Ernest N Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA,
January 25 - 27, 2019

Monday Advanced All Day Workshops

Monday Advanced All Day Workshops

HAuNTcon’s Monday All Day Advanced Workshops are designed to delve into larger more complicated subjects that need more time than can be covered in a one-hour seminar or even a two-hour workshop. These classes are led by our most experienced speakers and offer hours of in-depth, once in a lifetime, one on one instruction. An additional fee is required for each of the classes and includes a box lunch and roundtable discussion. Times, topics and speakers are subject to change.

Note: Registration to HAuNTcon is required to take these classes. CLICK HERE to register.



Haunted Attraction Airbrushing
by Kyle Vest of Blast Effects

9:00AM – 4:30PM
Class limited to 20 – BUY TICKETS!

Join Skin Wars fan favorite Kyle Vest, for this fun, full day hands-on airbrush workshop, designed for novices and experienced airbrush artists wanting to learn how to better their skills at airbrushing haunted attraction monsters. In this session, Kyle shares the tricks and trade secrets he uses to create high definition movie level airbrushed monster faces. Topics covered include how to change paint colors without having to use a cleaner in between, new ways of shade and highlight, creating organic looking effects, from veining and texturing, to rotting flesh. Kyle will instruct attendees on how to distort anatomy and achieve the level of fear with simple tricks to create a truly terrifying character. Attendees will learn how to easily create horrifying creatures and characters, and discover new techniques that will take attendees to new levels. Any attendee interested in learning tips and tricks to creating realistic monster makeup or body painting, and taking their airbrush ability to the next level, would be crazy to miss this session. Class fee includes instruction, materials, and box lunch. Compressors will be supplied but it is recommended to bring your own equipment if you have it. Kyle does have special deals on compressors and airbrushes as well as other supplies for attendees taking this special class.

$305 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 – BUY NOW!


Sock Masks – Making Monsters with Nick Wolfe
by Nick Wolfe of Wolfe FX

9:00AM – 4:30PM
Class limited – BUY TICKETS!

Create a monster mask you can wear home! With dozens of characters to choose from, this workshop includes prosthetic application, cotton/ latex build-up, airbrush and more! Start with a life sized foam head that is already “skinned” and begin your masterpiece. Ad ears, horns or whatever else your creature needs and after lunch, we’ll paint it. After the eyes and mouth are cut out and the mask is finished, the class will prepare the heads for the next mask and learn the first steps.

$300 Materials Fee Required. Class limited to 20 – BUY NOW!


Hands-on Advanced Fright Attraction Design
by Leonard Pickel, of Hauntrepreneurs Theme Attraction Design

9:00AM – 4:30PM
Class limited – BUY TICKETS!

This comprehensive step-by-step, hands-on workshop is focused on the process of designing a Haunted Attraction from scratch. Attendees will leave the class with a workable custom floor plan that they created themselves during the session. Using the architectural principal of “form ever follows function,” industry legend Leonard Pickel of Themed Attraction and Design Firm, describes in detail how he develops comprehensive attraction designs for clients across the country and around the world. Attendees will learn the “Haunt Design From the Inside Out” theory that Leonard has developed through designing more than 200 haunted attractions in his 40-year career while developing a one of a kind floor plan using their own haunt ideas. Topics include using storyline, lighting design, soundscape, realistic sets, uncomfortable spaces, unexpected high-startle scares, timing, order of rooms and location of scares to create a roller coaster of thrills for haunt patrons. Covered in this in-depth hands-on session are room design concepts, layout options, attraction styles, tips on increasing throughput, concepts to protect actors and making sure that the end of the group gets the same experience as the first person in the group. Class price includes all materials, instruction, handouts, and box lunch. Attendees can bring their haunting ideas themes and a building footprint, to use in this one-of-a-kind session. Additional fee required, seating is limited.

$400 Fee Required. Class limited to 20 – BUY NOW!


Prosthetic Makeup for Haunted Attractions – (It’s not that Scary!)
by Alan Ostrander of AEO Studios

11:00AM – 2:30PM
Class limited – BUY TICKETS!

This intensive 3-hour, Hands-on workshop by Haunt veteran, Alan Ostrander of AEO Studios, Inc. will answer many of the myths and misconceptions of using prosthetic makeup appliances in Haunted Attractions and live events. Attendees will learn the difference between various prosthetic appliance materials, which works best with each situation, and how to correctly apply, wear, and remove appliances on performers. Everyone in the class will have the opportunity to both apply and wear appliances themselves. All prosthetics, adhesives, and materials will be provided to students for the session.

$150 Fee Required. Class limited to 20 – BUY NOW!


3D Sculpting Made Easy
by Victoria Lohman of Hot Wire Foam

9:00AM – 4:00PM
Class limited – BUY TICKETS!


We will show you how to make 3D sculptures the easy way with Hot Wire Foam Factory cutting tools. We will go over how to make a pattern out of a line drawing and how to break down the design. Then we will show you how to put it together and turn it into your very own 3D sculpture. Pro Tool Kit K43 with a Sculpting tool and 3″ Hot Knife included.

$250 Fee Required. Class limited to 20 – BUY NOW!


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