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ScareCON 2009

Europe’s only haunted attractions show returns

Following an inaugural one-day event last year, Scare Attractions UK has revealed that ScareCON will take place for the second time this May in Birmingham, England.

Although this is Europe’s only show dedicated to the haunted attractions industry, such facilities are growing at a rapid rate across the continent, the UK in particular. Large theme parks such as Alton Towers and Thorpe Park hold extremely popular horror night events each year, as do a number of farm parks, and a number of standalone attractions are also appearing.

ScareCON is designed to be a showcase for operators of such outlets, a place where fellow haunters can mix and swap stories with clients looking to buy something new, or learn new techniques that will take the visitor experience to a new level.

As well as the main trade show, where a live scare attraction will be featured for visitors to try, there will also be specialised seminars and the UK’s first “Screamie Awards,” voted for by users of the website

“We are aiming to attract delegates from all areas of the leisure industry to ScareCON,” says Michael Bolton from Scare Attractions UK. “There are many places that would be brilliant for a scare attraction of some sort, yet the owners or managers may not even be aware that their site has this potential impact. We hope to show them that an effective and profitable attraction can be made for relatively little expenditure while creating a guest response that gets them coming back for more.”

ScareCON 2009 takes place on Thursday, May 7, at the NEC in Birmingham. Registration will be £25 per delegate, including free admission to the Screamie Award ceremony. Bookings for stand space are now being taken. More details at:

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