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Chicago Frights

Dateline Chicago: Haunted attraction industry icon Leonard Pickel, owner of the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference (HAuNTcon), announces Chicago Frights! This new Haunts and Halloween conference will be held July 16 - 19 at the Hilton in Lisle/Naperville Illinois, Chicago Frights will be a great opportunity for haunters to pick up last second training, ideas and products before the Halloween season kicks in. Group hotel rates are $114 a night. Haunt tours will include an all day pre-show road trip of area haunted houses including Dungeon of Doom on the 16th. Night time tours include Evil Intentions Thursday the 16th, Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D on Saturday the 18th, and a tour of Massacre Haunted House on Sunday night July 19th.

Similar to HAuNTcon, Chicago Frights will include networking opportunities such as a huge costume party Friday night, and will be chock full of top-notch educational seminars, hands-on workshops and training sessions. The focus of the education will be on the operational needs of haunters, like set dressing, lighting, makeup and actor training.

The Dealer Room will be open Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday. Booth and dealer tables will be reasonably priced and great opportunities for the large haunt vendors to liquidate any leftover stock, but also affordable enough for new companies and dark artists to exhibit to haunters and Halloween fanatics who cannot wait for the season to begin.

"When we moved HAuNTcon to be earlier in the year, we knew weather would be a deterrent to pick northern cities as event locations," explains Pickel. "We knew at the time we would have to add a summer conference to tour haunts that would be snowed out in January."

Chicago Frights is open to the general public and all ages are welcome. Join haunters and Halloween enthusiasts from across the country in Chicago, July 16-19, 2015 for the last chance to check out dealer products, learn haunter techniques and tour local haunted events before your haunt season really kicks in. Contact Leonard Pickel at 972-951-5100 or by email at or check out the event website at



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