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016 - Get Your Haunt Online Today!

October 3rd, 2018

If your haunt isn't online, can't be found by a quick web search, has no Facebook presence, and can't be found on Google Maps, it essentially doesn't exist.

This is a quick "emergency" podcast for any haunters who need to get their haunt online today, for $30 or less!

Step 1 - Create a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/business/products/pages

Step 2 - Create a haunt e-mail and .com web address: https://gsuite.google.com/

Step 3 - Build a free website: https://sites.google.com

or https://www.wix.com/

Step 4 - Link it all together, and forward your .com to your new website

There are multiple platforms for all of these processes, these are just a few I have had great success with.

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015 - Haunt Season Update

September 27th, 2018

Here we are, in the thick of build season for most, and opening week(s) for some! Our haunt is coming along well, but we have been a little sidetracked by a surprise massive renovation and some rainy late summer weather. 

In this episode, we discuss our new camera rig: https://youtu.be/Arg-PuINLW0

The Fright Ideas Escape Room Password Controller: https://youtu.be/xLRmgQYdhNg

The Fright Ideas PicBoo MP3: https://www.frightprops.com/picoboo-mp3.html

Frightprops Air Accumulator: https://www.frightprops.com/air-accumulator-5-gallon.html

100 Days to Terror Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn96JmWaHvcToGMxg-W7uli90gHAZn9l8

For the Aura LED Giveaway, like our facebook page, once we hit 100 likes we will pick one lucky winner! https://www.facebook.com/HauntTechTips

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Haunters BBQ Walkthrough

August 19th, 2018

We had a blast at the Haunters BBQ in Jackson NJ this weekend. 

The Haunters BBQ hosted by the Jersey Devil Experience is a collection of vendors, games, a spooky car show, a band, and plenty of socializing with local Haunters. We had a blast, and hope it becomes an annual event!

http://www.jerseydevilhalloween.com

Check out the event walkthrough video here: https://youtu.be/rAdFeVIlVW4

---Sorry for the blur, it was SO humid out that the camera had condensation in it from being in the air-conditioned car---

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Musical.ly? Tic Tok? Vine?

August 3rd, 2018

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Musicly.ly? Tic Tok? Vine?
Hard to keep up with, sure! 
Great free marketing opportunities semi-similar to Vine? Certainly!
As of today, Vine is long gone, and Tic Tok bought and Merged with Musical.ly
The monthly active audiences of the two, 500 Million and 100 Million, are now a total of 600 Million, which rivals that of Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Pinterest. 
Yes it is a global audience, and there are currently no local options, but it's still fantastic for brand awareness with $0 cost. 

The platform is designed for the creation of creating and sharing short 15-30 second video clips with music, comedic/iconic audio quotes, etc lip synced or danced to. This is a great way to show off your original characters, masks, makeup creations and more!

Details on the Merger: https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/02/musically-tiktok/

User statistics provided by: https://www.statista.com/statistics/272014/global-social-networks-ranked-by-number-of-users/

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100 Days to Terror Vlog

July 24th, 2018

We're excited to announce "100 Days to Terror!", our day by day video vlog of opening a haunt, from committee approval on day 100, to opening night!
Stay Tuned!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn96JmWaHvcToGMxg-W7uli90gHAZn9l8

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Waterproof Electronics Enclosures for Trail Haunts

July 24th, 2018

Here's one for trail haunters, easy and affordable purpose-built weatherproof electronics enclosures!

https://youtu.be/VhC30BBb-5w

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$22 Thrift Shop Speaker Haul!

July 16th, 2018

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If you're not checking your local thrift shops for tech for your show, you're probably spending too much! For $22 we picked up a Proscan 2.1 audio system, 4x 8ohm surround sound speakers, and 2x 8ohm bookshelf speakers, all working, and all quality! We've found that most thrift stores restock just prior to the weekend, so shopping Friday night or early Saturday tends to yield the best results.

https://youtu.be/HXaCFMcGrmM

014 - LED Strip Lights

July 13th, 2018

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LED strip lights are a great low voltage, low current, flexible, and easily installed option for effect, scene, and prop lighting. Strips range from a few inches to 30 foot +, indoor only to waterproof, and different manufacturers offer kits with various voltages and pattern options. 

Recently many custom options have also become affordable and available, including aftermarket connectors to link, split, and even DMX control these light strips.

We have recently reviewed a few kits on our Youtube channel as well:

Sunjoyco Waterproof 16' LED Strip https://youtu.be/sc14YktZVqA

Binzet 32.8' LED Strip https://youtu.be/2elb-Mdpq6E

Aura USB Powered LED Tape (Walmart version) https://youtu.be/OwkrAoKxFmk

  

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Terror Behind The Walls Behind the Scenes Tour @ National Haunters Convention 2018

June 30th, 2018

The 2018 National Haunters Convention featured a behind the scenes tour of Terror Behind the Walls, and portions of historic Eastern State Penitentiary. Being off-season the haunt was under construction and only partially available to tour. The staff and creative team were excellent, hosting a Q&A session, showing how actors work in the space of their scenes, and putting on a great speakeasy and after party.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh9x99tkSmk

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USB powered LED tape lights

June 29th, 2018

Our local Wal-Mart finally restocked their $5 USB led tape lights. Not bad for $5, especially promising for use with a phone charger battery pack for props or costume lighting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwkrAoKxFmk&feature=youtu.be

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