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Halloween Retail Show 2018 - The Crows are Circling 'Review' Could Haunts suffer same fate?
Tue, January 16, 2018
Who remembers the days when the Halloween Show located in Chicago was the can't wait event?  Who can remember when the retail industry tried to get the Haunted House industry booted from this once fabulous show?  Can anyone now remember when the Transworld Halloween show use to draw over 10,000 buyers from all over the country?  It was the retail industry that pushed out Transworld Exhibits and haunters and went their own direction.  So how did that work out?  Just look at the show today!   Two words can describe the once SPOOKY and JAM PACKED Halloween retail show... GHOST TOWN!  

A new company has now produces this show, and decided it was a great idea to buy or co-locate Hauntcon.  Hauntcon is another dead on arrival convention.   Hauntcon featured very few vendors, few buyers, and little interest from the haunt industry.  The Halloween retail show from what we're hearing will be back in New Orleans in 2019 then a possible move to Atlanta.   The orginal Halloween show retail leaders shot itself in the foot and now it's paying the price.  Just our opinion. 

Transworld after getting the boot started a new show centered around the Haunted House industry.  Nine years later the haunted house show is now home to the Escape Room, Corn Mazes, Farmers, Haunts, Pumpkin Patches,Hayrides, and very soon Christmas Attraction industry.  Transworld has taken the Haunt Show from 50,000 square feet year one to now (hold your breathe) for 2019 they've reserved the ENTIRE convention center including the Dome Stadium.  Incase you're wondering that is nearly 500,000 square feet of attraction exhibits.  Where is the Halloween retail show?  

The show was missing several vendors, the show looked smaller and buyers we didn't see more than 500.  Maybe more attended it just seemed DEAD!  You could walk up and talk to any vendor almost at any time.   As for Hauntcon this show has been on the decline for years.  Why on Earth did the Halloween retail show want to add Hauntcon?  Do they really believe finally after all these years they actually do need the Haunted House industry?  WOW!  What a revelation because that is exactly what we told these people over 10 years ago!  They didn't listen. 

Halloween retail industry has been KILLED by Amazon.com, Target, Walmart and Spirits.  Essentially the  ma and pa retail stores have disappeared.  The industry is now owned by the giants!  When so few control so much it's bad for everyone else.  A strong Halloween show could have put more focus on helping the small business owners compete but there may now be no hope.  The Haunt industry seems to find itself in the same boat.  Amusement Parks are trying to take over the industry.  Additionally we have a couple different companies with designs on opening haunted houses across the country.  By utilizing the same content, same marketing group, same essentially everything if this becomes too big our industry could suffer if successful.  Attempts to by one or two companies to get big could hurt vendors, and the haunt owners already being hurt by a host of other problems.  Furthermore amusement parks have a marketing advantage and are really starting to hurt the haunt industry.  Our industry should learn from the demise or near demise of the Halloween retail industry and fast.  This industry doesn't need nor should support a handful of people trying to get their fingers into every city in America.   This will turn out BAD in our opinion really bad.  Our industry thrives as a small ma and pa industry, helping employ tens of thousands of people each Halloween.    

Lastly, let us say the retail industry should strongly consider SELLING the show to Transworld because working with Hauntcon isn't going to save anything.  The retail industry needs to find the next generation of small costume shop retailers. The retail show needs energy!  The retail show needs a new breed of small business owners who understand how to create a business in 2018.  The retail industry needs more synergy!   Who could open the next big costume stores?  HAUNTED HOUSES who are now looking to increase revenue.  Attention retail industry... call Jen before it's too late!  Just our opinion.  The next article we write about the now graveyard like retail show could be it's final nail in the coffin.  As for Hauntcon this show worked better when it traveled and put the focus on visiting haunted houses in the offseason.  Hauntcon is not going to work as a second tradeshow for the haunt industry because the haunt industry doesn't need one.   Hauntcon in our opinion needs or should continue visiting cool cities with amazing haunts.  Attaching Hauntcon to the retail show and staying put in one city don't think it's going to work.  

Haunt industry WAKE UP and WAKE UP fast.  Our industry needs to better educate ourselves to compete.  We don't need to attend seminars about scaring people ... that is just dumb!  You need to learn how to market your business.  You need to simply become better at all aspects of business because if you don't you'll join the retail industry on the outside looking in.   Hauntworld is here to help.  You need to let us help you!  Transworld needs to wake up and do a better job at helping you by getting qualified speakers who know what they're talking about.  Haunters must find a great digital marketing person locally, take classes on the subject, or just learning how to create a better overall managed, operated, attractions.  FOCUS!   REALLY FOCUS!  Your business depends on it. 

Subscribe to Hauntworld Magazine www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com because we are going to HELP YOU!  I call on Transworld to focus on helping you.  I call most importantly on you to not support anything that could hurt your business, and partner with people who can!   Lastly it's time to  start posting on FORUMS again where you can talk about things that can help your business.  The Fright Forum is open and I'm more dedicated than ever to help and I ask you do the same!   Our industry has grown while the retail industry is now being controlled.  We must fight to keep our passions alive every October.  Again Hauntworld is here to help! 

The next few issues of Hauntworld will focus on helping you grow revenue, market your business, and look at different ways you can expand what you do using your skill sets as a haunter.  Learning how to airbrush, make your own masks, blah, blah won't save, expand, or grow your business.  Hauntworld has forums time to use them again.  We started a facebook forum look it up 'Hauntworld Fright Forum'... it's time to stand up and SCREAM, LEARN and EXPAND!  

 
 
 
Darkness Haunt Tour - Transworld 2018 Announced
Sun, January 07, 2018

 
The Darkness Haunted House Tour is BACK and BIGGER than ever!  The tour is now includes the all-new House of Occult underground at Lemp Brewery!  Haunted House owners wanted a return to the Lemp Brewery so we've decided to remodel The Lemp Brewery haunted house and add it to the tour.  Let us break down the tour options for the haunted house industry and what will be new in 2018.  Get tickets NOW at hauntedhousetour.fearticket.com or book escape rooms now at www.StLouisEscape.com 

What's New:  

 

The Darkness:  Darkness will be celebrating it's 25th Year of Fear in 2018.  The Darkness is getting its biggest make over ever with every single section of The Darkness getting new scenes, sets, and special FX.  Starting with the downstairs we've added one new scene and several new props/animations.  On the second floor not only have we added or improved over 8 scenes but we've totally torn out the last section and building from scratch.  The Darkness ended with a graveyard but that is gone!  The Darkness will now feature an all-new ending to the haunted house a creepy, nasty and scary sewer!   The new sewer section will feature CGI FX, Animations, Amazing detail, dripping water and more. 

Terror Visions:  Every haunted house owner has always expressed interest in our 3D Haunt.  We have NOT renovated Terror Visions or added any new FX or Scenes in 3 years.  However this year that changes.  We're adding one whole entire new set, and changing or updating 4 more with new Animations, 3D Artwork, Illusions, and more. 

Silo-X / Zombie Laser Tag:  Our Silo-X Haunted also will be renovated and feature multiple shadow CGI FX which give the illusion that humans are actually fighting off real zombies.  Just us its amazing.  Furthermore one whole new scene was created from scratch,  Silo-X will open as a haunted house on one night and another as a zombie laser tag arena.  

Monster Museum/Gift Store:  Yes even this was renovated totally!  The gift store will help haunters understand how to set up a professional retail store and what to sell to generate more income for your haunt.  Our gift store was totally renovated just for this show!  

Lemp Brewery Haunted House:  We have not opened this haunt for the industry in 3 years.  We felt this attraction needed a total renovation and that is exactly what we've done along with a name change.  Go deep underground inside real caves and caverns and experience this attraction with the lights on and another night with live actors.  The Lemp haunted house is located about 1 mile down the road from The Darkness. 



St Louis Escape Rooms:  Located next door to The Darkness is St Louis Escape.  We have also totally renovated our Mummy Escape Room to include new sets, rooms, special FX, CGI FX, and much more.  Our Haunted Hotel Escape is finally complete and all four escape rooms will be available to book for the haunt industry from 10 am until Midnight with a discount code saving you 15%.  Use promo code: 'transworld2018'  at www.StLouisEscape.com 

 
TOUR EVENTS 2018 

March 22, 2018 (Thursday) -  Behind the Scenes Tour of Darkness, Silo-X, Terror Visions, St Louis Escape, and Lemp Brewery Haunted House.  For one price you can go behind the scenes, take photos, video and more of the all-new Darkness Haunted house and even all of our Escape Rooms.  Tours should start at Lemp Brewery 7pm from there you will head over to The Darkness where tours start at 7:30.  This event is limited to the first 375 guests. This will totally SELL OUT! 


March 23, 2018 (Friday) -  Lemp Brewery Haunted House with LIVE ACTORS 7pm until 9pm.  Limited to the first 500 guests.  Event will sell out.  


Zombie Laser Tag Expertise inside Silo-X next door to Darkness from 8 to 9:30pm.  


March 24, 2018 (Saturday)  -   The Darkness with live actors.  Experience Darkness, Terror Visions and Silo-X with live actors all for one price.  Event starts at 7 pm until 9:30 tickets are limited to the first 800 guests.  

GET TICKETS NOW AT    http://HauntedHouseTour.FearTicket.com   Tickets are cheaper if bought sooner than later.  Ticket prices rise closer to the event.  St Louis Escape was nearly booked out last year.  Book now and use promo code to save 15%.  Promo code will end soon.  Book Escape Rooms at www.StLouisEscape.com 

WATCH A VIDEO OF LAST YEARS TOUR BELOW: 



 
 
 
 
Watch Complete POV VIdeo of Creepyworld Haunted Screampark 2017
Sun, November 05, 2017
Watch the video of a complete POV Walk Thru of Creepyworld America's longest haunted house.  Creepyworld is located in St Louis Missouri and will open for the Transworld Haunted House Tradeshow in March for the haunted attraction industry.  Watch the video below and let us know if you think its hte longest haunt you've ever seen!  

 
 
 
Trick R Treat Safety Tips 2017 Halloween
Sun, October 29, 2017

Hauntworld

Provides Parents with Halloween Tips to make Trick or Treating safe and fun!

Trick or treating can and has been dangerous for some children if they do not take safety serious.  We know trick or treating because hey our staff tricked and treated until we where 16 years old and now we take our kids.  So make sure you take all of these tips serious and ensure your kids have a safe and very spooky Halloween.  If you have tips you'd like to offer please let us know!  Also do NOT forget to visit your local Halloween Attractions and Haunted Houses.  Be sure to visit the front page of www.Hauntworld.com to find haunted houses by state, simply look for the front page map and find a haunt near you.  To find pumpkin patche go to www.HalloweenAttractions.com


HAUNTWORLD TRICK OR TREATING TIPS

1)  Do not have your kids wear a costume that drags on the ground. Kids can trip on their own costumes.

2)  Have kids wear a glow necklace or bracelet while they trick or treat.  Have each of your kids wear a different color glow necklace so you know which one is which and who you might be missing.

3)  Parents bring a flash light.

4)  Do not walk in the street stay on sidewalks.

 5)  Wear shoes that fit like tennis shoes.  Do not wear high heels.

6)  Make sure any masks have clear eye holes and have clear breathing holes.  Have the kids double check that they can see and breathe before using at night.

7)  Walk do not RUN!  You'll get there you have all night!

8)  If your kids bring props such as a knife or sword make sure they are flexible not hard or sharp. 

9)  Bring water or gatoraid in case the kids get thirsty. 

10)  If you plan to trick or treat far from your home make sure you park the car somewhere you can remember.  Sometimes you can trick or treat for hours in a strange subdivision and bam you have no clue where you are and the kids are tired.  Here is a tip... trick or treat up and down a street then jump in the car and drive over to the next set of streets.  Keep the car close to where you trick or treat.

11)  Do not walk up to houses that do not have lights on. 

12)  For the greedy kids, if you are one of the last ones out the houses will give you more candy to get rid of it!!! True!  I know I've done it!  It works!  But make sure you don't trick or treat much past 9:30pm to 9:45pm.

13)  Eat before you go out to trick or treat also make sure everyone goes to the bathroom.  Demand they do the bathroom thing before you move!

14)  Make sure Adults accompany the kids and again bring a flashlight. 

15)  Make sure any costume you buy is flame retardant.  Remember those pumpkins out there with candle fire!  Some costumes go up in smoke in seconds!  Make sure your childs isn't one of them!

16)  Stay away from homes with barking animals.

17)  Bring home the haul and eat every bite after its been inspected by a parent! 

Hauntworld.com is your home for everything Halloween and Haunted Houses. Have a safe and Happy Halloween! 

 
 
 
Haunted and Halloween Industry Now a 10 Billion Dollar Industry According to Hauntworld..com
Sat, September 30, 2017
HALLOWEEN IS A $10 BILLION INDUSTRY

Profits are Far from Scary for the Fright Business

Halloween is big business.  According to Hauntworld.com, the industry’s leading website, the commerce of Halloween in the U.S. should exceed $10 billion during the 2017 season.  That’s a lot of candy, costumes, decorations and tickets to haunted attractions. 

The Hauntworld.com website directs consumers to find and review Halloween attractions located around the globe.  
One of the largest growth areas in the Halloween trade is the explosion in the number and quality of commercial haunted house attractions. More than $1 billion of the $10 billion spending on Halloween is attributed to ticket purchases at themed haunted sites.  Visiting a haunted attraction is now the single most popular way to celebrate the holiday. 

Haunted attractions strive to make guests feel like they’re experiencing a real-life horror movie, some going as far to use computer animation, giant monsters and even virtual reality to provide the scares the guests enjoy. Many haunts now feature new attractions such as zombie paintball, zombie laser tag, corn mazes, haunted hayrides and escape rooms. 

Professional Halloween attractions are often based at family farms which typically offer traditional pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides. However, many of these same farms transform into spooky attractions by night and utilize actors portraying frightening characters, creepy lighting, and elaborate décor to provide fear-based fun for their guests. 

This Halloween, American families have many options as to how to celebrate the season. Haunted houses have become more realistic, but at the same time, more family friendly to appeal to larger crowds.  So, what is the best way for your family to experience the Halloween haunt craze? Families with younger children should head to the family farms. Those with teenagers should seek out the scariest haunted house near them.  Find the best haunted attraction for your family by visiting Hauntworld.com. The website provides location and descriptive information about all major haunts, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hayrides.


According to Hauntworld.com, the following are rated 2017’s scariest haunted houses in the U.S.:

1. Netherworld - Atlanta, Georgia - www.fearworld.com
2. The 13th Gate - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - www.13thgate.com
3. The Dent Schoolhouse - Cincinnati, Ohio - www.frightsite.com
4. Erebus - Pontiac, Michigan - www.hauntedpontiac.com 
5. Headless Horseman’s Hayrides and Haunted Houses - Ulster Park, New York - www.headlesshorseman.com
6. Haunted Overload - Lee, New Hampshire - www.hauntedoverload.com
7. Nashville Nightmare - Nashville, Tennessee www.nashvillenightmare.com
8. Bennett's Curse - Baltimore, Maryland - www.bennettscurse.com
9. The Darkness - St. Louis, Missouri - www.scarefest.com
10. Field of Screams - Mountville, Pennsylvania - www.fieldofscreams.com
11. Factory of Terror - Canton, Ohio - www.FOTOhio.com
12.  Nightmare on 13th - Salt Lake City, Utah - www.nightmareon13th.com
13.  USS Nightmare - Newport, Kentucky - www.ussnightmare.com


Click here to view the entire list of the “Best of” scary to not-so-scary attractions:

https://www.hauntworld.com/top-13-rated-haunted-houses-in-america-2017
 
 
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