We will once again be offering our industry renowned lineup of seminars from some of the top experts in the industry. Over 35 hours of classes in five tracks – Acting, Makeup, Haunt Design/Props, Haunt Business, and Home Haunting in conjunction with the Garage of Evil!
New for 2013 will be a 6th track – Getting Started in the Haunt Business. We are taking much of the content in our popular workshop and offering in our seminar series!
Take as many classes as your schedule allows only $85!
Available Weekend Seminars
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 9:30am – Pashur – In this demo class, Pashur will show you several ways to paint the victim actors of your haunt… Shot, Frozen, Burned, Drowned, Skinned, Slashed Throat, Eyes Gouged Out, Flesh Eating Bacteria, Radioactivity and Monster Attack. Speaker Bio: Pashur helped pave the way for the modern body…..
June 8th – 12:30pm – Keith Newsome – In this class you will be shown the tips and tricks on what it takes to get your actors in and out of your artist makeup chair in 5 minutes. This will be a hands on class, geared toward novice to pro makeup artist, face painters, haunt…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 2:45pm – Donna Nowak – Do you want some new ideas for your haunt makeup room? Want to add new techniques to your designs? Are you looking for ways to grow your face and body painting business? Are you open to innovative new ways of generating higher income? Do you…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 10:30am – Lacey Bailey – Looking to bring a little extra glow to your haunt? But, Glow-in-the-Dark is sooo 2008… Why not go Ultra Violet?! This class will demonstrate the benefits of adding UV/ black-light reactive make-up to your haunt. Learn make-up tricks that will scare the pants off ‘em…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 1:30pm – Joe Glenn – This class with go over the basics for starting a makeup program in a haunted attraction. From setting up work space, storage of makeup, latex, airbrushes, and or other items. Types of make up that are available (water based, castor based, and others. Test the…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 9:30am – Frank Mamana and Stephanie Bronstead – This is an advanced acting course, designed to develop unique dialogue, dialogue delivery and effective character development for each actor. It will devlve into how to use the psychology of fear to make acting and the haunt itself more effective. It will…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 12:30pm – Katie lane Learn how to use improv acting techniques to create better haunt actors that can engage and play off of your customers. This entertaining and interactive class will cover a variety of techniques that can be used to benefit your show, enhance your Que line, and enthrall…..
Sunday June 8th, 2013 – 10:30am – Micah Safranek – Just like Frankenstein, most monsters are created, not born. In this seminar Chris “Oz” Chase and Micah Safranek will walk you through building a character that brings your haunted house to life. From character types and creating a story to physical movements and hand props,…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 1:30pm – Matthew Flagler This session begins with the premise that if the first time you attempt to deliver a scare is after your customer has already entered your house, it is already too late! Everyone is afraid of something, and I mean everybody; and one of the biggest advantages…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 9:30am – Chris Kullstroem – Each year, Halloween fans eagerly embrace events held at businesses big and small. Bed and breakfasts, fitness centers, golf ranges and even cemeteries draw in crowds with interactive Halloween events for all ages. These venues bring the season to life from cemetery movie nights to…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 12:30pm – Leonard Pickel – “It’s Just a Haunted House… How Hard Can it be?” Most of us got in the fright attraction business because we love coming up with fantastical ways of scaring people, and we’re good at it. We have honed out fright skills into a fine edge…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 2:45pm – Scott Olson – How to take bad reviews and put them in perspective, for your staff as well as your client base. How to not let someone wreck what you’ve done due to a personality conflict or anything else. Speaker Bio: Scott Olson Owner PSYCHOSIS Haunted House ,…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 10:30am – Tony Truitt – Discussion will include what kind of show to include, how to find the best talent for your new, second attraction. Why this kind of second attraction can be set up quickly and with relatively little investment up-front. Where to find the props and effects needed…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 1:30pm – John Eslich Ready to start a business but don’t know how and what needs to be done? Join John as he takes you through the steps in getting your business structure set up and ready. Setting up the business side of your haunt is the first thing you…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 9:30am – Dick Terhune – As haunters, we face all kinds of challenges to running a business and putting on a great show every October. The most successful haunters are those who routinely commit brazen acts of Evil Super Genius. DICK TERHUNE, the Haunt Industry’s “Voice From Hell” and host…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 12:30pm – Brandon Whitaker – Can creativity be taught? Would you believe that creativity is a process that depends more on structured protocols than pure imagination? Great design occurs at the intersection of constraint, contingency, and possibility but the order makes a huge difference. First we will look at contingency,…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 2:45pm – Shirley Cochran – Ever wonder what it might take to open your own haunt, even if it is a home haunt? Discuss the legal issues you might not have considered with Attorney and Haunt Actor Shirley Cochran. Topics range from what type of legal entity to create (or…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 10:30am – Glenn McKnight and Chris Silvia – Haunt Accessibility is a comprehensive workshop providing the ways and means how to be make your haunt attraction compliant to the ADA regulations and learn compliance can mean big business opportunties, free publicity and enhanced public image in your community. The workshop…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 1:30pm – Katie Johnston – Your actors can make or break your haunted attraction. Having a Cast manager is the first step to making your haunt actors the best they can be, and that means a better haunt for you! In this class, I will give you several reasons and…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 9:30am – Jef Benson – Masonry, lumber, concrete etc. can be costly to use on your scenes for your haunt or even your home. Whether you’re fixing up your Haunt or sprucing up your basement, you can get a faux finish by using an airbrush and other items. Turn a…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 12:30pm – Mike Privett – In this class we will cover mold making and casting techniques that can be applied by haunters. The focus will be on easily sourceable and cheap materials that can be found locally by most haunters. The skills taught in this class will be an invaluable…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 2:45pm – Dr. William Ramsay – Course attendees will become familiar with the components, challenges and techniques utilized in creating a “corpsed” skeleton effect which may be used in a home haunt or pro-haunt. Attendees will view a “corpsing” effect being applied to a basic haunt skeleton. Unlike latex adhesive…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 1:30pm – Warren Maxwell – We all know how critical effective lighting is to a haunt. Good lighting can elevate a standard scene into something memorable, while bad lighting can hide hours of hard work. Yet haunt lighting is often hastily installed at the last minute, with little planning and…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 9:30am – Ed Gannon – The Architect of Fear presents, Planning Dread using your Head! Designing an attraction from concept to finished show. There is a lot of work to be done when you want to create a haunted attraction. These are the steps to take and the things to…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 12:30pm – Doug Anderson This workshop will provide information and resources so that you can successfully install and use the proper electronics and controls in your Haunt. Speaker Bio: Doug Anderson founded FrightProps in 2003 which has grown to become the largest supplier of quality prop building components and products…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 10:30am – Brian Warner This class will be covering all the basics of pneumatic systems and how to apply them to haunted attractions. Brian will be covering everything from what fittings to use, types of cylinders and valves, and safety. If you are an absolute beginner, or an advanced user,…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 1:30pm – Bill Allai – Tired of dragging around compressors, snaking tubing throughout your haunt, and listening to noisy pneumatics? Interested in adding more sophisticated control to your animate props and setting them apart from the rest? This session will provide the pros and cons for choosing among different technologies…..
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 2:45pm – Denise Verrico An entertaining and informative PowerPoint presentation on the legends and beliefs behind the iconic figure of the vampire in entertainment and popular culture. Author Denise Verrico discusses the history of vampire mythology and folklore from around the world, as well as the evolution of vampires as…..
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 10:30am – Matt Delong Whether you are a home haunter or a seasoned professional, attractive, durable scenic surfaces are a key element to any haunt. This session will take you through techniques creating, treating and protecting rigid surfaces; hard and soft foams; props, and fabrics. Learn to create scenery that…..