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    Updated to reflect current status (9/3/2011):
    Keeping up with customers and getting insights to the industry has been key to our business this year. As I'm writing this, I'm planning our upcoming cross-country haunt tour for the Halloween season. Besides the tremendous amount of fun we'll have visiting some of the best haunts in the country (I'm sure many of you are jealous), we'll be able to get insight on how customers are lighting their displays and get new ideas on how to make Darklight's products even better. If any of you on this forum are along the way and willing to host us while we're in town, we would greatly appreciate it =)

    This turns out to be a lot more travelling than we've ever done, but we're young and super excited!

    I'm posting our upcoming itinerary and hoping people on this forum can offer suggestions on places to go to help fill the gaps in between. We'll be flying and driving to many of these places. To add to the madness, we have 3 trade shows to attend along the way in October and November!

    Ok here's our schedule:
    9/30 - Pirates of Emerson, Pleasanton, CA
    10/3-5 - Erebus and local haunts, Detroit, MI
    10/6-7 - Statesville Prison, hang out with Zombie Army, Chicago, IL
    10/8 - Nightmare New England, Litchfield, NH
    10/9 - The Haunted Graveyard, Lake Compounce, CT
    10/10 - Six Flags New Jersey and Bayville Scream Park, NJ and NY
    10/11-13 tour a few days in New York --- any haunts there open Tues 11th and Wed 12th?
    10/14-17 exhibiting at American Science and Technology Center conference, Baltimore, MD
    10/18-19 -- need suggestions for this Tues and Wed, will still be in the Baltimore area.
    10/20 - House of Shock, The Mortuary, New Orleans, LA
    10/21 - 13th Gate, Baton Rouge, LA
    10/22 - Nightmare on the Bayou, Houston, TX
    10/23 - Phobia, Houston, TX
    10/24 - House of Torment, Austin, TX
    10/25 - 13th Floor, San Antonio, TX
    10/26-27 - friend's new haunt (dunno the name yet), Laredo, TX
    10/28-30 LDI conference and Busch Gardens, Orlando, FL
    10/31 - Halloween Horror Night, Orlando, FL
    11/1-3 - hanging out in Orlando
    11/4 - Netherworld, Atlanta, GA
    11/5 - Disturbia, Huntsville, TN
    11/6-10 hanging out somewhere, suggestions?
    11/11-12 Legendary Haunt Tour
    11/14-18 IAAPA - exhibiting

    Please offer some feedback and we hope to meet many of you along the way on our tour of the country!

    - Quan




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    Ever since founding Darklight with my wife, Charlie, we've never been busier and happier! The support of our customers have been tremendous and we want to make it a point to visit as many places and people in 2011 as possible so we can hear feedback, answer questions, and learn how to make even better products for our customers.

    On our schedule is to exhibit at 8 shows this year and tour as many haunts in Oct. as humanly possible. We want to see where and how our customers are using our products and take feedback for improving our product line.

    Here's our lineup:
    1. 3/10-13 Transworld (done), Lemp Brewery, City Museum
    2. 4/29-5/1 HauntCon, preshow tour + all other tours
    3. 5/5-8 National Haunters Conv.
    4. 5/13-15 West Coast Haunters Conv.
    5. 5/22-25 MuseumExpo
    6. 6/3-5 Midwest Haunters Conv., preshow tour
    7. Sept-Oct Haunt tour across the US
    8. 10/15-18Assoc. of Sci/Tech Center Conference
    9. 11/11-12 Legendary Haunt Tour
    10. 11/15-18 IAAPA


    If anyone is going to any of the following events, please stop by and say hi! We'd love to meet you =)
    Also, if you guys can suggest anything we've left out but is a MUST SEE --- we'll try to fit it onto our plate.

    The next month and a half is gonna be crazy for us, we have 5 shows back to back --- louisville, king of prussia, salem, houston, and columbus. It's gonna be the most travelling we've ever done in a single year and we're so excited to be exposed to new places, new people, and new opportunities! Since we're based in California, we have no time to come home between the shows --- we'll just be roadsters for a month and a half, we'll see how that goes =P

    I'll attempt to use this thread as kind of a blog to keep track of all the awesome people we've met and places we've been. Hopefully y'all can give us some pointers on where we can go during our off time in these cities, thanks!
    Last edited by thrilltainment; 09-03-2011 at 02:49 PM. Reason: adding updated info

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    We'll be glad to see you at Screampark! Any chance of dropping off our order while you're here? -Tyler
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightgore View Post
    We'll be glad to see you at Screampark! Any chance of dropping off our order while you're here? -Tyler
    we can't wait to see your show! as for your order, there are a few items that aren't ready yet (the waterproof lights will be shipping in July) --- im not sure if you guys wanted me to send you the available stuff first or just wait for everything in one package. do let me know in the within the next 12 hours because we're packing up.

    - Quan

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    Sent you a message! -Tyler
     

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    I'll be stopping by to say "hi!" at the Haunter's Convention in King of Prussia!!!! Sooo excited!!!! I haven't decided if I should wear my pink glitter devil horns or not to the show, LOL!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by hauntedkimmy View Post
    I'll be stopping by to say "hi!" at the Haunter's Convention in King of Prussia!!!! Sooo excited!!!! I haven't decided if I should wear my pink glitter devil horns or not to the show, LOL!
    cool! we just figured out our costumes today, gonna try to incorporate some of our spotlights on there, getting pretty excited about wearing it to all the shows =)

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  7. Default day 1 of pre-show tour 
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    was worried in the morning turning on the tv hearing about tornadoes, flash floods, severe storms warnings... but our trip seemed to have stayed away from all that.

    Waverly Hills --- one of the most haunted buildings in the nation, sought out by many paranormal investigators. this build has a lot of history --- used to be the most advanced tuberculosis hospital in the country but death rates were up to one per hour. a REAL haunted house, lots of ghost stories, amazing architecture. I met Brian, one of the members, on the plane yesterday and he old me of some bone-chilling phenomenon that goes on at this place.
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    wicked world -- impressive displays, most memorable was this "old baby" where an old guy's head was imposed over a baby's body and the baby squirted "piss" on passers-by.
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    ScreamPark Lexington - 3 haunts under one roof, very colorful scenes, well detailed. lots of really cool queue entertainment. absolutely gorgeous graveyard scene, wide open and full of a color, gave the feeling of being outdoors even though still under a roof.
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    St. Rita - awesome oldschool haunt, really impressed by the amount of stuff they were able to fit into such a limited area. one of the highest actor density shows we've been to, up to 4 actors in a single room!
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    Dent Schoolhouse - have heard of this place for quite a while and it definitely made the trip worthwhile. gorgeous scenery, very detailed, and one of the best themed haunt's we've been to. some of the scares were unexpected and well timed. had the opportunity to see their backstage, very organized production. very good mix of detailed scenery, animatronics, and amazing actors.
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    I can see this year's HauntCon is gonna be spectacular, it's an awesome start already.

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    It was nice to meet you. I enjoyed our conversation. It made the bumpy flight go by much quicker. Sorry I missed you on the tour. I was with the other group. Hope you liked our little place. See you at the show this weekend.

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  9. Default day 2 of preshow and thursday night tour 
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    went back to Dent Schoolhouse for lights on. lemme tell you --- the scariest part about the haunt is how CLEAN Josh is able to keep his workshop! =) he tells me it's that clean all year! they say you can tell how good a restaurant is by looking at its bathroom, i say you can tell how detailed a haunt is by looking at its workshop haha. i think we can all learn from his organization even though running a haunt is often a play-by-ear kindda thing. i was very impressed.

    afterwards we stopped at Necropolis, huge haunt with a lot of attention to detail as well. they didn't have the placed manned with actors but the set was still awesome.
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    came back from the preshow tour after a few hours on the bus, skipped dinner to setup out booth for tomorrow and hit up the thurs night tour. had the privilege to party it up with the Zombie Army on their bus! the bus was like a party limo that you can stand up and dance in, even had bar service and awesome music. it started raining pretty hard so we stayed in the bus instead of waiting in line in the rain - no complaints there. they were also really awesome to provide trashbags for us to use in the rain --- it was a pretty "trashy" bus party
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    Haunted Hotel packed some punch! very much performance driven and interactive. a good blend of animatronics and actors. most memorable was the christmas themed room. happy music with blood all around makes it kindda creepy. after we got out, there was a full rainbow!
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    culbertson mansion was also very much an actor driven show. had a cool casket ride to end it off. the queue was a bit long but fortunately we had the opportunity to chat with Ben Armstrong from Netherworld. he recommended a few haunts for us to check out on our sept-oct tour later this year.
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    got back to the hotel and hung out with all the awesome people we met so far. gotta get some sleep so i can man our booth later this morning... more to come.

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  10. Default fantastic weekend at HauNTCon 
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    i have to say this was the best HAuNTCon we've been to yet (3rd one for us), tours to great, more vendors, and more guests --- most of the tour buses were sold out throughout the weekend. we ended up riding with Zombie Army to all the tours, it was a lot of fun. had the pleasure to meet lots of wonderful people and learn from their experiences in the haunt industry.

    I see hauntcon as more of a tight-knit gathering, I come for the classes and networking opportunities, it may not be as large as Transworld, but the connections I made at the show are a lot closer, it's not all about business at this show compared to transworld, it's more of a reunion of friends.

    Hauntcon has a special place in Charlie's and my heart because we attended it for 2 years as haunt owners, and this is the first year as vendors, it's also how we first got started in the haunt business. That's also why we wanted to sponsor them because we support the show from both a haunt owner and vendor's perspective.

    Here are some pictures from this fantastic weekend:
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    partying it up with the Zombie Army

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    our booth at HAuNTCon

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    us and Leonard as Freddy at the costume ball

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    I borrowed Gale's very apropos costume for Kentucky at the end of the night...

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    the after party.

    checked out of Kentucky this morning and now we're in Philly, getting ready for National Haunters Convention later this weekend. but first, a trip to the city --- more to come =)

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