When I started freelancing in haunted attractions back in the 90’s I was exposed to many different haunts, the ways they were managed, and a wide variety of acting styles from other performers. I absolutely loved it! I just left my home haunt I was at for years where I was running makeup and acting departments. With that stress gone I was free to absorb these new experiences and ideas.
Before I knew it, I was being asked questions and offered seminar spots to share that knowledge. I quickly accepted. See, I was a firm believer (and still am) that knowledge needs to be shared and a haunt is a team effort. A great haunt is more than a team it is a family, but that’s another topic on how to improve your haunted attraction. Unfortunately, my time and ability to travel to many haunts in one season has diminished, but not my desire to teach.
I have decided to get as much information down in essay formats here on the site named after a haunt book, I wrote back in the early 2000’s titled “The Art of Fear: Theories of a Dark Entertainer”.
The goal is to publish two essays a month at least here on the site for everyone to read and hopefully learn from. I’m going to try to keep them in an order starting with basics for those either just starting out or even thinking about working a pro haunt. Comments will be open for the idea of creating a dialog with other haunters to share their thoughts or take on the subject and/or ask questions.
I am by no means an expert. Honestly the improv style of performing in a haunt doesn’t allow anyone to become an expert. It is constantly evolving with new ideas fresh ideas. I am simply putting down in writing my take on the performing side of the industry based on my experiences.
So be sure to check out the site at least weekly for new ideas. My social links are posted on the site as well for you to follow to see new posts. Share them with those in the industry no matter how many years they have been around. Let’s use these essays to great a wellspring of ideas for everyone. If you have questions don’t be afraid to ask. I have loved this industry for over 30 years. It has given me so many memorable experiences and friends so now it is time to give back.