TransWorld's Halloween & Attractions Show
TransWorld’s Halloween & Attractions Show will take place this week – February 2nd – 5th at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri. For four decades, TransWorld has created the marketplace for the haunted attractions industry, where haunters can network, learn, gain inspiration, and purchase the newest products from industry vendors. Map your route to view all your favorite exhibitors with the floor plan and exhibitor list. Check out the daily seminars held by industry leaders, including the HAA’s C.H.A.O.S. Safety Seminar. Don’t miss out on the many daily events outside the show floor, starting on Wednesday, February 1st with TransWorld’s Networking Night Out. Other highlights include Thursday night’s City Museum Party; Friday’s Haunted Attraction Association State of the Industry Seminar, HAA Live Auction, The Darkness Haunted House Behind the Screams Tour, and Vampire Circus: The Asylum; and Saturday’s HAA OSCARES Awards Banquet, The Masquerade (an interactive adventure mystery), and Dead Man’s Party – a Zombified Costume Ball. TransWorld’s Halloween & Attractions show is everything you need to succeed in your Halloween season.
Visit the Haunted Attraction Network at booth 2422. Meet our team members and learn more about our podcasts, newsletter, and website.
Any TransWorld vendors who would like our team to stop by their booth can reply to this e-mail with their name and booth number. We look forward to seeing you all soon!
TransWorld Vendor Promotions
9-16 Productions (Booth 909) will create custom, limited edition souvenirs themed to their booth. Loyal fans and customers may snag one of these 100 rusted keys by catching a 9-16 crew member wearing one around their neck. Keys will be divided over the first three days of the show. Be sure to stop by their booth and say hello for a chance to win.
CFX (Booth 602) will hold its biggest sale of the year. Receive up to $75 off silicone mask and glove orders (excluding licensed items). Each order placed during the sale will receive a CFX Swag Bag with lanyard, sticker, and CFX worm. Can’t make it to the show? Use the code CFXTW23 on their website. The sale will go live on the website Thursday, February 2nd, at 12:00 a.m. CST and run through Sunday, February 5th at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Creature Corps (Booth 903) is offering show pricing of 10% off your order through February 6th. Use the code TW23 at checkout.
Haunted Hills Productions (Booths 1222, 1225) have announced their show specials. Specials include a Noisemaker Package for $625 ($670 value), Doctor & Nurse Costume Set for $175 ($190 value), 6-Costume/7-Mask Christmas Package for $1,500 ($1,735 value), and more.
ProAiir Body/FX Makeup (Booth 1304) will give away a free stencil on Friday, February 3rd. To pick up your free stencil, like their photo on their Facebook page, leave a comment, and screenshot or save the image. One stencil per person while supplies last.
Scare Co Creations (Booth 1901) will offer Buy 5 Get 1 Free or Buy 8 Get 2 Free on any of their custom one or two piece clown suits (must be ordered not out of the cash and carry inventory). Stop by their booth to see their other special show pricing offers.
Scareit Badges (Booth 1443) will have cash & carry badges available for $5 with show discounts on packages. Say the secret phrase from their Facebook page to receive a special prize.
The Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster at Warner Bros. Movie World (Queensland, Australia) will temporarily close at the end of the school holidays for a $4 million upgrade with MACK Rides. Brake system upgrades, partial track replacement, and car and vertical lift replacements will create a smoother ride experience for guests. Other enhancements include a new ride operating system, new ride vehicles with state-of-the-art fitted harnesses, a tester seat at the attraction entrance, and theming improvements. The Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster will be closed for the remainder of 2023 and is set to re-open sometime next year.
Alton Towers (Staffordshire, UK) has unveiled an eerie image teasing its new dark ride, The Curse at Alton Manor. The Resort is keeping ride details, including the backstory of the Manor’s sinister past under wraps for now, however it has said it will be a haunting ride which will frighten and excite both brave youngsters and adults, as it takes them on a hair-raising journey through the spectacular twists and turns of the cursed manor. Kate McBirnie, Head of Product Excellence at Alton Towers Resort, said: “Let the countdown begin! The Curse at Alton Manor is no ordinary dark ride. It has all the components of a supernatural tale – it’s dark, compelling and promises some thrilling and scary moments along the way. Fans of eerie rides will certainly appreciate this one.” More details on The Curse at Alton Manor will be released next month, so check back to Alton Towers’ official website for exciting new announcements.
U.S. Haunts & Events
Lincoln Mill Haunted House (Philadelphia, PA) presents Viktor’s Valentine: A ‘Dark’ Love Story on Saturday, February 11th from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Equipped only with a candle, venture through the hidden chamber in the darkness. With a Valentine’s Day twist, this blackout experience will heighten your senses as you encounter the mill’s inhabitants and the ghost of Viktor’s Valentine. The Valentine’s Day tour plays on the legend behind Lincoln Mill Haunted House, a mix of fact and fiction developed by owners Brian Corcodilos and Jared Bilsak. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 for a single GA ticket and $45 for a “Lover’s Pair” (admission for two).
Horrorween Haunted Warehouse (Mount Union, PA) will open for a Bloody Valentine weekend event on February 10th & 11th. Walk through this non-profit haunted attraction while holding on tight to that special someone. Tickets will be $10 per person, available at the door on the event nights.
Wine, dine, and crack the caper of The Cunningham Conundrum at the Lyman Homestead (Middlefield, CT) on Saturday, February 25th and Saturday, March 25th at 6:30 p.m. Produced by Evidence of Evil Haunted Attraction, this role-playing, interactive event allows guests to immerse themselves in a real-life game of Clue. Guests take on a character role and travel from room to room with a team of fellow detectives to gather evidence and solve this baffling murder mystery. Tickets are $75 each, and be sure to grab yours soon – February 25th is already sold out and March 25th only has a limited number of remaining tickets.
Composite Effects (CFX) is suing All Elite Westling (AEW) and one of their performers, Luchasaurus, over allegations of copyright infringement in Luchasaurusus’ mask. According to the lawsuit, CFX designed and created the dinosaur mask used by Luchasaurus when performing, however they claim to still hold the merchandising rights to the mask, despite multiple attempts on their part to strike a deal with AEW. CFXis seeking profits that the two defendants have earned from the mask as well as attorney fees.
Little Spider Creations is hiring new team members. Available positions include Sculptor, Painter, Carpenter, Welder, Concept Artist, and more. Considered candidates must be able to travel for installations. Interested parties can e-mail their resume and portfolio to [email protected] or visit Little Spider Creations at TransWorld, Booth 1103.
Upcoming Events: January 2023 - March 2023
Valentine's Day Haunts
13th Floor Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL) – February 17 – 18
13th Hour Haunted House (Wharton, NJ) – February 11
Abattoir Haunted Attraction (Vincennes, IN) – February 11
Akron Haunted Schoolhouse (Akron, OH) – February 10 – 11
All Saint’s Lunatic Asylum (Apple Valley, CA) – February 10 – 12
Arx Mortis (Killen, AL) – February 10 – 11, 14
The Asylum (Nowata, OK) – February 11
Awaken Haunted Attraction (Leslie, MI) – February 11
Bayville Haunted House (Bayville, NY) – February 10 – 11, 14
Bennett’s Curse (Baltimore, MD) – February 10 – 11
Brighton Asylum (Passaic, NJ) – February 11
Carnage Haunted House (Columbus, OH) – February 10 – 11
Chambers of Hell (Hauppauge, NY) – February 10 – 11
Cutting Edge Haunted House (Fort Worth, TX) – February 14
Dark Castle (Elgin, SC) – February 11, 18
Dark Hour (Plano, TX) – February 11
The Darkness (St. Louis, MO – February 11
Deceased Farm (Lexington, SC) – February 10 – 11. 17 – 19
Factory of Fear (Moline, IL) – February 10 – 11
Fear on the Farm (Winfield, WV) – February 25
Fear PDX (Portland, OR) – February 10 -11
Field of Screams (Mountville, PA) – February 11
Fiesta Fright (St. George, UT) – February 10 – 11
Folklore Haunted House (Acworth, GA) – February 10 – 11
Foukelore Slaughterhouse (Gravesville, AR) – February 10 – 11
Fright Haven (Stratford, CT) – February 10 – 11
Frightmare Haunted House (Chesapeake, VA) – February 10 – 11
Frightworks Haunted House (Powell, TN) – February 10 – 11
Hangman’s House of Horrors (Fort Worth, TX) – February 10 – 12
The Haunt in Atascadero (Atascadero, CA) – February 10 – 11, 14, 17 – 19
Haunted Hills Estate (Uniontown, PA) – February 10 – 11
Hell’s Dungeon (Dayton, OH) – February 11
Hollerin Haunts Hayride (Clinton, NC) – February 11, 18
The Horror – Tuscaloosa (Cottondale, AL) – February 10 – 11
Horrorween Haunted Warehouse (Mt. Union, PA) – February 10 – 11
Hush Haunted Attraction (Westland, MI) – February 10 – 11, 14
Lincoln Mill Haunted House (Philadelphia, PA) – February 11
Malice Manor (Clarksville, IN) – February 10 -11
Murder House Productions (Los Angeles, CA) – February 10 – 12, 14
Nashville Nightmare (Nashville, TN) – February 17 – 19
Necropolis Underground (Indianapolis, IN) – February 10 – 11
Nightmare at 3008 (Fultondale, AL) – February 10 – 11
Nightmare on 19th Street (Lubbock, TX) – February 11
Paranoia Haunted House (Canton, GA) – February 11
Pope’s Haunted Farm (Salem, AL) – February 10 – 11
Rigor Mortis Haunted House (McMinnville, TN) – February 10 – 11
ScareHouse (Tarentum, PA) – February 11
The Scream Chamber (North Athens, TN) – February 10 – 11
Screamz (Hoboken, GA) – February 17 – 18
Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail (Plant City, FL) – February 10 – 11
Spook Haven (Mill Hall, PA) – February 11
Spooktrail (Quinton, AL) – February 2
St. Albans Sanatorium (Radford, VA) – February 10 – 11
Terror Manor (Roanoke, VA) – February 10 – 11, 17 – 18
Warehouse 31 (Pelham, AL) – February 10 – 11, 14
Podcast Episodes You Might Be Interested In
The Transworld Diaries (Replay)
Next week the largest tradeshow in our industry, Transworld’s Halloween & Attractions Show, will take over St Louis. Today, we’ll replay a show from several years ago that examines Transworld through audio diaries from 3 individuals. Three days in St Louis told via audio diary from three entirely different attendees – a first-timer, a first-time vendor, and a veteran. Featured in this episode: Brian Foreman from Haunter’s Toolbox and ScareIt Badges, Max Bryant, Scott Swenson, Scott Tater Lynd, Doug Schaefer, and Dalton Dale.
Trends in Consumer-Grade Animatronics with Morris Costumes
Founded in 1960, Morris Costumes is a wholesaler distributing tens of thousands of Halloween products. Over the years, they’ve become known for animatronics, and they debuted several new models at this year’s retail show. The Halloween & Part Expo, held every January, is where Halloween retail stores go to buy for the upcoming Halloween season. For Haunters, the trends at this show are key because they determine what your customers will see in stores this fall. Today, we’ll discuss the new technology trends in consumer-grade animatronics and whether the pending recession will impact Halloween with Sean Morris.
One More Time at Containment Haunted House in Lithia Springs, GA
Containment Haunted House in Lithia Springs, Georgia, has closed its old location permanently, and today, we’ll visit the final show. Containment haunted house opened its lithia springs location in 2016. The haunt is made from shipping containers, each acting as a different scene. The time has come for the haunt to move and decide if they’ll keep the container model or move to a building. Finding a location is one of the most significant obstacles for haunters, so today, we’ll go on-location to hear about the move from General Manager Joey McCollough. Elsie Acuna went on location to report this story.
Haunted Attraction Industry News for January 24th
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In contrast to last week’s show, we look at recent Disney Policy changes and discuss their impact. Plus, it’s Chinese New Year, and theme parks worldwide are celebrating.