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

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!

CrowdTorch Sponsors HAuNTcon 2015, Baton Rouge, LA -Feb. 6-10

crowdtorch-by-cvent-logo-jpg2We are proud to announce that CrowdTorch by Cvent is now the ticketing sponsor for HAuNTcon 2015. Online ticketing is the future of the haunted attraction industry and this partnership between HAuNTcon and CrowdTorch by Cvent will provide HAuNTcon attendees the opportunity to see how well the CrowdTorch platform works for an event. CrowdTorch by Cvent will be exhibiting at the HAuNTcon 2015 conference in Baton Rouge, LA -Feb. 6-10In addition, Michael Patrick of CrowdTorch by Cvent will be sharing his expertise in two seminars during the conference. Topics include using mobile apps to drive attendance for Haunted attractions and tips on maximizing the impact of online ticketing. BUY TICKETS!

If you are looking into starting online ticketing for your event, or changing companies go to for more details on these classes, haunt tours, tradeshow, haunted garage sale and other offerings at HAuNTcon 2015, in Baton Rouge, LA Feb. 6-10, go to

Creating A Detailed Crypt Set: Hands-On Scene Building Workshop

CryptwallGET TICKETS – Become a foam carving and finishing expert by taking this extraordinary, all day Hands-on Workshop Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. The talented crew of the Davis Graveyard will instruct attendees while they build a movie quality New Orleans style above ground graveyard scene. The scene includes central stone sarcophagus surrounded by stacked crypts on three sides and enclosed by a rusted cemetery gate. When finished, this scene could be easily used as a room design inside a haunted attraction or as a photo opportunity for patrons.

CryptAttendees will spend the day working with a talented and experienced crew building set walls, working with different types of Styrofoam, constructing props, and fabricating realistic set pieces. This hands-on crash course covers various foam carving techniques, foam panel design, foam texturing, sealing the foam, faux painting , distressing, detail painting, monster mud sculpting, prop construction, and faux wrought iron techniques to make it look like the real thing. READ MORE

HAuNTcon Advanced Class Getting Started With Controllers

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Feb. 10, Baton Rouge, LA – An in-depth all day workshop is aimed at those haunters, pro or amateur, that want to take the next step into haunt tech and learn how to create stand-alone (non PC based) solutions to achieve their creative visions…  READ MORE…


Creature Corps’ Robert Kurtzman Offers Workshop at HAuNTcon 2015!


Robert Kurtzman, director, producer and 30 year special effects artist veteran, with more than 400 movie and television credits, is offering an Advanced All-day Hands-on Workshop, Tuesday Feb. 10 in Baton Rouge, LA. As part of the HAuNTcon Education Program. Owner of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps, Robert will be demonstrating the proper application of silicone appliances, as well as realistic final painting techniques for film quality makeup and props. No secrets will be held back as Robert offers makeup tricks and tips he uses to create the world worst monsters. In this once in a lifetime one-on-one opportunity to learn from this makeup legend, Robert will then guide attendees through proper application of a furnished appliance, then airbrush paint and finish the makeup with their very own Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche. Bring a model to apply your makeup on.

Class Fee $350 – Includes instruction, materials, box lunch and signature Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche

Robert Kurtzman will also be teaching a mask making class Feb. 7-9 during the HAuNTcon Workshop Program. Fee and admission to HAuNTcon is required.

HAuNTcon 2015 is SELLING OUT! Sign up now!

Tours of the best Haunts in Louisiana, 50 hours of Free Haunter Education, Costume Ball, Haunted Garage Sale and Networking with Haunters from around the world! HAuNTcon 2015 is a not to be missed conference for haunters of all levels! And your opportunity to attend is running out!128809400462587

The host hotel the Belle of Baton Rouge is SOLD OUT for Friday and Saturday nights. But not to worry, we have picked up a block at the nearby Radisson Hotel 2445 South Acadian, Baton Rouge, LA for the same low price of $99 a night.  A shuttle will be provided between the two hotels. To book a room, call the Radisson at 225-236-4000, and tell them you are with Hauntcon/Belle of Baton Rouge to get the discount. But act now! Even these rooms will not last long! Use the Buy Tickets Now button to be a part of this exciting conference!



Tour 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 at HAuNTcon 2015, Feb. 6th


HAuNTcon 2015 is pleased to announce a Friday night tour of 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 Haunted Attraction In Baton Rouge, LA – along with other area haunt tours, over 50 hours of education, tradeshow, costume ball and haunted garage sale offered at the weekend conference. The 13th Gate is the Ultimate Haunted House! Journey through 13 very frightening themed indoor and outdoor areas where your worst nightmares come true and anything can happen.


Necropolis 13 is unlike any Haunted Attraction ever created. Imagine walking through the crumbling stone and mortar above ground crypts of a haunted New Orleans-style Cemetery in the dead of the night. Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity for a backstage, lights on tour of two of the best haunted attractions in the country. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to this FANTASTIC event!


HAuNTcon 2015 Exhibitors – Gravity and Momentum


Gravity & Momentum makes the only stage blood in the world that is both non-toxic and non-staining. Safe on the skin and in the mouth. Washes out of clothes and off of sets. CLICK HERE to find out more.

HAuNTcon 2015 Exhibitors – Halloween FX


Halloween FX carries a huge variety of custom props, pneumatic parts and air fittings, flame machines, lasers and lights, fog machines, fluids and scents, signs, stickers and so much more. CLICK HERE to find out more.

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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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