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2017 Haunt Industry Event Calendar
HauntedIllinois.com's calendar of Halloween, Haunted House, Horror and Paranormal events, conventions & gatherings.
Halloween, Haunted House, Horror and Paranormal events, 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.

2017 Illinois Events

January 28, 2017

 - Zombies on Ice  (Chicago, IL)
Rise and shine zombies. Brush off the snow and shake off the dirt. Lace up them skates because It's time for zombies to ice skate. This will be our first event to kick off the new zombie year.
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1688971558059841/

February 11, 2017

 - American Hauntings' Annual Dead of Winter  (Carlinville, IL)
Join American Hauntings for one of our oldest events -- first started back in 1999 -- as we celebrate ghosts, hauntings and the macabre at the famed Dead of Winter Festival! Come discover the spirits of the infamous, historic and haunted "Million Dollar Courthouse" in Carlinville, Illinois -- one of the most haunted places in the state -- and be chilled by presentations on ghosts, hauntings, spirited locations, and much more!
Event Website: http://prairieghosts.com/winter.html

February 18-19, 2017

 - Windy City Haunters  (Oak Lawn, IL)
Growing the industry together. This is a haunter gathering with over 25 Vendors, 30+ Street Market Spots, free classes, Saturday night after-party and more.
Event Website: http://windycityhaunters.com/

March 25-26, 2017

 - Walker Stalker Con  (Rosemont, 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/

April 21-23, 2017

 - 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 19-21, 2017

 - 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/

June 23-24, 2017

 - Haunted America Conference  (Alton, IL)
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 21st year and will be held 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 14-15, 2017

 - Spook Show Con  (Mattoon, IL)
The Spook Show Con makes it's way to Cross County Mall in Mattoon, Illinois for a weekend of family-friendly dark genre fun!
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1157795717674717/

July 29, 2017

 - HauntedIllinois.com's 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

August 4-6, 2017

 - 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 24-27, 2017

 - 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://wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago

October 6-8, 2017

 - Chicago Ghost Con  (Chicago, IL)
Ghost conference with paranormal tours, a costume bash, workshops on ghost box research, the tarot, EVP methods, crystals, family research, investigation protection and more!
Event Website: http://www.chicagoghosts.com/conference.html

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.

2017 Non-Illinois Events

January 13-15, 2017

 - 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://imats.net/2017-los-angeles/

January 14-17, 2017

 - 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 17-20, 2017

 - Corn Party  (Oahu, Hawaii)
We're excited about the upcoming 2017 Corn Party, January 17-20, which will be held in Oahu, Hawaii. 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

January 26-30, 2017

 - HAuNTcon  (Nashville, TN)
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 3-5, 2017

 - 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/

March 17-19, 2017

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

March 23-26, 2017

 - 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 24-26, 2017

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

April 7-9, 2017

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

April 28-30, 2017

 - 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/

May 12-14, 2017

 - 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 8-11, 2017

 - 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 29, 2017

 - HauntedIllinois.com's 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 1-4, 2017

 - 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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