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
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.

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: 10:30am EDT

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?

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: 11:30am EDT

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!

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: 4:38pm EDT

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 EDT

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.

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: 7:45pm EDT

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!

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: 6:00am EDT

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.

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: 9:33am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.

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: 5:51pm EDT

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).

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: 1:58am EDT

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.

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: 8:35pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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?

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

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 EDT

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.

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: 7:03pm EDT

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!

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: 11:19pm EDT

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.

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: 9:52pm EDT

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.

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: 1:59pm EDT

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.

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: 9:36am EDT

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.

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: 10:19am EDT