Midwest Haunters Convention 2015
This was our first time visiting the
Midwest Haunters Convention. We've heard such good things about the show that we
had high hopes.
It was a relatively large show; more
people and more vendors than the National Haunters convention and perhaps a bit
larger than the Hauntcon we went to as well.
The convention center itself was nice;
though the Holiday Inn we were told was "walking distance" turned out to be over
a mile each way... So we ended up using the hotel's free shuttle quite a lot.
The exhibit hall was spacious and neat; the food court had a nice selection and
the ballrooms were large.
Communication was an issue... Though we
had pre-registered well in advance, until we got there we had no idea where
things where, where to go, or what the schedule was. When we got registered in
person we did get a summary schedule, but it had little information on it.
You can click on any of the images
below to see a full size picture.
Columbus was an interesting city.
Neither of us had ever been there before. There were signs of formerly rundown
areas throughout - but most appeared yo have been cleared away and turned into
open spaces. Very little traffic (compared to DC) and not many people on the
streets. There were signs everywhere of an up-and-coming culture trying to
revitalize the city. Zip/drop-off cars, bike racks (including automated bikes
for rent), and trendy clubs with sidewalk seating full of 20-somethings looking
to be seen.
It was a 7 hour drive for us; which
seemed long on paper but was rather nice... Pleasant mountain scenery through
Northwest Maryland and West Virginia and the traffic was light the entire way.
We heard others talking of 12+ hour drives to get there.
A few pictures from the blocks behind
Once we found the pick-up spot for the
pre-haunt tour we were quickly shuttled to the "Haunted Hoochie". Great
atmosphere and phenomenal actors.. and much more "in your face" than most
haunters are used to (it's VERY hands ON). Unfortunately once we arrived (we
were about 2/3 from the front of the line) we stood in line for over 2 HOURS
before we got inside. Miller Lite and hot dogs were being sold; we were glad we
had the sense to eat dinner BEFORE we went.
I wish I had gotten some pictures in
the haunt, but by the time we got in we were so exhausted we just wanted to get
through it; which was a shame because they had some REALLY impressive scenes.
Video Clip 1
(wait line). Video
Clip 2 (hoochie dancer).
We've been to a wide variety of classes
at the other shows we've been to so we made a point of picking two from this
show to see how they compared.
They only had 2 classrooms operating -
which is fewer than most years at the National convention - but they had a
decent assortment of topics. We chose a haunt makeup class and a scenery
painting class. Both were well done and the presenters entertaining and
informative. Both had problems with the show-provided A/V/ equipment though; the
projectors constantly cutting out on them - interrupting their flow.
The classes themselves were $30 each
($25 if we had registered for the classes in advance)... a bit pricey but worth
From pictures and videos I've seen
online I knew the party was going to be impressive. These people take their
costumes seriously! There were AMAZING costumes - and LOTS of them.
Not enough seats though... and though
we never got near the food I understand it was more appetizers - and didn't last
Unlike the National convention's
(lousy) DJs in the past several years - the DJ here had the dance floor rocking
and packed most of the evening.
Trade Show floor:
The trade show floor was large - and
happily for us we found many more thing s worth buying than we've encountered at
the National convention in several years. We picked up several items each time
we went through the show, and got some very helpful information from several
We were surprised that the show floor
was only open Saturday and part of Sunday... Not much time to shop - but there
really wasn't that much competing with shopping time either.
We were pleasantly surprised to see
Distortions Unlimited at the show; with Ed and Marsha manning their booth. They
had a very cool zombie lockup which I wish I had gotten video of.
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