmare on Franklin Street takes over Tampa Theatre for the final two weeks in October. The event series encompasses several entertainment genres, from movies to tours, education, and even a murder mystery. Today, we’ll speak with Jill Witecki about the event and what goes into the design process. Follow along to our Hauntathon:
30:44 10/22/2022