Inside California’s Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival with David Markland

Midsummer Scream is a weekend full of Halloween and Haunted Attractions located in Long Beach, California. Interactive mini-haunts, classes to improve your Haunted House, celebrity guests, special events and parties, and over 225 exhibitors selling their products & services.

 

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In this podcast episode, Darryl Plunkie and Phillip Hernandez chat with David Markland about the purpose of Midsummer Scream and the new things you can expect if you attend. Plus, we dive a little behind David’s background before Midsummer Scream and how he spends Halloween night in California.

Where is Midsummer Scream?

Midsummer scream is located at the Long Beach Convention Center at 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Special hotel rates and tickets can be purchased here at the Midsummer Scream Website. Check out the new classes and celebrity guests too!

 

What’s NEW for Midsummer Scream 2017?

  • Bigger rooms and space for presentations and classes.
  • More expert panelists and presentations by the folks behind Halloween.
  • New topics and workshops to focus on specific challenges you may have.
  • Over 225 unique vendors to take a piece of Halloween home with you.
  • A party on a Haunted SHIP???

 

 

What we would do if we were going to Midsummer Scream?

  • Go through the Hall of Shadows (14 mini-haunts) until they kick us out.
  • Stalk Elvira until she tattoos her name into our skin.
  • Sit, listen, and take numerous notes on every expert panel hosted…even if we have to be in two places at once.
  • Try to contact any real ghost on the Queen Mary.
  • Live-stream the Decayed Brigade Slider Performance!

 

A little about David Markland.

 

We hope you can make it out to Southern California to attend Midsummer Scream one day. And hopefully we can meet you out there! Take advantage of the other great events coming to California within the month of August…listen to the podcast to find out where they are.

 

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Scare Ya Later!

 

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ScareCON: Behind the Scenes of Europe’s Scare Attraction Convention with Michael Bolton

In this podcast episode, we chat with Michael Bolton from ScareCon Europe about what’s new for UK’s only Scare Attraction Convention and the future of the scare attraction industry. Plus ways to improve your Haunt Business.

 

ScareCON is Europe’s ONLY show dedicated to the ever expanding scare attraction industry and is the highlight of the year for attraction owners, designers and scare fans alike. Whether you are looking to expand a commercial attraction, build a home haunt or whether you just want to celebrate the success of others, ScareCON has something for everyone.

This year’s event will be held at the Alton Towers Convention Center and will include a dedicated program of workshops and seminars, the largest ever trade floor, access to one of the park’s scare attractions, the ScareBALL costume party, live entertainment, evening meal and entry to the SCAR awards. Meet, socialize, network and learn from many of the industry’s biggest names.

ScareCON will be held at the Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire in 2017

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More Interviews from the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show (Part 2)

Did you miss the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show this year? Don’t worry. We were there and recorded a bunch of audio with Haunt Owners, Scare Actors, Vendors, and Haunt Marketers…and we unearthed some amazing value for you! And this is just Part TWO. Stay tuned for Part THREE as well.      SUBSCRIBE HERE so you don’t miss the next one.

 

HAA Show-Transworld Halloween Attractions Show

 

Alright Haunters…I’m going to make this a quick post and just include a list and description of WHO we recorded during our trip to the Transworld Haunt, Halloween, and Escape Room Show in St.Louis, MO. (haashow.com) This is Part Two. Go here to listen to part one: http://hauntopic.com/transworld-2017

But first, I must thank my team of media partners once again that help record some great guests and brought a new perspective to these interviews!

Thanks Media partners and other interviewers!

  • Haunted Attractions Network: Phillip Hernandez
  • Gantom Lighting and Controls: Quan Gan
  • Flatline Radio: Tristin Pierce
  • Haunt Collective: Dan Doble
  • Haunt Collective: Kyle Krueger
  • Haunt Collective: Liz Mistele

 

WHO and WHAT is inside this podcast??

  • Haunt House Tour: Finding your target market for your themed event.
  • Fear Worm Haunt-vertising: Advertise your Haunt on SnapChat and other social platforms.
  • Scareview Gradeschool: Great ideas and themes for your Haunted House.
  • Gantom: Using Z-tag to add profit to your Haunt Business.
  • Ticket Leap: Online ticketing for your haunted attraction or home haunt.
  • Allen Hopps/Haunt Dawgs: Scare acting resources and supplies for your haunt actors.
  • Madness Haunted House: Going from Home Haunter to Pro Haunter.
  • Immortal Masks: Silicone masks and accessories for Haunted House Actors.
  • Shadows Haunted House: How to operate a adult themed haunted attraction.
  • Fog It Up: Why it’s important to use the right FOG in your haunt.
  • Poor Man’s Props: Building props for your Haunt or Halloween event.
  • Gantom: The magic and value of Color Piano Lights.

 

A Mini Haunted Attraction Walkthrough (Scare Products)

 

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Inside the West Coast Haunter’s Convention with Jeff and Chris Davis

The West Coast Haunter’s Convention is a Charity Haunt Show with vendors and education located in Portland, Oregon focused around Haunters of all types. Home Haunts, Halloween Fans, Haunted Attractions, Special FX Artists, Scare Actors, and anyone with a spooky side. Ask about the NERF WARS and staying the weekend on the 13TH FLOOR!

 

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Who is on this podcast?

Chris and Jeff Davis of the Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie, Oregon are directors behind the West Coast Haunters Convention (WCHC) and teachers for eager Haunters that are willing to learn. They explain how the WCHC is a unique Haunt/Halloween show that does things a little differently with a more relaxed atmosphere, a kick-ass costume ball, and many other events that encourage meeting other Haunters.

Dan Doble from Haunt Collective asks questions that Phillip Hernandez (Haunted Attractions Network) and I didn’t cover.

 

5 Reasons to go to the West Coast Haunters Convention.

  • It’s for a great cause. The WCHC is a 501(c)3 organization that gives grants to professionals who work with children with hearing impairments and/or autism.
  • It’s affordable. You can get in for one day starting at $40. If you want the all access pass for the entire weekend plus costume ball ticket, daily buffet, Haunt Tour, and T-shirt for just $176.
  • You’ll learn a lot! In person seminars hosted by specialists like Leonard Pickel and Jon Cooke from Knotts Berry Farm. Plus experts from all areas of the Halloween and Haunt Industry.
  • Free Beer. Go to the Meet-and-Creep on Thursday from 6:30 pm-9 pm to meet up with friends and enjoy beer on the house!
  • Stay the weekend on the 13th Floor. Yes…the Doubletree hotel has a 13th Floor. The WCHC reserves the entire 13th floor and has a decoration contest by judging those who wish to participate. There’s also a bar just for this floor.

 

More links and information about the West Coast Haunters Convention:

 

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Interviews from the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show (Part 1)

Did you miss the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show this year? Don’t worry. We were there and recorded a bunch of audio with Haunt Owners, Scare Actors, Vendors, and Haunt Marketers…and we unearthed some amazing value for you! And this is just Part One. Stay tuned for the next one. SUBSCRIBE HERE so you don’t miss the next one.

 

Transworld halloween attractions show-haashow.com

 

Alright Haunters…I’m going to make this a quick post and just include a list and description of WHO we recorded during our trip to the Transworld Haunt, Halloween, and Escape Room Show in St.Louis, MO. (haashow.com)

But first, I must thank my team of media partners that help record some great guests and brought a new perspective to these interviews!

Thanks Media partners and other interviewers!

  • Haunted Attractions Network: Phillip Hernandez
  • Gantom Lighting and Controls: Quan Gan
  • Flatline Radio: Tristin Pierce
  • Dan Doble
  • Kyle Krueger
  • Liz Mistele

 

WHO and WHAT is inside this podcast??

  • Haunt Shirts: Shirts tailored for Haunters
  • Gantom: How Z-Tag and Piano Color Wheel can improve your Haunt
  • Find-a-Haunt: Get more customers to your Attraction or Event
  • Dan’s Haunted House: A unique theme can make your Haunt stand out
  • Haunt on Williams St: Home Haunting Tips and Tricks
  • Crossroads Escape Games: Think outside the box when creating your escape game
  • Hammer Brothers Haunted Circus: A different way to shoot zombies
  • I Love FX Makeup: Innovations in the Special FX world
  • Voice from Hell: Taking care of your acting voice
  • Dare to Scare: An interactive app to entertain your customers
  • Mad Haunter Haunted House: Matching your Marketing with your Throughput
  • VFX Creates: Scare actor controlled props and puppets
  • Venom VFX: Innovations with Haunt Lighting and Controls

 

A peek at Scare Factory Props in the Dark Zone:

 

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Live from Transworlds Halloween & Attractions Show (haashow.com)
Haunt Shirts with Tristin Pierce, Kyle Krueger, and Dan Doble

 

Miss TransWorld? Listen to this podcast episode to hear the latest innovations within the Haunt Industry.