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Nashville, TN
January 26-30, 2017

The HAuNTcon 2016 Haunt Tours This January!

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Haunters never seem to get away from their own show to see what the rest of the industry is doing, and you never know how good your haunt really is until you see what others are doing. HAuNTcon 2016 moves to a new location every year just so attendees can experience different haunted attractions of all levels in the off season!

12063571_880076738746149_6196131262838784783_nJanuary 28th Thursday Night Tour is of Insanitarium, in Pinson, AL, an over 10,000 square foot, attraction in the eerie institutional look of the building is what inspired the ever expanding theme. Insanitarium Haunted Attraction resides in a historic building constructed in 1937 by the US government as part FDRs Homestead Act. Now in its sixth successful season, Insanitarium has gained the reputation for a highly immersive atmosphere, top notch scare acting and commitment to the local community. READ MORE

Warehouse31The January 30th 2016 HAuNTcon Saturday Night Haunt Tour is of Warehouse 31, a two element event in Pelham, AL.  Prepare yourself for the most intense and frightening night of your life as you make your way through nearly 30,000 square feet of twisting, turning and terrifying horrors. Warehouse 31 consists of 2 attractions – Rigamortis and the 3D Experience. READ MORE

457The January 31st HAuNTcon 2016 Sunday Night Haunt Tour is of Nightmare at 3008, a two element event in Fultondale, AL.  The Terror WithinAbandoned Still Yard where nightmares become REALITY! The Terror Within – Entering these halls of terror, a cloud of fear looms all around you. As the door shuts, you are thrown into darkness to feel your way through the twists and turns as unspeakable misfits close in with each and every step you take. Hopefully you can make it out before the sheer terror freezes you in your tracks and you become a hostage like so many before you. READ MORE

And don’t for get about the two day HAuNTcon 2016 Pre-show Inspiration Haunt Tour, Wednesday, January 27th & Thursday, January 28th, includes admission to 15 different haunted attractions, a cavern, antebellum plantation house and The Walking Dead movie locations, two lunches and one dinner, motor coach transportation – all for one low price. READ MORE

CLICK HERE for tickets to these once in a lifetime opportunity to see these fantastic attractions in the off season at the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, HAuNTcon 2016!


HAuNTcon 2016 Pre-show Inspiration Bus Tour, January 27th & 28th

Crew on Bus 1The 2016 Preshow Inspiration Bus Tour includes admission to 15 different haunted attractions, a cavern, antebellum plantation house and The Walking Dead movie locations, two lunches and one dinner, motor coach transportation – all for one low price. Joining us on the bus is a great networking opportunity however, we also have a drive yourself option. Tickets are limited, CLICK HERE for reserve your spot for this once in a lifetime opportunity.


Get Your HAuNTcon 2016 T-Shirt!

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HAuNTcon Partners With Haunted Farms of America

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.

MHF_WEBHaunted 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: Or contact them though or 617­80­HAUNT.


Save 20% on the 3 Day Registration to HAuNTcon 2016

squarelogonoyearFor 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!

Go to and get your tickets TODAY!


HauntPay to be the Title Sponsor of HAuNTcon 2016, Jan 28-31, Birmingham, AL

We are THRILLED to announce that the online ticketing system HauntPaywill be the Title Sponsor for HAuNTcon 2016!
Like HAuNTcon, HauntPay was designed by haunters for haunters. The HauntPay payment system is quick and easy to set up, and no fees are charged to the Haunt, which is perfect for anyone wanting to try out online ticketing.  Stats show that people who buy haunt tickets online spend 45% more than those who by at the door! Online ticketing is the future of haunting and if you are not giving people the opportunity to impulse buy on your website then you are losing money.
HauntPay is one unified system for both online AND in-person sales of all of your tickets, merchandise, and concessions. HauntPay has some of the lowest service fees in the industry, all of which can be passed on to the ticket purchaser.
With HauntPay customers can buy online, on a mobile device, or in-person. The online ticket purchasing is embedded right in your website. Cash and credit card sales are managed in one place. Tickets can be bundled package multiple entries and items together. Onsite entry is recorded by electronic guest list or barcode scanning with your phone. They even have a credit card swiper for your phone or tablet.
HauntPay offers powerful promo code, discount, and social media discount engine to help you sell tickets, and their advanced reporting helps you track tickets, events, and promotions. HAuNTcon is so excited about HauntPay that we are using them for the convention ticketing! Go to
Take your haunted attraction to the next level with HauntPay’s simple, fast, and free mobile and in-person ticketing.
Start selling tickets online today at!   It’s FREE!

Open Call for Speakers!

Seminars 2As we finalize the details for the next HAuNTcon, I wanted to invite YOU to share your knowledge, your experience and your expertise with our attendees!

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 HauntCon_08_314best 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!

Get your room now for HAuNTcon 2016, Jan. 27 – Feb. 1st

Sheraton BirminghamThe 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.

Sheraton Birmingham Lobby

 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

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HAuNTcon Presents Chicago Frights, July 16-19, 2015

Chicago-Frights-Logo---Color_02Dateline 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 or check out the event website at (I thought I would have the website up by now, but it is still under construction) Join our FACEBOOK PAGE for Chicago Frights Updates!!

Thank You Baton Rouge! HAuNTcon 2015 a Smashing Success

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!



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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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