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HAuNTcon 2015

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February 6-10, 2015
Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel & Convention Center
103 France St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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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.

Brian Wolfe Life Celebration & Auction – Midnight, Jan. 24th at HAuNTcon Houston

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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.

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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 hauntcon@gmail.com.

This event is Sponsored by Evil Fire Lizard and HAuNTcon

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2014 Vendor/Sponsor Spotlight-Froggy’s Fog

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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!

HAuNTcon 2014 presents “How to WIN at Face Off”

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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.

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

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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.

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!