Ernest N Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA,
January 12 - 15, 2018

Education at-a-glance


View our education schedule by day below! New sessions are added each week. To see sessions by track or learn more about the types of sessions taking place at the show, visit our Business track page, Creative track page, Demonstration Track Page, or Hands-on workshop page.

Friday, January 12

Time Track Session Title Speaker
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  Creative Make-up & Prosthetics are the Future Kyle Vest,
Blast Effects
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  Demonstration Artistic Foam Carving Jeff & Chris
Davis Graveyard
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  Escape Rooms Mistakes with Scenic Designs, the difference between Escape Rooms and  Haunted Houses Mark Maupin,  Amarillo  Scareground
10:00 AM -11:30 AM  Hands On Workshop From Sculpt to Scare, and Everything In-between! Deanna Bryant-Shaw, Divine Dementia
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Business The State of Haunted Farms Alexis Abare & Benjamin Selecky, Haunted Farms of America
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Creative Scared Senseless: Activating and manipulating our senses for the best scare Margee Kerr
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Demonstration Foam Latex Creature Prosthetics with a Hollywood FX Artist Stephen Herrara, Stygian Effects
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Escape Room Making Your Escape Room Come Alive Tod Ardoin, Dead of Night Productions
12: 30 PM – 1:30 PM Business To Pay or not to Pay Actors Dana Martin, AdventureTime Entertainment Group
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM  Hands on Workshop Davis Workshop – Tombstone Part #1 Chris & Jeff Davis, Davis Graveyard
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM The Top 13 Channels to Reach Your Attraction’s Audience – Philip Hernandez, Haunted Attraction Network
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Business If You Build It, MAKE Them Come: How to Promote Your Home Haunt and Increase Attendance Warren Maxwell,  Third Degree of Terror Home Haunt
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Demonstration The Fast and The Furious – Special FX Makeup Applications Elexi Vasquez, Amarillo Scareground
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Creative For crying out loud…lets make some noise Jay Easley, Spookyworks
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Hands-on Workshop From Sculpt to Scare and Everything In-Between Deanna Bryant-Shaw, Divine Dementia
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Creative The Art of Face Painting Nick Wolfe, Wolfe FX
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Business How To Make a Website That Sells Your Haunt Johnathan Bailey, Haunt Weekly
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Demonstration Costuming Within Constraints Spellbound Stitchworks
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Hands-on Workshop Tombstone Part 2 Jeff & Chris Davis, Davis Graveyard
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Business Adding Revenue at Your Venue Dr. Brian Jackson, Derailed Haunted  House
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Demonstration Opening a Fright Attraction: How Hard Could It Be? Part 1 Leonard Pickel, Hauntrepreneurs
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Creative Haunt Designing For the 5, or More, Senses Darryl Plunkie, HaunTopic

Saturday, January 13

Time Track Session Title Speaker
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Business Fear 101: The Basics Margee Kerr
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM  Hands on Workshop Custom Costuming With EVA Foam Bo Thorpe, Raven’s Cross Haunted Village
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Creative Unique Ways to Drive Revenue Greg Topalian, Leftfield Media
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Demonstration Creative Strategies in Building Better Nightmares: From Home Haunts to Theme Parks Ted Dougherty, Lunar Visions, Inc.
David Enloe, CC Productions
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Business Online Ticketing, Upsells, and Digital Marketing: Advanced Tactics to Double Your Haunt Sales! Alex Linebrink, HauntPay
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Creative Creating memorable first and last impressions Scott Stener,
Six Flags Entertainment
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Demonstration From Flat to Frightening – Distressing and Carving Tricks to Get a Highly Detailed Look Timmy O’Neal
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The Social Landscape: Where Attractions are in the Social Evolution – Philip Hernandez, Haunted Attraction Network
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Creative Social Media vs Traditional Ads – The Truth About Advertising’s “Magic Bullet” Ernest Corder, Fearworm
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM  Hands on Workshop Create A Bust Statue Workshop Jeff Davis, Davis Graveyard
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  Business Diabolically Successful Haunt Advertising! Dick Terhune, Voice From Hell
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  Creative Face Painting Freaks Nick Wolfe, Wolfe FX
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  Demonstration Haunt Actors Workshop: Developing Sustainable Characters Scott Swenson, Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  Escape Rooms Drive Year Round Revenue by Adding Escape Rooms to Your Haunt Tod Ardoin, Dead of Night Productions
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Business Voodoo Marketing: High Quality & Value Haunt Promotion Tricks Using a Small Budget David Markland, Midsummer Scream
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Escape Rooms Transitioning Haunt Technology into the Escape Industry Mark Maupin, Amarillo Scareground
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Creative  The Sound of Fear: Using Music and SFX to Create the Ultimate Haunting Atmosphere J. Daniel Edenfield, The Night Keep
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM  Hands on Workshop Mini Shrouded Skeleton Jeff & Chris Davis, Davis Graveyard
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  Creative Paranormal For Profit How to make money off season Scott Morrow, The Fearless Ghost Hunter Show
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  Demonstration Hardware Hacking: Complicated DIY Props with Arduino and Raspberry Pi Michael Heijmans, Rotting Orchards Charity Haunt
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  Business Setting the Tone: Auditions & Training Tips for Non-Actors Drew Dalire, AEO Studios

Sunday, January 14

 Time  Track Session Title  Speaker
 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Business Copyright and Trademark for Haunters Jonathan Bailey, Haunt Weekly
 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Creative New Age Scare Acts For your Haunted Attractions Kyle Vest, Blast Effects
 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Demonstration Pneumatics 101: Animating Props with Air Jim Slanker, Canyon Trail Cemetery
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Safety/Security Security and Safety Considerations – Learnings from Event Planning Greg Topalian, Leftfield Media
 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Hands on Workshop Masquerade Masks Eva Foam, Victoria Hotwire Foam
 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Business How to Survive the Fire Inspector: Making your inspection painless Matt Rarick, Haunt Safe LLC
 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Creative Sequenced Animations Paul Merritt, Custom LOR Animations
 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Demonstration Graveyard Overview Jeff & Chris Davis, Davis Graveyard
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM The Art of Scare Movie Preview and Q&A with the Director
 12:00 PM – 1: 00 PM Courting the Reporter: Media Kits & Media Nights, Philip Hernandez, Haunted Attractions Network
 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM  Hands on Workshop Detailed Painting Jeff & Chris Davis, Davis Graveyard
 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  Creative Scenic is a MUST: Creating True Fear Kyle Vest, Blast Effects
 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  Business Knowledge is Power – FX Makeup Matthew Cade, Haunts FX
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Demonstration Opening a Fright Attraction: how Hard Could It Be? Part 2 Leonard Pickel, Hauntrepreneurs
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Business It All Starts With the Audition: Auditioning of Haunt Actors Sylvia Vicchiullo,  A Petrified Forest
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Creative Make it Real: Finding Inspiration in History, Location and Nightmares Scott Swenson, Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Demonstration The Secret Sauce to Building Lifelike Webs Lisa Heijmans, Rotting Orchards Charity Haunt
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Safety/Security Catastrophic Events Hot to Handle Tod Ardoin
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  Business Scare Acting 101: The Do’s and Don’ts in a Haunt Kenneth Leary, A Petrified Forest
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  Creative Horror Hosts in the 21st Century John Carroll, Danvers’ Demented Features
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Demonstration Scare Acting 101: The Do’s and Don’ts in a Haunt Ken Leary, A Petrified Forest
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