This year was a busy one – but we do have haunted attraction review videos for you thanks to our friend Stephen Baker! This is hilarious. Here is the trailer for OniHaunts Season 2:
Man. Everything I do I try to be all like, “YEAH. METAL. SRS ART BZNZZ.” But…it always ends up like, “POSITIVE PARTY FAMILY FUN LETS START A KIDS PROGRAM AND LIGHT THINGS ON FIRE FOR CHARITY BECAUSE I LIKE CHEESE AND DONUTS AS WELL.”
I think I both fail and win at the same time. I don’t know.
This weekend I got to go to the Jefferson Township Haunted House. This event is 2 days only. Today (10/19) is the last day so if you are in NJ you should go and check it out. I got to meet some of the most positive kids who were working here. It was such an honor. I will write up a review ASAP.
My article about “Extreme Haunted Houses” (WARNING: Bloody pic at that link) was picked up by the awesome folks over at Boing Boing and was the top read post of the day.
Then Vincent Price’s grandson shared my Vincent Price meme that I made:
I was on TALK 910 San Francisco talking about…you guessed it…haunted houses. I am going to try and get some audio of that ASAP.
UPDATE: Here’s the link to the interview: https://player.fm/series/gil-gross-16552/gil-gross-10-16-14-hr3
I was also on FOX News Red Eye. Or at least my blog was the quoted expert for the discussion of Extreme Haunted Houses. Thanks to Emile for sending this in. I will try and get a better copy posted up ASAP. Thanks to Greg Gutfield, Andy Levy, and Joanne Nosuchinsky for this opportunity!
This coming week I will taping a segment on at least 1 major news show about haunted houses in New Jersey. I’ll keep you updated.
I also have more reviews coming such as Haunted Scarehouse in Wharton, NJ. Tonight I’ll be going to Brighton Asylum in Passaic, NJ. I need to make a decision on if I can do my run out to the midwest this year without impacting my day job.
Thank you all so much for your support. It’s because of your readership that I am able to continue to elevate haunted attractions in the way that you see on this site. The more fun we have in our world the more that people come together and the more good things happen. I have seen that in every aspect of what I do – whether it be haunted attractions, my family-friendly art and tech festival, or my Doctor Who convention.
When haunt season is over I will be digging deeper into the creative aspect of haunts and looking for stories to share and cool things that you should check out. Don’t forget to bookmark here and check back after November. I will be busy working on (Re)Generation Who Doctor Who Convention in MD and letting you backstage into the odd land that is my adult life, but I will still be bringing the spooky.
Haunt season is here and I am already freaking exhausted. Coffee helps!
This season for me is that time when I get no sleep and make sure that I have bottles of water and energy bars in my car in case I have to skip dinner in order to get to a haunt. If I am lucky and I plan right I can get 2 in in one night. My record is 3 Halloween festivals in one night.
Let me tell you, buddy. After you do 3 Halloween festivals in one night your spine feels like a pack of Cheetos that someone pulled out of a yak’s anus.
Sometimes I ask myself why I put myself through this. The answer is that I simply love this industry so much and it’s not like I can wait until November to go to the haunted houses. I want to see people do well. I want more people to go to haunted attractions because that will mean that there are more haunted attractions for me, too.
So far I’ve been put into a coffin and slid into an oven in a secret room, I’ve eaten a meal in a haunted house, I’ve driven 7.5 hours to experienced a Cursed Europe, I got brutalized on a farm…
…and then there was this guy:
Video of Zeke from Hotel of Horror in Saylorsburg, PA made by Daimon Price.
Then Pennhurst happened which I am writing about very soon.
Not a day goes by that I don’t contemplate how lucky that I am to be able to do this. I am incredibly grateful for it and even more grateful for your readership so that I can continue to elevate the storytelling, craftsmanship, and unsung heroes of this industry and beyond. Please keep sharing my blog and reviews. We are doing amazing but everything helps this get bigger and better!
If you have something I should review or have a story that should be told email me via the link on the top bar – or pitch a guest post!
Proof that I have a “Haunts” calendar right next to my “Uterus” calendar: