I hope that this message finds you and your family safe and well as we all look forward to the full re-opening of our states and the resumption of our business and leisure activities. At this time, we want to give you an update on the status of the 2020 Midwest Haunters Convention, currently scheduled to take place on July 24-26, 2020, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
Earlier this month, under a Five Phase Plan for re-opening the State of Illinois, the Governor banned mass gatherings until either an effective treatment or a vaccine to combat COVID-19 has been developed. Illinois' guidelines make it unlikely that conventions will resume here this summer and we are in discussions with convention facilities in two other Midwestern cities that will be ready to host trade shows in July. One city under consideration (based upon suggestions from exhibitors) is Indianapolis. Both the Indiana Convention Center, the other venue we have identified, and our own organization, are consulting with trade groups as well as state and local agencies to establish new protocols for producing and attending events. The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees and staff are of the utmost importance to us and we will share these protocols with you as they become available.
Once again during the COVID-19 crisis, TransWorld finds itself in uncharted waters and we are trying to make the best possible decision to serve the needs of the Haunted Attraction Industry. Your feedback matters to us and we will be sending out a survey by June 1, 2020, to gauge your comfort level in attending an event before we commit to moving forward. If you would like to participate, be sure to sign up for the MHC mailing list (look for the form elsewhere on this page).
We want to thank all of you for the time you have already spent sharing your thoughts with us and we look forward to receiving your additional comments in response to our survey. Our goal now, as always, is to offer events that add value to the members of our community,
TransWorld Trade Shows and Midwest Haunters Convention
The Midwest Haunters Convention is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US, dedicated to ALL Haunters; actors, enthusiasts, home/pro haunters and Halloween enthusiasts. Open to the public the MHC features a haunted house, horror and Halloween trade show, educational seminars & workshops, chartered haunted house bus tours on Thursday and Friday, a massive costume party, multiple contests, family-friendly activities, your favorite characters from Chicagoland haunted houses and much more!
MHC News & Updates
As we all know by now, COVID-19 has effectively derailed life as we know it, and the uncertainty regarding what the coming weeks and months might bring have made it virtually impossible to know if existing events are still feasible as scheduled. Rather than suffering through another last-minute postponement, MHC has decided that, in the interest of trying to lay down a stable path for its attendees and exhibitors, The Midwest Haunters Convention will move back from early June to late July.
MHC 2020 will now be held July 24-26, with the pre-show haunt tour on July 23rd. It’s moving locations from the Schaumburg Convention Center to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemount in order to accommodate more exhibitors, many of whom will be coming from the postponed TransWorld Shows in St. Louis.
PLEASE NOTE: Hotel and other information will be updated as soon as is humanly possible!
This decision has only recently been made and MHC is working diligently to get all the details ironed out – there’s a lot to do and very little time to get it done. Please bear with us. We’ll release additional information as soon as it’s confirmed. If you read something on social media that’s not coming directly from a TransWorld or MHC source, please take it with a grain of salt, as we’re seeing a lot of misinformation being spread about our shows right now. If you have questions please feel free to contact [email protected] or [email protected].
We appreciate your continued support during this difficult time, and look forward to seeing you all in July!
Stay healthy and safe
The MHC Team