EXPANDED TOURS AND NETWORKING ANNOUNCED FOR HAUNTCON 2019
Schedule based on haunter feedback with unique locations including Terror on the Coast, Movie Sets, Bank Architectural Antiques, New Orleans Ghost and Cemetery Tour and more
Trumbull, CT (September 5, 2018) – Inspiration, business building ideas, and opportunities to explore one of the United States most haunted cities will be the theme of this year’s tours during HAuNTcon 2019 – the annual Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention which returns to New Orleans, January 25-27, 2019. In line with haunter feedback, the 2019 tours will allow haunters from across the country to experience local haunts as well as explore the history of New Orleans with stops at local attractions as well as ghost and cemetery tours. The events join an expanded lineup of networking, sourcing, and education as HAuNTcon doubles in size for the coming year.
Commented Liz Irving, senior vice president of marketing for HAuNTcon, “We’re very excited about the tours we have in store this year, because they have all been planned based the feedback we got from haunters following the 2018 event. We will again have tours of traditional haunted attractions, but NEW this year we will have two opportunities for attendees to participate in ghost and cemetery tours in New Orleans, which was something that was requested after last year’s show and will provide creative inspiration for storytelling and character creation. In addition, we have added more networking events and will be hosting a post-tour party at our Official Haunter Bar, Barcadia, following Thursday’s Inspiration Tour in addition to an event at Terror on the Coast following the Friday night tour.” She continued, “We hope that haunters are able to find new ideas and new connections during the events.”
The tours kick off on Thursday, January 24 with the popular Pre-Show Inspiration Tour, which provides the opportunity for haunters to experience a full day of haunted attractions and local hotspots. The 2019 tour will start at St. Louis Cathedral, a New Orleans landmark and the oldest cathedral of its kind in North America – with cathedral construction completed in 1794. The building overlooks Jackson Square and has a storied past. From there, the tour participants will visit the Bank Architectural Antiques, which features over 22,000 square feet of distressed, antiqued, and salvaged doors, shutters, hardware and much more. Haunters will then be taken to Movie Sets – A Reel Venue. This working prop house features a voodoo lounge, a circus tent and much more - providing scenic inspiration. Following Movie Sets, tour participants will head to Gulfport, Mississippi to Terror on the Coast, the largest haunt on the gulf coast. The lights on walkthrough will go behind the scenes with the owners to showcase the inner workings of the haunt. The tour finishes in New Orleans with a walking ghost tour lead by a direct descendant of Marie LaVeau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, and wraps up with a post-tour party at Barcadia – a local New Orleans bar and arcade, for networking.
The events continue on the evening of Friday, January 25 as HAuNTcon travels back to Mississippi for an October style tour of Terror on the Coast. The haunt will open exclusively in the off season for HAuNTcon attendees and is presented by Sideshow Props 2.0, the owners of Movie Sets, the central hub for props used in the movie industry in the gulf area. The Hollywood-style haunted house will immerse participants in scenes, showcasing props from some of the most famous horror movies and television shows. During the tour, haunters will get scared and get planning for the upcoming season as they brave what’s in store. Following the tour, all participants are invited share their thoughts and ideas that inspired them with fellow haunters as they enjoy drinks and snacks at the post tour networking party at Terror on the Coast.
Directly following the feedback from 2018 attendees, Sunday will offer the opportunity for haunters to experience a two-hour ghost and cemetery tour of New Orleans. From www.neworleans.com, “New Orleans is the most haunted city in the United States. This city is a place where the dead refuse to rest, in fact, there is no solid ground to hold them. Famous for its practitioners of the mystical arts, from Voodoo queens to professed vampires and Wiccans, New Orleans sets the stage for all manner of third eye explorations." During the tour of the French Quarter, attendees will experience chilling stories of New Orleans inhabitants, as well as learn more about burial traditions and visit some of the most famous monuments to the dead in the city.
In addition to the tours, HAuNTcon 2019 will once again host the annual Brewing, Boos & Booze Costume Ball on Saturday, January 26 at the iconic Generations Hall, as well as business building education, hands on workshops, more than double the amount of vendors, access to the co-located Halloween & Party Expo and much more.
Tickets are now on sale. For registration, pricing, and to stay up to date, visit www.hauntcon.com. Visit the Tour page for more information on all of the stops and to be updated as new locations are added.
HAuNTcon, the leading event for haunted attractions, haunt owners and operators, agritainment owners, theme parks and home haunters, is a trade-only event that brings industry professionals together each year. Owned by Clarion UX, the event provides a platform for sourcing, learning, and networking. The next event takes place in New Orleans, January 25-27, 2019. For more information, visit www.hauntcon.com.