Tomorrow Is Quarantine-o-ween!

If you haven't heard, there's a new holiday for all us Halloween fanatics trying to stay sane during the Coronavirus pandemic. Part Quarantine, part Halloween, it Quarantine-o-ween!

A fun little event for all haunters and Halloween lovers. Something to do to prevent us from going insane...

Decorate for Halloween
Put on a Halloween costume
Take photos
Share Your Photos Online

I'm actually looking forward to this new holiday. And although I will be busy working from home AND trying to play teacher for my son, I am definitely going to do SOMETHING!! And so should you! Let's make this a day of Halloween fun, and don't forget to tag it #quarantineoween!

Check back tomorrow to see what I come up with. And also check out the Highbury Cemetery Instagram page, where I'll be posting up some photos.

Happy Quarantine-o-ween!!!


FrightProps 2020 Catalog Available For FREE!

Okay, haunters. If you're sitting around in quarantine, thinking about new prop ideas for Halloween, I might have something to help you out!

Every year, I keep my copy of the annual FrightProps catalog handy and flip through it until the pages practically fall out. It's one of my go-to resources for inspiration on what is possible for my home haunt display. Plus, it's a huge catalog crammed full of killer props of all shapes and sizes, AND it has a few handy reference guides. It really is an invaluable resource for both home and pro haunters.

And the new 2020 catalog has just dropped, FREE OF CHARGE! Head over to FrightProps and order one before they're gone. Because who knows when you'd have another chance to snag one (unless of course you are ordering something from them!).

And if you aren't into a physical copy, you can also check out a digital version!

Now get to work! Halloween is only 217 days away!!


Cinema Corona #02: Night Of The Demons

It's time for another gem from Cinema Corona, our little online place to gather, hang out, and enjoy some Halloween- and horror-related goodies from across the internet. A place to pass the time as we quarantine and socially distance ourselves in order to stay safe in these crazy times.

Tonight, we're headed back to the demon-possessed late 80s with another smash cult classic!

Night Of The Demons (1988)

Again, reviews for this 80s demon classic are all over, so there's no need for a full review here. It's the classic "bored teenagers break into an abandoned funeral home to party on Halloween night, accidentally awaken demon spirits who then possess the partygoers, and all hell then proceeds to break loose" horror film. But it's soooooo good! And the visual effects are pretty damn awesome, too. 

Look for everybody's favorite scene - Linnea Quigley's game of "hide the lipstick" - and let's not forget my favorite scene, where Angela does her fireplace strippy-demon-possession-under-a-strobe-light dance to the tune of Bauhaus' Stigmata Martyr. And of course, every single scene with ol' Stooge is pure 80s gold.

Equal parts scary and fun, this one is a great time. Enjoy!!

Cinema Corona #01: Black Roses

So here I am in Ohio, three hours before our mandatory stay-at-home order goes into effect. I'm happy to FINALLY be working from home, but I won't lie... I am getting a bit nervous about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luckily, people across the globe are doing things to connect and entertain others in any way they can, creating support networks to help us all get through these crazy times.

These acts are pretty amazing, and I have been inspired to do what I can to add to it. Especially for our little creepy community of haunters, horror fanatics, and Halloween freaks.

So I have decided to open up Cinema Corona, a new feature where I post up the craziest stuff I can find across the internet. A place where you can come enjoy something Halloween- or horror-related, that will take your mind off of things for a while. Some mindless fun in order to turn off your brain for just a bit...

If there's something you'd like to see, hit me up in the comments! Now let's have some fun!

I hope you guys enjoy this!! (And as always, please be smart and stay safe...)

Black Roses (1988)

My god, where to begin with this one? It has been reviewed many, many times over, so I'm not going to go deep with a review of my own. Basically, an unbelievably cheesy 80s heavy metal band (complete with their own Lamborghinis!) decides to play a series of shows in a quiet, nowhere midwestern town to the dislike of the town elders. (Footloose, anyone?) Mayhem ensues as the town's teenagers are slowly possessed, literally, because as it turns out, the band is actually a group of demons trying to recruit their minions. Literal demons. And the only one who can stop this evil, evil plan is the town's Magnum, P.I. look-alike, the high school English teacher!

Enjoy this one with its way-too-catchy 80s metal tracks (the title track, Me Against The World, is a legitimately awesome metal track and is featured at the beginning of the film), incredible 80s hair, an unbelievable scene where a stereo speaker demon eats future Sopranos actor, Vincent Pastore, and the laughably, laughably bad "demon" practical effect sculpts. They are so cartoonish, they look like they were made as a joke.

But even with all of that, this gem earns its cult status because it really is a great, late-80s heavy metal horror flick. Give this one a watch quickly, as I have seen it posted before only to be taken down quickly. Just don't watch it with the little ones, as it has some naughty words and some nakey scenes.

Slayer - "Epidemic"

Bringing a little fun to our quarantine downtime. Please remember to wash your hands and stay safe out there, haunters!

Haunting In The Age Of Corona

So within the past 48 hours, our lives have literally been turned upside down. The Coronavirus pandemic now grips the entire country and has become all anyone talks about.

Transworld has just announced that their annual Halloween & Attractions Show has been postponed. Haunts across the country have cancelled St. Patty's Day-themed events that were have to taken place this weekend. Concerts, sporting events, conventions, conferences and any other large gathering events have been cancelled, postponed or closed. And here in Ohio, all schools across the state have just been ordered closed for the next three weeks.

So what's a haunter to do?

Stop. Take a deep breath and exhale. We'll get through this.

Of course I do not know everyone's individual circumstances as it relates to this new pandemic, but regardless now is not the time to panic. Losing it now only leads to completely unnecessary shortages of toilet paper.

I'm not remotely an optimist, but I'm viewing this one a bit differently. It gives us a chance to hit the reset button. It also gives us a break from the hectic lives we lead, allowing us a rare chance to reprioritize things. Unplug and whittle away at some of the things that upon reflection, we might not truly need.

In these next few weeks, it might be necessary to put all things haunting on a back shelf for a bit. And I think that is okay. Take this time to make sure that you are prepared and informed. And most importantly, check in on friends and family. Because once this crazy outbreak is finally over, we're going to have to step up and support the hell out of our fellow haunters in the industry to make sure we ALL make to it Halloween!

(Actually, you can start right now! Most vendors are running their Transworld show specials online. Get show discounts from the safety and comfort of your home today!)

And in the meantime, please check out the CDC website for information on how to stay informed and prepared to deal with this outbreak. 

Stay safe out there, my haunt family. Let's get through this as quickly as possible, so we can all get back to doing what we love the most!


Daniel Davies Feat. John Carpenter - "Destructive Field"

Oh man, do I LOVE this new track from Daniel Davies. So dark and menacing. And with the addition of bandmate (and Godfather) John Carpenter, I think it's one of their best collaborations to date.

Davies' new release, Signals, drops next week on Sacred Bones Records and I cannot wait to spin this one. If the rest of the tracks are anywhere near as good as this, it's going to be living on my turntable for quite a while...

And if this dark collaboration is a hint of things to come for Carpenter's upcoming Halloween Kills, we are all going to be in for a hell of a treat!


"Cupid's Revenge": A Recap

Well, "pro haunt actor" outing number two is in the books and it was pretty amazing. Last night, I had the chance to guest act at the Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory's "Cupid's Revenge" Valentines haunt.

It was my second time working as a guest actor at the Schoolhouse (an absolute favorite haunt of mine since I was 13), and I think I had more fun this time around. Both times I was a queue line actor, menacing the guests as they stood in the long lines to enter the haunt.

But this time, it was as if a light switch was thrown. As soon as I transformed into my plague doctor character, I was in a completely different, darker mindset. Completely ready to go...

I canvassed the crowds all night long, eliciting a few screams, nervous laughs, and many,  many compliments and photo requests. Everybody was in excellent spirits and it really made for a fun evening. And to top it off, I had the chance to show my stuff for quite a few haunter friends that made it out to enjoy the haunt (some of which came from other highly-regarded pro haunts, so I hope that I represented the Schoolhouse well!).

The night really flew by, and by closing time I was pretty worn down. But I still had a smile on my face. Something about getting into character and working the line comes unexpectedly easy, and very, very fun for me.

I have to thank Dave, Katie, and all my fellow queue line actors for allowing me another chance to come out and play. October is only 8 more months away, and I hope I can come back and do it all again. I have really taken a liking to this new facet of haunting and I hope I can develop it further. Something I had only dreamed of as a young 13-year-old haunt fanatic.

And at the end of the night, I got the chance to do a walkthrough of the haunt. I was REALLY impressed with the updated scenes. John and his crew have transformed the old Schoolhouse and taken it to the next level. If you have never been, or if you haven't been in a while, it's time to put Akron's Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory on your haunt bucket list. It's guaranteed to scare the YELL out of you!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Highbury, The Pro Haunt Actor - Pt. 2!

Here I go again!

Last October, I had the chance to fulfill a lifelong haunter's dream by working as a pro haunt actor at the infamous Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory here in Akron, Ohio. It was only two nights, but I had an absolute blast each night!

I quickly found my haunt groove and the entire experience felt completely natural and quite energizing. After the second night, I was absolutely exhausted, but determined that I would definitely do it all again.

And tomorrow, I get my next chance! I will again be guest acting, this time at the Schoolhouse's "Cupid's Revenge" Valentine-themed haunt. And I can't wait. I guess my first stint was good enough to warrant a call-back to do it again...

So if you're in the Northeast Ohio area with nothing to do on a Saturday night (because you have already fulfilled your Valentine duties on Friday night like I have), get to the Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory. Free chocolate bars! Free commemorative wristbands! A Valentine photo op with your sweetie! And a chance to meet me!! I will again be working as a queue line actor, looking to scare the YELL out of you!

And if this spot is any indication, this weekend's haunt is going to be one hell of a party!! "More dumpster babies!"

Look for me tomorrow night! I hope to have a Valentine-themed costume, but I only have roughly 8 hours to create something cool from this...

Time to get to work...

2020 Starts Today...

So there I was, enjoying another much-needed clean break from all things Halloween. October thoughts had been relegated to the back burner, allowing other life passions to get some much needed attention.

And then it happened.

This past weekend, we were at a neighbor's surprise birthday party having a great time. The neighbor was introducing me to some of his other friends, when out of nowhere he started telling them about my crazy/incredible Halloween display. And a few of the friends became very interested, asking all about it. By the end of the conversation, a few of them were really excited and very intent on coming over to check it out this year...

Ding. Break over. 

Looks like it's time to bring those simmering October thoughts off of the back burner and get it over some high heat right up front. The light switch has been thrown and it's now time to start thinking about Highbury Cemetery, 2020.

Last year turned out to be surprisingly good for our first display in our new location. We really shocked the neighborhood (in a good way) and got the attention of the neighbors.

So it looks like I'll be doing it again this year, and as always, adding a bit more to this year's show. And I can't wait.

In thinking about this all, the new ideas are already starting to flow. There's a lot to organize and plan, and eight months may seem like a long time, but those days will fly by and it won't be long until we're again sitting at October's door.

It's time to jump back in and get things moving. There's a lot to get to in the upcoming months, so let's get the Halloween vibe going again.

And stop back tomorrow, as I'll have a special announcement for all you haunter lovebirds out there!