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Behind The Screams

A Visit from Hollywood Legends

ScareHouse attractions have hosted all kinds of famous faces over the last 20 years: Martin Lawrence, Elijah Wood, Kristin Stewart, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and even the Impractical Jokers… but as die-hard horror nerds, the most mind-blowing visit will always be the night that writer/directors Guillermo Del Toro (Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Michael…

Manager of Stuff and Things!

“I do things!” Melissa Sapienza says with a laugh.  In 2016, she started her ScareHouse career as an actor before becoming a show manager in 2017. “And then for 2019, they asked me to be a part of the core management team and also gave me the task of operating Bold Escape Rooms which then…

A Pale Night in Pittsburgh

“Tech guy” Kip Polley laughs when asked what his official title is at ScareHouse. “That’s funny. I don’t officially work at ScareHouse. I actually live in St. Louis. I don’t know what you’d call me.” Talk about the ultimate mystery from the man behind the Stalked By A Killer escape room.  Polley, who owns the…

The projects get weirder and weirder.

Graphic designer Steve Benton got his start with ScareHouse when he and co-founder Scott Simmons worked together in the Creative Services department at WPXI-TV. “Scott and I always had a good working relationship. When he started to move into the professional haunted house realm he started sending me a lot of print stuff to work…

“I Trust Nothing”

Believe it or not, Makeup Manager and Scenic Artist Mollie Himes is a complete scaredy cat when it comes to haunted houses. “I trust nothing,” says Himes with a laugh. “I cannot walk through ScareHouse without a person in front of me and a person behind me. I need the person in front of me…

ScareHouse co-owner Wayne Simmons

ScareHouse co-owner Wayne Simmons, creative director/co-owner Scott Simmons’ father, recognized his son’s unique interests very early. “My wife and I just have one son, Scott,” says the elder Simmons, “and I’m not sure how he picked it up, but from a small child, he was always excited about Halloween and scary things and scary movies….

“Hang up the babies, bloody up the nun, and move the body”

ScareHouse scenic coordinator and show manager Heather Heitzenrater doesn’t have your typical work to-do list. “‘Hang up the babies, bloody up the nun, and move the body,’” Heitzenrater says with a laugh. “It’s ridiculous.” And yet, she wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, maybe it was even written in the stars. Heitzenrater’s older…

Living Every Horror Fan’s Dream

ScareHouse Design and Operations Manager Nicole Conniff is living every horror fan’s dream. Not only does she get to have Halloween and scares on the brain every month of the year, but she has made a career out of it. ScareHouse Design and Operations Manager Nicole Conniff “It’s a small team of us, maybe three…

Sounds to Make You Scream

According to sound designer Bengt Alexsander, the process of putting together the frightening soundscapes of ScareHouse is pretty intuitive. “At this point, I think they just trust me with it,” says Alexsander of working with the ScareHouse crew. “[Scarehouse creative director] Scott Simmons and I have a lot of the same references for movies, so…

When ScareHouse Zombies Infested Good Morning America

Allison (2014 Costume Manager): Every top secret project at ScareHouse starts off with a really vague question about your availability. It’s like, “Hey, what are you doing Wednesday and Thursday this week?”, and when I ask why it’s was like, “Well, you might need to go somewhere overnight, maybe, possibly….” Creative Director Scott Simmons: Basically…

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