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drfrightner
01-10-2008, 05:48 PM
24th International Halloween Costume & Party Show – Seminar Series Schedule

Sunday, March 16, 2008
TIME TITLE SPEAKERS

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Standing Out From a Crowd – How Chelsea Ott-Gaspard, Qualatex;
To Make and Sell Added Value Steven Mayhew, Conwin Carbonic
Co.; Peggy Williams, Premium
Balloon Accessories; Chris Horne,
Anagram
Moderator: Kimberly Warren (Party & Paper Retailer)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. State of the Industry Forum: Party Kathy Dalton, Simply Unforgettable
Store Outlook Party; Wilson Erwin, Erwin Distributing Co.; and Matt McCallum, Party & Paper Retailer

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Search Engine Optimism – How to Marc Summers, The Balloon Consultant
Improve Your Chances to Be Found
On Page 1 of Google

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Adult/Sexy Costume Craze – Ride Wilson Erwin, Erwin Distributing; Tom
The Wave to Successful Sales Berger, Fairvilla Megastores; Joyce
Darch, The Party Exchange; Houman
Salem, Forplay, Inc.
Moderator: Matt McCallum (Party & Paper Retailer and Fantasy Costume
and Apparel Retailer)
Monday, March 17, 2008
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Top Party Trends Kathy Krassner, Greetings, Etc. & Parties, Etc.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Party Rentals 101 – How to Tap Mike Fuqua, Party 1 Superstores; Chris
Into This Growing Market Ruch, The Party Corner; Jerry Sykes,
The Party Warehouse
Moderator: Kimberly Warren (Paper &
Paper Retailer)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. How to Thrive as an Independent Dorice Dionne, Party; Walter Erwin,
Party Store Erwin Distributing Company; Jalem
Getz, Buyseasons
Moderator: Kathy Krassner (Greetings,
Etc. & Parties, Etc.)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Online Sales – Selling Balloon & Marc Summers, The Balloon Consultant
Party Products Online – It’s Not
as Scary as It Looks

drfrightner
01-10-2008, 05:50 PM
For Immediate Release Contact: Kathryn Wellner
January 10, 2008 (414) 852-5277








Show Preview: 24th International Halloween Costume & Party Show, 13th National Haunt & Attractions Show Poised to Deliver Four Days of Non-Stop Excitement, Opportunities


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Popular Actor and Comedian, Frank Caliendo; Bridget of ‘Girls Next Door’ to Highlight Shows



(Northfield, IL) – The setting of the stage for the most-anticipated shows in the Halloween, party and haunt industries is near completion and organizers are unveiling the latest details of the 24th International Halloween, Costume & Party Show (HCPShow) and 13th National Haunt & Attractions Show scheduled March 16-19, 2008, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
“After a year of diligent planning for this exciting move to Las Vegas, we’re inviting our loyal and prospective buyers to experience firsthand our grandest shows ever,” said Joe Thaler, chief executive officer and chairman of TransWorld Exhibits, Inc. “Located on one level with a continuous floorplan of more than 500,000 square feet, the shows will host over 700 exhibiting companies offering the greatest representation of new and popular products as well as information on emerging trends in the Halloween, party and haunt industries.”
Among the scheduled events and activities on Sunday, March 16, is the return of the Opening Night Gala, which features the highly-acclaimed Fantasy Fashion Show, sponsored by FunWorld. The Gala begins at
5:45 p.m. Earlier in the day, Bridget Marquardt, cast member of the “Girls Next Door” program and well-known Halloween enthusiast, will be on-hand to join in the excitement of these shows.
The special events programming continues on Monday, March 17, at 1:00 pm., with the 3rd Annual Lingerie Fashion Show, sponsored by Leg Avenue. Later that evening, Frank Caliendo, “dead on” impressionist, seven-year veteran on MadTV and star of the upcoming “Frank TV” will take center stage, beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Other special programming will include the HCPShow Seminar Series highlighted by panel discussions of leading independent retailers moderated by editors of key industry magazines covering specific concerns in the areas of promoting websites, boosting sales with party rentals, incorporating the adult/sexy costume craze into product lines, and designing value-added décor and centerpieces with simple balloon concepts. Additionally, “The Art & Science of Haunting” Seminar Series will fuel attendees with new techniques and business strategies to create memorable haunt-filled attractions.
“According to the buyers that attend these shows year after year, these shows are critical to them in the sourcing of product for their businesses. With the combination of the popularity of the Halloween season, the emergence of the adult market, and the demand for more parties and themed events as well as the latest in haunt technologies, these shows are the best resource to find the greatest variety of licensed products, new product launches, and creative ideas,” added Thaler. “And with the enhancements in our seminar and special events programming, the buyers will enjoy a complete marketing experience.”





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2008 Show Preview/Add One

The 24th International Halloween Costume & Party Show and the 13th National Haunt & Attractions Show are the shows where buyers come to see the latest in giftware, seasonal items, Halloween merchandise, licensed products, animatronics, lighting, sound, and special effects. More than 700 exhibitors will showcase what’s new among 10,000 visitors from 47 countries.
To attend or exhibit at either the 24th International Halloween Costume & Party Show or the 13th Annual Haunt & Attractions Show and for complete details on all special event programming, visit www.hcpshow.com (http://www.hcpshow.com/) and www.hauntshow.com (http://www.hauntshow.com/) or call 800-323-5462 or 847-446-8434 for international calls.




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drfrightner
01-10-2008, 05:52 PM
If you read the press releases you'll see some celeb appearances announced.

Larry

drfrightner
01-11-2008, 11:53 AM
Here is the seminar info about haunting...

For Immediate Release Contact: Kathryn Wellner
November 1, 2007 (414) 852-5277





2008 National Haunt & Attractions Show Announces New Seminar Theme:


The Art & Science of Haunting


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Powerful Seminars, Roundtable Discussions Primed for Education, Innovative Ideas, Business Efforts



(Northfield, IL) – TransWorld Exhibits, Inc. announced today the line-up for the 13th National Haunt & Attractions Show seminar series scheduled during the show March 16-19, 2008, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. Featuring top industry insiders, this year’s seminar series, The Art & Science of Haunting, will fuel attendees with new scare techniques and business tactics to create the most memorable and profitable haunt-filled attractions possible. Seminars and roundtable discussions will be held Sunday, March 16, 2008, and Monday March 17, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“The new theme of blending the art and science of the haunt industry is designed to give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the newest standards for fear and profits from some of the most talented artists, prop designers and haunt marketers,” said Joe Thaler, chief executive officer and chairman of TransWorld Exhibits, Inc. “The presenters will bring firsthand knowledge to enhancing a product line’s scare factor, while focusing on ways to build business and generate more sales.”
Highlighting each day will be a roundtable discussion hosted by the faculty of the seminars from Noon to 1:15 p.m. on March 16 and March 17. These interactive discussions will focus on the most popular topics of the day, share insights among the group, and address attendees’ specific questions and concerns on either the art or science of haunting.
“This is an amazing educational opportunity for the participants, who are looking for both a creative and competitive edge for their business,” said Thaler. “By attending either the National Haunt & Attractions show, seminar, or roundtable discussion, our exhibiting companies and program facilitators will bring inspiration and help familiarize attendees to the latest trends and tactics in the haunt industry.”
The 13th National Haunt & Attractions Show and the 24th International Halloween Costume & Party are the shows where buyers come to see the latest in animatronics, lighting, sound, special effects, giftware, seasonal items, Halloween merchandise, and licensed products. More than 700 exhibitors will showcase what’s new among 10,000 visitors from 47 countries. Special programming includes costume fashion shows, industry awards, networking events, and new product demonstrations.
For more information and to register for either a single seminar or an all-day seminar ticket, visit www.hauntshow.com (http://www.hauntshow.com/). To attend or exhibit at either the 13th Annual Haunt & Attractions Show or the 24th International Halloween Costume & Party Show, call 800-323-5462 or 847-446-8434 for international calls.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Attached is a complete list of the seminar programming information.





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Seminar Series Schedule: The Art & Science of Haunting


The Art of Haunting – Sunday, March 16, 2008

TIME SUBJECT SPEAKERS

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. “Classic Scares, Good Old Fashion Gore Ken Spriggs, Dream Reapers
and Things That Will Make Your Customers
Scream Without Breaking the Bank”

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Creating Ultra Realistic Movie Quality Dwayne Sanburn, 13th Gate
Sets”

Noon – 1:15 p.m. Roundtable: “The Art of Haunting” Ben Armstrong, Netherworld;
Ken Springs, Dream Reapers;
Dwayne Sanburn, 13th Gate;
Mike Jubie, Headless Horseman; Robbie Lepre,
Busch Gardens Tampa

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Terror in the Parking Lot” Ben Armstrong, Netherworld

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “The Art of the Hayride: Bringing Michael Jubie,
High Production, Value & In-Depth Headless Horseman
Themes to Outdoor Attractions”

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. “Engineering Fear: How Theme Robbie Lepre, Busch Gardens
Parks Scare Thousands” Tampa


The Science of Haunting – Monday, March 17, 2008

TIME SUBJECT SPEAKERS

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. “Horror Under the Big Top: The Ins Karl Fields, Pirates of
& Outs of Tent Shows” Emerson


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Creating a Major Multi-Themed Larry Kirchner, Hauntworld
Haunted Screampark”

Noon – 1:15 p.m. Roundtable: “The Science of Haunting” Larry Kirchner, Hauntworld;
Karl Fields, Pirates of Emerson; Rich Hanf & Bob
Wright, Nightmare on the Bayou; John Denley,
Spookyworld; Brett Bertolino,
Eastern State

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Running a Major Haunted House Rich Hanf & Bob Wright.
Alongside Your Primary Business” Nightmare on the Bayou

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Managing Multi-Event Spectaculars John Denley, Spookyworld

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. “Designing a Powerful Multi-Level Brett Bertolino,
Marketing Campaign” Eastern State

Frighteners Entertainment
01-11-2008, 01:35 PM
That's a nice line up Larry, very impressive!

TheCareTaker
01-11-2008, 01:44 PM
wish i was going to have time to see al that unfortunatly my midle boy has his bday on the first monday so i am going to fly in sunday morning check it out and fly out late sunday night so i can be at home for the little devil.

looks good thought and sounds like some good info will be given out.