In 1991, Spooky World opened in Berlin, Massachusetts as the first Halloween scream park. The attraction became so popular that it expanded well beyond its original haunted hayride and shaped a generation of New England Halloween lovers. Join David Bertolino, the man who started it all, and Jeff DePaoli, Host of "That Halloween Podcast", to hear how an idea became a Halloween institution in Massachusetts.
The original horror scream park featured haunted houses, sideshow attractions, celebrities and a notorious haunted hayride. The park was soon after deemed New England's largest and most terrifying horror scream park, becoming a household name. Seven years later, Spooky World moved its location to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. In addition to Spooky World's terrifying and original hayride and haunted house creations, the scream park caught the eyes of Hollywood. Throughout the years, special guests to visit Spooky World included Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Kane Hodder (Jason Vorhees), and musician Tiny Tim even got married live on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at Spooky World.
Jeff DePaoli grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts and graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in the Performing Arts. He has been obsessed with Halloween from a very early age, and it truly is his favorite day of the year. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he works as a segment producer with the world's largest Halloween and horror convention, Midsummer Scream. Jeff is an avid podcaster where he shares his love of Halloween with special guests on "That Halloween Podcast." He has been podcasting since 2014 when he launched his flagship show, "Dizney Coast to Coast." Jeff attends and reports on many Halloween and themed entertainment events throughout the year as a journalist for Attractions Magazine. As a voiceover artist, he has worked with Universal Pictures, Netflix, and is the host of the official Alexa Disney Trivia game on the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition. He has always enjoyed hosting and was honored with the opportunity to host TEDx Culver City as well as numerous panels for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and conventions. One of Jeff's more unique credits is his role as the Stage Manager of the Ed Sullivan Show in the Clint Eastwood film "Jersey Boys." You can learn more about Jeff's podcasts at www.DePodcastNetwork.com and follow @JeffDePaoli on social media.
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This program will be recorded. Everyone who registers will receive a link to the recording following the event.
This program is in partnership with Ashland Public Library and partially funded by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.