View Full Version : Columbia Haunt Tour Official Announcement

Bill Schnell
12-12-2008, 11:07 PM
The decision has been made and our tour IS going to happen for the show in March. Full details will follow soon. It seems that we might have some issues with putting on this tour. A representative from IAHA contacted me and told me that Transworld will not support our tour in anyway, that they will not promote us on their website and that they won't even allow our buses to pick up at the convention center. I personally can not believe that transworld would say that. I was under the asumption that transworld was for us, the haunters. Based on the messages on this board and the emails I have received, there are a lot of haunters out there who want to go on our tour. I plan to contact transworld myself and see if what IAHA said is true. I really hope not, that would not look good for transworld. Again, full details of the tour to follow. Stay tuned!

12-12-2008, 11:26 PM

Check your PM's please

12-12-2008, 11:59 PM
Let me guess who told you that... nah not worth the trouble. The fact is IAHA does not speak for Transworld and to my knowledge never has. I have put an email into Transworld asking them point blank if they told someone that you won't be allowed to have your guests picked up and dropped off, if they won't support your show, if they will in fact tell their buyers to jump in a lake they will not offer you support.


Transworld has shown themselves to be very supportive, and because of Ben Armstrong we will have a great seminar series at the show, and HHA will have its first ever meeting, and The Darkness will open its doors to the industry, and your tour will just cap everything off. I understand as well as anyone this is America and I have no issues with IAHA holding its own functions and have said many times in the past that those who choose to attend those events good for them. But those who choose to attend your tour, or the Darkness tour, or for those who choose to go to a casino across the street from the convention center, or just go back to their hotel and get some rest, or have meetings with vendors. All of these things will happen what someone does or doesn't do is up to the person and no one else.

I choose to attend this tour, I will attend this tour! I'm sure most people will attend this tour, because HAUNT OWNERS want to see haunted houses, however if someone wants to do the IAHA event they are welcome to do that... I'm sure in the end Transworld will not take sides on any of this as that is not their role.

Transworld I'm sure will support their buyers and their vendors on equal terms. Don't listen to anyone who said that to you I'm sure its totally fabricated. I must say I'm a little shocked that someone would tell you these things, its totally out of line and totally unprofessional!

Let people do what they want and leave it at that. To each their own!


12-13-2008, 12:03 AM
On another note... congratulations I know I've personally told you how tough this will be but this is what you want to do then who are we to say we will not support you! Hauntworld will fully support your tour and we will donate a free full page ad to your tour no doubt.

Both of you guys have supported our site, and subscribe to our magazine and we thank you both! We owe you! Again thanks for trying to do what you can for the industry by opening your doors.

I look forward to it!


RJ Productions
12-13-2008, 05:08 AM
Good luck!!! As I said in the other thread, I would suggest getting an on line ticket service, figure out what you need to break even, set a cut off date. IF you do not get enough committed, cancel the tour and you lose nothing. Do not state that you will have any on site tickets or tickets sold after the cut off date. (You always have someone hang on till the last moment).

If you reach your goal by the cut off date, then you can continue ticket sales..BUT I would charge at least $10 a ticket more! People need an incentive to purchase before the dead line. YOU need to know if you will have enough to warrant the time and expense.

Good luck!

Bill Schnell
12-19-2008, 06:20 PM
Thanks for the advice. Just a clarification: I spoke with transworld directly and they will promote our tour the best that they can considering the last minute nature of the event. So everything is a go, full details coming soon!

Haunted Illinois
12-19-2008, 08:58 PM

Check your PM's

12-19-2008, 08:59 PM
Glad to hear that Transworld is supporting your decision, and promoting your tour. Hopefully buses will be available for those of us who are flying in.

We can't wait to take the tour!

12-19-2008, 09:11 PM
We will be giving complete details soon but the busses have been reserved and ready to go!

12-19-2008, 09:12 PM
Sadly, we won't be able to attend... already bogged down as it is! I can't wait to see pics and hear about all the fun!

Have fun guys! -Tyler

Bill Schnell
12-20-2008, 03:24 PM
OK, here are the details for the Columbia Haunt Tour:

The tour will be on Friday, March 27, 2009. You will have the option for bus transportation or to drive yourself. The buses will load at approximately 7pm. Food will be provided on the bus trip. We are also working on having a speaker on each bus (rolling seminar anyone?). Half of the buses will go to FearFest first and then Necropolis, the other half will do the opposite. The price for the entire package (both haunts, bus tranportation, food, industry speaker, etc.) is $65 per person. The price for just the haunts is $35. A new website will be up very soon where you can purchase your tickets. This tour is being sponsored by HHA (hauntedhouseassociation.org) and Rogue's Hollow (rogueshollow.com). Feel free to visit our haunt websites at:


12-20-2008, 06:29 PM
Are you going to have a website just for this tour???

Hey don't forget Hauntworld Magzine.. we want to sponsor your tour!!! Free magazines for everyone who goes! Give you something to read on the trip!


12-20-2008, 07:20 PM
Yes we are going to have a website for this tour. It is under construction right now. You will be able to purchase tickets on that site. Hauntworld is also a sponsor and Click n print is to I believe.

Bill Schnell
12-20-2008, 08:27 PM
Oops, sorry, yes Hauntworld is a sponsor as well. Click N Print is not yet finalized, but hopefully.

12-22-2008, 03:16 PM
Hi Bill,

E-mail me your phone number when you get a chance (send it to Scott@scarehouse.com) - I'd like to get some more information from you about your event for inclusion in an upcoming magazine article.

12-23-2008, 12:28 AM
I look forward to the tour... I want to see what my fellow Missouri brothers are up to! Why don't you tell everyone more about your haunted houses, how big they are, what kinds of things they can expect to see, just more in general details.


Bill Schnell
12-23-2008, 05:21 PM
Well... Next season will be our 5th season for Necropolis. We are located near downtown Columbia in a 10,000 sqft. building that used to be a meat packing factory. The old meat racks are still in place in parts of the building as well as where they drained the blood, etc. Our haunt is very focused on our backstory, and we have received alot of attention due to that story (you can read it on our website). Necropolis is actor driven and very intense. We don't hold anything back. Our actors will get in your face and we DO touch our customers (everyone is warned, of course). We try to create a dark industrial feel to the haunt and we use a gritty "realism" (you won't find any mummies, werewolves, etc.). While scares and intensity are number one to us, we also focus heavily on our set design. We also incorporate animatronics, special effects and illusions to create an all-around quality attraction. We are always learning and wanting to make our haunt better. We can't wait to get feedback from other haunters so we can learn and grow from the experience. I will repost a link to some pics from Necropolis.

http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m51/aragorn4179/Necropolis/Necropolis%20Pro%20Pics%2008/th_DSC_5456.jpg (http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m51/aragorn4179/Necropolis/Necropolis%20Pro%20Pics%2008/?action=view&current=7cfa6562.pbw)

12-23-2008, 07:29 PM
2009 will be Fearfests 7th year. We are 3 miles west of columbia just north of I-70 at exit 121. With a total of 12,000 square feet our haunt has expanded every year we have been in business. This year we added a new building that we use as a waiting, concession and merchandise area. We added a haunted hay ride and a 13 acre corn maze. These new attractions were a trial and they were very popular and we will be expanding them this year but will be closed for the tour in March. We are setting on 46 acres so we have plenty of room to expand. Sarahs Legend is the first haunt to go thru. It begins in an old farm house where you find out what really happened to little Sarah. Go to our website to read the story or hear our radio commercial. Your journey takes you into the secret passages behind the walls and into the torture chambers and caves under the house. Fearfest has swamps, waterfalls and rooms with great actors inside. And dont forget the Mosoleum where theres a suprize waiting for you. The next haunt is SlashMasters Asylum. You enter into an elevator that takes you down to the womens asylum where you will find some of the best and craziest actresses out there. They do a great job and we are proud of them! I think that about sums it up. Necropolis and Fearfest are totally diffrent haunts that are coming together to make this tour happen. Like Bill said they touch you in Necropolis but fearfest does not. That is just one of our many diffrences but our diffrences are what makes us both the best haunts in Mid-Missouri!