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Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:28 pm

Alright guys. I am going to bring you something really special... Coverage from the 2014 Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show!

Now this isn't just another horror convention like the many around the country. No folks, this is the IAAPA of the haunt industry! Held every year in St. Louis this is the go to show for everyone from the small yard or home haunter to the likes of Netherworld, Six Flags, and even Universal! This event however is closed to the public and the only way to attend is to work in the industry so coverage can be hard to find sometimes but don't worry I am going to show you what this event has to offer!

Here is a short promo from this years show! Enjoy the photos!



***Caution some photos could be offensive and may gore and nudity. This may not be appropriate for some of the younger viewers. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***
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Always love seeing this first thing in the morning!
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Hello St. Louis!
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St Louis metro. Easy link from the airport to downtown.
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Needed to check in first.
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View from my room!
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Alright time to head to the show!
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This is the place!
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Welcome to Transworld's Halloween and Attractions Show 2014!!!
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Made it!
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There were many MANY things to check out! Also plenty of different kinds of education opportunities.
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Hoodie, Check. Credentials, Check. Show guide, Check. TPR Bag? Check! I needed this bag to carry around the 30 pounds of catalogs I would pick up!
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The first thing you see when you walk in. This place is HUGE!
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Every haunt needs black lights.
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First let's head to the Dark Zone.
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Here you an get things like attacking dogs.
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This was bad a$$ and also the biggest item at the show.
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Creepy possessed animatronic anyone?
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One of the random sets you can buy.
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Dragon!!!
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This was another cool one.
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Hall of skeletons
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This is what I look like in the morning.
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There were many different types of Vortex's here... Over used? Yes. But the general public eat em up!
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Even more dragons!
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Hazard Room set up.
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There was this thing....
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I guess his name is FU.... No not that!
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Hmmmm reminds me of a certain ride...
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You can even buy light up Cotton Candy!
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Midnight Syndicate! You can find them at Cedar Point this year during Halloweekends!
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Who wants an inflatable?
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Mmmmmm donuts
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Creepy
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Gore Galore had a very stand out booth.
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Who needs a toilet? You know you want it!
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One thing that was really noticeable on the floor is that paintball is in and it is BIG!
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This seems lost...
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WTF!
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Looks like she had better days!
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"I love you" he says.
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This guy was awesome... He would stand there and pretend to be a prop until someone came to get a closer look and would give them a scare!
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Looks of actors roaming about!
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Giant clown. Hope you don't have coulrophobia!
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Just chilling.
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Look out!
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When in St Louis there is one thing you must do.... The City Museum!
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After years of reading about this on this site I finally got a chance to visit!
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Almost as awesome at the Knoebel's sign.
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Model railway.
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Hit the duck game.
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Some really old school pinball machines.
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I donated my under pants to the museum.
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Well that's kinda creepy...
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A good bit of the museum was under construction.
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When you do manage to find it this room is really cool to look up in.
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It was at this point that I returned to the hotel. City Museum is really awesome do not miss it if you are in town. Thanks for reading Day 2 coming soon with more show floor coverage and The Darkness haunt!
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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby KBrylczyk » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:01 pm

The Pumpkin Arch made me laugh. "Imagine the cash flow you can generate with thousands of pumpkins." :lmao:
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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:11 am

Part 2 brings us to day 2.

We have explore the show floor a lot more and pay a visit to the Darkness haunted house!

***Caution some photos could be offensive and may gore and nudity. This may not be appropriate for some of the younger viewers. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***
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Welcome to part 2! Here is a overhead shot of the show floor. This place is huge!
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You can buy a stationary free fall tower from Vertical Reality. They were also nice enough to let me get a photo from up top.
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Being a show FOR haunted houses it makes sense to have a haunted house. Welcome to the interactive haunted house.
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This house is set up on the show floor and showcases the products from the various vendors.
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Some of these sets were really great!
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Body bag room
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Some random creepy heads.
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Creepy children's room.
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Workshop
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Tough luck I guess.
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This looks like a crappy situation.
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That's it from the interactive haunted house!
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Distortions is one of the biggest vendor names in the industry!
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You can get your costumes here.
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Or some new teeth!
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Who doesn't want a horse head?!?!?!?!
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How about some RCT stands?
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I loved this bubble gum machine.
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Always loved the bungee jumpers in the haunts.
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Need advertising material? They got that too!
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You can pick up some different ways to accept payment for your haunt.
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Or if you prefer cash they have that covered with custom ATMs.
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She was pretty creepy.
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"Tip toe by the window....."
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This was a puppet controlled who was talking and entertaining the crowd. He was very much a smart a$$.
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I found a new yeti for Disney!
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Or maybe this one?
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Mhm.....
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Ugh fake chain saws... why?
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Gore Galore claw. This worked great in the Darkness!
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Each night at a haunt involves ALOT of walking and running and spending pretty much the entire night on your feet. These guys can take care of you!
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How about some new wheels?
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You can even get insurance here!
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With some haunts generating an hour or a couple wait you need to keep your guests entertained.
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Once again more paintball goodness! This would be great for a high attendance farm haunt!
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More paintball!
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Froggy's Fog is another huge company in the industry!
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They also always make their presence known!
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They are famous for their funky scents... you can get anywhere from cotton candy to poop!
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Another high energy booth.
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Great way to show that it is water proof.
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You can even get some classic Freak Show signage.
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How about a Hi Striker game?
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Need a spot light to guide people to your haunt? They have that too!
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Please please PLEASE! Support this great cause. This would help generate more attention to our growing industry!
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Flatline radio.
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At the end of the day they auctioned off the various scenes from the Interactive Haunted House.
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Well that's it for this update from the show. Up next the Darkness!
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The Darkness is only a 3 minute drive from downtown St Louis and is in this very discrete building but what lays inside is awesome!
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Right way you know you are in for a treat. Seriously kick a$$ theming for just the queue!
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I never know if they go by the Darkness or Scarefest but either way this place is great!
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Serious face.
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Once again great detail in the queue!
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Bet you seen this guy before!
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No photos are allowed in the haunt but at the exit you are dumped into their horror museum!
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Really cool pinball machine.
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This was neat too!
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Wolfman!
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It was weird seeing the Grinch here!
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Alien!
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New corporate brothers.
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More goodness!
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This was the coolest thing! Shame they ruined the series by over doing it.
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Well that is it! I leave you with the Scarefest hearse. This haunt was really awesome! Besides the Darkness they also have a 3D haunt connected with was really great! If you are in town during the fall season make it a point to check them out! One more update to come! Thanks for reading!

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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby Mrlittle » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:05 am

Looks like a fun time at this convention. I love haunted houses so this was all really great to look at. Also, I like you added some city museum In the mix. I need to get back there and explore more. Great report and thanks for sharing.
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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby piedude81 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:49 pm

This is weird. I'm a lifelong St. Louisian and I've never heard of this place.
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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby Zcev5454 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:06 pm

piedude81 wrote:This is weird. I'm a lifelong St. Louisian and I've never heard of this place.

Of the Darkness, City Museum, or the tradeshow?

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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:23 pm

Mrlittle wrote:Looks like a fun time at this convention. I love haunted houses so this was all really great to look at. Also, I like you added some city museum In the mix. I need to get back there and explore more. Great report and thanks for sharing.


Thanks! The last update is coming soon!

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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby theymitbgi » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:59 pm

Zcev5454 wrote:
piedude81 wrote:This is weird. I'm a lifelong St. Louisian and I've never heard of this place.

Of the Darkness, City Museum, or the tradeshow?
Zcev5454 wrote:
piedude81 wrote:This is weird. I'm a lifelong St. Louisian and I've never heard of this place.

Of the Darkness, City Museum, or the tradeshow?


Must be thre trade show, it's impossible not to hear a Darkness commercial during October.

Also Scarefest is the name.of three seperate attractions the company that runs the Darkness puts on. One is an outside haunt, which was pretty lame, the other is in an old cave system that was used for storing beer. We went to the cave on a lights out night and it was amazing, but might not be open anymore as the building above are being turned into lofts.

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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:33 am

Welcome to part 2 and the final update! Enjoy!

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Another beautiful day in St Louis!
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And another day at the show!
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There were many many stars from SciFi's FaceOff! Here is RJ Haddy doing his thing.
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First up was a buried alive simulator. These are pretty neat.
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There was this simulator on the floor.
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It was... Interesting.
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Even more paintball!
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These guys had an entire Paintball haunted house!
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Some really impressive shooting sets.
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Some theming inbetween the scenes.
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Another hall
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Real rebar in the set.
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Scene 2
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This neat falling light set up.
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This is the end where you return your gear.
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Scare Factory.
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More Dounuts!
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Radios are a nessesity for any attraction.
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Want a custom mask? CFX are your guys!
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What about teeth?
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Creepy bug thingy.
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He is kinda cute in a creepy sorta way.
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Aqua thingies...
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Even more insurance options.
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Bloody Mary's Make Up
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Pile of bodies... Typical day in the haunt industry.
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Another swing by the Gore Galore booth.
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I seen these twice at the darkness and I really love these things!
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Giant rat thing.
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Gonna give a shout out for Zombie Skin. We use this pretty heavily and this is a great choice when applying make up quickly.
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Singing Heads
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Rock Monster
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Darklight had a small booth but they are one of the biggest vendors in the industry. You can find their products at Six flags, Universal, City Museum, and even Walt Disney World!
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Best catalog of the convention!
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I found the SFMM construction crews... Still just hanging around.
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Well that is all. Thanks a ton for reading! If you are interested in getting involved in this industry just find your local haunt and see how you can help!

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Re: Photo TR: Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2014

Postby piedude81 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:41 pm

Zcev5454 wrote:
piedude81 wrote:This is weird. I'm a lifelong St. Louisian and I've never heard of this place.

Of the Darkness, City Museum, or the tradeshow?


Oh, sorry. I was referring to the tradeshow. Sorry sorry sorry. I freaking love the City Museum.
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