MHC Pre-Convention Haunt Bus Tour Info!


Info on this year's MHC Pre-Convention Haunt Bus Tour has been posted by Kelly Collins. Read all the details below.

I’m excited to announce the haunts on the 2018 MHC bus tour. The tour dates will be May 23 & 24 (Weds & Thurs). Buses start departing downtown Columbus at 9:30 am and return Thurs late night. I’ll be posting additional details on the haunts next week along with the cost for the tour. Here’s the list, in the order we’ll be touring:
- Lessons in Fear, Perrysville, Oh
- Ohio State Reformatory, Blood Prison, Mansfield, Oh
- Rotten Manor, Holly, Mi
- St. Lucifer’s, Grand Blanc Township, Mi
- Erebus, Pontiac, Mi
- Spending the night in Troy, Mi
- Hush Haunted Attraction, Westland, Mi
- Hell, Mi, Stop for ice cream
- Awaken, Leslie, Mi
- Jackson’s Underworld, Jackson, Mi
- Haunted Hydro, Fremont, Oh
We started out looking at 25+ haunts. We looked at reviews and recommendations from industry professionals. These haunts rose to the top of the list.
This is going to be a really cool tour. We’ll be restricted to 4 charter buses, signups will begin sometime next week. Haunt owners; treat your star performers or this could be a really cool Christmas present for a family member or friend.

When we receive more information on the bus tour, we'll update this post. Visit www.midwesthauntersconvention.com for information on MHC.

City Blood's Latest Articles Are Up!


City Blood's latest articles have been posted and they couldn't be any more different from each other. The first article covers Land of Illusion's Christmas Glow which is their drive-thur Christmas Lights event which is one mile of dazzling lights. Afterwards be sure to enter the park for their Christmas village. Click here to read the article.

The next article covers the 25h annual Victory of Light Psychic Fair. This is a very unique expo where you'll find Native American art, palm readers, jewelry, clothing, Tarot Cards, seminars on communicating with the dead, angel merchandise and much more. Click here to read the article.

Haunt Awards 2017!

City Blood's annual Haunt Awards are up! Find out who won the award for scariest scene or which haunt is Haunt of the Year. Click here to see the results.

Lousivlle Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular Article!


 
City Blood's latest article has been posted. It covers the Louisville Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular. It's one of the most unique events in Kentucky and embodies the Halloween spirit. What's better than 5,000 jack-o'-lanterns? Click on the link below to read this great article and to see some amazing pumpkins!

 http://ohioshaunted.com/jackolanternspectacular17/

Haunted Hoorah Forced To Move!



 
Haunted Hoorah in Ashley, Ohio is encountering a major problem this haunt season. The Buckeye Valley School District is suing them and the reason is eminent domain. They can seize the land for their own use because they’re a government entity. The district is building a new elementary school and a portion will be on the same land Haunted Hoorah is currently using. This includes a bus loop. The school district only offered $95,000 for the land when it’s worth $330, 000. Haunted Hoorah will have a different location next season. There will soon be a civil trial scheduled for March at the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.

For more information on Haunted Hoorah, please visit www.hauntedhoorah.com.

Phillip Morris Passes Away!



 It's a sad day for the horror and haunt industry. Phillip Morris of Morris Costumes has passed away at the age of 83. Phillip is well known for creating the classic Bigfoot costume seen in the Patterson-Gimlin film. He also was a magician that was heavily involved in Midnight Spook Shows. He created one of the first haunted house guide books in 1980 called How to Operate a Financially Successful Haunted House. He will definitely be missed, but his spirit will live on.

The 7th Street Haunt Haunters Against Hate Night



The 7th Street Haunt in Louisville, KY will have its Haunters Against Hate night on Saturday, October 7th from 9:30pm to 1am. There will be a variety of drag performers including T.B Sparrow, Sydney Hampton, Tova Ura Vitch and more. Performances will take place on the outside stage and will benefit The Louisville Youth Group. Tips are accepted. For information on The 7th Street Haunt please visit www.7thstreethaunt.com. For information on Haunters Against Haunt, visit www.hauntersagainsthate.com. It's sure to be a night of fright and fun while benefiting a good cause. The 7th Street Haunt is open from 8pm to 2am.

Help The 7th Street Haunt Name New Attraction!


Let your creative juices flow by helping The 7th Street Haunt in Louisville, KY name their new attraction. Some of the details that can help you with the name include medical experiments, old city factory, biohazard, industrial, torture and more. You can enter as many times as you want and the top 10 will be revealed on 7th Street Haunt's Facebook page and people will get the chance to vote for their favorite name. The winner will be determined on September 5th. You could win some great prizes including VIP tickets to 7th Street Haunt, a limo ride and more. Click on the link below to enter this spooktacular contest.

https://www.7thstreethaunt.com/new-haunt-naming-contest/

Highway 50 Fright Field Adds New Attraction!

Highway 50 Fright Field has added a new attraction called Operation Termination Zombie Paintball. Fight off the living dead using paintball guns and have a killer time. Highway 50 Fright Field is located at 11294 US Highway 50 North Bend, Ohio and is open Fridays and Saturdays in October. 

For more information, please visit http://www.highway50frightfield.com/.

Dungeon Haunted Attraction Returns This Season!



The Dungeon Haunted Attraction returns this season with a brand new location. They are back in Delhi with an 11,000 square foot space that's behind the Delhi Swim Club at 202 Felicia Drive Cincinnati, OH 45238. We're looking forward to seeing what's up their sleeves this haunt season and experiencing some old school scares. Be sure to check out their website at www.thedungeonhaunt.com and their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The-Dungeon-Haunted-Attraction-155189931166321/.

Crazy Bob's International Haunt Actor Recruiting Service




2017 Hollywood Horrors – Australian Haunt Acting Opportunities
·        Dates: Leave USA – July – Return early October – Working 3 Shows in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne and possibly one other event in Sydney for Halloween.

·        Contracting 2-3 people willing to go over and stay this entire time.

·        Qualifications Include:
o       Passport & Clean Record
o       Haunt Acting Experience and Creative Dialogue Abilities Required
o       Exceptional Makeup and Costuming Skills & Characters
o       Excellent Microphone Hawking Abilities or be Trainable & Willing to Learn
o       Prefer 21 and Over
o       Be in Great Physical Health
o       Willing to Train and Teach Others using our Hauntertainer University Manual
o       Building Skills are a PLUS!

·         Compensation as follows:  
o        Round Trip Flights & Visas to Australia from the closest major airport to you
o        $135.00 AUS per day + $15.00 AUS per day food allowance (31 Show Work Days = $4,340.00-for 2-months time – this rate does NOT include staying to work the Sydney Halloween event in October)
o       Accommodations provided within walking distance or 30 min. public transport
§         You will share an efficiency type apartment or hotel room with others
o       Transportation within Australia to the other Show Sites
o       Work is also available for set up and tear down of each of the Shows as well as available between Shows at a rate of: $100.00 per day plus $10.00 food allowance.

o       BONUS OPPORTUNITIES:
§         Work all 3 shows and help with set-up & tear down for each show–receive a $400.00 bonus or $600.00 bonus if you work through Halloween)
§         $200.00 bonus per person for any Awards Won at any of the Shows!
§         Stay and work the Sydney Halloween Show and earn the extra day rate pay as well!

o       Sight-seeing and/or Time Off:
§         Is available as an option by arriving early or staying longer or taking the gap in-between shows to sight-see… but keep in mind this expense is on your own and if you are not working for Hollywood Horrors at these times… you will be required to pay for your own accommodations, transportation, meals, tours, etc… during your sightseeing days

INTERNATIONAL HAUNTERTAINER TRAINING AND AUSTRALIAN BOOTCAMP
(This is a very IMPORTANT requirement for those chosen as finalists)
WHEN: June 23 – 25 , 2017 (Fri – Sun)

WHERE: Haunted Hydro - 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont, OH 43420

WHAT: Any and all interested Haunt Actors wishing to be considered for the upcoming August/September/October Australian Show dates MUST attend this important training and screening event. It will cover everything you need to be aware of and better prepare you for your acting encounter DOWN-UNDER.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Attendees are welcomed to camp for FREE on the grounds of the Hydro… tents may be brought in and we also have a couple campers & small huts that could be used as sleeping quarters for up to 4 people. We will have a Porta-John on site, but NO running water. We are working on having showers available at a nearby campground, etc…  Hotels.com has rooms in Fremont starting at $89.00 a night and up… but with Cedar Point so close… they book up fast… suggest using Priceline or Hotels.com to find the best rates.

COST: A small $75.00 fee for this training is required before or upon arrival – This fee covers the training, accommodations if staying onsite, soft drinks and food while you are on-site.

TENTATIVE TIME SCHEDULE:

June 24 – Friday
7:00pm – 9:00pm – At Hydro - Welcome Meet and Greet & question & answer session
(Featuring Slide Show of previous trips and munchies provided)

June 25 – Saturday – 8:00am – Continental Breakfast provided
8:00am – At Hydro – Arrive in full costume/makeup using a character you would be comfortable with working in ALL DAY at both the front door as a hawker and working the queue lines. Keep in mind temperatures during Aug/Sept are basically around 55 – 75 degrees. We will basically be running you thru what a typical Hollywood Horror Show day consists of from 8:30am – 9:00pm start to finish mixed in with Hauntertainer style training as well…!

Saturday Night Bonus – TBA at a later time… we typically do something FUN and EXCITING!

MEALS: Eat something before you come…and bring your own water bottle.  We will provide you a lunch… but not until about 2pm and dinner at about 8pm

Jun 28 – Sunday - Continental Breakfast provided – 9:00am – 9:30am
10:00amNoon – Come dressed as your 2nd Character. We will also be holding final one-on-one interviews with actors followed by the announcement of our selections for this first set of August/Sept. shows. Anyone who successfully completes this training and is not selected for the first set of shows will be definitely in the running for future Australian activities or may be chosen as alternates.

SPECIAL NOTE: THESE POSITIONS ARE BASED UPON A FRONT-OF-THE-HOUSE CROWD-HAWKING STYLE… YOU MUST BE VERY COMFORTABLE USING A WIRELESS MIC AND UNDERSTANDING A FAST THROUGH-PUT OF PATRONS WITH BASIC REGARDS TO SAFETY, SECURITY, STAFF MANAGEMENT, MAINTENANCE AND OF COURSE ENTERTAINMENT VALUES!

CONTACT US ASAP IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: Email us at hauntedhydro@sbcglobal.net or call us today at 419-307-9627we will send you an application to fill out and return ASAP.

Netherworld Haunted House Moves In 2018!



2017 Halloween Season Marks the Final Year in Norcross!

ATLANTA – After one final season at the longtime Norcross Antique Center location this fall, NETHERWORLD Haunted House will relocate to a brand new facility in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the first major move for the world famous haunted house in 20 years. Conveniently located just off of US 78 in Gwinnett County, the 9.5 acre property was purchased by NETHERWORLD in early March. The new location will allow for a large expansion of the haunts, new attractions including year round Escape Games, and increased parking.

“We are pleased and excited that NETHERWORLD is relocating within the Evermore Community Improvement District of Gwinnett. With the recreational history of Stone Mountain coupled with the fact that the Tennis Center is being removed, NETHERWORLD will be the first new venue to change the face of the area. Ultimately, we are looking at creating an entertainment complex to give residents a higher quality of life within the district,” said Evermore CID Executive Director Jim Brooks.
The new location, with nearly ten acres of property and 70,000 square feet of space will also feature expanded retail areas and extensive indoor queuing. In addition to new attractions, the location will also offer attendees a myriad of other amenities, including dozens of restaurants and entertainment options close by.

“Over the last 20 years NETHERWORLD Haunted House has continued to grow and attract more and more fright fans each year,” said Billy Messina, co-owner of NETHERWORLD. “After looking at many locations around the greater Atlanta area, we found the Stone Mountain property and were blown away by how perfect it would be for our operation. Not only is there room to expand our Haunted Attractions, but we’ll also be able to explore new types of themed experiences which we simply don’t have room for at our current location.”

The first to be unveiled will be “Escape the NETHERWORLD” in late summer of 2017, a thrilling series of challenge games that will test the problem solving skills of attendees. Though Escape Games in general are not particularly scary ventures, if you’d like a bit of a scream, NETHERWORLD will offer guests a choice between a “scary” and “not scary” version of their games. Whichever version patron’s experience, they will be sure to see the same high level of detail, theming and fun that NETHERWORLD Haunted House is so well known for. “We’re excited to be opening the Escape Games this summer in Stone Mountain, but we’re equally focused on and excited about NETHERWORLD opening this September for one last season in the place we’ve called “home” for two decades. We’re working really hard to make this final season in Norcross our most epic to date.” Messina further stated.

In its final year at 6624 Dawson Blvd., NETHERWORLD Haunted House is ready to terrify with two new attractions in 2017: PRIMAL SCREAM and Dr. GRENDEL’S FUNHOUSE of HORROR in 3D! The season launches the weekend of Friday, September 22 – Saturday, September 23 and opens seven days a week starting Friday, September 29 through Halloween. The final nights to experience NETHERWORLD at the Norcross location will be Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5.
“NETHERWORLD is a world-class haunted attraction. They are powerful marketers who have had an incredible economic impact in Gwinnett.” said Nick Masino, Chief Economic Development Officer at Partnership Gwinnett. “After 20 years, their name and Gwinnett County have become synonymous and we knew it was important to keep them here. We are thrilled that this has been accomplished.”

Visit www.fearworld.com for more info.

Brimstone Haunted Hayride Details!


All the spooky details for Brimstone Haunted Hayride in Wilmington, Ohio have been posted on their website. There will be two haunts including a Haunted Hayride and The Black Forest. Visit www.brimstonehaunt.com to learn about this year's haunts including dates, times and more. The producers of the Ohio Renaissance Festival and Celtic Fest Ohio along with the core management team from the old Springboro Haunted Hayride have come together to create attractions that are sure to be bone chilling. City Blood can't wait to check out Brimstone Haunted Hayride and The Black Forest this fall season.

Haunted Hydro's Foam & Flashlight Fright Event!



 FOAM. FLASHLIGHTS. & FRIGHT!!!

Come join us for the VERY first ever FOAM & FLASHLIGHT nights for our Halfway to Halloween celebration on Friday May 12th & Saturday May 13th. From 8:00pm to Midnight, we will open the flood gates for general admission of just $10.00! (Ticket details below)

We will put you through the Haunted Hydro in group sizes depending on Crazy Bob’s mood AKA the Ghost Host in charge at the front door! You will then have to navigate through the dark, dim, and extremely eerie spaces throughout our 1911 Hydro Electric Power Plant full of Monsters… some with flashlights who will provide what little light you need to get through….IF they are feeling nice…

UNTIL….you reach the FOAM….then you are COMPLETELY IMMERSED and on your own!!!!

RULES:
*Do not run, we suggest you stay together…it will be a LITTLE dark……
* Be prepared to be engulfed in FOAM at some point. You will get a bit damp. We are not responsible for clothes or valuables.
*OR you can be a CHICKEN and escape the haunt without any FOAM with our CHICKEN route but trust us…. that decision may be worse than the FOAM….(ha…ha…ha..)

SO, see you soon my friends for a ONE OF A KIND time with our FOAM & FLASHLIGHTS event May 12th & 13th!

And remember… “Never, ever, come alone”!!!

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.thehauntedhydro.com and are highly suggested to be purchased ahead of time. A limited amount of tickets will be pre-sold for both the TIMED TICKETS and VIP, at an extra cost. If you wait to purchase your ticket at the event…there are no guarantees that the TIMED and/or VIP tickets will be available when you arrive. General admission has no limit. The more the scarier and the more fun & fright we get to have with you!

Haunted Hydro Hosts Makeup Tournament!



MONSTER MAKE-OFF
TOURNAMENT OF TERROR

REGION 1 – OH, MI, IN, WESTERN PA & Surrounding States

TURNER ENTERPRISE, INC. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HAUNTED HYDRO PRESENTS THE 1ST ANNUAL “MONSTER MAKE OFF” TALENT EVENT. ENTER TO DISPLAY YOUR TALENTS AND PROVE YOUR SKILLS, CREATE A MAGNIFICENT SHOW PIECE, AND YOU MAY BE CHOSEN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN A COOL $1,000.00 IN COLD-HARD CASH!

MONTHLY THEMES
• May 21 - Zombies and Victims
• June 18 - Steampunk and/or Goth
• July 9 - Beasts and Mythological
• *** August 13 - Witches, Warlocks & Wizards (Adult & separate Youth Division – See below)
• September 10 – Circus Freaks and Clowns

*** SPECIAL YOUTH MAKE OFF TOURNAMENT – Ages 8-17 – For this youth contest there can be up to 3 people on a team (2 MUA’s and 1 Model) One of the team members must be in the required age bracket. There will be certificates of participation for all contestants plus a 1st and 2nd cash prize for this division - TBD
*** After the August 13 competition both the adult and youth Make-Off teams are welcome to go to the Haunted Hydro Group Photo Shoot Family Day and take photos using our scenes, sets, backdrops and more. All MUA and Models are FREE to attend this. General admission Make-Off guests will be at a discounted rate of only $5.00 to attend.
• October 7, SATURDAY - “FINALE” Tournament of Champions – Location site will be at the Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park, Fremont, Ohio during regular Halloween seasonal operations as part of the festivities for hundreds of park goers.
PRICES
• $40.00 per entry team this includes a minimum of 1 makeup artist and 1 model if another MUA is required they will be an additional $20.00. (Basically $20.00 per person x 3 = $60.00 Maximum fee)
• $5.00 Admittance for general public attending to watch and cheer on their team. Bring a group of 5 or more people pay only $4.00 per person.
• All team members must be adults 18 & over by the date of the competition.
PRIZES
• All teams will receive a commemorative award of participation certificate with special certificates given to the monthly 1st place and Runner-Up winners
• 1st place winner of each month will be entered in the finale for the Tournament of Champions. If 1st place cannot attend then it will go to that months Runner-up team. There are no fee’s to participate in the finale.
• The Tournament of Champions winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000!!!

COME HAVE FUN! SHOW YOUR SKILLS, CREATIVE SIDE AND YOUR TALENTS…
AND THEN ENJOY THE BRAGGING RIGHTS AND THE MEDIA FAME THAT FOLLOWS!

Transworld 2017 Article!


City Blood's article on this year's Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis, MO is online. Check it out now by clicking on the link below.

Transworld 2017 Article

Midnight Syndicate Returns To Cedar Point!



CLEVELAND, Ohio, March 15, 2017 – Halloween and horror music legends Midnight Syndicate will bring their critically-acclaimed concert experience, Midnight Syndicate Live!, back to the world famous amusement park, Cedar Point this fall. The horror-themed multimedia concerts blending live music, theatre, and film will run Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 15 through October 29 in the Jack Aldrich Theater at Cedar Point's 21st annual HalloWeekends event.

“We’ve developed a new, even better show that we can’t wait to unleash on audiences,” said Midnight Syndicate’s Edward Douglas. “Our new venue, the Jack Aldrich Theater, is a perfect fit for what we want to do. It will allow us to create an intimate and thrilling experience that guests won’t soon forget.”

“Working with Cedar Point in 2014 was a great experience across the board, so to be able to team up with them again, especially as a part of Midnight Syndicate’s 20th anniversary celebration, is perfect,” added Gavin Goszka.

“We’re excited that Midnight Syndicate is bringing their live and immersive stage show back to Cedar Point this fall,” said Charles Bradshaw, V.P. of Live Entertainment at Cedar Point. “Fans of their mesmerizing music loved their previous run at HalloWeekends – and they’re going to love this latest production.”

For the new show, Midnight Syndicate will once again be calling upon special effects legend Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Till Dawn, KNB EFX) and the Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps, David Henson Greathouse (Faceoff, MUSHROOMHEAD OFFICIAL), Beki Ingram (Faceoff), director Gary Jones (Army of Darkness, Axe Giant), 529 Films, EFX TEK, artist Mark Rakocy, and Screamline Studios.

Midnight Syndicate official website: www.MidnightSyndicate.com
Cedar Point official website: www.CedarPoint.com

MHC Releases Pre Convention Haunt Bus Tour Schedule!

Midwest Haunters Convention is very excited to announce the 2017 MHC Pre-Convention Haunted House Bus Tour line-up! (Limited to just 4 buses, don’t wait, this trip will sell out fast. Show registration required to signup for tour.)
Wednesday, June 7
- The Dent Schoolhouse
- The Waverly Hills Sanatorium
- Grim Trails Haunted Attraction
- The Haunted Hotel
- 7th Street Haunt
- The Devils Attic

Thursday, June 8
- Wicked World Scaregrounds
- The Mayhem Mansion
- Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror

> Admission to 9 locations, with a total of 10 attractions. Two attractions with lights-on tours, 8 attractions will be dark and staffed with performers.
> Charter bus transportation with games & prizes
> Snacks and beverages on the bus
> Wednesday evening bonfire with snacks & beverages at Grim Trails
PLEASE NOTE: The tour price is $295 and it DOES NOT include overnight hotel accommodations; you’ll need to reserve your own room(s) at the Southern Indiana Horseshoe Casino Hotel (about $79 for room, resort fee & taxes) Wednesday night. You can sleep up to 4 guests per room, with 2 queen size beds in a spacious deluxe room. Includes a free breakfast buffet Thursday morning.
Sign Up Now! http://www.midwesthauntersconvention.com/pre-convention-bus-tour/

Fear Fair Valentine's Event!

Fear Fair in Seymour, Indiana will have a haunting Valentine's Day event called Valentine X where sets and characters are valentine related. It's an event you and your date are dying to attend. It takes place on Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th from 7pm-10pm. General Admission is $20 and Fast Pass is $30.  Click on the link below to purchase tickets. 

http://valentineshauntedhouses.com/seymour/?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=main%20vx%20video

Factory of Terror Open Friday the 13th!


Factory of Terror in Canton, Ohio will be open this Friday the 13th from 7-11pm. Tickets are $27 at the door and $25 online. Get your fright on in January! www.fotohio.com

MHC Bus Tours Info!




On June 7th and 8th, Midwest Haunters Convention will have their 2 Day Pre-Convention Haunt Bus Tours in Louisville, Eastview and Lexington, KY, Springfield, OH, Cincinnati, OH and other areas. Right now The Haunted Hotel, The 7th Street Haunt, The Devil's Attic, Wicked World Scaregrounds, Sinister Tombs Haunted House, Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror and The Dent Schoolhouse are part of the tour. More haunts are being added, but the ones mentioned are confirmed. We'll update this post when more information becomes available. Please visit www.midwesthauntersconvention.com for info on MHC.