234 episodes

Haunt Weekly is a weekly podcast about the haunted attraction industry from the smallest home haunt to the largest event haunt.

Haunt Weekly Jonathan Bailey and Crystal Ramey

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    • 4.7, 9 Ratings

Haunt Weekly is a weekly podcast about the haunted attraction industry from the smallest home haunt to the largest event haunt.

    Haunt Weekly - Episode 234 - Actor Recruitment/Training During COVID-19

    Haunt Weekly - Episode 234 - Actor Recruitment/Training During COVID-19

    Right now is the time of year many haunts are starting to think about actor recruitment, retention and training. It's the time we touch base with our crews, start recruiting replacements and training everyone up.


    However, this year presents a special set of challenges. The days of 100+ person cattle calls are gone for right now and there are LOT of new things you need to think about training. So how do you fix this? Well, we know the man who can help the most: Actor manager/trainer extroidonaire Japes Palles.


    So, this week we sit down with Japes to talk about the challenges of actor management during these unusual times and hopefully get some things to think about as well as some tips and tricks to make your actors more effective.


    This Week's Episode Includes:



    Intro
    Check Out Our New COVID-19 Page
    Remembering Mike Krohn "Car Mike"
    Understandings and Caveats
    Actor Recruiting & Retention
    Preparations for Your Actors
    Actor Training
    Conclusions


    All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!


    Note: This episode as beset by some technical issues caused by low bandwidth. As such, there's some breaking, especialy on our audio. Please be patient with us!
    Special Guest: Japes Palles.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Haunt Weekly - Episode 233 - 10 COVID-Related Things Your Haunt Should Be Doing NOW

    Haunt Weekly - Episode 233 - 10 COVID-Related Things Your Haunt Should Be Doing NOW

    This week's Haunt Weekly begins with something of a programming note. Originally, we had planned to have Japes Palles on to talk about actor recruitment and training while working remotely. However, some severe weather struck his area and he was not able to come on.


    So, we will have that conversation next week, same time, same channel. In the meantime, we wish Japes the best of luck with the cleanout of his basement. Good luck and please be safe!


    So, this week's episode was a bit hurriedly put together but we are talking about an equally important item, namely 10 COVID-19-related things that your haunt should be doing right now.


    Yes, it's only May but no matter when your haunt opens, it will be while COVID-19 is still a thing. So, it's best to start preparing right now and here are just a few places you can start.


    This Week's Episode Includes:



    Intro
    Quarantine Resources
    Question for the Audience
    Intro to the Topic
    Setting Up Virtual Queueing/Timed Ticketing
    Investing in Hand Sanitizer Stations/PPE For Customers
    Eliminating Haunt Contact Points
    Disinfection Plan for Remaining Contact Points
    Rearranging/Reconfiguring Backstage Areas
    Planning on Reducing Actor Count
    Marketing and Merchandising
    New Business Plan
    Writing New Rules for Customers & Actors
    Checking in with Actors
    Conclusions


    All in all, no matter how hastily this episode came together, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!

    • 52 min
    Haunt Weekly - Episode 232 - April/May News

    Haunt Weekly - Episode 232 - April/May News

    As sick as we all are of the phrase "In these uncertain times" there's not much doubt that these are, indeed, uncertain times and that means a lot to keep up on.


    That includes for the haunted attraction industry. Even though our season may not begin in earnest for many months, there's a lot of news that directly impacts us and may alter if we have that season at all.


    So, with that in mind, I promise that, if you get through the bad news this week, we will leave you on a happy note. So get ready as we go through all of the haunt news that's fit to print.


    This Week's Episode Includes:



    Intro
    Quarantine Resources
    Question for the Audience
    Midsummer Scream Cancelled
    Fear Factory in Salt Lake City to Open This Month
    Orlando Leaders Highlight New Potential Rules for Theme Parks
    Knott's Berry Farm Owner Rolls Out Post-COVID Opening Plan
    Rubie's Costume Company Files for Bankruptcy
    Teenagers Caught Breaking Into Haunted House
    Patrick Spikes, Famous Disney Thief, Speaks Out
    Disney Fan Creates Entire Haunted Mansion in Animal Crossing
    Discussing the Audience Question
    Conclusions


    All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!

    • 50 min
    Haunt Weekly - Episode 231 - Overused Haunt Tropes

    Haunt Weekly - Episode 231 - Overused Haunt Tropes

    When you go to more than a dozen haunts in a year, you start to see a lot of the same things come up over and over again. Some of those things are fine, especially when they are used well, but many of them don't add much to the haunt and are just kind of... odd.


    So this week we're taking a look at those things, examining some of the more commonly used tropes in the haunt industry and picking on seven that we see as not just being overused but outright abused.


    So sit back, relax and enjoy as we tackle some of the tropes, including some that we admittedly love.


    This Week's Episode Includes:



    Intro
    Question of the Week
    The Reason for the Topic
    Clowns
    Stereotypical Characters
    Blackout Portions (Especially Mazes)
    Heavy Metal Music
    Two Kinds of Women Roles
    Claustrophobia and Vertigo Tunnels
    Hidden Fees
    Answering the Weekly Question
    Conclusions


    All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!


    PS: Apologies to Ryan Gregor, whom I repeatedly made Irish by calling him Ryan MacGregor for reasons that defy explanation.

    • 49 min
    Haunt Weekly - Episode 230 - Haunting & Chronic Conditions

    Haunt Weekly - Episode 230 - Haunting & Chronic Conditions

    This week on Haunt Weekly, we're taking a look at an issue most haunts will face: How to best help and support actors with chronic conditions.


    To helps with this, we have brought on two amazing haunters, Derek and Shalisa Muehlberger from Scary Train, which is one of the many events held at Kirby Family Farm. Not only do they both have chronic conditions themselves, but their positions mean that they recruit, train and work with other actors that do as well.


    So sit back, relax and enjoy as we spend the hour talking about ways to recruit and keep some great actors...


    This Week's Episode Includes:



    Introduction
    Discussion with Derek and Shalisa About Supporting Actors with Chronic Conditions
    What Actors with Chronic Conditions Can Do To Help Their Haunts
    Conclusions


    All in all, this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
    Special Guests: Derek Muehlberger and Shalisa Muehlberger.

    • 52 min
    Haunt Weekly - Episode 229 - Haunt Jargon

    Haunt Weekly - Episode 229 - Haunt Jargon

    Haunters, just like any profession, have a language and jargon all of our own. But for 228 episodes we've been using a lot of the lingo without making any attempt to actually define what any of it means.


    This week we are fixing that by going through some of the more common terms and expressions used in the haunt industry and among its members


    So, get your jargon hat on as we're opening the book on just some of the key terms haunters (and their customers) use.


    This Week's Episode Includes:



    Intro
    Quarantine Resources for Haunters
    Updates From Our Haunt
    About the Topic
    Haunt Building/Construction Terms
    Haunt Acting & Operation Terms
    Miscellaneous Terms
    Conclusions


    All in all, this is one packed episode that you do NOT want to miss!

    • 53 min

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