TRANSWORLD’S SEMINAR SERIES Thursday TransWorld Haunt Show

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


We’re bringing you one more day of seminars! This year we’ve changed from three days to FOUR FABULOUS DAYS of seminars! The Transworld team of seminar speakers will help you make more money, teach you how to market and run a more profitable attraction or retail outlet, AND show you all the special techniques to fully engage your customers.

Convention Center – Room B
(C.H.A.O.S. Safety Seminar: HAA Members $45, Non-Members $65)

C.H.A.O.S. Safety Seminar

9:00am – 12:00pm

Sponsored by: Haunted Attraction Association

HAA and TransWorld Exhibits have teamed up to bring you C.H.A.O.S., the association’s safety course that is highly recommended to anyone running a haunted attraction. This 3 hour introductory course will explore the historical origins of the NFPA 101 “The Lifesaving Code” and how other NFPA codes and standards impact your overall risk reduction and safety strategy for your haunted attraction. The course will count towards your 8 hours required to receive your certification. You may choose from any of the additional C.H.A.O.S. certified seminars offered at TransWorld to help complete your 8 hours. Upon completion of the 8 hours, participants will receive their certificate once their C.H.A.O.S. course sheet is received by HAA Headquarters.

Seminar Pricing:
$45 per one-hour session – advance registration! $15 savings if you buy in advance!!!
$60 per one-hour session – on-site registration.

Educational Seminars – Room A
(Seven Seminars)

Building your Haunt Army! How to Recruit and Train Key Staff for Your Attraction

9:00am – 10:00am

Speaker: John La Flamboy, Zombie Army Productions

The Zombie Army is well known in the haunt community for its intense acting and extremely loyal staff. Learn the secrets of finding, motivating and maintaining a powerful core group, one of the most essential elements in any haunted attraction.

Getting Your Haunt Open! Surviving The Horror Of Zoning and Code Compliance

10:15am – 11:15am

Speaker: Shane Dabbs, Disturbia Haunted House

There are so many rules and codes you need to be aware of before opening a haunted house, it will make your head spin! Join Shane as he covers the most critical issues that affect haunters, including zoning, fire, electrical and building codes.

20 Years of Timed Ticketing: How to Control WHEN Your Guests Visit Your Event

11:30am – 12:30pm

Speakers: Brett Bertolino and Jason Ohlsen, Terror Behind The Walls

Eastern State Penitentiary is arguably the most attended non-theme park haunted attraction in the United States. Discover how, for the last 20 years, they have used timed ticketing and elaborate planning to spread their attendance more evenly over the entire season!

High Production Value, Low Budget Cost – Getting Massive Production Value Without Breaking the Bank

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Speaker: Louis Brown, Darkwood Manor

Darkwood Manor is an extremely detailed haunt known for its unusual themes, custom costumes, weird characters and wicked sets. Learn how staff achieves Hollywood production levels through hard work and creativity on a limited budget.

Instant Horror! – Construction and Striking of Elaborate Modular Haunted Attractions

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Speakers: Tim and Ann Marie Gavinski, Wisconsin Feargrounds

Planning, planning, planning! Learn how the crew of the Wisconsin Feargrounds is able to construct and strike a world class attraction in a VERY short timeframe while still maintaining a high level of detail and complexity in their production.

Extreme Haunting – Pushing Your Audience to the Limits!

3:15pm – 4:15pm

Speaker: Ross Karpelman, House of Shock

Everyone has heard the rumors about the House of Shock…Fire! Gore! Grabbing Patrons! The Devil! Learn just how far a haunted house can go with its audience while still producing a safe, successful, rock show kind of event!

Haunt Design Panel Discussion

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Moderated by Scott Simmons – The ScareHouse

Panelists – Louis Brown, Tim Gavinski, Ross Karpelman

Join Scott Simmons, creative director of Scarehouse, as he moderates a lively discussion on the theories and practices of designing jaw dropping haunted houses. Themes, scare techniques, room design and the customer experience will all be discussed.

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