halloween

I have a confession to make. As much as I love classic horror movies, Halloween and the showmanship of a good haunt – I’m way too chicken to ever step foot inside of a pro haunt. I worked as a volunteer in one once and I couldn’t even stand walking through the maze to get to my station! Still, I’m fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes of haunts like Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Horror Nights and especially Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary. What makes Dark Harbor so different from the usual theme park attractions is that the haunt happens inside an already spooky, known to be haunted ship. Heck, even this interview was haunted. Listen in while I talk with Dark Harbor producer Charity Hill about what it takes to put on a haunt inside a historical landmark. She even has a few tips for you home haunters, too. Cynthia:  Dark Harbor is a standout among Halloween haunts because it’s staged inside of a vintage ship. You have a natural, spooky, maze‑y environment already built for you. Charity:  We do. One great thing about our creative team is they’re able to use the ship itself, which isRead More →

I could spend all day, every day consuming the cool content I find all over the web. Here are a few of my favorites from July. Lady MacGyver The Paley Center for Media partnered with The National Academy of Engineering to find The Next MacGyver. 12 finalists pitched their ideas for a remake of the iconic series with a female twist.  The winners included a steampunk series called “Ada and the Machine”, a high school dramedy called “SECs (Science and Engineering Clubs)” and a WWII drama called “Riveting” (loosely based on the famed Rosie the Riveter character). You can see all of the winning concepts here: http://thenextmacgyver.com/finalists.html If you were an ice cream, what flavor would you be? Flavorize Me from Talenti Gelato examines the keywords you use in social media to determine what flavor you would be if you were an Italian ice cream treat. I am Chocolate Cream Rambutan Cranberry, which is funny because chocolate and cranberry are two of my favorite flavors. Here’s the science behind the mix: I’m 75% sweet because I use words such as “love” and “playing” on social but “hurt” and “never” led to the tart cranberry flavor. Try it out then comeRead More →