by Dana Martin, Dark Knight Entertainment Group
Friday 11:30am-12:30pm – Business Track
It’s easy to find haunted attraction owners and operators passionate on either side of this budget issue, and neither side of the argument is shy about standing up for their beliefs! Labor costs are usually a haunt’s steepest budget item, and many owners are looking for ways to cut corners without affecting their show. In this provocative session, Dana Martin will look at the pros and cons, the benefits (and pitfalls) of paying actors vs. using volunteer actors. READ MORE
Advanced All-day Workshop 2 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Opening Your First Haunted Attraction: Without Losing An Arm And A Leg
by Leonard Pickel of Hauntrepreneurs(R) Themed Attraction Design and Consulting
$250 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!
Halloween has become a phenomenon in the United States and around the world, and every year more and more people are opening “darkly themed” Attractions for fun and PROFIT! Even in the present economic downturn, some Halloween events are breaking attendance records, while other attractions are going out of business.
This comprehensive and detailed step by step “how-to” session features the “do’s and don’ts” on getting an at traction open, keeping it open and making enough money to survive for with a Halloween Event. “Wantrepreneurs” planning to open an event someday and well-established October events looking to increase profitability alike will learn from Leonard’s 40 years of professional haunted attraction design and consulting experience.
In this all day session, attendees will explore the reasons why some attractions prosper while others fail. “A Haunted Attraction is a business and as with any other business, what you don’t know about this specialized field can put you out of business before you even get open,” explains haunt industry veteran Leonard Pickel who will share with attendees how to maximize profits while minimizing costs and effort while describing what he sees as the best model for creating a successful Halloween Event.
NOTE: Bring your wifi enabled laptop or tablet, your scary designs, theme ideas and haunting dreams to this not to be missed session. Check out Leonard’s website at www.hauntrepreneurs.com.
by Jim Slanker, Canyon Trail Cemetery
Jan. 27 1:30-2:30pm – Demonstration Track
If you have always wondered how to use compressed air to animate a prop then Pneumatics 101 will answer all your questions. In this ultimate beginner’s guide to pneumatics, Jim Slanker will cover the different components to safely and effectively use pneumatics to create your own animated Halloween props. Topics include the basics of compressors, cylinder types, solenoid valves, triggers, controllers and other pneumatic accessories.
The HAuNTcon 2017 Hands-on Workshops are designed to teach a technique on a smaller project that attendees can then take home with them. Back at their own attraction, attendees can use these techniques on a much grander scale to increase the overall effectiveness of their attractions. A materials fee is required for each class and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now. CLICK HERE to check out this year’s selection of hands-on workshops! Times, topics and speakers are subject to change.
Note: Registration to HAuNTcon is required to take these Workshops.
Advanced All-day Workshop 1 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Airbrushing Monsters for your Haunted Attraction
by Kyle Vest of Blast Effects
$250 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!
Join Skin Wars fan favorite Kyle Vest, for this fun, full day hands-on airbrush workshop, designed for novices and experienced airbrush artists wanting to learn how to better their skills at airbrushing monsters for your haunted attraction. Attendees will learn how to easily create aliens, creatures, ghouls, vampires, zombies, animalistic and Frankenstein creatures. Attendees will discover new techniques taking students to new levels, how to go from color to color without having to use a cleaner in between.
There is STILL TIME to get the hotel room discount for HAuNTcon 2017 which will be held in less than two weeks, Jan – 26-30.
We sold out the HAuNTcon block but not the whole hotel… YET! After some intense negotiations, the Sheraton Music City Hotel has agreed to honor the $139 HAuNTcon rate until the hotel is completely sold out. To get the discount, you have to email firstname.lastname@example.org and let Cynthia know you are with HAuNTcon 2017 and need a room.
Do it today, as there is no telling how long rooms will be available!
See you in only DAYS!!!
Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Hands-On Sock Mask Making Workshop
by Michael Burnett of FrightNight Studios, LLC
$270 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!
Join Special Makeup Effects Artist & Designer Michael Burnett for this full day hands on, make-n-take workshop. Suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, this class is for anyone looking to learn how to create custom, inexpensive masks. Michael will share the techniques and products used to create realistic, reusable masks from foam latex prosthetics.
Registration includes instruction, materials, continental breakfast and boxed lunch.
Hotel discount ends MONDAY! So get those registrations NOW!
Preshow Inspirational Tour with backstage tours of 15 some odd haunts.
Over 50 hours of Haunter Education INCLUDED in the price of admission.
The best investment you can make in your Haunting Dreams! Get your tickets HERE!
DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!
The Sheraton Music City Hotel has extended the HAuNTcon 2017 Hotel Discount through Monday!!! AND Added Wed. the 25th to our block for people joining us on the Preshow Tour.
Haunt Tours, Education, Tradeshow, Costume Ball, Haunted Garage Sale, Hospitality Room – Get out of the snow and get your Halloween fix Jan 26-30 in Nashville at HAuNTcon 2017
HAuNTcon 2017 hotel discount rate ENDS on January 5th! If you are even considering attending HAuNTcon this month, then be sure to reserve your room at the Sheraton Music City Hotel and Conference Center, 777 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 CLICK HERE go to the HAuNTcon 2017 hotel discount page.
Seminars, Workshops, Tradeshow, Garage Sale, Costume Ball will all be at the hotel and the Haunt Tours leave from the Sheraton. If you are flying into Nashville, you can still take advantage of the FREE shuttle service to and from the Hotel.
Use the Tickets tab to become a part of this exciting conference!