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HAuNTcon 2015

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February 6-10, 2015
Radisson Hotel Baton Rouge
2445 South Acadian Thruway
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Discounted Room Rate $99 Please call the hotel directly to get a room and tell them you are with Hauntcon/Belle of Baton Rouge

A shuttle will be provided between the two hotels.

Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel & Convention Center (host hotel) SOLDOUT
103 France St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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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.

HAuNTcon also moves to a new city every year to provide off season tours of area haunted houses for attendees. Haunt tours allow haunt owners, home haunters, haunt actors and Halloween enthusiasts an off-season look at local pro-haunts both in full operation and lights on backstage.

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.

Whether you are a haunt owner looking for ways to make more money, a haunt actor looking for scaring tips or a makeup artist or prop maker ready to go to the next level or a home haunter looking for new inexpensive haunting techniques, or a haunt designer looking for new fright ideas, 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.

HAuNTcon 2015 Preshow Tour SELLING OUT!

fridayThere are only a few seats left on the HAuNTcon 2015 Inspiration Pre-show Tour, Feb.  6th. If you are considering joining haunters on this once in a lifetime tour of everything spooky in Southern Louisiana, then NOW is the time to get your tickets! TOUR DETAILS

Don’t miss out on this educational networking road trip!  BUY TICKETS NOW!


Guided Tours of 13th Gate During HAuNTcon 2015

13th_gate_logoI just got off the phone with 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 owner Dwayne Sanburn discussing the upcoming tour of his attractions in Barton Rouge as part of the HAuNTcon 2015 conference in Baton Rouge, LA Feb. 6-10. These back stage tours will be without actors and with construction lights on so that attendees can get a close look at the frights and scenic detail that is packed into these two amazing attractions. As a bonus! The 13th Gate tour will be guided by key staff from the attraction design and set up crew, followed by a Q & A with the staff.

This one tour is well worth the trip to HAuNTcon 2015 and is just one of the kickoff events of a whole weekend of idea sharing, education, hands on workshops, haunt tours and pure haunting fun! Join haunters from around the world for what is THE best investment you can make to fulfill your wildest dreams of haunting success. for details!

HAuNTcon 2015 Seminar – Opening Your First Haunted Attraction: Without Losing An Arm And A Leg

by Leonard Pickel of ThemedAttraction Design and Consulting
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. Offered at HAuNTcon 2015 in Baton Rouge, LA – Feb. 10th, 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. READ MORETuesdayatttraction

Workshops SELLING OUT for HAuNTcon 2015, Baton Rouge, Feb. 6-10

The response to the Workshop classes for HAuNTcon 2015 has been brisk and several are starting to sell out. So if you plan to attend CLICK HERE to reserve your spot today!

House of Shock Crew Offers Seminar at HAuNTcon 2015

Demo/Tech 12 – Monday 4:30 – 5:30 pm
The Rise, Demise and Resurrection of the House of Shock! download
by Ross Karpelman, Jay Gracianette and Steven Joseph of House of Shock

Starting in 1992 as an over the top home haunt, the House Of Shock, was forced by authorities to go commercial or close in 1994. Once moved into a New Orleans warehouse, local officials attempted to shut the attraction down completely, over a room in the attraction representing the Church of Satan. In the 20 years since, the House of Shock has become one of the icons of the haunt industry, considered by many to be one of the best haunted houses in the United States. Just before the 2014 season, co founder 7922557_f496Ross Karpelman rocked the haunted attraction industry by announcing that October 2014 would be the last year of operation for the House Of Shock. New Orleans’ most controversial attraction was closing its doors. However, an outpouring of support from the haunted house community and fans of the attraction made the 2014 season, one of the most successful in years. Now comes the big decision. What does the future hold for the House of Shock?

Join Haunters from around the world as Ross Karpelman, Steven Joseph and Jay Gracianette share the triumphs and tragedies through 20 years of over the top haunting. In this unprecedented behind the scenes look into the an iconic House of Shock haunted attraction.


Robert Kurtzman Custom Latex Mask Making Class at HAuNTcon 2015

Robert Kurtzman has sculpted hundreds of masks, prosthetic make-ups and creature creations 10155938_1005132026167943_6240520991340269255_nover his 30 year film/haunted attraction career. In this 3 part, hands-on workshop, Robert will cover the aspects of developing a character mask from concept to reality; using references, roughing out forms, sculpting tools, smoothing and contouring the clay, adding texture using various tools and texture stamps, as well as insight into how to create your own sculpting tools and texture stamps. In this session, Robert is sharing his most valuable mask-making tips and tricks. READ MORE

$225 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 30 BUY NOW! 

Note: Attendees must be registered for all three days of HauNTcon 2015 Register now!

CrowdTorch Sponsors HAuNTcon 2015, Baton Rouge, LA -Feb. 6-10

crowdtorch-by-cvent-logo-jpg2We are proud to announce that CrowdTorch by Cvent is now the ticketing sponsor for HAuNTcon 2015. Online ticketing is the future of the haunted attraction industry and this partnership between HAuNTcon and CrowdTorch by Cvent will provide HAuNTcon attendees the opportunity to see how well the CrowdTorch platform works for an event. CrowdTorch by Cvent will be exhibiting at the HAuNTcon 2015 conference in Baton Rouge, LA -Feb. 6-10In addition, Michael Patrick of CrowdTorch by Cvent will be sharing his expertise in two seminars during the conference. Topics include using mobile apps to drive attendance for Haunted attractions and tips on maximizing the impact of online ticketing. BUY TICKETS!

If you are looking into starting online ticketing for your event, or changing companies go to for more details on these classes, haunt tours, tradeshow, haunted garage sale and other offerings at HAuNTcon 2015, in Baton Rouge, LA Feb. 6-10, go to

Creating A Detailed Crypt Set: Hands-On Scene Building Workshop

CryptwallGET TICKETS – Become a foam carving and finishing expert by taking this extraordinary, all day Hands-on Workshop Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. The talented crew of the Davis Graveyard will instruct attendees while they build a movie quality New Orleans style above ground graveyard scene. The scene includes central stone sarcophagus surrounded by stacked crypts on three sides and enclosed by a rusted cemetery gate. When finished, this scene could be easily used as a room design inside a haunted attraction or as a photo opportunity for patrons.

CryptAttendees will spend the day working with a talented and experienced crew building set walls, working with different types of Styrofoam, constructing props, and fabricating realistic set pieces. This hands-on crash course covers various foam carving techniques, foam panel design, foam texturing, sealing the foam, faux painting , distressing, detail painting, monster mud sculpting, prop construction, and faux wrought iron techniques to make it look like the real thing. READ MORE

HAuNTcon Advanced Class Getting Started With Controllers

GoE Logoby Steve O’ Connor of Garage of Evil

Feb. 10, Baton Rouge, LA – An in-depth all day workshop is aimed at those haunters, pro or amateur, that want to take the next step into haunt tech and learn how to create stand-alone (non PC based) solutions to achieve their creative visions…  READ MORE…


Creature Corps’ Robert Kurtzman Offers Workshop at HAuNTcon 2015!


Robert Kurtzman, director, producer and 30 year special effects artist veteran, with more than 400 movie and television credits, is offering an Advanced All-day Hands-on Workshop, Tuesday Feb. 10 in Baton Rouge, LA. As part of the HAuNTcon Education Program. Owner of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps, Robert will be demonstrating the proper application of silicone appliances, as well as 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 lifetime one-on-one opportunity to learn from this makeup legend, Robert will then guide attendees through proper application of a furnished appliance, then airbrush paint and finish the makeup with their very own Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche. Bring a model to apply your makeup on.

Class Fee $350 – Includes instruction, materials, box lunch and signature Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche

Robert Kurtzman will also be teaching a mask making class Feb. 7-9 during the HAuNTcon Workshop Program. Fee and admission to HAuNTcon is required.


Event Coordinator: 
Leonard Pickel

Exhibitor Booth Sales: 
Jennifer Allen

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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.