by Linda Johnson Tomsho [Linda Johnson Tomsho]
On October 22, 2015 episode of After Hours AM-America’s Most Haunted radio show at 9pE/8pC with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen we focus on the haunted attraction industry with special guests Patrick Konopelski of Shocktoberfest and past president of the Haunted Attraction Association, and Jennifer Braverman of TransWorld Trade Shows. In the first hour of the show we talk paranormal news from @amhaunted, then delve into orbs and paranormal evidence with Mike Gams and Kirsten Klang of Iron Range Paranormal Researchers.
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Patrick Konopelski was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania and in 1991 he started his first haunted hayride called Maniac Mountain. Three years later he created Field of Screams Haunted Hayride located on one of his picnic groves. Wanting to create a larger event, he expanded and changed the events’ name to Shocktoberfest. Patrick has also designed and built Zombie World, an interactive laser shooting haunted dark ride that was located on the board walk in Wildwood, New Jersey.
He created and organized the Oscares, the industry’s first ever awards banquet. In 2012, Patrick took the helm of the new Haunted Attraction Association (HAA) as President. In 2013 Shocktoberfest in Reading, Pa., Patrick is revolutionized the haunted attraction experience. Inspired by the Discovery Channel hit show “Naked and Afraid,” patrons at Shocktoberfest can experience The Unknown Haunted House with zero protection through the “Almost” Naked and Scared Challenge. Visitors can now explore a new level of fear and choose to go through the house with nothing but their underwear. Patrick is also the owner and creator of The Zombie Mud Run is a Post-Apocalyptic 5K Obstacle Mud Run teeming with Zombies infected with the living dead virus.
Shocktoberfest features some of the most amazing and unique haunted experiences in the industry such as the Prison of the Dead, a horrifying 50,000-sq.-ft. indoor and outdoor condemned prison compound; The Zombie Revenge Haunted Hayride including the Zombie Paintball Hayride where you shoot real Zombies, The Unknown 2.0 phobia haunted house, which uses cinematic 3D effects; Club Shock, a haunted night club for Private Parties, The Zombie Experience where you are transformed into a Zombie, The Zombie Night Run where you run for your life from the blood thirty Zombies, and the “Almost” Naked and Scared Challenge where you go through a haunted house in nothing but your underwear offering almost zero protection.
TransWorld’s Trade produces four shows for the Halloween and Attraction Industry. The annual Halloween & Attractions show is a business-to-business show that has helped create the market place for the haunted house industry. Each year the industry gathers to network, to get new ideas and purchase products. This show is a MUST ATTEND event if you are thinking about opening or currently operate a Haunted House, Corn Maze, Farm, Pumpkin Patch, Paint Ball Field, Family Fun Center, Amusement Park, Zoo, Aquarium, Halloween Retail Store or anything Halloween related.
They also produce two Halloween conventions, Midwest Haunters Convention and Halloween Extreme. If you love Halloween these two shows offer everything for the Halloween enthusiast: seminars, parties, trade show floor and celebrities , contests and much more. The Legendary Haunt tour is an event they produce in Novemeber, right after the Halloween season. Every year they tour a different city to see haunted houses that will give our attendees VIP treatment and do behind-the-scenes tours, host after parties and industry round table discussions form Haunted House owners to talk about their season.