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11-25-2008, 05:12 PM
About the MHC 2009

Our dates are set for MHC 09. June 5, 6 & 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Mark your calendars now.

We are returning to the Columbus Convention Center, but we’ll be in Hall C, at the bottom of the escalator, just a short walk from the Hyatt. This 100,000 sq ft show floor offers us the opportunity to continue to grow our exhibitor trade show.

The Hyatt Regency will once again be our host hotel. Since we were packed shoulder to shoulder in the 6,000 sq ft ballroom for our Saturday night party; they’ve moved us to their 17,000 sq ft Regency Ballroom.

For more information please visit

Pre-Con Bus Tour!
MHC heads East. Are they ready for us?

The MHC pre-convention bus tour for 2009 will include overnight haunt
tours departing Wednesday afternoon June 3 and returning Thursday evening
June 4. The itinerary and destinations are still being finalized and more
details, and pricing, will follow. Here is a sneak peak at what is
planned so far:

- Hundred Acres Manor - Pittsburgh
- Moundsville Penitentiary - prison and haunt tours
- Kennywood - including backstage tour of Ghostwood Estates
- Wells Twp Haunted House
- More details coming soon!!

Ms Scary Midwest Pageant
Our popular event gets a registration update

The Ms Scary Midwest pageant annually looks for the scariest female haunt
character in the Midwest. It took a few years, but this event has finally
achieved the level of interest that we anticipated when we first introduced
it. With this popularity we have decided to bring back the original
registration process in order to ensure we have the best candidates in the
pageant. The 2009 registration process is as follows:

The Midwest Haunters Convention will be accepting applications to compete
on Saturday, June 6, 2009 during the Ms Midwest Scary Pageant. We’re
looking for the Scariest Woman in the Midwest.

Application can be submitted via mail or e-mail. We will accept entries January 1 through April 1, 2009. A panel of judges will select 8 contestants from all entries to compete on stage. We will announce the 8 finalists on April 20. Contestants will have until May 1st to pay their $25 entry fee.

Preliminary judging will be based on your character photo and bio.
Optional video can be mailed or downloaded to youtube.com.

Pageant Registration Form available at www.midwesthauntersconvention.com/data/docs/pageantreg.pdf

Seminars & Workshops
Topics and Speakers Wanted

We are in the process of assembling our industry recognized lineup of
workshops and seminars. If you have an idea for a class that you would
like to see offered, or if you are interested in speaking at MHC, please
email Barry Schieferstein at barry@midwesthaunters.com.

11-25-2008, 05:19 PM
Can't wait... my partner is making it a point to go to MHC! The 2009 season is upon us! -Tyler

11-25-2008, 05:25 PM
Great Tyler! We look forward to seeing him here. Are you coming as well? Please make sure to to stop me and say hi. Too many times I have the following conversation:

Haunter: "I had a great time at MHC!"
Me: "You were here? I didn't see you. :( "
Haunter: "Yeah, I saw you a few times but you were busy and I didn't want to bother you."

Please, everyone, stop me and say hi! LOL

11-25-2008, 05:31 PM
Will I be there... are you kidding!! hahaha... Of course I'll catch you and say hi and introduce you to my partner! I'm so excited! -Tyler

Kevin Dells
11-25-2008, 06:18 PM
Last year i did no conventions, this year only one...MHC!

And Barry im sending you two of the Svenpuss girls for the pageant, those girl i will glday sponsor if need be although i think Adam Drendel is going to.

Either way both girls rock, kick ass homeade one of a kind costuming and their make up skills are incredible. You should be receiving the applications soon.

11-25-2008, 06:27 PM
Great news Barry!!!! How far of a drive is it from your show to Pitt?


Allen H
11-25-2008, 07:37 PM
I will also be making the trek up to MHC from Texas. This year I will be going to Hauntcon and MHC this year. I have not had the privilege of going to MHC since the very first one. Im very anxious to return.
Allen Hopps

11-25-2008, 07:43 PM
Tyler - I look forward to it!

Kevin - Yes, send us the apps starting in January. We are giving everyone plenty of time to apply this year.

Larry - Pittsburgh is only about 3 hours away. We will be breaking up that trip with other haunts to and from. We are also going to be offering a package for those people that want to join us in Pittsburgh and not ride the bus. I am excited about the stops we have planned and we hope to add some more!

11-25-2008, 07:46 PM

Good to hear from you again! I look forward to seeing you back in Columbus. A lot has changed since that first year at the stadium. LOL

screamline studios
11-25-2008, 07:49 PM
SCREAMLINE is most definetly in!!!! Barry you bastard save us a spot or two? Just kidding!! this has always been our favorite show and i am positive it will be the event of the year as always , this is our stomping grounds and i hope everyone goes to this great show.....

Jason Blaszczak


Killer Katie
11-25-2008, 07:57 PM
Can't wait! This year will be huge... I feel it!

11-26-2008, 03:26 AM
Its going to be another great year Barry. I am glad to be on board once again as the Official Media Sponsor!

Its going to be a great year at MHC. I'm glad we got our booth picked already and super psyched to continue discussions of RFR and Grendels Den possibly DJ-ing the party.

Frighteners Entertainment
11-26-2008, 05:26 AM
Can i get a little tongue with that?

Please, everyone, stop me and say hi! LOL

Mr Nightmarez
11-26-2008, 06:46 AM
Every year I want to attend MWHC. Maybe this will be the year to go....

Sounds like things are definitely growing Barry! Congrats and maybe we can make that trek this year. June....

11-26-2008, 12:22 PM
My business partner and I will be there this year again!
This is a definite! After we attended last year (we only did 2 days...Saturday and left Sunday morning after some last minute looking around) we were not ready for it to be over!
Transworld is a slim chance...but we won't miss MHC!!!
And this year I WILL stop people and say Hi! ;)


11-26-2008, 12:30 PM

I heard you might be going to Kennywood and seeing the Ghostwood Estates Dark Ride. Is that firmed up yet? I'm excited to hear that! Here is the ride yet again...


11-26-2008, 12:32 PM
Yes, that is the plan! We have talked to them about doing a behind the scenes tour as well. We just have to wait until after the first of the year to get group rates from them before finalizing all of our pricing.

11-29-2008, 05:53 PM
We have our booths and we can't wait!

12-02-2008, 04:04 AM
The Forest of Fright crew will be there! We are excited!
C-ya there!

Raycliff Manor
12-02-2008, 05:58 AM
Barry, I'm looking forward to it! ;) Finally, no inn to run and a permanent location for Raycliff Manor. The universe has finally lined up to allow me to attend MHC! It's been a long time coming!!! :D

See you there my friend!


Ken Spriggs
12-02-2008, 07:50 AM
Memphis Mafia in Soddy Daisy?
Sorry inside joke......one person will understand in this string.

Good more room for party makes for BIGGER costumes
Oh boy.....Sheldon might be there too

Damn have to get our booth.....

Killer Katie
12-02-2008, 11:01 PM
I really, really really hope RFR is the DJ - I think they would capture the ambiance!

12-04-2008, 03:53 AM
Thanks for the compliment Katie. We are submitting our proposal to MHC over the weekend.

I am glad you would enjoy us doing the party.

12-29-2008, 06:54 AM
Midwest Haunters Convention
News and Updates December 28, 2008

The Midwest Haunters Convention is a weekend event planned for Haunted
Attraction Producers, Actors, and Home Haunters. Our goal is to provide you
with educational seminars and workshops with experienced presenters, a 75+
vendor tradeshow with the latest in haunt offerings, and place to network
with others in the industry during our fun social activities. If you are
involved in a haunted house in any way then MHC is the place to be

Sponsorship Opportunities
Gain Exposure for your Company!

Promoting your involvement MHC increases your exposure to your target
audience. This target audience should include access to over 2000
Halloween enthusiasts in attendance and thousands of website visits and
advertising impressions.

We appreciate your support and will do everything we can to promote your
business. Please contact us for additional information. Visit our web site
at www.midwesthauntersconvention.com or Kelly Collins at
Kelly@Midwesthaunters.com - 614-203-4626.

2 Days, 5 Haunts!
Two stops added to this exciting tour

The MHC pre-convention bustour for 2009 will include overnight haunt
tours departing Wednesday afternoon June 3 and returning Thursday evening
June 4.

In addition to the the previously announced stops at Wells Twp HH, Hundred
Acres Manor, Kennywood, and Moundsville Penitentiary we are very pleased to
announce another haunt has been added - The Demon House! If that was not
enough, we will also be visiting the Castle Halloween Museum.

Pricing and schedule information coming very soon!

Book Your Hotel Room Now
Hyatt provides online booking

We are pleased to announce that our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency, has
once again agreed to a special MHC rate of $115 per night.

Each year MHC increases the block of rooms that we reserve and each year
we blow through that number. Last year we were fortunate enough to have
the ability to increase our block to accommodate everyone. We are not sure
that we will have that luxury again this year so we encourage you to
reserve your room now. To book online please
visit: http://columbusregency.hyatt.com/groupbooking/cmhrc2009eeek

Vendor Registration Open
Reserve your space now

Registration is now open for the vendor trade show floor. For 2009 we will
be in Hall C of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, at the bottom of
the escalator closest to the Hyatt. The floor plan has been reworked to
allow for more visibility, better traffic flow, and added excitement!
Combined with very affordable booth prices, vending at MHC is the perfect
place to showcase your products! For more information, and to download a
vendor packet, please visit:


Body Artists/Models Wanted
Be featured in the Body Art Fashion Show

The Body Art Fashion is quickly becoming one of our most popular events.
If you are interested in being an artist or model for this event please
contact Neena Collins at Neena@MidwestHaunters.com