ScareHouse Creative Director and co-owner Scott Simmons has worked within the haunted attraction industry since 1985, when he first started volunteering at local Pittsburgh haunted house fundraisers for various organizations.
Scott manages a talented team of artists, producers, and performers in the year-round process of planning and producing completely unique and original characters and attractions. Scott will reveal just how much Pittsburgh haunted houses have changed over the last 30 years, the weird and wonderful challenges of working at ScareHouse, and what it's like to scare people for a living.
September 28th, 2011 | 27 mins 32 secs
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 landmarks, now infested with legions of the walking and hungry dead!
September 14th, 2011 | 30 mins 42 secs
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 BurghBaby.com, Laura Kelly from "Team Tassy," ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons, and ScareHouse Senior Manager Margee Kerr for a fast-moving conversation about twitter, Facebook, and the power of social media and social good.
August 30th, 2011 | 31 mins 18 secs
Meet the women who fill one of America's Best Haunted Houses with Dirty Clowns, Lost Souls, Demented Cybergoths, Sexy Steampunks, and the Walking Dead!
August 17th, 2011 | 32 mins 43 secs
The same team of artists and designers that create the sets, characters, and effects for ScareHouse also create the multimedia content and concepts for our website, commercials, print advertising, and online videos. Creative and Marketing Director Scott Simmons joins host Rob Johnston to talk about marketing, video production, and online interaction. Plus, an update on the new haunt for 2011: Pittsburgh Zombies.
August 2nd, 2011 | 28 mins 38 secs
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 even a full fledged zombie apocalypse? Every year ScareHouse sound effects designer, Glenn Ricci, and vocalist, Ursula Marcum, create and install dozens of custom-designed soundscapes within Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House.
July 20th, 2011 | 31 mins 30 secs
More than 135 employees. Tens of thousands of customers. A full season of screaming, special events, spreadsheets and ... sociology? The managers of Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House talk about casting, operations, and the secrets of running a professional haunted attraction.
June 8th, 2011 | 29 mins 1 sec
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, and costumes as well as set construction, scenic elements, and special effects!
May 25th, 2011 | 29 mins 42 secs
How has the haunted house industry changed in 25 years? How has social media changed the way attractions are designed and promoted? And what's in store this year for ScareHouse? Find out in the fast-moving and free podcast! Join host Rob Johnston for in-depth discussions with the ScareHouse Scream Team!