Sheraton Music City
Nashville, TN
January 26-30, 2017

Open Call for Speakers – HAuNTcon 2017, January 28- 30 in Nashville, TN.

Seminars 2I want to invite YOU to share your knowledge, your experience and your expertise with HAuNTcon 2017 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!

If you would like to join in the selling excitement for HAuNTcon 2017, CLICK HERE for exhibit pricing.

Leonard Pickel
Event Coordinator

If you didn’t attend HAuNTcon 2016, take a look at what you missed!

Don’t make the same mistake next year. Make plans now for the Music City Sheraton, Nashville, TN – January 26-30 for HAuNTcon 2017!

It’s Nashville for HAuNTcon 2017, January 26-30, Sheraton Music City Hotel!


HAuNTcon 2017 will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel and Conference Center in Nashville Tennessee January 28- 30. The 2 day pre-show haunt tour will kick off Wednesday the 25th (Haunts to be announced).

The three Spotlight tours for HAuNTcon 2017 include Haunted Hell Nashville on Thursday night January 26th,  Nashville Nightmare Saturday January 28th and Slaughterhouse January 29th.

Education and trade show Friday January 27 through Sunday January  29th, with the all day advanced education on Monday January 30th. As always, all seminars  are included HauntCon_08_099in the price of the conference and there are over 50 hours of  creative, business, demo and workshop sessions to choose from over the 3 days of haunter education. (Workshops require a materials fee and there is an up charge for the Monday all day advanced sessions.)

Mark your calendars for January 28- 30 and make plans to attend.  Stay tuned as more details are finalized. If you are interested in speaking at HAuNTcon 2017 please CLICK HERE and fill out a speaker proposal. If you would like to exhibit at HAuNTcon 2017, CLICK HERE for pricing.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Haunters convention designed by haunters for haunters, HAuNTcon 2017! Haunters and Halloween fans of all ages and levels of ability are welcome, in costume or not!

THANK YOU BIRMINGHAM! For a Fantastic HAuNTcon 2016

HAuNTconThank you to our exhibitors, our sponsors, our speakers, our attendees, the haunts that opened up off season for us to tour and the many volunteers that make HAuNTcon possible. We know that without you there would be no HAuNTcon.


Stay tuned for our announcement for the dates and location of HAuNTcon 2017… it may be in your town!

Check Out the HAuNTcon 2016 Costume Ball Prom Photos!

12694660_10153385759507285_8775203885737164776_oCLICK HERE  to go to the HAuNTcon Facebook page and check out the prom photos from the 2016 Costume Ball! Be sure to tag your friends and like the page so you will get updates on the HAuNTcon 2017 location and dates!


Still Time to Join in on the HAuNTcon 2016 Preshow Tour Fun!

416So you’re bummed because you couldn’t get to Birmingham for the HAuNTcon 2016 Preshow Tour. You’ve seen all the post and haunters seeing GREAT haunts and having the times of their lives. If there had only been a way that you would miss only one day of work you could have gone. Well it’s not too late! Due to popular demand, HAuNTcon is offering the second day of the preshow tour as a stand alone ticket.sloss_n

Purchase tickets ONLINE HERE or in person Thursday January 28th and bee on the bus by 8:30 am to join in the fun! The first stop is Sloss Furnace.  If you have ever wanted to know what a boiler room or industrial haunt should look like, this is it! Bring your camera and extra memory and tour the depths of this 1800’s pig iron-producing blast furnace.

Back on the bus for a short trip to Arlington Mansion, a former Greek RevivalArlington Mansioncrop

plantation house on 6 acres of landscaped gardens. Attendees will tour the antebellum two-story frame structure was built between 1845–50 and features period furnishings.es_al_desoto_1_e

The next stop is the Desoto Caverns, home of the Tomb of the Risen Dead in October.  Attendees will tour the magnificent caverns that are turned into a haunted attraction each October. Giving attendees an opportunity for photos of the inside of a realistic cave.

10394612_290718457791872_6809126375721113783_nAfter a quick lunch, attendees are back on the buses for a short trip to Hellbilly Hollow trail and haunted house. Now it its 4th season this three element event (the corm maze will not be available for this off season tour), is growing in popularity and reputation for great scares.

The last stop is a rare opportunity for a lights on backstage tours of Warehouse31 2the two attractions at Warehouse 31, Rigamortis and the 3-D
. These massive high detail shows will also be offered in full actor October style mode during the Saturday Night Haunt Tour of Warehouse 31 on Jan 30th.

Advanced Special Effects Makeup Class – Zombies! Feb 1 at HAuNTcon 2016

Advanced All-day Workshop 1 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Advanced Special Effects Makeup Class – Zombies!
by Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX
$190 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!

In this advanced all day class, world renowned makeup artist, Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX, will instruct attendees on cost effective special effects makeup techniques to turn any actor into a rotting zombie. A giant zombie jam featuring airbrush and brush techniques to make all your worst nightmares come true in this hand-on workshop. The class will include instruction, materials and everything else needed to make the dead rise every weekend in October! 11037629_10206232315500644_9065120164959861941_nFee required, seating is limited and this class will sell out, so CLICK HERE to sign up now!

Paint along with world renowned makeup artist, Nick Wolfe on practice faces provided and explore the anatomy,geometry, and psychology of the number one scary character! READ MORE

Don’t miss Nick’s other class at on Friday at HAuNTcon 2016 – Freaky Facepainting for Haunted Attractions 10498011_10152368433947609_4941967570961411512_o

Only 2 Eye Ball Seats Left! Reserve Your HAuNTcon 2016 Workshop Classes or Lose Out!

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Meet the Undead from The Walking Dead at HAuNTcon 2016, Jan 28- Feb 1, Birmingham, AL


20Zombies are still HOT in TV, film and haunted attractions across the country. Now in it’s 7th season, The Walking Dead is leading that trend, and the actors who play the undead on the television show have become celebrities themselves. Have you ever wondered how to get on the show as a walker? Now’s your chance to find out!

Walkers Stephanie HarpMichael Jaegers and Kent Wagner will not only be at HAuNTcon 2016 to meet fans, sign autographs and take photos with attendees, but they will also be offering a glimpse into what it’s like to be a walker, how they are trained to be walkers at the show, and how you can audition for the show. Creative Session Saturday, Jan. 30  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm What you need to know to Audition for The Walking Dead

9fa18980-e849-4c83-8b7d-b8c04416b8a8Atlanta based actor Stephanie Harp, has appeared as a walker on The Walking Dead in Seasons 4, 5 and 6. She can also be spotted on The Originals, Vampire Diaries, The Have and Have Nots, Red Band Society, Complications and the latest Vacation movie. She has worked as a background actor on over 30 film and TV productions including The Hunger Games Mockingjay 1 & 2, Dumb and Dumber To, For Better or Worse, The Red Road, Halt & Catch Fire, Containment and Cell. Married for 14 years, Stephanie has 2 children.

2e6714f8-ffb3-4016-8a8d-e10d81462678Michael Jaegers has been in the TV/film industry since 2008 and has since done featured work for many productions. He worked with The Farrelly Brothers twice on Hall Pass and Dumb & Dumber Too, The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Stephen King’s Cell, ABC’s Resurrection, The Vampire Diaries, and of course AMC’s The Walking Dead. During his time on The Walking Dead he portrayed close to 20 different walkers and has been killed by 7 different cast members. Recently one of his scenes was named one of the most brutal kill scenes on The Walking Dead. As you can see, his passion for this industry is unparalleled.

Kent Wagner is an Atlanta based actor who has portrayed significant monster roles on over 50 shows and movies including The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, 980289_472546689540883_8147198682835792098_oand Powers. Feature films include The Hunger Games Mockingjay 1 & 2, Captain America Civil War, Stephen King’s The Cell, Insurgent, and The Sunday Horse with William Shatner. Kent has appeared in monster roles on The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Sleepy Hollow, Stephen King’s Cell and an Independent film titled Test Group. 

On The Walking Dead in Season 5 Kent was a Hero Walker in the much acclaimed season premier No Sanctuary. In the season’s 4th episode Slabtown. Kent played a brief survivor as a patient in a hospital bed that was taken off life support, stabbed in the head to kill the potential walker then after a ride down a hallway on a gurney, he was the first victim thrown down the elevator shaft at Grady Memorial Hospital. Kent was also featured as a walkers in Robert Kirkman’s Skybound produced The Walking Dead Experience. An interactive group challenge currently touring the country.



Check Out The Vast Array Of Knowledge Presenting At HAuNTcon 2016, Jan 28-Feb , Birmingham, AL

Seminars 2The haunter education at HAuNTcon is unparalleled and the 2016 offering is stellar!  Included in the price of  registration, there are over 40 instructors offering more than 60 hours of education at this year’s hands-on workshops, demonstrations, business classes, and creative sessions.

Check Out The Vast Array Of Knowledge Presenting At HAuNTcon 2016

DemonstrationsCreative SessionsBusiness Classes
Hands-On WorkshopsAdvanced All Day Workshops

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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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