Transcript: TVO Haunts: Crafting up scares at Haunted House Creations | Oct 27, 2017

A clip shows a spooky mask moving it jaws.

It says HELLO EVERYONE!

A sign on the wall reads "Haunted House Creations."

A caption reads "Paul Hopkins. Owner, Haunted House Creations."

Paul is in his forties, with short graying hair and a goatee. He wears a black T-shirt and a pair of glasses over his head.

A clip shows a house front with a caption "Scarborough, Ontario."

Paul says HALLOWEEN IS MY CHRISTMAS.
MY NAME IS PAUL HOPKINS. I'M
THE OWNER AND OPERATOR OF
HAUNTED HOUSECREATIONS. WE CREATE
ANIMATRONICS FOR THE HAUNTED-HOUSE
INDUSTRY AND THE MOVIE INDUSTRY,
AND WE LIKE TO SCARE PEOPLE.

He shows a device with two big eyeballs.

A caption reads "Hopkins founded Haunted House Creations 20 years ago. He’s worked as an auto mechanic and audio engineer and brings technical expertise to his haunted creations."

Paul says WE'VE HAD PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER,
FROM ALL WALKS, FROM BIG MOVIE
PRODUCERS TO PEOPLE WHO JUST HAVE
HOME HAUNTS. THEY WALK IN THE
BACKYARD, AND THEIR FIRST IMPRESSION
IS, 'OH, YOU WORK FROM HOME'. AND
THEN WHEN THEY GET BACK THERE, IT'S
LIKE, 'I HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS WOULD
BE HERE.' AND THEY ARE SURPRISED,
BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS, LIKE THAT
ANIMATRONIC YOU JUST LOOKED AT, THEY
DON'T KNOW WHAT'S UNDERNEATH IT.

Clips show different scary props.

Paul says THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND.
UNTIL THEY SEE IT IN THAT LIGHT,
WHERE IT DOESN'T HAVE A; OF THE
FINISHING WORK ON IT. WHAT I DO IN
THE SHOP IS THAT WORK, AND NOBODY
EVER GETS TO SEE WHAT I DO. IT'S A
HUGE THRILL, AND THAT'S THE REASON
WHY I STARTED DOING IT, WAS THE FACT
THAT THE THINGS I DO ACTUALLY SCARE
PEOPLE. THIS IS THE FINISHING SHOP.
THIS IS WHERE EVERYBODY TAKES THE
ANIMATRONICS OR THE UNDERSKULLS THAT
I MAKE, AND THEY PUT ALL THE FINISHING
WORK LIKE THE HEADS, THE ARMS, THE HANDS
THE CLOTHING, AND ALL THE PAINTING
THAT GOES INTO MAKING THESE THINGS.
RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE DOING A MOULD THAT'S
GOING O BE A PHOTO OP FOR A HAUNTED
HOUSE. PEOPLE WILL HOLD THE BAT AND TAKE
THESE WONDERFUL, FUN PICTURES. THERE
WERE ALWAYS CERTAIN HOUSES IN THE
NEIGHBOURHOOD THAT YOU WERE DYING TO SEE.
THEY WERE THE ONES WHO PUT ON THE BIG
DISPLAYS. WE DIDN'T HAVE THE INTERNET;
WE DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO THOSE THINGS.
YOU'D HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE STORE, OR
THE BROCHURE TO SHOW UP AT YOUR HOUSE.
AND SO YOU'D HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE STORE
TO OPEN AND GO THERE.

A clip shows moving skeletons and scary monsters with the caption "Courtesy: Haunted House Creations."

Paul says NOW IT'S GREAT,
BECAUSE YOU CAN GO ON TO THE INTERNET
AND SEARCH THESE UNLIMITED RESOURCES
OF ALL THESE CRAZY THINGS THAT PEOPLE
CAN MAKE. THAT'S WHY I STILL DO A YARD
HUNT. BECAUSE I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE IT,
AND I WANT PEOPLE TO COME OUT.
AND I WANT PEOPLE TO ENJOY IT. IT'S
SUPPOSED TO BE A FUN TIME WHERE
EVERYBODY CAN DRESS UP AND GO OUT
AND HAVE FUN. THAT'S WHAT WE TRY TO
DO WITH EVERYTHING WE DO IS MAKE
IT FUN.

The spooky mask says I REALLY HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR VISIT.
AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CHEWING ON YOU
LATER.

(LAUGHTER)

(spooky music plays)

The TVO logo appears in orange in front of a lit pumpkin.

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