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2018 Haunt Industry Event Calendar's calendar of Halloween, Haunted House, Horror and Paranormal events, conventions & gatherings.
Halloween, Haunted House, Horror and Paranormal events, conventions & gatherings.

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2018 Illinois Events

February 10, 2018

 - American Hauntings 2018 Dead of Winter Festival  (Alton, IL)
Join American Hauntings for the 20th anniversary of the Dead of Winter event! Celebrate winter ghosts, hauntings, and the macabre at the mysterious Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton, Illinois -- one of the most haunted locations in the state -- and be chilled by presentations on ghosts, hauntings, spirited locations, and much more! Meet authors and speakers on strange phenomena, network with other ghost enthusiasts from all over the Midwest, join us for an after-hours ghost hunt, sign up to win raffle prizes -- including books; unusual prizes and collectibles, tickets to the 2018 Haunted America Conference; and more! Make this a haunted weekend you won't soon forget!
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March 1-3, 2018

 - The Maize Chicago Corn Party  (Chicago, IL)
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.
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April 6-8, 2018

 - C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo  (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.
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April 7-8, 2018

 - Walker Stalker Con Chicago  (Rosemont, IL)
Spend the entire weekend with your favorite Walker Stalker guests, or head across our newly expanded venue to meet cast members from Arrow, Gotham, and more at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest! One ticket gives you complete access to BOTH shows!
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May 18-20, 2018

 - Anime Central  (Rosemont, IL)
Anime Central (ACen) is Chicago’s and the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention.
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June 22-23, 2018

 - Haunted America Conference  (Alton,IL)
Join American Hauntings as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in america" for the 22nd annual haunted america conference! The biggest and best supernatural event of the year brings you more new and returning speakers on ghosts, hauntings, and the unexplained -- plus workshops, ghost hunts, special events, tours, and much more! You don't want to miss the supernatural event of the year!
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August 3-5, 2018

 - Flashback Weekend  (Rosemont)
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!
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August 23-26, 2018

 - Wizard World  (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.
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September 28-30, 2018

 - Ashbash 2018  (Ashmore, IL)
This is a free paranormal event, open to the general public, with vendors, paranormal speakers, paranormal groups, Ashmore Estates investigation and more!
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2018 Non-Illinois Events

January 12-15, 2018

 - Halloween and Party Expo with Hauntcon  (New Orleans, LA)
This is the one event where attendees can access a full selection of costumes, accessories, decor, party supplies, retail solutions, and new connections for their business.
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February 16-18, 2018

 - Mad Monster Party  (Charlotte, NC)
The MADNESS returns with another MONSTROUS guest list, amazing dealer room and more unique programming and exhibits! Join the Party!
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March 22-25, 2018

 - Transworld's Halloween and Attraction 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!
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March 23-25, 2018

 - HorrorHound Weekend  (Cincinnati, OH)
HorrorHound Weekend is the biggest horror event to invade the Mid-west.
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April 13-15, 2018

 - Monsterpalooza  (Pasadena, CA)
Monster museum, over 200 vendors, special guests, presentations, makeup demonstrations and more!
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April 13-15, 2018

 - 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.
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April 27-29, 2018

 - 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.
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May 23-27, 2018

 - Midwest Haunters Convention  (Columbus, OH)
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.
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August 30 - September 3, 2018

 - Dragon Con  (Altanta, 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!
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