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TransWorld Turns Chicagoland into Hauntedland


TransWorld Turns Chicagoland into Hauntedland

Largest U.S. Halloween and Haunted Attraction Convention Moves to Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and 100+ Haunted Houses

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WINNETKA, Ill.,, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- After 11 years in Columbus, Ohio the Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC) – the ultimate trade event for haunted house operators, retailers, entertainment venues, seasonal performers, and enthusiasts – will move to Chicago. The producer, TransWorld Trade Shows, LLC is also expanding the show – from June 7th to 9th, 2019 -- to more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space. In addition, there will be haunted house tours throughout the region, so attendees can scare-up creative new ideas for building profitable business during the Halloween season.

Kelly Collins, former owner of Midwest Haunters Convention and industry expert recently joined the event team. "This category is growing exponentially," he says. "And now that I've teamed up with TransWorld, the possibilities are scary-wonderful!"

An annual tradition, the Saturday Night Masquerade Party, remains the show highlight.

The show is not contained to the Convention Center, however. Attendees will see haunted houses in action, over a 120-mile radius via chartered buses. Tours will be announced by the end of 2018.

Exhibitors have shown support for the move to Chicago by committing early to the show. These exhibitors include Froggy's Fog, FrightProps, Distortions Unlimited, Ghost Ride Productions, Zombie Skin, Paschae Airbrush, Zagone Studios, Sinister Visions, Creative Visions, Legendary Escape, Donat Insurance, Zombie Army Productions and many others.

Companies have also rushed to secure the premier sponsorships. They are: Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, Haunted House Chicago, Basement of the Dead, Dr. Scary's, Evil Intentions, HellsGate, Midnight Terror Haunted House, Realm of Terror, Statesville Haunted Prison, Massacre Haunted House, and Wisconsin Fear Grounds. Other sponsorships are still available.

Other MHC attractions include:

  • A Zombie Walk
  • Body Art Fashion Show
  • Bloody Mary Monster Makeup Wars competition
  • Cash & Carry including makeup, props and one-of-a-kind items and art
  • Sinister Visions Costume Contest
  • Eye-popping trade show floor entertainment
  • Opportunities to attract, recruit, and train seasonal talent
  • Kids area
  • Educational workshops and networking activities

Says one former attendee, "MHC combines profitable business and decadent pleasure – everything from makeup, costumes, and prosthetics to décor and animatronics."

Jennifer Braverman, TransWorld CEO, also notes, "Haunters are some of the friendliest people I've met in my trade show career. They love to share ideas and outdo each other in friendly competition. We may be creating the largest-ever environment for them to do that! We not only attract haunted house operators, we host hundreds of actors and aspiring ghouls."

The show was moved due to the huge business population in Chicago, the Convention Center's convenient location (8 miles to airport), and the venue's free parking and union-free cost environment, which can save exhibitors thousands of dollars.

About TransWorld

TransWorld is a privately-held event company based in Winnetka, Illinois and run by Jennifer Braverman, a third-generation trade show professional. TransWorld is one of a small number of women-led major show organizers in the United States.

CONTACT: Nancy A. Shenker, theONswitch marketing,, 914.673.2800

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