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HAUNTED HOUSE INDUSTRY UPDATES/TRADESHOW AND DARKNESS TOUR
Thu, January 28, 2010
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We hope you prosperously survived the 2009 Halloween season.  Most are probably gearing up for the October 2010 haunting season already.  Hauntworld.com and HauntWorld Magazine are here to help you more than ever!  Our first 2010 issue of HauntWorld Magazine, issue 23, will be on your doorsteps soon with even more information than ever before.  The 2010 HauntWorld Magazines will focus more than ever on articles rich with content intended to directly benefit your haunt business.  The latest issue takes us to the New England area to learn from the successes of Fright Kingdom and Haunted Overload.  This magazine also features several how to articles about creating top notch movie-style trailers for your haunt and capturing breath-taking photos of your attraction for marketing.  We feel strongly that HWM issue 23 is the best issue we’ve ever produced with 68 pages of information to help your business!  

HWM issue 24 is already in the works and will feature Dent Schoolhouse in Ohio plus all the haunted attractions in Kansas City, Missouri.  HWM issue 24 will teach you the ins/outs and dos/donts of buying your own building, plus include concepts of detailing your haunt and creating original storylines throughout.  You won’t want to miss HauntWorld Magazine issue #24!

This summer, we will publish HWM #25.  Currently, we are looking for article ideas and deciding on which haunts to cover.  We welcome your feedback so if you have suggestions, please contact us today!  Email: darkrides@sbcglobal.net.  

HauntWorld Magazine will be getting a new magazine website.  Coming soon…www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com!  The new website will be uploaded prior to the 2010 Transworld Haunt and Halloween Attractions Show and feature nearly a hundred articles to help your business.  If you wish to subscribe to Hauntworld Magazine or purchase back issues now, go to www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com.

Speaking of the 2010 Transworld Haunt and Halloween Attractions Show, it’s once again being held in St. Louis, Missouri March 25-28, 2010.  The show features  more vendors, bigger show floor, more seminars, more events than ever before.  Learn all the details about this year’s show at www.HauntShow.com.  During the show, The Darkness Haunted House will open for three haunt tours including a behind the scenes tour on Thursday March 25 and live actors events on March 26 and 27th.  The Darkness has already been upgraded for the 2010 season.  The early renovations are specifically to accommodate the attendees of the March Transworld Show.  To purchase tour tickets or to learn more details, go to www.TheDarkness.com.  Go to www.HauntShow.com to learn all the details about the Tradeshow! 

Lastly, we are writing to inform you it’s time once again to renew your banner ads and online marketing campaigns on Hauntworld.com.  If you wish to reserve your space for 2010, please contact Patti Ludwinski direct at blacklightminigolf@sbcglobal.net.  If you are an existing HauntWorld Banner advertiser, the deadline to renew is March 5th, 2010.  We will open up Banner Ad sales inside our booth at the Transworld Haunt and Halloween Attractions show (booth #328), so to avoid a bump in banner ad location, be sure to renew your ads by the deadline.    

We have added some new and very exciting elements to Hauntworld’s network of websites for 2010 including a haunt directory on www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com, www.HauntedHayrides.com, and a new improved server to handle even more traffic, much more.  Please contact Patti today to discuss your 2010 marketing plans, blacklightminigolf@sbcglobal.net.  Our 2010 sales deck is available and ready to go.  Last year, the HauntWorld network set new records on traffic counts and we expect to exceed that for 2010!  Additionally, all featured haunts from Hauntworld.com were featured on www.MapQuest.com through an exclusive deal Hauntworld signed with AOL.com.  To prevent any server outages with the expected 2010 traffic, we have quadrupled our server capacity.  We are now looking forward to our biggest year ever!

We look forward to working with you again in 2010 and hope to see you at the 2010 Transworld Haunt Show!  Make sure to visit the Fright Forums on Hauntworld.com at http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_house_forums/ to chat with the haunt industry!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

Happy Haunting,

Hauntworld.com Staff

Haunted House Tradeshow, The Darkness Haunt Tour, Transworld Haunt Show, News
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Haunted House Association 2009 Year in Review
Mon, January 18, 2010
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2009: Year One of the Haunted House Association!

Ben Armstrong, NETHERWORLD Haunted House

 

     One year ago this month an interim board of your fellow haunt owners first gathered to start framing a new organization dedicated to a simple premise - to Protect and Promote the Haunted Attraction industry. Thanks to the unending enthusiasm and support of the first board of directors and the haunted houses, industry leaders and vendors who were there every step of the way I am happy to report that the first year of the Haunted House Association has exceeded all expectations!

 

     Our organization now has a solid set of bylaws with very critical components. The first being clearly-defined term limits, which ensures that the board of this organization is always moving and evolving, and constantly bringing in fresh blood. The second being that only haunted attraction owners or operators with 5 or more years of experience may sit on the board, bringing real wisdom and clear focus to this group.

 

     So what was accomplished in 2009? One of our big concerns was a safety outreach to find those start up folks who might not have the clearest grip on how to haunt safely. We created a series of “do and don’t” tips submitted by our members embedded with cool images and haunted house tips. These were presented on several websites and promoted with a two month advertising campaign in Fangoria magazine designed to reach a national audience. We also created a complex Crisis plan that was sent to our members to help them plan for proper disaster response.

 

     So why have a safety outreach, why go beyond the membership to promote best practices? Last season there were at least two situations where guns were discharged causing injures in haunted houses. In an eerie coincidence one of our safety tips dissuaded gun use and our crisis plan discussed this very issue in detail. Clearly a safety outreach is critical and should be expanded to protect both us as haunt owners, and our customers from unsafe operators. This out reach is core to our mission and will be expanded by this group in future years.

 

     In the area of promotion there were some truly amazing results. For our members we presented the first association sponsored haunt finder to help promote member attractions. On the national stage HHA’s participation with America Haunts with the ongoing national PR campaign netted great results, including portraying haunted houses in a positive light on CNN, Yahoo Homepage, MSNBC, Inc Magazine, Reuters, The National Post and The LA Times, among others. One of the crowning achievements of this year’s campaign was getting an awesome haunted attraction on the CBS Evening News on Halloween! One of our core goals is to show the world that haunted attractions are serious entertainment venues, and this is exactly the sort of promotion we need to build on year after year.

 

     Some of our industry’s top haunted house vendors participated in the HHA discount program, which translated into amazing savings on all manner of Halloween goods and services for all HHA members. We were also able to offer subscriptions to both haunt industry and Amusement Trade publications, and research healthcare options for haunters.

 

     HHA also strove to mend fences, and work hand in hand with other industry groups. We consulted closely with IAHA President Patrick Konopelski, for example to develop marketing information for both of our organizations to share. We published press releases and haunt lists from Hauntworld, Americas Best Haunts, and Haunted Attraction Magazine on our front page blog in the spirit of inclusiveness as well, because they were all promoting the haunted attraction industry in a positive light.

 

So what does 2010 bring?

 

- Our first election takes place in January, ushering in new officers and board members as per our bylaws. Holding the election next month ensures that the HHA leadership will be organized and ready for our meetings and events at the March TransWorld Halloween and Attractions Show. Several VERY experienced Haunt Owners have stepped up, and I expect great things from this new board!

 

- A new powerful affiliation with TransWorld will bring HHA many ways to help promote the industry and deliver new benefits to its members - including our special Members Only Brain Storming session, networking events, and more!

 

- A brand new website and URL www.HHAssociation.com

 

- Many more exciting bits of news that will be released in the coming months…stay tuned!

 

     So In closing I want to thank everyone who helped HHA on its amazing first year voyage, especially the board who gave up so much of their time and skill for something they believed in. Larry Kirchner and Hauntworld for all of his tireless efforts, forward thinking, endless promotion and use of so many of his assets, TransWorld and Jennifer Braverman for really going above and beyond for us in our first year, Steve Kopelman of Haunted House.com for his huge promotion in 2009 that gave us the capital to get rolling, John Kennedy of Haunted Attraction Magazine for his support and even handed approach to our organization, and America Haunts for bringing us into the PR Campaign. Also a huge thank you to ALL the vendors who donated product to our auction and who continue to participate in our vendor discount program. This would be almost impossible without your support!

 

     Lastly I want to thank you the Haunted House Owners who stepped up in year one to join us on our quest to protect and promote the haunted Attraction Industry! I hope you join up again in 2010 and bring all of your haunted house peers along for the ride! Together we can take this industry forward, and keep showing the world just how much Haunted Houses Rock!

Thanks!

 

Ben Armstrong

Haunted House Association President 2009

Haunted House Tradeshow, Halloween, 2010
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Haunted House and Halloween Guide 2010 Tradeshows and Conventions
Thu, January 07, 2010
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Hauntworld Magazines Guide to Halloween,

Haunted House and Horror Tradeshows
and Conventions 2010


Haunted Attraction Conventions and Tradeshows

Transworld National Halloween and Haunted House Show
St. Louis, Missouri March 25-28, 2010 www.HauntShow.com
Biggest Halloween and Haunted Tradeshow in the World

IAAPA International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
Orlando, Florida November 16-19 2010 www.iaapa.org
Biggest Amusement Tradeshow in the World

Fun Expo
Las Vegas, March 10-12, 2010 www.FunExpo.com
Very large family fun center tradeshow

Midwest Haunters Convention
Columbus, Ohio June 4-6, 2010 www.MidwestHauntersConvention.com
The biggest convention for for haunters and actors.

HauntCon
Orlando, Florida April 28 - May 3, 2010 www.Hauntcon.com
Tons of haunted house seminars, haunt tours and more.

National Haunters Convention
Philadelphia, PA April 29 - May 2, 2010 www.nationalhauntersconvention.com
Haunt Tours, make up battles and more.

Candian Haunters Convention
Ontario, Canada May 7-9, 2010 www.canadahaunts.ca
Haunt Tours, Education and more.

West Coast Haunters Convention
Salem, Oregon, May 20-23, 2010 www.westcoasthaunters.homstead.com
Make up Competition, seminars, haunt tours and more.

Great Lakes Frights
Petersburg, Michigan, June 4-6, 2010 www.greatlakesfrightfest.com
Seminars, events, haunt tours and more.

Halloween Retail Tradeshows 2010

Transworld Halloween and Party Show
Chicago, Illinois, February 26 - March 1, 2010 www.hcpshow.com
One of the biggest Halloween Retail Shows in the World

Halloween and Party Expo
Houston, Texas, January 23-26, 2010 www.halloweenpartyexpo.com
One of the biggest Halloween Retail Shows in the World

Horror Conventions and Halloween Mask Shows 2010

Monsterpalooza
Los Angeles, California, April 11-13, 2010 www.rubberoom101.com
The coolest mask and horror collectables show in the WORLD with tons of
celebs.

Chiller Theatre
Parsippany, New Jersey, April 16-18, 2010 www.chillertheatre.com
Coolest event to meet horror and Hollywood celebs in the World.

Mask Fest
Indianapolis, Indiana, March 26-28, 2010 www.maskfest.com
A very cool show featuring Hollywood effect artists and mask show with
celebs

Comic Con
San Diego, Californaia, July 22-25, 2010  www.comic-con.org
Biggest Comic Movie tradeshow with tons of vendors and celebs.
 

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