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Transworld Haunted House and Escape Room Tradeshow Coming May 6-9
Thu, April 01, 2021


Transworld Halloween Haunt and Escape Tradeshow is finally happening after more than a year of waiting.  Due to Covid the 2020 annual tradeshow was canceled which sent an entire industry into a spiral.  Many haunted houses and escape rooms closed their doors forever, while most powered thru and are ready for the annual tradeshow to return.  The tradeshow was originally scheduled for early March 2021 but due to ongoing covid restrictions it was pushed back until May 6-9, 2021 in St Louis Missouri.   You can get more details at www.HAASHOW.com 



So what should you expect at the 2021 tradeshow?  Most vendors will still exhibit because their 2020 money was rolled over to 2021.  Some vendors however will not exhibit despite losing deposits like Unit 70.  Some vendors are choosing not to exhibit because they're already totally sold out and can't take anymore orders for 2021. A tradeshow for the haunted house industry in May is basically only worth about 25% of its original value.  About 25% of all vendors orders come between November and January  taking advantage or winter sales.  Another 50% of orders are placed right around the Transworld show and the balance about 25% are placed through out the summer months.  Once Transworld announced the show was moving to May buyers started placing orders and now most vendors are nearly sold out.  Our guess is most vendors have about 25% or less capacity for new orders!  Our advice DO NOT wait until the Transworld Show call your favorite vendors and BUY NOW otherwise you may not get the opportunity to order. 

We also do NOT expect you can buy as many products off the show floor as vendors are bringing products already sold and using Transworld for pick up!  AGAIN ORDER NOW!   Most vendors we've spoken to have stated  they're already SOLD OUT for 2021 or taking orders for late Summer early September.  If you wait for Transworld show which is another full month away you might be disappointed.  

A tradeshow in May doesn't work for the haunted house industry but Transworld had no choice it was May or nothing.  The haunted house industry wants to get together, and try to get back on a path of normalcy.  Vendors need the bulk of orders to be placed long before May and haunt owners know better than to wait until May.  Even though many vendors will have limited capacity to take orders at this years show, there is still plenty of reasons to attend.  All the seminars and educations opportunities are still available with very few changes from what you signed up for in 2020.  The communication with other haunters is invaluable, and honestly walking the tradeshow gives you creative energy to take back to your business.  Transworld should be back on track in 2022 with dates in early March and hopefully by this Halloween season there are no more covid related issues.  We do however want to stress that many vendors if not most will still have some product on the show floor to sell, or ability to take some orders but do NOT take that chance... ORDER NOW.   



Escape rooms have been drastically impacted by covid, losing corporate parties, single bookings into unsold games, and having to close for a period.  Many haunted houses made the early call NOT to open for 2020 Halloween fearing a lack of interest, which turned out to be the exact opposite.  Haunted Houses that opened got overwhelming demand for customers.  No word yet if all the Christmas vendors will return because no tradeshow floor map has been updated to Transworld website.  With that being said the Christmas industry had a RECORD YEAR... keep in mind people were looking for something to do and most Christmas shows are drive thru! 

Overall i believe the show despite every curve ball thrown in its direction,will be overwhelming successfull. You should attend the show and absorb some of that creative energy, talk to vendors, place some orders, take in some education and feel great about the future!  Owning and operating Christmas, Escape or haunted house attractions is a passion based industry and the passion is there to be together surrounded by what makes them motivated to get back to work.  Even though I'm strongly advicing you to PLACE ORDERS NOW, the show floor will be FLUSH with products to see, touch and experience.  This coming Transworld show is for the now and the future of getting all these industries back on track!  Support Transworld and support the vendors! 

Despite all the hurdles the show will be a success just because it happened.  Have fun and have a great time. 

We will not be doing behind the scenes tours of our escape rooms in 2021 however they're open for bookings at  www.StLouisEscape.com 

A word of warning if you don't book NOW, our escape rooms are basically sold out just from local business every single weekend.  Since last Transworld St Louis Escape has added Frankenstein Escape, Dracula Escape, and Wonderful Wizard of Oz plus a blacklight mini golf and arcade.  Book today! 



As for haunted house tours, we initially thought about opening Creepyworld and started overhauling it the minute we closed for the 2020 Halloween season.  We have already spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to get Creepyworld ready for Transworld but over the winter temp dropped below zero and stopped us cold.  We continue to work on Creepyworld building a new pumpkin barn, funeral home haunted house, and a video mapping attraction.  Its not likely that we could get Creepyworld done in time for Transworld,  even though we're currently working on it everyday.  As we speak we have 4 to 6 people working on Creepyworld every single day.  If something changes we'll let you know.  We decided not to attempt opening Lemp because we didn't even open Lemp for the Halloween season.  Lemp is located inside a cave and needs a lot of cleaning and repair we just didn't have time.  As for The Darkness we renovated the Darkness as if we would open for Transworld and just completed the total 2021 renovation in time for a local special event called Scream Break.  We added several new scenes including a haunted conservatory, haunted pumpkin barn, new gift store, thousands dollars in upgrades, this on top of overthink we did leading up to 2020 Transworld. 

The Darkness can open however we have yet to decide if we want to attempt opening for Transworld 2021.  If something changes it would be very last minute.  If any tour is added it will be a behind the scenes tour only.  

Again have a great time at Transworld 2021! 

PS:  If you see Rich and Jen walking around the Tradeshow floor give them a HUGE THANK YOU!  Trying to get this show back on track has been an overwhelming acheivement.  Thank you Jen and Rich from Hauntworld! 


 
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Transworld Haunted House / Escape Room Tradeshow Changes Dates
Tue, December 29, 2020
NOTICE FROM TRANSWORLD about new dates Haunted House Tradeshow 2021.

 

Hello everyone-

It's hard to believe during these challenging times that the holiday season is here already! As we all scramble to come up with creative ways to safely celebrate with family and friends, we want to update you on the status of our 2021 show. Due to the spike in numbers regarding COVID-19 we have made the difficult decision to push back our show dates from March to May. Our new dates are May 6-9, 2021.

Please know that TransWorld is very committed to producing the best show we can in 2021. To deliver on that promise, we are working hard to run the show in accordance with the current COVID guidelines from the CDC, the State of Missouri, the City of St. Louis, America's Center, and our hotel and vendor partners. Guidelines may change and we recommend that you frequently review the "Health and Safety" page on our sites for updates. The health and safety of our exhibitors, buyers and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

We understand that this has been a very frustrating process for everyone. We truly appreciate everyone's support for our shows in such uncertain times. We are looking forward to seeing all of you in St. Louis May 6-9, 2021 for an exciting event that will bring you products, seminars and networking opportunities to jump start your business for the 2021 season!

Regarding booked hotel rooms:

We are currently working with the hotels on a smooth transition of room reservations. It will take a few weeks for the reservations departments to move the reservations as well as send emails to you, if appropriate. In addition, it will take the hotels a few weeks to send TransWorld updated information for our travel page (new deposit dates, cut off date, booking links, etc.) Please give the hotels a few weeks to implement the changes in your reservations as outlined below.

All current hotel reservations for the 2021 March show dates will either be rebooked or rolled over to the new May 2021 dates by the hotels. Hotel procedures differ at each property. If your hotel reservation has been cancelled and rebooked you will receive a new confirmation number via email. If your reservation has been rolled over, you may not receive a new confirmation number. If you have any questions please contact the hotel directly.

Please review the list below to determine whether your reservation is being rebooked or rolled over.

Hotels Hotels that will roll over your reservations for you:

  • Holiday Inn
  • Courtyard
  • Hampton Inn
  • Magnolia
  • Lumiere
  • Hotel St. Louis

Hotels Hotels that will rebook your reservations for you

  • Marriott
  • Four Seasons (or they will call you)
  • Embassy Suites
  • DoubleTree

Hotels: Hotels that will either rebook or roll over your reservations for you.

  • Drury Arch
  • Drury Convention Center

If you need to make a change to your reservation or cancel it entirely, please contact the hotel directly. Hotel information can be found at https://haashow.com/travel/hotels/

We wish you the happiest of holidays and we look forward to seeing you in St. Louis in May, 2021! As always, please feel free to call us with any questions you may have,

Warmest regards,

The TranWorld Team


For information about TransWorld's shows visit

www.TransWorldTradeShows.com

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Haunted Hayrides are Converting to Haunted Trails due to Covid 2020
Sun, July 26, 2020

Haunted Houses are finding it challenging  dealing with social distancing.  We've written several times already that it's totally IMPOSSIBLE to social distance at a haunted house.  Anyone who owns or operates a haunted attraction knows the customers go in and because they get scared they stop walking, and then the next group runs into them.  This will happen every single night no matter how far apart you space out your customers.  So what should you do?  Really simple, just put the customers in the door and keep them going in, have your actors scare forward.  This isn't the year to have talking character actors who slow down customers, just jump scare them forward you can't do anything else.  Oh yeah other people write about how you can social distance in a haunt but we all know it isn't going to happen.  But wait you say what if you limit how many people can enter, but wouldn't that defeat the purpose of being open?  Now you're limiting people so why even open because you will lose money remember your expenses are REAL!  Just opening costs you money staffing, marketing, taxes, security, utilities, not to mention rent and or property tax.   I'm hoping you have workers compensation and we all know that is really expensive, as is liability insurance.   Oh and don't forget once you close for the season you need enough money to pay all the bills until you can open again! 

What a mess! 

There is only one way to open this year GO WIDE OPEN  and hope enough people come to save your business until Halloween 2021.  You can't limit customers, because even attempting that isn't going to stop people from banging into other customers.  Futhermore some polls show as many as 50% say they won't visit an amusement park this summer.  Haunted Houses in my view count as something they probably won't visit so why would you limit anything, it's already going to be limited for you by the customers who don't come.   You should sell tickets online yes but don't go online only that would be a tragic mistake, you need a box office for customers who come on the spur of the moment.  The old saying is beggers can't be choosers and if attendance is way down you can't be a chooser.  Give your customers ALL options of visiting in 2020 but be prepared to whisk them into the attraction!    Once you open at 7pm keep people going in, pick up the pace this year, so people aren't waiting around out front of your haunted house.  Your actors need to do their best work this year and keep customers screaming forward end of story. 

Out front of The Darkness we're going to add washing stations so guests can wash their hands, we'll have masks for those who don't bring them, each night we'll spray disinfectant through out the maze and we're going to make sure our actors work inside scarezones!  There is all kinds of little things you can do but when it comes to even the attempt of social distancing inside your haunt that just isn't ever going to happen so SCARE FORWARD!  



This brings us to haunted hayrides how do you social distance on a hayride?  If you're a big haunted hayride like Headless Horseman it's TOTALLY impossible unless you DOUBLE the number of tractors you're operating which would be out of the question.   At Creepyworld our hayride is an upcharge so maybe 50% of the guests ride the hayride anyway so for us this won't be an issue.  But again how about those attractions where the hayride is this 20 minute ride thru the woods?  Really simple give up the hayride and change your hayride into a haunted walking trail. 

With a big giant hayride people have plenty of space to move around, separate and distance themselves.  It won't work flawless because  you still have people getting scared they will run into other people but this is a smart option.  Turn your haunted hayride into a trail is a smart move with some possible drawbacks.  Your hayride was never created to have people roam freely around and yes people are going to accidently get off track, off the trail and end up in the woods.  You will either need to add more barratries for trouble spots, or add a lot more security or both.  Furthermore turning your hayride into a trail might require a lot more actors because now people will walk for long stretches without seeing sets or actors.  Adding more actors in the non-scenic spots might be essential to avoid a lot of negative reviews. 



Keep in mind one of the most successful haunted houses in the country 'Haunted Overload' could easily be a hayride, but it choose the route of a haunted trail.  Haunted Hayrides simply aren't scary because actors can't interact with customers the same way as a haunted trail.  A Haunted Trail might have some other upsides other than just being MORE scary such as more affordable to operate.  Operating all those tractors is very EXPENSIVE, you need tractor drivers, loaders, and the thru put process is SLOW! 

Getting back to how I started this article open up the facet and let the customers in you can do that with a TRAIL but NOT a hayride. 

All is NOT lost for you hayrides out there switch to a trail and who knows your customers might enjoy the experience a lot better so much so 2020 might kill off the hayride forever!  Who knows.

Good luck in 2020! 

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