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Jonathan Bennett a.k.a. Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls has added another a.k.a. to his name, as host of your new favorite podcast, Pridecast. Pridecast encompasses the inspiration of LGBTQIA+ community as it shares impactful stories to inform, educate and inspire through personal storytelling, based on real life experiences from trailblazer Jonathan and his remarkable guests. Here’s what the cast of Mean Girls is saying about Pridecast: "Is Pridecast a carb?" —Regina George "Pridecast is so f ...
 
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The 2nd annual Idaho Halloween & Horror Convention was last weekend In Boise, Idaho, and we went to learn more. In addition to fan events and a costume ball, the convention featured classes from the Fear Factory Haunted Attraction in Salt Lake City and a presentation from the Haunted Attraction Association Board of Directors. Today, we’ll hear how …
 
The Chamber of Haunters held its annual member meeting last month during the Texas Haunters Convention – we’ll catch up with the president to learn about the organization’s future. Save 50% off your membership for 2022 with the discount code ‘HauntingU’. Subscribe to all our offerings: https://linktr.ee/hauntedattractionnetwork…
 
Zombies 3 star Terry Hu joins Pridecast as Terry and Jonathan bond over being the first to portray lgbtq+ characters on their respective networks, Disney and Hallmark. There’s a lot of laughs as they compare audition and commercial horror stories. Terry’s big lie, Jonathan’s big puke, and what does neuroscience have to do with it all?! It’ll all ma…
 
Howl-O-Scream Returns to 4 cities; Universal Unveils The Reaping; Six Flags sees revenue decline; Disney surpasses predictions during latest earnings; CityWalk at Universal Orlando has implemented a 9 p.m. curfew for guests ages 17 and under on Friday and Saturday nights; Delusion (Pomona, CA) is returning to the historic Phillips Estate with a bra…
 
More earnings reports are out, and we'll compare and contrast Six Flags with Disney. Despite record attendance at its competitors, Six Flags is losing crowds. The chain will attempt to copy the Disney playbook, despite having assets that don't align with that plan. Meanwhile, Disney is exceeding predictions in both Disney + and Parks. Now, if only …
 
We’ll learn about how CalHaunts created “Midsummer Estates,” the immersive entryway experience for this year’s Hall of Shadows at Midsummer Scream. Midsummer Scream stands out from other conventions because of its Hall of Shadows. The ‘Hall of Shadows’ is where local haunts set up walkthrough experiences to preview the upcoming Halloween Season. Th…
 
Part walk down memory lane and part exploration of art – we’ll sit down with the creators of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre to discuss their past 30 years. We’re continuing our Midsummer Scream coverage with another panel recorded live from this year’s show. This panel “30 years of Zombie Joe’s Underground” took place on Sunday July 31st and was …
 
Jonathan and Jaymes are joined by drag superstar and real-life good friend Jackie Cox! They break down how to act at a drag show to be the best ally and Jackie shares some exclusive, insider details about her upcoming Gay Days show at the Disneyland resort. Plus, Jackie’s spilling tea about a Bennett Vaughan wedding secret (where she was the emcee)…
 
Coming up, it’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus! We’ll hear from the cast as they reflect on the movie’s legacy. It’s been 29 years since Hocus Pocus was released and 30 years since the Filming. The film originally was a bit of a dud, but over the years has gathered a massive following. Today, we’ll learn about the filming and discover more about the f…
 
Idaho Halloween & Horror Con is this weekend, August 12-14, 2022, in Boise, ID; Registration is OPEN for TransWorld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2023; Guests at Universal Studios Florida can get their photo etched onto a mausoleum monument in the Halloween Tribute Store; The Universal Monsters Gallery of Legends allows hotel guests an extra exper…
 
We’re covering the top 13 cheap ways to promote your haunted attraction. On August 2nd, Brian and Philip taught a free class for the Haunter’s Toolbox Group members. This is the full recording of that class, covering the topics of Local involvement, Press releases, Media nights, Influencers, Email, Instagram, TikTok, the Google Business Suite, Webs…
 
Coming up, discover how music supervisors select tunes that appear in spooky TV shows, movies, and even commercials. This is the first 30 minutes of “Spooky Music in Visual” which took place on the 2nd Stage this past Saturday, July 30th at Midsummer Scream. For haunters especially, this provides insight you can apply when selecting media for your …
 
In this episode you’ll learn about the history, process, and musical challenges behind some of the most iconic horror film soundtracks of all time. This is the full panel presentation “COMPOSERS OF THE APOCALYPSE” from the Main Stage this past Sunday, July 31st. This was a 90-minute presentation featuring talented musicians that have created iconic…
 
It’s a live taping at sea with Jonathan and Jaymes aboard their OUTbound cruise through Germany and the Netherlands! And it’s an all-inclusive event as J&J are joined by passengers of different generations sharing the advice they want to pass down to the next generation of our LGBTQ+ fam. From stories of a campfire, to a lunch at Marie Callendars, …
 
This week’s news: The Weeknd is joining forces with Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights to inspire all-new, terrifying haunted houses based on his record-breaking “After Hours” album. Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream (Tampa, Florida) has announced another haunted house for this year's event: The Residence will return for 2022 - but with a special…
 
USH has added a section to the studio tour for the first time in a long time. Jupiter’s Claim is the actual set from Jordan Peele’s new movie NOPE, and it was added to the studio tour to correspond with the movie’s debut. Today, we’re joined by Horrorbuzz founder Norm Gibney to discuss the film and the in-person immersive event that universal put o…
 
Today we’ll hear from three haunters at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 vending. Featured in this episode: Garner Holt, President of Garner Holt Productions; Doug P'gosh, Creative Director of Retro-a-go-go; Tabitha Barron, Composite Effects. Apply for our Hauntathon before July 29th ( http://hauntathon.info/ ) and Subscribe to all our offerings: https://l…
 
Midsummer Scream takes place this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center; Reaper's Realm Haunted Farm and Trail is set to reopen for 2022; The new horror escape room "The Weeping Witch" comes to Cross Roads Escape Games this August; House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soiree returns this fall with new characters, new locations, and new cockta…
 
Scott and Philip go on an extended discussion about chaperone policies at your attraction and preparing for violence in the Fall Season. Then, we discuss the ICON park theme recall and the new Halloween announcements from Universal Studios Japan. Apply for our Hauntathon before July 29th ( http://hauntathon.info/ ) and Subscribe to all our offering…
 
Within Our Walls mixes voyeuristic horror theatre with haunted house-style sets and effects to create a new experience in Glendale. Created by Sam Kellman, a young home haunter, the experience is open through July 30th, 2022. Today we’ll learn about the show’s design and creation. Get your tickets online ( https://www.withinourwalls.show/ ). Our bo…
 
This past December, Midsummer Scream presented a new event – Season’s Screamings - complete with a Hall of Yuletide Spirits. Like the Hall of Shadows at their signature event, this was a dark showfloor with holiday-themed haunts and displays. Today we’ll speak with creators from 5 of those displays. Midsummer Scream is next weekend and everyone we …
 
The Texas Haunters Convention was this past weekend in Mesquite, and we went on location to find out how it went. Scott Freeman and Culley Franks explain why this year was the best yet for the show. Apply for our hauntathon http://hauntathon.info and Subscribe to all our offerings: https://linktr.ee/hauntedattractionnetwork…
 
Valley Fright Nights opens at LA Pierce College this weekend; Land of Illusion's Haunted Scream Park announces 2022 Entertainment Schedule; Southern Screams is coming to Holy City Brewing September 30th - October 31st; Escape the Madness opened in Frankfort, New York this past weekend; Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group presents "The Horror", a…
 
This episode, courtesy of The Scare Factor, is all about Customer Service Pet Peeves that these professional reviewers see at haunts. Listen to hear what they are and tactics for how to address them. Subscribe to all our offerings: https://linktr.ee/hauntedattractionnetworkBy Haunted Attraction Network
 
We’re going on-location to Max’s Nasty House, a new immersive production from Ballview Entertainment held at the Brickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. We’ll learn about the directing of this sandbox environment and the “All Inclusive” ticket options. These elements are something you can try incorporating. Max’s Nasty House shows Thursdays nights t…
 
“Man is the Warmest Place to Hide" opened June 25th at Sugarmynt Gallery to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Thing and pays tribute to the 1980s filmography of director John Carpenter. Today we’ll visit the exhibit to learn about John Carpenter’s legacy and what it can teach you about making monsters for your haunt. Featured in this episode ar…
 
Not liking to be away from each other for too long, Jaymes surprises Jonathan while he’s filming in Vancouver and we get to be part of the reunion and it does not disappoint! They dish it all in full Newlywed game style…everything from who’s the messiest and who’s too cheap to turn on the AC, to who has thousands of unread messages on their phone a…
 
The Texas Haunters Convention takes place this weekend - July 16th & 17th; Son of Monsterpalooza returns to Burbank October 14th - 16th; The next Haunted Attraction Association Zoom Mixer takes place July 28th at 8:00 p.m. EDT; Applications are now being accepted for the Haunted Attraction Association's Top Haunts program; Disneyland Resort's Oogie…
 
This week we’re sticking to I-5 for a few stories including girl injured by flying cellphone, Oogie Boogie Bash has sold out, Universal Studios Hollywood adds ‘Nope’ Jupiter’s Claim set to Studio Tour, and United has expanded their pilot program. We finish with two stories and a word of caution from China. Subscribe to all our offerings: https://li…
 
Today, we have two lighting tips for you from Julia at Gantom Lighting. The first is how to add texture using what you already have; Texture gives your scenes depth and makes them look more natural. The second is lighting transitions. Transitions are needed to ease your guest’s eyes into and out of the experience. Signup for a 30-minutes free haunt…
 
Coming up, a step-by-step process to prepare your scare actors for this season. No matter your haunt’s size, there’s something for everyone in this guide. This episode is from one of our Partner Stations – Hauntopic Radio – hosted by Brian and Darryl. Today’s episode is a recording from Brian’s Haunt Master classes; you can join those at hauntersto…
 
Today, we’re going on-location to Paranormal Cirque II. Paranormal Cirque combines horror, acrobatics, and comedy to create a 2-hour experience that’s currently touring the US. We’ll learn about the creation and specifically about the scripting of this unique show. Subscribe to all our offerings: https://linktr.ee/hauntedattractionnetwork…
 
Haunters Against Hate: The Event takes place this coming weekend; Midsummer Scream releases schedule and new app; Nosferatu returns to the Renaissance Theatre Company this Halloween season; All Saints Lunatic Asylum announces Halloween season schedule; New Casting Calls from The Haunted Harvest, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Thrillvania Haunted Hous…
 
Tips and Tricks to make effective lighting designs with what you already have at your haunt. Today’s show breaks down lighting terms and concepts for you using real-world examples from a panel of 4 themed entertainment lighting designers. If you have specific questions about lighting, signup for a free chat from Julia at Gantom at (Gantom.com/demo)…
 
We’re going behind the Scenes of Urban Death Cannibal Corpse at Zombie Joe’s Underground in North Hollywood. Today’s episode is a recording from our first meet-up of the season which we did in partnership with Horrorbuzz. We often say that Haunt is theatre you walk through, and the line between haunt and theatre is especially close with immersive h…
 
This episode, presented by The Scare Factor, discusses the different types of haunted attractions, and helps you determine which you should go to. We know many of you listening are in the industry and are already familiar with this, but by listening to a reviewer perspective might help you understand how to describe your haunt.…
 
Jonathan and Jaymes are back from celebrating Pride abroad and talking to listeners on live calls. They answer listener questions and hear listener stories of pride and coming out. There’s inspiration, laughs, and even tips on love and relationships. Everyone’s individual and personal narratives together paint a prideful picture of how far we’ve co…
 
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights announces "The Horrors of Blumhouse" house - inspired by "The Black Phone" and "Freaky"; Phantom Fall Fest comes to Adventureland Park September 30th - October 30th; the first-ever SHAQTOBERFEST comes to the Queen Mary this Fall; Evil Intentions owner Mike Fitzpatrick discusses the haunt's actor-centric app…
 
They say that the best thing about cruising is seeing new places, but it turns out there's more than just scenery on a ship. In this video, Scott explores how the new ‘Carnival Mardi Gras’ ship has been designed with entertainment in mind using space and activities. We'll look at why their design is so successful and see if we can apply those princ…
 
We’re going on-location to Massacre Haunted House in Montgomery IL to learn about their 2022 season. Massacre is known for their large sets and dramatic yearly renovations. We’ll hear all about it from owner Ryan Burke. We visited Evil Intentions June 10th during the Midwest Haunters Convention Haunt Tour.…
 
We’ll hear about creating the Goosebumps TV series with Executive Story Editor and Writer Dan Angel. Dan talks about what it was like to work on the series and the journey of adapting the series from the popular books. He also shares some behind-the-scenes stories from the show. This audio is taken from a Q&A Dan gave at Sugarmynt Gallery on June 1…
 
The celebration continues as Jonathan and Jaymes bring Pridecast from their OUTbound cruise in Portugal! This time with endless laughs as comedian, opera singer, and oil painter Matteo Lane joins Jonathan and Jaymes on the pod…and just like Matteo’s talents, this episode contains a little bit of everything, even a special guest appearance from Dr. …
 
Disneyland Resort announces more details regarding their Halloween season events; Midsummer Scream announces HHN Panel; Ohio Haunters Association will hold next meeting on August 15th at Carnage Haunted House; West Coast Halloween Convention addresses concerns about their non-profit status; CreepyCon Halloween & Horror Convention takes place August…
 
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