Episode 30

Haunting Events Halloween Special (Podcast)

Overview

In this Halloween themed episode we talk to haunters Sue Rose and Rick Williams, who have run haunted trail events in California and Georgia. Their current attraction, Nightmare Forest Web of Fears, is a haunted walk through Georgia’s historic countryside.

Ranked by Style Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Spots to Celebrate Halloween”. This is a well developed and executed event that attendees rave about.

Sue and Rick share how they were underwhelmed by other haunted events that were overpriced and lacking in creativity and production. With a love of halloween, historical stories and urban legends, they decided to create their own haunting experience.

Sue and Rick share what goes into planning this experience, from inspiration, to practical execution and logistics. Creating a theme, storyline and characters, as well as preparing the property and designing scenes. Auditioning and working with actors to bring their spooky story to life and create a memorable experience for attendees.

Available on iTunes or Spotify

Key Topics:

  • Creating an immersive story
  • Developing characters and managing talent
  • Event safety and insurance
  • Being prepared and adaptable
  • Common challenges
  • Team communication
  • Attendee communication
  • Ticketing, attendee information, event data and reporting
  • Event promotion: including showcasing the experience and production value, making people more comfortable with pre-purchasing tickets.

Event:

Haunted Forrest Web of Fears – Open each Saturday leading up to Halloween (Remaining dates: October 26 and November 2) Tickets on sales now!

Interviewee Information

Sue Rose & Rick Williams

Two former correctional officers who fell in love, discovered they had a mutual love of Halloween and decided to celebrate with a Halloween-themed wedding. After receiving hugely positive feedback from family, friends and neighbors, they decided to turn professional, opening an event to the public the following year. After creating a popular haunted trail attraction in California, Sue and Rick moved to Georgia in 2019 and relaunched their Halloween event there. Rick is a retired Correctional Officer who worked death row at San Quentin with Charles Manson. He is the former owner/manager of a semi-pro football team in California and former commissioner for two semi-pro football leagues. Sue, also a former Correctional Officer. She currently works as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and owner of Lady Rose Fitness. Former staffer/event coordinator for a California Governor, and retired in 2017 from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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