Effective Haunted Attraction Room Design

Sunday, 12 May 2019
03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Stephen King defines fear as “A cold touch in the midst of the most familiar, applied with a sudden pressure!” Join haunting veteran Leonard Pickel as he dissects this definition and adapts it to the art of effectively scaring people in a Haunted Attraction. Learn how mood, setting, realism, startles, the unknown, insecurity, timing, pacing misdirection all can be used to take your attraction to the next level. Covered in this session is who are we trying to scare, what scares them and how to best effect fright in any kind of Haunt, from yard displays to professional Halloween Events.


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.

More than willing to share his expertise with others, Pickel writes for haunt magazines and blogs, offers webinars and podcasts, and educational seminars at every significant gathering of Haunters in the US and Canada. Covering topics ranging from attraction design to actor training, code compliance to effective scares, increasing Haunt capacity to how to open your first attraction.

Check out Leonard's company websites at www.hauntrepreneurs.com or contact him at hauntrepreneurs@gmail.com and 972-951-5100 or follow him on Twitter @leonardpickel and Facebook.com/leonardpickel