Seminars & Events

Additional seminars and events will be posted here over the next few weeks. Please continue to check back!

Wednesday Speed Seminars

Speed Seminars Pre Show Price is $120 through Monday March 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT; On-site price is $150.

In this special Speed Seminar presentation attendees will be taken on a whirlwind tour of five different methods to make extra sales at your haunted attraction and how these clever ideas can actually enhance the guest experience! If you are looking for new ideas to boost your bottom line, get into an additional revenue stream, or just wanting to see how other haunters are moving beyond just ticket sales then this special seminar series is for you!

  • How To Make Cash With Carnival-Style Games!
    1:00pm - 1:30pm
    Speaker: Brian Luallen

    Long before his extensive career in the haunted attraction industry, Brian ran the games department at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. In this fast-paced class he will touch on the best games to build, how to price them, clever theming ideas and how to make the most cash you can while keeping the customers happy!

  • The Do's and Dont's of Alcohol Sales
    1:40pm - 2:10pm
    Speaker: John Eslich, Factory of Terror

    Last year John Eslich (Factory Of Terror in Canton Ohio) jumped with both feet into serving alcoholic beverages at his venue! He will cover the unexpected complexities of liquor laws, the massive revenue potentials that can be achieved and what a steep learning curve that a first-year experiment into adult beverages can be!

  • Fun Food and Frights!
    2:20pm - 2:50pm
    Speaker: Susan and Jason Willis, Houston Scream Fest

    Food is a great way to really improve the overall happiness of visitors to your attraction and it also has excellent sales potential. Learn the basics of how to get into food concessions, tips and tricks to maximize sales, and some of the better selling items (including funnel cakes, Mexican street corn, tacos, pizza and snow cones) from the team behind Houston Scream Fest!

  • Gift Shops and the Pros & Cons of Special Event Merchandise
    3:00pm - 3:30pm
    Speaker: Patti Ludwinski, Darkness Haunted House and Hauntworld Magazine

    Do you open your haunted house for special event nights like Krampus Christmas or My Bloody Valentines? Do you capitalize on selling special event merchandise in your gift stores for these dates? This speed seminar will walk you through the pros and cons of special event merch as well as gift store merchandise in general, highlighting what to buy and how many to buy.

  • Give Your Customers What They Want and Something Different: The VIP Experience!
    3:40pm - 4:10pm
    Speaker: Spencer Terry, Fear Factory Haunted House

    Every customer wants their own unique and memorable experience, so give it to them, all while making more money, creating more loyalty, and yielding a better customer experience! Learn tips, tricks, queue designs, sales tips, and incentives to help drive your overall VIP experience with Fear Factory GM and HAA Board Member Spencer Terry.

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Thursday Seminars

Escape and Halloween Seminars are sold in packages (see "Seminar Packages" tab) and individually. Pre-show individual seminar price is $50 through Monday March 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT; On-site price is $60.
  • C.H.A.O.S. Safety Seminar
    Thursday 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 264
    HAA Members: $10, Non-Members: $65
    Produced by The Haunted Attraction Association
    Without SAFETY, your customers are at risk, your staff is at risk, you are at risk, and this industry is at risk.

    The Haunted Attraction Association and TransWorld Exhibits company team up again this year to bring you the Certified Haunted Attraction Operator Safety (C.H.A.O.S.) course. It is highly recommended to anyone running a haunted attraction.

    This eight hour certification starts with our four hour FIRE SAFETY course on March 19, 2020 from 8:30am - 12:30pm. explores the historical origins of the NFPA 101 "The Lifesaving Code" and how other NFPA codes and standards impact your overall risk reduction and safety strategy for your haunted attraction. This course will count towards your eight hours required to receive your certification. Then choose from any of the additional C.H.A.O.S. certified seminars offered at TransWorld to help complete your eight hours.

    “Safety training should not end once your season begins. Undoubtedly you will hire some staff members after you have already completed your initial safety training during orientation. Make sure to take the time to adequately train these new team members before they start working in your attractions. You can never be too prepared. It is also a good idea to do an all haunt safety training review and evacuation drill mid-run as a refresher.” -Brett Bertolino, Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday to Friday Workshop
  • xLights 12-Hour Power Training Class Taught by the Legendary Core Developer Keith Westley
    Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm (1.5 days - Hour Lunch Break on Friday)
    $300/attendee (pre-registration)
    $350/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Keith Westley, Core Developer/xLights

    Pre-requisites:

    Ideally attendees will have watched this YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtemNvNfsMw) to at least start to get exposed to some of the basic concepts, but understanding will not be assumed. Attendees should have at least installed xLights and had a bit of a play with it.

    To get value from the course you must bring with you a laptop with xLights installed on it to use during class sessions. You will need to take notes as materials are not handed out in the session.

    To get value from the course you must bring with you a laptop with xLights installed on it to use during class sessions. You will need to take notes as materials are not handed out in the session

    Learning Objective:

    Walkthrough all the key processes in xLights (and xSchedule - the show player) to setup a display and utilise the available tools to sequence your display.

    Agenda:

    • Introductions
    • Overview of xLights and the controlled lighting ecosystem
    • Setting up your layout including downloading and creating models
    • Singing faces, submodels and custom models
    • An overview of effects and a deep dive into some of the more useful but obscure effects including VUMeter, Shaders, Movie
    • Value curves, colour curves, bulk editing
    • Sequencing AC props
    • Sequencing servos and DMX props
    • Importing sequences
    • Sequencing styles including lazy but effective sequencing
    • Connecting and configuring controllers
    • Playing your show using xSchedule intermediate (including building interactive shows) - we will also touch on Falcon Player
    Speaker Bio: Keith Westley has been a core developer on xLights for the past 5 years developing many of the industry leading capabilities available in xLights. He also has published over 100 training videos on xLights and regularly teaches in webinars and at Christmas lighting conferences around the world. Keith has assisted numerous commercial projects powered by xLights with some reaching over 1.5 million controlled channels.

    Keith has been decorating his home with Christmas lights for over 25 years and has had an animated pixel display since 2013.

    Keith lives in Sydney, Australia.
  • Turn Your Haunted Attraction Into a Scream Park!
    Thursday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: John Denley, Escape Room Catalog & Boneyard Productions International

    Take your Haunted attraction to the next level! I will show you:

    1. How to add more attractions and increase your ticket price without increasing your payroll!
    2. The top 10 ways of adding more revenue streams to your bottom line.
    3. How to maximize your payroll and get the most out of your October schedule!
    4. How to maintain maximum “Scare-Factor.” This is why they come!
    5. How to avoid common mistakes that cost you big money or could even close you down!

    Each attendee will receive my recommended supplier list for “hard to find items” and a free copy of my new screamscapes audio for your haunt. Whether you are a haunted house or hayride, I will show you how to keep your patrons screaming for more!

    John Denley
    John Denley
    Speaker Bio: John Denley is the founder and president of Escape Room International. He has designed, built and consulted for many major theme parks around the world. Mr. Denley designed the new Terminator and Bill & Ted’s Escape rooms and specializes in turnkey installations. He produces the best-selling “How-To” series in the haunt and escape room industries and has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, Fox and well as Psychology Today, Boston Business Journal, Scholastic Magazine and other international press. His clients range from American Movie Classics, The U.S. Army, Disney Resorts & Six Flags to Norton “Antivirus” Utilities and is known for his highly detailed and immersive attractions.
  • WIN-WIN: Maximize Revenue While Enhancing the Guest Experience
    Thursday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: John Eslich, Factory of Terror

    Guests are buying an experience when attending a haunted attraction and are willing to spend dollars above and beyond the box office ticket. In this seminar, John will share some simple methods and ideas that you can incorporate at your attraction to add money to your bottom line. Ticketing, concessions, merchandise and Que-line activities all have opportunities for upcharges and add-ons that will have your guests cheering and enhance their experience during the Halloween season. John will also discuss off-season revenue generating events. These events are a great way to build brand awareness, engage with customers outside of the Halloween season and maintain staff, while also generating additional dollars.

    John Eslich
    John Eslich
    Speaker Bio: John Eslich has been producing events for 17 years. John is heavily involved in the haunt Industry and more recently in the operation of escape rooms and axe throwing venues. John owns and operates multi locations of all the above.

    John's background is in the construction industry and notable demolition since 1991 following a business degree in accounting. John has extensive experience and knowledge in contract law, environmental law, accounting, commercial real estate, recycling and landfill operations.
  • How to Be as Inclusive as Possible at Your Haunted Attraction: Exploring Sensory Inclusive™ and Why Your Business Should Be Too!
    Thursday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Nicole Ginsburg, Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park, Museum of Intrigue and Intrigue & Co

    In 2019, Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park became the first Sensory Inclusive™ Haunted Attraction in the nation - certified by KultureCity, a non-profit organization. This certification provided the necessary training to allow Frightmare Farms to be inclusive all the time. They were able to accommodate guests with sensory sensitivities every night! Yes, even on the busiest nights of the year! Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, anxiety and other similar conditions. Join Nicole as she shares everything from their experience with the organization to touching stories of patrons who got to experience a haunted attraction for the very first time to the nuts and bolts of appealing to a whole new customer base that will quickly become HUGE FANS of YOUR attraction!

    Nicole Ginsburg
    Nicole Ginsburg
    Speaker Bio: Nicole Ginsburg is the creator, co-owner and Vice-President of Business Development for Escape the Estate, LLC who produces Escape the Estate, Museum of Intrigue and Adventures of Intrigue. Nicole holds a degree in marketing from Columbia and has over 20 years of experience in the performing arts and entertainment industry; almost half of this time has been spent in her beloved role as Production Director for Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park, one of the most critically acclaimed haunted attractions in Upstate New York. Nicole introduced the escape room industry to the region by utilizing existing space at the previously-existing haunted attraction. At that time, Nicole was one of very few pioneers attempting this technique.

    Escape the Estate, with its theatrically-detailed sets, was a runaway hit. Within a matter of weeks, the Frightmare Farms location had sold out its available bookings for their entire season. Fueled by this success, Nicole and her team opened a second location in just six months, crafting whole-new escape rooms in a shopping mall. Since then she has helped with games ranging from 3 minutes to Mega-games lasting a few hours.

    Most recently, Escape the Estate is yet again capturing regional and national attention with a cutting edge immersive experience Museum of Intrigue. Launched in late 2017, Museum of Intrigue, located in Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY specializing in a “beyond the box gaming”, the Intrigue model has been coined “a playground for the mind”. In 2019, Nicole and her team expanded yet again with the development of: Adventures of Intrigue, Intrigue Experiences and Intrigue & Co.

    Because of her work, Nicole has caught the attention of numerous media outlets in the area. In December 2015 & December 2017, she was named one of the “9 Most Creative People in Central New York.” She has been featured in multiple articles about women in business, discussing her contributions to the often male-dominated industries of escape rooms and haunted attractions. In 2019, she spearheaded a collaboration with Kulture City and Frightmare Farms to become the first Sensory Certified Haunted Attraction and Museum of Intrigue to become the first Sensory Certified interactive gaming.

    Nicole juggles many professional roles on a daily basis. Her favorite role is wife to her super supportive husband, Jeremy and mom to her quick witted, very busy, young twin boys!
    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Maximize Your Queue Actors’ Potential
    Thursday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Allen Hopps, Stiltbeast Studios

    Allen has been acting in haunted attraction lines for over 20 years. He will present strategies for creating memorable and outstanding characters to represent your attraction. He will also break down a few acting styles, types of entertainment and techniques that are successful in a haunted attraction queue.

  • Analyze This: Tracking Success in Social Media
    Thursday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Kevin McNulty, President & CEO NetWeave Social Networking

    Great social media campaigns can help lead to increased website visitors, better search engine placement, stronger customer engagement, and even new customers. How can operators track results across social media platforms and determine success? Learn how to understand the difference between metrics and analytics and how to make that information work. Discover great ways to visualize data and present it to others while ensuring social media efforts are paying off and yielding results.

    Kevin McNulty
    Kevin McNulty
    Speaker Bio: Kevin McNulty is co-founder and president of NetWeave Social Networking. Named Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Associate Member of the Year by the Florida Attractions Association, NetWeave provides social media services for over 70 clients in the US, including large attractions, Destination Management Organizations, major events, and a wide range of small businesses from retail to hospitality.

    Kevin delivers a series of social media courses for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and has been a guest lecturer for the University of South Florida, New College, St. Leo University, and State College of Florida. He has presented workshops and seminars for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the Florida Attractions Association, and the Florida Association of Museums. His ten years in social media management and training give him a substantial foundation in relevant experience regarding the business uses of social media.

    Kevin received his degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, served in the US Army, and worked for over 20 years in corporate training and communications before co-founding NetWeave in 2009.
  • Creating the Illusion of Depth and Distraction in 3600 Seconds!!
    Thursday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Buck Burdick

    This LIVE FULL CONTACT Scenic demonstration will show you how to take a small area from Bluh to BAMM in (1) hour.

    In a whirlwind 3600 seconds (1 hour) tour, as the title suggests, this seminar is going to be fast and crazy...so buckle up and hang on. Witness first-hand the design and fabrication of a 1 of a kind scene. Buck and the team from Station 5 Productions are going to teach you a few different things.

    1. How to fake the illusion of space. Making things seem larger then they truly are.
    2. How to add depth, dimension, and layers. These simple techniques will help sell the illusion. They will also help distract your guests to optimize the scare.
    3. And Finally...The "EXO-Spaznetic 9600" drop panel installation. Gone are the days of fence latches for drop scares...it's 2020 for Pete's sake. With the EXO-Spaznetic you will discover the latest evolution of drop scares. Bring your scene and scare to the next level!

    Now, not only is this seminar worth hundreds of dollars, we have a BONUS for attendees.

    At the conclusion of the seminar, we will be giving away the EXO-Spaznetic drop scare and the entire custom built scene- a value of over $2000.

    Speaker Bio: Buck is a 15 year veteran of the attraction industry. He owns one of the top haunted attractions in the Midwest; The Fear Asylum. He is a popular speaker at Transworld. Sought out not only for his creative vision, but his knowledge in organizing and leading large public events. He is a 20 Year career Firefighter and CEO of Station 5 Productions.
  • Unraveling the Mysteries of Animating Your Props
    Thursday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Steve Koci, Nuts and Volts Magazine

    Are you looking to make the jump into providing motion for your display but are unsure of how to start? Have you already started down this road but run up against roadblocks that left your builds gathering cobwebs on the workbench instead of in your haunt? Confused by all the strange language and descriptions? Wondering if you have the skills to even attempt your own animated props? If so, you should add this class to your must do list as we strip away the confusion and lay the groundwork you need to design and build your own Animatronics. We will cover what you will need to get started and have plenty of examples of props you can start building right away. Have no fear (save that for the customers), Steve can show you how to get those props moving!

    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)

Seminars Sponsored By

The Haunted Attraction Association - The Official Association of the Haunted House Industry

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Friday Seminars

Escape and Halloween Seminars are sold in packages (see "Seminar Packages" tab) and individually. Pre-show individual seminar price is $50 through Monday March 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT; On-site price is $60.
Thursday to Friday Workshop
  • xLights 12-Hour Power Training Class Taught by the Legendary Core Developer Keith Westley
    Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm (1.5 days - Hour Lunch Break on Friday)
    $300/attendee (pre-registration)
    $350/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Keith Westley, Core Developer/xLights

    Pre-requisites:

    Ideally attendees will have watched this YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtemNvNfsMw) to at least start to get exposed to some of the basic concepts, but understanding will not be assumed. Attendees should have at least installed xLights and had a bit of a play with it.

    To get value from the course you must bring with you a laptop with xLights installed on it to use during class sessions. You will need to take notes as materials are not handed out in the session.

    To get value from the course you must bring with you a laptop with xLights installed on it to use during class sessions. You will need to take notes as materials are not handed out in the session

    Learning Objective:

    Walkthrough all the key processes in xLights (and xSchedule - the show player) to setup a display and utilise the available tools to sequence your display.

    Agenda:

    • Introductions
    • Overview of xLights and the controlled lighting ecosystem
    • Setting up your layout including downloading and creating models
    • Singing faces, submodels and custom models
    • An overview of effects and a deep dive into some of the more useful but obscure effects including VUMeter, Shaders, Movie
    • Value curves, colour curves, bulk editing
    • Sequencing AC props
    • Sequencing servos and DMX props
    • Importing sequences
    • Sequencing styles including lazy but effective sequencing
    • Connecting and configuring controllers
    • Playing your show using xSchedule intermediate (including building interactive shows) - we will also touch on Falcon Player
    Speaker Bio: Keith Westley has been a core developer on xLights for the past 5 years developing many of the industry leading capabilities available in xLights. He also has published over 100 training videos on xLights and regularly teaches in webinars and at Christmas lighting conferences around the world. Keith has assisted numerous commercial projects powered by xLights with some reaching over 1.5 million controlled channels.

    Keith has been decorating his home with Christmas lights for over 25 years and has had an animated pixel display since 2013.

    Keith lives in Sydney, Australia.
  • Animatronics for the Veteran Prop Builder
    Friday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Steve Koci, Nuts and Volts Magazine

    Join us for an in depth look at building animated props with the experienced builder in mind. We’ll skip the intro material and jump right into discussing how we can incorporate new ideas and techniques into our prop designs as well as ways to better incorporate them into our haunts. While pneumatics and wiper motors provide the backbone of many of our moving props, there are many other fantastic techniques available. We’ll look at alternative methods that you can utilize that will allow you to take your props up a notch or three. The creation of a successful Animatronic requires some form of control in order to be effective. We will explore some of the features you should take into consideration when selecting an appropriate controller to bring your props to life. If you want to push the envelope and take your props beyond the ordinary, this class is for you! It’s time to add some new tricks to your tool belt that will help make you an even more talented prop creator.

    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Hard Core Customer Service! The Best Techniques For Dealing With Angry Guests and Customer Complaints
    Friday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Six Flags Theme Park

    Customer Satisfaction is key to growing your haunt business and negative reviews can deliver fatal blows. Join us for a panel discussion with Six Flags Haunt Operators on how to best resolve customer complaints and improve your haunt experience. We want your customers to leave terrified and thrilled for all the right reasons.

  • Zombie Soup for the Soul: Advice and Strategy for Starting a Haunted Attraction
    Friday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Billy and Karen Groeneveld, Enigma Haunted House

    Starting up any business can be overwhelming, cause hand wringing, stress and even make you sick. So take some time, sit back, relax and get some advice in starting a professional haunt from the ground up. Learn what has worked for us from corporate setups, what to look for in a building location, branding, setting expectations, delegating responsibilities and creating a cohesive crew. Our successes and failures in construction, marketing and recruiting can help you avoid pitfalls, overcome hurdles and give you a roadmap to enjoying a rewarding business in the haunt industry. Billy and Karen started Enigma Haunt in Florida 9 years ago. Enigma Haunt has been rated #1 in Florida by both ScareFactor.com and Haunted House Media and has been a “Top 20 Must see Haunted Attraction” by USA Today.

    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Surrounding Your Guests with Powerful Audio. Designing Immersive Sound Systems to Set Yourself Apart from the Quiet Competition
    Friday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Mike Parpovich, Zombie Army Productions

    Beaker from Zombie Army Productions will show you how to enhance your customers’ experience with an auditory assault. Immerse your customers (and actors) further into your attraction’s atmosphere. He will share his audio knowledge to take your attraction to the next level and bring your customers’ experience to life. He will take you through the initial design phase, building audio files, speaker choice, speaker placement, and bring the process together implementing immersive audio into your attractions.

    Speaker Bio: Mike “Beaker” Parpovich is the owner of Pale Eye Productions, former owner and co-founder of the legendary Terror on the Fox, and currently is the technical director for the multi-award winning HellsGate Haunted Attraction with Zombie Army Productions. He is in his 30th season of designing, operating, and managing haunted attractions. He is also a long-time member of IATSE Local 251 and was the head audio engineer for The Overture Center for the Arts (Madison, WI) for over 12 years.
  • OMG! Did You See This?! Crisis Communication in the Age of Social Media
    Friday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Kevin McNulty, President & CEO NetWeave Social Networking

    Social media is such a big part of our lives now that people naturally flock to it for information in times of crisis. Make sure your attraction is prepared to provide the information needed and to address any real-time information being broadcast by others. You must be prepared with a quick response time and the appropriate skills. Learn the fundamentals of crisis communication, planning, and applying both to the unique environment of social media.

    Kevin McNulty
    Kevin McNulty
    Speaker Bio: Kevin McNulty is co-founder and president of NetWeave Social Networking. Named Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Associate Member of the Year by the Florida Attractions Association, NetWeave provides social media services for over 70 clients in the US, including large attractions, Destination Management Organizations, major events, and a wide range of small businesses from retail to hospitality.

    Kevin delivers a series of social media courses for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and has been a guest lecturer for the University of South Florida, New College, St. Leo University, and State College of Florida. He has presented workshops and seminars for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the Florida Attractions Association, and the Florida Association of Museums. His ten years in social media management and training give him a substantial foundation in relevant experience regarding the business uses of social media.

    Kevin received his degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, served in the US Army, and worked for over 20 years in corporate training and communications before co-founding NetWeave in 2009.
  • Grow Your Own! Creating a Makeup Training/Internship That Grows a Culture, Teamwork, and the Skills You Need!
    Friday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Spencer Terry, Becky Manuel and Chelsea Harbert; Fear Factory Haunted House

    Need more qualified makeup staff? (Don’t we all?) Fear Factory Haunted House in Salt Lake City had a dilemma a few years ago: We needed to increase the amount of skilled makeup artists. Yet they weren’t coming to us... so we went to them. Learn (and take home all the documents) of how we planned, marketed, taught summer internship classes, and achieved our goals of making our makeup team one of the strongest in the industry. Learn how you can easily duplicate a similar model by using skills, staff and talent that you already have. This was by far one of the best decisions in the history of our brand, and we want to share it with you! Taught by Fear Factory GM and HAA Board Member Spencer Terry, and Fear Factory’s amazing Makeup Department Managers, Becky Manuel and Chelsea Harbert.

    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Your Light in Shining Armor
    Friday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jake Farmer, Dark Hour Haunted House & Effects To Go, LLC

    Riding in valiantly at the end of a long, stressful build season is LIGHTING! Lighting is capable of rescuing a show in need, still making it a memorable experience for customers! Even if your show isn’t in need of rescuing, lighting can take a good thing and make it better. In this age of LED technology, there are more tools for lighting your attraction than ever before! (And they are getting more affordable.) In this class we will take a look at some tools of the trade, as well as some design theories that can help “cover gaps” in an attraction and enhance the customer experience. Don’t let your countless labor hours building scenery be wasted by inefficient lighting. Join Jake for this fun class on light done right in your attraction.

  • Creating Effective Haunt Characters
    Friday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jonathan Glickman

    Guests love to rave about the incredible and interesting characters they meet inside and outside of a haunt. Creating characters for that unique guest experience is not always intuitive, but there are tools to empower scareactors to raise the bar in their character interactions. Jonathan Seth of Enigma Haunt in Boca Raton will break down a process to create those memorable characters (and understand how to assist your scareactors), with tips to make your scareactors stand out from the pack and bring your haunt to life.

  • Delivering The WOW! Building Massive Scares Into Your Haunted Attraction!
    Friday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Ed and Jim Terebus, Erebus Haunted House

    Erebus Haunted House is known Industry wide for its huge and unusually creative scares, many of them based on easily understood mechanical principles. Join the Terebus brothers on a detailed and spirited examination of some of their most memorable gags including the Bottomless Pit, The Spiked Spindle, Spiked Walled and the infamous Mutant Gorilla.

  • Bring Airbrushing Into Your Attractions!!!
    Friday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Kyle Vest, Prince of Fear, Skin Wars TV Series, Season 2

    Kyle Vest from Season 2 of Skin Wars (GSN & Netflix) is hosting a 1-hour long class with detailed information and demonstrations. It is a multi-level class covering all aspects of AIRBRUSHING. Kyle has over 20 years of experience in haunted attractions worldwide, including 10 years with Universal Studios, and he will teach you how to bring multiple levels of airbrushing into your attractions. This seminar is also designed for the artist looking for new tricks and tips. Use this class to help kickstart a strong business or motivate the artist in you. This class will cover: types of tools and set ups, types and brands of makeup, costs involved, and more! Don’t miss out on this year’s most artistic class!

  • Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Presents: Advanced Topics in Haunted Attraction Design & Operations
    Friday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group

    The Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group has successfully expanded operations to over a dozen locations around the country in a few short years by carefully dialing in on a high quality customer experience for anyone visiting their venues. Join a team of senior level designers and operators as they discuss vital topics key to elevating your haunted attraction business with practical techniques and philosophies applicable to events of any size.

  • Building Your Dream in the Woods and the Challenges of Outdoor Haunting
    Friday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Rich Hanf, Fright Trail

    Although Terror in the Woods is a great name for an outdoor attraction, Terror OF the Woods is a lot closer to the reality of outdoor Haunting. Although many would-be Haunters think that doing an outdoor show is an easy way to avoid the expenses (no greedy landlords, oppressive codes, sprinkler systems, flame proofing, or other headaches that have become characteristic of indoor Haunts), the truth is that outdoor haunting presents challenges that puts it in a class all by itself.

    In this rarely given seminar, Rich Hanf will teach you everything you need to take your dream of an outdoor show and make it a reality. Rich will share his SECRETS of SUCCESS - from the pitfalls of designing an outdoor attraction, to running the right electric, to hitting your demographic with cutting edge digital marketing, to protecting your investment with rain insurance - in this gritty, real-life seminar. Walk in hoping to get the answers you need, and walk out knowing how to not only open your show, but how to stay alive so that you can keep Haunting year after year. Join us... won't you?

    Speaker Bio: Rich Hanf has been Haunting for 4 decades now, and has been a top rated Transworld speaker dating all the way back to Transworld's Chicago days. From putting out some of the industry's first "How To" VHS tapes with his friend John Denley (the legendary Prof. Nightmare) to working with Haunts all over the country, Rich has dedicated his life to Haunting. Rich left his home in New Jersey 9 years ago for South Louisiana to be with his wife Deborah. Together they own Fright Trail, 20 acres of Haunted Woods. In 2018, their scare cam videos got 63 million views on Social Media. In 2019, their videos were picked up by MTV U.K. who put Fright Trail all across Europe and Asia... which just might make Fright Trail the most socially watched Haunted Halloween Attraction in the WORLD! As Rich says, "When the world is watching, you best be good."
    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • In-Depth Actor Training
    Friday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Ben Armstrong, Netherworld Haunted Attraction; John LaFlamboy, HellsGate & Statesville Haunted Prison; Allen Hopps, Stiltbeast Studios

    The most complex, difficult and rewarding aspect of your Haunted Attraction is a powerful and consistent performance by your actors. There is nothing easy about hiring, training and retaining a skilled cast but there are tried and true techniques that can make the journey a lot easier! Join John LaFlamboy of HellsGate Haunted House, Allen Hopps of Dark Hour Haunted House and Ben Armstrong from NETHERWORLD Haunted House as they discuss tips, techniques, and best practices designed to greatly improve the quality and retention of your actors!

    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Haunt Mechanisms Workshop! (Make Prop Machine Models in This Seminar!)
    Friday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 276
    $60/attendee
    Speaker: Ed Gannon, Fright Kingdom

    This is a Workshop - Only Available to Register Pre-Show. Price includes Product.

    Attendees will build four different working Prop Mechanisms in class that they can take home! Then use these working models to create life-size versions to use in your haunt or escape attractions! Bring your scare environment to the next level with motion! These 4 different Mechanisms will give your props movement that leave your guests asking, “How are they doing that?” These devices can be scaled to accommodate very large “Demons” or sized down for tiny “Sprites” as the models you will create in class will demonstrate. Ed will show you how to make them, and attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how to use these mechanisms in their attraction. You can be a Haunt Engineer! Whether you have an escape attraction, an entire scream park, or a scary yard, there is something here for everyone at every level.

  • Hollywood Detail for Escape Rooms and Haunted Houses
    Friday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Larry Kirchner, Hauntworld and Halloween Productions

    Learn how to create Hollywood level detailed sets and rooms for your haunted house and escape rooms. We'll teach you tricks to create breathtaking set design for any type of themed attraction. What steps do you take to design a new room? How do you achieve your goals to bring a concept to life ready to film a movie? Learn where to acquire materials, how to find props, where to look and what to spend. Our company has created over 500 themed environments and we'll teach you the tricks of the trade.

Seminars Sponsored By

The Haunted Attraction Association - The Official Association of the Haunted House Industry

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Saturday Seminars

Escape and Halloween Seminars are sold in packages (see "Seminar Packages" tab) and individually. Pre-show individual seminar price is $50 through Monday March 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT; On-site price is $60.
  • 61 Detailing Tips in 60 Minutes!
    Saturday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Ben Armstrong, Netherworld Haunted House; Dwayne Sanburn, 13th Gate; Bud Stross, The Dent Schoolhouse

    The haunt is built and the props are set, but what about the finishing details that will breathe terrifying life into your twisted creation? Join Dwayne Sanburn of the 13th Gate, Bud Stross from The Dent Schoolhouse and Ben Armstrong from NETHERWORLD Haunted House in a whirlwind of crazy ideas exploring the freaky final touches – the veritable icing on the cake that will take your haunted attraction to the next level!

    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Special Effects: Out of the Box Thinking
    Saturday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Harold Bufford, Deadhouse Designs

    A look at special effects from multiple industries, how they work, and how they can integrate into your attraction to produce a unique experience. We will cover overview of special effects across multiple industries, and then take a deep dive into how to create these effects and how they can be integrated into your attraction.

  • Replicating Terror: Learn the Casting and Molding Process to Create Fantastic Props!
    Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Alex Lohmann, When Hinges Creak

    A beginner’s guide to making molds, casting and finishing props. Alex will show you the ins and outs of making your own molds, doing your own casting and how to apply finishes to your pieces. This class will be touching on silicone molds, casting resins and finishing processes. It is designed to take some of the fear out of attempting this useful skill.

  • Six Classic Sets in 60 Minutes
    Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Allen Hopps, Stiltbeast Studios

    You may not even have heard of these sets because they have been around a long time. Allen will break down these sets, explain how they work and tell you how to implement them in your attraction effectively.

    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Creating Buzz! How to Get the World Talking Through Word of Mouth Advertising
    Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jordan Carter, Silverwood

    Word of Mouth Marketing is the most important factor in your marketing strategy. In fact, over 62% of surveyed guests say that they visited an attraction because a family member or friend told them about their experience. But how do you get people talking? Find out some of the most proven and effective Word of Mouth strategies to make your guests start marketing for you.

    Jordan Carter
    Jordan Carter
    Speaker Bio: Jordan Carter started working at Silverwood Theme Park as a marketing intern in 2012. After graduation, he was hired as the Marketing Assistant. From there, he was promoted to Media Manger where he specialized in creating engaging content for Silverwood and Scarywood’s social media fan base and developing innovative advertising campaigns. Now, Jordan is the Director of Marketing at Silverwood and manages a team of marketing professionals to envision and implement creative marketing tactics to reach targeted demographics.
  • Tried and True Ticketing Strategies That Will Maximize Revenue
    Saturday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Brett Bertolino, Vice President and Director of Operations Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc., Terror Behind the Walls

    2020 will mark the 30th Season of Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Over the past three decades, event organizers have developed a successful mix of ticketing strategies that have transformed a single-night Halloween-themed fundraiser into one of the largest and most successful haunted attractions in the country. This seminar will explore timed ticketing, dynamic pricing, online and advanced purchase discounts, promotions, coupons, upsells, VIP experiences and other strategies that have proven to have a positive impact on the bottom line.

  • Epic Foam Fabrication Techniques for Iconic Creations
    Saturday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Dan Faupel, Creative Visions

    In this class, Dan will share decades of design and fabrication experience to help make your next foam project a success. He will go over design, the best way to choose between different types of foam materials, and fabrication techniques. He will cover foam working tools, coating types, textures and techniques. Dan will also examine different foam projects and the steps it took to get to the finished piece. Even advanced foam-working veterans are sure to walk away from this seminar with several new tips and tricks!

    Speaker Bio: Dan Faupel is the Vice President of Creative Visions in St. Louis, MO. He has over 30 years of experience in the haunted attraction and theme park industries. During that time, he has worked with well over a hundred haunted attractions, amusement parks, museums, zoos, retail stores, restaurants, and other themed attractions. He also manages The Darkness Haunted House and the historical Lemp Brewery Haunted House here in St. Louis. Dan has been featured on networks like Travel Channel, Fox, DIY Network, HGTV, and his creations continue to entertain guests all over the world.
    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Hollywood Production in a Back Pack: Social Media Videos Made Easy!
    Saturday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Robert Jarzen, Creative Services Director

    Robert Jarzen, Creative Services Director for 6 Entercom radio stations, and in the entertainment industry for over 35 years, talks tips, social media and inexpensive gear suggestions for those that find themselves doing more and more video for their business or attraction but don't have the budget or equipment to go "pro".

    Years of on the fly video production, writing and producing has helped Robert create award-winning content on a budget and all as a one person operation. From concept to production to social engagement, Robert shares how you too can make short videos with everything you need fitting in a backpack.

    Key takeaways: Video tips and the equipment you need to get started.

    Robert Jarzen
    Robert Jarzen
    Speaker Bio: With over 30 years experience acting, writing, producing and directing nationally award-winning commercials and video, Robert Jarzen brings agency level creative to businesses that advertise with Entercom Milwaukee and Madison. (103.7 KISS FM, 99.1 The Mix, 105.7 SportsRadio The Fan, 94.9 WOLX, 105.1 Mix, and 105.5 Triple M).

    Robert’s past credits include: Copywriter for MGM Home Entertainment in California, co-creator of the Award Winning “One Wee World” DVD series and the co-owner of “The Write Call” marketing firm. He has worked with such agencies as Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R and DMB&B out of New York and Los Angeles where he started as an actor in front of the camera.

    Robert’s photography work has taken him from Egypt, Sudan, France, Japan and Mexico to his most recent adventures; Cuba and the Philippines.

    Awards include:

    • 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 National Radio Mercury Award FINALIST; Radio Writing 6X
    • (11) ADDY Awards: Milwaukee/Madison; Radio writing
    • (61) Wisconsin Broadcasting Awards (WBAs) for writing radio commercials; Large Market Creative
    • 2011 & 2012 People’s Choice JACA Award Winner/Short film
    • Wisconsin Association of PEG Cable TV Award of Merit for New Talk Show
    • 2010, 2011 & 2012 Beloit International Film Festival Official Entry
    • Winner 2009 48Hr Film; Best Direction
    • Dove Foundation Award
    • National Association of Parenting Publications Award
    • iParenting Award
    • The Film Critics Advisory Board Award of Excellence
  • Speed Makeup: A Perfect Base for Any Design
    Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Amber Johnson, The Dent Schoolhouse

    A five minute or less face that can get your actor out the door or build upon for a more intense design. How to achieve the most impactful scary face when you have no time by quickly accenting deep contours and contrasting highlights.

  • Create Mind Bending Special Effects By Projecting Video! An Introduction to Projections and Projection Mapping
    Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jordan Nash

    Create something extraordinary to entertain your Halloween guests! In this class we will cover: what projections can do for your attraction, basic techniques, and what you need to know to get started. We will dive into software, playback, types of projectors and lenses, video formats and resolution, and where to get Halloween related video content. We will also touch on projection mapping, and types of objects ideal for projection mapping.

  • The Art and Science Behind Increasing Revenue and Customer Experience by Selling Food and Alcohol at Your Attraction
    Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Patrick Konopelski, Owner/Shocktoberfest

    Are you ready to take your concessions to the next level? Do you want to learn the proper way to sell alcohol at your attraction? Consultant, Patrick Konopelski has been in the food and hospitality business for 38 years and the haunt industry for 28 years. He will teach you the art and science of food and beverage sales. You made your money at the ticket booth. Now you will learn how to get additional dollars from your guests once they are on your property. He will show you what you are doing wrong and teach you how the amusement parks generate huge profits in their F&B departments.

    Speaker Bio: Patrick Konopelski was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, located about an hour west of Philadelphia. After graduating from Kutztown University, Patrick started a food service company that specializes in large catered events. In 1991 he created Shocktoberfest a 27 acre scream park located in the same town. He is a past president of the Haunted Attraction Association and continues to work with the association. Over the years, Patrick has consulted for haunted attraction’s, zoo’s, and amusement parks in the areas of haunt, Christmas, and food service.
    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • The Secret to Increase Revenue at Haunted Houses or Escape Rooms
    Saturday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 260
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Larry Kirchner, Hauntworld and Halloween Productions

    Learn secrets to doubling your revenue at your haunted house or escape rooms. Haunted Houses are quickly becoming burdened by high costs for staff, marketing, security, taxes and more. How can you increase revenue without raising your ticket costs? Ticket costs are already at the point where customers are being turned off. Haunted Houses and Escape Room need to keep first price low while offering additional revenue streams that add to the bottom line.

    This seminar will dive into several ways you can not only double your revenue while also increasing guest experience delivering better ratings than ever before. This seminar will make your business more successful.

  • Build Your Army!
    Saturday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 264
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: John LaFlamboy, Founder and Director of Zombie Army Productions and HellsGate Haunted House

    The success of your attraction lives and dies with the cast and crew that work behind your walls. From small home haunts to mega haunts, the time and effort you put into your show’s production design can be the difference between a successful year or a missed opportunity. In this seminar, John will walk you through the Zombie Army process of designing, staffing, training and retaining your team. In our 22 year history, we have produced multiple shows (HellsGate Haunted House, Statesville Haunted Prison, The Fear at Navy Pier, Container 9, The Dragons Dome, Haunted Spaceship and more) with diverse show needs and are continually improving upon our production techniques.

    John LaFlamboy
    John LaFlamboy
    Speaker Bio: John LaFlamboy, founder of Zombie Army Productions, has been designing and producing award winning haunted houses, events, films, and theatre for the past 20 years in Chicagoland. His theatre and film background give him the foundation to create massive interactive haunted attractions that leave the audience feeling like they had just walked through a live horror film. John designs and trains over 400 actors a year in the art of interactive theatrical haunt acting through techniques in movement, improv, and character creation. This style of interactive acting has been one of the driving principles that led both of Zombie Army’s shows, Statesville Haunted Prison and HellsGate Haunted House, to be nationally ranked attractions and fan favorites. When John is not creating haunted houses, he is stage and film actor in Chicago.
    C.H.A.O.S. (this seminar goes towards your C.H.A.O.S. Safety Certification)
  • Seven Layers of Extreme PROP Detailing
    Saturday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 276
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Christopher de Troy, 13th Hour Haunted House and Escape Games

    This informative seminar will leave you feeling energized, fully confident and ready to create your masterpiece as you move forward into your next Haunt season. Follow Christopher, if you can, as he shares his 30+ years of professional design experience in this exciting seminar! How much detail is enough? How much is too much? How do you decide what products to use to bring your patrons from observing the scenes to becoming engrossed within the scene? Can you use the same paints on a foam axe as you would a faux stone wall? Why can’t people tell that I have a prop in my hand? How does light color affect my scene? This seminar will answer all of your questions and give you the boost your patrons will never forget!

Seminars Sponsored By

The Haunted Attraction Association - The Official Association of the Haunted House Industry

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

CHRISTMAS SEMINARS

Christmas Seminars are sold in packages (see "Seminar Packages" tab) and individually. Pre-show individual seminar price is $40 through Monday March 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT; On-site price is $50.
  • xLights 12-Hour Power Training Class Taught by the Legendary Core Developer Keith Westley
    Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm (1.5 days - Hour Lunch Break on Friday)
    $300/attendee (pre-registration)
    $350/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Keith Westley, Core Developer/xLights

    Pre-requisites:

    Ideally attendees will have watched this YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtemNvNfsMw) to at least start to get exposed to some of the basic concepts, but understanding will not be assumed. Attendees should have at least installed xLights and had a bit of a play with it.

    To get value from the course you must bring with you a laptop with xLights installed on it to use during class sessions. You will need to take notes as materials are not handed out in the session.

    To get value from the course you must bring with you a laptop with xLights installed on it to use during class sessions. You will need to take notes as materials are not handed out in the session

    Learning Objective:

    Walkthrough all the key processes in xLights (and xSchedule - the show player) to setup a display and utilise the available tools to sequence your display.

    Agenda:

    • Introductions
    • Overview of xLights and the controlled lighting ecosystem
    • Setting up your layout including downloading and creating models
    • Singing faces, submodels and custom models
    • An overview of effects and a deep dive into some of the more useful but obscure effects including VUMeter, Shaders, Movie
    • Value curves, colour curves, bulk editing
    • Sequencing AC props
    • Sequencing servos and DMX props
    • Importing sequences
    • Sequencing styles including lazy but effective sequencing
    • Connecting and configuring controllers
    • Playing your show using xSchedule intermediate (including building interactive shows) - we will also touch on Falcon Player
    Speaker Bio: Keith Westley has been a core developer on xLights for the past 5 years developing many of the industry leading capabilities available in xLights. He also has published over 100 training videos on xLights and regularly teaches in webinars and at Christmas lighting conferences around the world. Keith has assisted numerous commercial projects powered by xLights with some reaching over 1.5 million controlled channels.

    Keith has been decorating his home with Christmas lights for over 25 years and has had an animated pixel display since 2013.

    Keith lives in Sydney, Australia.
  • Intro to Projector Mapping
    Thursday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jorden Nash

    Projection mapping is the art of transforming any object into something extraordinary, and is currently taking the industry by storm. In this class we will cover: why projection mapping is incredible, what it can do for your display, basic techniques, and what you need to know to get started. We will dive into software, playback, types of projectors and lenses, types of objects ideal for mapping, creating a map for your object, video formats and resolution, and where to get content.

    Jorden Nash
    Jorden Nash
    Speaker Bio: Jorden Nash is experienced in the film, post production, AV, and live broadcast industries. His video work can be seen on ESPN, ABC, and many YouTube channels. He loves combining technology and creative elements to make interactive displays. Jorden is constantly looking at new ways to engineer and push the envelope of creative technology. He was recently introduced to animated Christmas lighting. He has recently created a synchronized light and projection mapping display on his family’s home. As a side hobby, he enjoys time lapse photography.
  • xLights 101: Network and Layout Setup
    Thursday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Lee Lindquist

    This course serves as an introductory overview of computer and lighting controller networking technologies and will provide foundational knowledge of how to design a new animated lighting display in xLights from the ground up. Attendees will gain an understanding of many key xLights use cases, design concepts, and naming conventions for the physical setup and software modeling of an animated lighting display, with a quick-start and ease-of-use focused approach. Specific topics covered will include: controller setup and configuration, model and prop basics, and establishing a basic understanding of setting up your show network.

    Lee Lindquist
    Lee Lindquist
    Speaker Bio: Lee Lindquist has been building animated lighting displays for 13 years and is currently the lighting designer behind Illuminations, a 22 acre walk-through display at Botanica the Wichita Gardens in Wichita, Kansas. This display was featured in "Better Home's and Gardens" and "USA Today's" TOP 10 displays!!! His design philosophies focus on doing more with less, utilizing negative space and embracing darkness to build drama and anticipation in a show. He enjoys all things electronic and energy related!
  • How To Build a DIY Animated Pixel Display: The Show Basics to Get You Started
    Thursday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Vinny Bittinger

    We’ve all seen the videos on YouTube and Facebook of the amazing musically animated light shows. So how do you get started? There are so many possibilities! In this seminar, we’ll break everything down to the basics and show you how to get the ball rolling. If you are so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to begin, THIS is the seminar for you.

    Vinny Bittinger
    Vinny Bittinger
    Speaker Bio: As the original founder of the Holiday Lighting Think Tank, Vinny has spent the last few years helping newcomers to the hobby and professional industry learn the skills they need to be successful. With a large, personal and commercial display of his own as well as building large lighting displays for many cities and even the Hallmark Channel, he has had to became a "Jack of All Trades". With a diverse skill set and knowledge base, he has what it takes to teach all the basic skills you need to get started in this hobby or commercial venture!
  • Using Audacity to Create Your Own Jingles and Voice-Overs
    Thursday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Carl Mirsky

    Voice-overs and personalized jingles are the perfect way to make your show and event more unique and special for your location and audience. However, professional services can get so expensive. We will teach you how to use free software like Audacity to create your own and get that extra special touch without breaking the bank.

    Carl Mirsky
    Carl Mirsky
    Speaker Bio: Christmas is Carl Mirsky’s favorite time of year. In fact, he celebrates Christmas all year long in his heart. Those who know him are not surprised when he starts singing Christmas Songs... in the summer... at the beach... or in the store... And during the Christmas season, well, it’s “all Christmas all the time...”

    His passion for Christmas extends to his hobby, which of course is putting up Christmas lights...and his philosophy is “you can never have enough lights”... Being inspired by a video he saw on YouTube, in 2011, and his background in music, he purchased his first “controller” which would allow him to program or “sequence” his lights to dance to music. He has done so every year since then... having upwards of 60,000 individual lights at one point... and his passion has inspired others to do the same. His family, friends, and neighbors call him “That Christmas Light Guy”...

    His favorite prop to sequence? Well singing faces of course. Unlike other lighted Christmas display props, it is the “illusion” of singing which his guests seem to focus on ... especially the children who will time, and time again, sing along with the faces... (and sometimes, even the adults join in...)

    When not working on his display, or doing voice-over work for others displays, Carl works as an Information Security Officer in Healthcare. And when he takes time off, he likes to travel with his wife Rita and Pomeranian Sam...
  • Power and Electricity: AC and DC Basics
    Thursday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Nick Johnson

    Participants will learn basic electrical theory and terminology in this seminar. We will discuss the 2 types of electricity and how they work. We will review basic electrical symbols, circuit protection, wire sizes, types of conductors, and why they are important. There will be a hands on demonstration of the different types of electrical tools used in the trade followed by a Q&A session.

  • xLights 102: Musical Animation Sequencing
    Friday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Michael and Diana Stoffregen, Owners/Showstoppers Sequences

    This could also be called “Basic Sequencing for Those Who Aren't in Their Right Mind.” xLights sequencer Michael Stoffregen of Showstopper Sequences presents an introductory sequencing class giving you a methodology for sequencing that helps you overcome creative paralysis.

    Michael and Diana Stoffregen
    Michael and Diana Stoffregen
    Speaker Bio: Michael and Diana Stoffregen hail from Ozark, Missouri and operate Showstoppers Sequences. What began as a whim in 2000, when they bought some Christmas lights for their home, has grown into a year round obsession for the couple.

    They transitioned their static lights to Light-O-Rama in 2007 and grew their display to more than 40,000 lights utilizing 17 controllers. In 2016, they completely converted to a pixel display. Since then, Michael and Diana convert their home into a magical Whoville Christmas Display. Their small home features just over 13,000 pixels and the whimsical styling makes each sequence they play truly memorable.

    Each year, since 2016, they sequence between 30 to 50 songs either for themselves, hobbyists or commercial displays. They bring to the table ten years of Light-O-Rama sequencing and four intensive years of xLights sequencing. Their sequencing style and creativity make them unique to extreme holiday lighting.
  • Capturing The Christmas Spirit!
    Friday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Scott Swenson

    Scott SwensonIndustry professional Scott Swenson (Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa, Angels of Peace 2014 IAAPA Heartbeat Award-winning show writer) shares insight and practical advice on how to create a unique take on the Christmas season that will fit both your budget and your brand. How many lights do you really need? What kinds of entertainment or interactive activities would be best for your event? What can you do that no one else can do to make your event a family tradition? Mr. Swenson will provide both practical case studies from his own career as well as suggestions for new ideas based on your specific needs. The realm of Christmas events is growing quickly. This seminar will give you the tools you need to elevate your event without losing the magic and wonder of the season.

  • DIY Light Show Controllers: What They Do and Which Ones to Buy
    Friday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: David Spalding

    Light show controllers were developed to give users multiple ways to manipulate light displays in an easy to use package. While there are advantages and disadvantages to every controller, there are several things to consider when determining what controller is right for you. This class examines the types and implementation of controllers in hobbyist and commercial lighting displays.

    David Spalding
    David Spalding
    Speaker Bio: David Spalding is on a mission to help lighting enthusiast build and grow their show. As a user of animated lighting, he has a unique 15 year experience with animated lighting, lighting controllers, software platforms, and lighting integration. As a lighting installer, he has worked with a large variety of controllers and vendors to provide customers and users with the correct equipment for their specific application. He has assisted users in determining what controller is right for their needs through education of controller capabilities, options, and features.
  • The Art of 3D Props for a Light Show Wow Factor: Full Dimensional High Density Impressively Decorative!
    Friday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Ron Howard, Owner/xTreme Sequence

    In this class we will look at various 3D models and props that can truly take your light show to the next level.

    3D is nothing new but the adoption into light shows is just getting started. Until recently there were few options with software that offered unlimited control for axis points using 3D objects. That has all changed and it is the new frontier for those thirsty for more creativity.

    High-Density will be the theme for 2020. Low-density props are going by the wayside and being replaced with unique patterns and shapes. The mega tree is no longer the star of the show today with emerging designs that will set your light show apart.

    For residential or commercial there is always a potential prop that can prevent a yes from the client or spouse because of how it looks during daytime! We will look at ideas for uniquely decorated light props guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

    We will delve into the concepts of these props, how to make them dance and how to manage them in a show.

    Ron Howard
    Ron Howard
    Speaker Bio: Ron Howard is a professional light show sequencer and owner of xTreme Sequences that is internationally recognized for providing over the top, unique light shows for an ever-growing hobby and commercial applications. His Consultation and support are second to none.

    Ron and his family were featured on ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight Season 7 to share his craft with the world.

    As light shows evolve Ron understands the importance of pushing the boundaries with innovative techniques and the use of high-density and 3D props to elevate light shows.
  • Portable Props, Wearables, and Lighting on the Go
    Friday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Mark Valentine, Bentonville Heart Lites

    Learn how to take a Raspberry Pi, a Mobile Phone Charger, some pixels (RGB lights), and some free software to make your props mobile. Everybody has seen static lights, or lights that flash (whether to music or other things), but join the next big movement in display lighting with mobile props. Don’t be tied to an outlet – become mobile!

    Mark Valentine
    Mark Valentine
    Speaker Bio: Mark Valentine is the co-creator (along with his wife Crystal) of Bentonville Heart Lites, a Christmas display that draws thousands of visitors each year and raises thousands of dollars for Multiple Sclerosis as well as reaches tens of thousands of people online each year. Mark has been tinkering with pixels since 2013 and demonstrated his first mobile props at a national Christmas conference in 2016. As the technology progresses, Mark continues to work on how to create even better mobile props along with enhancing his family's display. During the day, Mark is an IT leader with more than 25 years experience originally starting out as a COBOL programmer. When not working his day job or working with pixels, Mark also enjoys flying his drone, 3d printing, triathlon training, woodworking, and has just recently started playing with Raspberry Pi robotics.
  • Advanced Projection Mapping using After Effects
    Saturday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jorden Nash

    Ready to take your visual projections up a notch? In this class, we will do a live demonstration using Adobe After Effects to map and animate a surface. We will also look at applying premade and generated content to different areas. We will cover techniques of compositing, masking, content management, key framing, and playback. We will also cover how to integrate projections into your Christmas Show.

    Jorden Nash
    Jorden Nash
    Speaker Bio: Jorden Nash is experienced in the film, post production, AV, and live broadcast industries. His video work can be seen on ESPN, ABC, and many YouTube channels. He loves combining technology and creative elements to make interactive displays. Jorden is constantly looking at new ways to engineer and push the envelope of creative technology. He was recently introduced to animated Christmas lighting. He has recently created a synchronized light and projection mapping display on his family’s home. As a side hobby, he enjoys time lapse photography.
  • Walking Through Christmas with Added Revenue
    Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Shane Dabbs, Santa Land

    Whether your event is a drive-through, a guided show, or a walk-through, this seminar will share tips on keeping your customers longer and interacting more at your event. This will increase your overall profits for a very Merry Season.

  • Scaling Your Business and Building Equity
    Saturday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Josh Trees, Jeff Krall & David Felt

    In this class we will discuss the key factors that will enable you to grow your business and take it to the next level. In order to scale, you need to learn how to successfully run and manage multiple crews. We will also discuss the marketing secrets that have helped the presenters of this class grow their business year after year. In addition, we will talk about how to continually build equity in your company.

    Josh Trees
    Josh Trees
    Speaker Bio: Josh Trees is the founder and managing principal of WeHangChristmasLights.com. Josh founded the company in 1997 and is considered a leader in the Christmas light Installations industry. With over 22 years of experience he has a wealth of information and resources regarding this business. WeHangChristmasLights.com still installs lights and decorations on commercial and municipal projects, however, the main focus of the company is centered around training other companies and individuals that want to start their own Christmas Light Installations company. Josh has worked with companies across the United States and Canada and helped them add this very profitable division to their existing company.

    In 2016 Josh was a founding member of CLIPA. CLIPA is quickly growing and is the number one educational resource and buyers group for Christmas Light Installers in the United States and Canada.

    As a true entrepreneur that has owned and sold several businesses, Josh has a passion for showing other entrepreneurs how to increase the profitability of their business, while at the same time initiating strategic partnerships with people, vendors and organizations Nationwide.

    When Josh isn’t working, he is usually spending time doing something outdoors with his wife and 2 boys.
  • Synching RGB Lights to Music The Easy Way With Aurora
    Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 261
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Justin Love

    Justin will show you a simple “Plug and Play” system that will turn ordinary Christmas displays into interactive light shows.

    Justin Love
    Justin Love
    Speaker Bio: Justin Love is an entrepreneur and multimedia artist based in Victoria, BC, Canada. Justin is a partner and President at Limbic Media – a company that specializes in real-time, interactive media control technologies. Justin’s work has been featured in conferences, performances and galleries in Canada, Switzerland, USA, China, and Mexico and Turkey. Recent projects include: Exploding, Plastic & Inevitable Redux (large-scale collaborative multimedia performance), Grand Theft Bicycle (video game art), Praystation (interactive multimedia installation), Borealis (interactive public art), and running the G++ interactive media gallery.

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ESCAPE ROOM SEMINARS

Escape and Halloween Seminars are sold in packages (see "Seminar Packages" tab) and individually. Pre-show individual seminar price is $50 through Monday March 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT; On-site price is $60.
Thursday Escape Room Seminars
  • Management Boot Camp
    Thursday 10:15am - 12:15pm
    Room 267
    $100/attendee (pre-registration)
    $120/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Brian Lacertosa and Sebastian Ponce, The Puzzle Effect

    This management bootcamp will cover in detail the policies and procedures your escape room business should have in place in order to ensure not only success but also sustainability. We will provide a roadmap as well as resource recommendations to help you with operations, human resources, training, and employee development. This extended seminar includes 90 minutes of content and a 30-minute Q&A session to allow for more specific and personalized experience.

    Great for management staff, potential owners, owner-operators, and owners who want to exit operations.

    Sebastian Ponce
    Sebastian Ponce
    Speaker Bio: Sebastian Ponce is the Chief Operating Officer for The Puzzle Effect. The Puzzle Effect currently owns and operates 8 different escape room locations in 5 different states. Sebastian has 18 years’ experience in operations management, training, and facilitation. He has led and managed organizations for several Fortune 500 companies in the telecom and finance sectors and now brings his expertise to the escape room industry.
  • Game Design: Unique Strategies for New Experiences
    Thursday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jono Naito, Museum of Intrigue, Intrigue & Co, Story Machine Games

    What does it mean to improve our experiences? To make something new? To experiment? Join a conversation-based lecture focused on concrete methods used to examine and study our creations and the creations of others, and to create strategies to make novel experiences. Try out different ‘litmus tests’: Spatial heatmapping, puzzle taxonomy, immersive categorizing, game graphs, and more to take what you make and see how it can be made new, fresh, and stand out in a larger and larger market. As part of this talk there will be a method of live input and questions, as well as real-life examples of experiments that have succeeded and failed. These case studies come without secrecy or NDAs- let’s talk, creator to creator!

  • The Screenplay & You: Utilizing Film Industry Techniques to Create Movie-like Escape Room Experiences
    Thursday 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Room 267
    $100/attendee (pre-registration)
    $120/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Richard Keehn, Lokey’s Escape Rooms (Sarasota, FL)

    A 2 hour crash course in screenplay writing, and how that can be specifically applied to your escape rooms. Whether it’s 3-Act structure; mid-point reversal; protagonist vs antagonist; affect vs effect; motifs and themes; and so much more, get ready to craft an experience that will certainly help differentiate your room – and even your business – from anyone else’s!

    Richard Keehn
    Richard Keehn
    Speaker Bio: In addition to a stellar 20-year career in sales and marketing, Richard has been an award winning screenwriter who has been read and lauded at Sony, ICM, Brillstein Ent., Energy Entertainment, Circle of Confusion and others. Having been mentored by one of Hollywood’s most-sold writers, Richard thoroughly understands the art, craft and business of screenwriting, and how that can be applied to escape rooms. Richard and his wife opened Lokey’s Escape Rooms in Sarasota, FL in 2019. In just a few months, Lokey’s quickly became the highest rated escape room in SW Florida.
Friday Escape Room Seminars
  • Make Your Business Make More Cents: From Additional Revenue Streams to Small Market, Big Brand!
    Friday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Benito Suppa, Durham Escape Room

    So you have Escape Games and you sell merchandise. You might even have Axe Throwing, Food or Archery. But...what if there was a way to leverage your brand and create multiple revenue streams? Can you really compete with the big franchises or larger companies in your market?

    This seminar is going to discuss things that will make you different, make you stand out and how to think above others in your industry.

    From leveraging your brand in your market and beyond, to creating multiple revenue streams utilizing that brand, to mixing up your marketing message to speak to different demographics, to becoming an inclusive space, and lowering your carbon footprint. All of these things are going to help you separate from the pack and help generate more revenue!

    Benito Suppa
    Benito Suppa
    Speaker Bio: Benito is one of the co-owners of Durham Escape Rooms which has been open for 4+ years. With a 6200 sq ft facility with 10 experiences ranging in difficulty and complexity, Durham Escape Rooms has found a balance in operations, and successful marketing.

    Benito has a digital marketing and operational effectiveness background. He has spoke on multiple panels and at various conventions. In the Industry, his strengths lie in game design and balancing multiple games with running a successful and profitable escape facility.
  • How to Choose an Escape Room Theme That Will Make You the Most Money!
    Friday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: John Denley, Escape Room Catalog & Boneyard Productions International

    The Theme or game design you select can make or break you! Who is your target audience? How often do you need to change your game up? I can save you thousands right out of the gate! I will explain and offer many techniques that will help you to take the top slot in your area! Let’s discuss how to give your establishment longevity and how to make you more money! Whether you are just entering the industry or are a seasoned professional, I have information, trusted supplier lists and time-tested examples of how to make your show the one every is talking about!

    John Denley
    John Denley
    Speaker Bio: John Denley is the founder and president of Escape Room International. He has designed, built and consulted for many major theme parks around the world. Mr. Denley designed the new Terminator and Bill & Ted’s Escape rooms and specializes in turnkey installations. He produces the best-selling “How-To” series in the haunt and escape room industries and has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, Fox and well as Psychology Today, Boston Business Journal, Scholastic Magazine and other international press. His clients range from American Movie Classics, The U.S. Army, Disney Resorts & Six Flags to Norton “Antivirus” Utilities and is known for his highly detailed and immersive attractions.
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Riches: A Diagnostic Driven Look at Expected Revenue Versus Reality and If We Can Change It!
    Friday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Paul Wood, Rush Hour Live Escape Games

    Like most owners, Paul had the magic moment in July of 2016 when he played his first escape room and immediately wanted to get into the business! It took Rush Hour Live Escape Games over a year to get open (November 17th of 2017). Paul has owned a business before, and had a good idea of what he was getting into, BUT somehow Paul’s calculations of where his business would be after two years of being open don't match where he is now.

    Knowing he is not the only one in the scenario, Paul is ready to open the folder and talk TRUE numbers, review his plan, his assumptions and see where the plan and reality diverged! He invites any other escape room owner to bring their business plans, booking software reports, and basic QuickBooks reports (P&L, Expense report with percentage, Cash Flow, and Balance Sheet) and compare notes on what they had planned and where they ended up. Paul will cover what he knows now that he didn't know then, and how he thinks he can get back to something more like what he had planned. Most of all, Paul wants to find out where all that money goes, because it certainly isn't going in his pocket!

    Are you ready to crack the case with Paul...the case of “What happened on the Road to Riches?”

    Paul Wood
    Paul Wood
    Speaker Bio: Paul Wood and his wife Cheryl caught the escape room bug in July of 2016 and spent the next year researching and laying plans for how they would get their place open! Rush Hour Live Escape Games opened November 17th of 2017 with 3 rooms and now has 7. Paul has a background in electronics from serving 24 years in the US Navy, and he now works for the Missile Defense Agency in Dahlgren, VA. So Paul does all the technical work and Cheryl does all the decor work, which does work out great! The business is a family affair and has done well since opening, but as with all things nothing goes exactly as planned. Paul would like us all to talk about how his plans differed from where he ended up two years later.
  • Creating the Essential Silent Character: Space Planning and Design to Tell Your Story The Best Way Possible!
    Friday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Melisa McCelvey, Eleventh Hour Enigma and Distinctive Designs

    Are you exploring the idea of starting a new attraction? Considering a remodel of your current facility? Adding a new game or feature? Thinking about expanding to another location? Then this interactive seminar will provide you with some information to help guide you.

    From the moment your customers step into your door you have already started revealing a narrative...your story. Physical environments play a vital role in how people feel. When spaces are designed with this in mind, you can begin shaping your customers emotions and more fully engage them into the story.

    What story does your physical environment convey? What is the role of space at your venue and how can you manipulate it to be an integral part of your experience? In other words, what is the character of your square footage? How can you design spaces to help tell a truly immersive story?

    Whether you do-it-yourself, hire a designer, or a professional architect; Mel will share some tricks of the trade to help you navigate the design, permitting and building process. Having a well-designed, story-telling, space can be less expensive and more immersive than an inefficiently designed facility. By using real world examples, learn how to best utilize your space to create your Silent Character!

    Speaker Bio: As President of Distinctive Designs, Mel has over 20 years of experience in architectural design; from remodels to small office buildings to 12,000 square foot luxury homes. She has served on multiple boards in the Home Builder’s Association and has won several awards for her designs and has been featured in various publications. Basically, she has been solving the puzzle of how to squeeze as many rooms into the least amount of space possible, while maintaining both function and flow.

    As Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of Eleventh Hour Enigma, Mel has combined her interest in history, a passion for puzzles with the love of design to create a new Escape Room Experience. Eleventh Hour Enigma has been able to offer bespoke games in a boutique environment. The Company’s motivation is to bring a more story-driven and customer-centric experience to the market. In less than 2 years, Eleventh Hour Enigma has been featured in several local and statewide publications and has gained recognition as one of the ‘best’ reviewed venues in the region.
  • Escape the Clutches of Common Video Mistakes: Follow the Clues to Video Tips and Gear Needed to Make Your Own Social Media Content
    Friday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Robert Jarzen, Creative Services Director

    Robert Jarzen, Creative Services Director for 6 Entercom radio stations, and in the entertainment industry for over 35 years, talks tips, social media and inexpensive gear suggestions for those that find themselves doing more and more video for their business or attraction but don't have the budget or equipment to go "pro".

    Years of on the fly video production, writing and producing has helped Robert create award-winning content on a budget and all as a one person operation. From concept to production to social engagement, Robert shares how you too can make short videos with everything you need fitting in a backpack.

    Key takeaways: Video tips and the equipment you need to get started to promote your Escape Room Adventure.

    Robert Jarzen
    Robert Jarzen
    Speaker Bio: With over 30 years experience acting, writing, producing and directing nationally award-winning commercials and video, Robert Jarzen brings agency level creative to businesses that advertise with Entercom Milwaukee and Madison. (103.7 KISS FM, 99.1 The Mix, 105.7 SportsRadio The Fan, 94.9 WOLX, 105.1 Mix, and 105.5 Triple M).

    Robert’s past credits include: Copywriter for MGM Home Entertainment in California, co-creator of the Award Winning “One Wee World” DVD series and the co-owner of “The Write Call” marketing firm. He has worked with such agencies as Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R and DMB&B out of New York and Los Angeles where he started as an actor in front of the camera.

    Robert’s photography work has taken him from Egypt, Sudan, France, Japan and Mexico to his most recent adventures; Cuba and the Philippines.

    Awards include:

    • 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 National Radio Mercury Award FINALIST; Radio Writing 6X
    • (11) ADDY Awards: Milwaukee/Madison; Radio writing
    • (61) Wisconsin Broadcasting Awards (WBAs) for writing radio commercials; Large Market Creative
    • 2011 & 2012 People’s Choice JACA Award Winner/Short film
    • Wisconsin Association of PEG Cable TV Award of Merit for New Talk Show
    • 2010, 2011 & 2012 Beloit International Film Festival Official Entry
    • Winner 2009 48Hr Film; Best Direction
    • Dove Foundation Award
    • National Association of Parenting Publications Award
    • iParenting Award
    • The Film Critics Advisory Board Award of Excellence
Saturday Escape Room Seminars
  • Adding to Your Business to Build a Stronger Customer Base: Special Events, Large Gaming, Special Certification
    Saturday 10:15am - 11:15am
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Nicole Ginsburg, Museum of Intrigue, Intrigue & Co and Frightmare Farms Haunted Screampark

    As the industry grows so does the expectations of our customers and fans! Have you thought about adding a special event to your business but not sure where to start? Are you currently running events but want to kick it up a notch? Have you thought about creating or purchasing a large game? Explored the possibility of special certifications? This seminar will be fast paced and jammed packed with information of possibilities plus resources for adding to your business!

    Join Nicole as she opens up her Play Book to you and shares some proven tips to making Special Events successful, rocking Large Gaming and unique Certifications that will set you apart!

    Nicole Ginsburg
    Nicole Ginsburg
    Speaker Bio: Nicole Ginsburg is the creator, co-owner and Vice-President of Business Development for Escape the Estate, LLC who produces Escape the Estate, Museum of Intrigue and Adventures of Intrigue. Nicole holds a degree in marketing from Columbia and has over 20 years of experience in the performing arts and entertainment industry; almost half of this time has been spent in her beloved role as Production Director for Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park, one of the most critically acclaimed haunted attractions in Upstate New York. Nicole introduced the escape room industry to the region by utilizing existing space at the previously-existing haunted attraction. At that time, Nicole was one of very few pioneers attempting this technique.

    Escape the Estate, with its theatrically-detailed sets, was a runaway hit. Within a matter of weeks, the Frightmare Farms location had sold out its available bookings for their entire season. Fueled by this success, Nicole and her team opened a second location in just six months, crafting whole-new escape rooms in a shopping mall. Since then she has helped with games ranging from 3 minutes to Mega-games lasting a few hours.

    Most recently, Escape the Estate is yet again capturing regional and national attention with a cutting edge immersive experience Museum of Intrigue. Launched in late 2017, Museum of Intrigue, located in Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY specializing in a “beyond the box gaming”, the Intrigue model has been coined “a playground for the mind”. In 2019, Nicole and her team expanded yet again with the development of: Adventures of Intrigue, Intrigue Experiences and Intrigue & Co.

    Because of her work, Nicole has caught the attention of numerous media outlets in the area. In December 2015 & December 2017, she was named one of the “9 Most Creative People in Central New York.” She has been featured in multiple articles about women in business, discussing her contributions to the often male-dominated industries of escape rooms and haunted attractions. In 2019, she spearheaded a collaboration with Kulture City and Frightmare Farms to become the first Sensory Certified Haunted Attraction and Museum of Intrigue to become the first Sensory Certified interactive gaming.

    Nicole juggles many professional roles on a daily basis. Her favorite role is wife to her super supportive husband, Jeremy and mom to her quick witted, very busy, young twin boys!
  • PANEL: Current Trends: What Are We Seeing, Where Are We Going and How Do We Get What We Want!
    Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Panel:
    • Dwayne Sanburn, The 13th Gate Escape and The 13th Gate Haunted Attraction in Baton Rouge, LA
    • Erick Gyrion, Escape Room Wisconsin in Appleton and Green Bay, WI
    • Roberta Scott-Alton, Breakout Escape Rooms and Board Game Lounge in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    • Jonathon Driscoll, Escaparium Laval - Jeu d’Evasion - Escape Game in Laval, Quebec
    Moderated by: Amy Philip, Escape Games PDX in Portland, OR; paradigmQ Escape Games in Vancouver, WA

    Engage with a panel of owners from different markets to hear and discuss about past trends, current trends and trend setting!

    Some of the topics that will kick this seminar into high gear....

    • The Last Minute Culture: how to capitalize and manage the chaos of the unknown
    • Bridging the shift in target age/demographic and how to accommodate that demand
    • The evolution of themes and keeping up with the "Jones"
    • Talent scouting and the emerging skills that are now needed
    • Keeping players engaged beyond the "room"

    ...and so much more!

    Erick Gyrion
    Erick Gyrion
    Speaker Bio: A Native of Wisconsin, Erick James Gyrion is the owner and designer of Escape Room Wisconsin. With his extensive background in theatre production and design, Erick has designed for theatres, bars, escape rooms, haunted attractions and everything in-between. Before owning an escape room, Erick worked for 8 years at the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, as Technical Director, Scenic and Lighting Designer, Graphic Designer and Director.
    Roberta Alton
    Roberta Alton
    Speaker Bio: Roberta started Breakout Escapes in Saskatoon Saskatchewan in October 2015 with just 2 escape games. Roberta continued to grow and expand by offering more escape games, mobile games and city wide puzzle hunts. In early 2018 Roberta expanded to two locations within Saskatoon, now Breakout Escape and Game Lounge offers a total of 7 escape game scenarios plus a large board game cafe and lounge. Roberta writes, designs and builds all her own escape room scenarios in addition to managing all the day to day operations.

    Roberta also owns and operates a contracting business with her husband as well as the mother to three amazing young ladies.
    Amy Philip
    Amy Philip
    Speaker Bio: Amy is the Owner of Escape Games PDX in Portland, OR, which has been operating since 2015 and will soon be opening a second location just outside of Portland.

    With a degree in Marketing and Management from University of Washington, Amy worked in Corporate Leadership, Human Resources and Recruiting for 9 years before branching out on her own to open Escape Games PDX.

    She has a love of travel, cooking (more often than not baking), enjoying the amazing wine and beer scene in Oregon and enjoying the outdoors with her pup, Truman.
  • Solving The Social Media Puzzle!
    Saturday 12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Kevin McNulty, President & CEO NetWeave Social Networking

    Great social media campaigns can help lead to increased website visitors, better search engine placement, stronger customer engagement, and even new customers. But in the age of big data, which numbers are the correct combination for unlocking your social media potential? Learn how to identify the puzzle pieces and how they fit together to make that information work for you. Discover great ways to visualize data and present it to others while ensuring social media efforts are paying off and yielding results.

    Kevin McNulty
    Kevin McNulty
    Speaker Bio: Kevin McNulty is co-founder and president of NetWeave Social Networking. Named Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Associate Member of the Year by the Florida Attractions Association, NetWeave provides social media services for over 70 clients in the US, including large attractions, Destination Management Organizations, major events, and a wide range of small businesses from retail to hospitality.

    Kevin delivers a series of social media courses for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and has been a guest lecturer for the University of South Florida, New College, St. Leo University, and State College of Florida. He has presented workshops and seminars for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the Florida Attractions Association, and the Florida Association of Museums. His ten years in social media management and training give him a substantial foundation in relevant experience regarding the business uses of social media.

    Kevin received his degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, served in the US Army, and worked for over 20 years in corporate training and communications before co-founding NetWeave in 2009.
  • Consumer Behavior Analysis: A Deep Look Inside the Minds of Your Customers Before and after They Play Your Games
    Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Shawn Fischtein, Escape Games Canada

    Getting in the minds of your customers shouldn’t be difficult. In this 1-hour seminar we’ll go into what drives people to play escape rooms, how they feel when they’re playing, and what makes them talk about you after they’ve left.

    • Learn why you might not be ‘getting’ your market and what you can do about it.
    • What makes other escape rooms more appealing to book, the top 5 factors in the decision making process not counting google ranking.
    • A quick and final end to the Public vs. Private debate.
    • An analysis of the types of customers you will encounter and how to engage with them.
    • Stand your ground: why firing customers isn’t always a bad thing.
    • The briefing and why it could be the most important part of your game.
    • Understand the nuances of balancing hints and assisted game-play with enjoyment.
    • The debrief and why it’s the second most important part of the player experience.
    • Why some enthusiasts and players who want to ‘win’ are the real losers.
    • Managing expectations and staff training techniques to turn game masters into empathic angles from escape room heaven.
    • The after-party; you’ve got their money, now what?
    Shawn Fischtein
    Shawn Fischtein
    Speaker Bio: Co-founder of Escape Games Canada, head of business development for escapevrgames.com and the face behind escapegamespro.com, Shawn and his team have dedicated themselves to breaking down the science of Escape Games and VR experiences. With a background in aerospace engineering and years of specialization in data analytics with game theory applications, Shawn has established successes in the development of the new emerging Reality Entertainment industry.

    Shawn became familiar with escape rooms in 2009-2010 while working in Shanghai as a marketing loyalty analyst. That inevitably led him and his wife back to his home city of Toronto, Canada to design and build the next generation of Escape Rooms.

    In addition to working with other local owners and keeping Escape Games Canada running in best-of-class quality, Shawn dedicates his time to developing rock-solid games that rely on scientifically tested principles. Focusing on adapting techniques developed in the video game industry over the past 20 years, Shawn and his team are striving to make games more streamlined, more accessible, and most importantly more fun for players. His passion for developing the industry and setting standards of quality is his current prime directive.

    In addition to reality entertainment, Shawn is on the forefront of driving new types of technology, specifically large scale VR. Shawn’s passion for gaming comes through in his work and this comes through in the experiences he works on.
  • Axe Throwing Fundraising: Grow Your Business with a Fundraising System Designed to Grow Year after Year!
    Saturday 3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Room 267
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Marty Parker, Throw Nation

    One year from now, how are you going to keep the axes flying and the money flowing at your Axe Throwing facility? What will be your competitive edge and magic sauce be to have people come back on a repeat basis to your facility?

    Learn how to set up a system of repeat business from creating a memorable, high value add group sales process through the vertical of FUNDRAISING!

    Bowling allies have been using the strategy of setting up bowling tournaments for years to get repeat business year after year and now you have the hottest, edgiest sport out there to build a book of repeat business.

    This session will give you the tools you need in a step by step process to build a switch that you can flip to repeatedly book and grow charity business. Set up the system, check on the system and the let the system work for you.(THE LESS YOU WORK, THE MORE MONEY YOU MAKE!!!).

    You will be given access to:

    • A manual to run fundraising events
    • Marketing materials to copy
    • A system to go home and implement
    Marty Lee Parker
    Marty Lee Parker
    Speaker Bio: Marty is the owner of Bucket List Productions, LLC and Axe Throwing, LLC which have produced Mud Runs, Color Runs, Tomato Fights, Bubble Runs, Escape Rooms, Game Shows and Axe Throwing. Bucket List Productions was among one of the first room escapes to open in the United States and the first company to expand the room escape concept nationally opening in 16 locations starting in Dec. of 2013. He started the 3rd axe throwing facility in the United States and opened 13 axe throwing facilities across the country. When he grows up, he would like to be a mime on the streets of Madrid. His favorite food is butter.

Seminars Sponsored By

The Haunted Attraction Association - The Official Association of the Haunted House Industry

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

EVENT REGISTRATIONS

Wednesday March 18, 2020
  • Networking Night Out! Featuring Room Escape Advisory Board and Established Owners
    Wednesday 7:30pm - 10:30pm (dinner, check in and pre-mingle starts at 7:30 pm)
    BLT’s - Breakfast, Lunch and Tacos located at 626 N. 6th Street, St. Louis, MO 63116. (314)925-8505
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $60/attendee (on-site registration)

    Your feedback has been heard! This is a networking event that you don’t want to miss! Join the REC Advisory Board and Established Owners as they host a night full of networking at an awesome venue with relaxed and productive roundtables. This is not your normal party – this party was created with your needs as an escape room operator in mind!  This event is designed to expose you to individuals in all phases of business to make connections and share information!Here’s how it will work: (NEW TWIST) Each table will have a set of topics (yes, you will change throughout the night), join a topic table, ask questions, get answers and build business relationships with operators just like you! Don’t worry, there will be a food and non-alcoholic beverages included in your ticket: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Taco/Nacho Bar which includes all Fountain Beverages & Iced Tea (non-alcoholic beverages). There will also be a Cash Bar all evening long!

    Table talk topics will include (but not limited to):

    • Scenic and lighting design
    • Tech Talk
    • Marketing
    • Customer Service
    • Booking Software
    • Day to Day Business
    • Open Conversation
    • Getting Started in the Industry
    • VR Discussions
    • Cooperate and Special Events
    • Puzzle & Game Design
    • Immersive Environments
    • Expansion
    • Management and Employees
    • Buying and Selling Escape Rooms
    • Partnerships and Collaborations
    • Each table will have 1-3 topic specific facilitators who will keep the conversation focused.

    Seating is limited – Book Now! Produced by the Escape Room Owners Board

Thursday March 19, 2020
  • City Museum Party
    Thursday 8:00pm - 12:00am
    St. Louis City Museum
    $45/attendee (pre-registration)
    $50/attendee (on-site registration)

    The always popular City Museum party is back and is now completely private! Come have fun with friends and fellow attendees, we will have the museum all to ourselves! Your ticket includes:

    • 1 large slice of pizza served in Architectural Hall and on the mezzanine level 8pm-11pm (cheese, vegetarian and meat options available)
    • 1 drink ticket at either bar in Architectural Hall for beer, wine, cocktails, shots and non-alcoholic beverages. Drink tickets will be included until 5pm CST March 18th. All tickets purchased after this time will not include a drink ticket.
    • D.J playing music
    • Cash bar (2) 8pm-12am in Architectural Hall
    • Coat check will be available for $2 per item
    • 8pm-11pm cash food and drink sales will be available various locations.
    • FREE parking in the main lot for up to 80 cars

    Please note that the Early Bird Pre-Show Discounts for City Museum will end Monday, March 9th at 11:59 CDT. Online registration will remain open after that date at the full onsite show pricing $50 per person. No exceptions on pricing can be made after the cutoff date so please purchase your tickets in plenty of time before the cut off date.

Friday March 20, 2019
  • TransWorld Attendee Breakfast
    Friday 8:45am - 10:00am
    Convention Center (Breakfast will be served)
    $40/attendee (pre-registration)
    $45/attendee (on-site registration)

    Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from TransWorld Halloween Buyer Board, which is a group made up of the top rated haunted house owners in the industry. Whether you are just starting out or have been in the Halloween industry for years, the TransWorld Attendee Breakfast is a perfect start to your day. In this rare panel discussion you get a chance to ask a wide variety of questions. These owners will pull back the curtains and give you first-hand information about running a Halloween themed attraction. Packed with loads of information, these speakers will share their experiences of what has been successful for them as well as what situations they have had to deal with during their season. Bring all your questions to these industry’s leaders. This informal Q & A discussion is a great way to start your day before navigating the show floor! Sponsored by the TransWorld Buyer Board.

  • The Vampire Circus
    Friday 7:30pm - 9:15pm
    Ferrara Theatre in America’s Center
    $40 GA / $50 Premier seating Pre-show | $50 GA / $60 Premier seating Onsite

    Performance 7:30pm – 8:15pm | Intermission 8:15pm – 8:30pm | Performance Continues 8:30pm – 9:15pm | Ferrara Theatre in America’s Center

    This live show is a spirited journey through an abandoned cemetery where an extraordinary circus comes back to life. Populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats, The Vampire Circus is a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration. Concessions (snacks, candy, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) available; concession may be consumed in the theatre (except red wine).

    Would you like to sponsor this event? Click HERE to find out how!

    Check out the audience reaction at last year’s performance!

  • TransWorld’s Room Escape 2020 Bash | Unlocking the Fun!
    Friday 9:30pm - 1:00am
    Holiday Inn Ballrooms Broadway/Washington
    $35/attendee (pre-registration)
    $40/attendee (on-site registration)

    From 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm enjoy a Baked Potato Bar with all of the fixings plus one drink ticket for either wine or beer. Cash bar open all evening long!
    Grab your friends for a night of mystery and FUN! As the party starts, who knows what will happen next! Can you imagine a mystery unfolding at a party filled with Escape Room operators? Talk about the possibilities with the ultimate problem solvers all in one room! Full details to be shared with attendees only, so don’t wait to book your tickets for this Bash! Don’t miss the event that is sure to be talked about for years to come!

Saturday March 21, 2020
  • TransWorld’s Christmas Mingle & Jingle Party
    Saturday 8:00pm - 12:30am
    Broadway/Washington Ballrooms at The Holiday Inn
    $35/attendee (pre-registration)
    $40/attendee (on-site registration)

    Appetizers served from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

    Come celebrate with us – Eat, Drink and be Merry! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, the bar will have something for you on ice! Join us for a Christmas party, mingle and jingle! Enjoy Barbecued Beef Sliders and Grilled Chicken Sliders with all of the fixings, house-made chips and a Brownie Dessert Bar with fun toppings, as well as a cash bar and DJ! Sponsored by Holiday Lighting Think Tank, We hang Christmas Lights, Santa Land and Boscoyo Studios
    Christmas Mingle & Jingle Party

  • TransWorld’s Blue Moon Rising: A Werewolf’s Ball
    Saturday 8:00pm - 1:00am
    Convention Center Ballroom
    $30/attendee (pre-registration)
    $35/attendee (on-site registration)

    Appetizers served from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

    As TransWorld’s Halloween & Attractions Show winds down, it will be time to gather your Werewolf Pack and lead them to the “Gathering” as we celebrate one of the rarest celestial events — the Bad Moon Rising.  A full moon on Halloween only happens every 18-19 years, but the wait is almost over since this blue moon will fill the sky on that most magical of nights in 2020.  To help usher in this Halloween moon, Werewolves are invited to convene upon the America’s Center Ballroom for an evening of fur-raising entertainment as we look forward to the upcoming Season of Screams with eager anticipation! Join us for a live DJ, dancing, door prizes, drinks (cash bar), appetizers and more howling-good fun.  This is your chance to party with haunters from around the world and celebrate the end of another successful show. Costumes and creative attire ARE ALLOWED* and encouraged (but not required) as you party the night away at the final celebration of the 2020 Halloween & Attractions Show! Tickets are limited, and when they’re gone… they’re gone! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate such a rare and unique event!  After all, the Halloween Moon is so rare that it will not be seen again until 2037. Tickets are limited, and when they’re gone… they’re gone! Sponsored By Donat Insurance

    *The No Costumes Policy DOES NOT apply to this after hours event!Blue Moon Rising: A Werewolf's Ball

    SPONSORED BY
    Donat Insurance

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

CLIPA CONFERENCE

  • CLIPA Conference
    Wednesday March 18th - Thursday March 19th
    2020 TransWorld Christmas Show

    The CLIPA conference will take place on Wednesday March 18th & Thursday March 19th.

    Details and registration is available here.

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

SEMINAR PACKAGES

You'll have an option to purchase any of the passes below after you've verified your show registration.
  • Seminar Super Pass
    Any Thursday, Friday or Saturday Seminar
    $500/attendee
    Seminar Super Pass includes all* Seminars from Thursday through Saturday. The cost is $500 per attendee. A $900 Retail Value, saving you $400. Now you don’t have to plan out your seminar schedule in advance, just buy this package and walk into any seminar you choose on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Package is limited to the first 200 people. Package is non-transferable; only 1 person can use this pass and it cannot be shared. Limited to one seminar per hour. You can NOT move from one seminar to another while the seminar is in session, doing this would disturb other attendees in the class. Photo ID required. *Excluded from this package: Wednesday seminars, CLIPA seminars, Thursday morning CHAOS safety seminar and all workshops; these are sold separately.
Seminar 5-Pack
$225/attendee
Purchase the Seminar 5-Pack for $225 (applies to any one hour seminar). The retail value is $300, saving you $75. You must preselect your 5 seminars prior to 11:59pm CDT on March 9, 2020 to maintain this discounted price. Any unselected 5 pack seminars will be subject to an additional fee (if selected after the deadline). The Seminar 5-Pack is for any one hour seminar. The 5 pack cannot be applied to any other seminars or events. The package is non-transferable and non-refundable. Only 1 person can use this package; it cannot be shared. Photo ID required. The Seminar 5-Pack is ONLY available to purchase preshow (through 11:59pm CDT on Monday March 9, 2020). Excluded from this package: Wednesday seminars, CLIPA seminars, Thursday morning CHAOS safety seminar and all workshops; these are sold separately.

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Free Seminars & Events

Thursday March 21, 2019
Friday March 22, 2019
Saturday March 23, 2019
Sunday March 24, 2019

All TransWorld Trade Shows Halloween & Attractions Show seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

2020 Show Dates & Hours

Trade Show Floor Hours
3/19 Thu. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/20 Fri. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/21 Sat. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/22 Sun. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Buyer Registration Hours
3/18 Wed. 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
3/19 Thu. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/20 Fri. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/21 Sat. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/22 Sun. 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Exhibitor Registration Hours
3/17 Tue. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/18 Wed. 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
3/19 Thu. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/20 Fri. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/21 Sat. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3/22 Sun. 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Please be prepared to present your valid Photo ID to enter the trade show floor, seminars, parties & events.

What People Are Saying About the HAA Show

"Gore Galore has been exhibiting at the TransWorld Halloween and Attractions show for 15 years now and our annual success is tied to exhibiting at this show."

-Kevin Alvey, Owner, Gore Galore

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