Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services talks about expositions and events with Halloween and scary themes

Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Events Service is a national leader in exhibition services and event project management.

In 2017, we are celebrating 30 years in business.

Willwork provides the labor, planning, and logistics for projects that range in size and scope from setting up and taking down one small exhibit to providing the general contracting for tradeshows and exhibitions that take in and cover multiple large facilities.

Every project and assignment receives the same uncompromising and high quality service and attention to detail.

Willwork thought it appropriate for this time of year to cite and point to, in this space, a selection of special events and exhibitions that have a Halloween theme, or a tied to the holiday – a couple of which the focus is on fun and festivity, and a couple which are also about fun and festivity but also include a huge measure of spookiness and fright.

Actually we will do two posts on this subject, with this being the first.

Allentown Halloween Parade (image credit: Chris Knight, special to The Morning Call)

Whether a parade or haunted house, block party haunted theme park, excellent and thorough planning, combined with a large amount of smart and hard work, make it happen.


We just have to include the oldest Halloween parade in the United States.

The community that hosts the parade is the city of Allentown, PA.  It was in 1905 when Allentown first held the event.

Planned and run under the auspices of the Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation, the parade, which follows a 1.5 mile route, is a big draw for the area.  Last year, 8,000 people attended, and 50 organizations participated.

This year’s Allentown Halloween Parade takes place on Sunday, October 15.  Allentown Halloween Parades have themes, with “Outer Space Invasion” the theme for this year.

Please click here to be taken to a news story about the 2016 edition of the Allentown Halloween Parade.

Now, we go from the oldest Halloween parade in the U.S. to the world’s largest haunted house.  Actually, more specifically, the “world’s largest walk through haunted house,” a title that Guinness World Records conferred, in 2015, on Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas.

Also in 2015, Guinness World Records recognized Cutting Edge Haunted House as the “world’s largest haunted attraction.”

Clown at Cutting Edge Haunted House (image credit: Cutting Edge Haunted House)

Visitors to Cutting Edge Haunted House travel almost a half-mile (2,261 feet), from start to finish, with the passage time taking, on average, 45 to 55 minutes.

Beyond its Guinness Book of World Records notoriety, Cutting Edge Haunted House, which opened in 1991, has also received many other accolades, including making the HauntedHouses.com 2015 list of “Top 13 Haunted Houses” in America.  Cutting Edge came in at #5.

As reviews attest, Cutting Edge Haunted House is not only very large, but also very scary.

There is no shortage of reasons to visit Park City, Utah.  Home of the Sundance Film Festival, the mountain resort town is in beautiful country and contains the best of hospitality, entertainment, and recreation.

And, since 2001, every Halloween, Park City has hosted the Bark City Howl-O-Ween dog parade.  Held on Main Street in the community, the event inspired Travel + Leisure to name Park City one of “America’s Best Towns for Halloween.”

Bark City Howl-O-Ween dog parade in Park City, Utah (image credit: Park City Chamber of Commerce | Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Following is an excerpt from an article on the Bark City Howl-O-Ween dog parade at the tourist and travel website Stay Park City:

“Each All Hallows’ Eve, owners and their pets sport costumes of all kinds for public amusement. Now, 15 years in, this annual canine spectacle has become a centerpiece celebration for our town, drawing attendees from nearby communities, including Salt Lake City, who want to get in on the furry fun.”

If you click here you will be taken to the full Stay Park City story.

Willwork is compelled to include in this post one of the nation’s most frightening and elaborate Halloween attractions, an exposition and exhibition, a theme park, a destination, that is about a 90-minute drive from our corporate headquarters in the Boston suburb of South Easton, MA.

Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England, located in Litchfield, NH, is a “horror scream park” – that takes in more than 80 acres, across which there is a mix of creepy and spine-chilling attractions, and other activities and places, like go-karts, mini-golf, a batting cage, concessions, and a beer garden.

As for the creepy and spine-chilling attractions, here we share an excerpt from a Boston.com entry on Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England:

“Whether it be on the Haunted Hayride, where you come face to face with the horrors of the dark woods, walking through the deserted halls of darkness at Brigham Manor or stumbling into a place where rot, decay, and the filth from the earth are a haven for evil, there will be little time to catch your breath before experiencing yet another haunting. The unnatural beings at The Colony are looking for bodies to torture and souls to destroy, and of course, one has to explore the tortured world of rejected carnival misfits in the 3D Festival of Fear.”

Entrance to the 3D Festival of Fear at Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England (image credit: Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England)

Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England’s 2017 run started on Friday night, September 22nd, and from then on in it is open weekend nights, and select weeknights, until its close on Saturday night, November 4th.


Prior to Halloween we will have one more post in this space about Halloween themed special events and exhibitions, and even a tradeshow.

We will track and hunt down something good.