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Haunted Attraction Network

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PANEL: Halloween Horror Nights at Spooky Empire
The creative team from Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort took the stage last weekend at Spooky Empire to discuss details about this year’s event. Today, we’re playing that entire panel for you. Watch the panel here. Support for this episode comes from Gantom Lighting and Controls. See what you’re missing with a free demo. Subscribe to everything from the Haunted Attraction Network here.
44:33 5/22/24
NEWS: Horror Nights House Announcements; Summer Haunt Tours
This Week's News: Universal Orlando announces first TWO haunted houses; Chris Sarandon & Ken Page of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" coming to Creep it Real; Haunt Tour on Sale for Midwest Haunters Convention; Creepy Hollow Haunted Woods decimated in tornado; and Blumhouse's 2025 horror films. Read everything here.
07:32 5/22/24
LIVE from Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2024
Transworld’s Halloween & Attractions Show is the largest trade show for our industry, where tens of thousands of haunters gather yearly in St. Louis to shop, network, and learn. Scott Swenson and I sat down on the final day of Transworld to discuss our thoughts on the show, and today, I’m playing that conversation for you. This episode originally aired on our companion podcast, ‘Green Tagged: Theme Park in 30.’ Support for this episode comes from Gantom Lighting and Controls. See what you’re missing with a free demo. Subscribe to everything from the Haunted Attraction Network here.
33:27 5/17/24
NEWS: Howl-O-Scream Returns Nationwide; Summer Conventions
This week's Headlines: Howl-O-Scream returns to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld San Antonio, and SeaWorld San Diego this Fall; Full Schedule for the Midwest Haunters Convention; Artwork for the Haunted Mansion Parlor; Haunters Against Hate Awards are June 7th; Screamfest screens "Prom Night" with director Q&A. Read more: 
07:20 5/14/24
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Returns!
After a multi-year hiatus, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor returns to Long Beach, CA, on select nights from September 20th through November 2nd—this time, produced by the folks at Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group. Today, I’m taking you to the press conference where the big announcement was revealed. I’m playing snippets from the conference for you, and you’ll hear familiar folks like Amy Hollaman and Brett Bertalino. Support for this episode comes from Gantom Lighting and Controls. See what you’re missing with a free demo. Subscribe to everything from the Haunted Attraction Network here.
14:58 5/13/24
NEWS: Disney Parks Halloween Updates; Dark Harbor Returns
This Week's News: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Returns August 9th, Oogie Boogie Bash Returns August 25th, Halloween returns to Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland Paris, Dark Harbor Returns September 20 to the Queen Mary, IAAPA predicts strong summer travel, Bayville Scream Park owner sentenced to 2 years in federal prison, Halfway to Halloween Expo this Saturday, Spirit Halloween's two new animatronics, "Terrifier 3," releases October 11th. Read more here.
09:12 5/7/24
NEWS: Dark Nights at Hersheypark Returns Sept 13 with NEW Haunted House
This week's news: Dark Nights at Hersheypark returns for 25 nights, beginning Sept 13; Dark Nights and EPIC entertainment group to host nationwide talent search; Tram collision at Universal Studios Hollywood; Tickets and theme announced for Creep It Real OC; May the 4th Corrupt You at Lincoln Mill Haunted House; Lowe's teases 2024 lineup; The Home Depot sells out of early Halloween releases within one hour of launch; Spirit Halloween's Grand Opening is August 1st. Read the stories here.
08:23 4/30/24
Halfway to Halloween Celebrations Begin This Weekend
This week: The East Coast Haunters Convention, Spooky Swap Meet returns, Evermore permanently closes, Carnage Haunted House closes at current location, The Haunt Supershow returns to LA County Fair, Hallmark's 2024 Halloween Ornaments, Jim Henson's Creature Shop begins work on "Five Nights at Freddy's 2." Read the stories here.
09:53 4/23/24
NEWS: Halloween Horror Nights Returns Aug 30; Haunter Summer Camp
Read the stories here. This week's news: Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Returns August 30th; Youth Haunt Actor Theater Day Camp from Nowhere Haunted House; "Sleepaway Camp" & "Scary Movie" Screenings and live commentary with  Nostalgic Nebula;  Double M Haunted Hayrides Halfway to Halloween May 18th; Deranged Haunt Halfway to Halloween May 17th & 18th. 
09:08 4/10/24
NEWS: Isle of Berk, East Coast Haunters, and more!
This week: Isle of Berk at EPIC Universe Details, East Coast Haunters Convention Schedule, Halfway to Halloween Expo, Bayou Bloodbath: Masked Madness from Swamp Haunters, Niles Scream Park closes Hayride, and Menagerie Oddities Market June 8th. Read the stories here.
08:32 4/2/24
12ft Skeletons, Easterween, and Scream Break
Home Depot's 12-ft Skeleton returns for 2024 along with new friends; A Hallway to Halloween festival is coming to Racho Jurupa Park in Riverside, CA; Hobb's Grove to open for Halfway to Halloween event; Blumhouse and AMC Theaters team up to re-release 5 Blumhouse classics to theaters in a Halfway to Halloween festival; The National Confectioners Association's "State of Treating" report shows big consumer spending on Halloween candies in 2023. Read more.
05:02 3/23/24
NEWS: 2024 OSCARES from the Haunted Attraction Association
This week: The 2024 OSCARES Winners from the Haunted Attraction Association; "Nightmare Fuel Wildfire" from Universal Studios Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights named Most Creative Halloween Production at this year's IAAPA Honors; TransWorld's Halloween & Attraction Show will return to St. Louis February 27th - March 2nd, 2025. Read the stories here.
09:10 3/12/24
NEWS: Transworld's Halloween Show is This Weekend
TransWorld's Halloween & Attractions Show takes place March 7th - 10th - highlights include the Haunted Attraction Association's State of the Industry Presentation, Live Auction, and OSCARES, City Museum Party, and Dia de Los Muertos - Party with the Dead; 3 Cedar Fair Parks (Worlds of Fun, Kings Dominion, and Carowinds) will include their Halloween Haunt events as part of standard admission; Lincoln Mill Haunted House will host "A St. Paddy's Nightmare" on March 16th; A Halfway to Halloween festival comes to Rancho Jurupa Park in May; Summer Spook Nights returns to The Chaffery Garcia House in August. Read the full stories here.
08:30 3/6/24
NEWS: SAW The Musical, Spongebob's Dark Ride, and More!
Read the stories here. Tickets for Midsummer Scream and Texas Haunters Convention; ABANDON returns to Vegas; SpongeBob's Crazy Carnival Ride from Sally Dark Rides opens on March 1st; SAW The Musical comes to LA; Scream'd: An Unauthorized Musical Parody runs through March at the Majestic Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas; "Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole"
05:57 2/28/24
NEWS: Scream Break Returns; John Wick Experience
This week's headlines: Scream Break returns on March 22nd; Disneyland's Halloween Half Marathons SOLD OUT; John Wick Experience comes to AREA 15; "Imaginary" horror experience to open in SoCal; TransWorld's East Coast Haunters Convention Tickets; New season of "Chucky" is coming this Spring. Read the stories here.
06:16 2/20/24
NEWS: Haunted Attraction Association's New Strategic Plan; ScareCON; Canadian Costumes
The Haunted Attraction Association unveils its 2024 - 2027 Strategic Plan; Canada changes costume import tax; Efteling's new "Danse Macabre" attraction; This year's ScareCON will take place at Psycho Path in Newcastle, England on Wednesday, June 5th; A brand-new "Evil Dead" movie is on its way with director Sébastien Vaniček at the helm. Read the stories here.
09:18 2/15/24
NEWS: 2024 Valentine Haunts
Read the news here. 2024 Valentine's Day haunt list; Holly Terror Days Inc., operator of The Haunting of Keystone receives the Peter Norbeck Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award; Niles Screampark to award scholarships to area high school students; Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group brings back "Dark Dark Ride Ride" for three weekends in February; Monsterpalooza announces exhibitor list; Creep I.E. Con presents cast reunions for "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Scream"; Halloween & Party Expo takes place this January 23 - 25 in Las Vegas; Pre-orders now available for Vegan Treats' 2024 Valentine's Day "Fatally Yours: Birds of a Feather" coffin chocolate boxes; Two Steamboat Mickey horror films announced; Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 aims to be bigger and better than the original.
12:20 1/23/24
News Roundup: Haunt Faces Eminent Domain after 34 Years
Read the news here. The City of Hammond, Indiana is moving forward with plans to replace Reaper's Realm haunted house with a riverfront development; Ashland Public Library & Jeff DePaoli present a "Haunted Happenings" livestream on January 18th featuring Tony Gardner of Alterian, Inc.; Pashur announces two body painting workshops in Burbank, CA; AZ Haunters will host a PVC Candles Workshop on January 20th; Exhibitor registration is open for the Texas Haunters Convention; 18-year-old haunter Tayen Poplin opens a brick & mortar store in Ironton, OH; Gore Galore releases new line of scenic detailing mosses.
06:25 1/16/24
News: Haunt Convention Announcements
Read the stories here. TransWorld's Halloween & Attractions Show has announced its seminar lineup and Saturday night costume party theme; The Spooky Swap Meet is now accepting applications for House Hosts for their April event; Creep It Real OC announces two 2024 events; HAuNTcon & Indie Horror Show come to Daytona Beach, Florida February 9th - 11th.
08:26 1/10/24
Santa's Haunted Coal Mine at Nightmares on the Rogue in Medford OR
We’re on-location at Nightmares on the Rogue in Medford, Oregon, for their third annual Christmas event – Santa’s Coal Mine. I sat down with owner Devin Price to hear about his journey creating the haunt and where he sees it going.
20:45 12/31/23
The Ghosts of 'Madame Scrooge: A Christmas Carol Musical' with Melissa Meyer
Today, I’m speaking with Melissa Meyer, co-owner of Meyer2Meyer Entertainment, about 'Madame Scrooge: A Christmas Carol Musical' in Glendale, CA. This new, Broadway-style musical takes an original twist on Charles Dickens’s famous tale. While it’s still brimming with Christmas spirit, certain sections are much darker. The team at Meyer2Meyer Entertainment has helped create many horror events, including the LA Haunted Hayride, the Great Horror Campout, and the House of Spirits. So, while this isn’t a horror event per se, I wanted to speak with Melissa about the design and story craft we can learn from.
10:51 12/21/23
News: Scary Farm Returns Early; OSCARES Submissions Closing
Read the full stories here. The deadlines for the Haunted Attraction Association's annual scholarships and OSCARES nominations are December 31st; Knott's Scary Farm will extend into November in 2024; Granville Haunt Farm is named North Carolina Attraction of the Year; The owner of ScareUSA pleads not guilty on sex assault charges; JOANN reports double-digit sales growth and better profit margins for Halloween merchandise sales.
08:49 12/13/23
News: Hatbox Ghost & Halloween Time
The Hatbox Ghost has materialized at Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion; Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort announced to return August 23rd - October 31st, 2024; Scream Break Returns to Six Flags Magic Mountain March 16th - April 13th; Niles Scream Park raised more than $153,000 for charities this season; Horror themed axe throwing bar, Slasher Axe Throwing & Ales, opens in Costa Mesa, CA; Lincoln Mill Haunted House will host its first Christmas haunt event, "A Twisted Christmas"; Moon Spot Farms hosts Witchy Candy Cane Hunt; TransWorld's East Coast Haunters Convention will host Saturday Night Party at Otherworld Philadelphia; 3.2ft Demonica animatronic returns to Spirit Halloween for 2024 season; Boy's homemade Five Nights at Freddy's costume featured in local news story.
10:54 12/5/23
News: Haunts Open This Weekend; China's Halloween Blowback
Halloween costumes taking jabs at the Chinese government and flailing economy have led to a crackdown in China; Factory of Terror presents a family-friendly Christmas event - "Ohio Christmas Factory"; Terror Vault's The Initiation returns for a 4-night revival in early 2024; Zombie Joes' Underground Theatre Group & Force of Nature Productions join forces to present A Christmas Carol; The Krampus NOLAuf Parade returns to the streets of New Orleans; Krampus Fest returns to Pittsburg with the Krampus Krawl Bar Crawl will be sponsored by Penn Brewery; Celebrate a "Merry Axemas" at Pinhead's Graveyard; Haunted Attraction Network Holiday Haunt List. Read the stories here.
12:08 12/2/23
News Roundup: IAAPA 2023 & Krampus Events
Froggy's Fog won the IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Product with their Thanos A-1 Fog Blaster; Poison Props debuted a new Spider Animatronic at IAPPA; Krampus' Cove immersive cocktail experience comes to Los Angeles November 24th - December 31st; Hush Haunted Attraction transforms into "The Legendary Lodge" for the Christmas season; Sir Henry's Haunted Christmas returns December 8th - 9th & 14th - 17th; TransWorld's East Coast Haunters Convention announces Friday Night Bus Tour locations - Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride and Pennhurst Asylum. Read the news here
09:00 11/22/23
News Roundup: Hauntathon Reaches 140 Million Views
The Haunted Attraction Network's Hauntathon was bigger than ever with 90 million views and tv & national radio appearances; Cedar Fair & Six Flags plan to merge in 2024; runDisney will present a new Disneyland Resort Halloween Half Marathon in September 2024; The Scare Factor will host their annual Monster Bash on November 18th; Short film submissions are now open for the Midsummer Scream Screaming Room; Tickets are now on sale for Monsterpalooza's 15th Anniversary.
05:55 11/11/23
Happy Halloween; Weekly News
Read the stories here. American Public Media / NPR's "Marketplace" discusses what haunts the haunted house industry - featuring the Haunted Attraction Network's own Philip Hernandez; Celebrate a decade of Sir Henry's Haunted Trail with "Sir Henry's Legacy: A 10-Year Retrospective"; Universal Destinations & Experiences announces the name for their year-long horror destination in Las Vegas - "Universal Horror Unleashed"; The first-ever Haunted Mansion Bar comes to the Disney Treasure cruise ship in 2024; Professional pumpkin carver Adam Bierton shares carving tips; Donte your pumpkins after Halloween
05:23 10/31/23
Terror Roulette, An Intimate Horror Experience, Premiers in Chicagoland
Terror Roulette is a new, intimate horror experience at The Arboretum of South Barrington in South Barrington, IL. A partnership between IWG and The Arboretum of South Barrington, this event thrusts participants wishing to test their fate into an interactive story where they become the selected victims of a bloodthirsty secret society.
10:30 10/28/23
Season 12 at Lake Hickory Haunts in Hickory, NC
Spanning 30 acres and 13 attractions, Lake Hickory Haunts has grown into an entire scream park in Hickory, North Carolina, but it’s been quite the journey; we’ll hear all about it today. Support for this episode comes from Hauntpay; Hauntpay is Scary simple ticketing and payments made for haunted attractions. Watch our full video walkthrough of Lake Hickory Haunts here.
32:24 10/27/23
Dark Hour Haunted House 2023 in Plano, Texas
Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano, Texas, has new ownership; we explore what that means for the iconic attraction. A Must-Listen for anyone hoping to own a haunted house.
16:39 10/27/23

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