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HAuNTcon 2014

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January 23-28, 2014
George Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

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Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown
1700 Smith St
Houston, TX 77002
(713)739-8800

$119 a night with HAuNTcon discount & $10 a night for parking with HAuNTcon discount.

Click here then select HAuNTcon as attendee type in the drop down to reserve your hotel room.

FREE shuttle service will be provided between the Crowne Plaza and the Convention Center during event hours.  All Bus tours will leave from the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  
Shuttle schedule as follows:
Friday, January 24
Shuttle Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 25
Shuttle Hours: 7 am – 2 am
Sunday, January 26
Shuttle Hours: 7 am – 12 am
Monday, January 27
Shuttle Hours: 7 am – 7 pm
Tuesday, January 28
Shuttle Hours: 7 am – 5 pm

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What is HAuNTcon?

HAuNTcon is an acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, an expo and convention “Designed by Haunters, for Haunters” of every age and level of experience. HAuNTcon brings people who love Haunted Houses, Halloween and scaring people together for a fun-filled four days and nights Haunt Tours, Education, Tradeshow and Networking, rounded out by a Haunted Garage Sale and the amazing annual Costume Ball.

Past exhibitors in the tradeshow have featured haunt industry heavy-weights such as Haunted Enterprises, Fright Props, and Distortions Unlimited. Reasonable booth fees that includes electrical and internet, allows up-and-coming Haunt Industry exhibitors to get cost effective exposure to a fanatical fan base.

The Annual Haunted Garage sale will be held on Sunday during the tradeshow.

HAuNTcon is heavily attended by pro-haunters. HAuNTcon also moves to a new city every year with the intent to grow the industry by promoting to home haunters, haunt actors and Halloween enthusiasts of all kinds.

Tours of more than 15 haunted houses are available to attendees during the show. The two day pre-show tour allows haunt owners an off-season look at local pro-haunts in operation, with additional spotlight tours on Friday, Sunday and Monday nights.

Over 40 hours of Haunt education is included in the 3 day trade show admission. Creative Sessions, Business Seminars, Hands-on Workshops, Make Up and Product Demonstrations all designed to provide information and teach attendees techniques to do what they do better, faster and easier. Topics range from Haunted House Marketing and Business Plans, through Cheap Scares and Haunted House Design, Actor Training and Character Development, Prop building and Set Design.

HAuNTcon is a jam packed, not to be missed, economical Haunt conference that is the best investment you can make in your haunting future. If you have a Halloween event, Haunted House or Home Haunt, or if you have a dream of someday opening a Halloween event, Haunted Attraction or yard Haunt then join others like you for more off season Halloween Fun than is allowed by law at the Haunted Attraction Tradeshow and Conference, we call HAuNTcon.

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Nuts & Volts Magazine and HAuNTcon

  • Who: Nuts & Volts Magazine in conjunction with HAuNTcon®
  • What: 3 FREE digital issues of Nuts & Volts including the Halloween Special Edition
  • When: From now till this July 30th! (So, act fast!)
  • Where: On your computer, iOS, or Android device

 

Nuts & Volts Magazine has been supporting electronics hobbyists with regular columns on theory, circuit design, project kits, and technology updates for over 35 years. In years past around Halloween we’ve done some specially-themed projects such as:

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The Dungeon KeeperThe Prop DropperTalking Skull KitPeanut Butter Monster Detector

With overwhelmingly positive reader feedback, we have decided to dedicate the whole Halloween issue to the Haunted Attraction Industry and Haunters of all sizes!

This packed Halloween-themed issue is loaded with new and exciting uses of electronics for props and animations that you can apply to your own projects. Today’s cutting edge haunted attractions use various technologies for special effects. Electronics such as LED lighting, motion sensors, solenoid valves, microcontrollers, DMX control systems, MP3 players, sound systems, and more are all “in the Haunter’s tool bag” of tricks and this Halloween Special Edition explores using electronics to enhance your haunt’s experience and to create amazing special effects for your attendees!

From simple circuits like glowing LED eyes or sound-activated “thunder and lightning” systems, to complicated microcontroller-managed programmable sequencers for servos, this Special Edition of the magazine is a real mix of useful, interesting, and inspiring projects. Just some of the article topics scheduled to appear are:

  • The Evolution of Projectors — Haunting With Light
  • Build the Peek-A-Boo Servo Operated Desktop Ghost
  • Create Your Own Monster Book
  • Haunting 101 — 13 Scary Projects for Your Haunted House
  • Secrets of the Monster in a Box
  • PICAXE Haunt Control Systems

These topics are useful to every level of haunter, from yard haunts DYI to pro Haunters. Each article will inspire you with detailed descriptions of complex animatronics, simple prop mechanisms, and haunt control systems. Some of the editorial will showcase complete project kits that can be purchased through our webstore or directly from our advertisers.

So… what’s the catch?
There is none. You get three digital issues for free — no strings attached. HAuNTcon and Nuts & Volts Magazine are offering you this FREE three-month trial of our magazine because we know that once you sample this great publication, you will want to subscribe. If you have an electronics project that you think would make a great article in Nuts & Volts Magazine, send it to Vern Graner at vern@nutsvolts.com. We would love to include you in a future issue.

So, if it turns out you like the magazine, subscribe and continue to receive Nuts & Volts monthly, where we’ll deliver articles with projects, theory, applications, circuits, and technology to help you hone those electronics chops!

Not interested? Enjoy the three FREE issues with our compliments… all treats … no tricks!

Sound good? Here’s how to get your FREE digital issues!

Simply click this link: https://www.pubservice.com/subcnew.aspx?PC=NV&AN=&PK=Q57LP1

Fill out the form and we will start your subscription right away!

Thank you and Happy Haunting!

Vern Graner
V.P. of Operations
T & L Publications, Inc
Nuts & Volts magazine
SERVO Magazine
vern@nutsvolts.com

THANK YOU HOUSTON! HAuNTcon 2014 a SMASH HIT!

HAuNTcon_2014

Building on the success of last year’s event in Dallas Texas, HAuNTcon 2014 in Houston was even bigger, with more attendees, better education, bigger tours and larger Costume Ball than ever brfore. The question now is where will HAuNTcon 2015 be? Stay tuned as we work out the details for next years exciting event!

Thank you for making HAuNTcon 2014 a smash hit!

(We still have a few HAuNTcon 2014 t-Shists available, CLICK HERE to see if we have your size )

Distortions SELLS OUT at HAuNTcon 2014

See new 2014 props from Distortions + Behind-the-Scenes look at Making Monsters!

See new 2014 props from Distortions + Behind-the-Scenes look at Making Monsters!

As the dust settles on what was the most successful HAuNTcon ever, many of the event’s exhibiotrs are sharing success stories. Distortions Unlimited took a 20×20 booth at the front of the HAuNTcon 2014 tradeshow and had busy three days of selling props and animations on the floor as well as taking orders for both catalog pieces and custom props. “Overall it was a very successful tradeshow!” said the Making Monsters duo.

Costume Ball Prom Photos

The LARGEST Costum Ball in the History of the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference was held on January 25, 2014!

Tuesday All Day Workshops – Selling out Fast! Get registered today!

There are still openings available for the Tuesday All Day Workshops.

Note: In 2014, the Advanced All-day Workshops will be on Tuesday January 28th.

Advanced All-day Workshop 1 (Fee Required)
Tuesday 9:00am-4pm
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Evil Twin FX Hands-On Custom Mask Making Workshop
by Nick Wolfe, Evil Twin FX www.eviltwinfx.com

Description – The sock mask is a staple of the haunted attraction industry because of their breath-ability. They are soft, comfortable, and flexible, which means your actors will keep them on longer. In this Full Day hands-on make-n-take workshop, Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX will be instruct attendees how to build the structure of the mask and create the look of a mask using appliance pieces. Attendees will also learn how to apply latex to the mask to blend the pieces together, how to paint / finish the mask, and how to cut the eye holes / mouth to make the mask functional. This mask technique requires very little sculpting. Even if you have never worked with latex or tried to make a mask before, you can make a sock mask. Your only limits are your imagination. Once completed, attendees will walk away with a custom one of a kind mask and the knowledge of how to make many, many more. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advance.

Material Fee: $200
Class Size Limited to: 10
Reserve Class Now

Advanced All-day Workshop 4 (Fee Required)
Tuesday 9:00am-4pm
Room: 320 A
Ouintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction and Detailing Workshop
by Shayne Torrans, Brutal Rust www.brutalrust.com

Alli Nauert in the boiler roomDescription – When people talk about the best haunted houses in the country, Netherworld in Atlanta, GA, 13th Gate in Baton Rouge and House of Shock in New Orleans, LA, always come up in the discussion, but why? They all have great costuming, actors and make up, but what really makes these events the most talked about haunts in the industry is that each of these events attractions have amazingly realistic sets and high detail, distressed and dilapidated walls, movie quality sets and set dressing. Many haunters think that set dressing and high detail is expensive, but in this all day advanced workshop, Shayne Torrans and the  team from Haunt Force and Brutal Rust will show you how to create an amazing highly detailed movie quality set on a budget.

Starting from scratch, attendees will help build the walls, and create sets of a rusted pipe filled boiler room. This session will cover set wall construction, base and faux painting, distressing and set dressing, all using low cost, light weight wood, foam, plastic and sheetrock. Once learned, the techniques demonstrated in this hands on workshop can be used in a variety of ways thought your entire attraction to take your  haunted house to the next level of realism and detail. At the end of the day, the boiler room set will be auctioned off to the attendees. Do not miss this in depth scenic set building class that will show you how to take your haunt to the next level in realism and detail.

Material Fee: $100
Class Size Limited to: 30
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Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required)
Tuesday 9:00am-4pm
Room: 320 C
Making Monsters 101
by Tom Devlin, 1313 FX Fright Zone www.1313fxfrightzone.comTom_Devlin

Description – Along with an invaluable amount of knowledge, each student will take home Tom Devlin’s custom T13 airbrush by Paasche! This all day class will teach students the entire process of creating, applying, and painting a latex prosthetic. Students will sculpt and mold a piece, take a brief lunch break, then come back to class and learn how to use latex to make their creation into a working piece of art using airbrush and had applied paint techniques.

Material Fee: $200
Class Size Limited to: 20
Reserve Class Now

Advanced All-day Workshop 2 (Fee Required)
Tuesday 9:00am-4pm
Room: 320 D
Opening Your First Haunted Attraction: Without Losing An Arm And A Leg
by Leonard Pickel, Hauntrepreneurs(R) Themed Attraction Design and Consulting www.hauntrepreneurs.com

Description – Halloween has become a phenomenon in the United States and around the world, and every year more and more people are opening “darkly themed” Halloween Attractions. Even in the present economic downturn some haunted events are breaking attendance records, while other attractions are going out of business.

HAuNTcon SeminarsThis comprehensive and detailed step by step “how-to” session features the “do’s and don’ts” on getting an attraction open, keeping it open and making enough money to survive for both a for-profit dark attraction and charity Halloween Event, but even a well-established event will learn from Leonard’s 35 years of professional design and consulting experience.

From choosing the attraction name and URL for the event though pricing and dates of operation, topics covered include, creating a business plan, location requirements, safety code compliance, attraction style, attraction design, multi-element approach, timed ticketing, advertising, operations and answers to the most frequently asked questions: “How big should the attraction be, how much should I charge, and how much will it cost?”
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 in any other business, what you don’t know about this specialized field can put you out of business before you get started,” 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 never before offered session.

Material Fee: $180
Class Size Limited to: 20
Reserve Class Now

Workshops Still Available But Onsite Registration Only

The following workshops still have openings but you can only register ONSITE for Workshops

Note: Attendance to the HAuNTcon Tradeshow Floor is required to take the class.
CLICK HERE to register for HAuNTcon.

Workshop 4 – Saturday 3:30 – 5:30 pm Room: Tradeshow Floor
How to Produce an Authentic Rusted Finish in Your Attraction
by Haunt Force, Brutal Rust www.brutalrust.com

Description – Great haunted attractions engage their patrons with attention to detail by using major components like rust to create that distressed look. This hands-on class will cover how to create a rusted finish on virtually everything relevant to the scenes in a typical attraction. Shayne will discuss and demonstrate how to bring an added level of authenticity to your production. Attendees will take home a decorative rusted cross that they can utilize anywhere.

Material Fee: $20
Class Size Limited to: 20

Workshop 6 – Sunday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Room: Tradeshow Floor
Sculpting Basics Demo with RJ Haddy
by RJ Haddy, Rad FX Co. www.radfxco.com

Description – Rj Haddy from the hit TV show FaceOff will take attendees through the various sculpting mediums that FX artists use, oil base clay, water based clay, polymer clays, and a general overview of how they are all utilized to created monsters and appliance character make-ups. He will create a custom sculpt while attendees take notes and ask questions about his techniques.

Material Fee: $’$50
Class Size Limited to: 20

Workshop 10 – Monday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Room: Tradeshow Floor
Realistic Life-Like Prop Eyes On A Budget
by Michael Burnett, Halloween Horror Nights

Description – They say that the eyes are windows into the soul, and the hardest part of creating a realistic life-like looking prop, is realistic eyes. Glass eyes are great, you can stick them in a goofy looking prop or even a glob of sprayfoam and the whole prop takes on a creepy more eerie look. But, glass eyes are expensive, in this workshop, Michael Burnett will show you how to make realistic life like looking eyes yourself for a fraction of what you can buy glass eyes for. the class includes all materials and instructions to make two sets of life-like prop eyes.

Material Fee: $’$20
Class Size Limited to: 20

Bus Added To HAuNTcon Spotlight Tour!

For the first time ever, the HAuNTcon Spotlight Haunt Tours are selling out before the show starts!
Crew on Bus 1
Monday Nights Tour od Fearshire Farms and Creepy Hollow SOLD OUT last night, but today we were able to schedule annother bus, so Monday Tours and the Combo ticket are back on the Ticketing Page! But even those seats are going fast!

Join Haunters from Ireland, France, Austrailia and across the US for HAuNTcon 2014, Houston Texas THIS WEEKEND!

HAuNTcon Tours Leave From the Crowne Plaza Hotel

All HAunTcon 2014 Tours leave from the Haunter’s Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Downtown Hotel,1700 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002 Call 972-951-5100 if you have any problems!

Pre-Show buses leave at 10:30am on Thursday January 23.

See you in Houston!

Get Your HAuNTcon Tickets Now – Final Discount Expires Soon

With HAuNTcon 2014 just around the corner, don’t miss out on the savings using discount code 201410 which expires at midnight Thursday, 1/23/2014.

Register to Attend HAuNTcon 2014 now!

Discount code 201410 gives you 10% off:

  • Full 3 Day Pass (Jan. 25-27, Education, Tradeshow)
  • Saturday Night Costume Ball (Jan. 25)

And $45 off:

  • Full Weekend Combo Ticket with transportation
  • Full Weekend Combo Ticket without transportation

HAuNTcon 2014 SELLING OUT!

~HC Crowd

The HAuNTcon hotel is sold out, but there are some inexpensive options in the area. Go OTHER HOTEL OPTIONS to get a room if you haven’t gotten a room yet.   The latest workshop sell out is the 3 Part Mask Making class. But you can still build your own mask at the show by taking the Nick Wolfe Tuesday Sock Mask workshop.

The Costume ball has now out sold the 2013′s record ball attendance! Bar B Q Dinner, FREE beer and free soft drinks seems to be the formula. If it is one thing HAuNTcon knows is how to throw a party!

There are still a few seats on the preshow tour and on the last buses for the haunt tours. But seating is limited. If you need a ride to the haunt tours, get them while they last.

Attendance for HAuNTcon 2014 is ahead of schedule and on pace to beat even the great show we had in Dallas 2013. So get out of the cold and travel south to Houston Texas, for HAuNTcon 2014, Jan 23-28!

Contact

Event Coordinator: 
Leonard Pickel
972-951-5100
HAuNTcon@gmail.com

Exhibitor Booth Sales: 
877-347-EXPO
hauntconsales@gmail.com

Webmaster/Designer: 
Chad Savage / Sinister Visions

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About HAuNTcon

HAuNTcon features movie & TV industry celebrities for presentations and personal appearances.  In the past we’ve hosted makeup professionals such as Brian & Nick Wolfe, Cleve Hall, and Tom Devlin.  Actors from iconic horror movies such as Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) have graced our celebrity ensemble.

If can’t get enough scares in October, try our Pre-Show overnight bus trip that includes lights on and lights off tours of local haunted events. This tour is followed by the full action tours on Friday and Sunday evenings.

The Trade Show floor, Friday through Sunday, is filled with the latest in fright services and equipment, for the professional Haunted House owner and the Halloween enthusiast alike. From horror makeup and highly detailed masks to static props and large animatronic creatures, everything a Haunter needs will be for sale, often at wholesale prices.  Stay four out Haunted Garage sale, where local haunted houses and manufacturers sell and trade anything everything haunted at this flea market/swap meet.  The sale is a great place to find killer deals.

The conference wraps up with advanced education on the Monday, following the trade show, with day-long hands-on workshops, covering everything from attraction design to creating realistic scenes of terror at your event!