The Texas Haunters Convention™ would like to welcome our instructors!

Below are the current instructors we have lined up for our classes, demonstrations, and Make N’ Takes.  Click on a link to find out more information about each one.

Keep an eye on this page as we will be adding more instructors in the upcoming weeks!

Bill Bornder

Bill has been involved in the haunt industry since the late ’80s.  He began by prop building and trying out new techniques.  He discovered foam work and on many different mediums of foam has learned the tools and tricks that work best for him.  Bill works on small foam products to large ones combining several techniques.

He owns and operates a prop building company centered around foam called Mindtrap Creations.

John Burton

2020 marks John’s 51st year of haunting and 49 years of professional haunting.  He has been apart of 157 scary projects through those years.  Most of the projects have been haunted attractions, but along the way, he has worked on a few horror movies and horror film festivals.  He designed and created the world’s first 3D haunted attraction “Maniac Maze” in 1996.  He has presented around 80 seminars and workshops over the past 22 years, since his first designing seminar for the Haunted Attraction Magazine’s seminar series at the IAAPA annual convention in 1998.

Robert Cory

Robert has been a professional haunter for 6 years and a professional stilt walker for 5.  He does mask and prop fabrication as well as scenic design, actor training, makeup, costuming, and character design.

He is the stilt lead for Stiltbeast Studios and a stilt and actor trainer for Dark Hour Haunted House.

LaNelle Freeman

LaNelle has thirty plus years of haunting experience. These include working at Jaycees, home haunting, Dungeon of Doom at the Arlington Art Museum, Dungeon of Doom at Reindeer Manor and assisting with builds at both Twisted Manor and Dark Hour Haunted House. Her various experiences include but are not limited to acting in house/cue line/door, security, fire watch, parking, barker, costuming, actor wrangler, set build/design, scheduling, hiring, volunteer/internship programs, and marketing. She was a previous Casting Director at Dark Hour Haunted House and handled coupon disbursement. She is the current Texas Frightmare weekend white shirt/guest table sitter’s lead and co-business owner of Haunted Entities Escapes and Creepy Doll Collectibles.

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Scott Freeman

Scott Freeman has 30 plus years of experience in the haunted house and escape room industry. He is the co-owner of Haunted Entities and HE Escapes N Stuff. Scott is experienced in haunted house layout, design, set building, lighting, sound, acting, and actor training. Past and current haunt experiences include home haunter, Reindeer Manor Halloween Park, Dungeon of Doom Arlington Texas, and Dark Hour Haunted House.

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Steve Hancock

Steve has over 17 years of haunt experience.  He is the founder, owner, and director of The Dark Path Haunt.  This unique haunted trail has received a cult following for it’s rotting organic theme.  He is also the founder and lead consultant of Nightmare Makers LLC.

Eric Kristiansen

Eric has been into Halloween since he was a kid. He created his first haunted house when he was 14 and has worked on a number of charity haunts through college.

Eric has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and also has a strong mechanical background after years of rebuilding car engines and transmissions as a hobby.

He has also taught classes on “Lighting your Haunt” and “Adding Motion to your Monster” at Haunt Con and Lone Star Holidays.

For his home haunt, he has built numerous animated Halloween props and has even had several of his props used in professional haunted houses in the area.

For over 10 years he has been the organizer of Friends of Halloween a group of over 800 people in the DFW area that enjoy Halloween.

Brian Luallen

Brian Luallen has more than 20 years of experience in destination tourism and experiential events.  His career has been dedicated to developing and delivering impactful experiences for employees and guests, re-launching attractions, and growing public-private partnerships.  He has worked on Halloween events spanning the nation.  Past collaborations include the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Netherworld Haunted House, ScareLA, Terror in the Park at Wild Adventures theme park, and many more.

Brian’s work transforming concepts into reality has been featured in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other national media outlets.  He holds degrees in education and pre-law from Georgia Statue University and enjoys living in Dallas with his wife, Tina.


MrCreepyPasta, Horror Storytelling Podcast and Youtuber, is a well-known voice for such famous horror stories such as Jeff the Killer, Tales from the Gas Station, and Borrasca. He started 7 years ago and over that time has become a staple in the YouTube community and in the horror genre with over 1.2 Million Subscribers. Since then he has moved into VA (voice acting). MrCreepyPasta has produced 2 Creepy Pasta Collection Anthologies that have broken the top 50 Horror Anthologies on Amazon and The CreepyPasta Comic Book.

Jordu Schell

Jordu’s talent as a designer and sculptor is world-renowned!  He has been in the film and television industry since 1987 and his credits include: “Avatar”, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”, “300”, “Hellboy”, “Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem”, “Men in Black”, “The Mist”, “Batman Returns”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “Alien: Resurrection”, “The X-Files Movie”, “Predator II”, “Galaxy Quest”, “Evolution”, “Babylon 5-The Series” (on which he designed an Emmy award-winning creature make-up and the first fully digital creature for a television series), and many more.

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Nicholas Wolfe

Nick Wolfe began his makeup career at Universal Studios Florida where he was also introduced to face painting.  Along with his twin brother Brian, Nick brought a new style to the industry and influenced the world via Orlando’s theme parks with Enjoy Your Face Inc.  Their contributions to the Funky Faces book and Face Painting International magazine earned them attention from a novelty business and created Wolfe Face Art & FX.  Their brand can be found in kits around the globe and was used on shows like Faceoff, Skin Wars, and QVC.  Nick has published several books and his top seller has sold over 38,000 copies being printed in 10 languages. Nick continues to teach and travel and has bought his passion for art to 32 countries and plans not to retire.

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