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Pittsburgh's family-owned ScareHouse has become nationally recognized as one of America’s best Halloween Haunted Attractions by ABC news, Travel Channel and iconic horror director Guillermo del Toro. It has also been featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, USA TODAY, CBS News,… read more

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Episode 135: Into the Dark Terror Vault in San Francisco

April 20th, 2019

  • Dudders catches up with former ScareHouse Director of Operations, Crystal Wright, at Transworld in St. Louis.
  • Into the Dark production company …

Episode 134: Design Manager Nicole & Operations Manager Nino Discuss Spreadsheets & Show Flow

February 8th, 2019


Dudders sits down with her haunt siblings, Design Manager Nicole and Operations Manager Nino, to discuss spreadsheets, show flow documents, …

Episode 133: 2018 ScareHouse Season Recap with Scott Simmons, Katie “Dudders”, and Nino Balistrieri

December 20th, 2018


Scott, Nino, and Dudders look back on the craziness that was the 2018 ScareHouse season. From creating a zombie themed pop up bar, appearing all over the season, and super fun season, this has been an amazing haunt …

Episode 132: Molly and Travis from Row House Cinema

October 16th, 2018



  • Row House Cinema is an independent, single screen theater in Lawrenceville.
  • The basement houses Bierport, a bar with retro video games.

Episode 131: Jordan Patton Talks FaceOff and DeadNecks

July 20th, 2018


Jordan Patton, a competitor from Syfy’s FaceOff, sits down with Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” Dudas to discuss FaceOff, his early beginnings at …

Episode 130: Pittsburgh Movie Behind the Scenes Legend Steve Parys

April 5th, 2018


Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" chat with Assistant Director and Pittsburgh native Steve Parys. Steve has worked on television shows and movies filmed in Pittsburgh and around the world including …

Episode 129: Fan Q&A with Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders"

March 29th, 2018


Before Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" left for Transworld, they recorded a live Q&A podcast where they answered fan questions at Sorgatron Media Studios. Fans …

Episode 128: Poison Props Adam Johnston

March 15th, 2018


  • Poison Props has been creating fast, durable haunt house animatronics for 11 years.

  • ScareHouse has at least one Poison Props animatronic in each of their haunts.

  • You must be willing to learn and get feedback from your …
  • Episode 127: Themed Attractions Legend Robbi Lepre

    February 19th, 2018


    Creative Director Scott Simmons introduces Katie "Dudders" to the amazing and inspiring live entertainment shows and events legend, Robbi Lepre. Robbi talks about her almost 40 years of experience in the industry, …

    Episode 126: Basement Managers Tracy and Kevin

    January 19th, 2018


  • Tracy discusses the inspiration behind her character Patti from The Basement 2016.

  • Why the first character you meet from The Basement is the most important one.

  • Tracy and Kevin discuss what it was like going …
  • Episode 125: 2017 ScareHouse Season Recap with Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders”

    December 7th, 2017


    The 2017 ScareHouse season was filled with wild moments that included a German television crew, flugtag, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Star Wars. Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” look back on 2017 and talk …

    Episode 124: Kip Polley Pale Night Productions Returns

    September 27th, 2017


    A few weeks before opening night, Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Beechview to Sorgatron Media Studios to record a …

    Episode 123: Ricky Brigante Founder of Inside the Magic

    September 5th, 2017


    Three weeks away from opening night, Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Beechview to Sorgatron Media Studios to record a long distance podcast with Ricky Brigante from Inside the Magic. …

    Episode 122: Top Horror Movie Picks with Sean Collier

    August 12th, 2017


    Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” head down to The Basement with Sean Collier to talk about their favorite horror movies. Sean’s …

    Episode 121: The Dent Schoolhouse with Bud and Aryn

    July 30th, 2017


    Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit Bud Stross and Aryn Fox from The Dent Schoolhouse. They …

    Episode 120: ScareHouse Actor 001 - Tracy Campbell

    July 14th, 2017


    Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” chat with veteran actress Tracy Campbell. They discuss Scott and Tracy’s shared television news history, what it’s like to have your face all over ScareHouse …

    Episode 119: Nick Paradise, Kennywood’s Director of Public Relations and Social Media

    July 8th, 2017


    Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” head to Kennywood to chat with their Director of Public Relations and Social Media, Nick Paradise. They discuss year round marketing of seasonal businesses, innovating …

    Episode 118: Members of 501st Garrison Carida Star Wars Troop

    June 23rd, 2017


    Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” geek out with Tim Gregg, Dan Beltz, and Greg Ochaba, members of the 501st Garrison Carida over everything Star Wars. They talk about the 501st charity missions, what …

    Episode 117: Allen and Shannon Hopps

    June 14th, 2017


    Allen Hopps is the "Forrest Gump of the Haunted Attraction Industry" having contributed to several of America's iconic haunted attractions over the …

    Episode 116: Throwback to Jerry from Creepy Collection at 2015 Midwest Haunters Convention

    June 5th, 2017


    Throwing it back to the 2015 Midwest Haunters Convention. Our former Director of Operations Crystal caught up with Jerry Dalessandro from Creepy …

    Episode 115: Zombie Army, Naked and Scared, and Pushing Haunted House Boundaries

    May 29th, 2017


    Scott Simmons and Kate "Dudders" Dudas join fellow haunters, hustlers, and provocateurs John Laflamboy (Zombie Army Productions) and Pat Konopelski (Shocktoberfest) for an extended conversation about modern haunted …

    Episode 114: Glenn and Ursula from Submersive Productions

    May 22nd, 2017


    Creative Director Scott Simmons travels to Baltimore to catch up with former ScareHouse audio masters Glenn Ricci and Ursula Marcum from Submersive …

    Episode 113: 3 Rivers Comicon With Todd and Jon from New Dimension Comics

    May 15th, 2017


    Creative Director Scott Simmons catches up with Todd McDevitt and Jon Engel from New Dimensions Comics at Rock Bottom to chat about the comic book …

    Episode 112: Macabre Noir, Aaron Doctor Morose, and The Mad Muse Lori Howsare Discuss Wearing Your Weird on the Outside and Atrocity Exhibition IX

    May 7th, 2017


    The award winning Atrocity Exhibition’s ninth performance will take you to hell. Katie “Dudders” caught up with Macabre Noir, Aaron Doctor Morose, and Lori Howsare “The Mad Muse” at Atrocity’s command center, aka …

    Episode 111: Over Caffeinated Chat with Rob Johnston About Social Media, Adapting, and Being Genuine with Your Audience

    April 28th, 2017


    Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” hang out on a loading dock in Pittsburgh’s Strip District with Rob Johnston to talk about social media and the …

    Episode 110: Exploring the Pittsburgh Burlesque Scene with Boom Boom Bridgette, Moon, & Thea Biss

    April 21st, 2017


    Katie “Dudders” sits down with Pittsburgh Burlesque performers and members of the ScareHouse family, Boom Boom Bridgette, Moon, and Thea Biss. The ladies discuss Pittsburgh’s current burlesque scene, what attracted them …

    Episode 109: Bricolage Production Company, Enter the Imaginarium, & Immersive Theater

    April 11th, 2017


    Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" sat down with Tami Dixon, Jeffrey Carpenter, and Rod Schwartz from Bricolage Production Company. Bricolage works to …

    Episode 108: Interview with John Eslich: Roadtrip to Factory of Terror in Canton

    March 13th, 2017


    Factory of Terror is one of largest indoor haunted houses in the WORLD. Scott and Dudders sit down with owner John Eslich to talk about what it takes to become a Guiness World Record winner, helping customers get their …

    Episode 107: Nino is Promoted to Operations Manager so Let's do a Throwback to his First Podcast

    February 22nd, 2017


    Congratulations to our new Operations Manager Nino Balistrieri! We're going to go back to December 2015 for Nino's first starring role in a podcast …

    Episode 106: Recap of Valentine's Day in The Basement with Costume Manager & Designer Madison and Design Manager Nicole

    February 15th, 2017


    This season's Valentine's Day event in The Basement took customers down the rabbit hole to a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. Creative …

    Episode 105: Pittsburgh's "Podfather" Michael Sorg Talks About his Podcast Evolution, Creating Your own Space Online, and Niche Entertainment

    February 8th, 2017


    Michael Sorg is known as the "Podfather" and has been podcasting in Pittsburgh for over 10 years. He began with a Juggalo podcast and now hosts …

    Episode 104: The Basement, Studio Wrestling, and Bad Sports Analogies: A Chat with ScareHouse Veteran Christine Mancini

    February 1st, 2017


    ScareHouse veteran actress, Christine Mancini, got her first lesson on sarcasm from a nun and her acting chops from studio wrestling. She has a unique voice and large presence that ScareHouse and Basement customers …

    Episode 103: Fog, Snow, and Smell with Chris Markgraf from Froggy's Fog

    January 25th, 2017


    Froggy's Fog provides fog, haze, snow, bubbles, and even smells for haunted houses across the country (and probably the world). The company started …

    Episode 102: Embrace Your Weird: Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews Curators of Planet Weird's Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult

    January 18th, 2017


    Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" and Design Manager Nicole Conniff traveled to Gettysburg, PA for Strange Escapes in December. While …

    Episode 101: Saying Goodbye to our Director of Operations Crystal

    January 11th, 2017


    Our Director of Operations, Crystal, is leaving us for sunny California (and who can blame her right now.) She sat down with Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" to reflect …

    Episode 100: Serpentine: Ayne Terceira from Uncumber Theatrics' Newest Immersive and Alternative Reality Game

    May 18th, 2016


    "Serpentine is a film-noir style Alternate Reality Game that examines a true Pittsburgh cold case. Be prepared to travel to different Pittsburgh …

    Episode 99: Gaming Geeks Dreams Come True: PAPA & ReplayFX in Carnegie, PA

    May 12th, 2016


    Scott and Dudders visit the PAPA (Professional & Amateur Pinball Association) warehouse to chat with Special Events Director of ReplayFX, Fred Cochran. The warehouse contains 506 pinball and 300 video games from the …

    Episode 98: Atrocity Event Preview 2016 with Macabre & Morose: The Infamous Aaron Doctor & Doing Terrible Things in Beautiful Ways

    May 4th, 2016


    "Morose & Macabre's annual cavalcade of the beautiful and bizarre. The Atrocity Exhibition promises to create an immersive theater experience …

    Episode 97: Scenic Artist & Prop Designer Brian Demski

    April 27th, 2016


    Hosts Katie "Dudders" and Scott Simmons interview scenic artist, prop designer, special effects makeup artist, and production designer Brian Demski. His distinct style can be found in some of the biggest haunts in the …

    Episode 96: Valentine's Day in The Basement: Murder Castle

    February 4th, 2016


    Darkness. Obsession. Murder.

    It's time for Valentine's Day in The Basement. This all new production is based on the true story of America's first …

    Episode 95: The Forest: Movie & Facts with Fear Expert Margee Kerr

    January 15th, 2016


    Fear Expert Margee Kerr joins ScareHouse team members Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" Dudas to discuss The Forest and the facts and sociological …

    Episode 94: ScareHouse Tech Experts Nino and Maryanne

    December 29th, 2015


    They are the masterminds that bring Hollywood quality effects to live each and every night of our season, without the benefits of editing or 2nd …

    Episode 93: Krampus Comes To ScareHouse

    November 25th, 2015


    This season the ScareHouse design team partnered with LEGENDARY to create two all-new attractions based on the twisted imagination of Michael Dougherty, the writer/director of the films Trick ‘r Treat and the upcoming …

    Episode 92: A Strange Escape with Amy Bruni

    November 18th, 2015


    The ScareHouse podcast is back! 

    ScareHouse's Kate Dudas and Nicole Conniff return from a weekend of paranormal investigations at Gettysburg with …

    Episode 91: 30 Years of Fears with Ed Gannon

    July 8th, 2015


    Ed Gannon has been in the Haunted house industry for almost 30 years designing, acting and building haunted attractions all over the country!

    As Director of Attractions and Development for Massachusetts' Spooky World, …

    Episode 90: Creepy Collection

    June 15th, 2015


    Looking for zombies? Clowns? Demon dolls?  We got a guy.

    Brookyn born artist, entrepeuneur, and hustler (compliment) Jerry Dalessandro joins …

    Episode 89: Midwest Haunters Convention 2015

    June 7th, 2015


    ScareHouse Director of Operations Crystal Rupp and ScareHouse Sociologist Margee Kerr wrap up this year's Midwest Haunters Convention: the largest …

    Episode 88: Burlesque, Side Show, and Dark Arts - The Atrocity Exhibition!

    May 6th, 2015


    ScareHouse Art Director joins us for a preview of Morose and Macabre's Atrocity Exhibition of dark, twisted and sexy sideshow, cabaret, burlesque, and performance art!

    This annual event, this year held on May 16th at …

    Episode 87: Haunted House Convention 2015

    March 24th, 2015


    It's time to recall and recover our 2015 adventures at the world's largest trade show for the haunted attraction industry!

    ScareHouse scream team members Crystal Rupp, Macabre Noir, and Nino Balistrieri talk about 5 …

    Episode 86: How to Kick Ass

    March 13th, 2015


    How can freelance artists stay successful, creative, and positive in a world full of competition, distraction, and negativity?

    ScareHouse Creative …

    Episode 85: Social Media Marketing 2015

    February 26th, 2015


    No matter what people try to tell or sell you, social media is still the most powerful and effective way to attract customers to your haunted house …

    Episode 84: Director of Operations Crystal Rupp

    February 20th, 2015


    Veteran ScareHouse manager and performer Crystal Rupp joins Creative Director Scott Simmons and Sociologist Margee Kerr to look back at the explosive …

    Episode 83: Plenty of Fish In The Sea

    February 10th, 2015


    We're back! After a lengthy hiatus the podcast team from one of America's Scariest Hallowen Attractions returns for an extended epsiode ... that has …

    Episode 82: Our Legendary Season

    November 19th, 2014


    This week we talk with Kevin, Margee and Scott as they share their experiences about this past season and how successful it was. There were a lot of …

    Episode 81: Skydiving, Juggalos, and all things thrilling

    August 14th, 2014


    This week we check in with Rob, Scott, and Margee as they share adventuers about skydiving, the Gathering of the Juggalos, Vine, and all things chilling and thrilling. Our hosts get deep as they talk about the truth and …

    Episode 80: Talking horror with local author Thomas Sweterlitsch

    July 31st, 2014


    This week the ScareHouse Podcast is back and talking with Thomas Sweterlitsch who just published his first novel with Putnam titled “Tomorrow and Tomorrow.” Tom lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.  He …

    Episode 79: ScareHouse visits AlphaLab Gear

    June 25th, 2014


    On Wednesday, June 18, President Obama hosted the first-ever Makers Faire at the White House. To celebrate this #NationOfMakers, AlphaLab Gear, the hardware and robotics accelerator program of Innovation Works, hosted a …

    Episode 78: ScareHouse Bunny Revealed!

    June 18th, 2014


    It's been the best kept secret for over five years but on this week's ScareHouse Podcast we reveal the man behind the axe, the original ScareHouse …

    Episode 77: Scenic Design with Christopher de Troy

    May 28th, 2014


    This week special guest host Dudders talks with Christopher deTroy who was in town working with Mike “Tattoo” Krausert and the ScareHouse design team. Chris is the creative director for the New York Renaissance Faire and

    Episode 76: Bogota, Fun World, Furries, and Juggalos

    May 7th, 2014


    This week’s ScareHouse podcast features the one and only Katie AKA “Dudders” as a special guest host. We find out all about Margee’s recent trip to …

    Episode 75: Midwest Haunters Convention 2014

    April 30th, 2014


    Ben Armstrong, co-founder of Netherworld Haunted House, and Jennifer Braverman, President of Transworld Trade Shows, join us for an extended preview of the 2014 Midwest Haunters Convention!

    The Midwest Haunters …


    April 23rd, 2014


    This week we talk to Macabre Noir and Lilith Deville from Morose & Macabre's Atrocity Exhibition coming to the Rex Theater on May 17th. Macabre is not only the organizer of Atrocity she is the instructor for The …

    Episode 73: Mollie the Painter

    April 16th, 2014


    This week’s podcast features ScareHouse makeup artist and Customer Service rock star Mollie Stofan. Mollie is a Robert Morris University grad who …

    Episode 72: The Josh and Gab Show!

    April 9th, 2014


    What kind of connections would a singing comedy duo have to a haunted house? More than you might think! This week the ScareHouse Podcast talks to …

    Episode 71: TransWorld Recap and ScareHouse 2014

    April 2nd, 2014


    This week catch up with Rob Johnston, Scott Simmons, and Margee Kerr as they recap all the latest from TransWorld, Japan, and Vine! Scott gives us a recap of TransWorld-AKA the Haunt Show which is the world’s largest …

    Episode 70: Margee's Adventures in Japan

    March 26th, 2014


    Margee Kerr takes us with her on her trip to Japan as she explores thrilling and scary attractions and spaces for her book SCREAM: Adventures in the Upside of Fear. She visits several haunted attractions, amusement …

    Episode 69: Interactive and Immersive Theater

    March 18th, 2014


    Ayne Terceira has worked with ScareHouse for two years as the very first actor in The Basement at ScareHouse and has now developed her own immersive theater and art piece titled “Her Things: An Interactive Estate Sale.” …

    Episode 68: Burners, Artists, and Clowns in the Basement

    March 12th, 2014


    Meet Bonnie Banner, also affectionately known as “Happy the Clown” from The Basement at ScareHouse. Bonnie is an actress, make up artist, and designer with ScareHouse. We talk with Bonnie about her extremely diverse …

    Episode 67: Writer/Comic Sean Collier

    March 5th, 2014


    Sean Collier was described as a "budding media personality" by the Pittsburgh City Paper, and no one - least all of him - seems to know what that …

    Episode 66: ScareHouse Designers Aaron, Allison, and Nicole

    February 26th, 2014


    This week, we're hanging out with three long-time members of the "ScareHouse Family" of artists, designers, and performers.

    Aaron Parkus, Allison …

    Episode 65: Jennifer Rocket and Rachellynn Schoen

    February 19th, 2014


    Get ready to be inspired.

    Pittsburgh seamstress and ScareHouse consultant, Jen Rocket, operates from her sewing studio in Highland Park, east of …

    Episode 64: Kiara's Spring Fling and Online Fundraiser

    February 12th, 2014


    Meet Kiara Hawk. As the Syria Shriners 2013 Poster Child, Kiara has seen her fair share of hardships due to the spina bifida and other health issues …

    Episode 63: The Artist Hustle: Meet Matt Gondek

    February 5th, 2014


    Matt Gondek is a Pittsburgh freelance illustrator and artist. He has worked with a diverse set of clients—from Hot Topic and the Vans Warped Tour to …

    Episode 62: The Scariest Job in Town--Talking with WPXIs Scott Harbaugh

    January 29th, 2014


    Scott Harbaugh, meteorologist for Severe Weather Team 11 and PCNC joins us to talk all things weather, social media, and fear.

    Scott grew up in …

    Episode 60: Looking Back and Forward

    January 15th, 2014


    For the first episode of 2014, the ScareHouse podcast team reveals how each of them became involved with the "ScareHouse Empire," shares secrets and …

    Episode 59: Haunted House Business Advice from the Experts

    December 11th, 2013


    Want to get started in the haunted house business? Looking for low-cost yet high-impact ways to improve your haunt? Want to learn how you can grow …

    Episode 58: The Basement

    December 2nd, 2013


    What is THE BASEMENT at ScareHouse? Here's how described it:

    "The most spectacular attraction this year was the newly-opened, …

    Episode 57: ScareHouse 2013 - Guillermo del Toro and Good Morning America!

    November 25th, 2013


    Annnnnnd we're back!

    After an unexpected hiatus, the ScareHouse Podcast team returns for a fast-paced look back at an amazing season for Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House. Rob Johnston, Laura Kelly, Margee Kerr, and …

    Episode 56: ScareHouse Promo Shoot 2013

    August 15th, 2013


    Annnnd we're back! Sorry about the brief hiatus, but we hope to have new episodes of our podcast back online every week.

    This week: a short sneak peek at this year's promo shoot! The same creative team who creates our …

    Episode 55: Jerry Gergely - Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program

    August 1st, 2013


    Jerry Gergely is a highly regarded special effects artist who has worked on classic genre tv shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Babylon Five - and is the technical director for Tom Savini's Special Make-Up …

    Episode 54: Dent School House

    July 16th, 2013


    Road trip! The ScareHouse design team pays a visit to our friends at The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati - which is ranked as one of the nation's best …

    Episode 53: Great American Water Balloon Fight

    July 10th, 2013


    100,000 water ballons, four teams led by Pittsburgh celebs, and a truly EPIC battle in downtown Pittsburgh to help raise money in the fight against …

    Episode 52: Anthrocon - The World's Largest Furry Convention (encore episode)

    July 2nd, 2013


    Encore episode! This extended episode of our podcast (which was originally recorded and posted in 2012) features a rare and guided tour behind the scenes of Anthrocon, the World's largest Furry convention, which takes …

    Episode 51: ScareHouse Family Picnic

    June 26th, 2013


    Dudders takes you to the annual "ScareHouse Family Picnic" - our annual gathering of veteran cast and crew members every June. In between eating and random attacks with water balloons, our actors and actresses talk …

    Episode 50: Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March

    June 19th, 2013


    ScareHouse is proud to support Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March and PrideFest - presented by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh (their mission is to increase awareness and understanding of and improve the quality of …

    Episode 49: Hoochie, Haunt Shows, and Hanging Aht

    June 12th, 2013


    ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and "Scare Specialist" Dr. Margee Kerr hang out and talk about wild weekends at both The Midwest Haunters Convention and the West Coast Haunters Convention, offer advice to new …

    Episode 48: Cydney Neil and Mike Krausert

    June 5th, 2013


    Cydney Neil is the Producer and Creative Director of the legendary Rocky Point Haunted House, one of the most iconic and successful haunted …

    Episode 47: Terror Behind The Walls - A Massive Haunt in a Haunted Prison

    May 29th, 2013


    Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Now in its 22nd year, Terror Behind the Walls attracts over …

    Episode 46: Midwest Haunters Convention

    May 15th, 2013


    The annual Midwest Haunters Convention, held in Columbus Ohio, is one of the largest Halloween shows of its kind in the US for Haunted Attraction …

    Episode 45: Nightmare Factory and West Coast Haunters Convention

    May 8th, 2013


    Ed Roberts started working at haunted houses in the 1970s, with no idea that he would one day be featured on a national TV show alongside Rob Zombie, …

    Episode 44: Nuns n Vines

    May 2nd, 2013


    The gang's back together! Laura Kelly, Rob Johnston, Margee Kerr, and Scott Simmons hang out and talk about recent adventures involving New York …

    Episode 43: Macabre Noir - Burlesque, Body Modification, and Horror Art

    April 17th, 2013


    Pittsburgh's Macabre Noir is a body modification sideshow performer, burlesque dancer, and creator of neo-Victorian horror-inspired works of art for “Dr. Morose & Miss Macabre’s House of Oddities."

    How does one …

    Episode 42: Living in one of America's Hippest Cities... Pittsburgh!

    April 10th, 2013


    Did you know that Pittsburgh has been named as one of the friendliest, hippest, and most affordable cities in America? Ever wonder why?

    Annie Clough, the programming and membership development manager of Pittsburgh …

    Episode 41: Kip Polley and Pale Night Productions

    April 3rd, 2013


    He's created a haunted attraction in Ukraine, floating buildings, and high-tech animations and effects for haunted houses and Halloween events all …

    Episode 40: One Year Bout With Cancer

    March 28th, 2013


    Frank Macinsky is a young, healthy, and athletic community leader in Pittsburgh... who was diagnosed with cancer one year ago. This is the story of a …

    Episode 39: Giant Monsters and Gore Galore!

    March 21st, 2013


    Kevin Alvey is the owner of Gore Galore, a company that provides creatures, costumes, and corpses of all shapes and sizes to haunted attractions and theme parks all over the world! He joins ScareHouse Creative Director …

    Episode 38: Transworld Haunted House Convention Wrap-Up

    March 14th, 2013


    ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons first attended the Transworld Halloween & Attractions trade show in 1997, while our Scare Specialist, Dr. Margee Kerr, attended the show for the very first time just last …

    Episode 37: Doug Bradley, best known as Pinhead in the Hellraiser Films

    March 5th, 2013


    Actor Doug Bradley is known by legions of horror fans across the world for his iconic performance as Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series. He is one of only three actors to play the same horror character at least six …

    Episode 36: Legacy of the Living Dead

    February 20th, 2013


    For this episode of the ScareHouse podcast, we’re paying tribute to the low-budget film that set the groundwork for just about every zombie movie, tv show, comic, or video game released in the last 45 years.... Night of …

    Episode 35: The Dean Martin of 2013

    February 13th, 2013


    Why was 2012 such a challenging year for the haunted house industry? What does the future hold for our original online content such as Scare U, …

    Episode 34: Transworld's Halloween and Attraction Show Preview

    February 6th, 2013


    We're back! Our first new podcast episode of 2013 features Jennifer Braverman, President of Transworld Trade Shows, who joins us to preview this year's massive trade show for the haunted attraction industry!

    For the …

    Episode 33: The Last Night of 2012 at Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House

    November 14th, 2012


    It's the last night of the 2012 season at ScareHouse, and the last 2012 episode of the ScareHouse podcast! Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly take you backstage to hear from the owners, the cast, the crew, and other members …

    Episode 32: Haunted House Marketing, Promotion, and Social Media

    October 15th, 2012


    Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House is making national headlines! Find out why and how the ScareHouse PR team generates so much creative content and media coverage with the latest episode of our FREE podcast.

    Rob …

    Episode 31: Scare Specialist Dr. Margee Kerr - host of The ScareHouse's SCARE U video series

    October 3rd, 2012


    What is fear? Why are we so scared of clowns, zombies, and creepy dolls? And how did a PHD in Sociology lead to a job as "Scare Specialist" with one …

    Episode 30: The Final Countdown!

    September 20th, 2012


    It's go time!

    ScareHouse opens for business on Friday! Just days before the doors open, podcast hosts Rob Johnston and Laura Kelly take you behind the screams with our design and construction staff.

    ScareHouse …

    Episode 29: Locked in the Dark at The ScareHouse

    September 5th, 2012


    Would you like to explore ScareHouse in the dark with no lights on? Our friends Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O'Malley from Pens Tv join …

    Episode 28: Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O'Malley from Pens Tv - Part 1

    August 22nd, 2012


    ScareHouse Podcast Co-Host Laura Kelley shares many passions with her friends Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Katie O'Malley from Pens Tv ... a love of Pittsburgh radio, the Penguins, and late night karaoke...and total …

    Episode 27: Bonus VIDEO episode: Haunted House Acting with The ScareHouse cast

    August 13th, 2012


    What's it like to scare thousands of people every night at ScareHouse in Pittsburgh? This short, bonus video episode of our podcast, features veteran cast members from Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House.

    Watch more …

    Episode 26: ScareHouse owners Scott and Barb Simmons

    August 8th, 2012


    In 1990, Scott Simmons met his future wife Barb while working at a volunteer haunted house fundraiser in Pittsburgh... now, along with Scott's dad …

    Episode 25: Sleep No More

    July 24th, 2012


    What is Sleep No More? It's an interactive and immersive theatrical experience created by British theatre company Punchdrunk, produced within 100,000 square feet of converted warehouse space in Manhattan. It's a …

    Episode 24: Shocktoberfest Haunted Theme Park

    July 10th, 2012


    Shocktoberfest (located near Reading, Pennsylavnia) is a 30 acre "scream park" featuring an elaborate hayride, multiple haunted attractions, a …

    Episode 23: Anthrocon - The World's Largest Furry Convention

    June 27th, 2012


    This extended episode of our podcast (which was originally recorded and posted in 2012) features a rare and guided tour behind the scenes of Anthrocon, the World's largest Furry convention, which takes place in …

    Episode 22: Zombie Museum at Monroeville Mall

    June 22nd, 2012


    When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth... and probably visit the Zombie Museum at Monroeville Mall.

    George A. Romero's epic zombie film, Dawn of the Dead, is arguably the most influential and …

    Episode 21: Miss Gay Pittsburgh - Ian Trischler

    June 6th, 2012


    Ian Trischler is a haunt manager at ScareHouse, a veteran drag queen performer, and Miss Gay Pittsburgh 2012. Ian, who performs as "Ann Fu Young," joins us for a fun and frank conversation about Pittsburgh's LGBT …

    Episode 20: Wisconsin Feargrounds Tim and Anne Marie Gavinski

    May 23rd, 2012


    Former "home haunters" Tim and Anne Marie Gavinski turned their Halloween hobby into one of America's best haunted attractions. Their creation, the Wisconsin Feargrounds, was recently ranked as the #1 "Must See Haunts" …

    Episode 19: A Creepo Carol

    May 11th, 2012


    ScareHouse has released their first teaser video for our new haunt in 2012: Creepo's Christmas in 3-D! Visit to check it out!

    Rob Johnston was on the set as our team came together for one …

    Episode 18: ScareHouse Acting with Steve and Tori

    April 27th, 2012


    Veteran ScareHouse actors Tori Benacquista and Steve LaRussa have portrayed zombies, steampunk warriors, creepy Victorians, and ... a meteorologist?

    Episode 17: Social Marketing, Advertising, and PR with Jonathan Wander

    April 18th, 2012


    Jonathan Wander is the Vice President of written communications and social marketing for Z Brand, one of Pittsburgh's newest and most successful …

    Episode 16: Leonard Pickel - Hauntcon Haunted Attraction Convention

    April 5th, 2012


    Leonard Pickel has amassed a lifetime of Haunted Attraction Design and operational experience, with October seasonal events to year round haunted attractions, museums and dark rides. He has designed over 100 …

    Episode 15: Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters

    March 28th, 2012


    Ghost Hunters star Amy Bruni joins us for an extended conversation about the upcoming season of America's #1 paranormal tv show. She talks about Grant Wilson's final episodes, upcoming paranormal investigations, life on …

    Episode 14: Steel Advice for The ScareHouse Single Ladies

    March 21st, 2012


    The ScareHouse podcast has covered some frightening topics lately: zombies, Pittsburgh's paranormal history, and the world's longest haunted house... but now we're talking about something really scary: dating and …

    Episode 13: Pittsburgh's Haunted History of Paranormal Activity

    March 7th, 2012


    Tales of the most haunted house in America. The b-25 ghost bomber that disappeared without a trace. Shadowy figures that roam the abandoned halls of the Old Allegheny Jail. And even "the most important ghost story in …

    Episode 12: World's Longest Haunted House

    February 29th, 2012


    Today we’re bringing you a conversation between ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and fellow haunted house owner Todd James, who is the owner of Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth Texas.

    Cutting Edge was …

    Episode 11: Pittsburgh Zombies in Japan

    February 15th, 2012


    Did you know that Japanese music fans LOVE songs about Pittsburgh's zombie apocalypse? We're kicking off the 2012 season of the ScareHouse podcast with a fun and fast moving conversation about zombies, haunted houses, …

    Episode 10: The Last Night of 2011 for Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House

    November 9th, 2011


    It's the last night of our regular season, and the last 2011 episode of the ScareHouse podcast! On Halloween eve 2011 Host Rob Johnston talked with …

    Episode 9: Zombies, Ghost Hunters, and Marriage Proposals

    October 12th, 2011


    ScareHouse has once again been ranked as one of America's "Must See" Haunted Houses by Haunted Attraction Magazine - and also one of the country's best haunted houses by Yahoo News,, …

    Episode 8: Pittsburgh Zombies - Behind the Screams

    September 28th, 2011


    Pittsburgh Zombies is an ALL-NEW attraction devoted to our city’s living dead legacy as “Zombie Capital of the World.” This new attraction features elaborate recreations and references based on iconic Pittsburgh …

    Episode 7: Social Media in Pittsburgh

    September 14th, 2011


    Can social media be used to make the world a better place? Can it not just improve but actually save lives? Host Rob Johnston joins Michelle from, Laura Kelly from "Team Tassy," ScareHouse Creative …

    Episode 6: Costume Design with Jennifer Rocket and Dejah Harnish

    August 30th, 2011


    Meet the women who fill one of America's Best Haunted Houses with Dirty Clowns, Lost Souls, Demented Cybergoths, Sexy Steampunks, and the Walking …

    Episode 5: Haunted House Marketing & Video Production with Creative Director Scott Simmons

    August 17th, 2011


    The same team of artists and designers that create the sets, characters, and effects for ScareHouse also create the multimedia content and concepts …

    Episode 4: Sound FX Designer Glenn Ricci aka "Delirium Dog"

    August 2nd, 2011


    How do you create the sounds of a failed exorcism? How about the smoldering ruins of a forsaken church? The angry buzzing of a thousand flies? Or …

    Episode 3: Haunted House Managers Margee Kerr and Crystal Rupp

    July 20th, 2011


    More than 135 employees. Tens of thousands of customers. A full season of screaming, special events, spreadsheets and ... sociology? The managers of …

    Episode 2: Design Managers Christopher Gilgour and Dejah Harnish

    June 8th, 2011


    What does it take to create "One of America's Best Haunted Houses" every year? A full year of design and production involving concepts, creatures, …

    Episode 1: #1 Creative Director Scott Simmons

    May 25th, 2011


    Go behind the screams of one of America's Best Haunted Houses! The new season of the ScareHouse's free podcast starts with an exclusive and extended interview with Creative Director Scott Simmons.

    How has the haunted …

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