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2019 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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2019 Illinois Events

February 9, 2019

 - American Hauntings 2019 Dead of Winter Festival  (Alton, IL)
Join American Hauntings for the 21st annual 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, sign up to win raffle prizes -- including books; unusual prizes and collectibles, tickets to the 2019 Haunted America Conference; and more!
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February 23, 2019

 - Dead Guy Festival  (Rockford, IL)
The ladies from Haunted Rockford are thrilled to invite you to this very unique program! This event will feature speakers on ghosts, insanity, murder and mayhem. Kathi Kresol will share some of the area’s most Notorious Crimes and Sara Bowker will share her impressions of spirits that linger in the locations. Other speakers include Eve Harker from the Luna Datura Curious Gifts, the ladies from Bad Taste Crime Podcast (Janelle O'Malley and Vicky Walters), Film Maker John Borowski & Author and Paranormal Adventurer Chad Lewis.
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March 22-24, 2019

 - 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 19-21, 2019

 - Walker Stalker Con Chicago  (Rosemont, IL)
What apocalyptic goodness will you find in the Walker Stalker Con Event Hall? We’ll bring the actors you love from The Walking Dead, and so much more! From panels to vendors, themed photo areas to kid zones, you’ll experience the apocalypse in a whole new way!
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May 5, 2019

 - Zombie Prom Chicago 2018  (Chicago, IL)
Zombie Army Productions is back hosting its annual Chicago Zombie Prom at The Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613) on Saturday, May 5th, from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. As Chicago’s #1 Zombie Event, Zombie Prom is a ghastly, affectionate, cheesy blend of nostalgic high school Americana and the living dead. Zombie attire and makeup are required, but if you do not have your own makeup, zombie makeovers will be available for a $10 donation. This year’s Chicago Zombie Prom is pleased to welcome back Libido Funk Circus as the live zombie band, guaranteed to animate your corpse on the dance floor all night!
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May 17-19, 2019

 - 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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May 24-25, 2019

 - Madness in May  (Paris, IL)
The Halls of Madness Haunted Attraction's "Slaughter Farm" will be open for two nights only, with a full production show (with actors).
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June 1, 2019

 - Haunted Road Media Paracon  (Alton, IL)
Haunted Road Media’s first ParaCon and Author event will be held on June 1, 2019, at the old Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton, Illinois. Beginning at 10:00 AM, we have a number of fantastic speakers lined up, Haunted Road Media authors, vendors, and live music with a paranormal investigation that evening. Plus, more to come!
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June 7-9, 2019

 - Midwest Haunters Convention  (Schaumburg, IL)
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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June 21-22, 2019

 - Haunted America Conference  (Alton,IL)
Join American Hauntings as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" for the 23rd Annual Haunted America Conference! The biggest and best supernatural event of the year brings you another spectacular year of new and returning speakers on ghosts, hauntings, the paranormal, and the unexplained -- plus how-to workshops, ghost hunts, special events, haunted tours, dinners, and much more! You don't want to miss the supernatural event of the year!
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July 20-21, 2019

 - Chicago Oddities & Curiosities Expo  (Chicago, IL)
For Lovers of the Strange and Unusual. . . The Chicago Oddities & Curiosities Expo! TWO DAY EVENT! ** Local and National vendors with items such as: Taxidermy, wet and dry preserved specimens, antiques, jewelry made from bones, skulls and insects, original artwork, skulls and bones, curiosities and all around creepy, strange and bizarre items. . . * *
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July 27, 2019

 - 2019 Haunter Horde Gathering Presented by  (Mount Carroll, IL)
Haunted Illinois is excited to announce the date for our fifth Haunter Horde gathering! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 27th, 2019! We would like to invite all haunters to join us for the day in Mount Carroll, Illinois; home of the iconic Raven's Grin Inn! We are currently working with Jim and Jessica Warfield (owners of Raven's Grin Inn) to arrange for our group to have scheduled tour times throughout the afternoon and evening! We have also reserved the Mount Carroll Bowling Center (which is just a couple of blocks away) exclusively for the Haunter Horde group! Activities, scheduled tour times, prizes, and sponsors will be announced as they become available.
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August 2-4, 2019

 - Flashback Weekend  (Rosemont)
The legendary ROBERT ENGLUND (Freddy Krueger) will be a very special guest at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con Aug. 2-4, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. Robert will be joining Bruce Campbell (“ASH VS. EVIL DEAD”). We have a HUGE guest line-up planned for 2019 and special events, parties, screenings, and much more. Party the night away at the Murray Bros Caddyshack Restaurant & Bar at the Crowne Plaza. Discount hotel rooms at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare are now available for booking.
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August 17, 2019

 - 2019 Spook Show Con  (DeKalb, IL)
Our 2019 event will feature Dark Genre Arts,and Entertainment Vendors, Special Guests, Paranormal Speakers and so much more!
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August 22-25, 2019

 - 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 14-15, 2019

 - Midwest Monster Fest   (Moline, IL)
A Scary good time! The Midwest Scare Fest is a predominantly horror, but also some general pop culture, convention on Sept 14-15th 2019. There wll be an Indie short film fest on Saturday and Makeup F/X contests for both amateur and pro divisions.
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September 28-29, 2019

 - Chicago Horror Film Festival  (Chicago, IL)
COME CELEBRATE OUR 20TH SEASON WITH US!! We are excited to announce our partnership with The Comedy Bar as our 2019 Festival Venue! The Comedy Bar features a great selection of in-house brewed craft beers, delicious cocktails, tasty appetizers and world famous Chicago deep dish pizza from Gino’s East! ALL IN HOUSE!!
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September 28-29, 2019

 - The 2019 Chicago Ghost Conference  (Chicago, IL)
This will be the tenth Chicago Ghost Conference! To be held at the Volunteer Resources Center of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, nestled in the heart of former (haunted) Indian lands on Chicago's northwest side.
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October 5, 2019

 - Afterlife Paranormal Conference  (Dekalb, IL)
Breaking Fate Entertainment is excited to announce the return of the Afterlife Paranormal Conference! We are happy to host this event at the Red Roof Inn Dekalb. The event will feature presentations by highly experienced paranormal enthusiasts, vendors and so much more!
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October 11-13, 2019

 - Ashbash 2019
Ashbash is back for 2019! Held at the haunted Ashmore Estates, this paranormal themed event will feature vendor rooms with authors, psychics and more.
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November 23, 2019

 - 2019 Dark Art and Oddities Con  (Dekalb, IL)

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November 30, 2019

 - Chicago Pulp Culture Con  (St. Charles, IL)
Chicago Pop Culture Con is a multi-genre convention of Comics, Toys, Gaming, SCI-FI, Legos, Stars, Anime, Horror Films, TV/MOVIE MEMORABILIA, Super Heroes, Steampunk, Action Figures, Cosplay, Fantasy, Horror, Autographs, Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia, Non Sports Cards, Vintage Music Memorabilia, Publishers & Artist Convention – but open to anything fan-related!
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2019 Non-Illinois Events

January 25-27, 2019

 - 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 22-24, 2019

 - 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 15-17, 2019

 - HorrorHound Weekend  (Cincinnati, OH)
HorrorHound Weekend is the biggest horror event to invade the Mid-west.
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March 22-25, 2019

 - 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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April 12-14, 2019

 - Monsterpalooza  (Pasadena, CA)
Monster museum, over 200 vendors, special guests, presentations, makeup demonstrations and more!
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April 26-28, 2019

 - 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 10-12, 2019

 - 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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May 17-19, 2019

 - Ohio Halloween and Haunters Convention  (Mansfield, OH)
A convention not only for haunted house owners and actors, but for the all-around Halloween enthusiasts. The folks that keep it spooky 24/7 and brighten their houses, neighborhoods and communities with their love of the Halloween season. This convention has been tailor made for ALL Haunters, big and small... but, our biggest focus is on the folks that often times get overlooked by other conventions. The folks with incredible yard displays, the home haunters and the amazing low-budget haunts built with a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
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August 29 - September 2, 2019

 - 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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November 8-9, 2019

 - Legendary Haunt Tour  (Atlanta, GA)
The Legendary Haunt Tour takes place in a different part of the USA each November and features at least 2 of the country's top haunted attractions.
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