Designing Knotts Scary Farm with Jon Cooke (and a Transworld Show Update)

Posted 10 Mar 2015 in PODCASTS
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:39 — 49.1MB) Designing and building a Haunted Attraction is challenging. So how does one manage “160 Acres of Horror”?? Jonathan Cooke, one of the masterminds at Knotts Scary Farm, joins us in this episode of HaunTopic Radio and shares some of his creativity and ideas for operating such a huge event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Every year Knott’s turns their entire amusement park into darkly themed scare attractions. (Yes…that means tearing down and setting up each year. 160 acres!) Knotts Scary Farm, aka Halloween Haunt, started back in 1973 as a 3 day attraction and now has become a very popular month long event. One not...

[Free Training] 13 Fears of a Haunt Owner: Survival Tips from Haunted Attraction Owners

Posted 01 Feb 2015 in PODCASTS
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:17:33 — 106.5MB) Is the fear of owning and operating your own Haunted House holding you back? What do you really need to know before you go into the Haunted Attraction Business? These survival tips from professional haunt owners will help take some of the fear out of your mind. At least you will feel that you are not alone. I combine my experience as a Haunt Owner and my survey results of over 500 Haunt Owners in this online training seminar.     Here are the ’13 Fears’ I discuss in this podcast: Motivation to...

HAuNTcon and Other Haunt Conventions You Need To Attend in 2015

Posted 07 Jan 2015 in PODCASTS
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:02 — 50.8MB) It’s that time again. Time for Halloween trade shows, Haunted House Conventions, Haunted House Tours, Meet-ups, and lots of parties! Here to start the beginning of Haunt conventions and shows is HAuNTcon: Haunted Attraction National Trade Show and Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Feb.6 through Feb.10. We will have more coverage for you on more shows throughout the year so make sure you get on our email list to stay informed. Subscribe for free here. What is HAuNTcon? HAuNTcon is an acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, an expo and convention “Designed by Haunters, for Haunters” of every age and level of experience. HAuNTcon...

Marketing & Building Fearfest Haunted House with Owner Greg Allen

Posted 13 Dec 2014 in PODCASTS
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:16:48 — 105.5MB) As a seasoned Haunt Owner or a first time Haunt Manager, you know that it is difficult to increase attendance each season and also save money on marketing. What if there was a way to do both at the same time? Greg Allen, owner of Fearfest Haunted House in Columbia-MO, meets us in the dungeon for some secret tips and tactics to get more with your marketing dollar. He also shares the struggles he went through those first years as a new Haunt Owner. After 11 years of managing Fearfest, he is still fine tuning his skills but has learned a lot from experimentation and some failures along...

Creating ‘Wasted: A Stoner Zombie Comedy’ with Steve Kasan

Posted 30 Nov 2014 in PODCASTS
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:10 — 52.4MB) In this episode of HaunTopic Radio, we discuss the making of ‘Wasted’ with Steve Kasan, actor and producer, and the journey the crew has been on as they try to make this TV Show a reality. Ideas to concept. Acting while working a day job. Film competitions. Producing on a budget. Marketing a Zombie comedy to the masses. And how to survive it all! Steve also gives you some tips on How To Produce Your Own Horror Movie, His Favorite Zombie Movies, & How To Mix Horror with Comedy.   The world is a big waste according to four friends who spend most of their time discussing zombies...

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