by on Jan.07, 2012, under Haunt Gatherings, Haunted Houses, Haunting Ideas



Wednesday, March 7, 2012


9:00 a.m. – 5:10 p.m.


Pre-Show Seminars: The Tradeshow kicks off with TransWorld’s innovative ALL DAY PRE-SHOW SPEED SEMINARS! Industry experts will share their knowledge in multiple power-packed 30 minute seminars that focus on a precise subject. These seminars will get right to the meat of a topic, exposing attendees to an amazing amount of new ideas in a very short time. Hosted by Rich Hanf.



Build this MAJOR Scare for Your Haunt…The EREBUS Spiked Spindle!

9:00am – 9:30am

Speakers: Ed and Jim Terebus, EREBUS Haunted House

Ed and Jim Terebus are known for their innovative and over the top special effects. Now, for the first time, they will be revealing all the details in one of their most famous gags, the Spiked Spindle. After seeing this presentation you will be able to create a similar effect in your haunted house.

Designing Your Haunted Attraction in Sketch Up

9:30am – 10:05am

Speaker: Tyler Barnett, Screampark/M80 Productions

Using this amazing program, you can create 3D visualizations of your attraction before you ever build a single wall panel. Tyler discusses the nuts and bolts of the program used by Universal Studios to design “Horror Nights”, and demonstrates just how easy it is to get started.

Sock Masks – What You Need to Know to Make Your Own!

10:10am – 10:40am

Speaker: Josh Monroe, Legion of Terror

Sock masks are a hybrid between masks and prosthetic make-ups, a quick way to get amazing characters without the time required for normal prosthetic application. Josh will cover all of the basics, from construction to painting sock masks, and help you avoid the common pitfalls in their use.

15 Minute Break

Zombified! How to Create Costumes of the Living Dead

10:55am – 11:25am

Speakers: Val and John Beteag, Phantom Foundry

Zombies are all the rage these days, and everyone can use a few more zombie costumes! Val and John demonstrate where to find the raw material you will need and the aging and painting techniques that will make it look like your actors just crawled out of the ground. Learn how amazing zombies can be made even on the lowest of budgets!

Insurance Essentials: Liability, Property, Workman’s Comp

11:30am – 12:00pm

Speaker: Ken Donat, Westland Insurance

Insurance can be a very complicated subject, especially for haunted attractions. Ken explores the essentials of haunted house coverage and all of the areas you need to be aware of to make sure you business is fully protected.

Mind Bending 3D Artwork with the Airbrush

12:05pm – 12:35pm

Speaker: Stuart Smith, Stuartizm Designs LLC

3D haunted houses have made a comeback in the last few years, spurred on by the popularity of Hollywood blockbusters. Join Stuart as he uses the airbrush in making freaky artwork sure to confuse the senses when coupled with Chroma Depth glasses and a little black light.

Phoenix from the Ashes -The Rebirth of Talon Falls (Lunch Seminar)

12:35pm – 1:35pm 1 Hour Lunch – Lunch Provided

Speaker: Todd Ferren, Talon Falls Screampark

Last year, as Todd was preparing his haunted attraction for the TransWorld Haunt Tour, Talon Falls burned to the ground. Todd will show in detail the devastation caused by the fire and discuss the amazing reconstruction that created an all new – and even more elaborate – Talon Falls!

Adding Interactive Storylines to Your Haunt

1:35pm – 2:05pm

Speaker: Ricky Dick, Castle Blood

For many years, Castle Blood has been famous for treating its guests to an expansive, interactive haunting experience. Ricky will explain how, with deep characterizations, hidden paths and elaborate puzzles, his cast scares and entertains guests with a new tale every year.

Drive PR with Rock Bands and Celebrities!

2:10pm – 2:40pm

Speaker: Tim Bunch, House of Horrors

GWAR and the Misfits are but a few of the powerhouse bands and celebrities who have appeared at the House of Horrors. Tim will detail how bands and celebrities can energize your marketing, boost your attendance and pump up your staff!

Street Magic in the Queue Line!

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Speaker: Chris Handa, Spooky Magic

Your guests spend more time in line than they do going through your attraction. Chris will dive into the world of street magic, illusions and mental games that you can use to confound and entertain customers in the queue and prime them for the terror to come!

15 Minute Break

Walls of Steel – Building a Haunt with Shipping Containers

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Speaker: Stuart Beare, Tully’s Farm

Shipping containers are a quick and innovative way to add additional scenes and extra attractions to your event. Join Stuart as he teaches how to acquire containers and modify them into shocking scenes of horror.

Sonic Shock! How to Soundscape Your Haunted House

4:05pm – 4:35pm

Speaker: Randy Bates, The Bates Motel

Half of your attraction is how it SOUNDS (especially for the people covering their eyes)! Randy will uncover the secrets of powerful sound systems, including driving subwoofers, 70 volt systems, and the use of battery powered speakers for outdoor events.

Creating Icon Characters They Will Never Forget!

4:40pm – 5:10pm

Speaker: Bud Stross, Dent Schoolhouse

What would Disney be without Mickey Mouse? Bud delves into the world of iconic haunted house characters, and shows just how critical they can be for marketing and themeing your attraction.

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