HAuNTcon 2014 will be in held in ….. (drum roll please) Houston Texas January 25-27. All education, tradeshow exhibits and the Costume Ball will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas – the preshow tour is January 23-24, the All Day Workshops are on the 28th and the Costume ball is on the 25th. The HAuNTcon Host Hotel is the Crown Plaza Houston Downtown 1700 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002 and $119 a night with HAuNTcon discount. See link to the right for hotel information.
Now here is the big news. HAuNTcon is moving to January to run concurrently and in the same building as the industry’s wholesale tradeshow, The 2014 Halloween & Party Expo. For the first time since 2008, everything Halloween will be under one roof. HAuNTcon Attendees are invited to visit the 1,400 + booths, attend the education, fashion shows and galas at the sister conference, free of charge. But note: The Halloween & Party Expo is first and foremost a wholesale buying show for officially certified buyers. This is NOT a cash-and-carry show. HAuNTcon attendees who cannot provide official documentation as industry buyers will be required to wear/display badges differentiating them from officially certified buyers.
If you haven’t been to The Halloween & Party Expo before, here is your chance. It’s massive! www.halloweenpartyexpo.com/
We had such a great Dallas HAuNTcon in 2013 that we wanted to reward our southern supporters by staying in Texas. We started looking at other Texas cities, but Houston was the obvious choice.
Holding the show early in the year is a bold move that we have been contemplating for some time. May is getting crowded with Haunter gatherings. It seemed, we were always a week before, a week after or the same dates as another show every year, but there were no shows over the winter months for Haunters to get their Haunt fix. Now there is!
With the show being in January, attendees get a full 2 month planning head start on ordering props and equipment for their shows. Vendors get winter sales (to pay the heating bill) and 2 additional months to fulfill orders. Win, win and WIN!
Houston already had a Halloween show in January. Should we be after them, before them, or the same time as them? If we were going to be the same time as them… why not in the same building? When we approached The Halloween & Party Expo, (to our surprise) they were all for it. Then we just had to work out the details, and here we are.
We learned from our attendee survey that over 50% of HAuNTcon attendees are haunt owners. We also learned that people attend HAuNTcon for the education first and foremost. Followed by Haunt Tours and distantly by the Tradeshow and social events. So in 2014 we are taking the HAuNTcon education to the next level. There are lots of great south Texas haunts in driving distance to Houston, and moving the show to January will drastically increase the size of the HAuNTcon tradeshow floor.
We think the move is brilliant! As do all of the vendors and attendees we consulted with before we made the decision, (well it had to grow on a few, but they came around.)
The trouble is that January is not far away! We now are in full frenzy mode to get the tours locked down, get the education in place, the ticketing up and running, and booth sales underway. All with Halloween between now and then. But the HAuNTcon team is up to the task and changes are underway.
Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!
Thank you for your continuing support of HAuNTcon, and I look forward to seeing all of you this January in Houston Texas!!
Greetings Fellow Haunters,
While we can nownot announce the location for HAuNTcon 2014 just yet, (look for an announcement this week) we can let you in on a few changes that that will take place for next year’s show. HAuNTcon tries to stay on the cutting edge of what our attendees want to see in the perfect Haunter Show, and many of you responded to our questionnaire about how we could make HAuNTcon even better than it was this year in Dallas! (If you weren’t there, you missed a GREAT show! But we can do even better!) After pouring over the suggestions and the compliments on what a great show HAuNTcon already is, we took several of the points to heart and made definitive changes accordingly.
The biggest change you will notice about HAuNTcon 2014 is that the dates of the show are different. To work with the new venue, everything will be pushed forward one day, except the Costume Ball which will remain Saturday night and for now the hearse Rally and HAuNTcon Garage Sale will continue to be on Sunday. The Tradeshow and haunter education will start on Saturday morning and run through Monday afternoon. The All Day Workshops move to Tuesday. The pre-show haunt tour will be Thursday and Friday, with spotlight haunt tours on Friday night, Sunday night and Monday night.
The surveys reinforced our belief that it is the education that drives attendees to HAuNTcon. With over 50 hours of business seminars, creative sessions, demonstrations and hands on workshops, our education is without equal, and all for the price of admission to the conference. That will NOT change! In fact we are stepping up our game. HAuNTcon has brought the level of knowledge of the industry up to a point that our attendees are asking for more. In 2014, “more” will materialize as more advanced classes, by more accomplished speakers – some even outside the industry – bringing cutting edge information to our attendees. And the 2014 education program will be finalized and posted by mid November to give attendees plenty of time to make plans to attended the show.
A few respondents did remark in the survey that they wished the HAuNTcon tradeshow was bigger, and that more of the larger industry suppliers would attend the show. We agree, and with the announcement this week, you will see that we have taken drastic measures to make that happen. In 2014, for the first time, HAuNTcon will be in an actual convention center, detached from the host hotel. Free shuttles will run between the hotel and show during the conference hours and for the Costume Ball that will also be at the convention center.
You spoke and we listened. HAuNTcon is strengthening its already unequaled education and announcing it earlier. We are tripling our tradeshow size and increasing the caliber of our exhibitors. These are bold moves on our part, a gamble if you will to take HAuNTcon to new heights and to shake up the industry like it did when the show was announced in 2004. I know that all of you will support us in this grand initiative. I look forward to seeing all of you at HAuNTcon 2014 in the beautiful city of …. (you thought I was gonna spill it, didn’t you. We will announce this week, promise!
We are working on it, but will not have ticketing, hotel links or exhibit registration set up for a few days after this week’s announcement. If you have any questions call or email Leonard (972-951-5100 firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are interested in speaking at HAuNTcon 2014, consider this an open call for submissions but remember we are looking for advanced classes, and those will take priority. Go to SPEAKER FORM to submit your topic.
Stay tuned for the big announcement this week (Maybe we are coming to a city near you!)
We have a few of both the HAuNTcon 2013 (with the Chad Savage art) and the Retro 2004 logo t-shits available for purchase at www.eHaunts.com. Sizes are limited but hurry, they will not last long that this discounted price!