WINNETKA, Ill. — Award season for Hollywood stars may have come and gone but for the masterminds behind some of the World’s best haunted attractions, it’s time to start celebrating. The annual Oscares Awards banquet, hosted by the Haunted Attraction Association, took place March 18. The awards honor greatness in the field throughout the 2015 haunting season. Each March the awards are presented during the Transworld Halloween & Attraction show, the only industry trade show of its kind. The show welcomes thousands of attraction owners, operators and designers to network, gather fresh ideas and purchase new products.
In the last three decades, Halloween and haunted attractions have become big business. It is estimated that American’s will spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween activities in fall 2016, with one in five American’s attending a haunted house or hayride.
“Halloween is a year-round business for haunted attraction operators,” according to John Eslich, HAA President. “Although the majority of haunted attractions are only open for four to six weeks in the fall, it owners and operators are working year-round to design, build and market their events. It’s a fulltime job.”
A 2016 Oscare Award winner — one of only four Vendor Excellence awards — includes von Charon Productions of Troy.
Von Charon Productions, located at 636 S. Market St., Troy, has grown to be the trade name responsible for a distinct line of haunt performers’ costumes. Now in their 11th year of production, from the original Commitment Coat to the Certifiable Deluxe Suit to the popular Psychosurgical Coast, von Charon offers attractions a variety of haunted costumes to choose from.
The Haunted Attraction Association, the only official association in the haunt industry, serves as the voice of the haunted attraction industry. The mission Our mission is to promote a worldwide network of haunted attractions including haunted houses, haunted hayrides, scream parks, mega-haunts, Halloween festivals, haunted uutdoor trails, corn mazes and amusement park Halloween events.
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Visit www.hauntedattractionassociation.com for more infomration on the assocation.