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xxxdirk
03-14-2011, 12:59 PM
This was my 10th time attending and although I THINK this was the largest show as far as the haunt vendors, it seemed to me it was the smallest showing by the costume part. Does anyone else feel that way? I mean, the 50 degree weather was nice, IDK, I miss the old days of Chicago with the 25 aisles in the costume show alone, another 12 aisles for the party section and another 8 aisles for the haunt show. When I went to the show back in 07, it took me almost two full days to see everything once. This year, I did that in 4 hours. So does anyone worry that we might be seeing the middle of the end of TW as we know it? They have the dates for 2012 listed, but I am just worried.....

chuck weber
03-14-2011, 01:15 PM
The costume trade goes to houston now in january. That's the future...............

Slain
03-14-2011, 01:27 PM
After talking with 10 or so vendors during Transworld they all said they are tired of St. Louis.. I am going to contact Jennifer Thayer and see if it can be moved to Nashville or Atlanta. Not only is the weather better but the rates for convention space is cheaper.

creep house
03-14-2011, 01:59 PM
It needs to be in DALLAS , more central and better weather !






Casey .... CREEP HOUSE

Capt.Chaos
03-14-2011, 02:09 PM
I think if you push that show to far one way or another you are really limiting the number of attendees to this show. I drive 12 hours to this show. I would keep it as central as possible for access for everyone. People are pushing for more cash/carry. If everyone has to fly maybe less revenue for vendors in future.My 2 cents.

Chaos

MDKing
03-14-2011, 02:21 PM
I doubt vendors will lose much from cash and carry the booths only holds so much product people will just have it shipped like most people do.

I did think the Halloween and Party section was really weak. It was a fraction of what it used to be prior to the split a few years back. If that's the way the Halloween part is going to be, I say drop it altogether in St Louis and just keep it the haunt show. I like the show in St Louis but it was terrible this year with weather, but still much better than being in Chicago. I thought that on the heels of most haunts record breaking season the haunt vendors should've brought their "A" game and really stepped up their displays and product, I do not think that was the case in most cases.

Regardless of what they decide to do or move it it should not be based on if you drive to it just hop on a plane and fly to it! I still say move it to Orlando myself!

It was good seeing many of you while at the show.

Allan

Nightgore
03-14-2011, 02:31 PM
I personally would LOVE to see the show in Atlanta or maybe somewhere in Louisiana! I personally don't care how far away from me the show is as long as the weather is nice. We order 90% of our business at TW, we wouldn't miss it for anything. I think if someone is not going to attend the show because of how far away it is...then they're only hurting themselves and no business EVER attending the show. Trust me, wherever the show goes buyers will be there! -Tyler

xxxdirk
03-14-2011, 02:33 PM
My worry is that if they JUST go with a haunt show, will they be able to afford to produce a trade show?

Dalloween
03-14-2011, 02:34 PM
I agree that Dallas would be an ideal location, pretty much central to everyone... the Gaylord resort near DFW airport would be the perfect location for the show... and there are 20-something haunts in the DFW area who I'm sure would be happy to host events. Though, I'm not sure the TW folks would go for this since they are all located in Chicago.

Slain
03-14-2011, 02:44 PM
I doubt vendors will lose much from cash and carry the booths only holds so much product people will just have it shipped like most people do.

I did think the Halloween and Party section was really weak. It was a fraction of what it used to be prior to the split a few years back. If that's the way the Halloween part is going to be, I say drop it altogether in St Louis and just keep it the haunt show. I like the show in St Louis but it was terrible this year with weather, but still much better than being in Chicago. I thought that on the heels of most haunts record breaking season the haunt vendors should've brought their "A" game and really stepped up their displays and product, I do not think that was the case in most cases.

Regardless of what they decide to do or move it it should not be based on if you drive to it just hop on a plane and fly to it! I still say move it to Orlando myself!

It was good seeing many of you while at the show.

Allan

Nashville/ Orlando would be great places to have it. More central would be Nashville.

Allen H
03-14-2011, 02:47 PM
Im pretty sure its 32 haunts in the DFW area, that I know about.
Its a big haunt market thats for sure. Thereare also lots of places to host it. I will go to the show wherever it is, i normally fly. If it were in Dallas Id exhibit. Its hard to make back the $1400 booth cost on $20 DVDs and $40 two disc sets.
Allen H

NightmareAftershockLLC
03-14-2011, 02:49 PM
I would LOVE Dallas!! When will the decision be made for next year?

Dman
03-14-2011, 02:53 PM
Next years show is already scheduled for March of 2012 in St. Louis, it was printed in the vender book that was in the bag the gave out.

Dan Augusto

NightmareAftershockLLC
03-14-2011, 02:57 PM
What a shame :/

MDKing
03-14-2011, 04:01 PM
Nashville would be great too, can we get something in the works for Nashville in 2013? I think that is in a good central location. I think it would be hurt attendance wise if they ever moved it to the west coast, would do very well on the East coast as well. How is the weather in Nashville this time of year???

Allan

Slain
03-14-2011, 05:48 PM
60's and 70's during the day

damon carson
03-14-2011, 06:08 PM
Personally I gonna say this. Transworlds not goin anywhere! Its already booked for next year. I heard that the attendance was double it was last year. Common sense is gonna tell you that the retail side is gonna be smaller. There is a Rubies show. But by the low attendance at these shows I would say they will be a thing of the past before Transworld will be. Ya its warmer in the south and all but I think the weather for this week wasnt bad. It was just as good if not better than last year. I was in the convention center so much this year I didnt even get to enjoy the weather. All I can say is you can wish in one hand and you know what in the other? You know how the old sayin goes. Dont mean to be blunt but im just being to the point. This is how I am. I just telling you like it is.
Damon

dawn408
03-14-2011, 06:09 PM
Nashville would be a nice location for the show. There are lots of things to do after the show closes for the day. We have some amazing haunts that don't get the recognition they deserve.

Nashville Nightmares
03-14-2011, 08:17 PM
You won't see us complaining at all if it could come here in 2013. We have a brand new convention center opening in February of 2013, right in the middle of downtown. Not to mention probably four to six haunts that could open up for the show.

xxxdirk
03-14-2011, 09:02 PM
I don't think location is a problem. At chicago the booths were packed. The problem is the show got fragmented and many of the vendors bolted. If tw wants to bring the vendors back, they should offer great prices for them.

screamline studios
03-14-2011, 09:03 PM
Sorry guys but midwest haunters convention is the future!!! Haunters for haunters, people that care about this year and years to come!!! As a vendor and i am sure other vendors can tell you the more we spend on a tradeshow the more you will pay in the end, so i say mhc.

drfrightner
03-14-2011, 09:06 PM
By far the most central city is st louis there is not a more central location period. However there are other cities that are somewhat central like Indy Memphis Kansas city but Dallas would not be a place think would be good. This industry is all about price from hotels to cost of booth space. This show can't go into a hotel it needs a convention center. U need to go with the best price with the easiest union set up cheapest hotels in the most central location we can find that will help the show continue to grow. Dallas is expensive it's a big city and a great city cost would rise. From st louis it takes eight to ten hours more south so that is another eight hours for anything north like Chicago Wisconsin. Oh eight hours more for anything north east where most haunts are. Dallas no way


The retail as u knew it with haunts is over and has been for a while now.

The retail venders obtained said they did good enough to come back next year.

Lastly I'm with Allen here. Yeah I'm worried about the show when the vendors don't step up overall. I would rate the new product a five out ten at best. It was mostly tired old ideas or same stuff different skin or one vendor just copying from another. Dark raven probably did the best because he was the most original with the most stuff we haven't been offered before. Vendors need to find out what we want not what they think we want overall poorest display I've ever seen despite the fact some did a great job. Just my two cents. Larry

screamline studios
03-14-2011, 09:18 PM
I just dont get why people think transworld is the end all be all !!! There are many different shows out there that will bend over backwards for us haunters, but we still have to go back to unions and big noses sucking in every cloud in the sky....

drfrightner
03-14-2011, 10:03 PM
I couldn't disagree with u more. As fun as mhc can be the focus of tw is business to business which creates a lifeline for many vendors to find business which supports them for an entire year. Tw is not a show for actors enthusiasts zombie walks and so forth. Its a place to do business and tw is by far the best to produce this. Bottom line issues with the show has nothing to do with tw they did fantastic. The vendors overall need to step up their game. I think from now on any vendornwho truly wants to be successful should start from this day forward call their customers for ideas because it looks like many lost their way or are just squeezed dry out of a single original idea and the copycats shouldn't be allowed into the show again

I think mhc is awesome and their focus is perfect and makes them a place for all to attend and makes them super successful. Tw and mhc are tWo different types of show and both have their place. Larry.

mindtumor
03-15-2011, 06:23 AM
Have the 2012 dates been announced? If so, what are they?

NightmareAftershockLLC
03-15-2011, 06:24 AM
^^^
What he said.

Terrorknight
03-15-2011, 07:22 AM
Here's my 2 cents did I have fun yes, It's great to see old friends and meet new ones. But as a buying show VERY disappointing. I'm building a brand new haunt this year a went to the show to buy what I needed for it, I ended up with 5 items from two vendors.... Now Im not saying there wasn't some other nice things, but I was looking for very real looking zombies and two companies had the quality I was looking for. I'm sorry to say this but maybe there were 10 vendors with new or wowing stuff, the rest looked like a bunch of yard haunters stuff, no offence to yard haunters but my point is it's stuff easily built at home. In 2011 is there someone still going to transworld to buy tilting 55gal drums ??? or over sized PVC guns that shot air at you ??? Now i'm saying this as someone who has not been to this show in 7 years and I was still looking at stuff that 7 years ago was out dated. I was embarrassed to bring people out that had never been and tell them that this was our industries biggest show.

Point their needs to be more quality control, and vendors really need to listen to what the costumer wants and needs for there haunt. As for location it would be nice to move around just to see other haunts

Robert J Dudzieck
All Seasons Entertainment LLC
Fright Factory Haunted House PA

Darkangel
03-15-2011, 07:25 AM
Damon,

You wouldn't be so positive to keep it there because you happen to live in the same state do you? We're talking about 2013 and beyond, not next year. It sounds like people are ready to go to new haunts, see new things.

DA

Darkangel
03-15-2011, 07:30 AM
Jason,

Let's be real here, MHC is a loooooooong way off from Transworld. MHC is a cool local convention, but it's TINY compared to Transworld and in some cases too late to place any serious orders for the year, they barely can do it starting in March. Move MHC to before Transworld and it has a chance, until then it will be a place haunters take their actors to and enjoy tours and party the show floor takes 10 minutes to walk through.


DA

creep house
03-15-2011, 09:20 AM
ANYWHERE other than St. Louis !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! would be GREAT !!!

Larry , Dallas is no more as expensive as St. louis !!! and alot more HAUNTS ! plus there`s a chance to bring Rubies in , being the proximity of there location .


Casey ............... CREEP HOUSE

Nightmaresgate
03-15-2011, 10:05 AM
I am sure there are several of us here in Atlanta that would open our haunts to the show... and I am draw a big gun here.... we have Netherworld!!! How bout it Ben... you and Billy interested in having the big party come to Atlanta?

RJ Productions
03-15-2011, 10:59 AM
It all goes back to purpose. As stated TW is an actual TRADE SHOW. It's purpose is to highlight the vendors and the product being sold. IF nothing sells the show dies, period. Amenities like haunt tours, seminars, gatherings and social functions are secondary. The focus is on the business of doing business. The rest of the shows are focused on the participants so they are a CONVENTION. Both have a valuable purpose and can co-exist nicely. You just have to realize the different purposes. Sure some vendors attend the conventions, but the main focus for sales is TW.

Vendors (if they are smart) visit sites like this to monitor the industry and its needs. Maybe we either start a thread of wants from the haunters, or Larry creates a new section on Vendor concerns. Here the haunters could voice concerns on what they want or need. Vendors can see the requests and then act on them. Some of the vendors are NOT haunters themselves so they must provide what they THINK haunters need! Sometimes that is good because you then tend to think outside the box. But many times haunters complaint the need are not met, but then again do not present those needs.

The show does need to be centrally located. I'm coming from the west coast, having to travel every time, but still acknowledge the need to be central. St. Louis has been a great location. But if people think it is time for a change you have to let TW know. They are in business to do business and will respond accordingly...IF they know the needs. But again, you can't just move the show because as haunters we think a city would be cool!! The main concern is the COST of doing business. Can they get the appropriate show space? Is it reasonable? What is the cost to move in and out of the show? Are there adequate rooms available and are they close enough? Are there enough other amenities in close proximity? (we all have to eat!!!) A lot goes into it. You canít just say, move to XYZ because itís close to your home are there is a cool haunt there youíd like to tour!! It has to make good BUSINESS sense!!

TW is responding. They created the Legendary Haunt Tour last year to KC to see the Beast and Edge of Hell. Monty, Amber and crew did a fantastic job and we all had a blast!! TW is continuing with a tour of Pennhurst and Terror Behind the Walls!! Iím not only going again this year, but bringing more people with!

SO it all boils down to letting the right people know your wants and concerns. Concerns with the show?? Let TW know! Concerns with the vendors? Let them know!! Itís all about communication!

Slain
03-15-2011, 12:10 PM
I am sure there are several of us here in Atlanta that would open our haunts to the show... and I am draw a big gun here.... we have Netherworld!!! How bout it Ben... you and Billy interested in having the big party come to Atlanta?
I am in Alabama and would love to open up for this if it would ever come to Atlanta but I would settle for Nashville, just because of the aspect of being able to drive and to buy from the show floor and bring my stuff home with us....

drfrightner
03-15-2011, 02:28 PM
Here is whats funny... this started off being worried about the retail side leaving. Then what city it should be located then the vendors dropped the ball now back to what city, then to vendors dropping the ball now back to what city... then maybe if we move to dallas rubies would come back.

WOW this is a mega coaster with all these twists and turns. I don't think I've ever seen a topic more off topic so many times.

1) Rubies will NEVER come back and second Rubies is in NEW YORK so why they would come if you move to Dallas I have NO CLUE!

2) What city the show is in again comes back to ONE THING cost ... you need three things here: CENTRAL LOCATION - LOW COSTS - GREAT ENTERTAINMENT near by to make the site attractive. I have been to Atlanta and it sucks... the convention center has nearly NO HOTELS no where close the place. Rub that one out totally. IAAPA use to go to Atlanta and it was the worst place period. Dallas has one of the worst convention centers I've ever seen part of it is in a parking garage but although Dallas is a great city its way more expensive and 8 to 10 hours MORE south for most of the haunts in America. We have more haunts in the midwest and east coast than ANYWHERE ELSE in America.

3) Retail fading: Yes its fading and no matter what you do they are not coming back unless they all get pissed off at this person or that person... I hope that TW can keep a hold on the ones they have because I loved the show including who they had brought. I thought the show was great and TW did a great job. If you want all out retail you have no choice now but go to HOUSTON... end of story.

4) Vendors dropping the ball: Yes overall it was a major let down it was more or less more of the same thing. There was some vendors who really did awesome others who where like okay and some it was like why did you come. Vendors need to start thinking out side that box and start a new line, like we've done animations for years now lets do this, or we've done puppets for who knows how long now lets do a 180, or we've done this or that lets try somethign new. We need people thinking way outside the box and that just didn't happen.

5) Lastly... this is a TRADESHOW it doesn't have to be fun or as fun as say MHC, it doesn't have to have tours, it doesn't have to anything but education and lots upon lots of vendors with things to sell YOU! This is a business to business event a change to learn, share and buy. It should be easy for everyone to attend, affordable, and as entertaining as possible. TW should continue to find new vendors, new educational idea's and more. The focus shouldn't be on FUN it should be on PUTTING as many vendors and buyers together and doing business. Right now I'd say everything is perfect and TW is doing ONE HELL OF A JOB!

No matter if you liked the show or didn't... KUDOS TO TW 110%.

And in case you didn't notice the city of St. Louis hung banners on street lights welcoming the Halloween Haunted House Industry. I thoguht that was pretty cool!!!

Larry

creep house
03-15-2011, 02:59 PM
then my bad !! someone told me that Rubies was out of Houston ....

If it stays in St. Louis ....... maybe move dates to first week of April .... ?

ONLY because im a Cardinal Fan !!!! would be nice to see them play !!! LOL




Casey .......................... Creep House

HalloweenAsylum.com
03-15-2011, 06:38 PM
The Rubies/Houston relation is that's where Rubies got the retail show to move to. As a retailer, I hadn't been to TW since the two shows split. I do 95% of my business at the Houston show. But this year I went to TW to see the haunt side of the show and see if there was anything new we could find for our customers. Since most haunt suppliers don't have wholesale pricing, there wasn't much for us to buy. I did place one order with a mask company and that was it. I breezed through the retail side of the show since any vendors we buy from we had already seen (and bought from) in Houston.

I would attend TW again for a couple of reasons. Since many of my customers are home haunters, I like to keep up on the trends in the industry. And two, as someone who loves haunted houses, it was a great bonus to get to attend the Lemp haunt while in town. Since I never have spare time in October, I rarely get to see any haunted houses, so this was great.

The only down side to St. Louis for me was airfare. I'm in MA and there are no direct flights from airports out here. If I could have flown into Chicago, I would have saved about $100. Houston is no better. I spend so much time travelling and making connections that I end up having to spend an extra night at a hotel because it's so hard to do all the travelling and see the show on the same day, so there goes another $100+. So from a buyer's perspective, a larger city whose airport services more cities with direct flights would be great. It saves time and money... which means I'm more likely to go to the show in the first place, and I'd have a little more to spend at the show.

And since this show isn't a must for my company to attend, the lack of additional things to do in the city or lack of haunts to see would definitely be a negative.

drfrightner
03-15-2011, 08:32 PM
Couple things....

1) Rubies: Yes they are out of New York and always have been. They also exhibit at Toy Fair in New York another cool show you should attend. Rubies helped back a new retail show which set up shop in Houston because of weather... even they hated the Chicago winter. They wanted the show even earlier so moving it back to January they wanted a city that would have somewhat warm weather so they choose Houston... Chicago, St. Louis or basically anything north of New Orleans, Orlando, or well Houston was out of the question.

2) Airfare: This is NOT a St. Louis problem its a nationwide thing with a few exceptions like say Chicago or LA. All these airlines downsized so they are doing more stops than ever before its just how they do it now. When St. Louis had TWA based here direct flights where normal now only a handful of cities can boast about direct everywhere and even then there are very few now. I suggest you fly SWA because they have a HUB here in St. Louis with their very own terminal you can get in and out in minutes. Its great.

3) Date of the Show: You know I would agree with you there... I think move it back would be better personally. I heard a lot of vendors saying it was tough on them to get everything done in time, I know it was tough on us. I agree lets move it back into first weekend of April. I'm cool with that.

Larry

dr0zombie
03-15-2011, 09:48 PM
I am going to put this from my viewÖ since it is the only one I haveÖ..

First: Last time I was interested or attended TW was its last year in Chicago. I have missed several years and gone from a manager crew guy to an event owner over that time. If what I saw this year was what the show has become, I am going to go checkout the other shows. Not to knock St Louis, I love visiting St Louis.... go Blues!!... but the show was a shadow of the Chicago show I was expecting to see.

Second: I came with several thousand planned to spend, and spent hundreds. The show actually talked me out of buying things. It was just not an atmosphere conducive to making me purchase. I might be the weird one, but outside of a small number of vendors the show was not a good use of my time. To make matters worse there was WAY too much duplication of product. I know there are other threads on copy cat vendors, but come on. If it wasn't for my soon to be purchase from Dark Raven it would be a total wasted weekend.

I am not trying to pick sides, but I left thinking I could miss it for another four or five years and be fine.

RJ Productions
03-15-2011, 11:21 PM
So Screamline,
what got the bug up YOUR ass??? Haven't you read any of the other threads in this regard??? MHC, NHC, Hauntcon...all good shows for what they have focused on...being a CONVENTION. TW on the other hand focuses on being a TRADE SHOW. One focuses on the participants, the other the vendors. We go to TW to conduct BUSINESS. We go to the others to have fun and maybe learn a little. The vendors can NOT support a show in May, June, July... there is NOT enough time to constuct and deliver merchandise. Many vendors even stop producion by July.

I asume you have somehing to do with MHC and that's fine. But NONE of the shows will replace TW as it now stands. It's just a matter of economics.

As far as comments on the size of the show I would have to differ. IF you count I believe we have more HAUNT vendors than we have had in the past.
You can not compare the show with what was put on in Rosemont when Rubies and everyone still attended. The Haunt side was a lot SMALLER!! SInce most haunters either could not or would not even use the Halloween/Party side what is the point??? I never ordered from Rubies, Paper Plus, and the lot. First they didn't really have anyhing I needed, second I could never attend any minimum orders. I don't need 2 dozen sexy nurse costumes!!

Unless like what happened with Rubies, you got all the major Haunt Vendors to switch to another show it will not happen. . You can't even get them to stop knocking off each other! Either way it would have to remain in the same time frame. So instead of spinning our wheels in this fashion, doesn't it make sense to make what ever minor correction are necessary to make TW the best it can be???

To be honest TW did get complaisant and that's a contributing factor to the Halloween/Party situation. The good result is that we have grown beyond "red headed step child" to become a major concern. TW needs to address issues and keep the show viable. Good news for us!!

And as far as your "hardon" for Larry making so much money off the show being in St. Louis... I can tell you have never been involved in any haunt tour of this level. It is more work than you can even imagine!! You sound like the guy who stands in our lines on Halloween night and complains that we must be "rolling in dough"!! If it were only true!! You bust your ass, spend a ton of money, then get people who want to do nothing but complain. For all the good this industry has to offer, there is still a lot of dumb ass attitudes.

princeofdarkness
03-16-2011, 12:59 AM
Ok, I figured I jump in here, just for a brief moment. I have gone to Transworld shows since they first started way way back in the day. In my time Ive missed 2 shows, one this year, and one back in 2009, when they made the move to St.L So I can say I do concider myself an expert on the matter to some degree. Ive talked with these guys several times when it was in Chicago. My home town.

First off if people dont know, this all started, back a few years ago, when the show was in Chicago. The lease was up on the convention center, and they had to make a move. So they picked Vegas. It was the last gathering of the big boys, together. Of course Vegas was about the stupidest place you could have a convention. It was more party time than business. Alot of people suffered. Then it the costume people went thier own way. Like Rubies, Cal costume, and few others. They had thier own show (Houston.) The costume people attended, but after two years of that crap they returned back to TW. But the damage has been done. One said, Rubies will nver come back, and they had alot of pull, they also spent alot of money with TW. But so much has changed over the last 5 years. This show will nver be what it once was, no matter what. The alot of vendors have made thier mark in the world, and went thier own direction. They dont need Transworld anymore. Unit 70, Lafond FX, both who are good friends of mine. Magee FX the client I represent. Prop Masters who went out of business. Bump in the Night, Horror Dome also went solo, To name a few and theres alot more. Chicago was so big at one time, it was unreal. It would take 3 days to see the show, in all reality.

As far as Rubies and Cinn Secrets and Cal Costume and all those NOBS. Their the ones who objected to the Haunt people. Why. Well one thier a wholesale business, sellign to retail markets. Your not buying 10,000 worth of clown costumes for your Haunt. The stuff they did sell, haunters wanted wholesale prices. The costume people felt, they should pay retail. So this debate went on and on, and on. You can still debate it, but this is what started it, combined with the lease issues in Chicago, and well, one year thier were 3 shows. ALL 3 SUCKED! A HOUSE DIVIDED WILL FALL I dont care what anyone says about we can do our own thing, thats crap. You can but the more the btter, and trust me, it was alot better 7 years ago in Chicago, than any show over the last 5 years ANYONE! Theres reasons why epople leave. So understand that..As far as the BIG 3, no not Wade, LeBron and Bost, Rubies, Cinn Sec, and Cal Costume well....

Those people will never be back. I remember when thier was mini haunted houses, and facets so big it took up a hafe a wall. Distortions attends, but thier booth size is about the smallest one could imagin. They use to have 20 booths, giant flying saucers, and so many animatronics, you could snap 50 pictures, and still not cover them all. Morris took up almost a whole 2 sections, now your lucky if they have 3 booths. Rubies had the biggest spot, and Cinn Secrets both who went thier own way to Houston.
You think Scarefactory is big, when they first started they had 4 booths, they increased to a whole room, now thier back down to almost, not quite but almost what they started with. Even with the costume people back, its not the same, they have lost alot. What they have left, vendors have bought pretty much the bare min booth. Its easier to just go on the net to look them up and make an order. Saves vendor time, and the people time and money. Yeah its cool in person but those days are numbered. So all you new people, visiting Transworld, thats nothing, compared to what was about 6-7 years ago. Mutiply that by 50x the thrill...

Worried, yeah Id be worried. I myself was worried when they went to Vegas, the first year Unit 70 said by by.
As far as spot. Forget it. If they make a move it be back to Chicago, which really is not a bad idea. Chicago was fun, and alot to do. I know Larry will argue his St.L, but 90 miles is no difference. The only difference is thiers no Darkness in Chicago. So I can see why people would object to it. Thiers Reapers lol.

You will always get a debate, on area. But, this has already been discussed long before the St.L days. Chicago issues is Rosemount and the price of the lease. Vegas is NO GOOD! Too Far for most and to much other crap going on. This is not a bike show or car show. It must be Central. Because of Weather it has to be Chicago, St.L or Indy. Indy too small. Atl is possible, but still bit far.
Orlando too far, good idea though. Dallas is no better in distance than Orlando, or Atlanta. Also it has to be March. This cancels out Orlando, NC, Dallas, as they already looked into that, convention center booked. Doing it in Feb is too early, they thought of that. But it would work for Chicago, although Feb in any Central state is brutal. Hell Even fFlorida it was Brutal this year. So these are all thing to concider, and its not as easy as people think.

My suggestion, is voice your opinion to TW, because its the people who make the show. Voice your opinion to Vendors as they will listen to thier clients. Then take it from there...

Hope that helps.

drfrightner
03-16-2011, 03:14 AM
Couple things here...

First your last two posts are deleted for profanity and worse.

Secondly, NO ONE said MHC isn't a good show and in reality your non-sense doesn't help their show with all your tirades. The fact is if you actually TALK to the owners of MHC which I have many times they will tell you their goal isn't to be like TW, they want to focus on actors, haunt tours, and stuff like this. TW focus is on the business to business what your issue is with that I don't know. Your ranting and raving doesn't have anything to do with the goals of MHC... talk to the freakin owner man then realize you don't speak for them and never will (THANK GOD)!

Speak for yourself and stop giving MHC a bad name with all your rants against TW.

Once again it seems people can't have a debate or conversation about anything without someone going over the edge.

Larry

Jim Warfield
03-16-2011, 06:21 AM
I seem to recall that first Transworld " lost-lease" problem happened because someone "Forgot" to arrange it.
Someone told me, who I thought would know.
Maybe not???

Darkangel
03-16-2011, 07:16 AM
I can't believe people are still talking about Transworld in Chicago. Rosemont was a terrible place for the convention there was nothing to do and no where to go eat. The closest place to walk to to grab a bit was a nasty Denny's. There is nothing wrong with St Louis. The city does DIE at night but you just have to know where to go to find food. Don't be afraid to venture away from the Ren Grand at night!


DA

Slain
03-16-2011, 08:22 AM
I can't believe people are still talking about Transworld in Chicago. Rosemont was a terrible place for the convention there was nothing to do and no where to go eat. The closest place to walk to to grab a bit was a nasty Denny's. There is nothing wrong with St Louis. The city does DIE at night but you just have to know where to go to find food. Don't be afraid to venture away from the Ren Grand at night!


DA

Yeah! Don't worry about going out and around the Ren Grand at night.. Check out this link

http://spotcrime.com/mo/st.+louis

Slain
03-16-2011, 11:35 AM
I can't believe people are still talking about Transworld in Chicago. Rosemont was a terrible place for the convention there was nothing to do and no where to go eat. The closest place to walk to to grab a bit was a nasty Denny's. There is nothing wrong with St Louis. The city does DIE at night but you just have to know where to go to find food. Don't be afraid to venture away from the Ren Grand at night!


DA
This is from another haunter on the professional haunt side that quoted..
"The only thing I would like to see change next year is location". I have seen The Darkness a few times now and, as glorious as it is, I am ready to move on to new tours. Unfortunately, I am too busy to visit HauntCon or MidWest, so I don't get to visit other haunted houses much.

chuck weber
03-16-2011, 11:48 AM
i love the spot crime.com site........ look at all the stuff that happened during the show. I'll see you guys at Tilles park waiting for some action !!!!! (absolute disgrace !!!!)

chuck weber
03-16-2011, 11:50 AM
unbelieveble crime sprees running wild during transworld right in the neighborhood !!!!!! what about the "WELCOME HAUNTERS BANNERS?" on the street? Are those supposed to protect us ?

drfrightner
03-16-2011, 11:50 AM
Slain,

I dont think TW is about haunt tours its about the convention first and foremost and what is better for the buyers and sellers. And FYI... I'm not opening the Darkness again. So then you'll really see its not about haunt tours... LOL.

I think other people will plan haunt tours like outside of St. Louis pre-show tours like we should have had with Todd Ferren until the unfortunate happened.

These haunt tours have ruined the show for me, I slept 5 hours over 4 days, walked the show for a couple minutes at the end and spent tons upon tons of money with only a small percentage in return. I wasn't going to open this year but TW said I needed to since they were putting the retail back with the haunts.

I'm done with it. I think we'll probably work on Lemp the way we have Darkness and maybe we'll open there but that is it.

Larry

Slain
03-16-2011, 12:37 PM
Slain,

I dont think TW is about haunt tours its about the convention first and foremost and what is better for the buyers and sellers. And FYI... I'm not opening the Darkness again. So then you'll really see its not about haunt tours... LOL.

I think other people will plan haunt tours like outside of St. Louis pre-show tours like we should have had with Todd Ferren until the unfortunate happened.

These haunt tours have ruined the show for me, I slept 5 hours over 4 days, walked the show for a couple minutes at the end and spent tons upon tons of money with only a small percentage in return. I wasn't going to open this year but TW said I needed to since they were putting the retail back with the haunts.

I'm done with it. I think we'll probably work on Lemp the way we have Darkness and maybe we'll open there but that is it.

Larry

Larry, I didn't writ that it is from the professional haunters chat.. I go for the show and not the haunted houses.. I just want to see it somewhere else that haunters and vendors can enjoy...
This is from another haunter on the professional haunt side that quoted..
"The only thing I would like to see change next year is location". I have seen The Darkness a few times now and, as glorious as it is, I am ready to move on to new tours. Unfortunately, I am too busy to visit HauntCon or MidWest, so I don't get to visit other haunted houses much.

damon carson
03-16-2011, 03:05 PM
I cant imagine what Larry and his crew has done to get all what they did done before Transworld. And everyone bitching and everything is ridiculous! Everyone sayin oh well it should only be $20.00. I mean basically your seein two top notch attractions. With not only his actors but industry actors. You cant tell me you werent scared or at least entertained. I was in the wake room with Cameron and we were getting people left and right. House of Shock even sat down and filmed us for their reality show from the back pue. They were goin nuts over us scaring the hell out of everyone. Personally if you think $50.00 was too high you shouldnt have gone. Things are gonna happen on the 1st night your open. I think us all being haunters you should let somethings slide. Somethings just cant be controlled. Thats how life is! If we had control over everything everyday life would be dull with no challenges. I tip my hat to Larry and his crew for all there hard work! And if they dont open again I dont blame them. I have helped as an industry actor the last two years. Next year Im just gonna enjoy going through the haunts and have fun! It was just too much working a booth and acting at both haunts. But it was a hell of alot a fun!
Damon

Jim Warfield
03-17-2011, 06:02 AM
I might be an expert on "Haunted/Tired"?
All the years I operated my house , open every night, by myself, building during the daylight, running it at night til sometimes the early morning hours would leave me Very Tired!
I would be s l o w l y walking up the alley the next morning, dragging what was left of "Me", feeling pretty lousey.. then I would begin remembering last night....!!! OH, YES! WASN'T THAT FUN!!!!"
I would chuckle, then begin laughing out loud.. and then feel so much better!
There's My Secret!
Really no secret at all, is it.
It became Very Addictive though, which actually does help too.