A Haunting We Will Go

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

It was like a scene from a horror movie.  From the window of my hotel room, I could see the streets below filling up with zombies … monsters … aliens … I would have feared  the city was under attack, if I wasn’t excitedly applying latex flesh wounds to my own skin. Each spring, over 3500 people attend the Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC), “the largest Halloween Show of its kind in the US serving Haunted Attraction Industry professionals and enthusiasts.”  The three-day convention features educational seminars, workshops, a trade show room with over 100 vendors, chartered bus tours to top-rated haunted attractions in the area, and plenty of entertainment.  Presented by TransWorld Trade Shows and Netherworld Haunted House, the convention returns to the Greater Columbus Convention Centre this June 10-12, 2016 for its 13th year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gzzmx2b0dE Representatives from the Cannington Haunted Trail were thrilled to attend this convention for the very first time last year, and are excitedly making plans to attend in 2016.  I can honestly say that this event will change the way you think about running a haunt, whether you are a home haunter or professional/charity haunt.  Based on my experience of last year’s convention, here are my Top 5 Reasons to Attend MHC. Networking Where else can you share three consecutive days and nights with fellow haunters, experts in the field and haunt-related vendors?  There were so many opportunities to meet others in the industry, share stories and experiences, ask questions and get answers and advice.  From the educational seminars, tradeshow and organized social events, to off-time outside of the convention centre … networking opportunities were everywhere.  Connections were made and lasting friendships were formed. Educational Seminars Over 35 educational sessions were offered at reasonable rates over the three days.  Topics included (but were not limited to) prop and set building, business plan writing, makeup and special effects, marketing, costume distressing, animation design and scare tactics.  We took advantage of the educational seminars that were offered to learn best practices in the industry and to get ideas of new products and trends.  Most of the presenters are veteran haunt owners and/or well-known gurus who are happy to share their expertise and personal experiences with others. Tradeshow WOW.  All I can say is WOW.  I was completely in awe of the variety of professional vendors showcasing high-quality masks, costumes, props, makeup, special effects, apparel, lighting, signage, and sound effects.  We purchased a high quality fog machine and juice from Froggy’s Fog, dark attraction lighting from Gantom Lighting and some hanging heads from Eville J’s Creepy Closet. Monster Masquerade Costume Party We did not attend the masquerade party last year, and to be honest, will not likely attend this year either.  The only reason for that is we prefer to lounge by the outdoor firepit at the hotel patio and chat with fellow haunters over the loud, sweaty, crowded party.  But in speaking with others who did...

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The Maze was A-MAZE-ING!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

One of the goals for our 2014 event was to create a second attraction to add to the ever-popular Haunted Trail.  With a very generous sponsorship from Pefferlaw Peat, a ton of plywood and bracing generously donated by ICF Central Providers Cannington, 5 cans of paint, 200 feet of industrial plastic, and hours and hours of labour, MANIC MAZE came to life.  This intense scare attraction was a huge success!  Screaming, loud noises and banging could be heard far beyond the walls of the maze and, surprising (or perhaps not surprisingly!), many guests were too frightened to even enter.  Well then … you have an entire year to build up your courage. A special recognition and thank you to Chris Clodd, Grant Spence (Jimbo) and Steve Clodd for assembling the maze....

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Engaging the Community

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Local business owners in Cannington were engaged on Saturday, September 6, 2014 when members of the Cannington Haunted Trail Planning Committee visited with promotional materials for the event.  A huge thank you to our community businesses and organizations who provide such tremendous support for this event.

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Cannington Haunted Trail Community Event Booth Build

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Construction started this weekend on the Cannington Haunted Trail community event booth, which will be popping up at several community events this year. Visit our creeped out display at the upcoming Canada Day Festival, July 1st, 2014 in Cannington. We’ll be handing out candy, promoting our event, and looking for bodies to recruit (dead or alive). We’d love to talk to you, so stop by! A special thank you to Arksey Lumber for sponsoring the materials needed for our...

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Taking It To The Next Level

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Earlier this year, some of our planning committee members attended the Canadian Haunted Attractions Conference (CHAC) in Guelph.  Wow, did we ever come back with our heads spinning!  Best practices, new ideas and excellent suggestions were shared at the educational sessions and wonderful connections were made with experts in the field and other fellow haunters. With five successful years under our belt, we were advised by the gurus to “take it to the next level”.  Matthew Flagler, President of the CHAC, was generous enough to offer some consulting, so we rolled up our sleeves and dug in. A ton of background work has already been done, and there is much more to do moving forward.  We are committed to bring you an even better, scarier haunt experience this...

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