8 SERVO 06.2016
Gathered together on a cold weekend in March is one of the largest collections of creative and just a bit wisted minds in the haunting community. Transworld’s Halloween & Attractions Show is where the industry leaders come to showcase
their newest creations. It is where
buyers attempt to whittle down
their wish list in order to make
many of their purchases for the
coming season. This is a very
popular event, so it’s best to arrive
early each morning as the lines to
enter can be long (Figure 2).
The convention floor is not the
only show in town. It is so much more
than that! Each day includes a full
schedule of seminars with topics
covering the entire gamut of need-to-know information necessary to run
your own attraction. There are also
plenty of opportunities to network,
have some fun, and unwind each
evening (Figure 3).
I was fortunate enough to be
invited to speak at one of the six
speed seminars that were
offered the day prior to the
show floor opening. There were
a wide variety of seminars, with
numerous ones targeted
specifically for the prop builder.
These included Haunt Machines
by Ed Gannon, Scare with Air by
Brian Warner, and Show Control
and Programming by Ben Bates
and John Walsh (Figure 4).
For some, this may appear
to be a scene from a nightmare.
In reality, all the preparations
functioned under a well-orchestrated plan (see Figure
5). The sheer size of the show
If I am dreaming, please do not wake me up!
As a prop builder, I am always in search of new products
and unique and original build ideas. You never know
when inspiration will strike, but you can tilt the odds in
your favor by attending a gathering of like-minded
individuals (Figure 1).
By Steve Koci
A Prop Builder’s
Figure 1. We have arrived!
Figure 2. When they said this was
popular, they weren’t kidding.
Figure 3. So much to do, so little time!
Figure 4. Fantastic teaching staff and full