Ernest N Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA,
January 12 - 15, 2018

HAuNTcon 2017 Preshow Haunt Inspiration Bus Tour Almost SOLD OUT!

Nashville Nightmare

If you were planning to join HAuNTcon attendees on the 2017 Preshow Inspiration Bus Tour then ACT NOW! There are only a few seats left. CLICK HERE for tickets.

If you don’t don’t act soon enough and get a seat and still want to go, shoot Leonard an email hope there is enough interest for one more bus. We would need 20-30 more people to add another

We would need 20-30 more people to add another bus, IF we can even find one this late. Don’t miss this tour!


The Audition: Casting and Training Haunt Actors

by Scott Swenson, Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC

3:30-4:30pm – Creative
Casting and training the right people for the roles in your attraction improves your product and increases your positive word of mouth while simultaneously making your life so much easier. A must for haunt actors, directors, and owners, Scott Swenson will discuss where to find the best actors for your haunt, how to use your auditions as your first wave of marketing, and specifically what to do with the potential actors during both the audition and trying process.

HAuNTcon 2017 Workshops are SELLING OUT!

Some of the HAuNTcon 2017 Hands-on Workshops are close to selling out! The Workshops are designed to teach a technique, on a smaller project that attendees can then take back at their own attraction and use on a grander scale to increase the effectiveness of their attractions. If you were planning to take advantage of these “make n take classes” then act now before it’s too late.

A materials fee is required for each class and seating is limited, so  CLICK HERE to register for Classes. Registration to HAuNTcon is required to take these Workshops.


Paid vs Volunteer Staff Seminar HAuNTcon 2017 Nashville, TN Jan 26-30

by Dana Martin, Dark Knight Entertainment Group

Friday 11:30am-12:30pm – Business Track
It’s easy to find haunted attraction owners and operators passionate on either side of this budget issue, and neither side of the argument is shy about standing up for their beliefs! Labor costs are usually a haunt’s steepest budget item, and many owners are looking for ways to cut corners without affecting their show. In this provocative session, Dana Martin will look at the pros and cons, the benefits (and pitfalls) of paying actors vs. using volunteer actors. READ MORE

HAuNTcon Advanced All-day Workshop Monday Jan 30 – Nashville!

Advanced All-day Workshop 2 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Opening Your First Haunted Attraction: Without Losing An Arm And A Leg

by Leonard Pickel of Hauntrepreneurs(R) Themed Attraction Design and Consulting
$250 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!

Halloween has become a phenomenon in the United States and around the world, and every year more and more people are opening “darkly themed” Attractions for fun and PROFIT! Even in the present economic downturn, some Halloween events are breaking attendance records, while other attractions are going out of business.

This comprehensive and detailed step by step “how-to” session features the “do’s and don’ts” on getting an at traction open, keeping it open and making enough money to survive for with a Halloween Event. “Wantrepreneurs” planning to open an event someday and well-established October events looking to increase profitability alike will learn from Leonard’s 40 years of professional haunted attraction design and consulting experience.

In this all day session, attendees will explore the reasons why some attractions prosper while others fail. “A Haunted Attraction is a business and as with any other business, what you don’t know about this specialized field can put you out of business before you even get open,” explains haunt industry veteran Leonard Pickel who will share with attendees how to maximize profits while minimizing costs and effort while describing what he sees as the best model for creating a successful Halloween Event.

NOTE: Bring your wifi enabled laptop or tablet, your scary designs, theme ideas and haunting dreams to this not to be missed session. Check out Leonard’s website at


Pneumatics 101: Animating Props With Air – HAuNTcon 2017 Jan. 26-30 Nashville

by Jim Slanker, Canyon Trail Cemetery
Jan. 27 1:30-2:30pm – Demonstration Track

If you have always wondered how to use compressed air to animate a prop then Pneumatics 101 will answer all your questions. In this ultimate beginner’s guide to pneumatics, Jim Slanker will cover the different components to safely and effectively use pneumatics to create your own animated Halloween props. Topics include the basics of compressors, cylinder types, solenoid valves, triggers, controllers and other pneumatic accessories.

HAuNTcon 2017 Hands On Workshops – Jan. 27-29 in Nashville, TN

The HAuNTcon 2017 Hands-on Workshops are designed to teach a technique on a smaller project that attendees can then take home with them. Back at their own attraction, attendees can use these techniques on a much grander scale to increase the overall effectiveness of their attractions. A materials fee is required for each class and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.  CLICK HERE to check out this year’s selection of hands-on workshops! Times, topics and speakers are subject to change.

Note: Registration to HAuNTcon is required to take these Workshops.

Airbrushing Monsters All Day Seminar by Kyle Vest at HAuNTcon 2017, Jan. 30

Advanced All-day Workshop 1 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm 
Airbrushing Monsters for your Haunted Attraction

by Kyle Vest of Blast Effects
$250 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!

Join Skin Wars fan favorite Kyle Vest, for this fun, full day hands-on airbrush workshop, designed for novices and experienced airbrush artists wanting to learn how to better their skills at airbrushing monsters for your haunted attraction. Attendees will learn how to easily create aliens, creatures, ghouls, vampires, zombies, animalistic and Frankenstein creatures. Attendees will discover new techniques taking students to new levels, how to go from color to color without having to use a cleaner in between.


HAuNTcon 2017 Hotel Discount – Jan. 26-30

There is STILL TIME to get the hotel room discount for HAuNTcon 2017 which will be held in less than two weeks, Jan – 26-30.

We sold out the HAuNTcon block but not the whole hotel… YET! After some intense negotiations, the Sheraton Music City Hotel has agreed to honor the $139 HAuNTcon rate until the hotel is completely sold out. To get the discount, you have to email and let Cynthia know you are with HAuNTcon 2017 and need a room.

Do it today, as there is no telling how long rooms will be available!

See you in only DAYS!!!

Advanced All-day Workshop 3 – Hands-On Sock Mask Making Workshop

Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required) Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Hands-On Sock Mask Making Workshop 
by Michael Burnett of FrightNight Studios, LLC
$270 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20 BUY NOW!

Join Special Makeup Effects Artist & Designer Michael Burnett for this full day hands on, make-n-take workshop. Suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, this class is for anyone looking to learn how to create custom, inexpensive masks.  Michael will share the techniques and products used to create realistic, reusable masks from foam latex prosthetics.


Registration includes instruction, materials, continental breakfast and boxed lunch.



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