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
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!

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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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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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.

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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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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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 EDT

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 EDT

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: 20 Years of Stories

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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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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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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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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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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Miss Gay Pittsburgh 2012 - 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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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 EDT

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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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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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

World's Longest Haunted House with Todd James of Cutting Edge 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.

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:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

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 EDT