HAUNT INTERVIEWS

FIELD OF SCREAMS OWNER INTERVIEW 2016



We at Halloween Haunts 365 can not begin to explain how amazing today was for our group. We must start this by giving a HUGE THANK YOU!!!! to Field Of Screams and Jim Schopf for their amazing hospitality today. We can not thank him enough for everything we learned in today's visit.




Today, Field of Screams gave us a behind the scenes tour of their shop, office and Haunt. As we walked into the shop it was like entering what I have only dreamed about. Molds to make horror props everywhere. Different weapon molds, masks everywhere, New projects taking form that you wont see on this site! You will just have to go and support this Haunt and all the long hard hours they put into it. Then From there we went down into the Conference Room.

In the conference room, we asked Jim a series of questions. As it was hard to pay attention 100% sitting at the Coolest table these eyes have ever seen! It was spectacular. We sat with Jim for probably close to an hour as we prodded him with questions. Below you can see what was asked and what we got. But remember, No Spoilers Here..

Question #1 How many attractions will be open for the 2016 Season?

A: 4, Which are Haunted Hayride, Den of Darkness, Frightmare Asylum and Nocturnal Wasteland.



Q#2. How long does it take to set up the Haunt.

A: All year. As soon as the season ends, Jim and his team start right back in on what they want to improve or change. Design starts right away since some projects may take that long to finish.



Q#3. How often do you change the attractions?

A: Every year the team tries to add to what they have. Build up rooms in a walk thru or hayride. Add Costume Ideas and add what they think they missed last year. Continue the evolution of the haunt every year.



Q#4. How many visitors does FOS expect to visit this season?

A: The goal for FOS is 80,000 visitors. So as soon as September hits, GET UP THERE. You will not be disappointed. Really an easy drive from anywhere. So Just Go!



Q#5. How many people does it take to make the Haunt successful?

A:When open, FOS has around 200 people working hard to entertain the masses per night. Not to Mention the people he has working around the clock now and every year to prepare.



Q#6. Who Comes up with the new design ideas?

A: Everywhere. Full collaboration with his whole team. Everyone always comes up with an idea to improve and evolve the haunt. From actors or builders coming up with ideas to add and improve the scare level of each attraction. The staff is really bought in on how it can grow, then the Schopf brothers figure out if the idea is worth the extra work, if it will bring the extra scare factor or if there is room to make it happen.



Q#7. How did the Haunt Start?

A: 24 years ago, The Shopf brothers decided to mow down a trail through corn on their families farm. Ride people on a tractor through the trail and set up little scenes here and there. Then from that, year after year the attractions grew bigger and bigger. 24 years later Field Of Screams is a dominate force in the Haunt World.



Q#8. What was the hardest attraction to create?

A: All of them, Each one has its own creative limitations due to space and what the building actually was which was a barn. But Nocturnal Wasteland took the cake. Smaller area to work with. Borders with the hayride so they had to come up with unique ways to keep them separate. The terrain was tough due to the fact the attraction is a woods walkthru. Its harder to control the scares outside then inside. So Nocturnal Wasteland had the most unique set of challenges.


Q#9. How does FOS find their actors?

A. The actors find them. A lot of it is referral based. Actors telling friends or family and the word spreading from there. Also advertised on the awesome web page. They get actors from all over and take really good care of them. They form one big family. Stay in touch even in the offseason. So if your interested in acting for FOS, minimize this screen and go apply now...Ill wait.....


Q#10. What is the biggest obstacle during the day to day operations?

A. Keeping the pace correct. Getting the right amount of people through the haunt at a good pace. No back logs. Keeping the pace so all haunt fans can see everything in a timely matter. FOS cares about the people waiting and does a ton of things to keep them entertained. From movie screens to bands to rap battles. Even in line waiting you will still have a great time at Field Of Screams.



Q#11. Where do all of the Effect or Decorations come from?

A. FOS creates most of their own effects and displays. Seeing the shop, this team creates high quality imagery and displays. From giant Jack O Lantern Monsters to basic rats. Most of it is done in house. For me, thats amazing. That shows that Jim and his team really love what they do to process and build everything from the ground up them selves.


Q#12. What is Jim Schopf's Favorite Attraction at FOS?

A. Well folks, we will play a twitter poll for this one. Before we tell you the hidden facts we will make a twitter poll and see what the people have to say and guess. So feel free to follow us on twitter as well to take part in the mystery.......I know what it is....HA!.......

Q#13. What is your favorite part about owning and operating Field of Screams?

A. After spending all year fixing, rebuilding, growing. After all the hard work is done. Get ready for the giant blowout party! Once everything is up and moving. Jim's favorite part is watching the customers reaction. Watch the fruit of every ones labor scare the shit out of people. Watching what works and what may be a miss. Watching people run from the exits. Watching people entertained and having a great time.

Well everyone, this was our time with the owners and operators at Field Of Screams. Great guy and great place. Everyone needs to make it to Field of Screams this year. We will have a very limited preview tomorrow because we do not give up anything on this site except what to expect.

Jim took us through a ton of things and we will cover that tomorrow. So be sure to order tickets as soon as you can. If its far from you? Stay the night. Red carpet inn up that way starts at 59 a night so you are out of excuses. Just go!

Make sure you follow Halloween Haunts 365 and Field of Screams on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and anything else you can follow us on. Go do that now too......Go........Did you go?  

Thank you everyone, Talk to you all soon!


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BLOODSHED FARM OWNERS INTERVIEW 2016



First off we have to thank all of you for a record setting day on this blog. Thank you all for taking a couple minutes out of your day to read our work. Means so much to us. THANK YOU!!!

Tonight we will cover the interview we had with Jim and Clark, Owners and Operators of Bloodshed Farms. Located in Columbus, NJ. 











Walking the grounds of Bloodshed Farms with Jim and Clark was highly comical but also very educational. These guys have been around the Haunt industry for sometime. And fully love every part of it. 

For a little back story on how Bloodshed Farms came into reality starts with a couple home haunters that took that leap many of us Haunt fans dare to take. Going Big Time. Two great guys that took their passion to the next step. These two are full of amazing stories in their history of the Haunt Business. So like in Halloween Haunts fashion....We prodded them with hard to answer questions...

Q1. Anything added to the 2016 season?

A1. EVERYTHING! They reworked The Last Ride, The haunted hayride. Funhouse was completely Torn down and started again from the ground up. Changed the Prison to the Hellsgate Asylum. and reworked the Trail to add a woods walk thru. 


Q2. When does the planning period start?

A2. This team never stops evolving the ideas for the Haunt. Ideas come from every where. Always looking for the next big scare or next big scene. They start building 9 months before opening night.


Q3. How many people do you expect to visit this season?

A3. They really want to see 10,000 to 15,000 people this year. So make sure you get up there and have a great night. 


Q4. How long has the haunt been operating?

A4. This will be the 4th season Bloodshed Farms will be in Operation


Q5. What was the hardest attraction to construct?

A5. They were all tough and it was a hard decision but they came up with "The Last Ride" do to the full originality of the attraction. This is a must see hayride. 


Q6. What is the biggest obstacle during the day to day of the operating season?

A6. Crowd Control, Making sure everyone gets through on time and safely. Getting everyone through Make-up in time. Keeping on time in general. Keeping 90 people organized and on track nightly. 


Q7. What is your favorite attraction on the property?

A7. Now this was a great question. Due to the ongoing feud between the Hellsgate Asylum and the Clown O Phobia actors. Jim and Clark were short of words. But Clark's favorite attraction was The Bloodshed. Jim went with the Party area. Called it a Huge Halloween Party where you can stay, have fun with kick ass attractions. 


Q8. What is your favorite part about operating the Haunt?

A8. Combined, Jim and Clark came up with the Creativity. Its a big outlet to let the creative juices run. The love building and creating terrifying scenes, props and landscapes to scare the shit out of people. Putting their personal stamp on scares and attractions is what fuels these great guys. 


Q9. If you can change anything about the Haunt, What would it be? 

A9. More woods. Clark loves the idea of haunt walk-thrus going through the woods. They would add more if they could. 

Thats a good portion of our interview with Jim and Clark of Bloodshed Farms. 

Thank you so much for putting a couple important hours aside to sit with Halloween Haunts 365. We learned so much and we really enjoy and appreciate all that you do. 

With that said. Go to www.bloodshedfarms.com and plan your trip. The new calendar is up. Plus keep an eye out on their all new webpage. Cant wait to see it!  Til tomorrow! We have an interview with Grin, The famous clown, actor and builder of Clown O Phobia. 

See all of you tomorrow and dont forget to add us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram 



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INTERVIEW WITH THE CIRCUS REJECTS


Tonight we will go over our interview with....GRIN AND CHEEKS!





































Meet Grin. Grin works as an actor and builder and everything else at Bloodshed Farms. Hell he also got Halloween Haunts 365 connected to Bloodshed Farms. When I finally met Grin he was actually painting the Clown O Phobia Attraction. Just to show you the dedication of the Actors of Bloodshed Farms.

Along with Grin, we got to talk to Cheeks.





































Here is Cheeks.

To get started with out interview with Grin and Cheeks, We think a little backstory is needed.
Grin is a member of The Circus Rejects and a HUGE supporter of Fried Oreo Cookies. A group of clowns that are into everything. From Tattoo Conventions to Beer Festivals.



























Here are the Circus Rejects. Grin and Karnage. This all star clown group was created when Grin and Karnage were in Clown School. By pure chance, Both of them were kicked out of Clown School on the same day and happen to bump into each other in the parking lot and became instant best friends. Grin got the boot for making inappropriate balloon animals and in the classroom across the hall, Karnage was caught in the make-up room eating all of the grease face paint. Who thought that clown school would be so hard??? After that history was made and the Circus Rejects were born and now live in the Clown O Phobia Attraction Only at Bloodshed Farms.

Now to the interview with Grin and Cheeks.

We did not format this interview but had an awesome conversation with Grin and his history in the Haunt Industry. Believe it or not but Grin has been working on Haunts since the age of 5 years old. His parents met at a Costume Party and together were completely into Halloween and Home Haunts and he got involved at 5. Just has not stopped Haunting since being introduced.

This is Grins 4th year at Bloodshed Farms. Meeting Clark at the Haunted Prison, they started working together once Clark moved on to Bloodshed Farms. Where he actually met his Fiance and Future Circus Reject Cheeks. Cheeks backround started with Great Adventure Fright Fest as an actor. She came to Bloodshed Farms, Met Grin and now also roams the crazy paths of Clown O Phobia.

These two were very dedicated Actors and important members of Bloodshed Farms. We had a blast talking to these two as Jim was wondering why they were not working still??

Be sure to look for Grin, Karnage and Cheeks in Clown O Phobia, Only at the Bloodshed Haunted attraction

Visit www.bloodshedfarms.com for more details. Like scheduling your visit right now. Put it in the Iphone/Droid whatever you use.

Also here is the Circus Rejects Card. Follow them on everything you follow people on.




















Thanks to Grin, Cheeks, Jim, Clark. We have another interview going up tomorrow or Friday with Straight Jacket Sam, Feel free to come on back and read more interesting conversations and Haunt Facts. See you then!






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INTERVIEW WITH STRAIGHT JACKET SAM


We will wrap up our Preview coverage of Bloodshed Farms with the interview we did with a good dude that is an Actor and Builder of the Hellsgate Asylum. One of the many Re-done attractions we are looking forward to on October 1st.

Yes its coming! All of the hard work is culminating towards an amazing September and October with some November. We are set up right now to Review 7 Haunts with more in the works. We have been working hard as a team to come up with a definitive scoring system for these Haunts. Stay Tuned for Details coming.

Back to Straight Jacket Sam!
Look at the Outstanding Detail to the Picture I borrowed from Bloodshed. It is their picture they get all the glory. No stealing here!

When Jim and Clark introduced Halloween Haunts 365 to Straight Jacket Sam, I knew right away we needed to talk to this guy. Any time I see someone with a Leatherface Tattoo, I know that I have to talk to them. That we are connected already in a club of  Horror Movie Love.

Anyway, Sam was a really awesome guy to get to interview. Started in the Haunt Industry in 2013. Started at the Haunt "Corner of Chaos" then while waiting in line to get into an attraction, applied online to work for Jim and Clark.

With the grand plan of one day opening his own haunt, Straight Jacket just constantly learns every day on the Ins and Outs of the Haunt Industry. Admitted to completely sucking his first night, but always working on his craft has really dialed it in. I would say so since he has worked in now 5 Local Attractions!

Straight Jacket worked hard and became fully adaptable. Which would limit a ton of haunt actors out there. With the ability to act in any haunt theme or idea. Sam loves what he does because all in all it becomes Therapy. He loves to be able to just scream and vent and go nuts while its completely needed in a haunt. He is able to do what you can not do in "normal" society. Gets to vent a lot of pent up frustrations nightly.

We asked Straight Jacket Sam what was his favorite part of working for Bloodshed Farms. He was not able to place just one thing. He really enjoys the Family the team becomes during the build and night to night. He loves perfecting his craft to really nail that Scare! He loves watching the Giant Puzzle coming together for A huge show.

Just like everyone else we met that day, Straight Jacket Sam was hard at work wiring speakers for the Hellsgate Asylum. So not only do they work hard in the offseason but even when its go time!

Well that was our conversation with Straight Jacket Sam. Make sure you head into Bloodshed Farms to see him. He will be waiting for your soul in the Hellsgate Asylum Attraction.

Thats our preview for Bloodshed Farms. Thank you all who let us come out and pester you with question after question.

And a Big Thank you to everyone has visited this site. To have over 3,000 views in only August is Amazing. Thank you all so much. We want to provide the Haunters, Actors and Fans with Realistic Reviews of where they should head this year. And Bloodshed Farms has really peaked our interest. So if it caught our eye, we know you will love it so hop on to the brand new AMAZING website they just rebooted. Click herewww.bloodshedfarms.com

And Make sure you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Now our brand new YouTube Channel. Just search Halloweenhaunts365 and you will find us on all of it.  Till next time!

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