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.
All HAunTcon 2014 Tours leave from the Haunter’s Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Downtown Hotel,1700 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002 Call 972-951-5100 if you have any problems!
Pre-Show buses leave at 10:30am on Thursday January 23.
See you in Houston!
With HAuNTcon 2014 just around the corner, don’t miss out on the savings using discount code 201410 which expires at midnight Thursday, 1/23/2014.
Discount code 201410 gives you 10% off:
- Full 3 Day Pass (Jan. 25-27, Education, Tradeshow)
- Saturday Night Costume Ball (Jan. 25)
And $45 off:
- Full Weekend Combo Ticket with transportation
- Full Weekend Combo Ticket without transportation
The HAuNTcon hotel is sold out, but there are some inexpensive options in the area. Go OTHER HOTEL OPTIONS to get a room if you haven’t gotten a room yet. The latest workshop sell out is the 3 Part Mask Making class. But you can still build your own mask at the show by taking the Nick Wolfe Tuesday Sock Mask workshop.
The Costume ball has now out sold the 2013’s record ball attendance! Bar B Q Dinner, FREE beer and free soft drinks seems to be the formula. If it is one thing HAuNTcon knows is how to throw a party!
There are still a few seats on the preshow tour and on the last buses for the haunt tours. But seating is limited. If you need a ride to the haunt tours, get them while they last.
Attendance for HAuNTcon 2014 is ahead of schedule and on pace to beat even the great show we had in Dallas 2013. So get out of the cold and travel south to Houston Texas, for HAuNTcon 2014, Jan 23-28!
Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 C
Making Monsters 101
by Tom Devlin, 1313 FX Fright Zone www.1313fxfrightzone.com
Description – 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 had applied paint techniques.
Material Fee: $200
Class Size Limited to: 20
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Tom Devlin has been working professionally as a special makeup effects artist for 13 years. If you’ve ever met Tom, it is clear that monsters, horror movies, and Halloween are not just a job for him, but a passion.
Through his company 1313FX, Tom has provided creatures and special makeup effects on over 100 feature films, working with many of the actors and directors that inspired his path. In addition to his work in film and television, Tom has created a line of Halloween masks for the Haunted Attractions industry. He has been selling his creations to some of the most well-known haunts across the country for the last 6 years.Tom recently appeared as a contestant on the SyFy reality series “Face Off”. He quickly became a fan favorite with his winning horror villain “Teddy Told Me To,” a terrifying take on the teddy bear. www.1313fxfrightzone.com
Workshop 2 – Gory Makeup Techniques – SOLD OUT!
Workshop 3 – Innovative Prop Making – SOLD OUT!
Advanced All-day Workshop 1 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 B
Evil Twin FX Hands-On Custom Mask Making Workshop
by Nick Wolfe, Evil Twin FX www.eviltwinfx.com
Description – The sock mask is a staple of the haunted attraction industry because of their breath-ability. They are soft, comfortable, and flexible, which means your actors will keep them on longer. In this Full Day hands-on make-n-take workshop, Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX will be instruct attendees how to build the structure of the mask and create the look of a mask using appliance pieces. Attendees will also learn how to apply latex to the mask to blend the pieces together, how to paint / finish the mask, and how to cut the eye holes / mouth to make the mask functional. This mask technique requires very little sculpting. Even if you have never worked with latex or tried to make a mask before, you can make a sock mask. Your only limits are your imagination. Once completed, attendees will walk away with a custom one of a kind mask and the knowledge of how to make many, many more. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advance.
Material Fee: $200
Class Size Limited to: 10
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World renown body and face painter, Nick Wolfe has been working in the haunt industry along with his twin brother Brian since 1998 doing make-up, props, acting and building sets for numerous Haunted Attractions including Skull Kingdom and Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. He has taught horror make-up and face painting in over 20 countries and has published several instructional books and videos on the subject. Nick and his brother founded the Make-up company Wolfe FX and they continue to build brands for other companies as well. His enthusiasm makes his workshops fast and fun as he strives to inspire haunters and make-up artists to be their best! Nick will be offering both a 1 hour demonstration, Monster Making 101 and an all day hands-on workshop on Monday, covering horror and haunt make up. www.eviltwinfx.com
Stars of Travel Channel’s “Making Monsters” Ed and Marsha Edmunds will have a special treat for attendees at 3:30 pm on Monday, January 27! – A special inside look of their hit tv show Making Monsters will take place followed by a Q & A session. The duo will present a behind-the-scenes look inside Distortions Unlimited’s fascinating world of animatronic and monster making! The stars will also tell the audience their story about how they became television stars. The session is FREE to all HAuNTcon attendees!
Making Monsters is a reality TV show about the Greeley, Colorado company: Distortions Unlimited, creators of some of the scariest props and animatronics the haunt industry has ever seen. Click here for more information on “Making Monsters”
Distortions Unlimited will also have a booth open to all attendees on the tradeshow floor. Here they will be debuting and selling their newest creations of their 2014 lineup! Stop by, say hello, and get an autograph or a photo with them while you’re at the show!
Spotlight – Tuesday All Day Class – Quintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction & Detailing Workshop
Advanced All-day Workshop 4 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 A
Ouintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction and Detailing Workshop
by Shayne Torrans, Brutal Rust www.brutalrust.com
When people talk about the best haunted houses in the country, Netherworld in Atlanta, GA, 13th Gate in Baton Rouge and House of Shock in New Orleans, LA, always come up in the discussion, but why? They all have great costuming, actors and make up, but what really makes these events the most talked about haunts in the industry is that each of these events attractions have amazingly realistic sets and high detail, distressed and dilapidated walls, movie quality sets and set dressing. Many haunters think that set dressing and high detail is expensive, but in this all day advanced workshop, Shayne Torrans and the team from Haunt Force and Brutal Rust will show you how to create an amazing highly detailed movie quality set on a budget.
Starting from scratch, attendees will help build the walls, and create sets of a rusted pipe filled boiler room. This session will cover set wall construction, base and faux painting, distressing and set dressing, all using low cost, light weight wood, foam, plastic and sheetrock. Once learned, the techniques demonstrated in this hands on workshop can be used in a variety of ways thought your entire attraction to take your haunted house to the next level of realism and detail. At the end of the day, the boiler room set will be auctioned off to the attendees. Do not miss this in depth scenic set building class that will show you how to take your haunt to the next level in realism and detail.
Material Fee: $100
Class Size Limited to: 30
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Haunt Force is the brain child of Shayne Torrans creator of Brutal Rust, Kingwood Asylum and Hallowed Grounds. Part Engineer and part madman, Shayne Torrans is the problem solver and prop builder for Haunt Force. Charged with constructing and simplifying everyone’s off the wall ideas, Shayne has created one masterpiece after the next. This is chiefly due to Shayne’s ability to deconstruct problems and come up with solutions that not only solve the problem but also are more cost effective and efficient than what the industry expects.Shayne Torrans is a certified train the trainer in more than 40 industrial subjects with over 22 years of experience. It’s with his vast knowledge as a teacher that will allow you to learn with ease. So easy a child can do it. www.brutalrust.com
The HAuNTcon 2014 Workhops are selling faster than ever before! SOLD OUT! Workshop 11 – Roy Wooley’s Foam Weapon Workshop, and several others only have a few spots left! If you are planning to attend one of these Workshops, don’t hesitate! Register NOW!