Forgotten States Road Trip: Part II – TransWorld 2018

I planned the Forgotten States Road Trip around TransWorld, since being in St. Louis already saved me about a thousand miles had I done these two trips separately. Although the convention itself was pretty damn good this year, I did not particularly enjoy my visit – for a number of different reasons. But through adversity, I can say that I Read More …

Forgotten States Road Trip: Part I – Lower 48 States

It is official. I have now been to every contiguous state in the United States (the lower 48 states). I’ll apologize in advance for the length of this post. I have a lot to get to, and I want to dive in straightaway. It is ironic that this post will be so long since the trip was uneventful and unremarkable. Read More …

Georgia On My Mind

My time is running out. TransWorld is just about a month away. After that, I’ll spend about a week or so finishing up the Forgotten States Road Trip. After that – if my landlord honors our agreement – I could be asked to vacate my apartment at any time. So the pressure to figure out where I’m going to go Read More …

The “Forgotten States” Road Trip

Despite my trepidation, I have more or less resolved to move out west in 2018. I’m even in the process of discussing ways for me to get out of my lease early with the landlord. It will not be easy leaving my friends behind. But if I remain here, I will only remain bitter. Better off getting a fresh start Read More …

Summaries of Days 32 and 33 – Crust Life

Route 66 paid off with some great ghost towns and crust punk havens. And right now, I’m in downtown St. Louis right now. But there are no haunters, creeps, or black-clad punks hanging around. Nor is there an HAAS banner hanging on the Convention Center. Is it possible I arrived a little early for TransWorld 2018? Route Updates Friday / Read More …

Deathgasm & the Battle Jacket

One of the regrets I have about going on the North American Tour was that it meant suspending my haunt work. After all, there’s not enough room in the van for my tools and supplies, and no work space to continue building corpses or other props. But after watching the movie “Deathgasm“, I was inspired to finally get around to Read More …

TransWorld’s 2017 Halloween and Attractions Show

What a week! I just returned last Sunday from TransWorld’s 2017 Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis. TransWorld’s HAAS (known colloquially just as “TransWorld” is an annual trade show convention held in St. Louis in mid-to-late March. Objectively, it’s the largest trade show of its kind in the United States, and arguably, it is “the event” that all haunters foam at Read More …

Midwest Haunter’s Convention

Funny story – today is my birthday.  I didn’t realize it until late this afternoon, when I was driving back home. And the only reason I became aware of it was because a friend sent me a “happy birthday” message. But for that, I would have gone the entire day without remembering. Midwest Haunters Convention This weekend was Midwest Haunters Convention in Columbus, Read More …

TransWorld’s 2016 Halloween and Attractions Show

I’ve just returned from St. Louis, Missouri where I attended my first TransWorld convention. It was a remarkable experience I had a lot of fun. I feel reinvigorated with new ideas and prospects for my future as a haunter. The Secret Handshake Unlike some trade shows, not just anyone can get a ticket to the Halloween & Attractions Show. The organizers have carefully Read More …