The Texas Haunters Convention™ would like to welcome our instructors!
Below are the current instructors we have lined up to teach our classes 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!
Lynne Burnett’s interest in special makeup effects and haunted houses started back in the mid-’80s in her Mom’s basement in Pennsylvania. Lynne would create monsters, masks, makeup, and costumes for local haunts and horror conventions. In the early ’90s while Lynne was visiting California for the Fangoria Weekend of horrors show she was offered a summer job at MBP working on corpse kits and other effects jobs. That summer job turned into many years of working on movies, TV shows, haunts, and theme parks including Disney and Universal Hollywood. In 2005 Lynne moved to Orlando Florida and started FrightNight Studios where she is the lead artist and creates makeup and effects for motion pictures, television, and theme parks including Bush Gardens, Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Orlando, and Disney.
Two-time Emmy nominated make-up artist Michael Burnett has been creating special makeup effects in the film, television, and the haunt industries for more than 30 years. Michael has worked with academy award winning make-up artists Rick Baker, Greg Cannom, and Michael Westmore. Some of Michael’s film and television credits include The Ben Stiller Show, Universal Soldier, The Forsaken, Star Trek Enterprise, Passions, and Mad TV. Between the years of 1997 and 2016, Michael designed and ran the makeup for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 17 times, more times than any other person.
Currently, Michael is the Director of Design & Development for FrightNight Studios, a Florida based company that creates makeup and effects for motion pictures, Television, Haunts, and theme parks including Bush Gardens, Universal Studios, and Disney.
Emma Campbell has been working in special FX since 2008. Beginning in theatre and independent film, she has provided monsters for haunted houses, film, television, and various live performances. She owns the FX and props company Pink Mist FX that has been servicing the monster making communities since 2017.
Emerald was introduced to the haunt industry in 2006 and building haunts, characters, and designing have been a big part of her life ever since. Learning from and working alongside of some of the best the industry has to offer, such as Jennifer and Alex Lohman, Allen Hopps, and Six Flag’s own airbrush wizard, Guillermo Beccera, Emerald has learned a level of proficiency and efficiency in airbrush makeup that helped her become the Makeup Director at Dark Hour House for a time. She loves to teach people what she knows and looks forward to meeting you at her Intro to Airbrush class!
Justin has been married to his beautiful wife Nicci for 11 years and has two awesome sons Mattox (13) and Ryder (10). He has two dogs named Tank (a 2-year-old English bulldog) and Chloe (an 11-year-old Labrador retriever). He also has a tuxedo kitty named Marcie (5). Justin loves being with his awesome family, whether spending time at home or traveling around the country. Professionally, Justin is an alternative high school principal and holds several degrees, including an MBA and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Fearsome Entertainment, LLC. He and his wife have run several businesses under this umbrella including Phobius Haunted House, Fearsome Decay, Fearsome Ink, and Phobius FX Studios. Justin is known nationally for his special effects makeup work and enjoys traveling the country teaching classes, giving demos, and training makeup departments in the craft. Justin’s wife is a real estate agent with her broker’s license working for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select Properties and they are currently in the process of scaling her team, Platinum Trust Realty Group where he serves as the success coach. Justin is also currently working as a business consultant and leadership trainer for Aegis Home Warranty Group. Reading books and writing in various genres are a couple of Justin’s favorite past times and he is preparing to publish a variety of materials with several different companies. Justin’s passion for learning and personal growth has led him to pursue many exciting new adventures!
Culley is a product of the local haunt industry’s welcoming landscape. He literally walked into an open door at the old Zombie Manor and asked how he could fit in. He is now the owner and artist of In Search Of Brains Creature Design, a costuming and prop design studio that specializes in scarecrow and zombie masks as well as costumes. His masks and costumes can be found in haunted houses across the continental US and overseas from Hawaii to the UK.
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.
Scott Freeman 30 plus years 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.
Cary Garcia is a 10-year veteran who started off as a volunteer actor at Boneyard Haunted, worked her way to Cutting Edge, and is now a house manager at Moxley Manor Haunted House. She has experience in acting in the house, cue, and on screen for shows like Dude Perfect on Nickelodeon. Not only can she act but she doubles as a special fx makeup artist as well. Even though she is still climbing her way up to becoming a recognized actor in the haunt industry, she hopes she can give you a little bit of an inside look into this crazy world and help you get your feet wet.
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 almost 10 years he has been the organizer of Friends of Halloween a group of over 800 people in the DFW area that enjoy Halloween.
Alex Lohmann is a 20 year veteran of the haunted house industry and devotes his entire life to scary stuff. Together with his wife Jennifer, he runs owns and operates Reindeer Manor Halloween Park, which is celebrating its 46th season this year, as well as When Hinges Creak, a prop company that sells haunted decor pieces to haunted houses, escape rooms, film, and television. The couple also sells a variety of stilts and even large quantities of black paint for haunts. Alex also still performs with his haunt characters from time to time and is directly involved with every aspect of his show; everything from design and construction, actor auditions, actor selection and training, stilt training and coaching, choreography and even still maintains and uses his makeup booth in the makeup room. He teaches on a wide array of topics at many of the industries trade shows and has no intention of leaving the industry he’s devoted his life to.
Jennifer is Co-owner, with her husband Alex Lohmann, of both Reindeer Manor Halloween Park, and When Hinges Creak prop company. Jennifer started doing theatre makeup in high school and when the Lohmanns started a home haunt, she naturally did the FX makeup and it has progressed from there. Being co-owner of the oldest haunted house in the country, she wears many hats. From actor and staff hiring, to running the makeup room, room assignments, marketing, sales, customer service, and even costume creations. She is constantly keeping up with how to make the haunt community operate smoothly. She, and along with Alex, teach classes all over the country. Actor training and retention, mold making, silicon and makeup effects are just a few of the training tools Jennifer has a passion for sharing.
Brandon worked for Universal Studios as a performer in the early 90’s. Since then, he has worked as a set builder and designer in many top rated haunts from Florida to Texas. These days he concentrates on his elaborate home haunt, building props, and loving the Halloween world!
DeadNoodle SFX founder and set builder Kalen McCarthy is known for the extremely graphic style of industrial horror he’s been producing for the last half-decade. He has done everything from attraction design and construction, pneumatics, acting, stilts and sliding, and haunted attraction props and costumes. Kalen found his way into the industry as an actor in 2008, working up to builder, technician, and eventually designer for one of the largest haunted attractions in DFW.
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Don, also known as Goth Gloom has been haunting in some form or another with wife Mary and best friend Greg Winslow for over 27 years. Even before that he was building Halloween displays at his parent’s house while he was still in elementary school.
Over the years Don and his partners in fright have built many props for their own home haunts Goth Gloom Spookhouse, The Haunt, and Helsbreth Manor as well as props for Last Stop Haunt, Twisted Manor, Graystone Manor, and Dark Hour Haunted House. They have even made couple props for burlesque performers Ruby Joule and Goldie Candela to use in their performances.
It was while working on their Steampunk Lab themed Haunt in 2013 that Don had the idea for the Steampunk Bubble Tube Prop and after posting it on YouTube, it has become one of the most watched videos on their Goth Gloom video channel and eventually led to starting their own prop company in 2018, Goth Gloom Propworks featuring Steampunk Lava Lamps, Mary’s handmade wands, and Miniature Steampunk Airships.
Mary has been haunting with her spooky partners in fright Don Powell and Greg Winslow for over 25 years. They are best known for their home Haunt, Goth Gloom Spookhouse that has been awarded Best Veteran Home Haunt in 2015 by Dead with Dave Awards and Best Indoor/Walkthrough Haunt Vanguard for 2015 Haunters Video Awards. It was while working on her home haunts that thanks to Stilt Beast Studios, she came up with the scenic paintings and scenes they are known for. One of her most noted scenic paintings is featured in her video, Gloom Manor Hotel staircase illusion found on their YouTube channel.
Due to unfortunate circumstances, Mary will not be able to teach this year.
Anthony started out as a humble home haunter in 2010 where he transformed his yard into themes ranging from cemeteries, haunted carnivals, and freak shows.
He has also worked for many various commercial Dallas haunted houses including Moxley Manor, Twisted Manor, and now is part of the build crew at Reindeer Manor Halloween Park.
Anthony also operates Cyclone Signs, a company that makes custom attractions signs for the entertainment industry.
Growing up Alex was always into skateboarding, rollerblading, BMX, and anything else “extreme”. He
Greg has been active in home haunting for over 32 years. While in California he met Don and Mary Powell putting on The Haunt in Livermore, CA. After a brief break in the mid-2000’s they grouped up again in Texas, putting on Gothgloom Spookhouse. He helped build memorable props such as the Jacobs ladder, and bubble tube for the steam punk lab, and the hellivator. Greg has worked in various industries such as, as woodworking, electronics, mechanical, robotics, software development… you get he is a nerd. He has been the electronics wizard for Gothgloom Spookhouse and Propworks.