Friday Classes

9:00 am: Gina Vincenza Van Epps aka Psycho Seamstress
Class: Costuming for Haunt Attractions
Description: Costume Themes, Design, Fabrication, Styling, Thrift Shopping, Fitting, Repairs and Cleaning.

10:30 am: Shawn Ronzio from Cave troll Productions
Class: Animatronics, and Understanding Mechanical assembly
Description: With visual aids and demonstration, I will elaborate the steps required from inception to execution on the process of making an animatronic creature.
I will discuss every aspect of the fundimental process before focusing on the application of servos and cabel pulls as well as their controllers.

12:00 pm: 

1:30 pm: Stuart Smith from Stuartizm Designs LLC
Class: UV/3D methods and techniques
Description: A small intro video detailing what UV 3-D is and then a short message about it and then open it up to the attendees for Q&A

2:30 pm: Matt Davis from The Fear Farm 
Class: Who Hates Extra Money
Description: Who hates extra money? NOBODY! That’s why you need to take this class. If you have been looking for ways to increase your revenue per person there are many ways to do it. This class will give some popular ideas and how well they have worked or not worked for us, and specifically focus on adding 5 minute escape rooms. Towards the end of class I will give you 2 different scenarios of games I have made for $5 five minute escape rooms to build your own and make that money! You can’t “escape” the show without taking this class!

4:00 pm: Leonard Pickel
Class: Psychological Fright: Fear is All in the Mind!
Description: Description: Haunters are always looking for ways to increase the scare factor of their attractions, but there are only so many giant animatronics that the budget can handle. In this session, industry veteran Leonard Pickel will delve deep into the psyche of the human brain and share psychological tips and tricks that he uses to increase the scare factor of the over 200 fright attractions he has designed for clients over his 40 year history of scaring people. This class will cover how to use the patrons' imagination against them to increase the effectiveness of existing scares and use psychology to create new scares in your attraction. Check out Leonard's website or contact him at or 972-951-5100

Friday Workshops

10:30 am: Mythica von Griffyn from XFX Makeup
Class: How to speed paint your haunt on a low budget
Description: Tips, tricks and techniques to go from zero to zombie and more in under 3 minutes. 

2:30 pm: Michael Burnett from FrightNight Studios LLC
Description: Every horror film icon has his or her weapon of choice but how do the filmmakers create these scary scenes and still keep all the actors safe? Rubber stunt weapons of course! In this workshop, Special Makeup Effects artists Michael Burnett will show you through demonstration how to mold and cast then you will learn hands on to seam, assemble and finish your very own realistic film quality urethane foam stunt axe!

4:30 pm: Mythica von Griffyn from XFX Makeup
Class: UV Character Creations & Enhancements
Description: How to utilize UV makeup with your existing characters to enhance your scare.

Saturday Classes

9:00 am: Dutch Bihary from ContoursFX
Class: Chromadepth for Haunts.
Description: Understanding chromadepth, demonstration of application, overview of tools, art and thematic pointers.

10:30 am: Joshua Overturf from Composite Effects
Class: Utilizing Silicone Masks in Your Attraction
Description: An interactive course discussing basic and advanced techniques for utilizing silicone masks in your attraction.

12:00 pm: Justin Blackburn from Sithon, LLC
Class: Simplify Recruiting & Managing of Actors
Description: Good, dependable actors are the key to every successful haunt. The process for recruiting, assigning spots, and communicating with your actors can feel time consuming and disjointed at times. In this class, we will dive into some tips and strategies for recruiting, as well as ways to effectively manage your actors and staff. We will include time for a short round table discussion. We will also see a demo of Sithon, which is one such tool designed specifically for haunts to facilitate actor recruitment and management. You should leave the class with some ideas and tools you can use to more effectively manage your actors next season and beyond.

1:30 am: Johnny "Bronto" Lipscomb from
Class: How to grow your Haunt's presence on Instagram!
Description: "In this class, Johnny ""Bronto"" Lipscomb will break down the Instagram platform, showing the basic functionality of the different features.

2:30 pm: Michael Green MJG Bodyart, creator of Killer Stencils
Class: Monster Tips for Faster and Better Airbrush Makeup
Description: This class is the one you've been needing to bring your airbrush makeup skills to the next level. Learn to troubleshot on the fly, fix issues quickly, and get back to painting. You will learn about some simple steps to take to keep your airbrush system running smooth, as well as cool tips, techniques and tools to use to create more stunning looks in even less time than you thought possible!

4:00 pm: Matt Davis from The Fear Farm
Class: Big scares with little actors
Description: We all have those actors that are great. They are sometimes the shy ones that turn it on at “show time”. They are the actors that guests come out talking about. They are the actors that we put in our que lines and midways to interact with the most guests. They are our “STARS!” But what about the rest? What about the kid who just wants a few extra bucks or the person who thinks it will be fun to jump out and scare people without realizing how much work it is? What about the teenage girls that are there because their friends are but you really need someone in that “spot”. Sometimes you just need someone in that “spot” last minute and don’t have time to train them or work with them. Due to being in a rural area and not having a big reach of people to pull from, we have had to get really creative to give our “bad actors” a chance to get good scares. Now, even without doing much they are the actors that some customers come out talking about. In this class you will see the things that we have done in room and set design and overall attractions so that you can take almost anyone and throw them in a spot and still get a scare. Come along with me and I will give you some ideas on how to turn your bad actors into good scarers with little to no haunt actor training.

Saturday Workshops

10:30 am: Ray Lane from Impossible Escape
Class: How To Set Up A Google My Business Page
Description: In this workshop, we will teach how to set up a Google My Business page for success. Attendees will be encouraged to bring their laptop, and set up their business page during the workshop. We will discuss claiming or creating the page, optimization, content, categories, and much more.

12:00 pm: Michael Burnett from FrightNight Studios LLC
Description: Nothing says HALLOWEEN like a spooky carved Jack O’Lantern with its flickering candle light glowing on Halloween night! In this workshop, Special Makeup Effects artists Michael and Lynne Burnett will show you how to prepare, paint, distress, and finish your very own realistic rotten Jack O’Lantern! This is a great adult as well as parent/child activity! You will learn: Prepping and sanding the urethane parts Painting and distressing the prop Assembling, adding finishing details and lighting effect to the prop At the end of the class you will have your very own finished display prop that you can use for Halloween or just as a decoration for your house! Due to the amount we have to cover in the limited, please arrive a few minutes early to the class.

4:00 pm: Alisa Sickora Kleckner from Scared of my Shadow
Class: Leather Muzzle Workshop
Description: Looking to bring your look to an epic new level? In this hands-on workshop, you will start with raw materials and leave with a customized leather muzzle mask built to survive the rigors of your event. So grab your tools and prepare for a workshop destined to take the fear out of leather working!

Workshop includes all materials. Shared tools will be provided. It is highly recommended that you bring your own… rubber or nylon mallet x-acto knife with some spare blades sharpened pencil reading glasses (if you are like me!) I will provide a limited number of the above items in addition to the specialty leather tools you will be sharing.

Sunday Classes

9:00 pm: Ty Rowley from Foggy Jack Live
Class: Bring "Magic" To A Haunt & How to Podcast a Haunt
Description: Bringing "Magic" to a Haunt: Will be a class about what a haunt can do by either bringing in a magician for their haunt OR having a magician come into the haunt. I think that I have some interesting insights into this idea and some stuff that I do not think many people have thought about before! I would love to teach about this idea that I have!

How to Podcast a Haunt:
I have been running a podcast for a few years now and I think that creating a podcast and using that as advertisement has not been done in the haunt and I think that it is something that haunters need to look into more!

10:30 am: Leonard Pickel from
Class: Haunt Design Do's and Don'ts: Common Errors That Decrease Haunt Effectiveness
Description: You've been there; going through a famous haunted house that you've heard so much about and thought, "it was pretty, but it wasn't really scary." Maybe you ran into the group ahead of you, or the actor was just standing in the room when you came in and never did anything to create fear in your group, but something wasn't working. In this thought provoking session, industry notable Leonard Pickel will explain what is missing in the scare factor of many popular haunts and how can you fix the same problems that are in your own haunt? Check out Leonard's website or contact him at or 972-951-5100

Sunday Workshops

9:00 am: Douglas Shelden from The Haunt
Class: Making An Auto Drop Panel
Description: This work shop will go over how to make a animatronic drop panel. You will learn how to measure, cut and build the drop panel. then we will step into making it move using a controller and how to add lights and sound to it. Very fun class, cash and carry will be a Drop panel insert with controller.