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Leonard’s 2016 Speaking Schedule

This year, Leonard Pickel has been invited to speak at several haunt gatherings and conventions. Below is a listing of the conferences and the topics that will be covered at each.

April 29-May 1, West Coast Haunt Convention 2016 – Portland, OR 

Throughput: Increase Your Capacity – Increase Your Profits

If you haven’t noticed, Halloween 2015 falls on Saturday. Maximum capacities for your attraction could be pushed to the breaking point. Long lines mean upset tweeters, but pushing people though in a “conga line” leads to poor reviews as well. How do you maximize capacity while still delivering a quality experience? in this in-depth controversial session, Leonard Pickel, 35-year haunted attraction industry veteran will show attendees how to maximize the capacity of a walkthrough attraction while retaining show experience. Topics include: Guided Tour vs. Constant Line, Attraction Design, The Scare Forward Approach, Multiple Scare Points, Split Maze, Accelerating the Flow, Actor Substitution and Breaks, Design Aspects to Avoid, Greeter/Ticketing Control and Actor Training. With these tips attendees will be able to supercharge their walk-through’s throughput creating shorter lines, repeat visits, happier customers and more money in the bank this November!

The History Of October Haunting: Where We Came From, Where We Are and Where We Are Going!

In October of 1972, Leonard Pickel attended a JayCees fundraiser in Plano Texas. The haunted house was opened in an old 2 story residence structure. With paint splattered mannequin parts in one bathtub and it curtain down the center of the staircase to create an up and down path was state of the art at the time. In the 43 years that followed, Leonard has attended more than 200 more each October as well as designed and or built over 200 haunted attractions across the country and around the world. When it comes to haunting, he has seen it all. The very good and the very, very bad. In this presentation, Leonard will offer his thoughts on how the Haunted house as an entertainment venue got started, how we got to where we are now, and what the future holds for haunting.


July 28-30, Chicago Frights 2016 – Orland Park, IL

To Be Announced

August 6-7, ScareLA 2016 – Los Angeles, CA

To Be Announced