How-To Build A Haunt: Tricks and Tips From 40 Years of Scary Construction

Friday, 10 May 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Everyone who has dreams of opening a haunted house had great ideas about what they want the patron experience to be like. The theme the room designs, the creative part of the plan is all they can think about, but what is the best way to build the walls, what is the best way to handle the electrical, how can a wooden structure pass building and fire code? In this informative session, industry icon Leonard Pickel will offer his insight on the best construction practices from 40 years of experience building haunted attractions across the country and around the world. Topics include, cost effective exit signage, different construction styles, panel connection systems and the best way to brace a haunted house. Whether you are already operating a haunted attraction, thinking about building a new attraction, or even remodeling an attraction then session is not to be missed. Class Level: Beginner


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 offered educational seminars at every significant gathering of haunters in the US and Canada, (including his own conference, HAuNTcon), and covering topics ranging from attraction design to actor training, code compliance to effective scares, increasing haunt capacity to how to start your first event.

Contact Leonard at hauntrepreneurs@gmail or 972-951-5100 or follow him on Twitter @leonardpickel and Check out his company websites at