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2016 Haunt Industry Event Calendar
Halloween, Haunted House and Horror conventions & gatherings

Know of an event that isn't in the list? Send the event name, city, date(s), website and a short description of the event to hauntedillinois@gmail.com, so it can be added to the list.

2016 Illinois Events

February 11-14, 2016

 - Capricon  (Wheeling, IL)
It's time to travel to the 4th Dimension! Your time travel device has stopped just in time to visit Chicagoland’s annual winter extravaganza of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Event Website: http://capricon.org/

March 18-20, 2016

 - Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)  (Chicago, IL)
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — also known as C2E2 — is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games.
Event Website: http://www.c2e2.com/

May 20-22, 2016

 - Anime Central  (Rosemont, IL)
Anime Central (ACen) is Chicago’s and the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention.
Event Website: http://www.acen.org/

May 21, 2016

 - Chicago Zombie Prom  (Chicago, IL)
Zombie Army Productions will once again be hosting its annual Chicago Zombie Prom at The Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613) on Saturday, May 21st, from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. As Chicago’s #1 Zombie Event,
Event Website: http://www.zombiepromchicago.com/

May 28-29, 2016

 - Walker Stalker Con  (Chicago, IL)
The ultimate zombie convention is headed to Chicago and we are bringing awesome guests and a herd of zombies too! The whole convention is contained within the convention center, which includes our guests, panels, artists and vendors!
Event Website: http://walkerstalkercon.com/chicago/

June 18, 2016

 - Chicago Zombie March  (Chicago, IL)
It's that time again, zombies! We are having another zombie march in June. The rules are very simple: dress and be made up as a zombie and just shamble and act like one. We will all meet at Millennium Park and take it from there.
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChicagoZombieMarchOfficial/

June 24-25, 2016

 - Haunted America Conference  (Alton, IL)
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 20th year and will be held over the weekend of June 24-25, 2016 at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained.
Event Website: http://americanspookshows.com/

July 9, 2016

 - HauntedIllinois.com's Annual Haunter Horde Gathering  (Kenosha, WI)
Haunter Horde is an annual social event hosted by HauntedIllinois.com, exclusively for individuals in the Haunt Industry. Planned activities include a scavenger hunt, costume contest, prize raffles, charity auction and more! Regardless of whether you are associated with a large mega-haunt or a home haunt, come and join us for a day of fun!
Event Website: http://www.haunterhorde.com

July 29-31, 2016

 - Chicago Frights  (Orland Park, IL)
A celebration of all things haunted and Halloween, Chicago Frights brings together people of every age and level of experience who love Haunted Houses, Halloween and scaring people. Chicago Frights is a great way to kick off the Halloween season with a fun-filled event with haunted houses tours, frightful education, a dealers room full of makeup, masks, costumes, props and all kinds of haunting equipment and services, and Networking opportunities like a Hearse Show and annual Costume Party.
Event Website: http://www.chicagofrights.com

August 5-7, 2016

 - Flashback Weekend  (Rosemont, IL)
Flashback Weekend is Chicago's longest-running Horror Convention, as featured on both The E! True Hollywood Story and Anchor Bay's THE EVIL DEAD Ultimate DVD Set!
Event Website: http://www.flashbackweekend.com/

August 18-21, 2016

 - Wizard World: Chicago Comic Con  (Rosemont, IL)
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys, and social networking.
Event Website: http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/chicago.html

August 28, 2016

 - Count-I-Cons Zombie Walk  (Grayslake, IL)
The loading door rises. Fog rolls in. Beyond the threshold are the silhouettes of the undead lurching across the landscape. It's Count-I-Con's Zombie Walk! Join an army of zombies on Sunday, August 28th and limp, shamble, and crawl your way through the aisles of Count-I-Con.
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1030679456970704/

October 21-23, 2016

 - Dark History & Horror Convention  (Champaign, IL)
The Dark History & Horror Convention showcases all the darker elements of history along with all of your favorite horror characters.
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/DarkHistoryCon/

Know of an event that isn't in the list? Send the event name, city, date(s), website and a short description of the event to hauntedillinois@gmail.com, so it can be added to the list.

2016 Non-Illinois Events

January 15-17, 2016

 - IMATS  (Los Angeles, CA)
What better place to connect with working make-up artists than the historical hub for film and TV productions? IMATS established the world’s first-ever make-up artist show in Los Angeles in 1997.
Event Website: http://www.imats.net/2016-los-angeles/

January 22-25, 2016

 - Halloween and Party Expo  (New Orleans, LA)
Halloween & Party Expo is the 1st and LARGEST Show for the Halloween, Party and Costume Industries.
Event Website: http://www.halloweenpartyexpo.com/

January 28 - February 1, 2016

 - HAuNTcon  (Birmingham, AL)
HAuNTcon is the first national tradeshow and convention for the Haunted Attraction and Halloween industries, created by Haunters for Haunters.
Event Website: http://www.hauntcon.com/

February 5-7, 2016

 - Days of the Dead  (Atlanta, GA)
Days of the Dead is a by the fans, for the fans, horror convention. Days of the Dead's primary goal is to bring back the concept of the genre convention being a welcoming communal gathering of like minded friends and fans.
Event Website: http://www.daysofthedead.net/atlanta/

February 10-13, 2016

 - 2016 Arizona Corn Party  (Tucson and Phoenix, AZ)
We're excited to announce that the 2016 Corn Party will be held February 10-13, beginning in Tucson and ending in Phoenix, Arizona. We'll be sharing lots more details throughout the coming year, but wanted you to be able to mark your calendars now! The Corn Party is an annual gathering of MAiZE family members, who come together for learning and laughter. It's a combination of networking, classroom learning and farm bus tours that rotates to a new location each year.
Event Website: http://www.themaize.com/#!corn-party-home/c14zu

March 17-20, 2016

 - Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show  (St. Louis, MO)
For more than 25 years, TransWorld has produced the Halloween, Costume and Party Industries’ largest and most successful order-writing trade show. Year after year, TransWorld has demonstrated that it can bring together 1,000’s of exhibitors and buyers and manage the complexities of producing large, successful events!
Event Website: http://www.haashow.com

March 18-20, 2016

 - HorrorHound Weekend  (Cincinnati, OH)
HorrorHound Weekend is the biggest horror event to invade the Mid-west.
Event Website: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/

March 25-27, 2016

 - Mad Monster Party  (Charlotte, NC)
The MADNESS returns to Charlotte with another MONSTROUS guest list, amazing dealer room and more unique programming and exhibits! Join the Party!
Event Website: http://www.themadmonsterparty.com/

April 1-3, 2016

 - Days of the Dead  (Burbank, CA)
Days of the Dead is a by the fans, for the fans, horror convention. Days of the Dead's primary goal is to bring back the concept of the genre convention being a welcoming communal gathering of like minded friends and fans.
Event Website: http://www.daysofthedead.net/los_angeles/

April 8-10, 2016

 - IMATS  (New York, NY)
What better place to connect with working make-up artists than the historical hub for film and TV productions? IMATS established the world’s first-ever make-up artist show in Los Angeles in 1997.
Event Website: http://www.imats.net/2016-new-york/

April 22-24, 2016

 - Chiller Theatre  (Parsippany, NJ)
Chiller Theatre is your online source for horror, sci-fi and fantasy. We're home to the world's best horror and sci-fi convention - the Chiller Theatre Toy, Model & Film Expo.
Event Website: http://www.chillertheatre.com/

April 22-24, 2016

 - Monsterpalooza  (Pasadena, CA)
Monster museum, over 200 vendors, special guests, presentations, makeup demonstrations and more!
Event Website: http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

April 28 - May 1, 2016

 - World Horror Convention  (Provo, UT)
The World Horror Convention is a gathering of professionals in the horror industry that happens every year, bringing together horror fans, publishers, artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and dealers.
Event Website: http://worldhorrorconvention.com/

April 29 - May 1, 2016

 - West Coast Haunters Convention  (Portland, OR)
The West Coast Haunters Convention is a new convention for the Haunted Attraction Industry with seminars, workshops and a trade show.
Event Website: http://hauntersconvention.com/

June 10-12, 2016

 - Midwest Haunters Convention  (Columbus, Ohio)
The Midwest Haunters Convention is for Haunted Attraction Producers, Actors, Artists and Home Haunters. Our goal is to provide educational seminars and workshops with experienced presenters, a 75+ vendor tradeshow with the latest in haunt offerings, and a place to network with others in the industry during our unique social activities.
Event Website: http://www.midwesthauntersconvention.com/

July 9, 2016

 - HauntedIllinois.com's Annual Haunter Horde Gathering  (Kenosha, WI)
Haunter Horde is an annual social event hosted by HauntedIllinois.com, exclusively for individuals in the Haunt Industry. Planned activities include a scavenger hunt, costume contest, prize raffles, charity auction and more! Regardless of whether you are associated with a large mega-haunt or a home haunt, come and join us for a day of fun!
Event Website: http://www.haunterhorde.com

September 2-5, 2016

 - Dragon-Con  (Atlanta, GA)
Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!
Event Website: http://www.dragoncon.org/

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