RE:      Southeast Halloween Enthusiast Convention (SEHEC)
           Cancellation of July 11-12, 2020

Dear Friends of SEHEC,

Due to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we have no choice but to make the decision to cancel the Southeast Halloween Convention in Gainesville, FL, planned for July 11-12, 2020.

Following the State of Florida’s current gathering guidelines of limiting capacity, we agree that protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our conference speakers, volunteers, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors is paramount, and serves as the reason for our decision to cancel the event.

Simply put, canceling the SEHEC meeting is the right thing to do during this historic time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please allow us time to process registration fee refunds for registered attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to our show and its purpose: a charity event for the rescued animals.


Dr. William K. Ramsay
Producer, SEHEC

WHAT IS SEHEC? / What's all the excitement about here? Come and learn!

The Southeast Halloween Enthusiast Convention (SEHEC — which we pronounce as “SEE-heck”) is for both Halloween and Paranormal fanatics. We are a fun, two-day educational and charitable event benefiting a publicly-funded 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue shelter in Central Florida. ALL of our proceeds help keep the facility hosting its rescued dogs and horses, and protected Florida gopher tortoises. Your attendance helps us work toward our goal.


The health and safety of our convention’s attendees and vendors is our primary concern. SEHEC is diligently keeping a watchful eye on the daily updates regarding the Coronavirus and our nation, especially Florida. (You can see our frequent updates HERE on our website.)

Currently, forecasts are favorable for control of the outbreak, and that means we are still moving forward with our fun event. However, if circumstances cause a cancellation of the convention, we will provide a full refund to all show attendees and vendors. 

For Important Updates Text: FLCOVID19, to: 888-777  

501(c)(3) Nonprofit Shelter / Rescued animal shelter for dogs and horses in Central Florida

The shelter is called Gypsy Gems Farm, Inc. and began sheltering rescued dogs in 1999. It is now housing and caring for 11 dogs and 8 horses. The farm relocated to a larger property in 2018. ALL of the profitable funds raised at SEHEC will be donated to the Farm so that housing, care and food is continued to be provided to the animals.

Please consider donating to Gypsy Gems Farm 501(c)(3) animal shelter. 

Event Schedule

Gothic Prop Candle-Making – $45

This fun, hands-on workshop will show you simple ways to turn battery/electric operated candles into Realistic, functioning props that look beautiful! No

Milk Jug Skulls

Teaching the proper techniques to turn a gallon plastic milk jug into a skull by "melting" over a master resin skull.


To give a step-by-step tutorial on creating a Halloween tombstone out of foam for your front yard! I will show the different

Boo Camp 101

One of THE most overlook, yet essential parts of any upcoming haunt season is actor training. Far too often owners are caught


The class would revolve around dispelling many misunderstanding's when it comes to Demonology, questioning the Authenticity of self proclaimed Demonologists and finding

Creative Haunting

How to infuse story in every aspect of your Haunt J. Michael Roddy

COVID-19 Panel

With: ERSAA, Swenson, Pickel

Paranormal Panel

With: ERSAA, Swenson, Pickel

Pnuematic Props – Free

Pnuematic Props   Matthew Marich Animatronic designer with a background in engineering movements with motors, hydraulics, and air programmable

Vendor Area

We have numerous vendors of "spooky goods", oddities and the paranormal so you can purchase or order your favorite creepy-cool item. Look under our Vendors menu to see who

Demo: Prosthetic Makeup for Haunts – Free

Using prosthetic appliances for characters may be intimidating...But, with a little knowledge and practice, appliances can help create fantastical characters to visually

”I attended SEHEC for many reasons: curiosity, love for the industry, and supporting an industry convention. While at the convention I was totally surprised at how many high quality vendors were there, how enthusiastic the conventioneers were and how well run the whole event was. There were make-and-takes, top of the industry speakers, many vendors with a wide variety of unique wares and a great atmosphere that encouraged haunters to share ideas. It was definitely a success and I look forward to attending the next iteration of SEHEC!”

Nick Pappas,

”Wish I had this event years ago when I was first developing our home haunt. Some really top notch instructors, teaching classes that until a few years ago you had to personally know someone to learn the building tips that are shared now. I even got to talk shop with owners of some commercial haunts here in Florida.”

Mark Faucett,

”SEHEC was a great weekend! Perfect for Halloween lovers! So glad we signed up for many of the how to classes and the costume party was a blast!”

Jason Fields,

”If you have a love for all things haunted, and you are anywhere in the Florida area during the SEHEC, you will absolutely hate yourself for missing this incredible event. We have acquired many lifelong friendships with fellow vendors, as well as a vast number of attendees that we’ve met in the past years!”

Todd Reed, 614 SCREAM KINGS, Steampowered Sfx productions

”Had a great time at SEHEC catching up with my Halloween friends, made a few new friends, and got to meet and talk in person to Industry professionals that I generally only see on Facebook. Was a great time!”

Mark Faucett,

Event FAQS / find your answers

Friday, July 10th Saturday, July 11th Sunday, July 12th
  • Convention Show and Courses: 9 AM to 4 PM.
At the Make-n-Take courses, attendees will learn how to create cool Halloween items to use in October, or make items similar to ones you see in stores or in commercial Haunted Houses. You will have the opportunity to bring home the creepy creations you made that day.
We have numerous vendors of “spooky goods”, oddities and paranormal so you can purchase or order your favorite creepy-cool item. Look under our Vendors menu to see who will be here. And check back often as the Vendor list will be updated often.

WHAT: SEHEC 2020 Haunted Eye Ball (Costume Ball) Info
WHERE: At the Hilton Conference Center, Gainesville, FL -- the convention’s host hotel
WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 7 PM to 11 PM.
COST: Admission fee for the Ball ($49) -- Fee includes buffet-style food and beverage ticket
INFO: This year promises to be another great event!! It includes a DJ to keep the dance hits coming, great food to keep your energy up and creative refreshments to quench your thirst. The ball is open to adults only. Please keep in mind that there will be alcohol, scary costumes and some people in just body paint.

  • Costume Contest at 10 PM with trophies awarded
  • Featuring a live DJ with lighting show
  • Complimentary photo booth from 7 PM to 10 PM

Event Location

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville
1714 SW 34th St.
Gainesville, FL 32607

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Event Tickets

Saturday Admission


Access to the trade show floor
Panel discussions
Select Informative seminars
Select demonstration courses
Saturday admission only

Sunday Admission


Access to the trade show floor
Panel discussions
Select Informative seminars
Select demonstration courses
Sunday admission only

Weekend Admission


Access to the trade show floor
Panel discussions
Select Informative seminars
Select demonstration courses
All weekend admission