I do my best to stay out of the politics of the situation you are refering to. I think that there is plenty of space for 2 haunted attraction conventions (and 2 magazines as well). I know that hauntcon is much smaller than transworld, however, it is cheaper (last time I checked anyway). Hauntcon also is only focused on haunted attractions, while transworld seems to see the haunt portion as a side show (my impression anyway). I think that if possible, a haunt owner (or hopeful haunt owner) should attend both conventions. Both offer great seminars (which I think is the best reason to attend, I can order props online), and both offer a good opportunity to network. I was hoping that hauntcon would come to KC or St. Louis as well, that would be great (and way cheaper for locals like us). But, I think that what you hinted at is correct, I don't think that it will ever be in MO due to the political "issues."