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  1. Default I want to hear some reviews of Halloween Extreme. 
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    I heard one review from a vendor but I want to hear more about what people thought.
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    I'm looking forward to hearing more as well. I couldn't make it this year but from the videos I've seen on YouTube, it resembled a horror convention by its size.

    Jake
     

  3. Default Critique - not criticism 
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    I have now been in the haunt business for 17 years and like new trade shows. The following is a critique, not criticism. I arrived Thursday afternoon and left at 1pm saturday afternoon. Things may have picked up after I left.
    The good stuff first:
    Nice new clean hotel. Big exhibit spaces and a new giant beautiful exhibit complex across the street by sky walk. This is where Transworld should be held. Great weather and it felt safe. The hotel had enough unobtrusive security to take down an army of zombies without reloading. Good food with a prime rib buffet and a tequila bar with 40 premium tequilas in the lobby.
    The zombie prom was well attended but not crowded and a lot of fun. Good job Zombie Army.
    A zombie make-up booth was set up in the lobbie, it did a great business at $10 a face until 5 or 6 pm. It could have keep busy until 9 or 10.
    The not so good stuff:
    The hotel intimated that you catch their shuttle from the airport. No shuttle, it's a $50 van ride each way for 2 people. The front desk will just blow you off if you mention their oversight like it happens with every checkin.
    Lots of zombies/wanna be zombies wandering around (this accounts for the great pictures) but few haunted house buyers and fewer zombies spending $20 to see the halloween portion.
    The show was divided into sub shows. your $35 3 day ticket only got you into the Halloween tradeshow portion. This could have been explained by the staff to avoid pissing off the patrons who were denied entrance or shown to the door if they wandered into the wrong area.
    CONCLUSION: A few fixable bugs, but a good time and I'll probably return next year.

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  4. Default needs tweaking 
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    I agree with George, they could have been more clear on the shows being split. Especially since they were advertised as two shows on place. I can see the confusion. It was smaller than expected, and since we were hoping for some cash and carry I was very bummed that the couple GOOD vendors that did show didn't not bring very much. I just worry that the vendors wont want to come back because the buyers weren't out in force. It is a new show of course. I was there to buy, not much to buy though. Don't trust the shipping this late in the year
     

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    I never expected one buyer to be there ... I was asked to go but reality is reality. People who go to those shows are not looking for haunted house stuff they are looking for horror toys and collectables nothing more. I doubt anyone sold much of anything. We don't need more shows period ... we need less and make the ones we have better.

    Larry
     

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    The real question is was this a show for haunters or horror movie guys. I think the haunter wanting to make big purchases is always going to go to Trans World. If you were to by the bigger props at one of the other shows the manufacture would have a hard time getting it to you before the season starts. As far as the other shows go I see them as more of a regional show for the areas they are in. The only one that don't fit this mold is MHC has become a more national show. But then again TW and MHC are the largest show that are done just for haunters. I do agree with Larry there should be less shows and that the other shows should find a identity that fits there attendees and focus on that, you can't be everything to everyone and I think a lot of the shows are getting lost in that. I did not go to Extreme and can not say what the show floor was like but NHC, Hauntcon, Canadian, and West Coast do not offer the show floors vendor that TW and even MHC has. Now we have ScareLA, is it another regional show?
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  7. Default My Take 
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    I had fun seen some good friends, had dinner with many of those friends. I think Ben and everyone did a great job for a first time show. Yes there are things that could be changed but again this was the first time out of the gate. I agree I told several TransWorld should be held there the convention center across the street is 2 times bigger than the one in St. Louis and 85.00 for the rooms was a steal they were great rooms! There was at least 5 or 6 bars in the hotel all located in same area and several restaurants and tons of eating places within walking distance! The weather was nice, people were nice, and the friends and fun was worth it all. I love going to different places that's why I say the shows should all move around! Shane and it was good time were had by all!
     

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    Shane,
    I've said all along that Orlando is and always be the #1 place in America for conventions... yes hotels are cheap and yes the weather is nice, and yes lots of things to do there. All positives. The second best place in America for conventions is Las Vegas, again nice weather, lots of things to do, and cheap hotels. Again all positives.

    The problem with Vegas is there are no haunts there or anywhere near there... the problem with Orlando is the same exact thing no haunt owners live anywhere close to the place. There is almost NO HAUNTS in the whole entire STATE! Its one of the lowest states in America for haunted house owners.

    The haunt show is a driving show not a flying show... vendors would have to in some cases drive over 2500 miles to get there. Most of the haunts in our industry are Kansas City or St Louis EAST and most are populated in the Midwest or North East of the nation. Almost none southeast or west of KC.

    The other issue with Orlando is IAAPA is already there and many haunters already go to Orlando and I can tell you honestly... vendors DO NOT WANT THIS SHOW IN ORLANDO!

    Here is what happens... people walk the show for ONE DAY and disappear! People bring the wife, the kids, and everyone else and make a vacation out of the thing... trust me!

    That is EXACTLY what would happen if this show was in Orlando... you'd see people ONE day and boom they'd all be gone! If this show was on LA, Orlando, Las Vegas, anywhere along the Florida beach area, any tourist town, blah, blah the focus would NOT be on haunting but rather a vacation.

    Larry
     

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    Larry I agree with most of your points, but the fact that if TW was in Orlando the vendors would do fine. More haunters would be able to justify going to the show by combining vacation time with convention time. I know of at least 3 vendors that were out doing tourist things this last week and a few haunters. It is hard for haunters that have full time jobs to get away for a convention when you have to take time of work for your real job. And as far as no haunts you are correct, I searched for them last spring and there was only this little crapy one in Old Town, that is going to change now that a group of experienced haunters are in that location. It won't be a Darkness, but will be at least a well made haunt. I do not go to TW for haunt tours, I say every year that I'm not going to the Darkness but do just because I see all the photo of changes that you make here on the forum then I decide that I have to go see them in person. Yes you sucker me in every year but I would be just as happy with a behind the scenes of the Haunted Mansion too. St Louis is a great place for TW and if they do move it some where they will need to move some where that can equal what is in St Louis and then some. For me personally I think it should stay in St Louis, but I am one of those people that don't combine work with play well, but that's just me.
    Phatman
     

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    Why does Transworld have to be a driving show? There are airports in every town and multiple ones in every city. The driving show mentality proves this is not a fully fledged industry it makes us sound unprofessional and too cheap to spring for a flight. I can understand driving if you live under 5 hours away but any further you can catch a flight, why wouldn't you? St Louis is about a 2-3 hour flight from anywhere in the US. If its not going to stay in St. Louis I think Orlando is a great place for Transworld it's perfect! No one really needs a haunt tour anyway isn't that what nearly everyone here already does or is a part of, a haunt?

    DA
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