About the Show
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, and many other national media outlets.
ScareHouse is located inside a historic and notoriously haunted building in Etna, best known as the Elks Lodge 932 (one of the largest and most active Elks chapters in the country.) Many locals and Elks members, as well as most of our crew members, have experienced multiple encounters with strange sights and sounds over the years.
Episode 118: Members of 501st Garrison Carida Star Wars Troop
June 23rd, 2017
52 mins 10 secs
501st, Dark Side, Dudders, Garrison Carida, Haunt, Haunted House, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, New Hope, Rebel Legion, Return of the Jedi, Scare House, ScareHouse, ScareHouse Scott, Scott Simmons, Star Wars, The ScareHouse, empire strikes back, nerds, pittsburgh, podcast, rebels
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 drew them to the group, their first Star Wars experience, and why Scott never saw the original Star Wars (New Hope) movie in theaters.
Episode 117: Allen and Shannon Hopps
June 14th, 2017
1 hr 27 mins
Allen Hopps, Dark Hour, Dudders, Haunt, Haunt Dawgs, Haunted House, Haunters Hangout, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, Plano, Props, Scare House, ScareHouse, ScareHouse Scott, Scott Simmons, Shannon Hopps, Stiltbeast Studios, The ScareHouse, pittsburgh, podcast, texas
Allen Hopps is the "Forrest Gump of the Haunted Attraction Industry" having contributed to several of America's iconic haunted attractions over the last 20 years. Days after high school graduation he drove a moped from Baltimore to Orlando to perform as an actor in a haunted house, and he's never regretted it for a moment since. Allen and his wife Shannon join ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and ScareHouse actress Jennifer Dallas for an inspiring and entertaining look back at the early days of the haunted attraction industry and a look forward to the new era of highly themed and immersive experiences.
Episode 116: Throwback to Jerry from Creepy Collection at 2015 Midwest Haunters Convention
June 5th, 2017
1 hr 3 mins
Creepy, Creepy Collection, Demons, Dolls, Dudders, Haunt, Haunted House, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, Midwest Haunters Convention, Props, Puppets, Scare House, ScareHouse, ScareHouse Scott, Scott Simmons, The ScareHouse, Zombie, clowns, pittsburgh, podcast
Throwing it back to the 2015 Midwest Haunters Convention. Our former Director of Operations Crystal caught up with Jerry Dalessandro from Creepy Collection on the show floor.
Episode 115: Zombie Army, Naked and Scared, and Pushing Haunted House Boundaries
May 29th, 2017
1 hr 43 mins
Dudders, Haunt, Haunted House, Haunted House Safety, Haunters, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, Naked and Scared, Rites of Passage, Scare House, ScareHouse, ScareHouse Scott, Scott Simmons, Shocktoberfest, The ScareHouse, Zombie Army, Zombies, pittsburgh, podcast
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 attractions.
Episode 114: Glenn and Ursula from Submersive Productions
May 22nd, 2017
1 hr 32 mins
Dudders, Haunt, Haunted House, Immersive, Immersive Theater, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, Punchdrunk, Scare House, ScareHouse, ScareHouse Scott, Scott Simmons, Sleep No More, Submersive Productions, The ScareHouse, Then She Fell, baltimore, pittsburgh, podcast, theater
Creative Director Scott Simmons travels to Baltimore to catch up with former ScareHouse audio masters Glenn Ricci and Ursula Marcum from Submersive Productions to talk about immersive theater.
Episode 113: 3 Rivers Comicon With Todd and Jon from New Dimension Comics
May 15th, 2017
48 mins 8 secs
DC, Dudders, Haunt, Haunted House, Horror Comics, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, New Dimension Comics, Scare House, ScareHouse, ScareHouse Scott, Scott Simmons, The ScareHouse, comic books, horror, marvel, pittsburgh, podcast
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 industry, pushing your ventures, and 3 Rivers Comicon.
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
1 hr 1 min
Atrocity, Dudders, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, Macabre, Scare House, ScareHouse, Sideshow, The ScareHouse, Theatre of Cruelty, art, coffee, pittsburgh, theater, weird
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 Macabre’s living room. They talk about the creative process, theater theory, and Atrocity Exhibition IX: Inferno.
Episode 111: Over Caffeinated Chat with Rob Johnston About Social Media, Adapting, and Being Genuine with Your Audience
April 28th, 2017
56 mins 28 secs
Creativity, Dudders, Genuine, Haunt, Haunted House, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, Letting Go, Rob Johnston, Scare House, ScareHouse, ScareHouse Scott, Scott Simmons, Simpsons, Social Media, Strip District, The ScareHouse, Vine, Zombie, audience, coffee, humor, pittsburgh, podcast, the simpsons
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 importance of being genuine with your audience.
Episode 110: Exploring the Pittsburgh Burlesque Scene with Boom Boom Bridgette, Moon, & Thea Biss
April 21st, 2017
1 hr 1 min
Boom Boom Bang, Boom Boom Bang Photography, Boom Boom Bridgette, Burlesque, Dudders, Femme Fatale, Haunt, Hula-Hooping, Katie Dudas, Katie Dudders, Kitten, Master of Tassels, Moon, Pin Up, Pin Up Perfection Productions, Pinup, Scare House, ScareHouse, ScareHouse Scott, Scott Simmons, The ScareHouse, Thea Biss, performance, pittsburgh, podcast
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 to performing, and how burlesque is all about loving yourself and your body.
Episode 109: Bricolage Production Company, Enter the Imaginarium, & Immersive Theater
April 11th, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" sat down with Tami Dixon, Jeffrey Carpenter, and Rod Schwartz from Bricolage Production Company. Bricolage works to remove the fourth wall to differentiate themselves from traditional theater productions and...
Episode 108: Interview with John Eslich: Roadtrip to Factory of Terror in Canton
March 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
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 scare on in the offseason,...
Episode 107: Nino is Promoted to Operations Manager so Let's do a Throwback to his First Podcast
February 22nd, 2017 | 46 mins 34 secs
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 when he was our Tech Manager. Nino and Pnuematics Assistant/Actor Maryane Kimbler are...
Episode 106: Recap of Valentine's Day in The Basement with Costume Manager & Designer Madison and Design Manager Nicole
February 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
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 Director Scott Simmons, Katie "Dudders", Costume Manager & Designer Madison, and Design Manager...
Episode 105: Pittsburgh's "Podfather" Michael Sorg Talks About his Podcast Evolution, Creating Your own Space Online, and Niche Entertainment
February 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 2 mins
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 weekly shows discussing pro-wrestling, technology, and awesome things happening in and around Pittsburgh....
Episode 104: The Basement, Studio Wrestling, and Bad Sports Analogies: A Chat with ScareHouse Veteran Christine Mancini
February 1st, 2017 | 56 mins 25 secs
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 remember long after they leave....