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HauntedIllinois.com's Review of the
2021 Midwest Haunters Convention

HauntedIllinois.com's Review of the 2021 Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The review features hundreds of pictures, video clips and more!



In late June of 2021, the staff of HauntedIllinois.com had the opportunity to attend Transworld Exhibits Inc.'s Midwest Haunters Convention. MHC, as it is commonly known, is a Halloween show open to the general public that is dedicated to haunters, actors, home/pro haunters and Halloween enthusiasts. Due to various factors, the show had to be moved from its previous location. This year it was hosted at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The convention kicked off with a pre-show haunted house bus tour. On Friday, multiple buses loaded with haunted house fans departed on a trip to visit a few of Wisconsin's best haunted attractions including the Abandoned Haunted House Complex, Green Bay Fear and Terror On The Fox. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, we were unable to attend the pre-show tour, but it got rave reviews. Everyone I spoke with had only good things to say about it.

With MHC having been scheduled less than two months after Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Leading up to the show, there weren't a lot of details announced on the MHC website or their Facebook page until a couple of weeks prior to opening day. Had the information been released earlier, it would have been helpful for those potential attendees who were on the fence about attending.

After arriving at the show, I found that it was significantly smaller than the last MHC I had been to. According to the MHC website, there were approximately 130 vendors in 2019 and fewer than 55 in 2021. Perhaps this was partially due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19. The change of venue and the close proximity of MHC to the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show could have also been contributing factors.

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The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
The Ringmaster Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest)
 



To maintain the convention's family-friendly atmosphere, there was an area set up in one corner of the show floor that they called the MHC Kid Zone. The Kids Zone featured a funhouse attraction, trick-or-treat goodie bags, airbrushed tattoos, carnival games and more. The walk-through attraction, which was named "Sketchy's Freaky Funhouse", featured funhouse mirrors, textured floors and a few creepy characters. It had a spooky-fun atmosphere and was mild enough so that it was age-appropriate for most younger haunt fans.

There was also a demonstration stage located near the back of the show floor. Throughout the weekend, there were various scheduled activities held on the stage including airbrush demos (sponsored by Paasche Airbrush), a kid's costume contest, the Screamin' Hot Sauce Challenge, Bloody Mary Monster Makeup Wars, a costume design challenge and The Ringmaster's Cabaret (presented by Six Flags Fright Fest). At times, some of the activities on the show stage seemed a bit unorganized, but everything seemed to work out. A number of these events are covered on other pages of this review.

My overall impression of MHC this year was a positive one. The show floor had an interesting mix of well-known haunted house vendors and new ones I had never seen before. The events on the demonstration stage were also enjoyable to witness. There seemed to be a pretty decent attendee turnout, considering the reduced size of the show.

Despite the challenges previously mentioned, Transword Exhibits Inc seemed to pull things together fairly well in the end, especially considering how close MHC was scheduled to the Halloween & Attractions Show. I look forward to seeing what the convention has to offer in 2022.

We hope you enjoy the rest of this review, which contains more than 440 pictures, along with descriptions of the various events held at the Midwest Haunters Convention. Please send any feedback about this review to HauntedIllinois@gmail.com.

Update: Transworld Exhibits has announced that the 2022 show will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, from June 3-5, 2022! (Source: MHC Facebook Page)

Happy Haunting,

Adam Drendel
Webmaster of HauntedIllinois.com

 

 

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