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Scaring People in 2020: Haunting in the Wake of COVID-19

Saturday, 16 May 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

October 2020 was set to be a massive season for the haunted house industry. Halloween falls on a Saturday; daylight savings time starts Nov.1 - the planets were aligned. Then COVID19 shut down “non-essential” businesses and people were told not to gather in crowds. Conventions were forced to cancel, and haunt owners were left wondering if they will be allowed to open or not. How can a haunted house scare people while social distancing and still provide a safe environment for patrons and staff alike? How do haunts convince local authorities to allow them open at all? In this thought provoking session, haunt industry icon Leonard Pickel offers insight from his 40 plus years of haunting on how attractions can open safely for October 2020 and still be profitable in the wake of COVID19!


Leonard Pickel

Innovator, Designer, Artist, Inventor, Teacher, Writer, Leader, Leonard Pickel has designed over 300 commercial Haunted Houses since his first in 1976. Over 3 million people from Los Angeles to New York, Orlando to Seattle, have experienced the "Pickel Theory" of Haunt Design first hand. Through his company, Hauntrepreneurs®, Leonard has created frightening attractions for major venues across the country and worldwide. Specializing in helping entrepreneurs get started Haunting, Pickel has helped hundreds of people fulfill their dreams of owning a successful haunted attraction or October seasonal event business.