The con is hosted by Ed Roberts, counselor at OSD-Oregon School for the Deaf-Salem where he has ran The Nightmare Factory, a non-profit haunted attraction at the school for the past 26 years. OSD uses the proceeds from the haunted house to benefit its students. In 2012, Roberts founded the WCHC as a 501(c)3 that offers mini grants to professionals that work with deaf and or autistic children.
Several things make this event a must attend convention, listed in no particular order:
· The hotel-Doubletree- Portland is SUPER accommodating. They let the WCHC take over the 13th floor and redecorate it to suit the cons theme. The walls of the hallway, suites and windows on the 13th floor were all adorned with ghoulish flair. There was even a special bar set up for those in need of refreshment.
· The list of seminars, classes and guests were well planned, with time allowed between each so you could chat, grab a bite or visit the dealers’ room before the next set.
· Tradeshow floor- There you will find vendors selling everything from make up to fog to insurance & décor. Home haunts get their own area for showing as well as a demo area and over 60 booths.
· Evening activities planned each night. Plenty to do after hours if you choose to partake. With all the great haunt talent attending it pays to join in and enjoy some quality craziness while networking!
· PORTLAND- The city of Portland rocks! Voodoo Doughnuts, Powell’s, 1st class food carts and Saturday Market proves the motto “keep Portland weird” is in fact a good thing.
So kudos to Ed Roberts and his incredible team for pulling off a marvelous event.