How did it go? Attendance up or down? Any new and cool vendors? Any vendors have success stories I've heard less about NHC than I have Hauntcon.
For someone who lives that close DA why don't you go to the show?
Thanks for the info Frog Zombie.
Karen, I've been before too busy to go lately. But I hear its a better time than Hauntcon with more qualified speakers that's for sure.
I'll bet there are about 30 people from Texas that are SO thrilled you have an opinion about their qualifications. Or that you think there is some competition between conventions neither of which you attended. Every one stands corrected I'm sure.
Tell us more about yourself!
Greg I'm glad you know where you stand!
As a first time attendee who also had a booth, I went into it not really knowing what to expect. I was told to expect lots of home haunting and crafty-type things and that was absolutely true.
I have read some mixed reviews on a couple sites about NHC as most of the 'big name' vendors cancelled on them, some at the last minute. The reviews I see on Facebook are definitely trending negative. Most of them were disappointed that the larger vendors cancelled and there were NO prop controllers, pneumatics, or similar vendors attending. There appeared to only be one animatronic vendor. There were a few static prop, mask, and weapon makers, and the rest were either steampunk, pirate, or home haunting themed items. Lots of accessories like contacts, jewelry, and knives. Several authors, and one well-known late-night horror host were also in attendance. The hearses were plentiful and I heard ok things from the haunt that was inside the event center (I did not go through). The classes have received generally positive reviews. (I did not attend any).
I met and talked to a LOT of people about the podcast and I was amazed at how many home haunt and yard haunt people there were. Out of all those I talked to, only 5 were 'professional' haunts and 4 of them had been in business for less than 3 seasons. (I asked specific questions so I could get information about our listenership). Victor Bariteau from The American Scream documentary was selling DVDs at our booth and did better than at TW, mainly because of the home haunters aspect of it. It was cool to have folks come up and say they listened to the show and I took several suggestions and got some good contacts for future guests. We will even be making an announcement on the next show about a 'new' member of the crew.
I did not go on the haunt tour and only stayed at the costume ball for about 2 hours. The food was excellent and the conversations were good. Met a lot of new people and had fun at that.
Overall I was a bit disappointed, as many people talking on FB have said that this show has been in decline since 2008. I have heard from the organizers that there WILL be some major changes to the show structure next year and one well-known vendor has already offered to help in any way he can. Since I was not selling a specific product, I wasn't worried about sales. Several vendors I talked to were pleased, others weren't. I guess that's true at all shows though.
Would I go back and have a booth? Sure. Would I go back if I had to pay what people paid to get into the show? Probably not. There are better and worse conventions out there but I think this one has potential, there's just something not clicking with the haunt community that makes them want to attend this show. That is not a discussion for this thread though.
Last edited by Badger; 05-10-2013 at 07:46 AM.
Greg you know that Allen guy that was a hauntcon really doesn't know any thing about the haunt industry he has been faking it for over 20+ years. I wish I could have gone to national but I could only do 4 shows this year. May be Lenard should have Dark speak next year, he seems to think he know every thing about the haunt industry. The show are all different to me and you go to them for different reasons I had a great time with my friends in Texas and I hate Texas. The haunts there know how to roll out the red carpet for the people coming. Next year I will make national.
Drew am I the new host? Did you forget to tell me? I got the feeling that I missed that memo some where. Keep up the good work and thanks for the shout out on the show.
Drew I want to thank you for a good honest assessment of NHC, I know you and can say that you tell it like it is.
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