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

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We look forward to hearing from you! Please send all questions, Press Pass and interview requests to:

Leonard Pickel, HAuNTcon Founder and Spokesperson

The History Of HAuNTcon 

Owning a haunted attraction is not an easy way to make a living. A haunted attraction is a business, like any other, and 60% of all business fail in the first three years,” states Leonard Pickel creator of  the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, HAuNTcon(R). People in the haunted attraction industry are highly creative and inventive, and some of the best people you will ever meet, but like many artistic types they were having trouble when it comes to the business side of haunting.

“I had too many friends lose their life savings, their homes and their spouses opening haunted houses and I knew I had to do something about it,” remembers Pickel who in 2004 created HAuNTcon, an annual professional conference designed by haunters for haunters, to share information, tips and tricks on how to make a living “scaring people!”

HAuNTcon ® now draws people from the across the United States and as far away as Hong Kong each year. Attendees include professionals and amateurs of every age and skill level, including Haunted Attraction Owners and Managers, aspiring Horror Fans interested in starting a Haunt business, Haunt Actors, Home Haunters (who decorate their house/syards in October) and others who just love the Halloween Season.

“From the very beginning we had a great model for what a true Haunted Attraction convention needed to look like,” explains Pickel, a haunted house designer and consultant with over 30 years experience in the field. Three days of in-depth Education, Tours of area Haunted Attractions, a Tradeshow featuring the latest products and service companies, Social Networking, and, just for fun, a Hearse Show and spectacular Costume Ball!

“People in the Halloween Industry are too busy in October to see other Haunted Attractions across the country,” explains Pickel. “And one of the key components of our convention is the off-season tours of local Haunted Attractions.” To facilitate these tours, HAuNTcon moves to a new host city every year so attendees can experience the country’s best Haunted Attractions.

If you are looking for the newest and freshest ideas in the haunt industry, if you are looking to spend quality time with like minded people who live Halloween and haunted attractions, if you are a seasoned haunt owner, just thinking about opening your own haunted attraction, or if you just like to have a really great time with really great people, then HAuNTcon is a must attend event.


HAuNTcon Location History

2004 -Charlotte, North Carolina.

2005 -Dallas, Texas

2006 -Denver, Colorado

2007 -Dearborn, Michigan

2008 -Houston, Texas

2009 -Milwaukie, Wisconsin

2010 -Orlando, Florida

2011 -Louisville, Kentucky

2012 -Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2013 -Irving, Texas

2014 -Houston, Texas

2015 -Baton Rouge, LA

2016 -Birmingham, AL


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Industry Advisor: 
Leonard Pickel

SVP of Sales: 
Mike Carlucci

Exhibitor Booth Sales: 
Marni Golden Vinci

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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.

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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