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IAAPA Show Review 2009 / Magazine Updates
Fri, November 27, 2009
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Hauntworld Magazine just returned from another IAAPA show (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) located this year in Las Vegas, Nevada.  IAAPA is the biggest amusement park show in the World with many Halloween and Haunted House Vendors in attendance.  IAAPA is not the same show it was in years past when the show was dominated mostly by large over the top displays by large amusement companies... now the show is dominated by companies displaying inside four or less booths.  The show is also smaller than it was several years ago, and clearly you could see the show did not use all the usable space they had rented for the show.  It seemed like many exhibitors had scaled back or simply did not attend the show.  The attendance of the show was also way down from the heyday period of years past.  

Over the years a handful of companies have bought out almost all amusement parks and even many family fun centers giving control of the amusement industry mostly to Six Flags, Cedar Fair, Disney, and the Universal ./ Blackstone Group.  The big amusement parks do not send the loads of people to the shows anymore because big companies go to the park management directly to pitch new idea's and concepts.  Additionally due to IAAPA creating tradeshows in Europe, Asia, India, and other parts of the World many overseas buyers also no longer attend the show.  I doubt attendance or the buying power of IAAPA shows will ever again return mainly because of the industry consolidation but still this show is very important to many smaller companies and especially those in the Halloween haunted house industry.

Even though I would not put this show on the TOP of the MUST SEE list (www.HauntShow.com would top that list) I do however suggest all haunt owners attend this show at least once every other year.  If you are looking to find new products, push your small amusement business into new directions, find things you couldn't find otherwise I would highly advice you to attend this show.  This years show wasn't much different from the 2008 addition in Orlando with exception of the Las Vegas strip as the shows backdrop.  Most of the vendors same as last year, nothing much new, nothing major to see, if youv'e been to 15 shows in row like we have been.  Now if you've NEVER attended one of these shows YOU REALLY MISSED THE BOAT! 

IAAPA offers something for everyone from insurance companies to insure your haunt, ticket management systems, money counter machines, ATM machines, to every single type of food product to every single type of games for midways, to laser tag and yes even major rides.  There was several haunt vendors at IAAPA again this year such as Scarefactory, Oak Island, and several others however their booths are much smaller with different focus.  

What did I see at the IAAPA show that was a must see for a haunt owner... for one I would say a company selling Rain Insurance.  The rain insurance company made a great pitch about how much money haunts would have made this year had they bought his program.  Additionally I found this AWESOME money counter machine and bought two of them... it could bank face bills, pick out counterfit bills, do print outs and so much more.  I also heard several haunters bought ATM machines running only $2500.0 or so ... seems like those ATM machines could pay for themselves in a couple weekends.

All in all it was a fun show and I wish more haunters could have attended.  Next years IAAPA show will be located in Orlando, Florida home of Disney and Universal Studios.  Which city did I like better... Vegas or Orlando?  I liked Orlando much better because its cheaper!  The unions in Vegas were not the best to deal with and seemed to charge for everything.  Orlando is the best place to hold an amusement convention and I hope IAAPA does NOT return to Vegas again.

Now we can start looking forward to the 2010 Transworld Halloween and Haunted House Attractions show in St. Louis, Missouri March 25-28th, 2010.  You can learn more about the upcoming Haunt Show at www.hauntshow.com

Hauntworld Magazine was featured on the America Haunts Television Show all October on Travel Channel!  The next Hauntworld Magazine will debute in January 2010.... more news coming soon! 

More blogs coming soon! 

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The Top 5 Halloween iPhone Apps
Thu, October 22, 2009
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The leaves are changing, the weather is getting colder and that means that Halloween is right around the corner. To help make your Halloween even more frightful, try out these Top 5 Halloween iPhone Apps.

Halloween Experience

This is a fun compilation of Halloween themed activities that are sure to entertain in those occasional moments of spare time. The app includes two games, a pumpkin decorator and Halloween sound effects.

Ringtone Halloween Factory – Scary Ringtones

This app has downloadable Halloween themed ringtones. Each selected ringtone is sent to an email address that the user enters. From there it has to be downloaded to a computer and then to iTunes.

Scary

Scary is a great app to go for when a good joke is needed. The user can select just about any screen shot they want to be the set up page for the scare. Even the picture that pops can be changed. This app is very unsuspecting and even works if the user locks the phone. So they can lock their phone and when someone opens it up to use it, well, hope there is a strong case on the phone.

Tap Tap Race- Halloween Edition

Get a big jump out of friends! This app is an awesome one with a very unsuspecting appearance. As the game is played, the user begins to concentrate on the task at hand and is definitely not ready for what comes next.

Zombie Pizza

A fun holiday twist on the classic diner games. Create pizzas for zombies with different types of ingredients. Certain combinations score higher than others and making the occasional special order gives an extra boost to the final score. Make sure the pizzas are going out fast or the zombies outside might decide to come make a visit to the kitchen.

 

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America Haunts Updates and Preview of Scarehouse
Thu, September 24, 2009
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Watch the video below to learn all about the Scarehouse haunted house in Pittsburgh, and within the same video you'll see video of updates from America Haunts including a national costume contest, updates about Cutting Edge Haunted House breaking the world record for the longest haunted house and much  more.  Keep Checking Hauntworld.com for all the latest info about the haunted house industry.

Now go, run, scream, and use our directory to find the best haunted houses in America!!!!

Haunted Houses are NOW open NATIONWIDE!!!!!!

 



 

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Find Haunted Houses, Haunted Attractions, Real haunted houses, the best and scariest attractions in the World.  Hauntworld.com is the biggest online directory for anything and everything Halloween, Haunted, Spooky, Scary and everything bump in the night.  Are you looking for the best haunted houses near you then use the Hauntworld haunt finder directory to help you locate attractions throughout America, Canada and the entire World!  Please take time to review the attractions you visit and post your reviews online for all to read.  If you are looking for any type of scary attractions from the very scary gory haunted houses to even the family friendly events like pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes to even zip lines and more you will find them here on www.Hauntworld.com.  Hauntworld.com helps you find real haunted houses, zombie runs, fall festivals, Halloween and Haunted Attractions.  Hauntworld.com is also the best place to find year around haunted houses across the World including the biggest and the best haunted house attractions.  Hauntworld.com is also the only website on the web that rates and reviews haunted houses across the globe with our field of reporters reviewing only the scariest haunted houses in the country.   Now Hauntworld.com will help you stay updated on all the Zombie haunted themed attractions like Zombie Runs, and or Zombie themed haunted houses!   Do you want to learn the history of the haunted house industry then we can provide this as well Hauntworld.com is the biggest and best haunted website on the planet!  Halloween has gone crazy in America and now the World and Hauntworld.com will help you find just the right scary attraction for your next haunted encounter!  Also join our facebook page to stay updated daily!  Happy Haunt Hunting! 

 
 
 
 

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