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HAuNTcon 2015

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February 6-10, 2015
Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel & Convention Center
103 France St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
800-676-4847
Discounted Room Rate $99 Please call the hotel directly to get a room and tell them the discount code hcb4c

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HAuNTcon Announces 2014 Location and NEW Dates

HAuNTcon 2014 will be in held in ….. (drum roll please) Houston Texas January 25-27. All education, tradeshow exhibits and the Costume Ball will be at the  George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas – the preshow tour is January 23-24, the All Day Workshops are on the 28th and the Costume ball is on the 25th. The HAuNTcon Host Hotel is the Crown Plaza Houston Downtown 1700 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002 and $119 a night with HAuNTcon discount. See link to the right for hotel information.

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Now here is the big news. HAuNTcon is moving to January to run concurrently and in the same building as the industry’s wholesale tradeshow, The 2014 Halloween & Party Expo. For the first time since 2008, everything Halloween will be under one roof. HAuNTcon Attendees  are invited to visit the 1,400 + booths, attend the education, fashion shows and galas at the sister conference, free of charge. But note: The Halloween & Party Expo is first and foremost a wholesale buying show for officially certified buyers. This is NOT a cash-and-carry show. HAuNTcon attendees who cannot provide official documentation as industry buyers will be required to wear/display badges differentiating them from officially certified buyers.

If you haven’t been to The Halloween & Party Expo before, here is your chance. It’s massive!  www.halloweenpartyexpo.com/

 
We had such a great Dallas HAuNTcon in 2013 that we wanted to reward our southern supporters by staying in Texas. We started looking at other Texas cities, but Houston was the obvious choice.

Holding the show early in the year is a bold move that we have been contemplating for some time. May is getting crowded with Haunter gatherings. It seemed, we were always a week before, a week after or the same dates as another show every year, but there were no shows over the winter months for Haunters to get their Haunt fix. Now there is!

With the show being in January, attendees get a full 2 month planning head start on ordering props and equipment for their shows. Vendors get winter sales (to pay the heating bill) and 2 additional months to fulfill orders. Win, win and WIN!

Houston already had a Halloween show in January. Should we be after them, before them, or the same time as them? If we were going to be the same time as them… why not in the same building? When we  approached The Halloween & Party Expo, (to our surprise) they were all for it. Then we just had to work out the details, and here we are.

We learned from our attendee survey that over 50% of HAuNTcon attendees are haunt owners. We also learned that people attend HAuNTcon for the education first and foremost. Followed by Haunt Tours and distantly by the Tradeshow and social events. So in 2014 we are taking the HAuNTcon education to the next level. There are lots of great south Texas haunts in driving distance to Houston, and moving the show to January will drastically increase the size of the HAuNTcon tradeshow floor.

Crown Plaza Houston

We think the move is brilliant! As do all of the vendors and attendees we consulted with before we made the decision, (well it had to grow on a few, but they came around.)

The trouble is that January is not far away! We now are in full frenzy mode to get the tours locked down, get the education in place, the ticketing up  and running, and booth sales underway. All with Halloween between now and then. But the HAuNTcon team is up to the task and changes are underway.

Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!

Thank you for your continuing support of HAuNTcon, and I look forward to seeing all of you this January in Houston Texas!!

Leonard Pickel

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

Exhibitor Booth Sales: 
Jennifer Allen
hauntconsales@gmail.com

Webmaster/Designer: 
Chad Savage / Sinister Visions

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About HAuNTcon

An acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, HAuNTcon is a celebration of people who love Haunted Houses and Halloween. It is three days and nights jam-packed full of Networking, Tours of area Haunted Attractions, educational seminars, make-n-takes teaching the latest is Haunting techniques and a tradeshow exhibiting the latest in Haunting props and equipment.

Started in April of 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina, HAuNTcon moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005, Denver, Colorado in 2006, Dearborn, Michigan in 2007, Houston Texas in 2008, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009 and Orlando Florida in 2010 and is scheduled to be in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2012, Dallas, Texas in 2013, Houston, Texas in 2014 and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2015.

Offerings include an over-night pre-show bus tour of state wide Haunted attractions, tours of local Haunted attractions, tradeshow floor, costume ball, haunted garage sale, hearse rally and Haunter education including workshops, make-up and product demonstrations, and prop how-to make-n-takes.

HAuNTcon is open to the general public and all ages are welcome to attend. If you operate a Haunted House or would like to, If you act at a Halloween Event or would like to, if you Haunt your Home, or if you are just a fan of Haunted Houses and Halloween, then HAuNTcon is a "not to be missed" weekend of Haunting fellowship, Haunt tours and just plain fun!

An entry fee is required for each activity.