Cal Haunts Norcal
A group of Halloween enthusiasts in Northern California who meet monthly to discuss Halloween prop building projects and techniques. There's also a related Southern California chapter.
Canadian Haunted Attractions Conference
This conference for professional haunted attractions owners (plus volunteers, seasonal employees, horror and Halloween fans as well) takes place April 12-14, 2013, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It features workshops, trade show exhibits, a VIP dinner, and seminars.
Halloween and Attractions Show
Transworld's Halloween trade show for professionals will be held March 7-10, 2013, in St. Louis, MO. There will be seminars, events, and a huge exhibition floor. This is probably the most important convention and trade show for haunt professionals.
This national haunted attraction conference and trade show will take place April 25-28, 2013 in Irving, Texas. Like the other shows, it features seminars, workshops, and an exhibition hall. However, this also features fun events such as a hearse parade, a costume ball, and a haunted attraction tour. Most haunt operators are too busy running their own haunts in October to see haunted attractions outside their own cities. So what makes Hauntcon special is that it moves to different cities each year so that various professional haunt operators open their haunts up off-season to exhibit them to other members of the industry. Cool!
--Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin