The 2019 line up included the following workshops and sessions.
The 2020 sessions will be announced prior to the event
Panel Discussion – Changing Trends and an Operator's Perspective.
Various scream park operators
Got a burning question you want to ask an experienced operator? Ever wondered how the big parks got to the size they are? Join Ivor and Tom Robinson from Screamfest, Hannah and Doug Douglas from Fear at Avon Valley, Stuart Beare from Tulleys Shocktoberfest and Tom Pearcy from York Maze Hallowscream as they talk about the changing trends in scream park entertainment.
Special FX Makeup and Prostehtics Workshop.
Epic FX is a company started by two professional makeup artists Jedida Sarfaty and Mariska Kuijper from Holland. They have a web shop selling foam latex prosthetics and custom projects, and at Halloween are part of the makeup and special effects team for Halloween at Toverland theme park in Holland. During this workshop, you can learn how to apply and paint prosthetic applications professionally. Delegates will be able to choose between elf ears or a wound and the sessions will include : Introduction/demo, applying prosthetics in teams of 2, colouring the prosthetics, detailing and bloodwork, removal (optional) and conclusion/cleaning up
Digital Marketing Strategies That Will Unlock Growth For Your Event. Joseph Murray - Farmaphobia
In this talk, Joseph will be outlining some innovative marketing techniques that drive sales in the scare attraction industry. Focusing on emerging trends in social media, this talk will show you how to optimise your event’s social strategy and harness the full power of digital marketing.
Haunted by Fire – Safety in Scare Attractions and Escape Rooms.
Ian Haylett - FunFear
Following the tragic accident in a Polish escape room last year, Ian Haylett will lead an open workshop on the importance of health and safety and the security of your guests (especially when they are in a “seemingly” locked room.) Fun Fear have been instrumental in the design and build of multiple scare attractions and escape rooms around the UK and will show case tricks and effects that will keep your guests safe without ruining the illusion of danger…
Bringing Adult Sized Scares to a Family Theme Park.
Chessington World of Adventures
In 2017, Chessington World of Adventures shocked the scare community, by adding a high energy scare maze that won critical acclaim from everyone who attended. As part of this talk, the team will discuss the reasoning behind adding a full on scare event to a family theme park, and the logistics of repurposing an old polar bear enclosure into a terrifying live scare event. Further details coming soon.
Growing a Scare Event at a Historic House.
Tobias and Rebekah Phillips – Scaresville The Haunted Village
In a quiet village in Suffolk, a terrifying scare event returns ever year to terrify thousands of visitors. Based in the outbuildings and surrounding woodlands of historic Kentwell Hall, Tobias and Rebekah will talk about the issues and successes that have helped them become one of the UK’s biggest multi part scare events. Further session details coming soon.
Designing a Scare Attraction to Balance Customer Satisfaction with Maze Throughput.
The creative mind behind Insomnia and Slasher at Screamfest will share some of the design elements he has learnt during his career making scream park and theme park attractions. One of Andrews’s passions is creative storytelling, which has to be balanced with the demands of a busy event, and ensuring capacity crowds through an attraction.
We are Family - The Art of Collaborative Working
Mad House Margate is a family run event, that believes in the power of collaboration and team work. The team will discuss how group discussion and exploration between family and the cast and crew, allows them to create unique experiences on a shoestring budget but utilsiing modern technology.
Further session details coming soon.
Further session details coming soon.
Breaking Down Immersive: How to Engage Your Audience in Play
Dalton M Dale – Big Dreamer Productions
Dalton M. Dale, Producing Artistic Director of Big Dreamer Producutions, based in London and NYC (Current productions include Moulin Rouge on Broadway Fame on the West End, Fame & Rock of Ages on International Tour) speaks with Philip Hernandez of Gantom Lighting & Control about immersive theatre, the do’s and don’t’s of the art form and how to make your attraction more immersive. Dale’s conversation will center on his time honed tactics of breaking down the barrier between audience and characters in a safe, yet horrifying way. Dale is currently building Space 18, a massive multimillion pound Central London venue set over seven buildings, 35 floors and 42k sq feet which will house Variant 31, an immersive horror experience opening later this year.
Where Do Ideas Come From? What Makes Someone Creative? How do I get Better Ideas?
Philip Hernandez – Seasonal Entertainment Source.
Get answers to these questions and more in this active learning workshop. Learn useful tools to make your team discussions more effective at your haunt. This workshop breaks attendees into groups to practice creative brainstorming techniques! Objectives: Define the Creative Process, Explain how to get ideas and Practice Brainstorming
Live Make up Demonstration
Miss Kate Monroe
Kate Monroe will on the floor of the trade show, demonstrating the effective use of make up and various effects to create a professional look. Drop by and ask her or her models about the process.