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.
As we finalize the details for this year’s HAuNTcon, I want to invite YOU to share your knowledge, your experience and your expertise with our attendees! CLICK HERE to become a speaker at HAuNTcon 2015!
EACH OF US has something important to share. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to our industry, sharing fresh, bold, new ideas is what HAuNTcon is all about! Do a makeup demo, a show-and-tell for a great prop you built, tell us what you have learned about haunt marketing, offer a hands-on workshop, show us how you use social media, share your best room designs, teach us how you train your actors, tell us how you found funding, help us write a business plan – whatever your expertise, whatever you have learned from your experience inside or outside haunting that will help others do what they do cheaper, faster or better, we ask you to tell us about it!
Public speaking can be people’s greatest fear, but I find that when I know the subject matter, really know what I am trying to say…that presenting a seminar is exhilarating! So what are you afraid of? CLICK HERE to fill the speaker form! You will be glad you did and so will our attendees!
HAuNTcon is proud to announce a partnership with Garage of Evil. Not only will Steve O’Connor will be offering seminars, hands-on workshops himself but also helping develop the HAuNTcon educational program.
HAuNTcon 2015, the convention designed by haunters, for haunters of all levels, will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – February 6-10 at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel and Conference Center. The haunter’s conference includes haunted house tours, tradeshow, costume ball, haunted garage sale and networking with like minded haunt owners and Halloween enthusiasts from around the world!
Join haunters and Garage of Evil minions for HAuNTcon 2015. Tickets are available HERE For more details go to www.hauntcon.com or call 972-951-5100.
The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, sponsored by DarkLight, is proud to announce that HAuNTcon 2015 will be held in Baton Rouge, LA at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel and Conference Center February 6-10. HAuNTcon has a group discount at the hotel and they provide free shuttle service to and from the Baton Rouge Airport to the Hotel.
Designed for haunter’s by haunters, the 2015 conference starts early Friday morning with an all day “Inspiration” Pre Show Bus Tour of everything spooky and interesting to see in Southern Louisiana. Saturday morning begins with haunter education and hands-on workshops sponsored by Garage of Evil. In between classes be sure to check out the HAuNTcon Tradeshow, filled with product and service providers, special effects and prop companies, costume and make up manufacturers. Saturday night concludes with the infamous HAuNTcon Costume Ball, sponsored by Froggy’s Fog.
Education, Workshops and Tradeshow continue on Sunday and continues Sunday night with a tour of Rise Haunted House. Monday morning brings a full day of in depth workshops and education and concludes with a haunt tour and Haunter’s Party at The Mortuary Monday night.
But the fun is still not over. Tuesday is filled with all day hands-on workshops designed for the serious haunter looking to take their event to the next level. Attendees can take advantage of the nightly networking in the HAuNTcon Hospitality Suite and impromptu meeting of haunters and vendors all over the hotel. There is even a Casino attached to the hotel to keep spouses entertained.
We are still finalizing things so you will not be able to get a room or buy tickets just yet, but you will very soon. Stay tuned.
This year’s event is shaping up to be the largest to date and we look forward to seeing you February 6-10 in Baton Rouge for the haunter’s convention, HAuNTcon 2015!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 )
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.
The LARGEST Costum Ball in the History of the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference was held on January 25, 2014!
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)
Room: 320 B
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
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Advanced All-day Workshop 4 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 A
Ouintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction and Detailing Workshop
by Shayne Torrans, Brutal Rust www.brutalrust.com
Description – 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)
Room: 320 C
Making Monsters 101
by Tom Devlin, 1313 FX Fright Zone www.1313fxfrightzone.com
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
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Advanced All-day Workshop 2 (Fee Required)
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.
This 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
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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