The Texas Haunters Convention™ is a great place to learn some new skills!

Below are the classes and seminars we have lined up for the convention.  Click on a link to find out more information about each one. 

Keep an eye on this page as it will be updated as we add more in the upcoming weeks!

Cheap Builds That Look Like a Million Dollars

Wilhelm will walk you through the tips and tricks he has learned over the years from making professional costume builds.

You will get to see examples of quick easy cheap builds that look more than they cost.

Circular Haunting

This class will walk you through how to best utilize show design for the maximum numbers of scares in your haunt.

Creating Your Own LED Lighting

Professional and Home Haunt

This class will guide you through the creation of LED lighting for haunts and costuming.

 

  • Understanding the colors of LEDs that are available
    • Including where to order them
  • Understanding how to wire them up – It is much easier than you think!
    • You will learn the few tools that you need and how to use them
  • Adding effects to your LED’s
    • Strobes
    • Fades
    • Flickers
    • Switches

Do’s and Dont’s of Molding

Facade Planning and Building

This class explores the planning, preparation,  and build techniques of facades for your attraction.
Topics will include theme research, site planning, construction planning, preperation, and facade construction techniques. 

F.E.A.R. Actor Training

Frightening Energetic Aware Reliable

Your patrons have selected your entertainment as an entertainment choice.  The ultimate goal of haunted house acting is entertainment and the best way to know you have succeeded is to provoke a reaction.  A startle, true fear, laughter, or even awe are good reactions and let you know you are getting the job done.  How do we do this?  By learning the basics.

In this session, you will learn one of the most valuable things in haunted house acting which is how to quickly evaluate the customers you will see.  If and when you know how to identify certain members of your audience, you will learn a big secret to the success of any GREAT haunted house actor.

H.E.A.R.T.

Haunter’s Enthusiastic Actor Retention Training using the three R’s!

This class will cover aspects from Recruiting (acquiring paid and volunteer actors), Reinforcing legal stuff/hiring, to Retention year after year in a single or multi-haunt setting.

How to be Successful on YouTube

From adorable cat videos, to Let’s Plays, to a series that could rival Red vs Blue, learn what to do to start a successful YouTube channel from the ground, to the penthouse suite.

Motion from Motors – Bringing Your Creations to Life

This class will guide you through how to bring your creations to life using motors.

  •  The class will have operating props so you can see first hand how to create these motions for your haunt props.
  • Understanding the operation of the motor.
    • Connections
    • Rotational speeds
  • Understanding how the circular motion of a motor can provide more motions than just things rotating.

 

Put Down Those Scissors!  Distress Like You Mean It

Follow Culley Franks as he explains how he walks through the costume distressing process.  He will explain the logic behind how fabric realistically weathers and distresses achieving a realism most costume designers overlook.  This class will show you how to achieve a high level of realism only using tools from your local home improvement and hobby store, and he’ll only use the scissors once (maybe twice).

Skeleton Corpsing

Brandon will walk you through the various techniques he uses around corpsing skeletons.  Learn how to use basic plastic wrap as well as more realistic “skin” techniques. He will show you how to incorporate wood stains and saddle dyes for a truly creepy professional look.  This is gonna be a fun class and a must for taking your skeletons to the next level!

 

Stunts and Stilts

Stunts and Stilts can be a great addition to any amusement park or haunted attraction by building the shock and awe factor. Whether it’s a strange creature towering over you, charging and sliding at your feet, or lunging full speed in mid-air just to land right in front of your face; it is sure to get the attention and scares you’re looking for.

Writing for Internet Horror

The profession of writing has taken numerous twists and turns since the invention of the paper and pencil, but the idea of the starving author is going away. Why is that? The invention of the internet! Learn how to break into this medium and write for horror stories such as Creepy Pastas from MrCreepyPasta himself.

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