Largest North American Haunted Attraction Expo Opens Doors for Fright Fans of All Ages

The leading national haunted attraction tradeshow and convention, HAuNTcon®, arrives in Pittsburgh on May 3, 2012 for six unforgettable days of fun and fright. Founded by industry legend Leonard Pickel, the conference attracts hundreds of professional haunters, horror enthusiasts and Halloween fans offering an action-packed program for all ages.

With over 40 classes in the price of admission, local haunt tours, networking events and a tradeshow packed with the latest scary props, HAuNTcon runs under the motto “Designed by Haunters, for Haunters.”

During the conference, haunter education takes center stage with a staggering array of seminars, hands-on workshops and product demonstrations. Classes include advanced and beginner techniques for horror makeup, animated props, set building and haunt design, promotion and marketing, as well as invaluable tips on becoming a successful haunter in business and art.

“HAuNTcon is an opportunity for haunters to network, share tips and stories, get fresh ideas, learn and check out innovative technology and props,” explains HAuNTcon Founder Leonard Pickel, “It is the best investment you can make for your haunted event no matter how big or small. We are excited to be in Pittsburgh this year and showcase must-see local attractions” Haunted house owners and those interested in a career in the fright industry come to HAuNTcon every year to learn, network and get inspired. Halloween and haunt fans get a rare behind-the-scenes look at how major attractions scare millions around the world every October.

HAuNTcon 2012 kicks off with a unique three state overnight bus tour of ten legendary local haunts, followed by an expo and conference with haunted attraction creators, prop makers and other frightful enthusiasts at the Monroeville Convention Center near Pittsburgh, PA between May 3-7.

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About HAuNTcon
HAuNTcon® is an acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention. Founded in 2004 by haunted attraction legend Leonard Pickel, it has become a mecca for a lively global community of Halloween, haunted attractions and horror enthusiasts. HAuNTcon’s expo features the latest in fright services and equipment for professional haunters and enthusiast alike often at wholesale prices. To register and for more information, visit,

About Leonard Pickel 
Opening his first haunted house in 1976, Leonard Pickel has become a ground-breaking visionary and legend in the haunted attraction and horror industries. He has designed over 100 attractions for entertainment giants such as The Playboy Mansion, Universal Studios, Madison Scare Garden, Morris Costumes, Six Flags and Paramount amusement parks. Over one million people in the US have experienced his work firsthand, earning him high acclaim and a passionate following worldwide. A true pioneer, Pickel experiments with new techniques constantly pushing the boundaries of the art of haunting. Pickel is an accomplished author, speaker, innovator and haunter.