Tuesday, May 4, 2010

HauNTcon Part 2

Orlando, still welcomed many haunted attraction owners and fans at the annual HauNTcon.

Included in the admission, was serveral seminars and entrance to the trade show.

Seminars were organized as:
Business Seminars
Demostration Sessions
Creative Seminars
In the Business Seminars, "A Roundtable for Your Success" was led by Pat Konopelski, of Shocktoberfest. This seminar offered expert advice from industry leaders, Brett Bertolino, Bill Criscione and Timothy Gavinski. A rare an valueable session that offered experienced advice to haunters.
DeAnna Radja of Bante Design LLC presented "Green as the new Orange", one the first looks into the environmental footprint of Haunts. DeAnna's task was not a simple one. With spray paint, wood structures and latex make up, the industry is only beginning to find innovative ways to be Eco-friendly. DeAnna's presentation offered some simple ways reduce a haunt's footprint. Including, using wool carpeting, LED lighting and tips to reuse props.
Dick Terhune of Voice From Hell offered extensive information on marketing, as well a free 1:1 consoluting to participants. This valueable individual coaching was a great add-on to Haunters looking to break into the business.
Demostration and Creative clases included make-up, LEDs, foam creations and video effects.

Several Make-N-Take classes were offered, including flickering candles.

Many of these Make-N-Take sessions were fun, but at times impractical due to the limits of taking some items home, and available tools at the convention area. However, the teachers were innovative and passionate about their ideas!
After many tours, seminars and a hearse rally, many haunters enjoyed their Orlando stay by participating in the 7th Annual Haunted Attraction Magazine Costume Ball, sponsored by Midnight Syndicate.

Walking into this Costume Ball, is surreal to say the least!

Haunters take their costumes seriously! Ranging from stilt walkers, gore, funny and gothic.

By far, the most creative was built on a wheelchair, made to look like a doombuggy from Disney's Haunted Mansion!

The best part of HAuNTcon, was the accessibility of the most successful haunter to the average and entry level haunter. One can expect this event to grow continously as more entrepreneurs enter the industry, and new innovations spark the imagination.

Location:Airport Blvd,Orlando,United States

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