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Keeping an Eye on #Halloween, #Haunted Houses, #HomeHaunts, & Everything Scary.
Keeping an Eye on #Halloween, #Haunted Houses, #HomeHaunts, & Everything Scary.

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Hey guys! Check out my new video of my Home Haunt this #Halloween! 

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Finished a new podcast episode of HaunTopic Radio today!

We interview Phillip Crain & Bruce King (creators of The Halloween Experience DVD) about the Haunted Attractions on the DVD, how it's different than other Haunt Compilations, and Why they put their blood & tears into this project. Volume 2 coming out next month!

They are also giving away 2 copies as prizes, so listen on how you can win a FREE COPY of The Halloween Experience Vol.1.

We'll Scare Ya Later!

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In this episode of HaunTopic Radio, we get the crew on from ScareLA and get the scoop on why their Halloween Convention is just wanted Los Angeles needed. Rolling into the second year, all Haunters and Horror junkies can get their fix all in one place! Guest celebrities, Theme Park gurus, Haunted Attraction members, Halloween Vendors, Haunt Education, Parties, and so much more.

Our guests Rick West, Johanna Atilano, Lora Ivanova, and David Markland all work together like a well oiled machine to make ScareLA the greatest Hallowen/Haunt/Horror Convention in California. They also have unique outlooks for the show and each share their personal stories on why they love the dark and scary.
 
AND THEY GIVE ALL LISTENERS OF HAUNTOPIC RADIO 25% OFF YOUR TICKETS BY USING THE CODE: SCARETOPIC (except V.I.P. Tickets)

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Updates for the Midwest Haunters Convention  2014

The Midwest Haunters Convention is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the United States serving haunted attraction industry professionals, home haunters, and enthusiasts. Open to the public the Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC) features a trade show, 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.

We interview Jennifer Braverman, the mastermind behind The Midwest Haunter's Convention,  about how the show has changed for 2014 and what is new since she bought the show a few months ago. Jen doesn't plan to change that many things that the past MHC has brought to the loyal Haunters and she wants your feedback on how the show can be improved. Here is her email address jen@haashow.com. Let her know how your experience was at Midwest Haunter's Convention this year.

We play 3 twisted tunes from Sam Haynes (Halloween & Horror Musician) and include another segment of the Haunter's Toolbox "How To Get Sponsorships for Your Haunt". If you are searching for ways to save more money on your haunted attraction or home haunt this year, then you'll want to here this information.

We also remind you to join the monthly giveaway where you have a chance to win 1 of 6 prizes this month. The prizes are listed below and how to submit your entry.

We'll Scare Ya Later!  Let us know how you enjoyed The Midwest Haunter's Convention!!

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Camping. Haunted House. Haunt Gathering. Make and Takes. A weekend full of scary fun! These are just a few things you might discover on your weekend at the Great Lakes FrightFest in Petersburg, Michigan on May 30-June 1st.

Great Lakes FrightFest is an annual haunters get-together for home and pro haunters alike. Located at a campground in South East Michigan for the last 14 years. Events include activities such as show and tells, demos, make and takes, a pot luck dinner, raffle and door prizes, and events for the kids.

We interview Kkrazy Kkaren Taylor from the Great Lakes Frightfest and find out that this event isn't any normal Camp-Out. For example, this Haunt Gathering is not open to the public. Just you and other Halloween and Haunted Attraction junkies just like you! It is also a family friendly function which means you can bring the kids with you. There are children activities too! Also, most profits go into helping many charities Karen has set up. Your money is going into supporting great causes and helping others that are not as fortunate. For a complete list of charities make sure to check out their website.

Here are a few of the charities that the Great Lakes FrightFest help every year: Gleaners Food Bank, Monroe Humane Society, Kotumes 4 Kids, Kostumes 4 Kritters, and this years special charity, St. Jude's Children's Cancer research.
 
Great Lakes FrightFest Schedule Summary: (Click here to visit their website)

Thursday
Set Up Camp.
Start on your Haunted House Room

Friday
Breakfast and Lunch "on your own"
Finish campsite assembly
Set Up individual sites
Campfire Social
Dinner provided

Saturday
Haunt Related Demos
Children's activities all day
Pot Luck Dinner
Raffle & Door Prizes
Children's Hayride
Haunter's Against Hunger Haunted House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided

Sunday
Haunt Related Demos
Children's activities throughout the day
Tear Down
Breakfast & Lunch provided

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Check out this video on YouTube:

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Check out this video from the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show 2014! The Dark Zone.

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Haunters: I just added some new online classes to our Haunt Start Up 101 training series. We will continue to update this same page with new LIVE seminars and the recordings of our past webinars for purchasing. (Please bookmark for future reference.)

http://hauntopic.com/start

Lots of great info in there!

Scare ya later...

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In this episode of HaunTopic Radio, we kidnap Doug Anderson from the Halloween and Haunted House supply company Fright Props!

Doug gives his insights on why you need to attend the Transworld Halloween and Attractions Show, what has changed in the haunt industry in the last 10 years, what to expect from Fright Props in the upcoming months, and some ideas to take your Haunt to the next level. We also strap Doug into the electric chair and squeeze some personal information out of him until he confesses.

If you have ordered anything online for your Haunted House, you have probably ran into Fright Props along the way. FrightProps.com has everything you need to pimp out your Home Haunt or add those extra details to your existing Haunted Attraction. From pneumatics to flame resistant materials. Fogs and scents. Masks and weapons. And a whole lot more! Doug has been selling and building high quality fright props since 2003 and his passion shows through in this personal audio interview.

Also, if you need direction or advice on how to get started in building your own props then the Fright Props Catalog can't be overlooked. It is filled with easy-to-understand photos and diagrams to get you started. You can even find great information on the Fright Props website or view the online catalog. These resources are overloaded with scary goodness!

If you are attending the Transworld Halloween and Attractions show this year then you need to stop by the Fright Props Booth #323 and check out what Doug has to offer. He has added new items to the 'cash and carry' product line this year so you better bring a BIG truck!
 
Haunt Topics in This Episode
The Fright Props Website
How-To Build It (Easy Instructions)
Fright Props on Facebook
View the Fright Props Online Catalog

Hope to see you at Transworld!!
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