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013 - Halloween Show & National Haunters Convention

June 10th, 2018

This episode is a recap with highlights and show floor interviews from the Halloween Show & National Haunters Convention Boardwalk Empire. 

Topics discussed include:

http://halloweenshow.com

https://www.easternstate.org/halloween

http://www.fatherevil.com

https://www.audiozombiesound.com

http://darkforest.com

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Halloween Show & National Haunters Convention Walkthrough

May 25th, 2018

We spent last weekend at the Halloween Show & National Haunters Convention at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City NJ. There was a great variety of vendors and classes, an awesome behind the scenes tour of Terror Behind the Walls, and a murder mystery costume ball. Here is a show-floor walkthrough video taken Friday morning just after the show opened.  

https://youtu.be/rNUqjM-iarA

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Lepy LP-V9S Amplifier Review

May 7th, 2018

The Lepy LP-V9S is the perfect economy amplifier for home haunters or Pro's on a budget. This 12V amp includes an AC power adaptor but could easily be wired to a marine or car battery for trail use. It produces quality sound from either FM radio, SD Card, USB Stick, RCA, or 1/8" input. While it does lack a dedicated bass output, and won't be the loudest amp out there, you can add a line output converter to extract bass signals via RCA for extra punch if needed. Overall, a solid little economy amp for adding ambient sounds or music to scenes in your haunt.

View the full Review Video here on our Youtube Channel:

https://youtu.be/uv0mOSa2RoM

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You can find the amplifier and support our channel by shopping out Amazon affiliate store here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/haunttechtips

012 - DMX Control for Haunts

May 1st, 2018

DMX, aka Digital multiplex, is a very powerful control system for stage lighting and effects. With the Mobile DJ industry embracing this technology, it is now in reach of home and pro haunters both financially, and in scaled-down applications perfect for single scenes or small home haunts. In this episode, we explain what DMX is, how it works, and how it can add infinite flexibility and capabilities to your show. 

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011 - Fire Alarms & Suppression Systems 101

April 8th, 2018

This episode is an awareness level primer on the basics of fire alarm systems, suppression systems, their components, and how not to be ripped off by your alarm company. This is critical to take into consideration while looking for commercial venues.

While the majority of this is tailored toward pro haunters, the key takeaways for home haunters are to include smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your venue if possible, CO detectors only last 5-7 years, and smoke detectors need to be replaced after 10 years. 

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Rear Projection Ghost Effect

April 8th, 2018

This cemetery scene was created using a LED projector and rear projection onto chiffon material.
Everything you need to create the scene yourself can be found on our Amazon associate store:

 

https://www.amazon.com/shop/haunttechtips

 

Video of Scene: https://youtu.be/S9OrW6-U_Uk

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St. Louis Escape & Silo X Behind The Scenes Tour

April 6th, 2018

This video was taken during The Darkness haunted attraction behind the scenes tour at the Haunted Attraction Associations' Transworld 2018.

 

Haunt details can be found at www.scarefest.com

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15-1t8OycO4&t=265s

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The Abyss @ Lemp Brewery Behind the Scenes Tour

April 6th, 2018

This video was taken during the Lemp Brewery haunted attraction behind the scenes tour at the Haunted Attraction Associations' Transworld 2018.

 

Haunt details can be found at www.scarefest.com

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L0RFmlJOos

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Poison Props Booth @ TransWorld 2018

April 4th, 2018

Color us impressed, Poison Props had a huge booth in the Dark Zone of TransWorld with some great affordable and unique animatronics. They really have a unique lifelike movement to them not typical among other animated prop vendors.
http://poisonprops.com

See our booth video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTc2Uw4HhvA

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010 - TransWorld Show Floor 2018

April 2nd, 2018

This Episode was recorded at the Haunted Attraction Associations TransWorld show. For those new to the industry, this is the BIG show of the year for haunt owners and operators. TransWorld is hosted at the Americas Center in St. Louis and is host to nearly 300 vendors catering to the haunted attraction, escape room, and themed entertainment industries. 

 

We spoke with a few vendors of interest, and highlight a few others.

 

Clue Control - Wireless control and automation for your Escape Room
http://www.cluecontrol.com

Haunting FX - Triggers, mechanisms, and animatronics
http://www.hauntingfx.com

LifeApe - Low-cost controllers with simple programming
https://www.lifeape.com

Fear App - Custom augmented reality experience
https://fear-app.com

Fright props - Prop motors with park positions and Picboo AC 120V controller
https://www.frightprops.com/

Dangerously Creative - Controllable lanterns and led flashlights
http://dangerouslycreative.co

CFX - Torque VR experience, top-notch silicone masks
https://www.compositeeffects.com/

Haunted Attraction Association C.H.A.O.S. - Certified haunted attraction operator safety program
https://hauntedattractionassociation.com/events/chaos-safety-program/

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