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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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Hotel/Lodging and Travel Information

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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February, 2011

HAuNTcon 2011 Haunt Tours Announced!

PreShow Haunt Tour (April 27-28, 2011)-  Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime road trip to visit TEN different haunts including: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Wicked World’s Nightmare Haunted House, Screampark’s Castle Of Fear, The Abyss and Insanity, St Rita Haunted House, The Dent Schoolhouse, Necropolis, Dark Terrors, PLUS a couple of surprises.  All-inclusive price includes:  bus, hotel, food and entry to all events. Special Pricing available for Doubles, Triples and Quad groups.

Thursday Night Tours (April 28, 2011)-  Experience TWO amazing haunts for one low price as we tour the Haunted Hotel and Culbertson Mansion.  Buses leave at 6:30pm- PreShow tourers will be back in time for the Thursday event.  VIP transportation and General Admission tickets are available.

Friday Night Haunt Tours (April 29, 2011)- Again, TWO amazing Haunted Attractions in one night. Tour Industrial Nightmare AND Fear Fair for one LOW price. Buses leave at 6:30pm.  VIP tcikets include transportation.

Sunday Night Tour (May 1, 2011)-  Join us for a tour and social at PsychoMania: Theater of Terror.  General Admission and VIP transportation tickets are available and include event admission, beverages and snacks.    Buses leave at 6:30pm from the Crowne Plaza.

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2011 “Make & Take” Classes Announced!

We are excited to announce this year’s “Make & Take” Classes.  In each of these hands-on workshops, attendees will be provided all materials and instructed step by step through the process of building a prop or special effect. At the conclusion of the class, attendees get to take what they create home with them. Techniques learned in the classes can then be used by attendees on future projects. Click Here for a list of classes and descriptions.

Monday All Day Paid Seminars Announced

Join us for a special collection of all-day seminars on Monday, May 2, 2011.  Here are the classes offered:

Evil Twin FX Hands On Sock Mask Making Workshop- Presented by Brian & Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX

Join Brian & Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX for this full day hands-on make & take workshop. Cameras and note pads are a must, as students will be instructed on how to create a custom one off, one-of-a-kind form fitting character mask. This hands-on workshop covers all aspects of building, painting and detailing a “sock mask” using everyday materials and foam latex appliances. By the end of the day, attendees will have completed their own mask that they can take home with them.

The Davis Graveyard – Building a Cemetery- Presented by Jeff & Chris Davis and the Davis graveyard crew

In this workshop, we will jumpstart or enhance an existing cemetery with a collection of foam based props which include tombstones, a weathered wood coffin, several monuments and an elaborate tomb, which are the basic essentials to get you on your way to that picture perfect cemetery.   At the end of the session a randomly chosen attendee will go home with the entire collection.

Getting Started in the Haunted House Business- By Leonard Pickel of D.O.A Design and Consulting

This session is a comprehensive overview of the various concerns relating to a “first time” October seasonal production, but even a well-established Halloween event will learn from Leonard’s 30 plus years of professional Haunting design and consulting experience. A Haunted Attraction is a business, and like any other business what you don’t know about this specialized field can kill you!

As he lays out a plan for success for you, Leonard will reveal his vision for what a successful event consists of and how to maximize your profits while minimizing costs and effort. Topics include: location requirements, safety and 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?”

SpFxWmn Productions Character Development Workshop- Presented by Michele L. Arroyo of SpFxWmn Productions Inc.

As many of you know, believable actors make the difference in getting the scare. Perhaps the reverse is more prevalent: when the actors break character or aren’t believable, people do not get scared and they don’t have the fun they came for. One of the things that helps an actor stay in character is an understanding of their characters and how they think.  This course will help you develop a detailed character to use in your haunt. 

More Details available for all Workshops: http://hauntcon.com/haunted-education-seminars/monday-sessions/

SPACES ARE LIMITED, so get your tickets today!  http://2011hauntcon.ticketleap.com/early-bird-discounts/

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!