Top 3 CAN’T MISS Haunt Education Sessions At HAuNTcon 2018

With over 50 speakers and 70 hours of haunt education offerings at HAuNTcon, it was nearly impossible to choose our top 3. We scoured the list and dug deep into the presenter, the class topic, and the impact that it can have on your overall Haunted Farm business. While it was soooooo hard to ONLY pick 3 to list here…we know that the 3 we are targeting will have huge impacts on your Haunted Farm!

A Solid Foundation In Fear

Fear 101: The Basics
by Margee Kerr
Business Track
Saturday January 13 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Understanding Fear is arguably the most important component to designing quality scares. Sociologist and Author Margee Kerr is a thought leader on the psychology of fear and how it applies to the haunted attraction industry. She has been covered in major news outlets such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, as well as industry publications such as Psychology Today.

Kerr’s 2015 book titled “Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear” looks at what triggers a fear response…and why. The application of her research and findings has fundamentally influenced scare design at haunted attractions across the country. You can see her analysis and insight put into action at ScareHouse, a top rated haunt in Pennsylvania with whom she consults. We will be on the lookout for more research and writings from this maven.

Pro Quality Detailing

From Flat to Frightening – Distressing and Carving Tricks to Get a Highly Detailed Look
by Timmy O’Neal
Demonstration Track
Saturday January 13 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Although this is the first time he has instructed publicly in the world of haunt education, we have been following Timmy O’Neal for a long time. He is a young, entrepreneurial visionary and is well known and respected in the industry. He isn’t afraid to take risks, and is always focused on delivering a unique, top notch experience for guests.

Timmy is also one hell of a practitioner. He is hands on in every aspect of ownership and production. Check out the gallery in this section for just a small sample of his work! His attention to detail is second to none, and we are pumped to get a glimpse into the distressing and carving techniques he will be demonstrating at HAuNTcon!

Grow Your Haunted Farm Business

The State of Haunted Farms
by Alexis Abare & Benjamin Selecky, Haunted Farms of America
Business Track
Friday January 12 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Get ready for 60 minutes of group discussion, big ideas, and inspiration! In this lively kickoff to HAuNTcon, the Team from Haunted Farms of America along with a panel of Member Farms will offer insight into their 2017 season, and look ahead to 2018. You will get a chance to hear info and data collected from Haunted Farms across the country, and stay updated on the political landscape of Haunted Agritainment as a whole. Get yourself supercharged and primed for a successful convention and season ahead!

3 More Sessions On Our Radar!

Okay, okay… we couldn’t help ourselves. Here are 3 additional haunt education sessions that were in hot discussion…and we just HAD to at least mention them! Each of them covers an incredibly important topic for Haunted Farms. Definitely keep these on your radar and star them in your convention program!

Make It Real: Finding Inspiration In History, Location, and Nightmares

With so much history on farms, Swenson’s class is sure to be valuable for any Haunted Farm Owner or Creative Partner!

How To Survive The Fire Inspector: Making Your Inspection Painless

Safety is ALWAYS a top concern for business owners. Being ready for your fire inspection is a MUST! Get your Haunted Farm ready!

Creating Memorable First and Last Impressions

Scott Sterner is the Director of Entertainment & Events for Six Flags Entertainment and has over 25 years experience in the industry!


With over 70 hours of education and 50 speakers queued up for HAuNTcon 2018, this is sure to be one of the best education series yet! As we scrolled through the list, there are opportunities for Haunted Farms to improve virtually every aspect of their business. We are especially excited for the offerings on the Business Track, since this type of education is such an important building block for a solid foundation and a successful production!

We look forward to what this year’s convention has in store… and can’t wait to be a part of the inevitable growth ahead for HAuNTcon! What education sessions are you looking forward to? We’d love to hear what is on your radar and why!

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