West Coast Halloween Convention Returns, May 13TH – 15TH

West Coast Halloween Convention
Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for May, 2nd.
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Conventions & Mixers

After two years away, the West Coast Halloween Convention returns this coming weekend, May 13th – 15th, in Portland, Oregon. From home haunters to pros, attendees will enjoy the Halloween Marketplace vendor floor, three days of education, haunt tour at The FearPDX, Halfway to Halloween Costume Ball, charity auction, and the Nightmare After WCHC movie night. Attendees have their choice of over 30 classes, workshops, and make-and-takes. Purchase your WCHC tickets online today – single-day tickets start at $45 presale, $65 at the door; 3-Day Passes start at $99.00 presale, $119.00 at the door; and Deluxe Tickets start at $235 presale, $265.00 at the door. The WCHC is a 501(c)3 organization that gives grants to professionals who work with children with hearing impairments and/or autism.

Europe’s premiere trade show for the scare attraction and horror industry, ScareCONreturns May 9th – 11th at Thorpe Park Resort in the U.K. The event will feature exhibitors, a comprehensive workshop and seminar program, and the iconic ScareBall with the annual SCAR awards ceremony. View all the 2022 nominees on the ScareCON website

The Haunted Attraction Association will host their next virtual Monthly Mixer on May 23rd at 8:00 p.m. EDT. These Members-only virtual get-togethers feature industry experts, Q&As, round tables, and how-to learning opportunities. At this upcoming event, Philip Hernandez of the Haunted Attraction Network will join to talk about building an effective press release for your attraction. Attendees will be introduced to the basics of a press release, discover how to find newsworthy elements of their attractions, and have plenty of time for a Q&A. 

The Midwest Haunters Convention has announced their complete seminar lineup for this year’s event. Traditional Seminars include “Undressing Distressing: Learning How to Create Creepy and Aged Costumes” presented by Katie Lane (Saturday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m.); “YouTube for Haunters” presented by Allen Hopps of Stiltbeast Studios and Eduardo Talbert of Monster Tutorials (Saturday, June 11th at 2:15 p.m.); and “Character Creation Power Hour #1: Broadview Approach for Directors, Designers and World Builders!” presented by Allen Hopps of Stiltbeast Studios (Sunday, June 12th at 9:45 a.m.). Sunday, June 12th at 1:30 p.m. there will be a “Creating a Foam Stunt Prop Workshop” presented by Michael Burnett of Frightnight Studios. In this demonstration workshop, Special Makeup Effects artist Michael Burnett demonstrate how to mold, cast, seam, assemble, and finish your very own realistic film quality urethane foam stunt hatchet. Attendees will receive a kit of materials to take home to use what was learned in the class to create a unique stunt prop. Home Haunter Seminars will include: “Bringing Your Home to Life: Introduction to Pneumatics for the Home Haunter” presented by Jim Slanker of Chicago Haunt Builders (Saturday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m.); “Corpsification: How to Create a Cool Skeletal Corpse on a Budget” presented by Michael Burnett of Frightnight Studios I(Saturday, June 11th at 1:00 p.m.); and “PVC Pipe Mannequin for Dummies… Pun Intended!” presented by Rudy Vanderbiest of Chicago Haunt Builders (Sunday, June 12th at 12:15 p.m.).  Seminars are $30 per person if ordered by Thursday, June 9th at 11:59 p.m. CDT, afterwards they are $40 per person. The Sunday Workshop (Creating a Foam Stunt Prop) is $70 per person through June 9th at 11:59 p.m. CDT, afterwards it will be $80 per person. A Seminar Pass (including all seminars except the Sunday Prop Workshop) is available to the first 100 purchasers for $160 per attendee. Register for seminars and events here.

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Haunt Reviews

The Scare Factor is now accepting haunted attraction review requests. Haunt owners or operators who would like to get on the list for one of The Scare Factor’s Scream Teams to visit this season should contact them via their official website. You can learn more about The Scare Factor’s nationwide haunted house review website and directory in a recent Haunted Attraction Network podcast. TheScareFactor.com covers over 2,500 haunted houses on their free directory and has over 15 active review teams across the U.S. and Canada. Premium listing options are also available to maximize your haunt’s visibility throughout the site. New for 2022, select Scream Teams will offer paranormal investigations of haunt locations.

U.S. Haunts & Events

Save the date for the 37th Annual Bronx Halloween Parade. The beloved Halloween parade will return on Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00 p.m. This year’s theme will be Mardi Gras. More information on this year’s parade will be announced in the coming months – including this year’s participants, host, and entertainment. Want to help make this year’s parade one to remember? Submit an online application to volunteer. The application deadline is September 16th, 2022. 

Fear Farm (Phelan, California) has announced their October 2022 schedule. The haunt will run 13 nights October 7th – 31st. Tickets are on sale now for $15 general admission. 

HAA Member Companies

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibusRust, mold, slag, water damage, ooze – Brutal Rust provides faux finishes for your haunt. Brutal Rust is a two-step paint process where a paint with a high concentration of iron particles can be brushed, stippled, or sprayed on a surface and then a reactor is sprayed on the paint, which reacts with the iron to make any surface (wood, PVC pipes, canvas, etc.) appear like old rusted metal. For 2022, Brutal Rust has revamped their namesake Brutal Rust line – they have redesigned and re-engineered not only the paint, but the metal that goes into it to create different textures and color variants from natural oxidation. Other lines and finishes include Flex-Coat CementBrutal Decay, and Spore. View Brutal Rust’s full catalog of products on their official website

GEP Productions is a manufacturer of professional automated Halloween and haunted house props and the “Original” Vortex Tunnel. From their classic vortex tunnel to drive-thru tunnels, GEP Productions has a variety of options for haunts of all types – and with add-ons such as ECO LED black-lights and Deluxe Vertigo Fabric, anything is possible. View their entire catalog on their official website and Vortex Tunnel website

VFX offers a full line of interactive and wearable puppets to help you promote, entertain, and scare your haunt’s guests. They have debuted a variety of exciting new products for 2022. Popular new releases include Putrid Pete (X-Rott Version) and Sammy Slack-Jaw (X-Rott Version) – these puppets with included Puppet Master Sound System are the most realistically detailed and gory of all VFX zombie puppets. For more family-friendly faire, the UV-reactive Mortimer Ghost Puppet with Moving Mouth is inspired by Disney’s Haunted Mansion. View their entire catalog of puppets, bungee props, ghost box illusions, and more on their official website.  leo.

In Memorial

Tom Baksik, founder of NetherCraft, passed away on Sunday, May 1st at the age of 51. As founder and owner of NetherCraft Creations, he designed and manufactured themed surfaces in plastics and metals. His scenic wall panels were described as one of “thirteen modern haunt innovations that shook the haunt industry”. His architectural works can be seen in Dubai’s first haunted attraction, the movie Zombieland, the Playboy Mansion, and HGTV’s Extreme Makeover, Home Edition. We at the Haunted Attraction Network send our deepest condolences to Tom’s family and friends during this difficult time. Tom was an asset to our industry and will be greatly missed.

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Upcoming Haunt Events

Halfway to Halloween / Friday the 13th

Cobb’s Adventure Park (Calgary, Canada) – May 14
EverHaunt (Angola, NY) – May 13
Fear Fair (Seymour, IN) – May 13 -14
Field of Screams (Lancaster, PA) – May 13 – 14
Fright Kingdom (Nashua, NH) – May 13 – 14
Necromanor Haunted House (Bossier City, LA) – May 13 – 14
Phryte Village (Lake Orion, MI) – May 13
Planet Doom (Idaho Falls, ID) – May 13 – 14

Summer Haunts

Paranoia Haunted House (Canton, GA) – July 9

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