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2008 Midwest Haunters Convention

2008 Midwest Haunters Convention in Columbus Ohio - Haunted Illinois ReviewSince I hadn’t attended the Midwest Haunter’s Convention since 2005, I was very curious to see how the show had changed over the past three years. After reading so much hype about it on the internet, I was anxious to see if it lived up to my expectations. Let me tell you, this show did not disappoint. 

Arriving in Columbus on Friday afternoon, I was really looking forward to going on the bus tour, which included a stop at the Scarefactory’s new facility, a fully operational walk-thru of The House of Nightmares Haunted Attraction and a party at Club Vampire. Multiple shuttle buses were running on a timed schedule, allowing attendees to go back and forth between the hotel and all three events. At first, there was a little confusion with the bus routes, but that problem was quickly solved when I got my hands on the official bus schedule. The entire evening was a lot of fun and definitely a great value. You could hardly argue with the modest $35 ticket price, especially considering transportation between all of the events was included. It was quite a bargain. 

On Saturday, I spent a lot of time on the vendor show floor. It was easy to see from the number of vendors there that the Midwest Haunters Convention had grown by leaps and bounds, since my last visit in 2005. Just to give you an idea of how big it has become, this year MHC had 83 vendors, compared to the 71 vendors that exhibited in the Haunt Show & Dark Zone sections at Transworld Vegas. The cash-and-carry policy allowed attendees to purchase props and other items directly from the show floor. 

The Masquerade Ball on Saturday night was another high-point of the show. I can honestly say that I don’t think I have seen so many people in costume in the same place before. What could possibly be more fun than hundreds of Haunters getting together in costume? Having the “Scariest Character Contest” and the “Ms Scary Midwest Pageant” held during the party made the evening even more enjoyable. Besides just being a fun time, this party was also a great networking opportunity. 

The Midwest Haunters Convention has always hosted great social activities and I think that is one of the main reasons why this show is so successful and why it has grown so quickly over the course of only a few short years. 

Unfortunately since I could only be in one place at one time, I was unable to cover all of the activities at the show, but I tried to take a lot of pictures and document as much as I could. Included in this overview are approximately 300 pictures for your viewing pleasure. Most of the pictures taken on the show floor have been labeled with company names, with hyperlinks to their websites, so you can find out more information about the products these companies have to offer.

Special thanks to Barry Schieferstein, Kathy Schieferstein, Kelly Collins & Neena Collins for organizing such an awesome event! They really did a bang-up job, providing a lot of enjoyable & affordable activities, as well as providing a show floor where Haunters had the opportunity to purchase some top-notch items. This show just keeps getting bigger and better every year. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in 2009! 

I hope you like the MHC Review.  Feel free to send me an email with your feedback.  

Happy Haunting,

Adam Drendel
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