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TRANSWORLD HALLOWEEN - ESCAPE - HAUNTED HOUSE Tradeshow Review 2017

The 2017 Halloween and Haunted House tradeshow was a another success story.  Given the fact that many haunters felt the show would never work, now after 9 shows this industry can't live without the show.  Some vendors reported a slightly lower crowd than last year, the attendance was still brisk!  We talked to some new vendors who said they wouldn't come back, wrong show for them, while others said they've already put down deposits for 2018.  The haunted house industry tradeshow has some what expanded to many different industries including escape rooms, farming, pumpkin patches and more.  Many amusement parks where found in attendance from Six Flags to Universal Studios.  Many haunt owners from Netherworld to 13th Gate to Headless Horseman roamed the halls looking to find the next great prop!

The escape room section of the show was way down, I'm assuming due to Transworld starting an escape room conference.  This was very disappointing, would rather see everything in one place than scattered across several shows.  I'm an advocate for everything in one place, no MHC, no anything but one show so buyers and vendors get it done once a year in one place.   Another thing I found very disappointing was how disorganized the show floor really is ... let me explain.  At IAAPA they create themed sections of the show I'd like to see the same thing here.  For example if I'm looking for food vendors I know what section to go straight to, same with controls systems, masks and costumes.  I'd rather be able to find all those vendors in one area than search around for them.  This is something I think Transworld should consider going forward.

As for new products... if you're looking for big ticket items I think those days are long gone.  I think the industry has made just about every style of zombie, animation, or large prop from this perspective you would be greatly disappointed.  The days when animation companies reigned over the show are over.  For example this had to be the flat out worst display Scarefactory has ever attempted... rating there a 2 out of 10.  One company featured a giant shark cool but seen it before and very few haunts would even use something like that... all the same was cool.  Poison Props stood out in this field offering simple, cheap yet effective animations again.  But again nothing on the animation was breathtaking nor stand out.
 

So with animations getting less attention, what is thrilling haunters?  I would say the highlights to the show are the vendors who offer something to grow or expand their revenue from zombie laser tag, zombie paintball, donut machines to new ticketing companies like Fear Ticket.  Additionally costume and mask companies continue to offer more and more products and I believe most of the money spent during this show is heading to those vendors.  Fantastic job once again!

Props like zombies to everything between once again did fantastic such as Ghost Ride or Gore Galore... simply amazing.

Overall the show in 2017 wasn't much different than 2015 or 2014 or even last year.  The show has somewhat hit a wall... so adding more new industries like we saw this year from VR, Christmas prop vendors and more is what the show needs.  Lastly I would say what the show really needs is more food vendors, and or vendors who help haunters expand into new area's such as food, VR, Escapes, to laser tag.  Lets see the show expand into a amusement family fun center type of show and focus less on what the show already does great.
Transworld does a great job producing this show but after nine years it's time to really shake it up and make the attempt to expand into other common interest industries.  This show has every type of industry coming amusement parks, escapes, farms, to family fun centers so why not make a bigger effort to meld them all together for one big giant show?

Instead of being a Halloween or Haunted House show change totally and head down the Amusement path headlined by Halloween. 

Just a thought. 

On the improvement side we saw less home haunters, less people dressing up in costumes and better security!  All great things!  Overall the show was great but now I think after 9 shows its time to turn up the heat and really expand.  Let see what happens. 

Lastly, I wanted to mention to vendors who spent a lot of time trying to create really elaborate detailed booths... I think the mass majority of buyers are interested to take photos but not buy those services.  I think vendors in 2018 should focus more on products than displays.  Again another thought.

Hauntworld will publish its list of the best vendors from the 2017 Tradeshow.  Stay Tuned.




VIDEO OF LAST YEARS SHOW 

The Transworld Halloween, Haunted House and now the Escape Room industry converge to St Louis for an annual tradeshow.  The tradeshow now ranks as the 16th largest convention of the year for St Louis and produces 6.1 million dollars to the local economy.   The tradeshow which started 9 years ago has grown each year now bringing an estimated 8,000 guests from around the World.  The tradeshow floor itself over 9 years has tripled from the first show back in 2009.

 

The growth has come from the international community as Horror and Haunted Houses have grown in popularity.  Halloween is now a 9 BILLION dollar industry and this tradeshow is the center of the entire industry.  Transworld HAA Show has grown mostly because of international interest but also because of new industries joining the show including Escape Room, Farms, and Amusement Parks. 

Hauntworld.com which covers the haunted house industry with their popular Haunted House Magazine which now also covers escape rooms estimates there now 5000 haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, to escape rooms open across the country.  Many haunts are now open year around or for special promotions such as Valentines Day and even Christmas.
 

The Transworld Haunt Show also ushers in a popular haunted house tour with local haunt The Darkness which is known nationally as one of the best in the nation.  The Darkness will give tours to industry members this weekend.  The Darkness has also opened Escape Rooms.  Learn more about their tour this week at www.TheDarkness.com

Follow all the news about the tradeshow here at www.Hauntworld.com

Discover more info about the Tradeshow at www.HAASHOW.com or more information about Hauntworld Magazine www.hauntedhousemagazine.com


Stay connected to the all-new Hauntworld.com as we'll bring you the latest photos, breaking news, and updates from Transworld Haunted House industry tradeshow 2017.  We will update you with highlights, photos, and more from the tradeshow floor to the seminars and events.  Hauntworld will cover everything for you from A to Z... including we'll rate who had the best new equipment, monsters, and new FX.  Who had the best booth to who had the best new animation.  Hauntworld will dish out the awards so stay tuned here. 

Additionally once the show is over Hauntworld will release the best walk thru the show so you don't miss a thing. 

To learn more about the Transworld 2017 Haunted House and Halloween Tradeshow visit their website at www.haashow.com. 

To take the haunted house tours visit www.TheDarkness.com 

The show takes place in St Louis Missouri from March 22 - 25, 2017.  See you there! 



St Louis Escape the #1 Escape Rooms in the St Louis Missouri area will open all four of their rooms during the annual tradeshow.  Transworld Halloween and Haunted House tradeshow now includes a national tradeshow for Escape Rooms.  In 2016 over 30,000 square feet was devoted to escape room suppliers and over 100 seminars took place.  In 2017 Transworld is expecting even more vendors, buyers from the escape room industry.  Expected over 1000 escape room operators from around the World will visit St Louis Missouri from March 20-26th, 2017.

The best escape rooms in St Louis are St Louis Escape located about 2 miles from the convention center in Historic Soulard.   St Louis Escape features four different escape rooms, all with World class detail, fx and more.  St Louis Escape will debut their newest escape room:  Haunted Hotel. 
Haunted Hotel features over 15 tech puzzles, CGI FX, and multi motion animations.  Saturday night at St Louis Escape is nearly BOOKED OUT COMPLETELY... start looking on Friday, Thursday or Sunday.  Additionally the team behind St Louis Escape has created an all new How To Video called 'How to Create Escape Rooms'.  This video will be available at their private tours, tradeshow floor, and online at www.hauntedhousesupplies.com 
 

St Louis Escape is also offering behind the scenes tours of their escape rooms learn more at www.TheDarkness.com 

You can book their rooms now at www.StLouisEscape.com 

The Darkness is opening for April 1st 2017 SCREAM BREAK ONE NIGHT ONLY limited to the first 500 tickets sold.  The Darkness has already been totally renovated for this event with new screams, scenes, and monsters.  Our Escape Rooms will be open as well including our all-new Haunted Hotel.  Here is what is included:  The Darkness Haunted House, Terror Visions 3D, Outside Monsters, and everyone plays one game of ZOMBIE LASER TAG! 

Are you ready to hunt, shoot and kill real zombies?  Everything for ONE PRICE $30.00 you get Zombie Laser Tag and the haunted house.  Get your tickets now at http://Darkness.fearticket.com  ACT NOW!

You can book our escape rooms and really make a night of it... www.StLouisEscape.com

Watch the video below to learn more.  Remember this is ONE NIGHT ONLY grab a date and prepare to scream!  The Darkness will not re-open again until September.
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