Sheraton Music City
Nashville, TN
January 26-30, 2017

Monday Advanced All Day Workshops

Monday Advanced All Day Workshops

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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 2 hour workshop. These classes are lead by our most experienced speakers and offer hours of in-depth, once in a life time, one on one instruction. An additional fee is required for each of the classes and includes a box lunch and round table discussion. Seating is limited so sign up today. Times, topics and speakers are subject to change.

For 2016 these Classes will be on Monday February 1st, from 9am to 4:30pm.

Note: Registration to the HAuNTcon Conference is not required to attend these classes.



1897722_102065125251092752195776579_nAdvanced All-day Workshop 1 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Advanced Special Effects Make Up Class – Zombies!
by Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX
$190 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!

FX Zombie class! Students will receive a Walking Dead facepaint kit,a foam latex appliance for practice or to take home, Zombie Skin and everything else needed to make the dead rise! Paint along with world renowned makeup artist, Nick Wolfe on practice faces provided and explore the anatomy,geometry, and psychology of the number one scary character! You too can be made up by Nick as he will be doing demos for a types of FX from cotton\latex build-ups to gelatin pieces. The class will be a giant zombie jam featuring paint brush techniques along with airbrush. All your worst nightmares will come true in this hand-on workshop.All tools will be provided and there will be an hour lunch break. The class ends with an awesome group shot with the zombies and survivors(victims)! Whether it’s newly turned or rotten from the grave, all the zombies will be made!




headshotAdvanced All-day Workshop 2 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Airbrushing Monsters for your Haunted Attraction
by Kyle Vest of Blast Effects
$250 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!

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 air brushing monsters for your haunted attraction. Attendees will learn how to easily create aliens, creatures, ghouls, vampires, zombies, animalistic and Frankenstein creatures. Attendees will discover new techniques taking students to new levels, how to go from color to color without having to use a cleaner in between.

If you want to take your airbrush ability to the next level and learn the tips and tricks to creating realistic monsters makeup or body painting, then don’t miss this session. Class fee includes instruction, materials, six- 1oz bottles of paint, and a box lunch. Compressors and airbrushes for the class will be provided for attendee use.




402457_10150621307054453_1498462917_n (1) Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Opening Your First Haunted Attraction: Without Losing An Arm And A Leg
by Leonard Pickel of Hauntrepreneurs(R) Themed Attraction Design and Consulting
$188 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!

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.

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.

From choosing the attraction name and URL for the event though pricing and dates of operation, topics covered include, creating a business plan, location requirements, safety code compliance, attraction style, attraction design, multi-element approach, timed ticketing, advertising, operations and answers to the most frequently asked questions: “How big should the attraction be, how much should I charge, and how much will it cost?”

In this all day session, attendees will explore the reasons why some attractions prosper while others fail. “A Haunted Attraction is a business and as in any other business, what you don’t know about this specialized field can put you out of business before you get started,” explains haunt industry veteran Leonard Pickel who will share with attendees how to maximize profits while minimizing costs and effort while describing what he sees as the best model for creating a successful Halloween Event.

NOTE: Bring your wifi enabled laptop or tablet, your scary designs, theme ideas and haunting dreams to this not to be missed session. Check out their website at



k43slargeBeginner All-day Workshop 4 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
3D Foam Sculpting Class with Hot Wire Foam Factory Tools
by Victoria Lohman of Hot Wire Foam Factory
$175 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!

Start making your own haunted props out of foam! In this all day hands-on workshop, Victoria Lohman of Hot Wire Foam Factory will take attendees through the process of making 3D sculptures out of Styrofoam. Attendees can choose from one of three designs to sculpt during the workshop. Topics covered in this class include pattern transfer and assembly, sculpting and carving, sanding & shaping.

Using Hot Wire Foam Factory Tools, attendees will learn the art of 3D design through layering. Once the sculptures are complete, a coating, painting and finishing demonstration will follow. Class fee includes instruction, materials, foam, and a box lunch. Plus, each attendee will receive a #K43 Pro Model 2-in-1 foam carving kit with Single Heat Power Station, a 3.4oz of Styrogoo foam glue and will be able to bring their finished sculpture home! For more information on the tools being used, visit Seating is limited.

Operations Manager of Hot Wire Foam Factory, Victoria Lohman has helped with tool design and coating innovation for the past decade. She began teaching foam carving and coating back in 2006, starting with Model Railroads and Village Displays, then grew into haunt design and Halloween props. Over the years, Victoria has gained invaluable foam carving and coating techniques that she shares with attendees at gatherings across the country. Her goal is to help turn the novice artists into a seasoned professionals, showing them how foam carving and coating can be fun, fast and easy.







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About HAuNTcon

An acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, HAuNTcon is a celebration of people who love Haunted Houses and Halloween. It is three days and nights jam-packed full of Networking, Tours of area Haunted Attractions, educational seminars, make-n-takes teaching the latest is Haunting techniques and a tradeshow exhibiting the latest in Haunting props and equipment.

Offerings include a pre-show bus tour of area Haunted attractions, tours of local Haunted attractions, tradeshow floor, costume ball, haunted garage sale and Haunter education including workshops, make-up and product demonstrations, and prop how-to make-n-takes.

HAuNTcon is open to the general public and all ages are welcome to attend. If you operate a Haunted House or would like to. If you act at a Halloween Event or would like to. If you Haunt your Home, or if you are just a fan of Haunted Houses and Halloween, then HAuNTcon is a "not to be missed" weekend of Haunting fellowship and just plain fun!


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