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HAuNTcon 2014

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January 23-28, 2014
George Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

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Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown
1700 Smith St
Houston, TX 77002
(713)739-8800

$119 a night with HAuNTcon discount & $10 a night for parking with HAuNTcon discount.

Click here then select HAuNTcon as attendee type in the drop down to reserve your hotel room.

FREE shuttle service will be provided between the Crowne Plaza and the Convention Center during event hours.  All Bus tours will leave from the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  
Shuttle schedule as follows:
Friday, January 24
Shuttle Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 25
Shuttle Hours: 7 am – 2 am
Sunday, January 26
Shuttle Hours: 7 am – 12 am
Monday, January 27
Shuttle Hours: 7 am – 7 pm
Tuesday, January 28
Shuttle Hours: 7 am – 5 pm

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What is HAuNTcon?

HAuNTcon is an acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, an expo and convention “Designed by Haunters, for Haunters” of every age and level of experience. HAuNTcon brings people who love Haunted Houses, Halloween and scaring people together for a fun-filled four days and nights Haunt Tours, Education, Tradeshow and Networking, rounded out by a Haunted Garage Sale and the amazing annual Costume Ball.

Past exhibitors in the tradeshow have featured haunt industry heavy-weights such as Haunted Enterprises, Fright Props, and Distortions Unlimited. Reasonable booth fees that includes electrical and internet, allows up-and-coming Haunt Industry exhibitors to get cost effective exposure to a fanatical fan base.

The Annual Haunted Garage sale will be held on Sunday during the tradeshow.

HAuNTcon is heavily attended by pro-haunters. HAuNTcon also moves to a new city every year with the intent to grow the industry by promoting to home haunters, haunt actors and Halloween enthusiasts of all kinds.

Tours of more than 15 haunted houses are available to attendees during the show. The two day pre-show tour allows haunt owners an off-season look at local pro-haunts in operation, with additional spotlight tours on Friday, Sunday and Monday nights.

Over 40 hours of Haunt education is included in the 3 day trade show admission. Creative Sessions, Business Seminars, Hands-on Workshops, Make Up and Product Demonstrations all designed to provide information and teach attendees techniques to do what they do better, faster and easier. Topics range from Haunted House Marketing and Business Plans, through Cheap Scares and Haunted House Design, Actor Training and Character Development, Prop building and Set Design.

HAuNTcon is a jam packed, not to be missed, economical Haunt conference that is the best investment you can make in your haunting future. If you have a Halloween event, Haunted House or Home Haunt, or if you have a dream of someday opening a Halloween event, Haunted Attraction or yard Haunt then join others like you for more off season Halloween Fun than is allowed by law at the Haunted Attraction Tradeshow and Conference, we call HAuNTcon.

HAuNTcon 2014 Workshops Are SELLING OUT!

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The 
HAuNTcon 2014 Workhops are selling faster than ever before! SOLD OUT! 

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Workshop 2 – Gory Makeup TechniquesSOLD OUT! 

Workshop 3 – Innovative Prop MakingSOLD OUT!  

And several others only have a few spots left! If you are planning to attend one of these Workshops, don’t hesitate! Register NOW!

Spotlight – Tuesday All Day Class – Evil Twin FX Hands-On Custom Mask Making Workshop

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Advanced All-day Workshop 1 (Fee Required)
Tuesday 9:00am-4pm
Room: 320 B
Evil Twin FX Hands-On Custom Mask Making Workshop
by Nick Wolfe, Evil Twin FX www.eviltwinfx.com

Description – The sock mask is a staple of the haunted attraction industry because of their breath-ability. They are soft, comfortable, and flexible, which means your actors will keep them on longer. In this Full Day hands-on make-n-take workshop, Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX will be instruct attendees how to build the structure of the mask and create the look of a mask using appliance pieces. Attendees will also learn how to apply latex to the mask to blend the pieces together, how to paint / finish the mask, and how to cut the eye holes / mouth to make the mask functional. This mask technique requires very little sculpting. Even if you have never worked with latex or tried to make a mask before, you can make a sock mask. Your only limits are your imagination. Once completed, attendees will walk away with a custom one of a kind mask and the knowledge of how to make many, many more. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advance.

Material Fee: $200
Class Size Limited to: 10
Reserve Class Now
Speaker Bio

wolfeWorld renown body and face painter, Nick Wolfe has been working in the haunt industry along with his twin brother Brian since 1998 doing make-up, props, acting and building sets for numerous Haunted Attractions including Skull Kingdom and Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. He has taught horror make-up and face painting in over 20 countries and has published several instructional books and videos on the subject. Nick and his brother founded the Make-up company Wolfe FX and they continue to build brands for other companies as well. His enthusiasm makes his workshops fast and fun as he strives to inspire haunters and make-up artists to be their best! Nick will be offering both a 1 hour demonstration, Monster Making 101 and an all day hands-on workshop on Monday, covering horror and haunt make up. www.eviltwinfx.com

Meet Ed and Marsha Edmunds of Travel Channel’s Making Monsters TV Show at HAuNTcon

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Stars of Travel Channel’s “Making Monsters” Ed and Marsha Edmunds will have a special treat for attendees at 3:30 pm on Monday, January 27! – A special inside look of their hit tv show Making Monsters will take place followed by a Q & A session. The duo will present a behind-the-scenes look inside Distortions Unlimited’s fascinating world of animatronic and monster making! The stars will also tell the audience their story about how they became television stars. The session is FREE to all HAuNTcon attendees!

Making Monsters is a reality TV show about the Greeley, Colorado company: Distortions Unlimited, creators of some of the scariest props and animatronics the haunt industry has ever seen. Click here for more information on “Making Monsters”

Distortions Unlimited will also have a booth open to all attendees on the tradeshow floor. Here they will be debuting and selling their newest creations of their 2014 lineup! Stop by, say hello, and get an autograph or a photo with them while you’re at the show!

Spotlight – Tuesday All Day Class – Quintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction & Detailing Workshop

Advanced All-day Workshop 4 (Fee Required)
Tuesday 9:00am-4pm
Room: 320 A
Ouintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction and Detailing Workshop
by Shayne Torrans, Brutal Rust www.brutalrust.com

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When people talk about the best haunted houses in the country, Netherworld in Atlanta, GA, 13th Gate in Baton Rouge and House of Shock in New Orleans, LA, always come up in the discussion, but why? They all have great costuming, actors and make up, but what really makes these events the most talked about haunts in the industry is that each of these events attractions have amazingly realistic sets and high detail, distressed and dilapidated walls, movie quality sets and set dressing. Many haunters think that set dressing and high detail is expensive, but in this all day advanced workshop, Shayne Torrans and the  team from Haunt Force and Brutal Rust will show you how to create an amazing highly detailed movie quality set on a budget.

Starting from scratch, attendees will help build the walls, and create sets of a rusted pipe filled boiler room. This session will cover set wall construction, base and faux painting, distressing and set dressing, all using low cost, light weight wood, foam, plastic and sheetrock. Once learned, the techniques demonstrated in this hands on workshop can be used in a variety of ways thought your entire attraction to take your  haunted house to the next level of realism and detail. At the end of the day, the boiler room set will be auctioned off to the attendees. Do not miss this in depth scenic set building class that will show you how to take your haunt to the next level in realism and detail.

Material Fee: $100
Class Size Limited to: 30
Reserve Class Now
Speaker Bio
Haunt Force is the brain child of Shayne Torrans creator of Brutal Rust, Kingwood Asylum and Hallowed Grounds. Part Engineer and part madman, Shayne Torrans is the problem solver and prop builder for Haunt Force. Charged with constructing and simplifying everyone’s off the wall ideas, Shayne has created one masterpiece after the next. This is chiefly due to Shayne’s ability to deconstruct problems and come up with solutions that not only solve the problem but also are more cost effective and efficient than what the industry expects.Shayne Torrans is a certified train the trainer in more than 40 industrial subjects with over 22 years of experience. It’s with his vast knowledge as a teacher that will allow you to learn with ease. So easy a child can do it. www.brutalrust.com

HAuNTcon 2014 Workshops SELLING OUT!

The HAuNTcon 2014 Workhops are selling faster than ever roy-wooley-face-offbefore! SOLD OUT! Workshop 11 – Roy Wooley’s Foam Weapon Workshop, and several others only have a few spots left! If you are planning to attend one of these Workshops, don’t hesitate! Register NOW!

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2014 Sponsor Spotlight-Wristband Resources

Wristband Resources

Wristband Resources offers “one time use” wristbands, which are ideal for the admission, security and promotional needs of events of all sizes. These wristbands are completely customizable!  Visit them on the web at www.wristband.com for more information.

HAuNTcon is proud to announce Wristband Resources as the Official Sponsor of the wristbands used by HAuNTcon 2014!

Be sure to register for HAuNTcon today! Click here to register!

Brian Wolfe Life Celebration & Auction – Midnight, Jan. 24th at HAuNTcon Houston

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Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Bayou Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, downtown Houston.

Join the HAuNTcon family and Haunted Attraction Industry for a celebration of the life for world-renowned face and body painter and master make-up artist Brian David Wolfe. A huge supporter of HAuNTcon from its conception, Brian passed away last October after a brave and valiant battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife Dara, daughter Trinity, and twin brother and business partner Nick Wolfe. Not to mention a million devoted fans whose lives were touched by this amazing talent through his award winning and all too short life.

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This midnight event offers haunters an opportunity say farewell and toast our fallen brother and treasured contributor to the Haunt business. While we are heartsick at Brian’s passing, he would not want us to grieve. Instead, we will show our support to the Wolfe family with a special Midnight celebration. Brian’s full but all too short life will be memorialized in pictures, celebratory beverages and a live auction featuring high quality props, special effects systems and more donated in support by major players in the Haunted Attraction industry.

Proceeds from sponsorships, cash donations and auction items will go towards the Brian Wolfe Memorial Fund. If you cannot make this celebration and would like to support Brian’s family, donations can be made by Paypal to Brian@eviltwinfx.com or gofundme.com/brianwolfe. If you want to donate a product to be auctioned off, email hauntcon@gmail.com.

This event is Sponsored by Evil Fire Lizard and HAuNTcon

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2014 Vendor/Sponsor Spotlight-Froggy’s Fog

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Froggy’s Fog is the premier manufacturer of Fog, Haze, Snow, Foam Fluids and Fluid Scent Additives.  Froggy’s Fog is known for their same day shipping and outstanding customer service!  Visit them on the web at www.froggysfog.com for more information.

HAuNTcon is proud to announce Froggy’s Fog as the Official Sponsor of our annual Costume Ball’s Bottomless Beer! Cheers!

Be sure to get your Costume Ball tickets today! Click here to register!

HAuNTcon 2014 presents “How to WIN at Face Off”

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Join two time Face Off contestants RJ Haddy, and Roy Wooley for a panel discussion on what it is like to compete on the SyFy hit reality show, Face Off. Find out how to become a contestant, what it is like to be on Face Off and what it takes to WIN!

Many of the contestants on Face Off started as makeup artists in the Haunted attraction industry and that trend will continue. RJ Haddy of Rad FX Co. competed on season 2 and season 5, making the finals in season 2. Roy Wooley of Roy Wooley FX competed on season 3 and season 5, making the finals in season 5. This panel is an opportunity for HAuNTcon 2014 attendees to get an inside look at what it takes to not only be competitive on Face Off but tips and tricks on how to win the show. If you have ever dreamed of being on Face Off, this is a not to be missed chance to get a leg up on the competition.

How to WIN at Face Off
Saturday Jan. 25th, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Past Face Off contestants RJ Haddy, Roy Wooley, Laney Chantal, Tom Devlin, Heather Henry, and Eric Zapata will also be offering makeup demos, workshops, and signing autographs in their booths at HAuNTcon 2014. Stop by and say hello.

Contact

Event Coordinator: 
Leonard Pickel
972-951-5100
HAuNTcon@gmail.com

Exhibitor Booth Sales: 
877-347-EXPO
hauntconsales@gmail.com

Webmaster/Designer: 
Chad Savage / Sinister Visions

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About HAuNTcon

HAuNTcon features movie & TV industry celebrities for presentations and personal appearances.  In the past we’ve hosted makeup professionals such as Brian & Nick Wolfe, Cleve Hall, and Tom Devlin.  Actors from iconic horror movies such as Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) have graced our celebrity ensemble.

If can’t get enough scares in October, try our Pre-Show overnight bus trip that includes lights on and lights off tours of local haunted events. This tour is followed by the full action tours on Friday and Sunday evenings.

The Trade Show floor, Friday through Sunday, is filled with the latest in fright services and equipment, for the professional Haunted House owner and the Halloween enthusiast alike. From horror makeup and highly detailed masks to static props and large animatronic creatures, everything a Haunter needs will be for sale, often at wholesale prices.  Stay four out Haunted Garage sale, where local haunted houses and manufacturers sell and trade anything everything haunted at this flea market/swap meet.  The sale is a great place to find killer deals.

The conference wraps up with advanced education on the Monday, following the trade show, with day-long hands-on workshops, covering everything from attraction design to creating realistic scenes of terror at your event!