The ScareHouse Podcast: One of America’s Best Haunted Houses
ScareHouse is one of America's Best Haunted Houses! Join us for fun and informative conversations with our designers, cast, and crew - as well as extended interviews with other haunters, Pittsburgh icons, Ghost Hunters, and alternative artists and performers. ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets. Tickets, dates, and more information about Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House available from http://www.scarehouse.com

"Serpentine is a film-noir style Alternate Reality Game that examines a true Pittsburgh cold case. Be prepared to travel to different Pittsburgh locales in search of clues, meet up with different characters, collaborate with fellow participants, and influence an unfolding month-long story whose conclusion will be based on your discoveries." 

Scott and Dudders sit down with Basement OG actor and Uncumber Theatrics founder, Ayne Terceira.

Ayne has been a part of ScareHouse family for four years, beginning with ScareHouse Secrets. She initially exposed us to immersive theater beginning with her role in Strata at Bricolage. She takes us back to her start in immersive theater at Carnegie Mellon University's premier improv group, "No Parking Players", part of Scotch 'n' Soda Theater. 

Ayne explains the appeal of immersive theater, and it's similarity to RPGs (role playing games). She stresses the importance of creating your own parts and roles and how she uses that idea to cast for Uncumber Theatrics. We learn about the lengths she goes to in order to demonstrate her commitment to the creative process in shows such as Her Things. She explains what it's like marketing immersive theater as an artist with little to no money and the importance of creating and building relationships within your community and word of mouth marketing.

Tune in to the 22:15 mark if you have any concerns or anxiety about diving into Serpentine. Don't be afraid to take the risk and just see what happens. Even if you're a total introvert and don't want to leave the house after the initial appointment, there are still ways to work with others to solve the mystery. If you just want to interact with unusual characters, participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt, or fall down true Google rabbit holes, they have you covered. 

Scott and Ayne dive into the show Lost, and what drove them crazy about the show. 

Serpentine wants you to ask the interesting question. Enter the story early or late, either way you'll enjoy your experience. The story begins May 19th. Purchase tickets to Serpentine here

Learn more about Uncumber Theatrics here

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The ScareHouse podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Spreaker ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets. Subscribe today for new episodes of our ScareHouse podcast. Help us reach new listeners when you leave positive reviews and feedback on iTunes. THANK YOU for your support!

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Scott and Dudders visit the PAPA (Professional & Amateur Pinball Association) warehouse to chat with Special Events Director of ReplayFX, Fred Cochran. The warehouse contains 506 pinball and 300 video games from the 1950s to today.

Fred, Scott, and Dudders discuss how their love of arcade games began at Showbiz Pizza Place, Pizza Hut, and the Century III mall. Fred explains how the PAPA tournaments ended up in Pittsburgh and the creation of ReplayFX as a way to share their love of arcade games with future generations of gamers. He also lets us in on what it takes to bring some of these games back to life, what they do for fun at work, and the strangest and most unusual games in the warehouse.

Friday, May 13th, ReplayFX will have several pinball games at the Heinz History Center Pinball Game Night

This July, they're bringing every pinball and video game to ReplayFX at the David L. Lawrence Convention. The event also includes bands, tournaments for cast prizes, unlimited freeplay, and cosplay contests. For more information or to buy tickets visit ReplayFX 

If you'd like to learn more about PAPA or just watch all of the pinball tutorials visit PAPA

The warehouse (and all of those magical games) are available for corporate event rentals. Forget boring team building retreats in the woods. Battle, we mean, bond with you coworkers with video games.

The ScareHouse podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Spreaker ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets. Subscribe today for new episodes of our ScareHouse podcast. Help us reach new listeners when you leave positive reviews and feedback on iTunes. THANK YOU for your support!

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"Morose & Macabre's annual cavalcade of the beautiful and bizarre. The Atrocity Exhibition promises to create an immersive theater experience that tells one horribly wonderful story through the art of nationally recognized sideshow, burlesque, and cabaret entertainers. The Atrocity Exhibition is also host to an array of exhibiting artists and artisans for those of a darker sensibility.  


This year, the event takes us to a place where innocence is lost, nothing is as it seems, no one can be trusted, and most importantly, there is no way home.
Welcome to Wonderland...watch your head."

  • History of the Atrocity show, starting as traveling cabaret & art show
  • Why planning starts immediately after the last show
  • Whether they should make it longer or take it on the road
  • How much longer are they going to do the show
  • Keeping the audience guessing
  • Why they're so secretive about the event
  • The trust they build with their artists & performers 
  • Finding their own twist on Alice in Wonderland
  • Why the White Knight is a metaphor for life
  • The insanity behind the scenes
  • Tips for running a successful Kickstarter campaign 

Limited number of tickets for May 14th, 2016 show are available here

Their event was featured in Pittsburgh Magazine Top 10 Things to do in May

Learn more about this year's show Morose & Macabre Atrocity Facebook Page

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ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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Hosts Katie "Dudders" and Scott Simmons interview scenic artist, prop designer, special effects makeup artist, and production designer Brian Demski. His distinct style can be found in some of the biggest haunts in the industry and Hollywood movies. His production company, Demski Creations, is located in Central Ohio, and is a fully functional studio fabricating exclusive props and Hollywood creature special effects. Visit http://www.demskicreations.net to see his incredible creations.

 Show Highlights:

  • Why he wishes he would have taken better care of his GI Joes
  • What he learned from a leather craftsman
  • How a Fangoria convention and connection with Necromance store in Hollywood changed his life
  • What it's like working at different haunts including industry giant Netherworld
  • Learning from your mistakes in the haunt industry
  • "Demskiizing" or "Doing the Demski"

You can also like him on Facebook and follow his adventures on Instagram.

The ScareHouse podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play MusicStitcher, and Spreaker

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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Valentine's Day in The Basement: Murder Castle

Darkness. Obsession. Murder.

It's time for Valentine's Day in The Basement. This all new production is based on the true story of America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. This year guests will step into our own version of his murder castle.

Podcast Guests: Dr. Margee Kerr and Dave Malehorn

Dudders, Margee, and Dave discuss America's first known serial killer, H.H. Holmes and his murder castle. They dissect his childhood, time as a medical student, his murders, capture, and influence on our current profile for psychopaths. Margee explains why it's okay that we have an interest in serial killers and the macabre and the importance of experiencing the bad to appreciate the good. The podcast concludes with an overview of this year's Valentine's Day event in The Basement. 

To learn more about Holmes & purchase tickets to The Basement visit http://www.scarehouse.com/pages/the-murder-hotel

Podcast available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spreaker

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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Fear Expert Margee Kerr joins ScareHouse team members Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" Dudas to discuss The Forest and the facts and sociological elements that influenced the movie. Margee visited Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji as part of her adventures for her book Scream. **This podcast may contain some movie spoilers** 

 

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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They are the masterminds that bring Hollywood quality effects to live each and every night of our season, without the benefits of editing or 2nd takes. From turning Michael Dougherty's Halloween classic Trick r Treat into an immersive pop-up-book, to bringing Krampus and his minions to life, Nino Ballisteri and Maryann Kimbler reveal the secrets to terrorizing haunt fans with state-of-the-art technology.

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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This season the ScareHouse design team partnered with LEGENDARY to create two all-new attractions based on the twisted imagination of Michael Dougherty, the writer/director of the films Trick ‘r Treat and the upcoming film Krampus.

ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and Art Director Macabre Noir share the secrets and challenges they faced in bringing so many of Krampus’ mischievous underlings from the upcoming film to life - what it was like to work directly with the creators of the film - and how our team created a new attraction that served as both tribute and teaser for the terrifying legacy of Krampus!

Krampus will be released on December 4, 2015, by Universal Pictures. This darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul is co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty and supported by the Oscar®-winning creature-effects wizardry of Weta Workshop. KRAMPUS features a stellar cast that includes Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), Golden Globe nominee Allison Tolman (“Fargo”), and David Koechner (ANCHORMAN series).

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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The ScareHouse podcast is back! 

ScareHouse's Kate Dudas and Nicole Conniff return from a weekend of paranormal investigations at Gettysburg with our friend and Ghost Hunters' star Amy Bruni! 

Kate and Nicole talk with ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons about the technology, philosophy, and community that thrives among fellow fans of the paranormal when they gather together for a weekend at one of of America's most haunted locations. Plus, Amy Bruni shares a truly creepy experience that rattled her just this past weekend -- reveals the history, mission, and future of Strange Escapes (including a preview of upcoming paranormal investigations and events --  and looks back at her encounters at ScareHouse just last summer. 

Visit www.strange-escapes.com for more details about upcoming events all across the country! 

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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Ed Gannon has been in the Haunted house industry for almost 30 years designing, acting and building haunted attractions all over the country!

As Director of Attractions and Development for Massachusetts' Spooky World, he designed, built, and managed all entertainment aspects of "America's Halloween Theme Park" for 12 years of operation. He has also created special effects, props, costuming, and makeup for several other Pro haunts, TV commercials & corporate videos.

Ed joins ScareHouse Director of Operations Crystal Rupp for a candid and revealing look back at his early days in the industry, and his current role as show designer for Dark Hour Haunted House.

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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Looking for zombies? Clowns? Demon dolls?  We got a guy.

Brookyn born artist, entrepeuneur, and hustler (compliment) Jerry Dalessandro joins ScareHouse Director of Operations Crystal Rupp to talk about Creepy Collection - recorded at the Midwest Haunters Convention 2015. 

Creepy Collection's ever growing army of zombies, dolls, demons, clowns, and other nightmare props fill the halls of ScareHouse and other haunted attractions all over the world. Their work has also have been in the horror movies Sibling and The Hole and On The Lot (reality show By Steven Spielberg).  Visit http://www.creepycollection.com to check 'em out!

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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ScareHouse Director of Operations Crystal Rupp and ScareHouse Sociologist Margee Kerr wrap up this year's Midwest Haunters Convention: the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US!  MHC serves haunted attraction industry professionals, home haunters, and enthusiasts with a tradeshow, education, chartered bus tours and entertainment. Visit www.midwesthauntersconvention.com for more information!

Crystal and Margee hit the road home and share highlights from the convention, and the last few weeks of travel and adventure. Plus, Margee shares her mind-blowing appearance at the World's Largest Book Expo in support of her upcoming book Scream! Chillding Adventures in the Science Of Fear (currently available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your favorite book sellers.) - and discusses new immersive theater experiences in Philadelphia and New York City. 

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets.

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ScareHouse Art Director joins us for a preview of Morose and Macabre's Atrocity Exhibition of dark, twisted and sexy sideshow, cabaret, burlesque, and performance art!

This annual event, this year held on May 16th at the Rex Theater, brings together some of the country's most innovative and exciting alternative artists, performers, and weirdos (term of endearmeant) 

Macabre joins ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and Graphic Designer/Photograper Rachellyn Schoen for a fun conversation about Atrocity, artistic communities, the art of hustling, and the best time to schedule performances involving severe body modification.

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It's time to recall and recover our 2015 adventures at the world's largest trade show for the haunted attraction industry!

ScareHouse scream team members Crystal Rupp, Macabre Noir, and Nino Balistrieri talk about 5 action packed days at TransWorld’s annual Halloween & Attractions show. It's the annual business gathering for owners, designers, and special effect artists involved in the production of haunted houses, hayrides, and special events from all over the world! 

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets. 

Check out more than 100 exclusive videos on our Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheScareHouse 

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How can freelance artists stay successful, creative, and positive in a world full of competition, distraction, and negativity?

ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons joins costume designer Jen Rocket, graphic artist & photographer Rachellyn Schoen, and design manager Nicole Conniff for an in-depth conversation about the risks and rewards of pursiing a career as a full time artist.

This episode is packed with vital information and advice for anyone struggling to stay focused and optimistic in the in the increasingly challenging and ever changing worlds of entertainment design, graphic arts, and fashion. 

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ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets. 

Check out more than 100 exclusive videos on our Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheScareHouse 

 

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No matter what people try to tell or sell you, social media is still the most powerful and effective way to attract customers to your haunted house or Halloween event ... and a vital component of any succesful consumer business.   But with trends and habits changing so quickly, how can you get the most out of your marketing plan?

ScareHouse is well known for our commitment to social media content and engagement, and Creative Director Scott Simmons is a highly regarded as one of the leading experts on new media marketing in the haunted attraction industry. He joins Communications Technology Masters Student Katie "Dudders" Dudas and ScareHouse Design Manager Niccole Conniff for a fast-paced review of the latest trends in all the top social media platforms.

Is Facebook still king? What's changing with Twitter? How are brands utilizing Instagram, Youtube, and other outlets to reach new customers? And can you kids please explain SnapChat to us?

Subscribe today for new episodes of the ScareHouse podcast every week! 

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets. 

Check out more than 100 exclusive videos on our Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheScareHouse 

 

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Veteran ScareHouse manager and performer Crystal Rupp joins Creative Director Scott Simmons and Sociologist Margee Kerr to look back at the explosive growth of Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, and to look ahead at our ambitious plans for Halloween 2015.

Why does it require a full year of planning and analysis to prepare for our season? How has the haunt changed since Crystal joined us 8 seasons ago? And what are the secrets that can help any haunted attraction of any size or budget grow into a financially succesful businesss? Find out in this week's podcast! 

New episodes of the ScareHouse podcast every week. Help us reach new listeners when you leave positive feedback or reviews, or contact us directly with suggestions for future episodes. Thanks for the support! 

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets. 

Check out more than 100 exclusive videos on our Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheScareHouse 

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We're back! After a lengthy hiatus the podcast team from one of America's Scariest Hallowen Attractions returns for an extended epsiode ... that has almost nothing to do with haunted houses. 

Long-time listeners should be in no way suprised. 

Rob Johnston, Laura Kelly, fear expert Dr. Margee Kerr, and Creative Director Scott Simmons talk about Vine superstardom, the dark and scary history of Curious George, the horrors of home ownership, sons of anarchy, football commercials, and snarky feminists. 

New episodes every week and thanks for your support and positive feedback! 

ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, CBS news, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Geek & Sundry, and many other national media outlets. 

Tickets, dates, and more information about Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House available from http://www.scarehouse.com

 
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Our Legendary Season

This week we talk with Kevin, Margee and Scott as they share their experiences about this past season and how successful it was. There were a lot of surprise visits from Legendary folks! Scott and Margee also talk a little more about the ups and downs of working in the haunted house industry - Kevin provides more insight on that topic from his experience going from being a poster child for ScareHouse to going back into the corporate world while finishing up his studies in Mass Communications. We also catch up with Margee and Scott on their plans for IAAPA. This is a great episode to catch up on everything ScareHouse and what you might come to expect for Halloween 2015.

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ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Skydiving, Juggalos, and all things thrilling

This week we check in with Rob, Scott, and Margee as they share adventuers about skydiving, the Gathering of the Juggalos, Vine, and all things chilling and thrilling. Our hosts get deep as they talk about the truth and the myth surrounding the Gathering and Rob shares his own experiences with the Fago fanbase. Scott shares what it's like to ride the ups and downs of working in the haunted house industry and Rob fills us in on what's new with Vine. Essential cacth up episode! *No cats were harmed in the recording of this podcast. 

 

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Talking horror with local author Thomas Sweterlitsch

This week the ScareHouse Podcast is back and talking with Thomas Sweterlitsch who just published his first novel with Putnam titled “Tomorrow and Tomorrow.” Tom lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.  He has a Master's Degree in Literary and Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University.  He worked for twelve years at the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Scott Simmons, Rob Johnston, and Margee Kerr talk to Tom about his inspiration, process, and of course horror. The city of Pittsburgh is front and center in this sci-fi horror. It is a must read and already receiving rave reviews.  You can buy it here, find Tom here, and follow him here.

 

 

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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ScareHouse visits AlphaLab Gear

On Wednesday, June 18, President Obama hosted the first-ever Makers Faire at the White House. To celebrate this #NationOfMakers, AlphaLab Gear, the hardware and robotics accelerator program of Innovation Works, hosted a social media Day of Makers event. Some of the top social media folks in Pittsburgh were invited...and the ScareHouse Podcast was one of them. Hear as we sit down with a few of the companies who just completed the AlphaLab Gear program on the awesome things being made in Pittsburgh.

Scott and Margee talk to the folks from LifeShel who have built a cell phone case and app to crowdsource safety and work towards preventing sexual violence. LifeShel is partnering with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape to ensure the user is at the forefront of design. No hyperbole-this product will save lives.

Next we talk to Matthew Stanton Co-Founder of SolePower.  SolePower insoles allow you to charge a battery pack with the power of your footsteps! Hikers, soldiers, and honestly all of us have found ourselves without an outlet and in great need of power, and now we’ll have it right at our feet!

We then encountered a pleasant surprise with our next talk with Digital Dream Labs where we ran into former ScareHouse Actor talented art director Aaron Clark. Digital Dream Labs develops games to teach children how to program and have fun at the same time. Be sure you check out their super fun games!

Finally we check in with Frank from Thread. You may remember Frank from our first Car Podcast with Laura Kelly last year, short story—Frank is awesome. Thread turns plastic into fabric (Frank tells us how this happens) and they are dedicated to not only providing raw materials that are ethically sourced but bringing jobs and training to people in Haiti.  

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

ScareHouse Bunny Revealed!

It's been the best kept secret for over five years but on this week's ScareHouse Podcast we reveal the man behind the axe, the original ScareHouse Bunny actor who took a dirty bunny costume to a whole new level. The ScareHouse Bunny has appeared on several national entertainment blogs, caught the attention of celebrities like Amy Bruni, Tosh.0, and of course terrorized local news anchors like Scott Harbaugh. All secretes are revealed from how the Bunny was born, how he developed his signature moves from dancing to stalking and the ScareHouse podcast team shares some of their favorite Bunny moments. Tune in to hear  Scott Simmons, Dudders, Rob Johnston and Margee Kerr talk to the man behind the axe. 

 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Scenic Design with Christopher de Troy

This week special guest host Dudders talks with Christopher deTroy who was in town working with Mike “Tattoo” Krausert and the ScareHouse design team. Chris is the creative director for the New York Renaissance Faire and Forest of Fear. In addition to having mad jousting skills, Chris is an expert in scenic design and detailing. Chris gives us an inside look at what goes into designing a haunt, from wood stain to the importance of sharing and teaching with other designers. Macabre Noir also stops by to share her favorite tips and tricks of design including her love of the color wheel and how to make customers feel a complete sense of immersion inside a set. 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Bogota, Fun World, Furries, and Juggalos

This week’s ScareHouse podcast features the one and only Katie AKA “Dudders” as a special guest host. We find out all about Margee’s recent trip to Bogota, Colombia where she explored the history of the horror genre, popular ghost stories, and the topic of fear in South America.  We also find out what exactly Guinea Pig tastes like. You can find out more about Margee’s adventures at www.margeekerr.com.  This deep podcast also features a discussion of Furries, Juggalos, and Scott discusses the recent cover story featuring ScareHouse on the international magazine “Fun World.”

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

Midwest Haunters Convention 2014

Ben Armstrong, co-founder of Netherworld Haunted House, and Jennifer Braverman, President of Transworld Trade Shows, join us for an extended preview of the 2014 Midwest Haunters Convention!

The Midwest Haunters Convention is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US serving haunted attraction industry professionals, home haunters, and enthusiasts. Open to the public the MHC features a tradeshow, education, chartered bus tours and entertainment; and it returns to Columbus, Ohio June 6-8, 2014 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel for its 11th year. Visit www.midwesthauntersconvention.com for more information!

Ben and Jennifer take us through the packed schedule of exclusive haunt tours, seminars, special events, and one of the country's best costume parties! It's one of the greatest haunted attraction events of the year.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:07am EST

THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION 2014 - MUSEUM OF DREAMS

This week we talk to Macabre Noir and Lilith Deville from Morose & Macabre's Atrocity Exhibition coming to the Rex Theater on May 17th. Macabre is not only the organizer of Atrocity she is the instructor for The Steel City Burlesque Academy and a designer at ScareHouse. You may know Deville from his shocking (literally electrical!) performances with Atrocity and his torch singing in the ScareHouse lobby during the 2014 season. Macabre and Deville let us know the line up for Atrocity 2014 including more glass walking, burlesque, block head, feats of bravery and vendors selling oddities beyond your imagination. Performers are coming in from all over the US--Chicago, North Carolina, Missouri and of course a great representation of performers from PA.  Listen in for a sneak peak of what to expect at THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION 2014 - MUSEUM OF DREAMS. 

Find out more here: The Atrocity Exhibition 2014

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Mollie the Painter

This week’s podcast features ScareHouse makeup artist and Customer Service rock star Mollie Stofan. Mollie is a Robert Morris University grad who started who own successful business “Mollie the Painter.” Mollie works year round face painting at a variety of Pittsburgh events and private parties. During the Halloween season Mollie is responsible for painting the faces of ScareHouses’s creepy monsters and keeping the peace out front. We also catch up with fellow makeup artist Nicole Coniff and pick up some helpful make up tips (and learn about potentially devastating spa disasters).

Find Mollie at: Mollie the Painter

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

The Josh and Gab Show!

What kind of connections would a singing comedy duo have to a haunted house? More than you might think! This week the ScareHouse Podcast talks to Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso, two Pittsburgh-based writers, performers, educators, and public personalities. They also happen to be big horror movie and haunted house fans (but not stink bugs, Gab is NOT a fan of stink bugs). Their works have entertained and informed audiences of all ages on both a regional and national scale. Together, Josh and Gab have formed an unforgettable high-energy musical-comedy duo with a focus on an anti-bullying message.

Josh & Gab have taken their award-winning programs to over 200 schools, camps, and community venues across Pennsylvania and its surrounding states. The duo has been featured on WQED television and in national press for their work, received both "Best In The Burgh" and "40 Under 40" awards from Pittsburgh Magazine, gained heavy airplay from WXPN Kids Corner radio, and recently partnered The Pittsburgh Childrens Museum as official programmers. They look forward to bringing their groundbreaking interactive programming to your school or community location in 2014, working above all to celebrate creativity and togetherness in participants.

Check them out at JoshandGab.com!

Photo Credit: John Altdorfer

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

TransWorld Recap and ScareHouse 2014

This week catch up with Rob Johnston, Scott Simmons, and Margee Kerr as they recap all the latest from TransWorld, Japan, and Vine! Scott gives us a recap of TransWorld-AKA the Haunt Show which is the world’s largest haunted house trade show held every year in St. Louis where haunters go to find new props, inspiration, and education. Margee talks about her recent trip to Japan to explore thrilling and fearful material abroad, and Rob discusses his adventures on Vine. Scott also gives us a sneak peak at what’s next for ScareHouse in 2014. This is the essential recap podcast!  

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Margee's Adventures in Japan

Margee Kerr takes us with her on her trip to Japan as she explores thrilling and scary attractions and spaces for her book SCREAM: Adventures in the Upside of Fear. She visits several haunted attractions, amusement parks, and just straight up scary spaces. You can read more about her project, and her upcoming adventures at www.margeekerr.com and you can follow her on twitter @margeekerr.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Interactive and Immersive Theater

Ayne Terceira has worked with ScareHouse for two years as the very first actor in The Basement at ScareHouse and has now developed her own immersive theater and art piece titled “Her Things: An Interactive Estate Sale.” We talk to her and the show’s technical director Aaron Tarnow about the project, and about the mysterious “ScareHouse Secrets.”  Be sure to subscribe and thanks for your support!

More about Her Things: An Interactive Estate Sale
Modern Formations Gallery
March 26-29, 2014
Her Things is an immersive theater and art piece — a live video game, really. Participants will be invited to rifle through the objects and papers of "Poor Willa," a recently deceased turn-of-the-century recluse, to discover her story and more about her fate. Participants will be allowed to fully explore the space, touch and read artifacts in search of clues, interact with actors, as well as bid on certain objects by sharing their own memories as currency.
https://www.facebook.com/HerThingsTheater
Also be sure to check out www.uncumbertheatrics.com

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Burners, Artists, and Clowns in the Basement

Meet Bonnie Banner, also affectionately known as “Happy the Clown” from The Basement at ScareHouse. Bonnie is an actress, make up artist, and designer with ScareHouse. We talk with Bonnie about her extremely diverse experiences growing up, in the haunt world and the Burning Man community. Bonnie shares her motivations, inspirations, and sage advice on what living is all about. She is a force to be reckoned with! You can find videos of “Happy” at www.youtube.com/TheScareHouse and look for Bonnie’s designs and contributions this coming season at ScareHouse.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Writer/Comic Sean Collier

Sean Collier was described as a "budding media personality" by the Pittsburgh City Paper, and no one - least all of him - seems to know what that means.

What is verifiable about Sean is a varied list of roles around town. He's the movie critic for the WDVE Morning Show. He's the Associate Editor of Pittsburgh Magazine. He's a stand-up comic, with frequent appearances at Lawrenceville's Brillobox, downtown's Cabaret Theater, Papa J's, and anywhere else that invites him. He's appeared in storytelling shows, sketch comedy, Shakespearean tragedies, panel discussions, radio drop-ins, and more.

Follow Sean at @seancollierpgh and listen to his podcast: “You Can’t Handle The Truth: honest reviews of new movies” at  https://www.facebook.com/HandleTheTruthPodcast

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

ScareHouse Designers Aaron, Allison, and Nicole

This week, we're hanging out with three long-time members of the "ScareHouse Family" of artists, designers, and performers.

Aaron Parkus, Allison Edwards, and Nicole Danielle Conniff have designed, built, and detailed our sets and effects, created and performed original characters in both videos and within the haunted attraction, and have participated in all kinds of weird and bizarre projects for us... some of which may or may not involve cats, dancing, and funny wigs.

Join us for a fun and sorta tipsy talk about special FX, filmmaking, movies, motivation, influences, and the appeal of murderous mermaids in this week's episode of the ScareHouse Podcast!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Jennifer Rocket and Rachellynn Schoen

Get ready to be inspired.

Pittsburgh seamstress and ScareHouse consultant, Jen Rocket, operates from her sewing studio in Highland Park, east of Downtown Pittsburgh. Jen is a 4th generation seamstress who began sewing at the age of 5. Jen graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and continued her studies at Los Angeles Trade Tech for fashion technical design.  Jen has designed and sewn everything from cosplay outfits to wedding dresses, including designing for dancers on the show ‘Dance Moms’. Find Jen at jenrocket.com.

Rachellynn Schoen is a photographer and graphic designer based in Pittsburgh. Rachellynn works with ScareHouse doing everything from photography, designing social media campaigns and graphic design (she also does an amazing job of making Margee look good). Rachellynn talks about her Endangered Design project and how she is making a name for herself in the city and beyond. Find Rachellynn at pittsburghdesigner.com.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Kiara's Spring Fling and Online Fundraiser

Meet Kiara Hawk. As the Syria Shriners 2013 Poster Child, Kiara has seen her fair share of hardships due to the spina bifida and other health issues that she’s had to deal with her whole life. This past Thanksgiving, hardships befell her family again as a tragic car accident claimed the life of her mom and her mother’s boyfriend. Kiara miraculously survived, but has had to undergo tremendous proceeds to help her heal. Join us for a day of fun to help ease the financial burden the past few months have had on her family.

Address: Syria Shrine
1877 Shriners Way
Cheswick, PA 15024
Date: Feb. 22nd, 2014

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Crafts, Spaghetti Dinner, Shopping Vendors, Kids Fun Area

6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Bands and Cash Bar
Bands Include:
The Josh and Gab Show
Nameless in August
The Hawkeyes
Bastard Bearded Irishmen

To find out more, get involved, donate and share please visit: https://www.youcaring.com/other/kiara-s-spring-fling-/123716

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:30am EST

The Artist Hustle: Meet Matt Gondek

Matt Gondek is a Pittsburgh freelance illustrator and artist. He has worked with a diverse set of clients—from Hot Topic and the Vans Warped Tour to the NBA. Matt also works with ScareHouse and was heavily involved in painting and design in Creepo Christmas in 3D.

Join us to learn how Matt has perfected the “Artist Hustle” and went from working in a call center to winning “Best Local Artist” from Pittsburgh Magazine in 2011 and supporting himself full time doing what he loves. You can find Matt at mattgondek.com and follow him on twitter @mattgondek.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

The Scariest Job in Town--Talking with WPXIs Scott Harbaugh

Scott Harbaugh, meteorologist for Severe Weather Team 11 and PCNC joins us to talk all things weather, social media, and fear.

Scott grew up in Pittsburgh and is an alumnus of North Allegheny so if anyone knows how Pittsburghers respond to weather crises, it’s him. Scott is also a social media guru, with nearly 15,000 followers on twitter. We ask what it’s like to be on the receiving end of thousands of tweets, calls, and comments about everything from school closings to major weather events.

Scott also gives us a sneak peak on what to expect with his upcoming streaming broadcast with Rob Johnston occurring daily during the Winter Olympics. Follow @WPXIScott on twitter and subscribe to the ScareHouse podcast day for new episodes every Wednesday.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Screams in Salt Lake City with Nightmare on 13th

How did two devout Mormons become the creators of one of America's scariest and most succesful haunted houses?

Mike Henrie and Troy Barber, the creators and owners of Nightmare on 13th, join ScareHouse co-owners Scott and Barb Simmons for a look back at more than two decades of screaming in Salt Lake City. How did they grow their business from two storage lockers into a massive year-round business? Why are they so committed to new themes and concepts every year? How does social media impact their creative process and marketing? And what lessons have they learned from nearly 25 years of terrifying thousands and thousands of customers? It's a fun and fast-moving conversation with two of the greatest guys in the haunted attraction industry!

Visit www.nightmareon13th.com for more information about Utah's scariest Haunted House!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Looking Back and Forward

For the first episode of 2014, the ScareHouse podcast team reveals how each of them became involved with the "ScareHouse Empire," shares secrets and stories from a year filled success, and looks ahead to a new year of exciting adventures!

Rob Johnston, Laura Kelly, Margee Kerr, and Scott Simmons drop some names (Guillermo del Toro! Grumpy Cat!) and some knowledge about social media superstardom, book deals, and the haunted house business... but also share personal stories beyond the usual "shop talk."

We're looking back at the best and worst of 2013, and looking ahead to 2014 in the latest episode of our FREE ScareHouse podcast. Subscribe today for new episodes every Wednesday! And help us reach new listeners when you subscribe or leave positive feedback and reviews on iTunes.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

Haunted House Business Advice from the Experts

Want to get started in the haunted house business? Looking for low-cost yet high-impact ways to improve your haunt? Want to learn how you can grow your haunted attraction into a full-year business? This week's podcast features a Q & A with haunted house experts Cydney Neil, Mike Krausert, and ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons (recorded earlier this year at the West Coast Haunters Convention.)

Cydney Neil is the Producer and Creative Director of the legendary Rocky Point Haunted House, one of the most iconic and successful haunted attractions in history. Under her direction Rocky Point went from 100 guests and $500 in income to nearly 70,000 and over $1,500,000 in their final season—while also influencing and inspiring legions of haunted attraction designers. Apart from these successes, Cydney maintains that her greatest achievement and what she is most proud of is the youth program she created that changed the lives of thousands of “misfit” kids she will always consider her own.

Mike Krausert, Director of Spookyworld/Nightmare New England, began designing and building attractions over two decades ago at the age of 18. Throughout his career he has designed and built for numerous charitable organizations such as the Jaycees, non-profit arts programs, the Optimist Club and he helped these groups raise millions of dollars in the process. The producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition invited him to lead the scenic design team for their first ever Halloween episode where the haunt “Nightmare Factory” was redesigned, re-themed, and modernized to improve fundraising for the Oregon School for the Deaf.

Special thanks to everyone involved with the West Coast Haunters Convention for hosting such a fantastic event, and for inviting Cydney, Mike, and Scott to attend! Yinz guys rock! Visit www.westcoasthauntersconvention.com for more information about next year's gathering.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:30am EST

The Basement

What is THE BASEMENT at ScareHouse? Here's how boingboing.net described it:

"The most spectacular attraction this year was the newly-opened, adults-only Basement, where individual visitors receive the singular attentions of a range of nightmarish crazies and supernatural creeps. It was intense and physical: those opting for the experience must sign an agreement acknowledging they will be verbally abused, sniffed, dirtied, groped, pushed and dragged through near pitch-darkness."

This extended episode of our ScareHouse podcast explores the design, casting, production, and reaction to our new, intense, and "adults only" immersive attraction with the creative team and several cast members. What's with the handcuffs? How far did we really go? And can you really declare BDSM gear as a business expense?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:30am EST

ScareHouse 2013 - Guillermo del Toro and Good Morning America!

Annnnnnd we're back!

After an unexpected hiatus, the ScareHouse Podcast team returns for a fast-paced look back at an amazing season for Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House. Rob Johnston, Laura Kelly, Margee Kerr, and Scott Simmons talk about our appearance on Good Morning America, the visit from Guillermo del Toro and Mike Dougherty, the Basement, a new book deal, and so much more!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

ScareHouse Promo Shoot 2013

Annnnd we're back! Sorry about the brief hiatus, but we hope to have new episodes of our podcast back online every week.

This week: a short sneak peek at this year's promo shoot! The same creative team who creates our sets, effects, and characters are also heavily involved in the production and promotion of all multimedia content and advertising used online, on air, and in print. We talk about the production process, our use of transmedia storytelling, social media content, digital storytelling, and also offer a few sneaks at the new characters and attractions you'll see at ScareHouse this year.

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:01am EST

Jerry Gergely - Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program

Jerry Gergely is a highly regarded special effects artist who has worked on classic genre tv shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Babylon Five - and is the technical director for Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program.

Jerry joins former students and ScareHouse Design Managers Christopher and Dejah Gilgour along with co-hosts Margee and "ScareHouse Scott" for a look back at the making of the original DAWN OF THE DEAD, the early days of Optic Nerve Studios, and the explosive growth of the special effects program at the Douglas School of Education.

This program of study equips graduate for careers with theater companies, cosmetic companies, department stores, television studios, film and photographers studios, special effects labs, architectural restoration firms, amusement parks, entertainment design and fabrication companies, costume companies, computer special effects firms, display design firms, museums, science centers, and prosthetic sculpting and mold making studios. Visit www.dec.edu/ts/ for more information.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

Dent School House

Road trip! The ScareHouse design team pays a visit to our friends at The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati - which is ranked as one of the nation's best haunted attractions by USA Today, Forbes, Fangoria, Haunted Attraction Magazine, Hauntworld, HauntedHouseRatings.com, Citybeat, and many others. It was also seen on the Travel Channel show, Halloween Crazy!

The Dent Schoolhouse takes place in a schoolhouse that was built back in 1896 and contains a gruesome legend...The Janitor of the school, Charlie McFree is said to have killed a large number of the student body over a period of 10-20 years. Hiding their bodies within the basement, the smell became too much and alerted the town of Dent... discovery of the hellish scene has made a permanent residence in the basement.

The owners and designers of both Dent and ScareHouse come together for an extended conversation about design, operation, and the challenges of creating, promoting, and operating a high-tech haunted attraction that can meet the high level of expectations of so many customers each and every Halloween season. Visit www.frightsite.com for tickets, images, video and much more from one of America's best haunted houses!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Great American Water Balloon Fight

100,000 water ballons, four teams led by Pittsburgh celebs, and a truly EPIC battle in downtown Pittsburgh to help raise money in the fight against global poverty. It's the Great American Water Balloon Fight!

Ian Rosenberger and Vivien Luk from Team Tassy join ScareHouse's Laura Kelly and Margee Kerr at a local filling party to preview this year's event on Saturday, July 13th - and to talk about the creation of Team Tassy, the challenges of filling 100 thousand water balloons, and the many local celebrities who plan to join the fight! And yes, there will be ScareHouse zombies on the field...

What's the goal of the fight? The mission is to unleash the inherent power in every person to eliminate global poverty. We do this with Team Tassy by working with poor families in Haiti, and giving them the tools they need to help themselves. It may sound silly, but helping us raise money by having fun and throwing water balloons will positively change peoples’ lives forever. Please visit www.teamtassy.org/waterballoon to find out more.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:33am EST

Anthrocon - The World's Largest Furry Convention (encore episode)

Encore episode! This extended episode of our podcast (which was originally recorded and posted in 2012) features a rare and guided tour behind the scenes of Anthrocon, the World's largest Furry convention, which takes place in Pittsburgh every summer.

What is Anthrocon? It is the world's largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters. It is a collection of nearly 5,000 artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. Approximately 20% of attendees don specialized animal costumes, often based on original characters, and enjoy role-playing and interacting with both fellow attendees and bystanders.

So what really happens at Anthrcon? What kind of people are performing underneath all of that fur? And why is Pittsburgh the perfect home for thousands of Furries?

Programming director John "Kuddlepup" Cole takes Katie "Dudders," Margee Kerr, and ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons on a guided tour of the convention and introduces us to multiple attendees, organizers, and surprise guests. He speaks to us about the community, the costumes, and the years of coordination; responds to the misconceptions and criticisms; and even reveals surprising connections between Furries and the haunted attraction industry.

This extended episode of the ScareHouse Podcast is made possible by the generosity and enthusiasm of the Anthrocon community, who continue to raise thousands of dollars for Pittsburgh based charities and businesses. Visit www.anthrocon.org to find out more about their community.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:00am EST

ScareHouse Family Picnic

Dudders takes you to the annual "ScareHouse Family Picnic" - our annual gathering of veteran cast and crew members every June. In between eating and random attacks with water balloons, our actors and actresses talk about about new friends, scaring people every October, and the freaky customers we sometimes encounter during haunt season.

Keep watching scarehouse.com and our fan page on facebook for details about 2013 auditions and interviews! We're filling over 100 paid positions starting in August!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:58pm EST

Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March

ScareHouse is proud to support Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March and PrideFest - presented by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh (their mission is to increase awareness and understanding of and improve the quality of life for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Western Pennsylvania.)

ScareHouse guest podcast host "Dudders" engages in some "Zombie on the Street" interviews with a few of our fellow parade marchers: drag queens, activists, and leather club members. You should be in no way surprised that a haunted house podcast features a brief summary of the history, community, and charitable contributions of national leather clubs and pagents.

Visit www.pittsburghpride.org for more information about Pittsburgh Pride 2014.

Note: Due to rough weather conditions and absent-minded creative directors, the audio quality of this episode is not as clean as usual. Sorry about that.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

Hoochie, Haunt Shows, and Hanging Aht

ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and "Scare Specialist" Dr. Margee Kerr hang out and talk about wild weekends at both The Midwest Haunters Convention and the West Coast Haunters Convention, offer advice to new haunters and Halloween enthusiasts, and try to convey just what happens inside THE HAUNTED HOOCHIE.

Normally, we would write much more text here, but we're still recovering from two long nights on the Fear Fair Party Bus.

Check out the ScareHouse YouTube page for our video from the truly EPIC costume party and body painting show at the Midwest Haunters Convention.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

Cydney Neil and Mike Krausert

Cydney Neil is the Producer and Creative Director of the legendary Rocky Point Haunted House, one of the most iconic and successful haunted attractions in history. Under her direction Rocky Point went from 100 guests and $500 in income to nearly 70,000 and over $1,500,000 in their final season - while also influencing and inspiring legions of haunted attraction designers. Apart from these successes, Cydney maintains that her greatest achievement and what she is most proud of is the youth program she created that changed the lives of thousands of “misfit” kids she will always consider her own.

Michael Krausert, Director of Spookyworld/Nightmare New England, began designing and building attractions over two decades ago at the age of 18. Throughout his career he has designed and built for numerous charitable organizations such as the Jaycees, non-profit arts programs, the Optimist Club and he helped these groups raise millions of dollars in the process. The producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition invited him to lead the scenic design team for their first ever Halloween episode where the haunt “Nightmare Factory” was redesigned, re-themed, and modernized to improve fundraising for the Oregon School for the Deaf.

For the first time in over six years, while taking a quick break during the West Coast Haunters Convention, Cydney and Mike join ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons to look back at their shared history, the new generations of haunters, and the legacy of the truly legendary Rocky Point Haunted House. Special thanks to everyone involved with the West Coast Haunters Convention for hosting such a fantastic event, and for inviting Cydney, Mike, and Scott to attend! Yinz guys rock! (Photo for this episode is by Jody Bossert - visit www.facebook.com/hauntednight for more photos from the show).

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:58am EST

Terror Behind The Walls - A Massive Haunt in a Haunted Prison

Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Now in its 22nd year, Terror Behind the Walls attracts over 100,000 visitors from around the world and is consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country.

Eastern State Penitentiary, which opened in 1829, was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world - but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. It also has a well documented history of ghostly activity and strange phenomenon, and has been repeatedly featured on GHOST HUNTERS and other parnanormal programs.

So what's it like working in one of the world's creepiest places? Creative Director Amy Holloman joins ScareHouse's Margee Kerr for an inside look at the history, design, production, and operation of one of the country's largest and creepiest haunted attractions. Plus, Amy takes Margee on a behind the scenes walking tour of portions of the attraction! Visit www.easternstate.org/halloween for more information about Terror Behind The Walls.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

Midwest Haunters Convention

The annual Midwest Haunters Convention, held in Columbus Ohio, is one of the largest Halloween shows of its kind in the US for Haunted Attraction Producers, Actors, Artists and Home Haunters.

Kelly Collins joins ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons to preview the action-packed schedule, featuring the world’s largest haunted attraction bus tour as well as a Monster Masquerade costume party featuring the Body Art Fashion Show and other contests including: Ms Midwest Scary Pageant & the Scariest Character Contest and their signature Bloody Mary Monster Make Up Wars... not to mention seminars, workshops, and more than 100 vendors offering masks, props, costumes, effects, and anything a professional and/or home haunter could need!

The Midwest Haunters Convention returns to Columbus, Ohio June 7-9, 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel for its 10th year. Visit www.midwestshow.com for more information

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

Nightmare Factory and West Coast Haunters Convention

Ed Roberts started working at haunted houses in the 1970s, with no idea that he would one day be featured on a national TV show alongside Rob Zombie, or become the mastermind behind a annual convention for the haunted attraction industry.

The Nightmare Factory haunted attraction in Salem, Oregon has been extracting screams from its guests for decades. It is housed at the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) and serves to raise money for the school and its students. In 2010, OSD and Nightmare Factory received some national recognition and help when the ABC series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, showed up in town (along with special guest Rob Zombie) and pitched in to revamp the haunt. Thanks to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Scare Factory, and the many businesses and volunteers (many of which returned to get involved in the haunt), Nightmare Factory now features the latest in cutting-edge haunted house technology and scares.

Ed joins ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons to look back at his decades of haunting and fundraising for the School for the Deaf, and looks ahead to the upcoming West Coast Haunters Convention! Join Ed, Scott, Mike "Tattoo" Krausert, and keynote speaker Cydney Neil (producer of the legendary Rocky Point Haunted House) for a full weekend of seminars, haunt tours, and much more! www.westcoasthauntersconvention.com

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Nuns n Vines

The gang's back together! Laura Kelly, Rob Johnston, Margee Kerr, and Scott Simmons hang out and talk about recent adventures involving New York City, gothic burlesque, claymation, singing nuns, and bathtubs filled with french fries.

Plus, an extended conversation about marketing on social media, new tools for creativity, and Rob's bone-breaking commitment to the new VINE app.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:59pm EST

Macabre Noir - Burlesque, Body Modification, and Horror Art

Pittsburgh's Macabre Noir is a body modification sideshow performer, burlesque dancer, and creator of neo-Victorian horror-inspired works of art for “Dr. Morose & Miss Macabre’s House of Oddities."

How does one start walking on glass? Why was she named as 2012's Freak of the Year? And why is Pittsburgh such a fantastic community for artists and "weird kids?" Macabre joins ScareHouse podcast hosts Laura Kelly and Dr. Margee Kerr to talk about her history, her vision, and the upcoming Atrocity Exhibition of fellow dark artists and entertainers.

Experience Morose & Macabre's annual cavalcade of the beautiful and grotesque, brought to life by a cabaret of bizarre entertainers, artists, and artisans. Tickets are on sale now for Morose & Macabre's Atrocity Exhibition 2013: Commedia Dell'Morte : Carnivale - Saturday, May 4th at the Rex Theater.</>

Visit www.moroseandmacabre.com for tickets and more information (note: The Atrocity Exhibition is only intended for an adult audiences. No one under 21 will be admitted).

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:03am EST

Living in one of America's Hippest Cities... Pittsburgh!

Did you know that Pittsburgh has been named as one of the friendliest, hippest, and most affordable cities in America? Ever wonder why?

Annie Clough, the programming and membership development manager of Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP), joins Laura Kelly and Margee Kerr to talk about living in Pittsburgh, the many ways that local young people continue to connect and improve our community, and the growth and future of PUMP!

PUMP makes Pittsburgh a more dynamic and diverse place to live by giving young and young-thinking people a voice and inspiring them to affect change in our community through civic engagement, professional development, recreation, and social networking. Visit www.pump.org for more information.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

Kip Polley and Pale Night Productions

He's created a haunted attraction in Ukraine, floating buildings, and high-tech animations and effects for haunted houses and Halloween events all across the world. Kip Polley, owner of Pale Night Productions, talks with ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons about his decades of innovation and engineering within the haunted attraction industry.

How did a neighborhood haunted house for trick or treaters lead to a career of creating elaborate special effects? How does he feel about the companies that attempt to copy his innovative video effects? And what did it take to create and install an entirely new style of haunted attraction in Eastern Europe?

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:50am EST

One Year Bout With Cancer

Frank Macinsky is a young, healthy, and athletic community leader in Pittsburgh... who was diagnosed with cancer one year ago. This is the story of a guy who was both one of the luckiest and unluckiest 25 year olds in the entire country.

This story has nothing to do with haunted houses, but it has everything to do with friendship, positivity, and a truly life-changing experience. Clowns and zombies are not nearly as scary as chemo and mortality, but this story does have a happy ending.

Frank joins Laura Kelly and Margee Kerr for a look back at his "one year bout with cancer" in this episode of the ScareHouse podcast.

Frank Macinsky is the Director of Marketing for Thread, transforming waste in desperately poor countries into the most innovative products possible. For more information visit www.threadinternational.com.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:37am EST

Giant Monsters and Gore Galore!

Kevin Alvey is the owner of Gore Galore, a company that provides creatures, costumes, and corpses of all shapes and sizes to haunted attractions and theme parks all over the world! He joins ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons for an extended conversation about his creative process, the explosive growth of the industry, and more than 35 years of experience in the haunted house industry.

How did a boyhood love of scary monsters and Edgar Allen Poe lead to one of the world's most recognized suppliers of giant monsters and high impact effects? How does Kevin find the time to stay creative while managing a growing business and staff? And just how did he manage to anger the Bee Gees?

All is revealed in the latest episode of the FREE ScareHouse podcast.

NOTE: We apologize for the audio quality of Scott's microphone - which is a bit over modulated. We're taking steps to correct the issue for future episodes.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:03pm EST

Transworld Haunted House Convention Wrap-Up

ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons first attended the Transworld Halloween & Attractions trade show in 1997, while our Scare Specialist, Dr. Margee Kerr, attended the show for the very first time just last week! So what really happens inside the world's largest trade show for haunted attractions and Halloween events?

Rob Johnston talks to Scott and Margee about their wild experiences amongst hundreds of vendors selling everything from axes to dragons, networking with thousands of fellow haunted house owners, and catching up with cast members from Syfy's hit series FACE OFF!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

Doug Bradley, best known as Pinhead in the Hellraiser Films

Actor Doug Bradley is known by legions of horror fans across the world for his iconic performance as Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series. He is one of only three actors to play the same horror character at least six consecutive times, the others being Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in eight consecutive Nightmare on Elm Street films) and Tobin Bell (Jigsaw in all seven Saw films.)

In this extended and encore edition of our podcast, Doug sits down with ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons for a fun, frank, and fast-moving conversation about horror, acting, and the international legacy of the Hellraiser film series. Doug shares stories from his early years with Clive Barker, offers advice for other actors, and reveals why he left London for a new home in ... well, you'll just need to listen to the podcast.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Legacy of the Living Dead

For this episode of the ScareHouse podcast, we’re paying tribute to the low-budget film that set the groundwork for just about every zombie movie, tv show, comic, or video game released in the last 45 years.... Night of the Living Dead.

ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and Scare Specialist Dr. Margee Kerr examine the lasting impact of the first modern day zombie movie. How did one little movie, shot near Pittsburgh 45 years ago, not only create an entirely new genre of scary movies, but help revolutionize modern horror and independent filmmaking? And how did George Romero and other Pittsburgh filmmakers inspire the creation of ScareHouse?

Check out this week's special episode of the ScareHouse podcast!

And if you live in Pittsburgh, please join us for a celebration of Romero's Living Dead Legacy at the History Center on Friday, February 22 with a rare screening of Night of the Living Dead admission to the museum, cash bar, and the search for Pittsburgh's Best Zombie! Tickets are just $15.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

The Dean Martin of 2013

Why was 2012 such a challenging year for the haunted house industry? What does the future hold for our original online content such as Scare U, YouTube videos, and this podcast? How did time spent working with killer clowns and derby girls lead to a career in broadcasting? And who goes first when entering a revolving door?

It's a weird episode.

ScareHouse podcast Co-Hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly join Creative Director Scott Simmons for a fun and loose conversation about the haunted house industry, building a solid team, and the inevitable musical episode of The ScareHouse Podcast.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:36am EST

Transworld's Halloween and Attraction Show Preview

We're back! Our first new podcast episode of 2013 features Jennifer Braverman, President of Transworld Trade Shows, who joins us to preview this year's massive trade show for the haunted attraction industry!

For the last 17 years, TransWorld’s annual Halloween & Attractions Show featuring the Haunt Show, Holiday and Special Occasion Merchandise has been a “must attend” event in the Halloween & Haunt industries. During these four days in March, thousands of people from the Halloween and Haunt industry will gather to network, generate new ideas and opportunities, purchase state-of-the art effects and costumes, and have a great time!

Jennifer joins hosts Laura Kelly, Rob Johnston, and ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons for a preview of this year's seminars, special events, haunt tours, vendors, and more... including an announcement about a special guest from Syfy's hit series FACE OFF!

Transworld's Halloween and Attractions Show takes place March 7th through the 10th at America's Center in St. Louis. Visit www.haashow.com for more information.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:19am EST

The Last Night of 2012 at Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House

It's the last night of the 2012 season at ScareHouse, and the last 2012 episode of the ScareHouse podcast! Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly take you backstage to hear from the owners, the cast, the crew, and other members of the "ScareHouse Family" in the final moments before opening. It's a bittersweet farewell to the ScareHouse Family, and you're invited to hear all the stories you've haven't heard about this amazing season. Plus, a preview of our annual "Turn Out The Lights" glowstick event.

This is the last bi-weekly episode of our podcast in 2012, but stay subscribed for new episodes next year as our Scream Team prepares for next year's attraction. Did you enjoy the podcast this year? Please leave positive feedback on iTunes!

And remember that you can stay connected to ScareHouse, and go "behind the screams" of our production, all year long on FacebookYouTube and you can also follow Creative Director Scott Simmons on Twitter.

Special thanks to Rob Johnston, Laura Kelly, the cast and crew from our "ScareHouse Family" and all of our fans from all over the world for your continued support! We'll see you again in 2013!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:59pm EST

Haunted House Marketing, Promotion, and Social Media

Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House is making national headlines! Find out why and how the ScareHouse PR team generates so much creative content and media coverage with the latest episode of our FREE podcast.

Rob Johnston joins Laura Kelly, "Scare Specialist" Margee Kerr, Creative Director Scott Simmons, and intern Kayleigh Smith for a fast and fun conversation about our year-round commitment to marketing, multimedia content, customer engagement, public relations, and connecting with fans via social media.

They share stores and secrets about YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the impressive marketing power of putting a guy in a dress....

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

Scare Specialist Dr. Margee Kerr - host of The ScareHouse's SCARE U video series

What is fear? Why are we so scared of clowns, zombies, and creepy dolls? And how did a PHD in Sociology lead to a job as "Scare Specialist" with one of America's Best Haunted Houses?

Dr. Margee Kerr, senior manager at ScareHouse and host of our new SCARE U video series, joins hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly to talk about the science of fear.

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Dr. Margee Kerr, who holds a doctorate degree in sociology, has studied the science of fear for years, and has been sharing her expertise with The ScareHouse since 2008. In the Scare U series, she invites us to go deeper into fear, discovering how our brains and bodies are reacting to the things that scare us.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

The Final Countdown!

It's go time!

ScareHouse opens for business on Friday! Just days before the doors open, podcast hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly take you behind the screams with our design and construction staff.

ScareHouse Creative Direct Scott Simmons and his creative team spend the year coming up with and designing these cutting-edge scares. This year’s guests can expect to find zombies constructing their Primanti’s Bros. sandwich, lovely little dolls turned demonic, and something other than presents under the Christmas tree.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:11am EST

Locked in the Dark at The ScareHouse

Would you like to explore ScareHouse in the dark with no lights on? Our friends Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O'Malley from Pens Tv join podcast co-host Laura Kelly accepted our challenge, and agreed to be locked in the dark at ScareHouse.

Is this a serious and in-depth investigation of paranormal activity? Not exactly. Is it a terrifying journey into absolute horror? Not really. Is it a hilarious record of three ladies laughing, singing, and freaking themselves out? Absolutely.

Want to know more about the history of our nearly 100 year-old building? Check out the "Behind The Scenes" page at scarehouse.com

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:37am EST

Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O'Malley from Pens Tv - Part 1

ScareHouse Podcast Co-Host Laura Kelley shares many passions with her friends Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O'Malley from Pens Tv ... a love of Pittsburgh radio, the Penguins, and late night karaoke...and total hatred of horror, haunted houses, and Hugga Bunches. So why not invite them into The ScareHouse and see what happens?

Rob Johnston talks to Cathy, Katie, and Laura about their friendship, the challenges of working in the male-dominated fields of radio and sports broadcasting, and why they love living in Pittsburgh. It's a fast and fun episode that may or may not feature singing, fart analysis, and tales of "the hockey funk."

And join us next time for Part 2: when Cathy, Katie, and Laura explore ScareHouse in total darkness!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Bonus VIDEO episode: Haunted House Acting with The ScareHouse cast

What's it like to scare thousands of people every night at ScareHouse in Pittsburgh? This short, bonus video episode of our podcast, features veteran cast members from Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House.

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ScareHouse owners Scott and Barb Simmons

In 1990, Scott Simmons met his future wife Barb while working at a volunteer haunted house fundraiser in Pittsburgh... now, along with Scott's dad Wayne, they are the owners of one of America's best known haunted attractions: ScareHouse.

For the first time, Barb and Scott join ScareHouse Podcast Co-Hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly for an extended conversation about two decades of haunted house history. They reveal the stories you haven't heard about the early years of ScareHouse, address the challenges of balancing haunting with "the real world," and reveal how they turned a love of Halloween into a full-time career.

Plus, really embarassing and personal stories that they will probably regret sharing with our international podcast audience!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:18am EST

Sleep No More

What is Sleep No More? It's an interactive and immersive theatrical experience created by British theatre company Punchdrunk, produced within 100,000 square feet of converted warehouse space in Manhattan. It's a self-guided journey through the dark and mysterious secrets of the McKittrick Hotel, in which guests are encouraged to explore an antiquated lunatic asylum, doctor's offices, children's bedrooms, a cemetery, indoor courtyards, shops, a padded cell, a ballroom, taxidermist's menageries, and much more.

It's a dramatic production in which few words are spoken by the performers, and audience members must remain silent and masked at all times. It's primarily the story of Macbeth, but it has also been compared to the works of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick as well as Lost, BioShock, and Disney's Haunted Mansion. It's a voyeuristic journey into the depths of a "1940's noir nightmare."

It's... pretty hard to describe actually.

ScareHouse Sound Designer Glenn "Delirium Dog" Ricci, a frequent guest of the McKittrick Hotel, joins a roundtable of fellow Sleep No More experts for an extended conversation about this innovative and unforgettable production. Plus, actress Careena Melia invites us into the Manderley Bar for a rare conversation about her portrayal of Hecate and her nightly interactions with scores of masked and anonymous audience members.

Visit sleepnomorenyc.com for tickets and more information. For links from this episode, visit Delirium Dog's blog.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:15am EST

Shocktoberfest Haunted Theme Park

Shocktoberfest (located near Reading, Pennsylavnia) is a 30 acre "scream park" featuring an elaborate hayride, multiple haunted attractions, a midway, and much more. It has been named as one of the scariest attractions in America by Travel Channel, Haunted Attraction magazine, and Richard Christy of the Howard Stern show.

Pat Konopelsi, owner of Shocktoberfest and president of The Haunted House Association, joins us for an extended conversation about his 20 year career in the haunted attraction industry. We talk about the challenges of scaring contemporary audiences and find out how a simple Halloween hayride in a picnic grove expanded into one of the country's most elaborate haunted events.

Visit www.shocktoberfest.com to find out more about Pennsylvania's Premier Haunted Scream Park: featuring the Biohazard Hayride, The Unknown, Club Shock, Monster Midway, and the 50,000 square foot Prison of the Dead.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Anthrocon - The World's Largest Furry Convention

This extended episode of our podcast (which was originally recorded and posted in 2012) features a rare and guided tour behind the scenes of Anthrocon, the World's largest Furry convention, which takes place in Pittsburgh every summer.

What is Anthrocon? It is the world's largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters. It is a collection of nearly 5,000 artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. Approximately 20% of attendees don specialized animal costumes, often based on original characters, and enjoy role-playing and interacting with both fellow attendees and bystanders.

So what really happens at Anthrcon? What kind of people are performing underneath all of that fur? And why is Pittsburgh the perfect home for thousands of Furries?

Programming director John "Kuddlepup" Cole takes Katie "Dudders," Margee Kerr, and ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons on a guided tour of the convention and introduces us to multiple attendees, organizers, and surprise guests. He speaks to us about the community, the costumes, and the years of coordination; responds to the misconceptions and criticisms; and even reveals surprising connections between Furries and the haunted attraction industry.

This extended episode of the ScareHouse Podcast is made possible by the generosity and enthusiasm of the Anthrocon community, who continue to raise thousands of dollars for Pittsburgh based charities and businesses. Visit www.anthrocon.org to find out more about their community.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

Zombie Museum at Monroeville Mall

When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth... and probably visit the Zombie Museum at Monroeville Mall.

George A. Romero's epic zombie film, Dawn of the Dead, is arguably the most influential and critically acclaimed zombie movie of all time. The 1978 film is the middle chapter of a trilogy of walking dead films shot in and around the Pittsburgh area from 1968 thourgh 1985 that has contributed to our city's international reputation of "Zombie Capital of The World."

For approximately four months, Pittsburgh's Monroeville Mall was used as the primary filming location for countless scenes of mayhem and gore involving hordes of flesh-eating zombies. Now, nearly 35 years later, two local horror fans have created a year-round tribute to our living dead legacy with Monroeville Zombies: a themed attraction located featuring a museum, gallery, min-golf, a gift shop, and more.

Join us for a private tour of the museum, personal memories from the sets of Romero's films, and exciting news about the upcoming Zombie Crawl at Monroeville Mall taking place on Sunday, June 24.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:22pm EST

Miss Gay Pittsburgh - Ian Trischler

Ian Trischler is a haunt manager at ScareHouse, a veteran drag queen performer, and Miss Gay Pittsburgh 2012. Ian, who performs as "Ann Fu Young," joins us for a fun and frank conversation about Pittsburgh's LGBT community, the secrets and misconceptions from the local drag scene, and the upcoming Pittsburgh Pride Fest.

Plus: a shout out to Sharon Needles, secret methods of hiding leg hair, and the hidden agenda of "The Breakfast Club."

Join us for fun and informative conversations with our designers, cast, and crew - as well as extended interviews with other haunters, Pittsburgh icons, Ghost Hunters, and alternative artists and performers.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

Wisconsin Feargrounds Tim and Anne Marie Gavinski

Former "home haunters" Tim and Anne Marie Gavinski turned their Halloween hobby into one of America's best haunted attractions. Their creation, the Wisconsin Feargrounds, was recently ranked as the #1 "Must See Haunts" in the country by Haunted Attraction Magazine.

So how did an elaborate yard display grow into an enormous annual production with more than 150 employees? How do Tim and Anne Marie create such elaborate haunted attractions with such a limited amount of time for installation, production, and teardown? And what's with the Squeaky Cheese Curds?

"Timmer" and Anne Marie join hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly, and ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons, for a VERY lively and fun episode of the ScareHouse podcast. Please subscribe and THANK YOU for the positive feedback.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:49am EST

A Creepo Carol

ScareHouse has released their first teaser video for our new haunt in 2012: Creepo's Christmas in 3-D! Visit www.youtube.com/thescarehouse to check it out!

Rob Johnston was on the set as our team came together for one of the strangest video projections ever. He gets the inside stories behind the concept for the haunt and the video, the technical challenges of writing and recording "Creep The Halls" with a chorous of singers, and how our team continues to produce such innovative and iconic videos and images.

This Fall, The ScareHouse presents three terrifying haunts for just one price: The Forsaken, Pittsburgh Zombies, and new for 2012: Creepo's Christmas in 3-D! 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:24am EST

ScareHouse Acting with Steve and Tori

Veteran ScareHouse actors Tori Benacquista and Steve LaRussa have portrayed zombies, steampunk warriors, creepy Victorians, and ... a meteorologist?

Steve and Tori join hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly to talk about working inside Pittsburgh's ultimate haunted house, interacting with thousands of local fright fans, and the variety of iconic characters they've portrayed in the haunt and in our videos and commercials. Plus, the secrets of being a good zombie!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

Social Marketing, Advertising, and PR with Jonathan Wander

Jonathan Wander is the Vice President of written communications and social marketing for Z Brand, one of Pittsburgh's newest and most successful design and marketing communications firms. He is an accomplished writer with more than 20 years of experience in advertising and public relations. His career is highlighted by successful campaigns in all media including websites, televison, radio, print, and outdoor for a variety of clients including those in technology, education, industry, retail, and non-profit. Jonathan also contributes regularly to Pittsburgh magazine, is a an active member of Pittsburgh's social media community, and is on the board of directors for Haitian Families First.

Jonathan joins host Rob Johnston and ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons to talk about "old school" PR stunts from Pittsburgh's past, social marketing, viral videos, and the mistakes that many companies make when engaging with customers online. Plus: sugar packets!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:33am EST

Leonard Pickel - Hauntcon Haunted Attraction Convention

Leonard Pickel has amassed a lifetime of Haunted Attraction Design and operational experience, with October seasonal events to year round haunted attractions, museums and dark rides. He has designed over 100 successfully creative events since his first attraction in 1976 and has provided consultation for hundreds more. In 1994, Leonard co-founded Haunted Attraction Magazine, the premier publication for the dark amusement industry, striving to provide information vital to the success of the industry, with in-depth articles on the country’s major attractions.

Leonard joins Rob, Laura, and Scott to talk about his 35+ years of experience in the haunted attraction business and offers a preview of the 2012 HAuNTcon: The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention that's coming to Pittsburgh this May! Visit www.hauntcon.com to find out more about the tours of Pittsburgh haunts and Halloween events, makeup demos, how-to workshops, business seminars, tradeshow floor, and social gatherings. HAuNTcon takes place May 3rd through the 7th, 2012 at the Monroeville Convention Center.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters

Ghost Hunters star Amy Bruni joins us for an extended conversation about the upcoming season of America's #1 paranormal tv show. She talks about Grant Wilson's final episodes, upcoming paranormal investigations, life on the road with the TAPS team, and the upcoming Steel City Paracon in Pittsburgh.

What really happens when the cameras aren't rolling? How did Amy get started as a paranormal investigator? How did she draw the attention of Jason, Grant, and The Atlantic Paranormal Society? What really scares her? And does she still have a crush on Jareth the Goblin King?

It's a fun and often off-topic conversation with our good friend Amy Bruni, a frequent guest of ScareHouse and no stranger to receiving weird questions from podcast hosts Rob Johnston, Laura Kelly, and ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons.

Amy - along with fellow Ghost Hunters stars Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Adam Berry - will soon join other paranormal experts and fans for an intimate paranormal conference at The Renaissance Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa from May 11 through May 13, 2012.

The Steel City Paracon offers a rare chance to spend the weeked socializing, networking, and exploring all manner of strange and unusual phenomenon with the stars of Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Monster Quest. Visit www.steelcityparacon.com for tickets and more information. Less than 200 tickets will be sold!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:49am EST

Steel Advice for The ScareHouse Single Ladies

The ScareHouse podcast has covered some frightening topics lately: zombies, Pittsburgh's paranormal history, and the world's longest haunted house... but now we're talking about something really scary: dating and relationships!

Pittsburgh Post Gazette advice columnist Mary Ann Wellener joins two of "The ScareHouse Single Ladies" for a fast and fun conversation about dating, relationships, and some of the worst pick-up lines we've ever heard. Mary Anne draws upon her experiences as a wife of 39 years, mother of four, grandmother of 10 and decades of negotiating real estate deals with people of all ages and personalities to provide direct, no-nonsense advice to Pittsburgh Post Gazette readers in her Steel Advice column every week.

Need some Steel Advice? Email questions to pgsteeladvice@gmail.com or write to Mary Ann Wellener, Steel Advice Column, c/o Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Follow Mary Ann on Twitter.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:36pm EST

Pittsburgh's Haunted History of Paranormal Activity

Tales of the most haunted house in America. The b-25 ghost bomber that disappeared without a trace. Shadowy figures that roam the abandoned halls of the Old Allegheny Jail. And even "the most important ghost story in history" ... just a hint of Pittsburgh's long and haunted legacy of paranormal activity.

The experts from "Haunted Pittsburgh" join us to share our city's well documented history of hauntings, secrets, and mysteries...including one of the most chilling real-life accounts of paranormal activity you might ever hear. Plus, a preview of the upcoming Steel City Paracon: your chance to Join TAPS team members Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and other expert paranormal investigators for an intimate weekend conference inside the historic Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. This is your chance to socialize, network, and explore all manner of strange and unusual phenomenon with the stars of Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Monster Quest with unique seminars, a walking tour, and social events.

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:24am EST

World's Longest Haunted House

Today we’re bringing you a conversation between ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and fellow haunted house owner Todd James, who is the owner of Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth Texas.

Cutting Edge was originally a 235,000-square-foot meat-packing plant built in 1908. It is also situated in a part of town historically dubbed "hell's half acre", where infamous wild-west gangsters such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Doc Holiday, and Jesse James made history. For several years it was the longest recorded walk-through space of any haunted house, taking 55 minutes to complete – and featured in the Guinness book of world records.

Find out more about Cutting Edge Haunted House at www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Pittsburgh Zombies in Japan

Did you know that Japanese music fans LOVE songs about Pittsburgh's zombie apocalypse? We're kicking off the 2012 season of the ScareHouse podcast with a fun and fast moving conversation about zombies, haunted houses, creepy dolls, and our upcoming paranormal conference with the stars of Ghost Hunters.

Hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly join ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons to talk about our "Walking Dead Apocalypse" music video, a tour through Japan, creepy storytellers, and much more. It's a whole new season of the ScareHouse podcast: taking you behind the screams of one of America's Best Haunted Houses, located in one of the most haunted cities in America.

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

The Last Night of 2011 for Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House

It's the last night of our regular season, and the last 2011 episode of the ScareHouse podcast! On Halloween eve 2011 Host Rob Johnston talked with members of the cast and crew, and Creative Director Scott Simmons, about the amazing season for "Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House." It's a bittersweet farewell to The ScareHouse Family, and you're invited to hear their stories about customers, cupcakes, and ... Chris Brown?

This is the last bi-weekly episode of our podcast, but stay subscribed for new episodes next year as our Scream Team prepares for next year's attraction! Did you enjoy the new format? Please leave positive feedback on iTunes!

Special thanks to Rob Johnston, our Scream Team, our cast, our crew, and our fans for your support! We'll see you again in 2012!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:51am EST

12 Years of Fears - Talking with The ScareHouse Alumni

How did a Halloween hobby grow into one of America's Best Haunted Houses? We've gathered some of the veteran ScareHouse actors from our 1999 and 2003 seasons to reveal the stories and secrets you haven't heard from behind the scenes of Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House. How has the haunt and cast changed? How has working at ScareHouse changed their lives? And what really happened at those crazy wrap parties?  We've brought together some ScareHouse alumni, including two cast members who now work in Hollywood, to talk about the last 12 years of fears.

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:33am EST

Zombies, Ghost Hunters, and Marriage Proposals

ScareHous has once again been ranked as one of America's "Must See" Haunted Houses by Haunted Attraction Magazine - and also one of the country's best haunted houses by Yahoo News, hauntedhousereviews.com, tophaunts.com, and Travel Channel!

The lines are getting longer and the nights are getting longer! Host Rob Johnston checks in with some of the haunt managers, some dancing zombies, "Delirium Dog," and Creative Director Scott Simmons. They talk about their favorite scares, the long days, the Pittsburgh Zombie Fest, our annual visit from our friends from Ghost Hunters, live musical performances inside Delirium 3-D, and a zombie marriage proposal!

Join host Rob Johnston for in-depth discussions with The ScareHouse Scream Team.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Pittsburgh Zombies - Behind the Screams

Pittsburgh Zombies is an ALL-NEW attraction devoted to our city’s living dead legacy as “Zombie Capital of the World.” This new attraction features elaborate recreations and references based on iconic Pittsburgh landmarks, now infested with legions of the walking and hungry dead!

It's one hour before the doors open, and host Rob Johnston takes you right into the madness of opening weekend for ScareHouse 2011! You'll hear from actors, haunted house managers, make-up artists, graphic artists, customers, and more! Plus, hear from the actors behind some of our most iconic characters: Creepo, Miss Molly, Princess Holly, and Delirium! 

Join host Rob Johnston for in-depth discussions with the ScareHouse Scream Team!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:14am EST

Social Media in Pittsburgh

Can social media be used to make the world a better place? Can it not just improve but actually save lives? Host Rob Johnston joins Michelle from BurghBaby.com, Laura Kelly from "Team Tassy," ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons, and ScareHouse Senior Manager Margee Kerr for a fast-moving conversation about twitter, Facebook, and the power of social media and social good.

They talk about social-media driven fundraising efforts such as "Meet Tassy" and our annual "Crazy Scary" (both of which benefit children and young people in need) and reveal how social media continues to grow and thrive in Pittsburgh.

Plus: a preview of Podcamp Pittsburgh, helpful advice for anyone using social media, and inappropriately long hugs!

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:32am EST

Costume Design with Jennifer Rocket and Dejah Harnish

Meet the women who fill one of America's Best Haunted Houses with Dirty Clowns, Lost Souls, Demented Cybergoths, Sexy Steampunks, and the Walking Dead!

Costume Designer Jennifer Rocket, Design Manager Dejah Harnish, and Creative Director Scott Simmons join host Rob Johnston to talk about costumes, clothing, and the hours of creativity and research required to create such a huge cast of unique characters and creatures. How do you create an army of steampunk warrior women? Or a horde or flesh-eating zombies? And what do Lady Gaga and Invader Zim have to do with all this?

Plus, exciting news about the return of one of our most popular and iconic characters

Join host Rob Johnston for in-depth discussions with the ScareHouse Scream Team

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:43pm EST

Haunted House Marketing & Video Production with Creative Director Scott Simmons

The same team of artists and designers that create the sets, characters, and effects for ScareHouse also create the multimedia content and concepts for our website, commercials, print advertising, and online videos. Creative and Marketing Director Scott Simmons joins host Rob Johnston to talk about marketing, video production, and online interaction.  Plus, an update on the new haunt for 2011: Pittsburgh Zombies.

As Creative Director, Scott manages a talented team of artists and producers committed to turning nightmares into reality. He also manages the multimedia content and interaction on www.scarehouse.com and ScareHouse social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The goal with their online presence and social media interactions is to not only sell tickets but also to provide fans with "behind the screams" access to their year-long design and production process.

Join host Rob Johnston for in-depth discussions with the ScareHouse Scream Team!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Sound FX Designer Glenn Ricci aka

How do you create the sounds of a failed exorcism? How about the smoldering ruins of a forsaken church? The angry buzzing of a thousand flies? Or even a full fledged zombie apocalypse? Every year ScareHouse sound effects designer, Glenn Ricci, and vocalist, Ursula Marcum, create and install dozens of custom-designed soundscapes within Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House.

Glenn and Ursula join host Rob Johnston for a discussion about sound design, recording methods, and the secrets to terrifying thousands of customers every Halloween season. Plus, a rare audio tour through portions of The Forsaken haunt - one of three attractions presented by The ScareHouse this October.

<Glenn "Delirium Dog" Ricci has also just released a second cd of music created for and/or inspired by ScareHouse. FEVER BRAIN BATTERY is available now on iTunes!  Look for more information about Glenn's musical contributions in a future episode.

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:15pm EST

Haunted House Managers Margee Kerr and Crystal Rupp

More than 135 employees. Tens of thousands of customers. A full season of screaming, special events, spreadsheets and ... sociology?  The managers of Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House talk about casting, operations, and the secrets of running a professional haunted attraction.

Host Rob Johnston talks with Senior Manager Margee Kerr, House Manager Crystal "BB" Rupp, and Creative Director Scott Simmons about customer service, event production, and the art of the scare ... as well as roller derby, physical stamina, and the role of women and feminism in modern horror and haunted houses.

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:16am EST

Hellraiser star Doug Bradley

Actor Doug Bradley is known by legions of horror fans across the world for his iconic performance as Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series. He is one of only three actors to play the same horror character at least six consecutive times, the others being Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in eight consecutive Nightmare on Elm Street films) and Tobin Bell (Jigsaw in all seven Saw films.)

In this extended edition of our free audio podcast (recorded during the ScareHouse Scare Camp in June 2011) Doug sits down with ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons for a fun, frank, and fast-moving conversation about horror, acting, and the international legacy of the Hellraiser film series. Doug shares stories from his early years with Clive Barker, offers advice for other actors, and reveals why he's about to leave London for a new home in ... well, you'll just need to listen to the podcast.

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:34am EST

Moonlit Matinee Film Festival - Randy Collins

Zombies, muppets, and aliens! Randy Collins, general manager of the historic Oaks Theater in Oakmont talks about the "ScareHouse Moonlit Matinee Film Festival," Pittsburgh's only summer-long, late-night film festival.

The Oaks Theater is a gloriously refurbished, independently owned movie house that regularly offers the best in current, classic, and non-traditional cinema entertainment. Opened originally in 1938, this Pittsburgh landmark now features new and state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:32am EST

Design Managers Christopher Gilgour and Dejah Harnish

What does it take to create "One of America's Best Haunted Houses" every year? A full year of design and production involving concepts, creatures, and costumes as well as set construction, scenic elements, and special effects!

Host Rob Johnston talks with design managers Christopher Gilgour and Dejah Harnish in the latest episode of our FREE podcast.

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:30am EST

Creative Director Scott Simmons

Go behind the screams of one of America's Best Haunted Houses! The new season of the ScareHouse's free podcast starts with an exclusive and extended interview with Creative Director Scott Simmons.

How has the haunted house industry changed in 25 years? How has social media changed the way attractions are designed and promoted? And what's in store this year for ScareHouse? Find out in the fast-moving and free podcast! Join host Rob Johnston for in-depth discussions with the ScareHouse Scream Team!

ScareHouse, Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:35pm EST