The ScareHouse Podcast: One of America’s Best Haunted Houses (society & culture)
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
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.

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: 11:07am EDT

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

 

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: 12:00pm 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

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.

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: 10:00am 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

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!

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: 10:33am 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

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

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: 11:43pm EDT