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



Demonstrations are the messy seminars and the technical seminars. Whether they are business owners with a chance to showcase unique and powerful products, artisans sharing techniques and methodologies with attendees, or technicians exploring animation or sound, no one knows the ins and outs of a particular topics better than the person who pioneered it. Learn how to maximize the potential of a featured product, or tips and tricks to make your attraction better in these well attended sessions. 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

9:30AM – 10:30AM
Artistic Foam Carving
by the Davis Graveyard Crew

This session showcases foam texturing techniques for the look of stone, brick, cinder block and aged wood. In this face paced demonstration, Chris and Jeff Davis of Davis Graveyard will illustrate how to use different types of foam for specific applications and which tools work best for what technique.


2:00PM – 3:00PM
The Fast and The Furious: Special FX Makeup Applications
by Elexi Vasquez of Amarillo Scareground

This session demonstrates techniques that attendees can use on all the actors in their attraction. Starting with The Fast, Elexi Vasquez of Amarillo Scaregrounds will review techniques and strategies for second and third level characters. These include basic and quick airbrush techniques, use of Smooth-on silicone, water based paints and the advantages of using pre-made appliances. The Furious part of the class, covers advanced looks for top level characters including full foam face, latex on face creation, and the use of multiple mediums to create the character.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Fast, Practical Monster Makeup Techniques
by Nick Wolfe, Wolfe FX

In this lively session, world body painting champion Nick Wolfe, of Wolfe FX, will demonstrate fast, practical monster makeup techniques. Followed by a question and answer period.


3:30PM – 4:30PM
Costuming Within Constraints
by Carlye Starr, Ricardo Midence, Gloria Fontan, Aaron Garcia of Spellbound Stitchworks

Haunted Attraction customers face many frightful production constraints when creating costumes for their actors. Armed with decades of experience from the theme park industry, Carlye Starrs, Ricardo Midence , Gloria Fontan, and Aaron Garcia of Spellbound Stitchworks have worked through these limitations and turned them into opportunities to thrive. This sessions covers tips on how to handle creature costuming on a tight budget, within tight deadlines while, at the same time, managing performers .


5:00PM – 6:00PM
Opening a Fright Attraction: How Hard Could It Be? Part 1
by Leonard Pickel of Hauntrepreneurs Themed Attraction Design

This session is a comprehensive overview of the various concerns relating to a “first time” October seasonal production, but even a well established Halloween event will learn a thing or two. This jam packed session by Haunt industry legend Leonard Pickel of, is full of do’s and don’ts, tips and tricks on getting the attraction open, keeping it open and maximizing the money making potential of a for-profit or charity Halloween Event. Topics include, safety and code compliance, attraction style, advertising, operations, attraction size, how much to charge and how much it will cost.


Saturday, January 13

9:00AM – 10:00AM 
Creative Strategies in Building Better Nightmares: From Home Haunts to Theme Parks
by Ted Dougherty of Lunar Visions, Inc. and David Enloe of CC Productions

Keeping fresh ideas flowing through your attraction is a must to lure new and returning guests. In this exciting session, Ted Dougherty and David Enloe, share philosophies of how they’ve attacked the ever-changing world of horror, and how attendees can apply similar strategies to their own events. These experts have spent years working from home haunts through independent haunts and up to some of the largest theme park Halloween attractions in the world.


10:30AM – 11:30AM
From Flat to Frightening: Distressing and Carving Tricks to Get a Highly Detailed Look
by Timmy O’Neal

Haunters are always striving for high budget set detail with very low budget bank accounts. In this informative session, Timmy O’Neal will show attendees key scenic distressing and carving tricks to produce highly detailed sets today’s haunt patron demand, without breaking the bank. Learn how to take a haunt scene from flat to frightening in this lively demonstration.


12:00PM – 1:00PM
Expanding your Marketing Reach through Groupon

by Drew Talarico of Groupon

E-commerce and mobile platforms are changing the way customers find things to do for entertainment and how they purchase these experiences. In this session, Drew Talarico of Groupon will discuss how Haunters can work with third party distribution companies such as Groupon to expand their marketing reach, to help new customers discover your brand, and deliver incremental ticket sales to maximize your season. If you have ever wondered if selling tickets through Groupon works for Haunted Attractions, here is your chance to find out.


1:30PM – 2:30PM
Haunt Actors Workshop: Developing Sustainable Characters
by Scott Swenson of Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a haunt actors workshop led by Scott Swenson of Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC, who has cast and trained thousands of haunt actors for Howl-O-Scream, Tampa and San Antonio, and The Vault of Souls, Tampa. This interactive workshop will focus on creating unique characters that actors can play fully throughout the night. Scott will explore both startle and atmospheric scare techniques as well as “a night in the life” exercises in physical storytelling. Come prepared to move and participate!


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Haunted Face Painting: Freaks
by Nick Wolfe, Wolfe FX

In this lively session, world body-painting champion Nick Wolfe, of Wolfe FX, paints volunteers into wonderfully wicked characters that can be used as characters in a haunt.


3:00PM – 4:00PM
Life Casting: Making Fake Heads Without Killing People
by Darkwater FX

Join Jesse Shoemaker of Darkwater FX as he demonstrates a face life-cast suitable for mask sculpting or prop production. The best products to use, what preparations need to be made, and proper procedures to making a life-cast will be covered. Then Jesse will perform a life-cast on a models face. At the end of the demonstration any questions about the process of molding other body parts will be answered.


4:30PM – 5:30PM
Hardware Hacking: Complicated DIY Props with Arduino and Raspberry Pi
by Michael Heijmans of Rotting Orchards Haunted Attraction

Building elaborate automated Halloween props is really no more complicated than building your favorite Lego project. In this session, Michael Heijmans of Rotting Orchards Haunted Attraction will take attendees through the programing code of some of the props he has built over the years and explain how to start small with a surprisingly small selection of parts and build up to something big and impressive. Michael will detail some of the things he’s learned the hard way so attendees don’t have to and will discuss design decisions for success before you order the parts and even start writing the code.


Sunday, January 14

9:00AM – 10:00AM
Pneumatics 101: Animating Props with Air
by Jim Slanker of Canyon Trail Cemetery

This introductional session is an overview what is needed to animated a prop using compressed air. Join Jim Slanker as he explains the various components of “pneumatics,” what they are called and what each one does.


10:30AM – 11:30AM
Graveyard Overview
by the Davis Graveyard Crew

This seminar will cover the entire process of creating an award winning graveyard. It will cover lessons learned along with some tips and tricks that will help anyone build a creepier graveyard. From large scale facades and structures: to detailed tombstones and monuments you will see some of the ways to use Styrofoam. It will explain how to do video ghost effects and singing statues. Find out what monster mud is and how to use it to build props that look great. Learn about casting with expanding foam. Hear about how animatronics and atmosphere details are used to add to the overall feel. It will also touch on details like lighting, organic treatments and other small but important touches. Whether you are going for super detailed realism or a sense of suspended belief, the devil is in the details. The one thing you add or take away that makes the scene perfect and the viewer unable to point their finger at what makes it so perfect. From more realistic cobwebs to the addition of natural elements like real natural debris to the position of a prop and the lighting and painting of each item, it is the details that ultimately make the scene.


1:30PM – 2:30 PM
Opening a Fright Attraction: How Hard Could It Be? Part 2
by Leonard Pickel of Hauntrepreneurs Themed Attraction Design

Part 2 of “Opening a Fright Attraction: How Hard Could It Be?


3:00PM – 4:00PM
The Secret to Building Large Scale Lifelike Spider Webs
by Eesa Heijmans of Rotting Orchards Haunted Attraction

In this session, Eesa Heijmans of Rotting Orchards will cover how to use butcher’s beef netting and create robust and realistic looking large scale spider webs that inspire fear in your visitors. Topics include where to source the material, how to plan the install, preparing the material, initial hang and shaping, techniques for cutting and sculpting the web, layering techniques to add realism and robustness, common problems, mistakes, and how to both prevent and recover from them.



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