Tour Program Announced for HAuNTcon 2018

Stops to include RISE Haunted House, Mardi Gras World, Museum of Death,
Demented Design Studio

(Trumbull, CT, October 18, 2017) – HAuNTcon – the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention has announced the first two days of haunted attraction tours that will be taking place during its upcoming event – January 12-15, 2018 at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Haunted attractions owners and managers throughout the country will have the opportunity to visit several local haunted attractions as well as New Orleans landmarks.

The tours will kick off with the full day Inspiration Tour on Thursday, January 11th with a new component for attendees to enjoy.  The full day event will include stops at Mardi Gras World, Museum of Death, RISE Haunted House and Demented Design Studio, HAuNTcon’s first ever tour of a designer’s studio. The stops are designed to provide a behind the scenes look at everything from production of props to implementation of a haunted attraction and this year, the first 50 registrants for the tour will receive limited edition custom mask courtesy of Demented Design.  At the end of the tour, participants enjoy one of New Orleans well-known destinations, Bourbon Street, with a Bourbon Street Pub Crawl.

“The HAuNTcon Pre-show Tour has always been a favorite among attendees.” says Leonard Pickel, founder of HAuNTcon, “Haunters find inspiration for their attraction in many different places, from the architecture of a museum to the darkness of a cave. The HAuNTcon 2018 pre-show tour will provide a wide variety of experiences for haunters to pull ideas from as well as a full day of networking with like-minded people and scary fun.”

On Saturday, attendees will experience RISE Haunted House for an “October Style” lights off Haunted House and opportunity to experience the RISE five minute Escape Room. RISE Haunted House has been named one of Louisiana’s scariest dark attractions and features an abandoned bed & breakfast and secret research lab. Davy Plaisance, owner of RISE Haunted House, explained why he is opening his attraction to fellow haunters, “As a haunted house owner, we are always looking for new ideas for our attraction and touring haunts is not only a great way to drive inspiration but also to connect with our industry colleagues who share the passion for the season. I am thrilled to partner with HAuNTcon this year and showcase Rise Haunted House to the haunter community.”

In addition to these tours, attendees will also have the opportunity to network during the annual Costume Ball on Friday, January 13 at Generations Hall. The event, which provides haunters an opportunity to celebrate Halloween in their off-season, will be free for the first time for all badge holders.

For more information on new events and programming updates, or to register, buy tour tickets, and book hotel for the 2018 event, visit us online at


About HAuNTcon
HAuNTcon, the leading event for haunted attractions, is a trade-only event that brings industry professionals together each year. Owned by Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events Company, the event provides a platform for sourcing, learning, and networking. The next event will be held in New Orleans, January 12-15, 2018. For more information, visit