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

Creative Sessions

Creative Sessions


Creativity lies at the heart of any great entertainment venture. We sometimes get so bogged down in the technical and business details of bringing our attractions to life that it is easy to lose track of that spark of story and imagination that truly engages haunted attraction guests. Listen in, follow along or join in with these Creative sessions and let our innovative speakers help your dark dreams flourish. Times, topics and speakers are subject to change.

Note: A One Day Pass or Full Weekend Pass to HAuNTcon is required to take these classes. CLICK HERE to register.


Friday, January 12

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Make-up & Prosthetics are the Future
by Kyle Vest of Blast Effects

Take your makeup room to the ultimate level without breaking the bank! To begin, we will discuss the different types of makeup and what’s good to use at your type of attraction as well as how to stock your makeup room with products and supplies to fit your attraction’s needs. See what the professionals are using and how the makeup world has dramatically changed in just the past 5 years! We will also cover where you can get all products – and how to get discounts on almost everything.


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Scared Senseless: Activating and manipulating senses for the best scare

by Margee Kerr

This session will teach attendees how to design scares targeting specific senses and automatic, or instinctual processes, that result in delightful (and terrifying) disorientation.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
For crying out loud… lets make some noise
by Jay Easley of Spookyworks

Watching a horror movie with no sound track would drastically lower the scare factor of the film, yet, audio is the #1 overlooked (and/or under budgeted) element in a haunted attraction. In this in depth session, Jay Easley of Spookyworks shows attendees how to take advantage of sound in their haunted attraction to make the experience scarier and have more of an impact.


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Haunt Designing for the 5, or More, Senses
by Darryl Plunkie of HaunTopic

This innovative session covers the best way to take advantage of all of the human senses in designing a haunted attraction. Join Darryl Plunkie of HaunTopic Radio as he explores using taste, smell, touch, sound, sight and more to scare, startle and creep out haunt customers, making it easier for actors to create frights.


Saturday, January 13

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Developing VIP Experiences That Drive Revenue
by Greg Topalian of Leftfield Media

In this in-depth session, Greg Topalian, founder of Leftfield Media and NY Comic Con, explains how to implement VIP packages and experiences to your haunted event, and how to drive explosive revenue and profit growth!


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Creating Memorable First and Last Impressions
by Scott Sterner of Six Flags Entertainment

As attraction designers, we compete to be the biggest, baddest, scariest attractions in town, but what makes one attraction more effective (growing revenues) than the next? The art of scare is more effective when the victim (the guests) feel they are truly immersed in the dark fantasy, because the intimidation is believable.Humans use their senses as a warning when trouble is near. The more senses that are used in a scene to convince guests that the situation is real, the more believable the scenario, and the greater the reaction to the experience. In this in-depth session, Six Flags’ unique brand of thrilling entertainment reaches across generations as the largest regional theme park operator in the world. Known originally as home to the most thrilling rides in the world, Corporate Director of Entertainment and Events for Six Flags Entertainment Scott Sterner shares explains how Six Flags continues to grow its brand for thrills, leveraging the opportunity presented by millions of adrenaline seeking young adults looking to experience new levels of scare during the Halloween season.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Sound of Fear: Using Music and SFX to Create the Ultimate Haunt Atmosphere
by J. Daniel Edenfield of The Night Keep

In this session, J. Daniel Edenfield of The Night Keep will instruct attendees in crafting horror atmospheres using music and sound FX that uses the listener’s own mind against them. Daniel will analyze particular themes in haunts and discuss how to implement sounds and music into an attraction to achieve maximum immersion, using tools that are free or can be purchased for very little cost.


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Paranormal For Profit – How to make money off season
by Scott Morrow, The Fearless Ghost Hunter Show

Everyone that has ever closed up a haunt for the night knows that there are still things that go bump in the night after the power is off. In this session, Scott Morrow of The Fearless Ghost Hunter Shown will describe how to share that experience with others and make money from the haunted history of your haunt building.


Sunday, January 14

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
New Age Scare Acts For Haunted Attractions
by Kyle Vest of Blast Effects

You will go through the options of new age stunts and how to upgrade to a higher level. Bringing new acts and stunts to a simple upgrade. Why have just a normal 5’4″ pop out scare when you can have a 10ft terrifying beast. Why have someone laying on the ceiling looking through a hole when you can have them flying above and darting right at your clients! Simple scares have now been brought to a newer level! You will learn about many new ways of stepping your game up. Once you are open to many new levels from aerial scares to slide by’s, Fear breaks down how to bring them into your attractions. Teaching you from casting to training all the way up to best scare techniques. This is a in your face class full of interactions and so many helpful tips in tricks that will possibly blow your mind!


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Scenic is a MUST: creating True Fear
by Kyle Vest of Blast Effects

Already have a haunt and feel it isn’t as good as the attraction next door? Struggling on a theme or tired of seeing zombies? don’t worry the Prince of Fear has the tricks to making your haunt look 10x better! This class will cover out of this world themes, as well as scenic painting techniques, tools to save you time and money, where to purchase scenic supplies and tips on how to refurbish old haunts.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Make it Real: Finding Story Inspiration in History, Location and Nightmares
by Scott Swenson of Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC

Inspiration for Haunted Attractions can come from anywhere. In this thought provoking session, Scott Swenson of Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC will explore ways to use local history and personal nightmares to discover unique and thrilling concepts and elements. Scott will utilize both case studies (Howl-O-Scream, Tampa, The Vault of Souls, Tampa and After Hours) as well as guided exercises to identify the demons that live around us and how to utilize their power to haunt others.


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Horror Hosts in the 21st Century
by John Carroll of Danvers’ Demented Features

A brief history of horror hosts and how you can take advantage of your Haunt expertise to become a year-round horror host in local markets and on the internet! Including information on finding films to screen, how to navigate Youtube as a creator and becoming part of the horror host community! (


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