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DarkTikiEntertainment
06-09-2012, 06:34 AM
I arrived today (Friday) at MHC and I'm having a good time so far! Went on the Friday Night Bus Tour to the Costume Vault and then to the Scare-A-Torium haunted house. The Costume Vault seemed to be a large Halloween Express store. There were a LOT of pre-made, mass produced costumes, as you would expect in that kind of costume store. Still, there were a few items of interest, and a nice snack table. Speaking of which, I was standing in line for the snack table, and I noticed none other than Leonard Pickel standing behind me in line! I'm sure some of you will think this is funny, but he's kind of a legend in my mind, so I was too shy to introduce myself.

I'm not sure what was happening when we got to the Scare-A-Torium. The cue line was tremendous, and moved at a VERY slow pace. Some kind of throughput problem? There were wandering cue line actors who did a pretty fine job. There was also a Ghostbusters station wagon (?) of some kind, with two Ghostbusters. One of the Ghostbusters wore the appropriate proton pack, but was dressed in some kind of purple pimp outfit. I didn't get it. They had very cool packs though...Very detailed, with good lighting.

The Scare-A-Torium was a long haunt, in a partially empty shopping center. The haunt incorporated a lot of different themes divided into sections. There didn't seem to be an overall storyline, but I didn't really mind. It was kind of an odd experience in that main overhead lighting was very bright for a haunted house. I'm not really sure if that was considered a "lights on" tour or not? To me it seemed like somewhere between full haunt mode and a lights-on tour. The brightness level really didn't do any favors to the haunt. A lot of things intended to be hidden (outlet strips, etc) were clearly visible because the lighting was so bright. On the positive side, the actors were very energetic! There was an actor that slithered on the ground like a snake and scared the woman behind me half to death. I didn't know her, but she had a death-grip on the back of my belt for most of the haunt. It made it more fun actually. ;) I enjoyed the section that had many different carved Jack-O-Laerns, and their morgue section. The black light section of the haunt was my favorite. At first we weren't sure it was a black light haunt, because again the overall lighting level of the overhead lights was high (by haunt standards), but there were moments of genius... The cotton candy wall was a particular favorite. There was some confusion about the right path towards the end causing the conga-line to loop back onto itself (causing us to repeat some halls/rooms) but I didn't mind. It gave me a chance to check out some of the cool toxic chemical sets a second time. ;)

On the bus on the way back to the convention I ended up in a seat right next to the guys from the Haunt House / BrainChow Studios! That was a big deal to me, because I watch their Youtube series: "A Haunter's Life" on a regular basis. They were all very cool, and very nice to me. So far my first ever haunt convention has been a very positive experience. We weren't able to book rooms at the Hyatt because they were sold-out before we were able to commit to attending the convention, so we're staying at the Best Western Port Columbus, which is about 10 minutes (at most) from the convention. Tomorrow I'll be hitting the trade show floor, the weekend seminars, and Allen Hopps' class on set design! I'll report more tomorrow.

Banshee
06-09-2012, 04:43 PM
Great review! Thanks! Don't feel shy around this crowd LOL! Just start talkin' & asking questions! :D Hope you have a nice time at the con.

Greg Chrise
06-09-2012, 06:33 PM
I'm seeing on facebook some of the booths have sold mostly out the first day. Anyone have any before and after pictures?

Spoils
06-11-2012, 05:12 AM
It was great to meet you! We were exhausted when we got back on the bus. The 16 hour drive from the night before and nearly 2 hours asleep was creeping up on us. However with a good nights sleep we were back to normal crazy mode for Saturday. Hope you had a great weekend. This was our first time at MHC and we were thoroughly surprised how well our booth did.

DarkTikiEntertainment
06-11-2012, 10:57 AM
Saturday started off with a bang, as I took Allen Hopps' class on designing "Sets That Scare". With all due to respect to the other seminars I took at MHC (and I took some other good seminars!), Allen's seminar was far and away the most useful and informative to me. I learned more about haunted house design in those few hours than I have in the past five years of working at pro haunts, reading the trade magazines and books, watching instructional DVDs, home haunting, and regularly traversing these forums. I picked up his new DVD, and I'm sure it will prove equally as useful.

I finally hit the show floor after the seminar, and it was awesome! I could've easily spent my meager life savings in a matter of minutes, but I managed to control myself. All day Saturday just seemed to be a feeding-frenzy at most of the booths. I was thankful for my great height, otherwise I might've missed seeing things because the tables were so jammed with customers. It was truly a haunt shopper's paradise. Seeing items online is one thing, but seeing them in person (in large quantities) is quite another. My brother (who is also my business partner) and I ended up dropping the majority of our funds at the Hotwire Foam Factory booth. We've both been very interested in getting into foam carving (I do wood carving, my brother does stone carving) for quite a while, so we finally made the leap.

I also picked up some fog juice from Froggy's (to avoid those shipping charges). I checked out some of their scent additives, and it was amazing how they truly captured the exact scent of so many different things. There was another fog vendor called "Master Fog LLC". They were actually handing out free samples of their fog juice. I will indeed try it, and give it a fair chance. You never know when someone MIGHT come up with a better product.

I bought a cool spear prop from a vendor I unfortunately can't recall. Their booth was directly next to the entrance door. The prop has a wooden shaft, with a real animal jaw bone on the end. It reminded me of something a witch doctor might have, so I thought it would fit our tiki jungle theme. It is probably going to be set decoration instead of an actor prop, because it is made of real wood and bone, and therefore would make a decent real weapon.

I admit that we did not attend the costume ball. Just not our scene. I'm sure it was a good time.

Sunday I attended a few more seminars. The first seminar I attended was interesting. It actually felt more like a motivational speech than a class. It was pretty heavy on theories of how to overcome haunt problems (and life problems), and it was motivational... But I found it lacking in practical details, which is more what I was hoping for. Still, I don't regret attending.

I did have one questionable interaction with a lecturer. He gave a decent seminar, then told us to come visit him at as booth after. I went to his booth, and I was interested in talking with him about a piece of tech he attempted to demonstrate during his seminar (but failed due to technical difficulties). I was interested in possibly buying one, but when I went to his booth, he was on his cell phone. I walked around for a while longer, then went back to his booth some time later. He was still (or again?) on his cell phone. I decided to try one more time on my way out of the convention, and the third time he was not at his booth at all. Perhaps he had some kind of emergency, and that's why he was on his phone so much and had to leave? I don't know. There were others at his booth, but I wanted to speak to him directly. Oh well, perhaps it was just unfortunate timing. It ultimately stopped me from spending an extra $150 - $200, so I guess that's not a bad thing. :)

The last thing I did at MHC was take a seminar by Leonard Pickel. I had heard a lot of the information from him before via DVD or the internet, but it was excellent to hear it firsthand, and to be able to ask questions. He had some new information about Twitter and the internet, which was quite interesting.

Great people, good classes, tons of vendors... I really don't know what more you could ask for out of any convention.

DarkTikiEntertainment
06-11-2012, 11:12 AM
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Darkangel
06-12-2012, 07:11 AM
This is just an observation here, but I've looked at many pics of people in costume at what is supposed to be a Haunters convention but the costumes are nothing to write home about. Even at transworld the exception is the professionally costumed folks, the vast majority of the costumes I see look at he same level or worse than the average costumed person you see anywhere. Shouldn't everyone in an industry that is all about costumed actors have the most highly detailed, over the top, movie quality costumes that would make non professionals drool? And why do so many women with average body types or many chubby girls feel the need to go naked and with body paint? The whole point of the sexy femme fatal is to look like a super model but be devilishly evil, you should dress for your body type. I'm just a little disappointed looking at how our industry presents ourselves and how poorly we costume ourselves when we should be the best costumed people around...

DA

graystone
06-12-2012, 09:12 AM
The sky is falling because I agree with Dark!!!!! I am not a fan...... NO I DO NOT LIKE the body painting stuff! It fits more into a fairycon than a haunt convention! Most of the girls that do it NEED to keep their ass covered up!!! Shane and it's leave the body painting out! Shane

Darkangel
06-12-2012, 09:18 AM
Thanks Shane.

badass
06-12-2012, 09:26 AM
i bet you 2 are a hit with the ladies ...:D
to me personally
women of all shapes n sizes are welcome to put on sum paint and show off and have fun at a haunters party...

graystone
06-12-2012, 09:41 AM
I have seen hot women that need their ass covered up too because they were showing way to much!!!!! Really it's not about the size or looks. What's scary about a basically naked chick with paint all over them? NOTHING!! IT'S MORE FOR SHOW! You can see that at any pole dancing club on any night in any city minus the body paint! People that come to haunts love to get scared and there is just nothing scary about that! Bad I would agree that at a haunters party yeah I mean it's is a party but at a tradeshow/convention dealing with Haunted Houses ummmmmmmmmmmm NOPE! That should be left for the porn convention in Vegas!

Shane and it's thinking about it there may be a few that would scare me just looking at it! Shane

sean
06-12-2012, 01:47 PM
Although there were a few costumes that needed a bit, I thought, overall, there were some really amazing costumes. Moreso than not. AND an ugly naked boobie is Still a naked boobie ;)

Darkangel
06-12-2012, 03:03 PM
Although there were a few costumes that needed a bit, I thought, overall, there were some really amazing costumes. Moreso than not. AND an ugly naked boobie is Still a naked boobie ;)

Not true. It's thinking like that that has every girl thinking that every guy automatically thinks they are hot regardless how unappealing they are. By your thinking there's no difference in seeing boob lady's naked breasts compared to a lingerie model's breast... Makes no sense I love women but if you're going to expose yourself make sure you can pull it off . No one wants to see a 10lb bag of stuff in a 5lb bag.

DA

DarkTikiEntertainment
06-12-2012, 10:38 PM
i bet you 2 are a hit with the ladies ...:D
to me personally
women of all shapes n sizes are welcome to put on sum paint and show off and have fun at a haunters party...

I'm conflicted on this one... I agree with Badass that if people are wearing body paint, then ladies of all shapes and sizes should feel welcome to paint-up (beauty comes in many forms!), BUT I am not certain that body painting really belongs at a haunter's convention. It seemed odd to me.

Oh, and I saw a lot of great costumes at MHC!

badass
06-13-2012, 02:37 AM
telling a girl you want to rock her body
means something totally different in Pakistan...

Halloween and naughty go hand and hand brother...
lets not get all stuffy
porn convention ?
fairycon ? don't hate
it hardly seems appropriate

midwest haunters convention rawks

mindtumor
06-13-2012, 06:54 AM
What city is fairycon taking place in this year, and how much are the bus tours? I won't attend anyway unless they move it to around March but I am sure there are some people around here that are too scared to ask about the dates.

graystone
06-13-2012, 08:16 AM
What city is fairycon taking place in this year, and how much are the bus tours? I won't attend anyway unless they move it to around March but I am sure there are some people around here that are too scared to ask about the dates.

Is there really a FairyCon LMAO I bet we could start one!!!!!!!!

Bad I see your from HauntedHoochie and you have alot of half naked ladies there I have been there and visited and thought it was pretty AWSOME! They were nice to me and I had a good time!!!! However I was never scared we did joke that all the tits was a lil scary. I think as far as me goes your missing my point! Your more about half naked chicks and hey if it works for ya good for you! But for me I WOULD NEVER ALLOW THAT IN MY HAUNT OUT OF RESPECT for younger kids, church groups, and most importantly the City. I just don't see where it fits into being scary and a haunted house. Again if it works for you guys and it seems it does well more power to ya! But I want my customers to see a good scary, creepy show not naked ladies again they have that at the clubs! But I will say again more power to ya! Shane and it's just like there's no crying in baseball there's no naked chicks in a Haunted House!!! Shane

Jim Warfield
06-13-2012, 08:25 AM
If it's a halloween Ball ... consider the effect of alcohol on the quality of a costume, you look in the mirror, it looks OK, where's my booze?
Solve this problem, costume as a drunken bum! There would also be drunken bum Vampires, drunken bum Zombies(Of course!)
Drunken Bum convicted Wife-Killers. Drunken Bumm-etts convicted Husband Killers. Drunken Haunt Customers, drunken haunt owners.
There is a whole, staggering, slurring, falling-down, embarrassing world of possibilities out there!
As far as "Painted Bodies" go,.. "Giddy-up old Paint, I'm leaving Cheyenne! "YEEE_HAW!"
A few butt-slaps and we are headed towards the sunset!

Darkangel
06-13-2012, 08:28 AM
Is there really a FairyCon LMAO I bet we could start one!!!!!!!!

Bad I see your from HauntedHoochie and you have alot of half naked ladies there I have been there and visited and thought it was pretty AWSOME! They were nice to me and I had a good time!!!! However I was never scared we did joke that all the tits was a lil scary. I think as far as me goes your missing my point! Your more about half naked chicks and hey if it works for ya good for you! But for me I WOULD NEVER ALLOW THAT IN MY HAUNT OUT OF RESPECT for younger kids, church groups, and most importantly the City. I just don't see where it fits into being scary and a haunted house. Again if it works for you guys and it seems it does well more power to ya! But I want my customers to see a good scary, creepy show not naked ladies again they have that at the clubs! But I will say again more power to ya! Shane and it's just like there's no crying in baseball there's no naked chicks in a Haunted House!!! Shane

I agree 100%!

DA

badass
06-13-2012, 09:24 AM
you got me there....
i think a haunt is totally about entertainment
its many many many things
its art
not just being scary...
you do what you want...

i thought we were talking about midwest haunters convention...and you made a fairy slur...
which in most circles is not an appropriate comment...thats all

just like making weight cracks
beauty comes in many forms my friends

the convention is and should be open to everyone who is into haunted houses...
regardless of anything else....
people with a passion for art

mindtumor
06-13-2012, 09:28 AM
We could start up a FairyCon and then Larry could get it moved to St. Louis so he can open up his Fairy Kingdom for behind the scenes tours. Problem is if we do this the vendors better bring it year in and year out. I'm sure Transworld will start contacting people about speaking at seminars pretty soon. Everyone make sure you post on here who you think is and isn't qualified to speak at some FairyCon seminars.

PS-Transworld, if you do decide to do this, make sure you allow children to attend. Thanks.

DarkTikiEntertainment
06-13-2012, 09:37 AM
We could start up a FairyCon and then Larry could get it moved to St. Louis so he can open up his Fairy Kingdom for behind the scenes tours. Problem is if we do this the vendors better bring it year in and year out. I'm sure Transworld will start contacting people about speaking at seminars pretty soon. Everyone make sure you post on here who you think is and isn't qualified to speak at some FairyCon seminars.

PS-Transworld, if you do decide to do this, make sure you allow children to attend. Thanks.


That is the funniest thing I've heard in weeks!

graystone
06-13-2012, 09:42 AM
We could start up a FairyCon and then Larry could get it moved to St. Louis so he can open up his Fairy Kingdom for behind the scenes tours. Problem is if we do this the vendors better bring it year in and year out. I'm sure Transworld will start contacting people about speaking at seminars pretty soon. Everyone make sure you post on here who you think is and isn't qualified to speak at some FairyCon seminars.

PS-Transworld, if you do decide to do this, make sure you allow children to attend. Thanks.

Bad just as me your allowed your opinion and I TOTALLY RESPECT IT!!! That's also the great thing about being the owner I accept everyone's opinions but at the end of the day all that matters is what I think as the owner and boss LOL! The FairyCon was not in direction of a gay slur! I have gay friends and know several gay haunters! My comment was just seems all the body paint and wings was more of a tinkerbell effect so let me get that straight! I have also seen men dress as women and hey if it works go with it LOL! Is it scary? hell no! Is if funny? Yes but I want to go to the comic clubs to laugh but I want to go to a haunted house to get scared not see half naked women and cross dressing men!

As far as art goes I agree there too up to a point but for me art is more of a thing to look at and appericate. I have some nice art myself in my home. Haunted Houses are simply about people paying you to try to scare them. Is is art hummmmmm to me no it's more of a creative outlet for it's owners and a way of stepping into the unbelieveable, morbid, odd, sick and twisted . People are paying you to scare them. Body painting I do give the shock value something when you see it and think ummmmmmmm ok dear lord cover up!!!!!!!!! Simply as I stated you can see this anywhere any time of the year. Also we have took this thread from a party comment to haunted houses that may be my fault LOL! Shane and it's we all see things different! Shane

graystone
06-13-2012, 09:49 AM
FairyCon 2013
When..... To be announced!
Where.....St. Louis


Guest Speakers..........

Shane Dabbs speaking on " Cover them damn nipples and poonanny up "

Boob Lady!!!! Yes the famous TransWorld Boob Lady will be singing autographs!!!!

More TBD Later!

Shane and it's I can't wait till FairyCon 2013 LMA0!!!!! Shane

Spikerip
06-13-2012, 10:11 AM
We appreciate the comments on the Midwest Haunters Convention and the Masquerade Party. This was our biggest show yet and the party exceeded our expectations. Not everyone attending the party is in costume and some people like to wear something not haunt related. They were there to relax and have fun. However; there were lots of people there in awesome costumes, you just havenít seen their pictures yet! Some of them are featured on a link at the bottom of this message.

The Body Art Fashion show is how we kick off the party. We invite 10 artists from around the country to body paint models in a Halloween theme so they can show their talents with artistry. Haunted house makeup artists who use their October talents painting monsters can generate income year round by face painting at birthday parties, company picnics and other special events during the off season. Two of our artists, Nick and Brian Wolf got their start doing makeup at haunts and now theyíre very well known in the industry and they are World Body Painting Champions.

The party isnít recommended for children, the models are wearing panties and pasties and with full body paint you really donít see more skin than you would on a beach. All the models in the show were selected by the artists. They are instructed to paint their model in a Halloween theme.

I donít know what pictures you are referring to about overweight models showing bare asses. They were not part of the Body Art Fashion Show. To see official pictures from the Masquerade party, you should check out the pictures from Laura Dark. Follow the link below to a link from our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.422651024431939.99285.199188930111484&type=1

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us this year and please mark your calendars now for MHC 2013 June 7, 8 & 9. Weíll be celebrating our 10th Anniversary for the show.

Kelly Collins
The Midwest Haunters Convention
The Scare-A-Torium

Evernight
06-13-2012, 10:16 AM
I had to laugh at Shane's boob lady comment - Took my girlfriend and my daughter to this years show and I am talking with a vendor and I hear my girlfriend go "Dear god what the hell" I turn around and start laughing, my daughter and her are staring at "Boob Lady" and I just say "Welcome to Transworld" hahahahaha

mindtumor
06-13-2012, 10:26 AM
Its actually the Fairyworld Paper, Costume, and Party show that will be in St.Louis. Fairycon is for enthusiasts and home fairiests. Not that we think home fairiests are less important than pro-fairiests,(because lets face it some home fairiests can fairy 100 times better than a lot of pro-fairiests) its just that the conventions are more their scene then our Real Fairy tradeshow. Fairyworld is for people trying to get actual business done.

graystone
06-13-2012, 10:33 AM
I enjoy the show I was unable to attend this year because I was working on a project in LA. As far as over weight I could care less LOL actually like Bad said they come in all shapes and sizes so if you guys are doing that maybe you should allow all shapes and sizes to be fair to everyone that wants to Lord help if you get a discrminiation suit LOL. My comments were more about the use of them in haunted houses. A party is a party but at my party I know they would not give a person painted in body paint a winner out beause were looking for AMAZING COSTUMES! But again my comments are about in Haunted Houses a party is a party come as you like but a costume contest is about a costume!! Shane and it's! I missed MHC! Shane

Darkangel
06-13-2012, 11:28 AM
Beauty may come in all sizes but then again not really! Sure some people are into big people and may be chubby chasers but lets be real there is an ideal as to what is considered beautiful just turn on your tv, walk past a magazine aisle and watch beauty contests. I'm saying if you weight 180lbs you shouldn't be walking around wearing a thong and painted up sagging breast. The models at the Halloween show yes they are built to show their bodies but they work at it, it doesn't come easy. But no one actually WANTS to see a heavy set person shaking and wobbling all over the convention or party floor!

Now as to not be a hypocrite I'm going to the gym I could stand to lose a few lbs as well.

Like Shane said its about haunted houses and people want to be scared so that's what they should receive.

DA

spookhole
06-13-2012, 02:20 PM
Ok Look

All you people who dont want scantily clad girls at your party, your tradeshow, or your haunt thats fine, Just give them my number and I will take care if it for you...that way you wont have to offend your eyes anymore. Scantily clad girls make the world go round, they make life alittle better.


ON A TOTAL SIDENOTE

The Fairycon board just made a radical decision to not allow wings at the con this year....However, they have allowed glitter and skanks to attend so Ke$ha already RSVP'd

Darkangel
06-13-2012, 04:15 PM
Ok Look

All you people who dont want scantily clad girls at your party, your tradeshow, or your haunt thats fine, Just give them my number and I will take care if it for you...that way you wont have to offend your eyes anymore. Scantily clad girls make the world go round, they make life alittle

No problem. All the 200 pounders and boob lady coming your way!

DA

Jim Warfield
06-14-2012, 08:22 PM
Shane says "No tears in Baseball.'? I guess Shane has never coached a pee-wee team or had one of them take a pitch in the mouth or misjudge the long fly ball and it scoots over the top of the glove and smacks the little kid right between his eyes.
You Big City guys have to remember the small , rural venues might not have any strip clubs within many,many
miles of them, so if a haunt offers such entertainment, it may prove Very popular! (And it's for a limited time ONLY!!!)

"People come to a haunt to get scared.".,.. not everyone. I have a huge number of good patrons of my "Haunt"who got too much scare and they come here for mostly the entertainment I provide.... many say they will never return to the haunt or that type of October venue ever again.
So Ravens Grin is NOT scary? It can be extremely scary because it is so different and odd, and personal.
I often record some of the screams that occur here on a regular basis, then I sometimes put them on my answering machine message.
Of course the most memorable scares come from haunters who proclaim:"I have never been scared in a haunted house!"
Then guess what happens?
... afterwards they don't want to believe "what" just got that reaction out of them.....because it is such a simple, common, un-scary thing! (Unless it was tied to an atomic bomb, then dropped on you!)

bhays
06-17-2012, 04:56 PM
Ok, I'll take one for the team. I don't want Shane, Dark and the kiddos to be exposed to body art models anymore. I would like to cordially invite all body art models and scantily clad women to the Fear Fair bus conveniently located in the parking lot. We pride ourselves on an open and accepting atmosphere there. ;)


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graystone
06-17-2012, 07:08 PM
Hummm I am not sure how to take that LOL. And with some of the folks in this Industry ' Taking one for the team" can cause years of problems LMAO. Actually I would be glad to be classified as a kid or be in the classification of kids becuse they are some of the purest, lovingest, sweetest, big hearted angels we have in this world. Without them earth would be dull! On any givem day I had rather hang with them and watch them enjoy life than deal with a crying ,smart ass. loud mouth drunk! As far as the body paint I did not say I did not like it I have enjoyed some of the paintings however I need not to lust or drool at someone looking for added attention! Show me some scary, wicked kick ass costumes to get my attention! If I am looking for a hot lady and a beautiful body my lady at home has that well covered. One of these days I am gonna get her interested enough to attend TransWorld with me Shane and it's I got Lincoln Logs! Shane

Brett I hope you realize I just state my opinion but allow each person to do as they please and have their opinions. Just as I do of your opinion and it's welcomed much as I hope mine is to you.