The Midwest Haunter’s Convention is Coming…

Body Paint at the MHC

The Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC) returns to Columbus, Ohio June 8-10, 2012 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel for its 9th year.

THE MIDWEST HAUNTERS CONVENTION  is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US serving an international audience of Haunted Attraction Industry professionals, owners and enthusiasts. MHC provides shopping, entertainment, education and tours.

Body Paint at the MHCPictured left: Kara/Body Art by Artist Margie McGuire.
Photo courtesy of FOCI Photography

The Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC) offers weekend seminars June 9-10, 2012 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Five tracks of education are presented: Acting, Makeup, Props, Haunt Business, and Haunt Design. The seminars are instructed by industry experts and serve participants with skills ranging from beginner to advanced levels and backgrounds ranging from haunt owners to Halloween fans.

Training and Seminars

The MHC Weekend Seminars are available for $85 in advance (through or $99 onsite. The MHC offers weekend workshops June 8-10, 2012 in Columbus Ohio at the Columbus Hyatt Regency and Greater Columbus Convention Center on an individual pay per class basis (and are not included as part of the MHC Weekend Seminars.) Registration costs range from $50 – $300.

MHC workshops and seminars offer a wide variety of professional education with topics ranging from intensive artistic instruction on such things as how to: create realistic zombies, being effective as an actor or designer creating scary scenes, incorporating animatronics and using the latest in technical lighting and sound production, as well as business instruction on how to run a profitable seasonal temporary business.


Tradeshow & Monster Makeup Wars

The MHC Trade Show will be June 9-10, 2012 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center; featuring over 100 exhibitors, a Demo Stage, and Custom Hearse Show: it is open to the public with advance and on-site registration for $5 admission.

The Bloody Mary Monster Makeup Wars signature competition takes place on Saturday June 9, 2012 on the MHC Demo Stage (located on the showroom floor; free to attend with tradeshow registration). Makeup Artist teams will compete in a 30 minute challenge vying for the championship title: to create the most impressive monster using identical makeup ‘black box’ supplies.
Haunted Attraction Charter Bus Tours


Pre-Convention Bus Tour

The 2012 MHC begins with a pre-convention 2 day excursion touring 10 haunted attractions in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio June 6-7, 2012 departing from Columbus, Ohio. This provides exclusive opportunities for participants to visit Halloween venues, which open specifically for the tour that are staffed with actors, for entertainment and research purposes.

The 2012 MHC Haunted Attraction Bus Tour will visit the following destinations:

  • Fear Factory (Findley)
  • Dimensions of Darkness (Maumee)
  • Terror Town (Maumee)
  • Erebus* (Pontiac)
  • Realm of Darkness (Pontiac)
  • St Lucifer’s (Flint)
  • Darksyde Acres (Jonesville)
  • Jackson’s Underworld (Jackson)
  • Exit 13 Haunted House (St. Morris)
  • The Crypt (Burton)

*Erebus was formerly the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Walk-Through Haunted Attraction from Aug. 2005 – Sept. 2009

Daytime Paranormal Bus Tour

 The MHC offers an excursion to visit ‘real’ haunted destinations in Mansfield, Ohio: the Bissman and the Ohio State/Mansfield Reformatory. The Reformatory was featured on the Travel Channel’s Scariest Places on Earth, was the movie filming location for the Shawshank Redemption and Air Force One; and is one of the top 5 largest castle-like structures in the USA featuring Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne , and Richardsonian Romanesque architectural styles.

Friday Night Bus Tour

 The MHC will host a tour featuring the Dublin, Ohio based “Scare-A-Torium” haunted attraction as well as other local Columbus destinations.

Monster Masquerade Party

The MHC Masquerade Party will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio; and is open to the public. Guests will enjoy a Hollywood-type Gala Monster event! The evening’s activities begin with the Halloween fantasy themed Body Art Fashion Show and include the Scariest Character Contest and the Ms Midwest Scary Pageant* to find the scariest female character in the Midwest. *Rated as one of the Top 10 Freaky Attractions by AOL Online.

ABOUT THE MIDWEST HAUNTERS CONVENTION (MHC): The MHC is hosted by the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency June 8-10, 2012 in Columbus Ohio. It is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US serving a primary audience of Haunted Attraction Industry professionals and enthusiasts. It features a 60,000 square foot vendor trade show with over 100 vendor booths on June 9-10 and provides regional businesses and residents the opportunity to shop for professional quality Halloween related products. The MHC also provides educational seminars and workshops and networking activities for haunted attraction industry professionals.

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