The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference (HAuNTcon) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Haunted Farms of America. This year’s annual event will take place at the Sheraton Hotel, in downtown Birmingham, Alabama from January 28 February 1, 2016.
Haunted Farms Of America, Inc. (founded by Alexis Abare and Benjamin Selecky) provides creative partners and new or existing owners of farms with the resources, support, services, and networking opportunities necessary to launch, enhance, and grow a successful Haunted attraction as part of their “Agritainment” business.
Every year, HAuNTcon brings together people the best and brightest Haunted Attraction owners and operators for a funfilled four day (and nights!) of local attraction Tours, Haunter Education, Tradeshow, rounded out by a Haunted Garage Sale and the amazing HAuNTcon Costume Ball.
HAuNTcon is jam packed full of education and networking opportunities, and grows bigger and bigger every year. If you have a Haunted Farm, Haunted House, Halloween event, or if you have a dream of someday opening a Haunt related event, then join others like you at HAuNTcon 2016.
For more information about Haunted Farms of America, please visit their website: www.FarmHaunts.com. Or contact them though firstname.lastname@example.org or 61780HAUNT.
For a LIMITED time, use Discount Code: October31 and receive a 20% discount on HAuNTcon 2016 show registration! That is a savings of $19 dollars on the Weekend Registration Ticket AND the HAuNTcon Combo Tickets. Buy as many as you like, but this discount offer expires on On December 1st!
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EACH OF US has something important to share. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to our industry, sharing fresh, bold, new ideas is what HAuNTcon is all about!
Do a makeup or product demo, tell us what you have learned about haunt marketing, offer a hands-on workshop, show us how you use social media, share your best room designs, teach us how you train your actors, tell us how you found funding, help us write a business plan – whatever your expertise, whatever you have learned from your experience inside or outside haunting that will help others do what they do cheaper, faster or better, we ask you to tell us about it!
It is said that public speaking can be people’s greatest fear, but I find that when I know the subject matter, really know what I am trying to say…that presenting a seminar is a lot of FUN!
So what are you afraid of? CLICK HERE to fill the speaker form! You will be glad you did and so will our attendees!
The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference is proud to announce that HAuNTcon 2016 will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 2101 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North, Birmingham, AL 35203 CLICK HERE go to the HAuNTcon 2015 hotel discount page.
If you are flying into Birmingham, you can still take advantage of the FREE shuttle service to and from the Sheraton Hotel.
Pre-show Tour & Kick-off Haunt Tour – Jan. 27th 8:30am – 28th, 11:00am
Tradeshow – Jan. 29th , 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Jan. 30th & 31th, 10:30am – 5:30pm
Education/Workshops – Jan. 29th – Jan. 31, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Costume Ball – Jan. 29th, 8:00pm – 12:00am
Haunt Tours – Jan. 30th & 31st, 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Haunted Garage Sale – Jan. 31st, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
All Day Advanced Workshops – Feb. 1, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Dateline Chicago: A new haunter’s conference called Chicago Frights! will debut July 16 – 19 at the Hilton in Liles/Naperville Illinois, Chicago Frights will be the last haunter conference of the year. Group hotel rates are $114 a night. Haunt tours will include an all day pre-show road trip of area haunts July 16th. Night time tours include Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D on Saturday, and a tour of Massacre Haunted House on Sunday night.
Similar to HAuNTcon, Chicago Frights will include networking opportunities including a huge costume party Friday night. The conference will also be chocked full of the best education provided anywhere, with seminars, hands on workshops and creative sessions. The focus of the education will be on the last minute needs of haunters, like make up and actor training.
The Dealer Room will be open Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Booth and dealer tables will be reasonable priced and be a great opportunity for last second sales for the large haunt companies, but also affordable enough for new companies and dark artists to exhibit. (Prices and Registration to be announced)
“When we moved HAuNTcon to early in the year, we knew weather would be a deterrent to pick northern cities as event locations.” explained industry notable Leonard Pickel, “We knew at the time, we would have to add a summer conference to tour haunts that would be snowed out in January.”
Chicago Nights is a cash and carry haunters gathering open to the general public, and all ages are welcome. Join haunters from across the country in Chicago, July 17-19, 2015 for the last chance to check out dealer products, learn haunter techniques and tour local haunted events before your haunt season really kicks in. Contact Leonard Pickel at 972-951-5100 or by email at email@example.com or check out the event website at www.chicagofrights.com (I thought I would have the website up by now, but it is still under construction) Join our FACEBOOK PAGE for Chicago Frights Updates!!
WOW! What a weekend of unprecedented networking, top notch education, once in a lifetime tours, packed full tradeshow, costume ball and haunted garage sale. Many attendees have remarked that 2015 was the best HAuNTcon to date, and keeping that momentum rolling, the 2016 location was announced at the conference.
Haunters from across the country and around the world are already making plans and reserving hotel rooms for the event January 28 – February 1 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Birmingham, AL 35203. Stay tuned as the details for the haunt tours and special events are locked in and set up for purchase.
Please join the staff of HAuNTcon in thanking those who made the 2015 conference a smashing success! Thank you to the ownership and staff of 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 in Baton Rouge, the Rise Haunted House in Tickfaw, and The Mortuary in New Orleans, Louisiana for putting in the hours and effort in opening their attractions off season for HAuNTcon attendees. Our exit polling shows that this year’s haunted attraction tours were outstanding and raises the bar for future HAuNTcon tours. Thanks also to Visit Baton Rouge, who sponsored the buses for the haunt tours.
Thank you to the plethora of haunters who put in the time and effort to prepare seminars and workshops to share their expertise, experience and knowledge with HAuNTcon attendees. Sharing and community is what HAuNTcon is all about and this year’s presenters were as diverse and innovative as they were exemplary. A special thank you goes to movie FX icon Robert Kurtzman for offering 2 multi-hour workshops over the weekend. Those who took his classes could describe them only as “life changing.”
The 2015 HAuNTcon tradeshow was SOLD OUT, and those who were able to get booths were rewarded by high sales and the time to really meet and get to know the movers and shakers in attendance at the show. Thank you to sponsors Gantom and Froggy’s Fog for making the show a success. Several have already signed up for HAuNTcon in Birmingham and we look forward to seeing them there in 2016.
Finally, HAuNTcon thanks our attendees, who are the best haunters on earth. Even the hotel ownership remarked on the friendliness and professionalism of the HAuNTcon attendees. You, the attendees are why we created HAuNTcon and why it continues. If you missed HauntCon 2015, then you missed an unprecedented opportunity of networking, sharing, learning and community that is HAuNTcon. Don’t miss out next year as well! Make plans now for HauNTcon 2016 in Birmingham Alabama, January 28 – February 1, 2016.
We hope to see you there!
Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required) Tuesday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Advanced, Hands-on Makeup Tutorial, AND Exclusive Kurtzman/Paasche Airbrush Kit
by Robert Kurtzman of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps
$350 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 30 BUY NOW!
In this Advanced All-day Hands-on Workshop, Robert Kurtzman, director, producer and 30 year special effects artist veteran, with more than 400 movie and television credits, will take attendees through the proper application of silicone appliances. Owner of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps, Robert will be demonstrating 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 life time one-on-one opportunity to learn from this makeup legend, Robert will then guide attendees through the techniques they learned in a hands-on makeup workshop. Attendees will properly apply a furnished appliance, then airbrush paint and finish the makeup with their very own Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche.
Attendees should have some working knowledge of makeup and appliance work before the class. Price includes instruction, Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche, appliance and a box lunch. Bring your camera, your notebook and bring a model to apply your make up on. (Models are welcome to attend the whole class. if you don’t have a model let us know and we will try to find one.) Class size is limited and a fee is required for attendance. Check out their website at www.creaturecorps.net.
Here is how it works…
First, keep an eye out for ANYTHING awesome or fun that is going on at the conference and take a photo of it.
Then upload the photos to your Facebook profile status. Either tag the “HAuNTcon ” Fan Page -OR- Use “#hauntcon” in the post text.
Over the course of the weekend, we will be looking at all of the photos, and the best posed photos of the conference will WIN FREE TICKETS to HAuNTcon 2016 in Birmingham, AL January 28- February 1, 2016. (Yeah, that what I said, HAuNTcon 2016 will be in Birmingham, AL)
The winner will be announced on the HAuNTcon: Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference Fan Page. Good Luck and let the HAuNTcon Photo Fun Begin!
The hands on workshops for HAuNTcon 2015, Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, Feb. 6-10, continue to sell out before the show has even started. Four classes are no longer available:
Zombie Head Prop (2 Part)
Advanced Zombie and Trauma Makeup
Monster Mud Skeleton (2 Part)
Making Fake Body Parts
Several other classes are getting close to selling out, but there is still time to lock down your place in these exciting hands-on learning experiences.
3 Part Custom Mask Making Class : with Robert Kurtzman
Pneumatic Air or Water Sprayer
Quick Skull Corpsification
Mini Toe-Pincher Foam Coffin
Gothic Candle Workshop
Veins And Capillaries
Making Custom Latex Appliances
Go to www.eHaunts.com to reserve your seat in these amazing “Make and Take” workshops!