View Full Version : MHC ‘08 Wrapup from an inside Perspective - Long

06-26-2008, 07:27 PM
I wanted to do something different this year and provide a more personal viewpoint of MHC ’08 than I have in the past.

Our weekend started on Wednesday when we checked into the hotel. Being back at the Hyatt Regency was very nice as we were already familiar with the facility. After a day of meetings with the hotel and the convention center we were off to dinner with a lot of the people already in for the convention. Twenty five of us enjoyed a great Italian dinner and had a good time talking about all things haunted.

Thursday began at 11am with registration for the bus tour. I got to see lots of familiar faces for the first time in a year. The buses began leaving at 1pm for some great haunted attractions in Southwest Ohio – Ripper’s, St. Rita’s, The Dent Schoolhouse, and the Castle of Carnage. Thank you to all of them for opening off season for our group! I also need to thank the International Association of Haunted Attractions (IAHA) for helping run the tour, Karen Murphy shopping for and organizing the snacks, and Oak Island Productions for providing the adult beverages for each bus!

While the 220+ people were off enjoying the haunts I stayed back at the hotel to continue the prep work and entertain the rest of the vendors and guests that were rolling in. We were treated to some of Mother Nature’s scariest with a severe thunderstorm that settled over Columbus. Lightning, hail, horizontal rain, power outages, the works!

Friday began bright and early with workshop registrations. Several dozen people enjoyed the three all day workshops that were being offered. Thank you to the IAHA for conducting the CHAOS class, Tim and Anne Marie Gavinski and Leonard Pickel for the Getting Started class, and Bob and Beth Turner for the Haunter U acting class.

The CostumeFind.com vendor tradeshow was bustling with activity with the 80+ vendors setting up and testing props. Friday afternoon was the official opening of the convention with our welcome reception. Registration was hopping with several hundred people checking in before heading off to our Friday evening activities. Participants enjoyed the Scarefactory, The House of Nightmares, and Club Vampire at BoMA. Thank you to David Fauchman, Dave Treisch, and Scott Dowers for their hard work in this memorable event. Special thanks goes out to The Scarefactory, Midnight Syndicate, and Dental Distortions for sponsoring the tour.

Saturday was a blur of activity between the packed trade show floor and the equally busy HauntBots seminars. In the afternoon we had another edition of the Bloody Mary Monster Makeup Wars where five teams created hideous monsters in only 30 minutes. After the trade show closed I was off to the vendor coalition meeting where there was much discussion about the future of our industry and shows like MHC.

After the only meal of the day I rushed back to the Hyatt to find the IAHA Masquerade Party in full swing! I could not believe how many people were there and it was obvious that we exceeded the capacity of the room and its air conditioner. This has already been corrected for 2009! The activities that evening were fun and everyone seemed to enjoy them. From the Sophisticated Terror Body Art Fashion Show, to another Miss Scary Midwest title, to the costume contest, to the Hauntertainer Dancers, the evening seemed to fly by.

The 6am wakeup call came way too soon for me as I had to be at the trade show by 7. Not many vendors came in early to work and we went through five gallons of coffee in under an hour after the show opened. It was a testament to the fun that was had the night before. The Gag Studios auction kicked off another day of shopping and seminars before we finally closed the 5th annual MHC at 5pm. The vendors were out of the hall by 9 and I finally got to enjoy a relaxing evening talking to new and old friends in the bar.

On behalf of the other MHC organizers Kelly and Neena Collins, and my wife Kathy, I would like to thank all of you that were involved in this year’s show. From the volunteers, to the vendors, the attendees and the speakers, you are all awesome! I would also like to thank the sponsors I haven’t mentioned already: Costume Specialists, IAAPA, Wristband Resources, Efx-Tek, Mr. Skeleton, SBR Designs, Rotting Flesh Radio, Sinister Visions, and SOT Screen Printing.

Special Thanks again goes out to our Seminar Sponsor HauntBots.com, the IAHA at www.iahaweb.com, and especially our Presenting Sponsor CostumeFind.com.

Boo Crew Production
06-26-2008, 08:19 PM

Thank you (Kelly, Neena, Kathy, and last but NOT least Barry) for creating such a wonderful show. It is amazing to see MHC grow and grow and grow. I hope you continue to grow for years to come.

Heres to your continued success.

06-26-2008, 09:17 PM
I will make a promise to MHC... I will attend this event next year!

I want to support you guys in any way I can!

I want to go on the Zombie walk!


06-26-2008, 09:30 PM
I am doing a screen print of your post and will hold you to that! LOL

06-26-2008, 09:40 PM
I'll do the same.

06-27-2008, 03:57 AM
Have I mentioned that BBE loves the MHC event! Congrats on yet another great show, and heres to your continual growth in leaps and bounds!

06-27-2008, 09:25 AM
Love MHC. Been an attendee for all but one year. (I was excused...my daughter was born opening day of MHC that year).

But LOVE the event always have. And THank you Barry for having RFR continue to be the Media sponsor of the event and covering it since 2006.

You guys outdid yourselves this year. And I expect it to only get better next yr.

ROT ON to MHC 09!!!

Killer Katie
06-27-2008, 09:49 PM
For what it's worth - MHC is the best convention EVER!!! Killer Katie approves!!! You guys are awesome and can't wait until next year!

06-27-2008, 10:00 PM
Hey Barry,

We also had a great time attending our first MHC this year.

You folks put on a super show and we look forward to next year...thanks for having us!

06-28-2008, 10:38 PM

Y'all did a fantastic job supporting Haunters for Hooters as well, and we appreciate that so very much!

The fundraiser would simply have not been as successful as it was without your support. Thank you.


Ken Spriggs
07-01-2008, 01:12 PM
It is funny.....everytime I see that HAUNTERS FOR HOOTERS logo

The first thing to come to mind is Madison
Don't know why :)

Frighteners Entertainment
07-01-2008, 02:42 PM
Fantastic show, though I know I've said it many times before.
I don't know of any other show that you actually have the organizers coming around checking on things and taking time to chat.
Even more, just having a couple of beers and talking about normal life:)
Do to the success of this show, I may need to add 1 more booth for next year??
Here's to many years of MHC!