A couple of things... the Houston Show was a success from the vendors I talked to... its not about how many people show up its about how many orders you write. Rubies is the big dog behind that show and considering they are the biggest vendors in the Halloween industry its tough doing a good Halloween retail show without them (IE: Transworld).
I don't know that the Chicago show will do well, I don't know why it would do as good as the Houston Show, it will be less than half the size and there won't be a rubies, so I don't know.
What I do know is this... Rubies has many good things going for their show in Houston which includes good weather, themselves exhibiting and strong vendor support. Transworld is fighting an up hill battle with these guys and if you are going to try and save this retail show and pull out all the stops you are going to need SOMETHING that Houston Show doesn't have (IE: HAUNTS).
So yeah it makes sense to help SAVE the Transworld retail show you incorporate back into the mix the haunt vendors... as a showcase piece that Houston does NOT have! Would adding the haunts back into the Halloween retail show SAVE the TW Halloween retail show without getting Rubies back?
I doubt it because Rubies is the biggest vendor and most of those Halloween retail vendors hated the haunts and have no respect of our industry what so ever. Rubies and those guys won't care.
Now on the other hand it makes sense for the Houston show to say to themselves... how do we put the dagger in DEEP and put an end to TW once and for all... I guess get the haunts to go to Houston rather than work with TW.
I guess what you are suggesting is that someone who use to own a magazine is talking to the Houston show about bringing Hauntcon and haunt vendors to Houston. That is what it seems like you are saying...
However that will NEVER WORK... for one this person has very little pull with vendors if any and vendors won't follow to Houston where booth prices are outragous and lastly because the Houston show is to early in the year.
The bottom line is simple... our industry has proven we can stand alone, we don't need the retail industry, and as I've been saying from day one we've never needed them but now it seems they need us.
Transworld needs us more, they need us to give their retail show a shot in the arm, a marketing tool to get retailers back into the seats, give them an additional reason to come to their retail show. Plus all of us haunts give a perception of a much bigger show.
Look bottom line its nice to know we finally matter!
I'm not going with Houston for any reason... I'm sticking with Transworld and you know what if us Haunts can now help them save their retail show I'm all ears!!! I would like to help them!