Sheraton Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
January 28-February 1, 2016

Tuesday Advanced All Day Workshops

Monday Advanced All Day Workshops

DemonstrationsCreative SessionsBusiness Classes
Hands-On WorkshopsAdvanced All Day Workshops

HAuNTcon’s Monday All-day Advanced Workshops are designed to delve into larger 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 breakfast and a box lunch. 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.


Advanced All-day Workshop 4 (Fee Required) Tuesday 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
$225 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


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HAuNTcon 2016

January 28 - February 1, 2016

Sheraton Birmingham
2101 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North
Birmingham, AL 35203

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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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