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drfrightner
01-12-2007, 08:47 PM
TransWorld’s 12th National Haunt & Attractions Show Coming Soon!

In just a few weeks, TransWorld’s 12th National Haunt & Attractions Show will open at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL and it’s a “must attend” event for exhibitors and attendees who work in the haunt and attractions industry.

The event runs from Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Monday, February 26 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is a business-to-business trade event and admission is free to buyers with business credentials. “We’re expecting a great group of exhibitors and buyers for this show,” says Joseph Thaler, show director and president of TransWorld Exhibits. “Last year’s successful show helped pave the way for a bigger and better event this year.”

Buyers from a wide variety of haunt and Halloween-related attractions attend this show each year. They represent a wide variety of attractions large and small, from amusement parks & attractions, vacation & resort destinations, haunted events and pumpkin patches to family entertainment centers, corn mazes and theatrical companies.

On the show floor, exhibitors represent a wide variety of products such as props, animatronics, masks, costumes, lighting, special effects equipment, make-up, prosthetics, fabric paint & décor, gift & novelty items, haunted house designs and installation consulting services. Other products include sound and visual electronics, mobile haunted houses, educational & instructional videos, spooky music and sound, wristbands and visitor-automated tracking systems and haunt-oriented graphic and web designers.

Exhibitors & Buyers Create the Largest Haunt & Attractions
Marketplace Anywhere!

The Haunt & Attractions Show is located with TransWorld’s 23rd International Halloween, Costume & Party Show, the industry’s largest Halloween in the show, and nearly 10,000 buyers traditionally attend both events. Exhibitors and buyers won’t find a bigger or more comprehensive marketplace anywhere.

Event Is Open to More Exhibitors Than Ever Before….

Many of the same exhibitors – and quite a few new ones – will be on hand for this year’s show. And, new this year, TransWorld is offering an exclusive introductory program to first-time exhibitors. Called “Incubator Alley”, the program is designed for entrepreneurs who are new to the industry or new to exhibiting and want an easy and affordable opportunity to reach buyers. “After talking to many exhibitor prospects about what they need in order to ‘get off the fence’ and get on the show floor, we decided to launch this new opportunity,” says Mr. Thaler. Potential exhibitors can learn more about Incubator Alley at http://www.hauntshow.com/incubator.shtml or by calling 800-323-5462.

Seminar Series Targets Strategic Business Topics

The Haunt & Attractions Show’s seminar series is always a popular part of the week’s events. Held on Friday and Saturday this year, topics address a wide range of topics geared to educate anyone who plans, organizes and runs a haunted attraction. “We worked with a number of industry experts to put together a seminar program that would appeal to attendees of all types – from experienced attraction owners to people just getting into the business. We’re confident this year’s program will appeal to many of our attendees,” says Jennifer Thaler, vice president of special events at TransWorld.

Here’s a list of seminars (fees apply). Register now for seminars to take advantage of the lower pre-show prices. Register online at http://www.hauntshow.com/seminars_reg.shtml.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Rock Solid Scares by Rich Hanf, industry videographer/consultant
Learn the scares that you need for any haunted house on any level.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Sponsorship Programs by Cydney Neil, Rocky Point
How do you create an award winning sponsorship program? Get ready!

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Frights, Camera, Action by Scott Broad of Haunted Media
Learn how to create the best television commercials and video for your haunt.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fright and Shadow by Bert Zelten, Bad Boys Scenic Design
Learn advanced lighting techniques that will give your haunt an award-winning look!

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Designing a Multi-element Show by Patrick Konopelski, Schocktoberfest
So you want to operate a multi-themed show? You want to learn how to maximize profits by adding more events and attractions? Come to this seminar.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Set It Up and Tear It Down by Jim Kelly, Halloween Productions
Jim will show you techniques on how to build modular haunted houses

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.\
Dynamic Detail by Kevin McKurdy, McKurdy Productions
Learn how to detail your haunt into the next best thing - from the master himself!

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Evolution of a Scare by Ed Terebus, Erebus Haunted Attractions
Learn how to create rooms that scare up to 25 people at one time.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Nightmare on 13th by Mike Henrie, Queue Line Entertainment
Learn How to create queue line entertainment with animations.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30p.m.
Advanced Retail Operations by Mike and Nancy Jubie, Headless Horseman
Learn how to maximize profits by adding retail, concessions and more.

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Running a Tight Operation by Randy Bates, Bates Motel
Do not open your haunt next year without attending this seminar. Lower injury, reduce risk of lawsuits, learn how to handle upset customers, and how to run a tight attraction. Learn how one of the biggest haunts on the planet manages its operation.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Advanced Internet Marketing by Larry Kirchner, HauntWorld Magazine
Learn how to drive tens of thousands of potential customers to your website. Marketing is changing and you must learn how to market your attraction on the web. Learn all the secrets.

Remember – sessions will fill up and pre-registration carries discount pricing. Register early online at http://www.hauntshow.com/seminars_reg.shtml.

Don’t Miss This Year’s Pre-Event All Day Frozen Tundra Tour!

Join the all-day lights off and lights on tour of the Burial Chamber and Blood City Haunted Houses followed by the Terror on the Fox tour in Green Bay. This is an unprecedented opportunity to tour these famous haunts, network with and learn from fellow haunters and industry leaders. Admission price includes catered meals and luxury bus transportation. Buses depart from Rosemont at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22. Tickets must be purchased in advance – visit http://www.halloweenwisconsin.com.

X-Treme Networking Event Offered on Thursday As Well……

Produced by Crazy Bob Turner, here’s a pre-show kick-off event at the Convention Center from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., featuring four critical topics for haunt business owners, presented by professionally qualified speakers. The individual seminars included in the event are:

CPA Tax Information
Legal Issues
Emergency Planning
Haunted House Wages

Course fee includes door prizes, certificates of seminars completion and hand outs. Cash bar available. Advance registration discount! For complete details, admission pricing or to register: http://www.hauntshow.com/events_more.shtml.

New This Year…Friday Night at the Movies!
When successful businessman Richard Clarke is bitten by a beautiful Vampire, he is transformed into a creature of the night and plunges into the dark world of the supernatural.

Don’t miss the premiere of this industry hit – “ReVamped, The Movie”, scheduled for 8:00 p.m. in the Convention Center Ballroom, immediately following the HCPShow Fashion Show. Admission just $5.00! Click here to buy tickets: http://www.hauntshow.com/events_more.shtml.

Or, Spend Your Night at a Castle!
Join us as we visit the Medieval Times Dinner Theatre – travel back in time to 11th century Spain for a night of fun and feast! Sit back, enjoy the evening, and find out what it means to dine like a king!

Saturday Night is Rockin’ With Events!

Choose from two different and delightful Saturday events:

Second City Theatre – this is the venue that launched the careers of John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and more! Enjoy the original comedy revue of the resident troupe.

Halloween Party Extravaganza – Visit the “Vampire Ball” featuring the “Knights of Iron – Netherworld Apocalypse”, DJ dance music, finger foods, drinks, costume contest and more!

Admission fee applies to above events. Register in advance and Save! For complete details and to register, http://www.hauntshow.com/events_more.shtml . Call the TransWorld buyer department with questions about your eligibility to attend the event – 800-323-5462. We look forward to seeing you there!

Haunted Illinois
01-13-2007, 09:48 AM
Actually, that's not the ENTIRE line-up. You forgot to mention two very important events. Unfortunately, neither are posted on Transworld's "official" website... God knows why. They have a hell of a lot more to do with Halloween/Haunted Houses than the Medieval Times Dinner Theatre or comedy club show the are currently being advertised on the TW website :roll:

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Raven's Grin Inn (Mount Carroll, IL)
Open every night of the convention: February 22-26 from 7pm-12 mid.

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Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, IL)
Open February 23rd and 24th from 6pm-10pm

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For more information about Transworld and related events, visit:

http://www.transworldhalloweenshow.com/