Sheraton Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
January 28-February 1, 2016

Save 20% on the 3 Day Registration to HAuNTcon 2016

squarelogonoyearFor a LIMITED time, use Discount Code: October31 and receive a 20% discount on HAuNTcon 2016 show registration! That is a savings of $19 dollars on the Weekend Registration Ticket AND the HAuNTcon Combo Tickets. Buy as many as you like, but this discount offer expires on On December 1st!

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HauntPay to be the Title Sponsor of HAuNTcon 2016, Jan 28-31, Birmingham, AL

We are THRILLED to announce that the online ticketing system HauntPaywill be the Title Sponsor for HAuNTcon 2016!
Like HAuNTcon, HauntPay was designed by haunters for haunters. The HauntPay payment system is quick and easy to set up, and no fees are charged to the Haunt, which is perfect for anyone wanting to try out online ticketing.  Stats show that people who buy haunt tickets online spend 45% more than those who by at the door! Online ticketing is the future of haunting and if you are not giving people the opportunity to impulse buy on your website then you are losing money.
HauntPay is one unified system for both online AND in-person sales of all of your tickets, merchandise, and concessions. HauntPay has some of the lowest service fees in the industry, all of which can be passed on to the ticket purchaser.
With HauntPay customers can buy online, on a mobile device, or in-person. The online ticket purchasing is embedded right in your website. Cash and credit card sales are managed in one place. Tickets can be bundled package multiple entries and items together. Onsite entry is recorded by electronic guest list or barcode scanning with your phone. They even have a credit card swiper for your phone or tablet.
HauntPay offers powerful promo code, discount, and social media discount engine to help you sell tickets, and their advanced reporting helps you track tickets, events, and promotions. HAuNTcon is so excited about HauntPay that we are using them for the convention ticketing! Go to
Take your haunted attraction to the next level with HauntPay’s simple, fast, and free mobile and in-person ticketing.
Start selling tickets online today at!   It’s FREE!

Open Call for Speakers!

Seminars 2As we finalize the details for the next HAuNTcon, I wanted to invite YOU to share your knowledge, your experience and your expertise with our attendees!

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 or product demo, tell us what you have learned about haunt marketing, offer a hands-on workshop, show us how you use social media, share your HauntCon_08_314best 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!

It is said that 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 a lot of FUN!

So what are you afraid of? CLICK HERE to fill the speaker form! You will be glad you did and so will our attendees!

Get your room now for HAuNTcon 2016, Jan. 27 – Feb. 1st

Sheraton BirminghamThe Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference is proud to announce that HAuNTcon 2016  will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 2101 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North, Birmingham, AL 35203 CLICK HERE go to the HAuNTcon 2015 hotel discount page.

If you are flying into Birmingham, you can still take advantage of the FREE shuttle service to and from the Sheraton Hotel.

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 Pre-show Tour & Kick-off Haunt Tour – Jan. 27th  8:30am – 28th, 11:00am
 Tradeshow – Jan. 29th , 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Jan. 30th & 31th, 10:30am – 5:30pm
 Education/Workshops – Jan. 29th – Jan. 31, 8:30am – 5:30pm
 Costume Ball – Jan. 29th, 8:00pm – 12:00am
 Haunt Tours – Jan. 30th & 31st, 9:00pm – 11:00pm
 Haunted Garage Sale – Jan. 31st, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
 All Day Advanced Workshops – Feb. 1, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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HAuNTcon Presents Chicago Frights, July 16-19, 2015

Chicago-Frights-Logo---Color_02Dateline Chicago: A new haunter’s conference called Chicago Frights! will debut July 16 – 19 at the Hilton in Liles/Naperville Illinois, Chicago Frights will be the last haunter conference of the year. Group hotel rates are $114 a night. Haunt tours will include an all day pre-show road trip of area haunts July 16th. Night time tours include Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D on Saturday, and a tour of Massacre Haunted House on Sunday night.

Similar to HAuNTcon, Chicago Frights will include networking opportunities including a huge costume party Friday night. The conference will also be chocked full of the best education provided anywhere, with seminars, hands on workshops and creative sessions. The focus of the education will be on the last minute needs of haunters, like make up and actor training.

The Dealer Room will be open Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Booth and dealer tables will be reasonable priced and be a great opportunity for last second sales for the large haunt companies, but also affordable enough for new companies and dark artists to exhibit. (Prices and Registration to be announced)

“When we moved HAuNTcon to early in the year, we knew weather would be a deterrent to pick northern cities as event locations.” explained industry notable Leonard Pickel, “We knew at the time, we would have to add a summer conference to tour haunts that would be snowed out in January.”

Chicago Nights is a cash and carry haunters gathering open to the general public, and all ages are welcome. Join haunters from across the country in Chicago, July 17-19, 2015 for the last chance to check out dealer products, learn haunter techniques and tour local haunted events before your haunt season really kicks in. Contact Leonard Pickel at 972-951-5100 or by email at or check out the event website at (I thought I would have the website up by now, but it is still under construction) Join our FACEBOOK PAGE for Chicago Frights Updates!!

Thank You Baton Rouge! HAuNTcon 2015 a Smashing Success

WOW! What a weekend of unprecedented networking, top notch education, once in a lifetime tours, packed full tradeshow, costume ball and haunted garage sale. Many attendees have remarked that 2015 was the best HAuNTcon to date, and keeping that momentum rolling, the 2016 location was announced at the conference.

Haunters from across the country and around the world are already making plans and reserving hotel rooms for the event January 28 – February 1 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Birmingham, AL 35203. Stay tuned as the details for the haunt tours and special events are locked in and set up for purchase.

Please join the staff of HAuNTcon in thanking those who made the 2015 conference a smashing success! Thank you to the ownership and staff of 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 in Baton Rouge, the Rise Haunted House in Tickfaw, and The Mortuary in New Orleans, Louisiana for putting in the hours and effort in opening their attractions off season for HAuNTcon attendees. Our exit polling shows that this year’s haunted attraction tours were outstanding and raises the bar for future HAuNTcon tours. Thanks also to Visit Baton Rouge, who sponsored the buses for the haunt tours.

Thank you to the plethora of haunters who put in the time and effort to prepare seminars and workshops to share their expertise, experience and knowledge with HAuNTcon attendees. Sharing and community is what HAuNTcon is all about and this year’s presenters were as diverse and innovative as they were exemplary.  A special thank you goes to movie FX icon Robert Kurtzman for offering 2 multi-hour workshops over the weekend. Those who took his classes could describe them only as “life changing.”

The 2015 HAuNTcon tradeshow was SOLD OUT, and those who were able to get booths were rewarded by high sales and the time to really meet and get to know the movers and shakers in attendance at the show.  Thank you to sponsors Gantom and Froggy’s Fog for making the show a success. Several have already signed up for HAuNTcon in Birmingham and we look forward to seeing them there in 2016.

Finally, HAuNTcon thanks our attendees, who are the best haunters on earth. Even the hotel  ownership remarked on the friendliness and professionalism of the HAuNTcon attendees. You, the attendees are why we created HAuNTcon and why it continues. If you missed HauntCon 2015, then you missed an unprecedented opportunity  of networking, sharing, learning and community that is HAuNTcon. Don’t miss out next year as well! Make plans now for HauNTcon 2016 in Birmingham Alabama, January 28 – February 1, 2016.

We hope to see you there!



Tuesday Workshop Spotlight – Robert Kurtzman presents Advanced,Hands-on Makeup Tutorial

Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required) Tuesday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Advanced, Hands-on Makeup Tutorial, AND Exclusive Kurtzman/Paasche Airbrush Kit
by Robert Kurtzman of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps
$350 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 30 BUY NOW!

In this Advanced All-day Hands-on Workshop, Robert Kurtzman, director, producer and 30 year special effects artist veteran, with more than 400 movie and television credits, will take attendees through the proper application of silicone appliances. Owner of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps, Robert will be demonstrating realistic final painting techniques for film quality makeup and props. No secrets will be held back as Robert offers makeup tricks and tips he uses to create the world worst monsters.

In this once in a life time one-on-one opportunity to learn from this makeup legend, Robert will then guide attendees through the techniques they learned in a hands-on makeup workshop. Attendees will properly apply a furnished appliance, then airbrush paint and finish the makeup with their very own Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche.

Attendees should have some working knowledge of makeup and appliance work before the class. Price includes instruction, Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche, appliance and a box lunch. Bring your camera, your notebook and bring a model to apply your make up on. (Models are welcome to attend the whole class. if you don’t have a model let us know and we will try to find one.) Class size is limited and a fee is required for attendance. Check out their website at


Post Photos of HAuNTcon 2015 and Win FREE TICKETS to Next Year’s Conference

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First, keep an eye out for ANYTHING awesome or fun that is going on at the conference and take a photo of it.

Then upload the photos to your Facebook profile status. Either tag the “HAuNTcon ” Fan Page -OR- Use “#hauntcon” in the post text.

Over the course of the weekend, we will be looking at all of the photos, and the best posed photos of the conference will WIN FREE TICKETS to HAuNTcon 2016 in Birmingham, AL January 28- February 1, 2016. (Yeah, that what I said, HAuNTcon 2016 will be in Birmingham, AL)

The winner will be announced on the HAuNTcon: Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference Fan Page. Good Luck and let the HAuNTcon Photo Fun Begin!

Workshops Selling out at HAuNTcon 2015

The hands on workshops for HAuNTcon 2015, Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, Feb. 6-10, continue to sell out before the show has even started. Four classes are no longer available:

Zombie Head Prop (2 Part)
Advanced Zombie and Trauma Makeup
Monster Mud Skeleton (2 Part)
Making Fake Body Parts

Several other classes are getting close to selling out, but there is still time to lock down your place in these exciting hands-on learning experiences.

3 Part Custom Mask Making Class : with Robert Kurtzman
Pneumatic Air or Water Sprayer
Quick Skull Corpsification
Mini Toe-Pincher Foam Coffin
Gothic Candle Workshop
Veins And Capillaries
Making Custom Latex Appliances

Go to to reserve your seat in these amazing “Make and Take” workshops!

Hands on Special FX Workshops

Attention Preshow Haunters!


I wanted to thank you for signing up for the preshow tour. It will be the largest HAuNTcon Preshow tour we have had for a while which will make things interesting! And even more fun!

First off, a breakfast is provided in the lobby of the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel. Check in for the preshow begins at 7:30am at which time you will be provided with a voucher to get something to eat at the nice breakfast/lunch/snack/drinks kiosk in the hotel lobby. They even have FREE coffee if you are “staying at the Belle.” (or know someone who is, wink wink).

The first stop on the tour is a short 10 minute walk from the hotel, so travel light. If you have something you don’t want to carry that far, let us know at the check in. The tour of the Haunted Old Louisiana Capital building starts promptly at 8:30am, so please get there before then. If anyone has issues walking that far, please let us know at check in. We will get you there.

The buses will pick you up AT the Castle. As soon as you see the Ghosts of the Castle presentation and take a quick look at the amazing building, get on the bus! Please get on the first available, because as soon as it is full, it is heading out. If you have people you want to ride with, stay together. The LAST BUS loads at 9:30am. Make sure you are on a bus by then.

The goal for the day is to stagger the buses by 15 minutes, so that three buses are not all arriving at the same time and the last bus spends all day waiting in line. To do this we HAVE TO stick to a schedule! You will be given an itinerary by the captain of your bus once you get on a bus. If the itinerary says your bus is loading at a set time, BE ON THE BUS before that time!

Each of you have a phone with a clock on it. It is not fair to have 50 people on the bus waiting for you to show up so they can stay on schedule. If you are not where the schedule says you need to be on time to get on the bus, the bus will leave without you. Ask people who have been on the bus tour before, we leave late people every year. Get your bus captain’s phone number and make sure he has yours in case of emergency, (if you are not a punctual person… have cab fare ready! Just in case!)

Next stop is the Rise Haunted house. We will do a lights on tour of the haunt and eat lunch there. Photos for your personal use are allowed on the Preshow tour. Do not post photos of the haunts anywhere. And please don’t take any photos during the lights off tours. It is inappropriate to be flashing pics while the actors are trying to scare you!

After the rise we head to St. Louis Cemetery #1. This tour is self paced, so look for Marie Laveau’s crypt. You can’t miss it, it was recently defaced and has been painted white and cordoned off. From this stop you have about 3 hours for a self-paced tour of the French Quarter. You have free tickets to the Wax Museum and the Pharmacy Museum. Just show your wristband to get in. Pace yourself and don’t spend too much time in any one place or you will have to hurry to the bus and miss something. Don’t miss the bus! Check your schedule for time, but the last bus LEAVES at 10 minutes until 5pm.

The next stop is Mardi Gras World. The building is CRAMMED FULL of oversized props and floats. There are several dark themed floats, so look around. We will be eating dinner near an incredibly themed out Louisiana plantation. Be sure to “use the bathroom” so you can walk though and get a close look at this fantastic space.

Then we are back on the buses for the trip back to Baton Rouge. If we stick to the schedule we will be back in plenty of time for freshening up before the Friday Night Haunt tour of 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 (DON’T MISS THAT TOUR!!)

Again, thank you for joining us on the fun and inspirational tour!
See you early tomorrow! Let the Good Times Roll!

Leonard Pickel

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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.

Offerings include a pre-show bus tour of area Haunted attractions, tours of local Haunted attractions, tradeshow floor, costume ball, haunted garage sale 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 and just plain fun!

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