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Inside the West Coast Haunters Convention & Nightmare Factory with Ed Roberts

The West Coast Haunters Convention | Portland,Oregon | April 29 to May 1 | Doubletree Hilton The West Coast Haunters Convention is the longest running convention for Home Haunters, Professional Haunters, and Halloween Fanatics on the West Coast. Located in Portland, Oregon at the Lloyd Center inside the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. The dates for 2016 are April 29th through May 1st. The WCHC is at year seven and Ed Roberts doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. In this episode of HaunTopic Radio, we get Ed Roberts on the Haunt Line to chat about the new things for the West…

LIVE From the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show 2016

  The Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show is the largest trade show for the Haunted Attraction Industry. I’ve been six times and each trip is a blast! It was great to meet up with friends and meet new ones. Scope out new stuff for my Haunt. And immerse myself in the dark sea of mechanical monstrosities. Here is my audio review of this year’s show and 13 live audio interviews from the vendors direct from the trade show floor.   If you’re a Haunter and you’ve never been to Transworld, you must attend at least once. The event is open…

Inside the Haunt Journal and a Transworld Show 2016 Update

We made it to EPISODE 100! Thanks for being a loyal listener! In this podcast episode, we discuss the Haunt Journal, the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show 2016, and our anniversary of four years as podcasts hosts here at HaunTopic Radio. The Haunt Journal: We interview Philip Hernandez from the Haunted Attractions Network & Haunt Journal about how his free monthly digital Haunted Attraction magazine provides value to Haunters from beginners to experts. Including new phone apps, a new website, more podcasts, and the purchase of Haunt Nation Magazine. In Issue #5, Philip includes the article he wrote about my…

Live from HAuNTcon 2016: On the Road with a Traveling Haunt Convention

We just got back from HAuNTcon 2016, the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow & Convention, and grabbed some great audio interviews from the show. We also discuss the highlights that we felt were the best parts of the convention for us. Plus, some new updates from the people and events surrounding the trade show. What is HAuNTcon?  HAuNTcon brings together people who love Haunted Houses, Halloween and scaring people. Four fun-filled days and nights of Haunted Attraction Tours, Haunter Education, Halloween Trade show, Haunted Garage Sale, FX Makeup and Prop Building Demonstrations, rounded out by Networking opportunities like the amazing annual…

HAuNTcon 2016: Haunted Attraction National Trade Show and Convention

HAuNTcon is the only haunted attraction trade show that sets up in a new state each year. An opportunity for all haunters and Halloween fans to go visit a HAuNTcon near you. This year the lucky city is Birmingham, Alabama from Jan.28th-Feb.1, 2016! In this podcast of HaunTopic Radio, we get the creator of HAuNTcon on the mic (Leonard Pickel) to discuss what’s new for the trade show, the growing list of educational classes for haunters, and all the extra events that you can’t miss. Like….Haunted attractions tours of some local haunts. A kick-ass costume party that can’t be missed…

Haunted House Scare Acting Ideas with Brian and Darryl

Scare acting in a Haunted House is a lot different than acting in a play or on television. You have to be flexible in all areas of the haunt, work in challenging environments, and be up close to the spectators. Scare actors are one of the most valuable assets to your Haunted Attraction business. In this podcast episode of HaunTopic Radio, we discuss our adventures this past haunt season and share some scare acting ideas that you can use next season. We also talk about Scare Acting Techniques, Switching Up Your Haunted Attraction for Next Year, and Managing Throughput &…

Haunt Stories with Darryl & Brian (plus Christmas Midnight Syndicate Tunes)

  Where have we been??  Deep in Haunt madness and Halloween overload! With me (Brian Foreman) opening a new Haunted Attraction this year called The Dead Factory and Darryl Plunkie scare acting most of October…we kinda got locked into ‘Haunter Tunnel Vision’. But now we’re back. And we got some Haunt Stories to tell…. With many benefits to you as a HaunTopic Radio listener because we will share our experience and lessons learned along this podcast and throughout many more episodes. We even had to split this episode into two parts just to squeeze in our Haunt Stories from this…

ScareLA: The West Coast’s Scariest Convention and the Masterminds Behind It

“ScareLA is the first SoCal convention dedicated to celebrating Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, it combines the city’s top talent and unique cultural setting with a twist. Celebrate the West Coast’s scariest faire and indulge in hundreds of exclusive attraction unveils, DIY workshops, classes, industry panels, live haunt experiences, screenings and so much more.” ~ScareLA.com   Hey Haunters. Keeping it short and sweet this time. If you live out on the West Coast or can make a trip out to Pasadena, California on August 8 & 9 then this is one of those conventions where you’ll…

Chicago Frights and Haunt Faire: Two New Haunt Gatherings You Need to Attend

It’s only a few months to Scare Season and you still need a few more props, you need some ideas for that gore set in your Haunt, and your actors need some more training before you set them loose. Good news! There are still some Haunt Conventions/Haunt Faires right around the corner.   Chicago Frights, in Napersville, IL, is a Haunt and Halloween gathering of like minded people of every age and level of experience who love Haunted Houses, Halloween, Special Effects Makeup and scaring people. Chicago Frights is a fun-filled four days and nights of Haunt Tours, Haunter Education, a…

Create a Custom Video for Your Haunted House with Chris Conlon from Venom VFX

Using video for your Haunted House or Haunted Attraction is a priority with today’s electronic devices and social media channels. ‘Coming Soon’ trailers, Hi-Definition Videos for your marketing, and Documentary-style on location videos are popular with today’s top haunted attractions. Your customers want to see pictures and video of your attraction before they go. They want social proof that your show is the best one to spend money at. Having an updated professional looking website to put everything together is still a requirement. We interview Chris Conlon from Venom VFX, a visual effects & prop controller company, about how to…

How To Use Sound in Your Haunt with Ken Webster from Sinful Audio

Creating an immersive environment for your Haunted House is very important. Using sound and audio effects within your attraction can make your attendees feel that they are actually somewhere else. Sound taps into one of your five senses and adds to the overall impact of your show. You wouldn’t operate your haunt without lighting….you shouldn’t open your show without having a believable audio atmosphere. Sinful Audio creates audio sound effects and custom soundtracks for Haunted Attractions and horror movies. We interview Ken Webster from Sinful Audio and get some tips on adding an audible experience to your haunted house. You…

Designing Knotts Scary Farm with Jon Cooke (and a Transworld Show Update)

Designing and building a Haunted Attraction is challenging. So how does one manage “160 Acres of Horror”?? Jonathan Cooke, one of the masterminds at Knotts Scary Farm, joins us in this episode of HaunTopic Radio and shares some of his creativity and ideas for operating such a huge event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Every year Knott’s turns their entire amusement park into darkly themed scare attractions. (Yes…that means tearing down and setting up each year. 160 acres!) Knotts Scary Farm, aka Halloween Haunt, started back in 1973 as a 3 day attraction and now has become…

[Free Training] 13 Fears of a Haunt Owner: Survival Tips from Haunted Attraction Owners

Is the fear of owning and operating your own Haunted House holding you back? What do you really need to know before you go into the Haunted Attraction Business? Are you ready to be a Haunt Owner? You can overcome the obstacles that stand in your way. There are many successful Haunted Attractions, Scare Attractions, Haunted Hayrides, Scream Parks, Escape Rooms, Haunted Houses, and Themed Attractions that have done it. You can too. Yes…there are many that don’t make it too. If you put the right systems into place and operate your attraction like a business, you will get a…

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