Sheraton Music City
Nashville, TN
January 26-30, 2017

Thank You Baton Rouge! HAuNTcon 2015 a Smashing Success

WOW! What a weekend of unprecedented networking, top notch education, once in a lifetime tours, packed full tradeshow, costume ball and haunted garage sale. Many attendees have remarked that 2015 was the best HAuNTcon to date, and keeping that momentum rolling, the 2016 location was announced at the conference.

Haunters from across the country and around the world are already making plans and reserving hotel rooms for the event January 28 – February 1 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Birmingham, AL 35203. Stay tuned as the details for the haunt tours and special events are locked in and set up for purchase.

Please join the staff of HAuNTcon in thanking those who made the 2015 conference a smashing success! Thank you to the ownership and staff of 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 in Baton Rouge, the Rise Haunted House in Tickfaw, and The Mortuary in New Orleans, Louisiana for putting in the hours and effort in opening their attractions off season for HAuNTcon attendees. Our exit polling shows that this year’s haunted attraction tours were outstanding and raises the bar for future HAuNTcon tours. Thanks also to Visit Baton Rouge, who sponsored the buses for the haunt tours.

Thank you to the plethora of haunters who put in the time and effort to prepare seminars and workshops to share their expertise, experience and knowledge with HAuNTcon attendees. Sharing and community is what HAuNTcon is all about and this year’s presenters were as diverse and innovative as they were exemplary.  A special thank you goes to movie FX icon Robert Kurtzman for offering 2 multi-hour workshops over the weekend. Those who took his classes could describe them only as “life changing.”

The 2015 HAuNTcon tradeshow was SOLD OUT, and those who were able to get booths were rewarded by high sales and the time to really meet and get to know the movers and shakers in attendance at the show.  Thank you to sponsors Gantom and Froggy’s Fog for making the show a success. Several have already signed up for HAuNTcon in Birmingham and we look forward to seeing them there in 2016.

Finally, HAuNTcon thanks our attendees, who are the best haunters on earth. Even the hotel  ownership remarked on the friendliness and professionalism of the HAuNTcon attendees. You, the attendees are why we created HAuNTcon and why it continues. If you missed HauntCon 2015, then you missed an unprecedented opportunity  of networking, sharing, learning and community that is HAuNTcon. Don’t miss out next year as well! Make plans now for HauNTcon 2016 in Birmingham Alabama, January 28 – February 1, 2016.

We hope to see you there!



Tuesday Workshop Spotlight – Robert Kurtzman presents Advanced,Hands-on Makeup Tutorial

Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required) Tuesday 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Advanced, Hands-on Makeup Tutorial, AND Exclusive Kurtzman/Paasche Airbrush Kit
by Robert Kurtzman of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps
$350 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 30 BUY NOW!

In this Advanced All-day Hands-on Workshop, Robert Kurtzman, director, producer and 30 year special effects artist veteran, with more than 400 movie and television credits, will take attendees through the proper application of silicone appliances. Owner of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps, Robert will be demonstrating realistic final painting techniques for film quality makeup and props. No secrets will be held back as Robert offers makeup tricks and tips he uses to create the world worst monsters.

In this once in a life time one-on-one opportunity to learn from this makeup legend, Robert will then guide attendees through the techniques they learned in a hands-on makeup workshop. Attendees will properly apply a furnished appliance, then airbrush paint and finish the makeup with their very own Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche.

Attendees should have some working knowledge of makeup and appliance work before the class. Price includes instruction, Robert Kurtzman Air Brush Kit by Paasche, appliance and a box lunch. Bring your camera, your notebook and bring a model to apply your make up on. (Models are welcome to attend the whole class. if you don’t have a model let us know and we will try to find one.) Class size is limited and a fee is required for attendance. Check out their website at


Post Photos of HAuNTcon 2015 and Win FREE TICKETS to Next Year’s Conference

img_4595Here is how it works…

First, keep an eye out for ANYTHING awesome or fun that is going on at the conference and take a photo of it.

Then upload the photos to your Facebook profile status. Either tag the “HAuNTcon ” Fan Page -OR- Use “#hauntcon” in the post text.

Over the course of the weekend, we will be looking at all of the photos, and the best posed photos of the conference will WIN FREE TICKETS to HAuNTcon 2016 in Birmingham, AL January 28- February 1, 2016. (Yeah, that what I said, HAuNTcon 2016 will be in Birmingham, AL)

The winner will be announced on the HAuNTcon: Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference Fan Page. Good Luck and let the HAuNTcon Photo Fun Begin!

Workshops Selling out at HAuNTcon 2015

The hands on workshops for HAuNTcon 2015, Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, Feb. 6-10, continue to sell out before the show has even started. Four classes are no longer available:

Zombie Head Prop (2 Part)
Advanced Zombie and Trauma Makeup
Monster Mud Skeleton (2 Part)
Making Fake Body Parts

Several other classes are getting close to selling out, but there is still time to lock down your place in these exciting hands-on learning experiences.

3 Part Custom Mask Making Class : with Robert Kurtzman
Pneumatic Air or Water Sprayer
Quick Skull Corpsification
Mini Toe-Pincher Foam Coffin
Gothic Candle Workshop
Veins And Capillaries
Making Custom Latex Appliances

Go to to reserve your seat in these amazing “Make and Take” workshops!

Hands on Special FX Workshops

Attention Preshow Haunters!


I wanted to thank you for signing up for the preshow tour. It will be the largest HAuNTcon Preshow tour we have had for a while which will make things interesting! And even more fun!

First off, a breakfast is provided in the lobby of the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel. Check in for the preshow begins at 7:30am at which time you will be provided with a voucher to get something to eat at the nice breakfast/lunch/snack/drinks kiosk in the hotel lobby. They even have FREE coffee if you are “staying at the Belle.” (or know someone who is, wink wink).

The first stop on the tour is a short 10 minute walk from the hotel, so travel light. If you have something you don’t want to carry that far, let us know at the check in. The tour of the Haunted Old Louisiana Capital building starts promptly at 8:30am, so please get there before then. If anyone has issues walking that far, please let us know at check in. We will get you there.

The buses will pick you up AT the Castle. As soon as you see the Ghosts of the Castle presentation and take a quick look at the amazing building, get on the bus! Please get on the first available, because as soon as it is full, it is heading out. If you have people you want to ride with, stay together. The LAST BUS loads at 9:30am. Make sure you are on a bus by then.

The goal for the day is to stagger the buses by 15 minutes, so that three buses are not all arriving at the same time and the last bus spends all day waiting in line. To do this we HAVE TO stick to a schedule! You will be given an itinerary by the captain of your bus once you get on a bus. If the itinerary says your bus is loading at a set time, BE ON THE BUS before that time!

Each of you have a phone with a clock on it. It is not fair to have 50 people on the bus waiting for you to show up so they can stay on schedule. If you are not where the schedule says you need to be on time to get on the bus, the bus will leave without you. Ask people who have been on the bus tour before, we leave late people every year. Get your bus captain’s phone number and make sure he has yours in case of emergency, (if you are not a punctual person… have cab fare ready! Just in case!)

Next stop is the Rise Haunted house. We will do a lights on tour of the haunt and eat lunch there. Photos for your personal use are allowed on the Preshow tour. Do not post photos of the haunts anywhere. And please don’t take any photos during the lights off tours. It is inappropriate to be flashing pics while the actors are trying to scare you!

After the rise we head to St. Louis Cemetery #1. This tour is self paced, so look for Marie Laveau’s crypt. You can’t miss it, it was recently defaced and has been painted white and cordoned off. From this stop you have about 3 hours for a self-paced tour of the French Quarter. You have free tickets to the Wax Museum and the Pharmacy Museum. Just show your wristband to get in. Pace yourself and don’t spend too much time in any one place or you will have to hurry to the bus and miss something. Don’t miss the bus! Check your schedule for time, but the last bus LEAVES at 10 minutes until 5pm.

The next stop is Mardi Gras World. The building is CRAMMED FULL of oversized props and floats. There are several dark themed floats, so look around. We will be eating dinner near an incredibly themed out Louisiana plantation. Be sure to “use the bathroom” so you can walk though and get a close look at this fantastic space.

Then we are back on the buses for the trip back to Baton Rouge. If we stick to the schedule we will be back in plenty of time for freshening up before the Friday Night Haunt tour of 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 (DON’T MISS THAT TOUR!!)

Again, thank you for joining us on the fun and inspirational tour!
See you early tomorrow! Let the Good Times Roll!

Leonard Pickel

Haunted Garage Sale, 5:30 – 7:30pm Monday Feb. 9 at HAuNTcon 2015

IMG_2420 Looking for a unique haunt item?  Visit the HAuNTers Garage Sale and see what’s available! You never know what you’ll find….maybe that “rang-doodle” you’ve been hunting for to complete your most important haunt room or yard display! Admission to the garage sale is included with your registration. Be sure to check the garage sale out! In 2015, the Garage Sale will be occurring on Monday, 2/9/2015 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Note: Attendance to the HAuNTcon Tradeshow Floor is required to gain entry into the HAuNTers Garage Sale. CLICK HERE to register for HAuNTcon.

To sell at the HAuNTers Garage Sale, click here to reserve your table

Have some old props and haunt “stuff” you’d like to cash in on?  Sign up as a seller…there are a VERY LIMITED number of IMG_2427spaces available.

HAuNTcon 2015 Costume Ball – Feb. 8th, 8pm to 1am at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, AL

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On Halloween night, every self respecting haunter is wearing a great costume, but rather than enjoying the holiday, most of us are working. Enter the HAuNTcon Costume Ball, THE social event of the Haunting Season is a once a year off season opportunity to get your Halloween fix at a rocking party. Join Haunt owners,  actors, makeup artists and Halloween fanatics from around the world for a ghoulishly fun night of networking and haunting fun.

Full Cajun buffet, party favors, prom photo, DJ and dance floor to keep the party atmosphere. FREE beer sponsored by Froggys Fog and FREE soft drinks sponsored by von Charon Productions, a cash bar is also available.



Monday Haunt Tour/Wrap Party – The Mortuary Haunted House

the-mortuaryjpg-ebbb5133990fd150Feb. 9th, 2015 – An icon of old New Orleans at the very dead end of world famous Canal Street, The Haunted Mortuary is an architecturally stunning manor located less than 3 miles from the enchanting French Quarter. This magnificent mansion was originally built in 1872 and actually operated for over 80 years as real mortuary. This actively-haunted, 14,000 square foot, 3-story mansion, is surrounded by New Orleans Cities of the Dead.

For HAuNTcon 2015, The Mortuary will be home to the conference wrap party, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a live DJ, and a tour of the building’s basement haunted attraction. Guests will also get to tour a sampling of Santa’s Secret Workshop, the venue’s Christmas event, held every holiday season. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to network and tour the actually haunted Mortuary Haunted house!

Bus transportation from the host hotel is available. CLICK HERE for tickets!

Saturday Night Haunt Tour – Rise Haunted House and Zombie Paintball

haunted-house-coming-to-hammond-louisianaSaturday Feb. 7th 2015 – A full October style tour of Southern Louisiana’s newest Dark Attraction, Rise Haunted House, located just minutes from Downtown Hammond,Louisiana, 45 Minutes from Baton Rouge and 40 minutes from the New Orleans Metro area. The HAuNTcon 2015 tour includes both the Rise: Dark Souls AND Rise Operation Deadly Assault paintball hayride, both for one low price.

The RISE: Dark Souls Unleashed is a 10,000 sf walk-through Dark Attraction that features an abandoned bread & breakfast and secret research lab in the Cornertombbuilding and an 8,000 square feet New Orleans style cemetery. Hordes of UNDEAD, an endless terror-filled labyrinth, and countless nerve-wracking spine tingling scares await you on this unforgettable haunted house experience.

MorgueThe RISE: Operation Deadly Assault arms you with the latest in Zombie destruction weaponry as you travel on their custom designed troop carrier through the Zombie Infested back-woods and swamps of Louisiana to extinguish the hordes of Undead that escaped from the main complex.

Bus transportation from the host hotel is available. CLICK HERE for tickets!

Quick Skull Corpsification Workshop at HAuNTcon 2015

by William Ramsey

IMG_20150125_130335Learn how to change a plain, boring white skull into something truly worthy of a scream in this informative demonstration. In less than an hour Dr. Bill Ramsay will instruct the attendees on how to corpsify a cast resin plastic skull into a rotten corpse. Attendees will be provided with the instruction and materials needed to transform a plastic skull from boring to soaring, and do it without the mess of latex or glue. When finished, Attendees take their creation home with them. READ MORE about this and other hands on workshops at HAuNTcon 2015, Baton Rouge, Feb. 6-10. Fee required, seating limited BUY NOW!

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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.

Offerings include a pre-show bus tour of area Haunted attractions, tours of local Haunted attractions, tradeshow floor, costume ball, haunted garage sale 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 and just plain fun!


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