S1, E8: The Ring / Haunted Houses

Updated: Jan 4

This episode may or may not be haunted by Samara from The Ring. If you make it through the first half, you'll be rewarded with some insider tips about haunted houses.

Ghoulster 0:01

Welcome Foolish Ghoulsters to the podcast that keeps the spirit of Halloween alive all year through pop culture and this nostlagia and now it's love at first fright with The Ghoul Mates.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 0:16

Hi guys I'm your Ghost Hostess Mandy.

Beetlejuice 0:19

The ghost with the most babe.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 0:21

And I'm your Master of Scaremonies, Rudy.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 0:28

Ghoul oh Ghoul Do we have an episode for you guys.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 0:33

So spooky.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 0:34

Before we get into things I have to tell you that if anything goes wrong this episode is haunted and it's beyond our control now.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 0:42

Yes the last 20 minutes have been spooky and I think it's because of the subject we're going to be dealing with today has been haunted ever since we started so yeah, hang on to your butts.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 0:56

So before we get into things we have to keep our horror trivia going. So let's get through these four questions quickly.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:03


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:04

So we don't keep these goals waiting.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06

Yeah, it's getting dark outside and scary. So let's do this.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08

Okay, Who's first?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:10

I can go first. Okay, here we go. This is our first question. What legendary funny man duo encountered all kinds of classic monsters in their meet the monsters movies? Think of old school like black and white characters.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:30

Can you repeat it please?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:31

Sure. What legend excuse me what legendary funny man duo encountered all kinds of classic monsters in their meet the monsters movies. You're not gonna get it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:44

I'm just gonna do a random one.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:47

Think like,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:48


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:49

No, like 1930s

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:50

Oh, geez.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:51

40's. 19. No. 1920's 30's.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:54

I don't know. There's our little monster. Ruining the episode already.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:01

Do you want the answer?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:03


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:04

Abbott and Costello

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:05

I would have never known that.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:07

Yeah, I, I might have known it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:09


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:09

Okay, it's my turn.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:13

What 2016 M. Night Shyamalan film is about a kidnapper with 23 different personalities who's about to unleash the 24th?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:24

Um, is it called? um what's it called? It's not um, Split?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:35


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:36

Oh, I was gonna say Unbreakable but that's the one with what's his name?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:42

Bruce Willis.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:43

Bruce Willis. Yeah. Okay, so I guess we're not watching that one.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:46

I mean, I technically should but let's not add it to the long list.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:49

Yeah. Okay, next one from me. Let's see. You I hopefully you get this one. What was Candyman's weapon of choice.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:00

Oh geez.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:01

And they're remaking it right now. Or they remade it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:06

Is it a tool?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:08

It's something that's part of his hand.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:12

A hook?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:12

There it is. Yeah. A hook for a hand. I think we helped each other too much in these but

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:20

Don't tell them!

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:21

We are going to see the new Candyman. I think it's directed by or produced by Peele from Key and Peele. He did Get Out and the other movie.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:31

Oh, interesting.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:32

All right.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:33

Okay. What was the profession of the main heroine in the 1981 werewolf film The Howling?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:40

The Howling? A photographer.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:43


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:44


Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:45

No, no, no,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:46

wait. She was a newspaper reporter?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:50

TV news reporter.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:51

TV news reporter.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:52

I think that counts because you also said photographer.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:54

Yeah, it was something around like the media kind of remember part of it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:57


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 3:58

So we're gonna see a classic Abbott and Costello a Halloween movie with a the monsters in it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 4:04

Are they comedies?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 4:05

I think, yeah, they're comedies and I think

Ghost Hostess Mandy 4:07

that sounds fun.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 4:07

I think they're the Universal monster so i'm pretty sure there's Frankenstein, Dracula all those guys.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 4:13


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 4:14

So it should be funny.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 4:15

Okay, so we don't have any

Ghoulster 4:17

Haunted Housekeeping.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 4:20

But I did want to bring up

Ghoulster 4:21

Haunted Housekeeping.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 4:25

You're adding like way too much work to my editing workload already.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 4:30

Alright, okay. So we just finished celebrating our first Summerween last weekend. It was Fourth of July but in light of everything going on, we decided to celebrate Summerween instead. And let me tell you that Halloween season is among us. There is so much Halloween news happening right now. So we're going to give you a quick overview of everything that just happened in the less in less than, like 48 hours. I think the first one is that we are very, very disappointed to announce that just before we started recording, we found out that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is going to premiere its final season.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 5:10


Ghost Hostess Mandy 5:11

Later this year.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 5:12

I didn't know that that's kind of a bummer. I think all productions are kind of having, you know, issue with the COVID-19. So it doesn't seem surprising to me.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 5:20

I know but how do you decide like, who survives and who doesn't like things will eventually go back to normal and you can bring back the spooky chilling girl we like

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 5:31

yeah, I mean, I don't know maybe that had something to do with the ratings or something. You know, they have to take into account like what's doing good and what's not doing the best so you just got to cut your losses. Sometimes they might bring it back. You never know maybe CW will pick it up.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 5:46

That is very true. Archie save us. Okay, and then the next news we have is another bummer. We found out that they are officially moving Halloween Kills. to October 15, 2021.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 6:03

Yeah, that's that's a bummer. But I get it. I think Halloween movies are not Halloween movies specifically, but horror movies do best when you're in the theater when you're with a lot of people and you're eating popcorn. So I get that, and maybe they they're gonna end this might be a good thing. Good thing, good thing too, because, you know, movies come out so quickly, that you never really get a chance to kind of watch it a couple of times. And be like, you know, we could have done something better. Like, a lot of people think that older movies seem to be better and that's because they took like one or two years to make. So this might be a good thing. You know.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 6:38

You think they're gonna go in and retouch it this time?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 6:41

They might they're gonna watch and be like, you know what, that didn't really work. It's kind of fix that and finesse it now they can finish the movie, so might be better in the end, you know?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 6:49

Well, it might. You might Yes, you're totally right. And you wouldn't know way more about video production than I do. I just have to say though, that I find it very disappointing because I think a lot, at least the real fans of horror and Halloween, the community is like already very stressed and depressed that our Halloween season isn't going to be what we all expect and look forward to all year. So it would have been nice to have that like little treat for all of us to have it on demand at home and like watch it on Halloween, like have something to look forward to. But I mean, I get it. I get it from both sides. I support it if it's going to be better. But I just think it was a total bummer. Like it could have been something that everybody looked forward to this Halloween.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:37

Well, why don't we start a campaign release Halloween Kills? For, on Halloween.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 7:43


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:44

Wouldn't that be awesome. If we could start a movement where he'd just be like, Hey, we want this movie. We need this movie to help heal America by seeing people get murdered.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 7:52

That's true. Maybe fight the horror is gonna be like give us the horror.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:56

Give us the horror. Release-

Ghost Hostess Mandy 7:57

Unleash the horror!

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:59

Release the Halloween cut.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 8:01

Yes. Maybe we'll have to brainstorm that later.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 8:05

If you guys want to see or put together a release the Halloween Kills cut, let us know. We'll try to make it happen.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 8:12

Yes. Okay, and you have some some good news to share about, you know who?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 8:20

Oh Rooby Roo? Yes. So we've been kind of on a Scooby Doo on the Scooby Doo train. I don't know what it is. But everybody's been into Scooby Doo. Lately, and I think because of the movie, but apparently they're putting together a new animated movie. And it the adventures are going to follow the gang and they're going to add a new member to the gang and it's going to be with Elvira. So she's going to be making a cameo in the cartoon, Scooby Doo, which is crazy.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 8:54

But there's going to be more.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 8:55

There is going to be more and i think i think the. The property is owned by Warner Brothers if I if I'm not mistaken, and the main villain in the movie is going to be the Scarecrow from the Batman series,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:11

Our worlds are colliding.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:13

So DC is going to be entering the world of Scooby Doo and Hanna-Barbera. So that's gonna be

Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:18

And Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:19

Bill Nye the Science Guy. He's gonna be in a two so it's gonna be insane. It's gonna be crazy. I'm excited to see it hopefully. I actually want to hopefully they have like some kind of like box set with like the characters as toys or something like that.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:32


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:32

But I'm really excited to see Scooby Doo with Elvira and the Scarecrow and Bill Nye.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:40

Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:41

Maybe we'll throw in one of the Ghostbusters I don't know. Pretty cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:45

So stay tuned. As soon as we find out the release day we'll be sharing it with you guys. And last piece of Halloween news or should I say last to treat is that we found out what the upcoming Halloween 2020 candy is going to be in it did not disappoint.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:02

What is it because I don't know what it is and I'm excited.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:04

Okay, so the first one is Kit Kat Witch's Brew.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:09


Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:10

I have to say I was slightly disappointed because I like zoomed in on all the pictures that were leaked. And I thought it was gonna be a green tea because they're green,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:19

Right. Oh, they're green?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:20


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:20


Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:20

So it's a green Kit Kat. So it looks like witch's brew.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:25

Oh, okay, cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:26

And we've had long story short. We've had some green tea cats that were from some Asian market down the street.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:33

Yeah, it was an asian supermarket. Yeah.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:35

It sounds so gross. But it was so delicious. I was kind of hoping that the witch's brew was green tea but no dice. And the next one is Hershey's Vampire Kisses.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:46

Oh, that's cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:47

So it's your traditional K isses filled with strawberry cream.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:51

Oh yes.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:52


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:53

So they're bloody inside but they're not red?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:55


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:55

Okay, cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:56

Inside is red.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:57

Okay, cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:58

And then.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:58

that's a relief

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:01

The second to last one is Reese's Franken-Cups.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:05

Reese's? Are they going to be green?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:06


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:07

Oh, those are the ones are gonna be messing with my stomach later.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:10

Underneath or underneath they're green but then the top is still brown.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:14

Okay, cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:15

So it looks like his head.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:16

Oh, that's cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:18

And the last one is Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Fangs.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:22

Whoa that sounds cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:23

So it's your traditional cookies 'n' cream bar but it kind of has like the fangs.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:28

Okay, cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:29

Drawn on or embossed on.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:31


Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:32

Is that how you say it? Embossed? Embossed?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:34


Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:34

Embossed. Embossed whatever. You can feel the things and see them.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:39

I want to see these did so there's pictures right?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:42

Yes, there's pictures.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:43


Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:44

So maybe we'll do like a story highlight and share some of

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:46

Oh yeah that would be cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:47

the pictures that were posted.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:48

Awesome. Very cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:50

Yes. So moving on to our next segment. How are you keeping the spook alive right now?Rudy?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:57

um, what did I, what have I done?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 12:01

We celebrated Summerween

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 12:02

Yeah we celebrated summerween we weren't gonna do well you really couldn't do anything for Fourth of July. There's just you have to stay home and stay safe. So, you know we talked about did carving watermelon for the longest time is like hey, let's do for for Fourth og July so we covered a pumpkin and we photographed it and it was really cool, really fun. And at the end when we were done with it, I was able to throw it away by chopping it into pieces with a machete hacked into pieces. So that was fun. But yeah, putting together the little pumpkin was really cool. It was really fun.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 12:39

Yeah, it was fun and it was awesome. Having like a little treat afterwards with the watermelon

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 12:43

Still eating that watermelon right now.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 12:45

I know right? It's almost done though.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 12:47

A little bit of Tajin and some lemon juice. Oh my god. Delicious.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 12:53

Or ghoulicious.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 12:54


Ghost Hostess Mandy 12:55

Uh, what else did we do? I feel like we did a lot of stuff. We finished. I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:02


Ghost Hostess Mandy 13:02

We saw in the second one, but we opted out of the third one because it's not Jennifer Love Hewitt. So what's the point?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:08


Ghost Hostess Mandy 13:10

It was all right.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:11

Yeah it was ok

Ghost Hostess Mandy 13:12

It was perfectly timed. We didn't plan it, but it's a Fourth of July movie.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:16

I am you know what I, the thing I realized, because I couldn't like pinpoint it when we were watching the movies. And I was like, I don't know why I didn't like these movies. When they came out. I mean, it was okay. It was, you know, it was alright. But then I started realizing why I didn't like the movies. And it's because all the people that got killed in the movies had nothing to do with the people that the killer was hunting.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 13:41


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:42

Like, like, why are you killing like some made that has nothing to do with the story? Like kill the people that you need to kill? And that's it. Like, I don't understand what's going on. And then like, all these main characters are, I think because they were stars and they wanted to like, keep them around, right? really stupid. So I don't know I didn't like them because of that reason because they didn't kill the people they needed to kill the kill just random people that was dumb.'n'

Ghost Hostess Mandy 14:06

I don't I don't really remember. I don't really know what it is about the movies that doesn't make me go crazy over them but I will say that they're not that scary because I remember a lot of the parts I remembered were parts that I would like watching when I was younger when it was like on TV, because I knew I could like handle how scary it was if that makes sense. And they still didn't scare me so I don't know. It's kind of like a I guess more of a nostalgic thing like oh, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 14:35

You know that was gonna happen. I thought, Freddie Prinze Jr. was going to be the killer in the end.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 14:40


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 14:41

Like I thought like there would have been awesome. And it would have been cool to be like, he keeps on terrorizing. Jennifer Love Hewitt. Just to keep her around.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 14:50

Oh, yeah.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 14:52

So she finds out at the end. It was him the whole time, only because he didn't want to lose her.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 14:58

Make sense, so how deep Boo.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 15:00

Yeah, and then like all the people that he kills around her, that would make sense. He's terrorizing all the people that are around her circle, just so he can like keep up this facade that he was a killer, then you would have the excuse, hey, I killed all these people around you. That's why it makes sense because I want you around.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 15:20

Yeah. True.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 15:21

So I don't know. Maybe in an alternate universe for you, Prince Jr. is the killer of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 15:29

Yep, the raincoat guy?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 15:32

The raincoat guy.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 15:33

Okay, what else? I think oh, and you also made me pumpkin waffle cakes. I'm calling them waffle cakes because it's supposed to be a waffle but the texture comes out like a pancake.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 15:44

Yeah, it's supposed to be a waffle and I don't know maybe I need to like cook them a little bit longer or add more butter to kind of fry it more. But yeah, they come on as pancakes but they're super delicious.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 15:57

Yeah they still came out really good and they're fun because they're very fall-ish, not spooky. They're Fall-ish.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:03


Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:05

So it was really nice. It was a really nice treat.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:07

It was nice. I'm gonna have to confess something though today.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:11


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:12

So when I was photographing the pancakes today for our Instagram post, I ate one of them.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:18


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:19


Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:21

That's messed up.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:22

But I didn't use any syrup. I just

Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:25

Doesn't matter. I smelled them the whole time.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:27

I needed to make sure that they were gonna photograph properly and the way

Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:31

In your mouth?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:32

You need to make sure that they look and feel real. If they don't feel real, they don't look real. I had to make sure

Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:39

Mm hmm. Sure. Okay, so the last thing that we did to keep the spook alive this weekend, ended up keeping the spook alive the entire week, and not in a good way. So the first half of this episode is going to be about: The Ring.

Ghoulster 17:02

Seven Days.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 17:05

I think I already did that dramatically, but it doesn't matter because we are spooked. Before we jump into it. I will say that we are going to be spending the second half keeping with our theme of getting to know The Ghoul Mates for this season with getting to know our professional experience with haunted house attractions.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 17:24

Which isn't a lot, but.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 17:26

Hey, I think it's enough.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 17:28

You're a professional. Halloween or a haunted house person, but I've done a couple of haunted houses too, but I know that you're the professional.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 17:35

I'm definitely building it up a little but we will be revealing a little bit of insider tips about haunted houses. Okay, so do you want to tell them the history of The Ring?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 17:46

So I've been trying to get Mandy to watch The Ring for the longest time. I've always told her that it's like the scariest movie have ever seen. It might be not be scary to like a lot of people but it was just so freaky. Mostly because it's so the way it's shot. It's very kind of gloomy and depressing. Kind of living in like Portland or Seattle. It's all raining all the time. But then it's just also just a mental nightmare, just all these weird freaky images and it just freaked me out. So I've been wanting to get her to see it for the longest time. Because she wants to see scary movies. I'm like, this is one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. Other than Cannibal Holocaust. That's a pretty terrible one too, but it's pretty freaky.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 18:33

I so I heard about the movie when it came out, and I would hear how people swore that Samara was like, the scariest thing ever, but then I would hear people say like, Oh, it's movie about when you see this video, you're gonna call and in seven days you die. I'm like, that sounds so stupid. Like it just always sounded stupid to me. But then I was also like, it sounds stupid. But then when I get scared because everyone swears it's scary. So well. Whatever, I never wanted to touch it. But then when you told me if you want to see a scary movie, let's see The Ring. And that's when I was like, Okay, if he thinks it's the scariest movie and he doesn't believe in anything, it must be scary so I never wanted to see it. But with all of this going on of us wanting to dive into the spooky side of things even further and getting all cocky because of the last episode saying we conquered your anxiety about horror movies, I was like, Let's watch it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 19:32


Ghost Hostess Mandy 19:33

Oh my god.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 19:36

The scary part of it. And I kind of talked about this after the movie was when it came out. VHS tapes were still prevalent in you know, pop culture like you would go. Blockbuster was still booming. You would go to Blockbuster, get a videotape. A lot of people had videotapes at home. So the idea of going to a cabin and just finding a random videotape. Just playing it, because you had a lot of those when you were at your house like I had a lot of those that my house had a lot of random videotapes that weren't marked.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 20:07

Mm hmm.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 20:08

And it could be anything. And then seeing something horrible from some person's dreams, and then you die from it. I thought that was freakin scary as-

Ghost Hostess Mandy 20:19

I just get. This is a lie. Okay, as I watched the movie, obviously they're spoilers in this and and if you haven't seen it, I'm sorry, because maybe this won't make sense. As I was watching it, I was like, Oh, this is unsettling. Like the images and stuff. Yeah, but I wasn't scared. Like, oh my god, this is the scariest thing in the world. Like I was just like I could I still thought this is a stupid concept. Even if you found a random tape. How is anyone gonna know that you watch that tape and call you right when you watch it and know whether or not you make a copy of it. Like it's horrible. I mean, obviously this is in a different time, but I'm like, it's more likely that someone could trace if you shared a video on Facebook, then this VHS tape. And I don't know. And something else that I did not like about the movie was the ending. Rudy just always like, lets me rant because I'm still processing things that he's seen years ago. I didn't like the ending, because when the girl figured it out, and she's like, I saved the little girl. You were like, sad, and you felt bad for Samara. And it was like realistic because you always hear like unfinished business. She found her piece. And then it just got corny to me again. Like you could have left the movie at that and it was great. Like it was a well done piece. But then to me it was just corny that it was like

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 21:50

You weren't supposed to let her out.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 21:51

Yeah, like that kind of ruin the quality of the movie for me. So finishing the movie, your voice creeped me out. Finishing the movie, I was kind of like, that's it. Like, that's what you've been telling me for five years is the scariest thing in the world. But then it was nighttime.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:11

Exactly. But I told her to she's not a ghost. Or I don't think she's a ghost. I think she's a demon.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:20

Okay. Yes. That's that was part of our fight is,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:23

I don't know if they explained if they if she like miraculously was born or they adopted her.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:30

That's part of it, too. Like, did they make a deal with the devil to have that baby?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:35

Yeah, it might be I mean, that's what I would think that's what I was thinking.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:39

Well, here was my argument.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:40

Kind of like Rosemary's Baby.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:42

This is my argument with Rudy as soon as the movie finished. I'm like, how can you we just had an episode about how he's a little Ghostbuster and he doesn't believe in ghosts Rudybuster. Like, how can you not believe in ghosts? But do you believe in demons?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:59

I don't believe in demons.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:00

Why does she scare you?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:03

The whole idea of finding something unsettling on the tape randomly when you go to a cabin is scary. That's the scary part.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:11

So you're scared of the tape you're not scared of Samara.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:13

No, I'm not scared of Samara. I'm just scared of like,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:17

You guys I smell a prank coming up.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:20

I am scared of like random, like even so I was watching videos too I don't even know if I should talk about this but

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:27

Don't scare me.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:28

There's videos on YouTube that talk about like the dark web, and videos that people find on the dark web. And they see like terrible things like people getting tortured or like people like video feeds or people getting watched. Like those things are scary like finding something odd or scary on a tape of someone's you know, horror is scary. That's the scary part of the whole thing.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:55

I guess we're just scared of different things. By the way, hackers, please do not come and freak me out now because of this.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 24:02

Yes, please don't i'm sorry.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 24:04

Um so I don't know. So that Okay, that was my initial review of the movie. I was kinda like, yes, it was unsettling. I didn't find it scary. They should have kept it serious with her having unfinished business, whatever. Um, but then so I should say that we saw this during the daytime because Rudy was like, if you're going to want to see it, we should see it now before it gets dark. And I was like, it's that scary. I was mocking it. I was like, how can it be that scary? I've seen scary things that actually scare me and it's a stupid videotape, whatever. So then we went to bed, and I had that unsettling feeling, which I hadn't felt in a very long time. Like I said, I felt like spooked out when we saw Friday the 13th but it didn't keep me up at night because as I've mentioned, serial killers or killers don't scare me. Paranormal things scare me and Samara is questionable. She's semi paranormal because she's a ghost or demon is a Gho-mon

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 25:05

A Gho-mon.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 25:07

And I shared a story of this, so I might have to post it again. But I peeked over and we have like a tall white hamper, and it had like a purple towel hanging over it. And it looked like Samara.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 25:21

Told you, I told you.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 25:23

And I didn't want to tell Rudy because I didn't want to freak him out because I knew he was getting scared like I could tell when he saw the movie that he was getting anxiety even though we had talked about how he needed to have open communication with me about these things.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 25:39

It's It's It's unsettling. Seeing someone's nightmare play out on a videotape and then someone call you Hey, you're gonna die in seven days. It's cuz it's a great like, it kind of reminds me of those great Urban lLegend stories you would hear like La Llorona, or what's another good ghost one? Would- Did you hear that?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 26:04

Yes, it was you right?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 26:06

Yeah it's me. Its the mic. Just like urban legends stories. There's one with the guy with a hook and stuff. Wait, that's, I Know What You Did Last Summer anyways. It's just a good like, Urban Legend like story, you know, it's just, it was just it's really good it's it's messed up, but it's really good.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 26:28

It is messed up it It made me feel bad. But I just I don't know if maybe we need to see The Ring 2 if it answers any questions. I don't want to to be completely honest.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 26:38

I think there's three of them, but I don't really want to see the other two because I think it will ruin the first one.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 26:44

Yeah and also I'm scared.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 26:47

But you know what? I think if they would have just ended it with her kind of finishing business because she's a ghost. You know, it would have been nice, but it wouldn't had the impacted would have had, I think it would have been less scary.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:03

Cuz you're like, Oh, she found peace.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 27:04

Yeah. And then I'm in peace. Okay, I'm gonna go on the rest of my day. But now it's just like that demon or ghost is gonna keep on killing people and it's freakin scary

Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:15

even though you don't believe

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 27:16

because it's not real, but that's part of the movie. You know that's part of that story.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:21

Yeah. So I have to say, I don't know I really thought I was gonna shake it off right away. So we were like, we need to talk about the ring on the podcast. But we were like we need to record it when it's not nighttime so that we have time to recover from.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 27:40


Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:41

This podcast has been haunted guys.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 27:43

Yeah, it's been pretty crazy trying to just get everything to work.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:47

Like everything has gone wrong with this episode

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 27:49

Just to make it so we can record it at night.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:52

Yeah, we're recording at night now. And for those of you who haven't seen Rudy has like a wall of his zombie posters behind him. And there's the big poster of the Night of the Living Dead girl like the iconic scene.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 28:05

Yeah, the girl that gets bitten. She gets sick throughout the whole movie. You don't see her towards the end.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 28:11

Yeah, she's staring right at me right now. And we decided to do our usual setup with the spooky lighting. And now we're hearing voice or not voices but noises in our headphones

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 28:25

Well I don't believe in anything. So I'm not scared.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 28:29

But before Okay, so let me backtrack. We were supposed to record this since Monday, we usually record on Mondays. And that was the night that we were like, it's too dark and we want to make sure we talk about The Ring. So then Tuesday came around. And what happened that day?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 28:44

Tuesday, I think we try to record us playing a video game.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 28:49

Yes, we work so we were actually going to do a playthrough experiment with Dead by Daylight that was recommended by Oscar. And it just didn't want to work like it kept kicking us out and we were like, Okay, fine. Well, I guess we're not gonna get to do this. So let's just record the episode. And then Rudy didn't feel like doing it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 29:10

Yeah, I was tired.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 29:12

Or were you scared? Because it was too late.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 29:14

No. I was tired and just exhausted from trying to make that work. If we can find a clip, we'll include it in the show. But yeah, it was kind of like, Okay, I'm done and tired. Yeah, it was just because I, we did a lot of cleaning in the apartment. And I worked out that morning, and I was like, I don't want to do anything else.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 29:32

Yeah, and so none of that sounds spooky. But we finally were like, Okay, well, we have to do it. Today's Wednesday, and we got to edit on Thursday. And everything went wrong, like the podcast kept recording with this really creepy playback, and Rudy's gonna tell you well, there's a scientific reason behind why it wasn't working. But it was still really creepy.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 29:53

Yeah, well, the settings are wrong.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 29:56

I know.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 29:57

Who changed the settings. It was Samara with her long stinky hair?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:02

Stop doing that. And then he started making mocking Samara and he was like Samara You stink. You need to clean your hair and then it started sounding worse. Oh my god, so I was like, we're kidding Samara. You don't stink. You don't need to wash your hair. It's beautiful. I wish I had hair like yours.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 30:20

I guess we're not gonna watch The Grudge.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:23


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 30:24

You never heard of The Grudge.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:26


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 30:27

It's an eye watching the gray.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:28

No. And speaking of that, so after all

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 30:33

In The Grudge they have or it sounds like The Grudge.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:37

Stop doing that. He's making noises and the dogs next to me and they keep moving and It's creeping me out.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 30:43

Well, at least Samara she doesn't say or make any noise in The Grudge the the monster makes a noise

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:50

Isn't that the one that goes like? Ahh.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 30:55

Yeah, that movie's freakin scary.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:58

Um, maybe later.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:01

Nah I'm cool. I'm done. I don't want to see no, no.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:04

Yeah, I don't know. It's just crazy because in my mind, I think it's a very silly concept unlike you, but it just stayed with me. And I think it's just because I don't know I haven't watched scary movies in a long time. So I need to re-desensitize myself to it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:22

We didn't only watch some happy stuff after that even work we saw like,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:29

Yeah, we saw a lot of stuff. What did we is it when we started Heart of Dixie?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:33

Yeah, I think we saw Heart of Dixie and also Desperado that Netflix

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:41


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:42


Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:43


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:45

I think they were trying to make a play on that song that was popular like three years ago.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:49


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:50

No, I think it is Despacito. Or is it Desperado? It's one of those songs.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:56

The song is Despacito. The movie is not a play on the song.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:00

Okay, thanks for breaking my heart.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:04

So yeah, I don't know we've just been spooked for the past few days. And then Oscar actually,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:09

Thanks for bringing it back up.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:11

Hey, we got to do what we got to do. You got to know that we're chickens deep down.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:16

I'm a big old chicken.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:18

Chickens who don't believe in ghosts but get scared of demons.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:23

Hey, you're mean today.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:27

You keep creeping me out.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:28

Are you possessed by Samara right now?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:30

Stop it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:30

Ahhh Sorry.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:34

So anyway, as I keep trying to say, Oscar texted me this week and he was like, Hey, I saw these, a series of these haunted house movies that I think you guys would really like. And I was like, Is it scary? Is it paranormal? And he's like, not really not not paranormal, but they're pretty freaky. And I was like, I think we're taking a break from scary and he's like, I thought it would be so as I mentioned, we're gonna be talking about haunted houses today. He's like, I thought it would be a great movie to see and talk about in your haunted houses episode. And I was like, you mean we can talk about like Monster House the cartoon.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 33:12

Monster House.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 33:14

So yeah, that's just a glimpse at how much The Ring creeped us out. Rudy was trying to make me scared and in turn it still made him scared. And now it's just this constant thing of don't bring up some Samara. Don't think about it. We haven't slept with the TV off this week. It has been a little mermaid kinda week.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 33:36

Yeah, I have Cheers and Friends playing on super low on the on the TV when we fall asleep. So I can hear Ross talking about dumb stuff with Rachel and him over whitening his teeth and all that stuff,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 33:51

But then his teeth look like Samara too.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 33:53

Oh smack.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 33:56

Okay, so that was our quick overview of our experience with The Ring, so let's jump into haunted houses,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:05

Haunted Houses.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:07

So who should go first?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:09

Well, you're the expert. So I think you need to like get this guy going.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:12

Okay, so I'm not an expert. I'm a retired expert.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:16

Are you a connoisseur?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:18

Of haunted houses? I wish I should add that to my Mandyspooks bio connoisseur of spooky houses. Okay, so just a little bit of background about both of us as you've probably caught some tidbits we are both creatives and so a quick, nerdy note. So Rudy and I were both deep into our college newspapers.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:45

This is true.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:46

When we were in college. We were not in college at the same time nor at the same college. But we later found out that we both geeked out on the same things about newspapers and the same awards. And he has a t-shirt from the same conference. I went to but his is like super vintage.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 35:02

Yeah, it's um, it's like what, like seven or 10 years older, then then probably some large number.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 35:13

Yeah. So that's a quick look into how we're actually The Nerd Mates

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 35:18

The Nerd Mates.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 35:19

So, Rudy's experience with haunted houses actually came a little after college when he was working on a new station. But my experience with haunted houses happened while I was working for the college newspaper because I found out that since I was press, quotation marks, I could request press passes to events and attractions in return for offering like a review. A lot of people who work in the press know how that works. And so I was like, Oh my gosh, I am going to go to every single haunted house in San Antonio because that's where I was going to college. And I was like, I'm gonna do a review like a complete guide. To which haunted house to go to and a review of all of them. And I didn't think it was gonna actually come to fruition like, I was like, oh, they're all just gonna send me like one pass and then I'm gonna have to like beg a friend to pay to go with me or something. And it turned out that they all wanted to give me behind the scenes looks at the actual haunted houses so that I could like write better reviews about them. So I actually didn't end up doing I think two behind the scenes looks but I did still get to see them. And those two are like the SeaWorld haunted house attractions and Nightmare on Grayson Street, which I think is retired now. They don't have it anymore. But I did get to do a behind the scenes look at the Ripley's Believe It or Not haunted house.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 36:44

Ooh, that sounds cool. This was in San Antonio?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 36:46


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 36:47

That's cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 36:48

That and it was the first year that 13th Floor haunted house was going to be opening in San Antonio. So I was one of the very first people to walk through that actual haunted house

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 36:59

Mm hmm. That sounds pretty awesome. I haven't been to like a really hardcore haunted house like I know the ones you've talked about. And I think you sent me some like videos of them. And they look really hardcore. I've never been to one I know that they have a couple in Dallas, Texas that I wanted to go to, but I, of course, I'm a chicken. So when I lived there, I was like, nah think I'm gonna skip that I'm just gonna hang out and just hand out candy and drink with my college buddies.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 37:29

Yeah, I so I had never been to a haunted house. I think like the last time I had been was in middle school to the KLAQ hunted house in El Paso and been so long that I just didn't remember it anymore. So I was really nervous and even like getting the behind the scenes tours. I was like, these guys are gonna freaking mess with me. Like while I'm here doing like the interviews so I was like on edge the whole time cuz I was like, someone's gonna pop out and scare me. Thankfully, they were all very professional and cool, though. like nobody did that to me, which I found very shocking, but and that's pretty awesome of them that they were so respectful. But so I learned a lot about how they play into people's fears and make things scary. So like, that's why haunted houses are scary. And it was interesting because I didn't expect that. Like I wasn't really sure what to expect when I was going to do the tours. I was just more focused on like, somebody's going to try scaring me. So it was interesting. The first one I went to was the 13th Floor Haunted House one. And so this haunted house. I'm pretty sure it's not like this anymore, because I think they change it every year. But the first year, it was playing on the fear of darkness. And so they didn't have a lot of like, jump out and scare you scares , jump scares. They built it out to where the majority of it was just so dark.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:00

Oh yeah.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:01

Your fear of when something was gonna pop out is what built up the fear more than like actually scaring you.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:09

And it's also economical.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:11

Yeah, right. So I guess what I'm gonna do is try to take you through what happens in the haunted house or what happened in the haunted house back then. And then kind of give away the secrets that I remember from there.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:26

You're gonna be like that guy from that Fox show. The Magician that gives away all the tricks of the trade.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:33

Maybe. I've never seen it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:35

But we don't like that guy. Don't be that guy. Just kidding.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:40

I don't it might help people who don't want to go to a haunted house because they're too scared. And then if they understand it, they'll be like, Oh, it's all good.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:47

Yeah, I could see that. I'm just trying to educate people so they can get out there and get spooky.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:52

Yes, for sure. Don't let your fears get the worst of you.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:55

Don't watch The Ring at night.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:57

For reals, as I'm here saying we couldn't record at night and now im terrified. Okay, so the haunted house again, it was the first year that they had it in San Antonio. And it's been years since then. So I'm sure it's evolved, but this is how it went. So you went into an elevator, and it was supposed to take you somewhere, but then it gets stuck on the 13th floor. Oh, and as you know, the 13th floor is always cursed. So a lot of buildings don't have it, but they really do. They're just marked over. So, you know, like a creepy bellhop that takes you into the elevator and then you get stuck on the 13th floor and it's really creepy. And then the door opens. So when I got to go through the tour, it turns out that this elevator isn't even a real elevator. It's actually just a room.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 40:42

A rim?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 40:43

A rim.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 40:44

Hold on before you get to that part. I just had something in my head. If you if there's no 13th floor, in buildings, or they just mark it off. Do you get a room on the 12th floor, or the 14th floor? So which one of those is the 13th floor?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 41:05

The 14th floor.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 41:06

is the 13th floor?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 41:07


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 41:09

That's still scary. Why am I going to get a room on the 14th floor?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 41:12

Exactly. That's why it's silly. Like, just don't make a building with more than 12 levels on it. And technically, if you have a basement then is the 12th floor?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 41:21

Ah, so avoid the 12th and 14th floor.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 41:25


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 41:27

Oh, man, I know, I can't go to hotels without thinking about that now.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 41:33

You had never thought about it?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 41:34

I didn't. I didn't think about that. I didn't even know that was a thing. And I always saw that and I was like, why is there no 13th floor? I always thought that was weird.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 41:44

Now, you know, they're cursed. We should do an episode about 13th floors and why its spooky.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 41:50

Yeah. Okay. Yeah, let's do that. That's That's a great idea. Let's go stay in an actual place as a 13th floor. That's March 13.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 41:57


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 41:58

You're like no its ok.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:00

nah im good.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:01

Okay, I'm sorry, continue your story. I just had to get that out of my brain.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:05

So that okay, so the elevator is actually just a room. And I don't remember if it had any mechanics, but they pretty much just relied on lights and sounds to make it seem like the room like it was an actual elevator, right? I think it might have had like some, like small little tracks on it to where the room could shake. Right, but it wasn't a real elevator is my point.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:29

So when you entered it, you entered it, seeing and you're like in a normal place you enter it, it closes the doors, and then when it opens, it's somewhere else right?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:39


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:39

So it might have like, had wheels and they just turned it around,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:44


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:45

And you just step out.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:46

Yeah, they explained it to me, but again, my terrible memory defeats me.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:51

I think the Tower of Terror is like that.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:54

Yes, for sure. Yeah, this one was not as developed as that one. Yeah, so it was definitely just some shaking that would happen.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:03

That's cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:04

It actually spun but

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:05

Okay, cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:06

Yeah. So when you get out, it kind of like starts slow with like, optical illusions.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:13


Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:14

Um, because I guess they didn't want to get you with the darkness fear right away, but you're still scared because you're like, Oh, this is the beginning of the haunted house. Something's gonna jump out at me. But again, nothing jumps out at you. So the first thing that I remember is you go into this room that it feels like it's like it's sinking. That's the feeling it felt like like it feels like it's sinking. So you go in and the way it's built is it has like a hill built into the floor.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:43


Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:44

And then you're trying to walk forward, but obviously you're going up because it's falling back.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:49


Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:50

The room is supposed to be falling back.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:51

Okay, okay.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:52

And so they also have like a bar, a liquor bar.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:56

Oh, okay a bar.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:58

On the back. Enter the room. So it looks like everything's falling towards you as you're trying to walk up. So they built this illusion out to where it looks like the room is sinking.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:08


Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:09

Towards you.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:10

I wonder if they employed like special effects artists or maybe carnival people that have like, experience making these weird carnival. carnival rides. Yeah, a magician that knows all these optical illusions.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:24

Yeah probably. And it's probably common in a lot of haunted houses. Who knows? But, so that was the first thing and then there was like another one where you had to cross. You had to cross like a very tiny little bridge. It's not a bridge, but it was basically to play on your fear of heights and

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:44

like a tightrope, maybe?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:45

Yes. Kind of like a tightrope, but it was an actual like, piece of wood, I guess.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:50


Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:50

And you actually now that I'm thinking about it, you had to crawl.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:56


Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:57

you had to crawl across

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:00

You can't do that now with the 'rona.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:02

Oh, yeah. So you had to crawl your way across, but the way they made the optical illusion with was with mirrors.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:11


Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:12

So they showed me when the lights were on and they like stood all over it. And they were like, like, look like you can't fall no matter how hard you try. It doesn't happen

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:18

Because it's just a floor, right?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:20

It's just yeah, it's just a regular floor but built with a mirror somehow.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:24


Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:24

I'm sorry, I don't remember the details.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:26

Unless you step on the mirror and then you break it and then you cut your hand. Are there mirrors on the floor?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:32

No they're on the bottom. So you are like, on a platform of some sort, and but the illusion is fake.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:39

Okay, cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:41

So that was that one. And then after that, kind of like funhouse type area was when like the darkness came into effect. And you basically just like walk through a bunch of darkness for a while. And that's where they said like, it's building that anticipation because you swear something's gonna pop out and scare And it never does. And so after you walk for a while, you get through to these like, I don't even know how to explain it. But it's like a like the wall starts caving in with air

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 46:14

Caving in with air?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 46:15

Yeah, like I don't even I don't remember if I asked them then and I forgot now but I should have asked and remembered. Like you say you're walking through a wall and then it starts like caving in on you.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 46:27

I've never walked through a wall i'm not a ghost.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 46:29

Not through a wall like a hallway.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 46:31

Okay, so you're walking through a hallway and the walls are closing.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 46:35

Yes, though. Sorry. That's what I meant.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 46:37


Ghost Hostess Mandy 46:38

Not a wall. So you're walking through a hallway and the walls start caving in, but they're not hard. It's like air. So you're like being suffocated?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 46:47

That's weird. I've never heard of that before.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 46:49

Yeah, I don't remember I don't know how they created the effect but basically it's to make you feel like you're caving in like the whole being born again. effect kind of

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 46:58


Ghost Hostess Mandy 46:59

Um, so you're so sure that when you get out of that, like little suffocation area, that that's when they're gonna pop out and scare you as you're like released into the hallway again. But still nobody scares you. And so I don't remember what happens from there, but they basically say like, they keep playing it up in the darkness so that you keep thinking like, this is when I'm gonna get scared. This is when I'm gonna get scared and you never do. So they're like, everyone always thinks that when you exit the haunted house is when everything's over. So that's when they scare you.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 47:34

Is it who like to just jump at you? It's or what was it?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 47:38

That one was your typical chainsaw? Oh, that one was Leatherface

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 47:44

Leatherface. Okay, it's kind of like a go to for a lot of haunted houses.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 47:48

Yeah and I guess the difference with them was that they really don't have anyone ever pop out and scare you. So you really think you're in the clear, like you kind of leave thinking oh, nobody even scared me and It's like, boom.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 48:02

Have you ever had? Do you usually find that in a haunted house that you've been at just some crazy guy with a chainsaw thing?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 48:12

Yes, actually. So that became like a that's like a staple at every haunted house now. But I remember so at this point in my life, I was like, very desensitized to haunted houses. Because going in I was like, terrified and then coming out. I was like, it's like a pride thing with me. I'm like, I don't want to let these guys know that they got a scare out of me. Like, I don't care if you chase me, and you breathe like right next to me. This was pre COVID-19. I was like, I'm not gonna act scared of you. So I went on a date since you talked about a date earlier. After college. I. I told my ex boyfriend oh, let's go to the KLAQ Haunted House. And I was like, it's gonna be a joke because I've been to like the 13th Floor Haunted House, whatever. And it wasn't it really wasn't scary. was very more like neon colors, type stuff? Yeah, that like the whole like glow? glow in the dark?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 49:07

Yeah, they're kind of just behind the walls and stuff, jumping out at you.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 49:11

Yeah, I remember now that theme the theme that year was with clowns. Clowns don't scare me to begin with that one. So I told him before we went in, I was like, there's probably gonna be someone at the very end. who chases you with a chainsaw. I was like, don't run. I was like, if you run they're gonna freakin chase us. I was like, don't run. And what was the first thing he did? He ran. I was like, you are so unattractive right now. Like get yourself together this is it real.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 49:45

Oh my god.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 49:47

So yeah, that was 13th Floor Haunted House. And kind of that also I think helped me with my fear of darkness too sometimes. Obviously not when you watch the ring, but I think When I started to understand like how haunted houses play on your fear and how your fear is your and your own mind is your worst enemy when it comes to fear. It really did kind of help me and I think that's why haunted houses didn't scare me anymore. After that. I haven't tried going back since the time I went with my weak ex boyfriend. Um, but I think that that was just a really big eye opener for me because at the haunted houses after that, I was just like, like none of this is real.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 50:29

Mm hmm.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 50:29

Like, why am I gonna let this stress me out? Like it's just for fun, whatever. So that was 13th Floor Haunted House. And then I got the behind the scenes tour of Ripley's Believe It or Not haunted house

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 50:43

And this was in San Antonio?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 50:45


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 50:45

Do they have a Ripley's Believe It or Not in San Antonio? I didn't know that. That's cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 50:50

Yes. So they have I want to say that the haunted house might be around all year, but I'm not sure. And so there's that year was built around phobias. And they basically built it out to where people wouldn't necessarily be afraid the entire time because everyone has different phobias. But sure enough there there, there was bound to be something in there at some point that scared every single person. So they played on the fear of like smells, which was gross.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 51:27

There's a guy farting on your face.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 51:29

No, I don't remember how they did it, but one of them was about smell. One of them was about spiders.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 51:35

Mm hmm.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 51:36

What else was there one was with dead bodies. Oh, yeah, there was just different ones and I don't really recall a lot about this one. I will say though, that the quality was pretty good on that one. Yeah, because it's Ripley's Believe it or not. So every scene you went into was like pretty realistic. I should have reread my article review about this.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 51:59

Just post it on Instagram. Yeah, check out this article. From whenever.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 52:04

Back from 20, like nine or 10. So yeah, I don't really remember too much about it, but I remember that they really played up on different phobias people had. So like, all one was roaches. Yes. Yeah, that one was really uncomfortable. And then one of them did play on popping out and scaring you. Yeah, so that one wasn't as fun but it was funny too, because when I went through that one, when when they gave me the walkthrough, because they for both of them, they let me walk through like a behind the scenes type tour where they explained everything but it

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 52:38

Did they have the lights on when they were doing that? Or they would just guide you?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 52:42


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 52:44

It was like partial.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 52:45

It was partial partial lighting. So with 13th Floor they gave me the walkthrough behind the scenes, but then they gave me tickets to actually like get the experience wait in line. Go in at night. And then with Ripley's Believe it or not. I saw I did the behind the scenes tour the lights were off in that one. And so that's that was the one I was like extra scared in during the tour because like someone's gonna pop out and scare me. But then after I did the tour, they were like, Okay, well, do you want to go through it with like us actually scaring you? And I was like, well, yeah. But it was awkward because they didn't have enough staff at that time to actually do a real walkthrough for me. So there was like delays and all the way he was trying to get to the room he needed to scare me.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 53:30

So when they were doing that, would he have to actually do that? Or they they would they needed they had enough people to be in all the rooms

Ghost Hostess Mandy 53:37

they didn't? So they were like, sharing responsibility?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 53:41

Oh, yeah.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 53:44

So it was kind of whatever but I was they gave me tickets to go back again that weekend. So I got to go through the real thing. So I got through it to go through Ripley's three times of the same show. So yeah, it was cool, but I don't know just going through it was very eye opening and I realized then like well there's nothing to be scared of like it's just fun stuff. I also got to go through Nightmare on Grayson and I don't think it's open anymore. It was kind of like the original, true haunted house in San Antonio because it was like built there, okay through the community, I guess. And one of their biggest things was obviously Freddy Krueger cause Nightmare on Grayson St. and it wasn't spooky. It was just honestly it was very comparable to the KLAQ Haunted House. Like it's just like a play on the neon lights glow in the dark.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 53:47

It's more of a fun thing.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 54:37

Yeah just like people put it together and throw it It wasn't a huge production.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 54:41

Mm hmm. Okay.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 54:42

And what I have to say, though, that I was really impressed with the quality of SeaWorld during Halloween. Like I thought, What is SeaWorld going to offer during Halloween? Like it's not anything special? You wouldn't like no one would ever say oh my god, I want to go to SeaWorld for Halloween, if we lived in San Antonio, I would want to go to SeaWorld for Halloween it's it's kind of like half half the coolness of going to Disney for Halloween.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 55:10

What do they have there?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 55:11

so they have a Halloween show like you know how they do like the shows with Shamu and I haven't said Shamu in so long. but so they have a show on a stage that's not with any of the animals but it's a they put together a show with actual like Halloween songs like thriller and monster mash and it's like a live doing it and it was really fun. But they also have different areas in the park decorated to be like different small haunted houses. And my favorite one is there's like an area of jack o' lanterns. So you walk through and it literally looks like Nightmare Before Christmas like with jack o' lanterns everywhere.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 55:52

Oh, that's cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 55:53

it was really cool.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 55:54

And they have a different colors and stuff?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 55:57

No, they're all orange, orange. They're all different shapes though. Like Big ones that don't want angry happy.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 56:01

That sounds like that one Pumpkin Festival I was telling you about.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 56:07

Yes it's very similar.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 56:08

Okay cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 56:09

And then they have like a really tall Pumpkin King kind of like Jack but his head's an actual like also orange jack o' lantern. It was really cool. So yeah, they have a lot of different-

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 56:24

Possesed by Samara?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 56:26

No stop it. I thought you were gonna say I was just getting excited about Halloween. Um so yeah the SeaWorld has a lot of different attractions during Halloween like the show multiple haunted houses and then they also have similar to Universal Studios during Horror Nights. I was gonna call it terror nights during horror Horror Nights. They have spooky people going around scaring you to around the entire park. So it was really cool. I didn't get a chance to go to Six Flags for Halloween unfortunately. I think that was the only one I didn't get to go to in San Antonio. That was our dogs little collar. Sorry our dogs have been making so many interruptions today. They're also spooked out by Samara. Sorry. Oh, was that?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 57:22

Did you hear? I think he just leaned up against the table it creaked. No, no, no, there so there's these. We have these microphones stands. And they have like these tensioning bands. And if you

Ghost Hostess Mandy 57:37

Stop it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 57:39

Move it, you can hear them. But it's kind of creepy.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 57:46

Okay, it's not real. It's just the mic stand. So yeah, that was kind of my overview with experiencing haunted houses and I'm like, really bummed out that it's not gonna be safe to go to a haunted house this year, as much as we want to trick ourselves into thinking it might be, it's just not a good time. So maybe we'll have to spend just the next year and a half thinking and researching haunted houses so that we could go to one together next year for the first time.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 58:16

I know or, or create our own haunted house that we would want to build it out.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 58:22

Oh, yeah, that would be really cool.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 58:24

Because when we eventually get our first place, I want to have a haunted haunted house in the front yard. Some something cool to do you know?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 58:32

Yeah, for sure. So do you want to share your haunted house experience?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 58:38

Yeah, I, like you. I always had access to different events when I was working at the TV station back in Texas. And one of the things because I worked in the promotions department, and we had to go shoot commercials for different people's events or different businesses. And one of the events that we took part of every year was shooting a commercial for KLAQ's Haunted Warehouse. That's what they called it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 59:07

Oh yeah, I remember that.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 59:09

And they would always kind of like spirit they would occupy like a random piece of real estate that was closed. But the the formula was always the same it was it was kind of dark. They had some neon lights in different places, but it was more like a maze. And people would just hide in different corners and they jump out once in a while you go into a bigger room, and then have like a larger set piece. It's funny that we were talking about this, because while you were talking about your a haunted house story, I found one of the commercials that I shot and edited for KLAQ, so I might share that on Instagram.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 59:50

Oh, interesting.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 59:52

And luckily, the effect Well, it wasn't the effect because when I put it together, we still weren't in HD yet, so it's a square so it'll fit perfectly on Instagram, but I want to share that one because I pretty much did most of the work on that one. The one they sent me, they were like, okay, we're gonna have you go through it. They're gonna try to scare you. But we'll we'll be here and stuff and just go through it. I'm like, No, well, I need to have my light on on my camera because I need to be able to see what I'm shooting. Which is true. I didn't need the light but I mainly wanted the light on so I could see what was in front of me because I didn't want anyone to scare me. Yeah, first of all, and second of all, I was afraid that I was gonna get really scared and drop the camera. And the camera was using was like a $34,000 camera and already having a student debt. I don't need another $34,000 of debt. Yeah. So yeah, we'd go through it and I kind of remembered, like what was happening? Because I know that because they gave me tickets to to go later.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:01:09


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:01:10

And I know and they gave me like a lot like 10 tickets or something like that. It's because my boss at the time, he was really good friends with the owner. So he always had the hookup and stuff. So they're like, Oh, yeah, here. Here's like, 10 tickets. I'm like, okay, so it always like invite friends and stuff. But I know that they would want me to go with them. And just remembering all the things I was it was it was less scary because I would remember where all the jumpscares were going to be. It was still scary.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:01:40


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:01:42

But you know, it was less scary because I'm like, Okay, this is what's gonna happen. Just chill. Kind of like, when you watch a horror movie, you kind of know when the jumpscares are gonna be so you kind of can protect yourself from it. I think the the scary part of of jumpscares is how loud it is. So when I'm watching movie, I know know what's coming and I'll cover my left or right ear, depending on where I'm sitting in the theater. Because I know it's gonna be loud. Yeah, I don't know if you've ever noticed that but I'm just like I don't know if you can see this, but I put up my hand on my chin, and I put a little finger in my ear. Because that's how I do it. And that's how I play it off. So it looks like Oh, he's just bored out of his mind. He is so manly. He's not even scared. So that's it. That's a trick guys. If you don't want to be scared in front of your girl, during a scary movie, just put your hand on the chin and put your little finger in the air and you won't be as scared.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:02:40

Found your next pose. Or should I say your next pose?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:02:46

But I did a lot of the KLAQ Haunted House commercials. When I grew up too a lot of people had haunted houses. They took the time to you know, decorate and kind of made either a little a little haunted house and their foyer or foyer, foyer?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:03:05


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:03:06

Or in the back in the front yard or something like that. But like people really don't don't do that anymore. But yeah, Mandy definitely has got a leg up on me as far as doing haunted houses. Do you remember the haunted house that we went to I think it was Gilbert?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:03:25

Oh the neighborhood? Yeah, they went all out. I have pictures that I can post of that.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:03:31

So yeah, that one was insane. Like, we were kind of, she had heard about it online and we were kind of driving around looking for and then like, out of nowhere, there was like this huge billow of smoke coming from this neighborhood. I'm like, Oh, snap. I think there's like a fire or something. But then we also started seeing like, there was tons of cars.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:03:50


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:03:51

I was like, You know what, I think that's the haunted house and we we kind of parked a little like a block away. We like walked up to it and it was just this huge house and they had like so many like decorations. It was like, I think at one point there was like a, like a horse and carriage. That was like, supposed to be like ghosts and then they had what I called tombstones.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:04:17

Oh yes.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:04:17

Everywhere. And then they had like you went inside and they would have like a little like tunnel where you could just kind of go in and it wasn't like really scary.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:04:26

But then it was your mind thinking it was.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:04:28

Yeah. And it was just and it was it was pretty bright in there but they had like those little floor sensors when you like step on them and then a little hand would pop out or someone would or a ghost or a witch would be like a Happy Halloween, but it was still really cool. But you saw it was just like tons of people there.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:04:46

They also had a light show, right?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:04:49

Yeah, I think every so often, like it would everything would turn off and then it would start playing like a light show. I think. I think they played AC DC or something and it was just That's pretty, like pretty standard like the like the whole Christmas lights thing. Now that was popular for a little bit like they play a music like a rock song and it was just kind of play with it. Yeah, it was kind of like that, but it was a lot more production It was really cool. One thing they did have that I always remembered is they had like these projections displays. And it was like, they had like a see through material on the on the windows, and they would project like a ghost. Like, inside, so I thought that was pretty cool. I think they did that at Coachella, too. It was the same effect with Tupac when they-

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:05:39

It was a sheet?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:05:40

Yeah, so if you see the behind the scenes, like the lights go out, and then like this, like a screen goes over the stage, but it's like super fast, but you don't see it. And then there's like a projector that's projecting Tupac on stage and they just choreographed like, like the artists. Don't move. They just like in one spot. The only one that's moving is Tupoac the ghost. So it's the same effect. That was that that was awesome. And that was a year I didn't go to Coachella. I was like, I want to go to that one. But I was like, No, I don't want to go. I don't want to go see Snoop Dogg will actually Snoop Dogg. I think he was like a feature person. But yeah, it was it was crazy. But yeah, I mean, just all those things about haunted houses are just super cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:06:24

And I'm surprised you never got into it because you're so into production and special FX.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06:29

Well, it's because I also, this is also a bad part too, is if I'm not convinced or like, not convinced that the things that they did for the production is really good. Then I kind of like, get out of it, and I get kind of bored.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:06:44

Mm hmm.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06:45

Like it has to be good. I think the best haunted houses are the ones that have like a story behind it. Or a central theme,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:06:53

Like the 13th Floor?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06:54

Yeah, like the 13th Floor. And I just haven't experienced a lot of those. Like, if I was gonna put one together I would do a different one every year, but it's all one central theme.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:07:04

Yeah, that makes sense because that definitely the quality of the production from 13th Floor and Ripley's was way different from the Nightmare on Grayson one.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:07:15

When Yeah, when I was doing the ones for the TV station, I was like, you know what I want to see I want to see a zombie one where you have to escape the city. Mm hmm. But with the Walking Dead came out and then everybody loves zombies out of nowhere. And then I think they built a haunted house like that at Universal.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:07:34

I went through it The Walking Dead one.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:07:37

Is it like that you have to escape this the zombies from the city or something like that. You're just walking through different rooms and it's all spooky.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:07:44

I don't okay, so quick story. I went to Horror Nights twice in my life on like coincidence that I was there for a work or school trip and it was on so I went the first time that I went was way before in college also and they have so they you know they have multiple houses or haunted houses right?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:06

At Universal?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:08


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:09


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:09

So they'll like every year there's like 13 different ones or whatever, but the thing is you have to wait like an hour or longer in line for each one.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:17

Oh man that's a total bummer.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:18

It's a total bummer like if we ever go I want to make sure we go for like two or three days because I want to go through them like all of them and not feel like I have to choose because of the long lines.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:29

You know what would help with that? If we moved there.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:35

So I'm the only when I went through that time was a Walking Dead one. And all I remember was it was a snow theme.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:43

Snow theme?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:44


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:45

I remember in the comic books, there was an a part I'm pretty sure there's multiple snow parts in the comic book, but there was one where you have to find shelter in this neighborhood. And I think the main the characters are like, okay, we're gonna, we're gonna stay in this gated community, because it's freezing outside and we'll just live in these homes, but they didn't know that everybody died in that gated neighborhood. And there were zombies and you didn't find out till the next day and all the zombies started attacking them. So I think I don't know if that was the same thing.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:09:17

Did this happen in the show, too, though?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:09:20

I don't remember it being in the show. I remember it in the comic book.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:09:23

Ah, man. I don't know. See, it's been so long. Maybe it wasn't a Walking Dead one. But I could have sworn It was a Walking Dead one. But they were all it was like freezing in there. Like they had the actual snow.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:09:34

Cool. So it was super cold in there, too. That's awesome

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:09:36

Yes. It was an actual but it was pretty short because it was it was maybe like the size of our apartment. Like our entire apartment or twice this. It wasn't big.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:09:46


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:09:46

um, but it was high quality production. Like it was snow everywhere. It felt cold. The makeup was legit on the people like it was really cool. And that was like the only one I went through the whole night and I'm just gonna tell you what it was. The second time I went to Horror Nights, I was super disappointed because I wanted to go through The Shining one.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:10:07

Oh, yeah. I saw that on TV. Yeah that one looks cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:10:12

I couldn't go because we like ran out of time.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:10:14

So you know, there. So this is kind of part of my bucket list. But you know, I haven't been to a lot of other haunted houses just mainly like the KLAQ ones, maybe some other ones randomly, but I just don't remember them. But I really want to go to the ones that are not haunted houses, but I want to go to Disney during Halloween, and Universal and all those theme parks. That's what I want to do. That's like on my bucket list. But one thing I don't want to do is go to those crazy haunted houses where they like physically touch you.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:10:48

and make you sign waivers?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:10:50

To sign waivers and torture you like what's up with that? Like, why wouldn't anybody want to do that?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:10:56

I don't know.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:10:57

To themselves. Why would you want to pay someone to torture you? I don't understand that.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:11:02

Yeah, I don't know crazy stuff. I have a question for you. Oh, so when you cuz it sounds like they pretty much just threw you into the KLAQ Haunted Houses, right? Like you didn't really get any tours ahead of time or anything?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:11:17

No, I mean, they just, you know, they would have like different media outlets there and we would just take turns and we usually took like a reporter because they did a story too.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:11:28


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:11:28

But then I would just like, Okay, I'm going to go back in by myself, and I'm going to just get pieces that I'm going to need for like the whole but, but it was cool because they It was like, it was a party beforehand, too. So a lot of like, quote unquote, local celebrities would show up. And they would have food and drink and they had like a band playing, but it was like a media night and then like people will bring their kids and stuff.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:11:56

That is cool.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:11:58

And that's like a lot of I mean, if you are in the media, you know those things like there's always like a, like a pre opening or a soft opening. And you go and you just hang out and then you know, do the tour. But yeah, it was it was cool being in the media because you got access to all those things. But yeah, there was of course, there was a guy with a chainsaw. I don't think it was a chainsaw I was actually like, like a metal grinder. But it was still the same idea. Like he would turn it on, but he had like a piece of metal, and it would make contact with it. And then sparks would fly.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:12:29


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:12:30

So they had that. I'm trying to remember what else I had. There was one called The Devil's Daughter. But it was just some attractive girl in like a bikini with horns.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:12:42


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:12:43

And then she had like somebody that she was torturing. And I remember she like she came close to us. But you could tell she had been there for a while. I'm like, dang girl. Need some deodorant and a breath mint. So you'd feel bad for the people too, because they're like sweating. It's hot. They're and then like it's stinky. I'm pretty sure it's more like butt at the end of the day. Especially in Texas because it's freaking hot in Texas.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:13:08


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:13:09

But yeah, I mean, it was fun. It was cool. I'm still look, I want to go to a haunted house with you.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:13:15

I know. I really want to also.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:13:16

A hardcore one.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:13:17

A hardcore one?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:13:18

Yeah, like the 13th floor.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:13:20

Oh, I thought you meant like the later ones.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:13:22

No were arent getting tortured, but we need to work out. Because I'm gonna jump into your arms. Because I'm a chicken.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:13:29

Into my arms.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:13:30

Yes, I'm gonna be really scared. I'm gonna jump into your arms and you're gonna protect me like a little baby.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:13:36

I'm gonna get in shape to run away from you after that.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:13:39

You will never be able to run faster than me. You're gonna be juking and dodging like, Emmitt Smith.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:13:46

Oh geez. Um, what was I gonna say? Oh, I will say though, the one thing I do remember from the times I went to KLAQ. I don't remember if it was at Cielo Vista or Basset But one of the times it ended in a movie theater.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:14:04

Oh yeah.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:14:04

When the actual movie seats in it too, and that's when leatherface chased you.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:14:09

Interesting. I do remember that they used to have them at the mall, because they would choose like an empty store but then or movie theater, whatever it is. Yeah, remember that was pretty cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:14:20

I thought that was cool. The whole movie theater thing. So I don't know maybe like in my wildest dreams, we could grow our podcast so much to where we had a haunted house.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:14:28

Oh, yeah.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:14:29

Help us. Join us.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:14:32

We could do haunted land where it's like part music festival part haunted house, but you have different lands that have different types of haunted houses.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:14:43

Yeah, but I really want like a sorry I didn't mean to cut you off. I think we both like got excited.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:14:51

I know.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:14:52

Yes, that's a cool idea, too. But I was thinking like, I would want to create like a very like classic Hollywood haunted house.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:15:00

Oh, that will be pretty cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:15:02

Cuz I actually I didn't tell you this, but in one of my classes, remember I had a project where I had to, like, do brainstorming research in our living room.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:15:11


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:15:11

And our my professor responded and she was like, you have a very, uh, what was the word? I can't even remember. But she basically said, like, Oh, your living room is so classic Hollywood or now I'm gonna have to look it up. Please pause.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:15:28

Oh, she said, I don't remember what she said. I know that this isn't. I know that you're searching for things. But I know this wasn't a haunted house. But one of the things that universal had that I thought was scary, but also cool is they had a twister ride. They don't have it anymore. But you'd go into this room. And they had like projection screens and then they would just like blow a bunch of wind at you but then they had the tornadoes.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:15:57

Ripley's has that. Yeah something similar.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:15:59

So I always thought that was cool, but it wasn't like scary like spooky scary.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16:04

Yeah. Ok.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:16:05

What did she say?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16:06

I found it she said I love your living room so theatrical?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:16:10

We're pretty theatrical.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16:11

It's funny because we've worked so hard on our like decor and I never thought of defining it as theatrical but it's pretty theatrical. Especially because our plaza theater seats

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:16:21


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16:22

Which is a story for another day, but it's all like movie posters until like with the classic monsters I think that that would be a really cool haunted house. Like why hasn't universal done a Universal monsters like classic Hollywood style haunted house?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:16:38

That would be pretty cool. Yeah, that would be pretty awesome,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16:41

Wouldn't it? Like hell-er?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:16:44

And then Ryan Gosling would be there as like, hey, girl i'm the Wolf Man. And he changes into the Wolf Man? You know, he's gonna be the Wolf Man.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16:52


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:16:53

In the new Universal movie.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16:54

Didn't we talk about it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:16:55

I don't remember. I think so. We might have.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16:58

I think we might have talked about it like a week before they released who was doing it? I don't remember anymore.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:17:02

He's gonna be the sexiest Wolf Man that's ever lived.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:17:08

First Dawson and now this?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:17:10

Who else who else did I man crush on recently?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:17:12


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:17:13

Wade, he is hunky.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:17:15

Okay, so that wraps up our episode for today. I'm telling you we had a lot to talk about today. It was exciting. We were so excited to record until Samara like took over and scared us and then it was a little sketchy.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:17:29

I think Samara's asleep. I think she's like, Okay, I'm tired i'm gonna go to bed.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:17:33

Why did we start why did I start talking about her again? I did this to myself just now. Oh, okay. So anyway, happy thoughts. happy thoughts. happy thoughts. Okay, so this time we did plan ahead and our next episode is going to be about uh oh.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:17:53

What was that? Our next episodes gonna be about what?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:17:58

We're gonna be sharing how we had or how we snuck some spookiness into our honeymoon.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:18:08

How did we?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:18:09

You dont rememeber? Okay,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:18:11

Yes, I do. Sorry. Yes.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:18:16

So yes, we had our honeymoon. We briefly talked about this, but we got married in October 2018. And we kind of delayed our honeymoon until January 2019, to kind of recover some vacation time with our jobs.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:18:29


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:18:29

And we'll be sharing all about our adventure on our honeymoon and the certain spooky things that we discovered along the way.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:18:36

Oh, yeah, that was cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:18:38

And it was in LA by the way. Stay tuned for that. Until then, please be sure to follow us on Instagram. We're sharing some spooky content all day every day. If you were following us today, then you would have gotten all of the news that we shared before the podcast even aired, so be sure to check us out. We are The Ghoul Mates G H O U L ghoul and until next week, we're sending you ghouls and kisses. Bye.

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