HAuNTcon News & Updates
by William Ramsey
Learn how to change a plain, boring white skull into something truly worthy of a scream in this informative demonstration. In less than an hour Dr. Bill Ramsay will instruct the attendees on how to corpsify a cast resin plastic skull into a rotten corpse. Attendees will be provided with the instruction and materials needed to transform a plastic skull from boring to soaring, and do it without the mess of latex or glue. When finished, Attendees take their creation home with them. READ MORE about this and other hands on workshops at HAuNTcon 2015, Baton Rouge, Feb. 6-10. Fee required, seating limited BUY NOW!
The HAuNTcon Friday Inspiration Pre-show Tour Just SOLD OUT! But never fear! We were able to pick up an overflow bus for the tour, but it only seats 28 people, so if you are thinking about joining HAuNTcon attendees for this fun and educational road trip, then get your ticket now!TOUR DETAILS
Jump on the “Short Bus” and don’t miss out on this chance to tour Louisiana! BUY TICKETS NOW! This tour will sell out… again!
There 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!
I 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. www.hauntcon.com for details!
by Leonard Pickel of Hauntrepreneurs.com 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 MORE
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!
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 Ross 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 has sculpted hundreds of masks, prosthetic make-ups and creature creations over 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!
We 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 www.crowdtorch.com 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 www.hauntcon.com
GET 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.
Attendees 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