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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
800-676-4847

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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.

HAuNTcon also moves to a new city every year to provide off season tours of area haunted houses for attendees. Haunt tours allow haunt owners, home haunters, haunt actors and Halloween enthusiasts an off-season look at local pro-haunts both in full operation and lights on backstage.

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.

Whether you are a haunt owner looking for ways to make more money, a haunt actor looking for scaring tips or a makeup artist or prop maker ready to go to the next level or a home haunter looking for new inexpensive haunting techniques, or a haunt designer looking for new fright ideas, 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.

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

Five Great Haunts to Tour

HAuNTcon is proud to announce the five great haunts that will be opening for HAuNTcon in January.

Buy Conference and Haunt Tour Tickets Here

Friday Night 1/24
ScreamWorld – Award winning haunt. “One of the top 20 haunts in America” – Haunted Attraction Magazine.

Sunday Night 1/26
Kingwood Asylum – All new from the ground up for 2014. Designed and built by the Haunt Force team.
Heart Stopper Fright – How does 13 acres of terror sound?

Monday Night 1/27
Creepy Hollow Haunted House – Rated a 9.8 Scare Factor by Haunt World.
Fearshire Farms – Featured on the Travel Channel’s Halloween’s Craziest in 2013.

Buy Conference and Haunt Tour Tickets Here

Plans for the two day pre-show tour are finalized. Check it out at Pre-Show Haunt Tour

HAuNTcon Attendee Registration Now Open

Registration is Now Open for HAuNTcon 2014 in Houston, Texas, January 25-27, 2014 in conjunction with the 2014 Halloween & Party Expo.

The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference (HAuNTcon) is “Designed by Haunters, for Haunters.” Attendees will have a variety of options to choose from over the multiple-day conference including trade show admission, tours of local haunted houses, 40 hours of educational seminars and workshops, haunted garage sale, and the annual Costume Ball.

Registration for the 2014 show is now open and using discount code 201430 you can get 30% off the Full 3-Day Pass registration and the Saturday Night Costume Ball registration. More events such as pre-show tour tickets and Friday, Sunday, and Monday Night tour tickets, and workshop registration are coming soon.

We hope to see you in Houston, Texas, January 25-27, 2014.

Register to Attend HAuNTcon 2014 Use Discount Code 201430
Book Your Hotel Room Click on Attendee Type then select HAuNTcon
Schedule at a Glance

Location George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, Halls B-E
When Tradeshow days are Saturday, January 25, 2014, through Monday, January 27, 2014
Events Saturday Night Costume Ball, Haunted Garage Sale (Sunday – free to attendees)
Education Haunt-related educational seminars on 3rd floor of convention center
Haunted House Tours Two-day Preshow Tours, as well as Friday, Sunday, and Monday Night Tours
Workshops All day workshops on Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
Additional Perk All registered HAuNTcon attendees OVER the age of 18 are allowed to enter the Halloween & Party Expo with special badging distinguishing them from certified professional buyers. The Halloween & Party Expo serves wholesale manufacturers and professional industry buyers; it is NOT a cash-and-carry show.

HAuNTcon Announces 2014 Location and NEW Dates

HAuNTcon 2014 will be in held in ….. (drum roll please) Houston Texas January 25-27. All education, tradeshow exhibits and the Costume Ball will be at the  George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas – the preshow tour is January 23-24, the All Day Workshops are on the 28th and the Costume ball is on the 25th. The HAuNTcon Host Hotel is the Crown Plaza Houston Downtown 1700 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002 and $119 a night with HAuNTcon discount. See link to the right for hotel information.

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Now here is the big news. HAuNTcon is moving to January to run concurrently and in the same building as the industry’s wholesale tradeshow, The 2014 Halloween & Party Expo. For the first time since 2008, everything Halloween will be under one roof. HAuNTcon Attendees  are invited to visit the 1,400 + booths, attend the education, fashion shows and galas at the sister conference, free of charge. But note: The Halloween & Party Expo is first and foremost a wholesale buying show for officially certified buyers. This is NOT a cash-and-carry show. HAuNTcon attendees who cannot provide official documentation as industry buyers will be required to wear/display badges differentiating them from officially certified buyers.

If you haven’t been to The Halloween & Party Expo before, here is your chance. It’s massive!  www.halloweenpartyexpo.com/

 
We had such a great Dallas HAuNTcon in 2013 that we wanted to reward our southern supporters by staying in Texas. We started looking at other Texas cities, but Houston was the obvious choice.

Holding the show early in the year is a bold move that we have been contemplating for some time. May is getting crowded with Haunter gatherings. It seemed, we were always a week before, a week after or the same dates as another show every year, but there were no shows over the winter months for Haunters to get their Haunt fix. Now there is!

With the show being in January, attendees get a full 2 month planning head start on ordering props and equipment for their shows. Vendors get winter sales (to pay the heating bill) and 2 additional months to fulfill orders. Win, win and WIN!

Houston already had a Halloween show in January. Should we be after them, before them, or the same time as them? If we were going to be the same time as them… why not in the same building? When we  approached The Halloween & Party Expo, (to our surprise) they were all for it. Then we just had to work out the details, and here we are.

We learned from our attendee survey that over 50% of HAuNTcon attendees are haunt owners. We also learned that people attend HAuNTcon for the education first and foremost. Followed by Haunt Tours and distantly by the Tradeshow and social events. So in 2014 we are taking the HAuNTcon education to the next level. There are lots of great south Texas haunts in driving distance to Houston, and moving the show to January will drastically increase the size of the HAuNTcon tradeshow floor.

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We think the move is brilliant! As do all of the vendors and attendees we consulted with before we made the decision, (well it had to grow on a few, but they came around.)

The trouble is that January is not far away! We now are in full frenzy mode to get the tours locked down, get the education in place, the ticketing up  and running, and booth sales underway. All with Halloween between now and then. But the HAuNTcon team is up to the task and changes are underway.

Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!

Thank you for your continuing support of HAuNTcon, and I look forward to seeing all of you this January in Houston Texas!!

Leonard Pickel

Contact

Event Coordinator: 
Leonard Pickel
972-951-5100
HAuNTcon@gmail.com

Exhibitor Booth Sales: 
Jennifer Allen
hauntconsales@gmail.com

Webmaster/Designer: 
Chad Savage / Sinister Visions

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About HAuNTcon

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.

Started in April of 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina, HAuNTcon moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005, Denver, Colorado in 2006, Dearborn, Michigan in 2007, Houston Texas in 2008, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009 and Orlando Florida in 2010 and is scheduled to be in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2012, Dallas, Texas in 2013, Houston, Texas in 2014 and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2015.

Offerings include an over-night pre-show bus tour of state wide Haunted attractions, tours of local Haunted attractions, tradeshow floor, costume ball, haunted garage sale, hearse rally 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, Haunt tours and just plain fun!

An entry fee is required for each activity.