Books and Videos
There are several great books and videos on haunting. Books by Phil Morris,
Tim Harkelroad, Leonard Pickel, Joe Pfieffer, and JB Corn offer the best
information on haunt design. JB Corn and Mike Cruz have good information
on marketing your haunt. The tapes by John Denley of Boneyard Productions
have lots of information on props, scares, and the business side of haunting.
Most of these titles are getting more difficult to obtain from retailers
as some have been out of print for sometime - but they can still be seen
for sale on eBay. If you can get them - they're worth the investment for
the serious haunter.
Note: ScaryGuys does not offer any of
the titles below for sale, well, except for the ScaryGuys DVD.
Here's my favorite list of resources - retail prices are approximate.
||How To Operate A Financially Successful Haunted House
by Phil Morris ($16) Its been re-issued three times, each time Phil
adds and updates the information inside. Everyone I know mentions
this book one time or another. It isn't the newest, but it is one
of the best!
||Complete Haunted House Book By Tim Harkleroad ($30) It shows
many classic and original ideas, room designs, and advertising hints.
This is a great book to own, lots of great stuff!
||The Haunted House Series: The Pickel Theory by
Leonard Pickel. Leonard has three books of scenes and scene ideas.
All can be used in your haunt! If people are waiting a long time in
line, they might not stick around for your show, much less come back.
Leonard covers the methods to "get 'em in, and get 'em out".
He introduces the "Pickel Theory" of haunting and maze design
- which is an invaluable way to keep customers confused and moving!
||Haunted House Handbooks by Shawne Baines ($20) Four booklets
in one covering lots of scares. Don't be put off by its format, there's
a lot of good scenes, scares, hints and tips. Its good!
||The Haunted House Halloween Handbook by Jerry Chavez ($25)
Lots of ideas for props and effects for both home and commerical haunting.
Some very original scenes and scares!
||Give Them A Real Scare This Halloween By Joseph Pfeiffer.
($10) Very well done book that includes lots of info and great cartoons.
Dozens of ideas for scenes, costumes, props and effects for scaring
and entertaining trick or treaters or visitors to your haunt. Leans
more to the home/party haunter, with lots of ideas.
JB Corn's Series:
How To Build A Modular Dark Attraction ($75) Ok, its real expensive,
but there's lots of detailed information on building scares, rooms,
and the entire haunt. Its a great book to own later on... or immediately
if you are wanting to build a commerical haunt. Its seriously filled
with great info on constructing a commercial attraction.
Dark Attraction Management...Marketing ($30) the next book in
JB's series, not as expensive, but has lots of good info on haunts
including room designs, advertising, promotion, etc.. a good value.
Dark Attraction Advanced Designs ($98) a lot of money. A good
continuation of JB's series. Includes some innovative ideas on line
entertainment and construction.
JB Corn CD ROM Contains all
three of JB Corn's Books described above plus all of the designs
and sketches. If you got the bucks, this is the best investment
you can make in JB's books. Not an inexpensive choice, but definitely
worth it for the commerical haunter. More information than you can
Haunted Illusions By Paul Osborne ($55) High end magic
scares. It takes a lot of skill and dollars to build the 37 props
in this book. Includes working drawings. Has an excellent chapter
by Dr. Blood™ on commerical haunting.
50 Frights and More By Steve Biggs and Douglas Erekson
($50) Its a good book, but I wouldnt get it first. He has some silly
licensing agreement he wants you to sign before using the ideas...
Other books are better!
||Ghost Masters By Mark Walker ($30) If you're into the history
of haunting this is a good book. No info on scares or room designs,
though. Includes detailed information about the ghost show entertainers
from the 1920's through the 1960's. Rare illustrations and photographs
show the secrettechniques used by performers to make their fortunes.
||Field Of Screams By Michael M. Cruz ($30) extensive coverage
on the very necessary part of marketing and promotion of your haunt.
A good book to own. Essential to the running of a haunted attraction
as a money making business.
|| Home Haunter's Prop Building Handbook series by
Steve Hickman. In Steve's series, you'll find how-to's of all his
haunt's original props and animations. There's some really great stuff
|| Fun-To-Build: The Spinning Tunnel Illusion by
ScaryGuy Oliver Holler. Here's a book giving you the most straight-forward
method to build your own spinning tunnel. His consice and in-depth
instructions give you the information you'll need to build one of
|| The Do-It-Yourself Haunted House Guide by Michael
Tucker. Mike's haunt experience make this book worth buying and adding
to your collection, especially if you're on a tight budget.
|| The Haunted House Employee Handbook by Rich Hanf.
A handbook for keeping your employees happy as well as doing what
they're suppose to do. It has chapters on what to do when things aren't
going right and your customers aren't being scared. Very informative.
Pneumatics For Haunting by ScaryGuys
- didn't think we'd miss an opportunity to list our DVD, did you?
How To Run A Haunted House Video Series by John Denley ($20 ea)
all four tapes are good. If you can't get all of them, start with #4,
then go backwards...
Halloween, The Happy Haunting Of America by Chuck Williams and
Daniel Roebuck ($20) A very entertaining tape. Some haunting info, with
lots of history and info on masks. Possibly the best production value,
and great entertainment value. A good tape to own.
Castle Blood- The Quest by Gravely and Griselda Macabre ($20)
a great tour of one of the best haunts in the US. Ricky and Karen Dick
are well-known for their detailing and costuming. After seeing this tape,
I wanted to jump in the car and drive straight to their haunt! No how-to
info, but a great tour.
Hotel Lugosi by ScaryGuy Doug Ferguson ($20) Hotel Lugosi is a
window sized display that combines a miniature, fully automated Pepper's
Ghost, Flying Crank Ghost, shuttered black lights, digital sound and more.
Although small, everything here is useful for any haunt. Doug invented
the most unique and imaginative haunting prop I've seen, the Flying Crank
Ghost. Check out Phantasmechanics
Online for more information, then buy this tape! .... Indespensible.
Haunt World The Movie ($25) Probably the best of the Halloween
Productions tapes. Still, the books and several other videos in this list
are better values...
The Parking Lot Haunted House by JB Corn ($20) good overview of
Castle Dragon, JB's haunt near Dallas. A good tape to own.
Dark Attraction Advanced Designs by JB Corn ($20) more info on
JB's haunt. Another good tape to get!
New England's Haunted Houses ($20 ea, vol 1, 2) these are good
tapes to get. John takes you on tours of dozens of haunts in the northeast.
Lots of ideas in these tapes!
Spooky World Video ($10) this is a promotion tape for SpookyWorld,
the largest haunt in the US. They have over 150,000 people tour its haunted
houses and hayrides. For 10 bucks its a deal, just to get an idea how
the 'big boys' do it.
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