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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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Hotel/Lodging and Travel Information

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.

Hotel Selling Out in Houston for HAuNTcon 2014, Jan. 25-28!

Crown Plaza Houston

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.

To book your room, CLICK HERE then fill out the request form, or contact the rooming service at (866)766-0910 or by email at halloweenpartyexpohousing@expovision.com

Only Three Weeks To HAuNTcon 2014! www.hauntcon.com

Darklight Precision Lighting is Title Sponsor for HAuNTcon in Houston, TX January 23-28, 2014

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.

HAuNTcon 2014 Hotel Is SELLING OUT!

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!

Tuesday All Day Workshop Spotlight: Evil Twin FX – Hands-On Sock Mask Making Workshop

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HAuNTcon is pleased to present the following Advanced All-day Workshop,
Tuesday, January 28 – 9:00am-5:00pm
Evil Twin FX Hands-On Sock Mask Making Workshop by Nick Wolfe, Evil Twin FX
www.eviltwinfx.com

Join Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX for this full day hands on, make-n-take workshop. Cameras and notepads are a must as students will learn to make custom character masks from foam latex appliances. The class will choose a character, put the mask together and then paint and finish it. Hand painting, airbrushing and proper appliance application will all be covered in this 8 hour monster fest. Creatures, zombies and demons oh my! The best part is taking your class project home with you. Plus, the skills you learn can be used to make all the sock masks you want when you get home. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advance. So come as you are and let your creativity and skills develop through instruction from one of the finest FX teachers in the industry.

Class size is restricted to 10 people – $200 per person, includes a box lunch.

For more information on the Tuesday All Day Workshops, CLICK HERE

Seating is limited, so CLICK HERE to register for the Tuesday Advanced All-day Workshops TODAY!

Final Call for Speakers: HAuNTcon Houston, TX, January 23-28, 2014

As HAuNTcon 2014 is fast approaching, we are sending out the final call for speakers. We 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 demo, a show-and-tell for a great prop you built, 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 exhilarating!

So what are you afraid of? CLICK HERE to fill the speaker form! You will be glad you did and so will our attendees!

Tuesday All Day Workshop Spotlight: Making Monsters 101 by Tom Devlin

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HAuNTcon is pleased to present the following Advanced All-day Workshop,
Tuesday, January 28 – 9:00am-5:00pm
Making Monsters 101 – By Tom Devlin, 1313FX Fright Zone
www.1313fx.com

Along with an invaluable amount of knowledge, each student will take home Tom Devlin’s custom T13 Airbrush by Paasche! This all day class will teach students the entire process of creating, applying, and painting a latex prosthetic. Students will sculpt and mold a piece, take a brief lunch break, then come back to class and learn how to use latex to make their creation into a working piece of art using airbrush and hand applied paint techniques.

Class size is restricted to 20 people – $200 per person, includes a box lunch.

For more information on the Tuesday All Day Workshops, CLICK HERE

Seating is limited, so CLICK HERE to register for the Tuesday Advanced All-day Workshops TODAY!

Haunt Tour Spotlight: Sunday Night – KINGS ASYLUM and 3HAUNTS

The Sunday Night Haunt Tour is a two stop 5 attraction spooktacular starting with KINGWOOD ASYLUM and 3HaunTs.

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If there was ever a place that held secrets and wounds, it would be the grounds of the Kingwood Asylum. The walls of the asylum hold stories that would make you question the limits of humanity, but the woods and the earth itself are tainted, ruined, and diseased. This 2 element event is the brainchild of Shayne Torrans of Brutal Rust (check out his booth on the HAuNTcon show floor) and is chocked full of highly detailed sets and illusions.

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Our second stop is at Heart Stopper Fright’s 3HaunTs . The exact opposite approach of Kingwood Asylum, this down and dirty in your face 3 element event is a whopping 13 acres of Terror. Heart Stopper Fright is a living breathing monster that swallows hordes of guest only to spit them out a shivering shell of their former selves. Pyro, cramped spaces and an outdoor trail are in store for anyone brave enough to take a tour.

CLICK HERE to buy your tickets or purchase the full weekend combo pass which includes the Sunday Night Haunt Tour of KINGWOOD ASYLUM and 3HAUNTS.

HAuNTcon 2014 Exhibitor Information

Exhibit at HAuNTcon in Houston

Vendors interested in exhibiting at HAuNTcon at the same location as the Halloween and Party Expo located at the George R. Brown Convention Center will be able to register very soon.
View HAuNTcon Schedule at a Glance

Please note, the Halloween & Party Expo and HAuNTcon will be held in separate halls within the convention center. HAuNTcon will have a separate entrance and registration area located in Hall A. HAuNTcon attendees who choose to visit the Halloween & Party Expo will be required to wear special badges differentiating them from regular Expo attendees unless they can provide appropriate documentation listed here. Expo attendees who choose to visit HAuNTcon will be required to pay entry fees to attend the convention. The Halloween & Party Expo only allows attendees over the age of 18.

See below for a detailed explanation.

What

The 2014 Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference (HAuNTcon)

Halloween & Party Expo

Where

Hall A, George R. Brown Convention Center (separate registration).

Halls B-E, George R. Brown Convention Center (separate registration).

Who

“Designed by Haunters, for Haunters.”

International order writing event for Halloween, Costume and Party retailers.

Trade Show

75+ 10′x10′ booths covering haunt-focused and animatronic products and services;
Three trade show days: Jan 25-27, 2014.

1,400+ 10′x10′ booths covering Halloween, Costume and Party products and services;
Four trade show days: Jan 25-28, 2014.

Education Events

Saturday Costume Ball
Haunt-related educational seminars on 3rd floor of convention center
Haunted House Tours
Half-day workshops on Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014

Saturday Costume Style Show
Pet Costume Show
Education/Demo Center on the show floor
New Product Area

Attendee Overlap Options

All registered HAuNTcon attendees OVER the age of 18 are allowed to enter the Halloween & Party Expo under special badging differentiating them from certified wholesale buyers. The Expo is first and foremost designed for officially certified buyers, who will be given priority by attending exhibitors. Please be considerate of this policy. The Halloween & Party Expo is NOT a cash-and-carry option.

Attendees and Exhibitors have the ability to purchase full-price conference registration or individual tickets to HAuNTcon-related events.

Exhibit Options

HAuNTcon exhibitors interested in also exhibiting at the Halloween & Party Expo are offered special combo booth pricing.

Halloween & Party Expo exhibitors interested in also exhibiting at HAuNTcon are offered special pricing – see below.

Booth Pricing:

Contact Us for further Booth Information

HAuNTcon Only Booth pricing:

CLASSIC Booth Package: Regularly Priced at $495

Includes: 6’ Table, 2 Chairs, Wastebasket, Booth Sign, Banner Ad on HAuNTcon Website, 2 Badges.

PREMIER Booth Package: Regularly Priced at $755
Includes: 6’ Table, 2 Chairs, Wastebasket, Booth Sign, One Electrical Outlet, Wi-FI, Banner Ad on HAuNTcon Website, 2 Badges, 2 Lunch Admissions, 2 Costume Ball Admissions.

If you have purchased a booth for the The Halloween and Party Expo at the regular price, you can buy a booth for the HAuNTcon Tradeshow at the Discounts below:

CLASSIC COMBO Booth Package: 
H&P Expo Booth Charge + $250/HAuNTcon Booth

PREMIER COMBO Booth Package: 
H&P Expo Booth Charge + $425/HAuNTcon Booth

 

Haunt Tour Spotlight: Friday Night – SCREAMWORLD

HAuNTcon is pleased to announce that Screamworld will be open for our Friday Night Tour, January 24, 2014.

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Screamworld has been in Houston for more than twenty-five years (established 1989) and at its present location for more than ten (opened 2001). Voted the best haunted house in Houston by the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press, the haunt boosts five haunted attraction in one location:
–the Maze of Maniacs
–Skull Cave (which includes Voodoo Swamp)
–the Edge of Darkness
–Jake’s Slaughterhouse
–the Zombie Graveyard

Click here for more details on the Friday Night Kick-Off tour.

CLICK HERE to buy your tickets or purchase the full weekend combo pass which includes the Friday Night Kick-Off Haunt Tour of SCREAMWORLD.

Ticket Giveaway from HAuNTcon and Halloween Forum

HAuNTcon and Halloween Forum are giving away a pair of 3-day passes to the HAuNTcon show in January. These passes will also get you into the Halloween & Party Expo show. Between the two shows you’ll see hundreds of vendors. HAuNTcon puts on more than 40 classes and workshops, most are free.

Follow this link to enter.

Limit one entry per person
Not redeemable for cash
Giveaway ends November 1, 2013

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!