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

Monday Haunt Tour/Wrap Party – The Mortuary Haunted House

the-mortuaryjpg-ebbb5133990fd150Feb. 9th, 2015 – An icon of old New Orleans at the very dead end of world famous Canal Street, The Haunted Mortuary is an architecturally stunning manor located less than 3 miles from the enchanting French Quarter. This magnificent mansion was originally built in 1872 and actually operated for over 80 years as real mortuary. This actively-haunted, 14,000 square foot, 3-story mansion, is surrounded by New Orleans Cities of the Dead.

For HAuNTcon 2015, The Mortuary will be home to the conference wrap party, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a live DJ, and a tour of the building’s basement haunted attraction. Guests will also get to tour a sampling of Santa’s Secret Workshop, the venue’s Christmas event, held every holiday season. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to network and tour the actually haunted Mortuary Haunted house!

Bus transportation from the host hotel is available. CLICK HERE for tickets!

Saturday Night Haunt Tour – Rise Haunted House and Zombie Paintball

haunted-house-coming-to-hammond-louisianaSaturday Feb. 7th 2015 – A full October style tour of Southern Louisiana’s newest Dark Attraction, Rise Haunted House, located just minutes from Downtown Hammond,Louisiana, 45 Minutes from Baton Rouge and 40 minutes from the New Orleans Metro area. The HAuNTcon 2015 tour includes both the Rise: Dark Souls AND Rise Operation Deadly Assault paintball hayride, both for one low price.

The RISE: Dark Souls Unleashed is a 10,000 sf walk-through Dark Attraction that features an abandoned bread & breakfast and secret research lab in the Cornertombbuilding and an 8,000 square feet New Orleans style cemetery. Hordes of UNDEAD, an endless terror-filled labyrinth, and countless nerve-wracking spine tingling scares await you on this unforgettable haunted house experience.

MorgueThe RISE: Operation Deadly Assault arms you with the latest in Zombie destruction weaponry as you travel on their custom designed troop carrier through the Zombie Infested back-woods and swamps of Louisiana to extinguish the hordes of Undead that escaped from the main complex.

Bus transportation from the host hotel is available. CLICK HERE for tickets!

Quick Skull Corpsification Workshop at HAuNTcon 2015

by William Ramsey

IMG_20150125_130335Learn 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!

HAuNTcon 2015 Adds Another Bus To the Preshow Tour

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!

HAuNTcon 2015 Preshow Tour SELLING OUT!

fridayThere 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!


Guided Tours of 13th Gate During HAuNTcon 2015

13th_gate_logoI 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. for details!

HAuNTcon 2015 Seminar – Opening Your First Haunted Attraction: Without Losing An Arm And A Leg

by Leonard Pickel of 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 MORETuesdayatttraction

Workshops SELLING OUT for HAuNTcon 2015, Baton Rouge, Feb. 6-10

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!

House of Shock Crew Offers Seminar at HAuNTcon 2015

Demo/Tech 12 – Monday 4:30 – 5:30 pm
The Rise, Demise and Resurrection of the House of Shock! download
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 7922557_f496Ross 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 Custom Latex Mask Making Class at HAuNTcon 2015

Robert Kurtzman has sculpted hundreds of masks, prosthetic make-ups and creature creations 10155938_1005132026167943_6240520991340269255_nover 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!

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January 28 - February 1, 2016

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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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