MHC Midwest Haunters Convention – 2013 Education Guide



From June 7-9, the Midwest Haunters Convention is back at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio for 2013! This year MHC has a great lineup of seminars and hands-on workshops, offering over 35 hours of solid haunter education! If you’re in the haunt industry and you have never attended a seminar or workshop, you definitely need to attend one! The seminars and workshops are taught by haunt industry professionals and address common topics to help attendees learn and innovate. From airbrushing to pneumatics, there is a seminar and workshop for every haunted attraction owner, manager, designer, operator, makeup artist, actor, entusiast, and home haunter!


MHC kicks off the education with the Pre-Show seminars on Friday June 7, 2013. The Pre-Show Seminars include courses on acting, makeup, construction, and 3D scenic painting.

Pre-Show Seminar Schedule:
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Friday June 7, 2013

9am – 7pm – 3D Large Scale Panel Art: Airbrush Workshop by Stuart Smith – seats are limited to 15 attendees ($395 all day) or ($150 morning only)

12:30 – 3:30pm – Intro To Airbrushing by NiX Herrera – $100

12:00 – 4:30pm – Real World Haunt Acting by Geoff Beck – $100

8:30am – 12:30pm – Haunted Asylum – Makeup by Pashur – $75

9am – 4pm – Build ANYTHING! Core construction skills for haunt design! by Allen Hopps – $180 [/expand]


MHC also offers Weekend Seminars throughout June 8-9, 2013. Six tracks of education are presented: Business, Acting, Makeup, Props/Haunt Design and Home Haunting.  All Seminars are instructed by industry experts. The seminars serve participants with skills ranging from beginner to advanced levels and backgrounds ranging from haunt owners, actors, makeup artists, and Halloween fans.

The Weekend Seminars are available for $85 in advance (here) or $99 onsite (while seats are available). For 2013, the Weekend Seminars are sponsored by

Weekend Seminar Schedule:
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Saturday June 8, 2013

9:30 – 11:00

  • Makeup – 10 Ways to Die, Airbrush and Sponge Techniques by Pashur
  • Acting – Advanced Acting: Dialogue & Character Development by Frank MaMana & Stephanie Bronsted
  • Business – Halloween Business Events All Year Long by Chris Kullstroem
  • Getting Started – Diabolically Successful Advertising & Marketing For Your Haunt by Dick Terhune
  • Garage of Evil Series – ‘Brushing Up’ on your Scenic Design by Jef Benson
  • Design/Props – Haunt Design by Ed Gannon

12:30 – 2:00

  • Makeup – Super Fast Freaky Faces by Keith Newsome
  • Acting – Advanced Improv Acting by Katie Lane
  • Business – 13 Must Do Steps In Operating a Successful Halloween Event by Leonard Pickel
  • Getting Started – Creativity, Innovation, and Design: Assessing the Market by Brandon Whitaker
  • Garage of Evil Series – Cheap and Easy Mold Making for Haunters by Mike Privett
  • Design/Props – Control the Fear! Understanding and using electronics in your Haunt by Doug Anderson

2:45 – 4:15

  • Makeup – Paper or Plastic – Using appliances and stencils by Keith Newsome
  • TBA Class
  • Business – “WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY ABOUT ME?” Ways to stop bad reviews from stopping you by Scott Olson
  • Getting Started – Legal Issues of the Undead by Shirley Cochran
  • Garage of Evil Series – Crazy-Easy Skeleton Corpsing by Dr. Bill Ramsay
  • Design/Props – Vampires: Legends and Lore by Denise Verrico

Sunday June 9, 2013

10:30 – 12:00

  • Makeup – Back in Blacklight, UV Makeup by Lacey Bailey
  • Acting – How to Train Your Monster – A Guide for Haunted House Actors by Micah Safranek
  • Business – Contacting the Dead for Fun and Profit, Adding A Seance as a Second Attraction by Tony Truitt
  • Getting Started – Haunt Accessibility: Nothing to be Scared Of by Glenn McKnight and Chris Silvia 
  • GOE – TBA
  • Design/Props – Pneumatics not for dummies by Brian Warner

1:30 – 3:00

  • Makeup – Hack and Slash Haunt Makeup Where to Start by Joe Glenn
  • Acting – The Psychology of the Scare by Matthew Flagler
  • Business – The Finances of Haunting by John Eslich
  • Gettin Started – Who’s gonna wrangle your monsters? A Cast Manager! by Katie Johnston
  • Garage of Evil Series – Out of the Shadows: Lighting Design for Your Haunt by Warren Maxwell
  • Design/Props – Ghosts, Goblins, and Motors, oh my! by Bill Allai [/expand]



MHC also offers extensive training workshops to teach attendees various trade secrets and techniques. With the exception of one FREE workshop, workshops are on a pay-per-class basis and are not included in the seminar series registration. They can purchased (here).

Workshop Schedule:
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Saturday June 8, 2013

  • 1-4pm – The Two Skills Your Haunt Design and Tech Crew Need to Know! by: Steve O’Connor – $40


Sunday June 9, 2013

  • 9-12pm – From Inspiration To Business Plan by: Frank Mamana – $50
  • 12:30-4:30pm – Advanced Airbrushing – Hands On by: NiX Herrera – $120 [/expand]


For details and more information visit the official MHC website here.