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Exhaustion and excitement. That’s pretty much been my life these past several months as I’ve been preparing for the Southeast Halloween Enthusiast Convention – SEHEC 2018.

After a decade of hosting an ever-growing annual Halloween Educational & Social event here in Central Florida, 2017 became a turning-point in my thinking. As the 2017 venue was packed with folks and the A/C unit couldn’t keep up, I came to the realization that a much bigger venue was needed to host more education-seeking Halloween enthusiasts – not just for Central Florida or the entire state of Florida, but for the SE USA as there was no consistent show to serve this region. Sure, there are Horror Fans conventions, Cosplay conventions and Paranormal conventions around, but I want to cater to the folks who are Halloween fanatics and also want to learn more about the Paranormal (ghost hunting, spirits and demonology, etc.). I did a brief poll on the FL Haunters group and found many expressed an interest in the Paranormal.

Speaking and presenting at Halloween industry conventions this past decade has permitted me to make acquaintances with very talented and bright people. One of those wonderful folks is Scott Morrow – a TRULY knowledgeable and inviting Paranormal zealot. I say zealot because he really is such. He has also steered me in the direction of some awesome presenters within the “Para” industry. Now, SEHEC proudly invites the ever-growing Paranormal community to join us.

Being located in Florida I saw the perfect opportunity to bring presenters from our state’s terrific theme parks. These colossal parks provide Halloween-themed events in ways that we home/yard Haunters can only imagine. From a friendly, benign “kid’s walk” to a frighteningly intense “zombie infestation”, these professionals spend all year planning, designing and executing mind-blowing haunts and scares. Luckily, some of these creepy-cool concepts can be scaled-down by the home/yard haunters to try in their yard during Halloween season. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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