Demonstrations are the messy seminars. Whether they are led by business owners showcasing unique and powerful products or artisans sharing techniques and methodologies, no one knows the ins and outs of a particular topic better than the person who pioneered it. Learn how to maximize the potential of a featured product, as well as tips and tricks to make your attraction better. Times and topics are subject to change.
Note: Attendance to the HAuNTcon Tradeshow Floor is required to take these classes.
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Demo/Tech 1 – Saturday 8:30 – 9:30 am
Costume Aging: Distress Your Dress and Make It a Mess
by Dr. Bill Ramsay of Dr. Terror Eyes
“Let’s Distress Your Dress and Make It a Mess”
No respectable zombie or “scareactor” wants be seen in pristine clothing!! In this lively demonstration, Halloween zealot “Dr. TerrorEyes” (Dr. Bill Ramsay) provides you with the some tips, tricks, ideas, and effects you need to make your living-dead actor or prop look like just he/she just clawed themselves out from six feet beneath a granite headstone.
Techniques to age, decay, distress, bloody-up, and grubby-up your squalid costume’s clothing will be explained to attendees. This isn’t a “learn how to cut cloth with scissors” course! Attendees will get details, an up-close look at samples and a course handout that will inspire them to their own rotted clothing masterpieces. (Even the secret importance of a common shovel will be explained.) Let the Doctor’s 41 years of Haunt experience provide you with the insight and ideas to create truly gruesome clothing. To add to the fun, course attendees are also eligible for several door prize drawings throughout presentation.
Demo/Tech 2 – Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 am
The Art of Foam Carving
by Steve O’Connor, Jeff and Chris Davis
The creators of the acclaimed Davis Graveyard home haunt along with special Guest Steve O from Garage of Evil will demonstrate their process for texturing foam. This crew’s impressive credits include creating hundreds of foam textured panels for ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” of Nightmare Factory haunt in Salem, Oregon, their current display features a three-story faux stone ruined abbey. This session will showcase firsthand foam texturing techniques for looks like stone, brick, cinderblock and aged wood. Chris and Jeff will illustrate how to use different types of foam for specific applications. Attendees will learn which tools work best for what technique.
Demo/Tech 3 – Saturday 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Taking Your Show Lighting To The Next Level
by Quan Gan of Gantom
A haunted attraction is a not a museum, it’s a SHOW. In this informative session, Quan Gan, owner of Gantom Lighting & Controls, offers attendees a crash course in theatrical lighting techniques for haunted attraction that will bring your show to life (or death). Quan will show you systematic ways of efficiently installing lighting elements in key places that can make the most impact on your audience while saving you a lot of time, energy, and money! You’ll also get a sneak preview of some key new interactive lighting technology about to hit the haunt market, attend this session to gain an upper edge on your competition! Check out their website at www.gantom.com
Demo/Tech 4 – Sunday 8:30 – 9:30 am
Scenic Detail and Distressing: Faux Rust and Lath Wall Techniques
by Kenneth Thompson of Kstudios
In this power packed session, Kenneth Thompson of Kstudios will demonstration explain how he creates Faux Rusting and Lath Wall textures in a haunted attraction. Thompson is the master of high detail and is hired by well known attractions around the country for his expertise. In the first part of the demo, Thompson will cover Faux Rusting – Demonstrating the process of layering shellac and wood stain to create the look of rust on any surface. In this demonstration the process will be performed on a series of PVC pipes in various stages of completion. In the next part of the session, Thompson will delve into a Lath Wall Technique – Demonstrating how to of join strips of wood with drywall compound to make turn of the century lath wall panel sections. Attendees will learn the process, then distressing the lath walls with various wood stains. Followed by a question and answer period about any scenic painting question attendees may have. Check out their website at http://www.kstudios13.com/
Demo/Tech 5 – Sunday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Haunting On A Budget: Designing and Building An Outdoor Haunted Attraction
by Mark and Mellanie Goldsmith of Horror at Huntfield
One of the most cost effective Halloween events to build, is an Outdoor Attraction. In this lively seminar, Mark and Mellanie Goldsmith, owners of Horror at Huntfield, will delve in to the details and processes of master planning, designing the pathway and building an Outdoor Haunted Attraction. While cheaper and less code restrictive than Indoor Attractions, Outdoor Attractions have their own set of construction and set up challenges. Topics covered include Planning The Trail, Designing The Scares, Building Structures, Setting The Scenes, Characters (Living And Dead), Wow Factor, Pyrotechnics, Safety, Security, Dealing With Weather, Outdoor Power, Lighting, Sound And Audio. Check out their website at www.horrorathuntfield.com
Demo/Tech 6 – Sunday 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Safe Easy Blood Delivery Systems for Haunted Attractions
by Steve Tolin of Tolin FX
In this explanation and demonstration, Steve Tolin of Squib FX, will feature his company’s air powered methods and DIY blood delivery rigs for delivering blood from bullet hits, to spraying blood to fountains of blood for the haunted attraction. Blood recirculation systems and formulas for making blood will be discussed, as well as ways to make lots of blood cheap. Techniques for making it look great in your attraction from set blood to spraying blood. These demos will be interactive and volunteers will be requested. Check out their website at tolinfx.com
Demo/Tech 7 – Monday 8:30 – 9:30 am
Intro To 3D Haunting
by Ettie Thompson of Maze of Terror
If you have ever wanted to add 3D element to your attraction, then this basic 3D class is perfect for you. The easy 3D techniques covered in this class can be used by anyone regardless of artistic talent in either a professional a home haunt. The presentation will cover different types of UV paints, the UV lighting needed to make the 3d art pop, and the correct placement of color to create the illusion of depth to 3D painting.
What types of props you can paint, the preparation for it, where to purchase the paints and 3d glasses, as well as how to prep your walls floors and props before painting will all be covered. The painting techniques include airbrush, stencils, paintbrush, dry brushing and even spray paint. 3D art samples will be painted in the session and 3D glasses will be provided for the class to see the finished effect. Check out their website at Mazeofterror.org
Demo/Tech 8 – Monday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Getting the Biggest Bang Out’a Theatrical Fluids
by Scott Lynd of Froggys Fog
Are you looking to bring your haunt on the next level without breaking the bank? This lively session delves into the practical science behind atmospheric effects like fog, and gives away the secrets of how to maximize your customers’ thrills with theatrical techniques while keeping your budget on point. Learn how to maximize the ground hug factor of fog in your graveyard scenes. Discover how you can created frightening effects with a snow machine in October and how bubbles don’t have to be used just at birthday parties anymore. This class will cover a myriad of ways that inexpensive fragrances generators can complement and give depth to your scariest scenes and leave your participants awe-struck…. or stuck with up-chuck…… or both! Check out their website at www.froggysfog.com
Demo/Tech 9 – Monday 11:30- 12:30
Creating A realistic Cave for A Haunted Attraction
by Wendy Ferris
A hands on course for creating realistic cave wall and formations. it is a cost high impact technique for that developed over several years. Begin with materials needed, where to get them, all are available at a home builders type store.. construction of the form’ mixing the structolite application techniques then a break to let dry.. lunch… heaters will be needed to help the material set up.. then painting and sealing.
Demo/Tech 10 – Monday 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Getting Started with Air Power for Props
by Steve O’ Connor of Garage of Evil
Amateur and pro-haunters alike are sometimes mystified by pneumatic animations, but the truth is, it’s just plumbing. In this informative lively class, Steve O’Connor of Garage of Evil, will demystify pneumatics and give attendees a chance to “look and touch,” and see them plumbed and activated. This demonstration covers different valve types, control options and basic pneumatic setups. Victims… I mean volunteers, will be pulled from the class attendees and forced… welcomed to plumb up some basic pneumatics. Attendees will leave the class understanding what to buy, where to buy and how to setup typical pneumatics, with an understanding of advanced concepts like flow restriction and bore/PSI/force calculations. Compressor options and easy tools to aid the fabrication of air powered prop mechanisms will round out this lively demonstration. Check out their website at www.garageofevilnetwork.com
Demo/Tech 11 – Monday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Building with Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for Haunters
by Steve Colberg of Scary Tinker Labs
In this is a technical seminar for beginners, attendees will learn about using LEDs in their haunted attraction. Topics covered will include: Types of LEDs, Principles of LED operation, Powering and wiring LEDs, Where to buy LEDs, and examples of suggested uses. This is a practical class which teaches just enough technical material so that you can include LEDs in your projects. Practical demonstrations and sample applications will be presented during the session.
Demo/Tech 12 – Monday 4:30 – 5:30 pm
The Rise, Demise and Resurrection of the House of Shock!
by Ross Karpelman, Jay Gracianette and Steven Joseph of House of Shock
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 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. Check out their website at www.houseofshock.com