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.
HAuNTcon also moves to a new city every year to provide off season tours of area haunted houses for attendees. Haunt tours allow haunt owners, home haunters, haunt actors and Halloween enthusiasts an off-season look at local pro-haunts both in full operation and lights on backstage.
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.
Whether you are a haunt owner looking for ways to make more money, a haunt actor looking for scaring tips or a makeup artist or prop maker ready to go to the next level or a home haunter looking for new inexpensive haunting techniques, or a haunt designer looking for new fright ideas, 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.
Spotlight – Tuesday All Day Class – Quintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction & Detailing Workshop
Advanced All-day Workshop 4 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 A
Ouintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction and Detailing Workshop
by Shayne Torrans, Brutal Rust www.brutalrust.com
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
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
The HAuNTcon 2014 Workhops are selling faster than ever before! 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!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
The “Haunter” Hotel for HauNTcon 2014, the Crown Plaza Houston Downtown, is almost sold out. There are only 25 Rooms Left at the HAuNTcon Hotel in Houston! If you have not made your room reservations, do so soon. HAuNTcon Discount price is $119 a night, $10 a night for parking with HAuNTcon discount.
Only Three Weeks To HAuNTcon 2014! www.hauntcon.com
HAuNTcon is pleased to announce Darklight Precision Lighting is the title sponsor for HAuNTcon in Houston, Texas, January 23-28, 2014.
Darklight was founded in spring of 2010 as a manufacturer of special effects lighting equipment catering to the themed attraction industry. They specialize in illumination in low-light and space constrained environments where traditional theatrical luminaires are not suitable. The “Precision” series of LED fixtures were developed with compactness, safety, modularity, and ease of use in mind, allowing lighting designers to illuminate environments that were not previously possible with larger fixtures.
In 2011, they expanded their product line to include self-developed compact controllers that add a dynamic element to their luminaires.
In late 2012, they launched a new line of products catering to the professional lighting and architectural markets called the “Gantom” series. The industry recognized Gantom iQ, an ultra-compact image projector, spearheads their focus into the specified lighting market. Their award winning products have since become the “secret weapon” of many lighting designers and industry experts and have been installed in a wide range of applications including theme parks, museums, bars & clubs, casinos, and haunted attractions all around the world.
You are quickly running out of time to stay at the HAunter’s Hotel for HAuNtcon 2014! The Crown Plaza Houston is almost SOLD OUT and the HAuNTcon block closes this FRIDAY, so if you haven’t gotten your room yet, what are you waiting for!!
Go HERE and click on the Attendee Type. Choose HAuNtcon and get your room for ONLY $119 a night… WHILE THEY LAST!
HAuNTcon 2014 is shapping up to be the biggest conference to date and tickets are still at a discount though the end of the month. Tickets make great stocking stuffers for that Haunter on your Christmas list.
See you in Houston, Texas January 25-28 for HAuNtcon 2014!