30 Jul Midsummer Scream convention
Long Beach July 28 & 29 2018
Last weekend, thousands of Halloween lovers descended to the Long Beach convention center for the Midsummer scream Halloween show. There were folks of all ages, dressed in costume displaying all the goth and halloween gear you could think of.
The Hall of shadows featured a variety of mini haunted-house walkthroughs, to give you a taste of what’s to come in Oct. There are hands-on crafts for kids and adults alike such as the hot wire foam factory, which shows how to carve tombstones out of foam.
Theme parks like Knotts Scary Farm, Dark Harbor and Universal Horror Night, all discuss what the upcoming haunt season will bring at their parks. Stranger Things is planned for Horror Nights this year and I can’t wait to see how they will make that show come to life in a Haunt.
The Flashback Video & Bar had cocktails flowing in their retro 80s style video store with hundreds of vintage VHS slasher movies to take you down memory lane.
There is plenty of shopping to be found with tons of vendors selling anything from Taxidermy bats to pins, patches and clothing. Some of my favorite vendors were there showcasing some of the new stuff they have been creating.
Silhouettes by Jordan creates fun silhouettes of all your horror movie favorites. I managed to buy six of them and framed them all up into one large framed art piece. You can find him selling his mini art cutouts at Etsy: SilhouttesbyJordon
Miss Havishams Curiosities were also there selling my all time favorite ‘insulting tea cups’. I love featuring them in my custom Halloween “Boo” baskets for my friends who can take a bit of a joke. You can find all the glorious china on her website Misshavisamscurriosities.com
If you want to watch live theatre shows or screenings, they have that for you in the upstairs ballrooms. I decided to pop in and see Urban Death tour of terror. Its 15 minute previews of lots of different 15 second performance art – it is odd and somewhat disturbing at times but worth a look. This is brought to you by Zombie Joes Underground Theatre Group and during October they have hour long performances, you can learn more about them at Urbandeath.com
It was a great weekend and for anyone who wants to get in the spirit and test out their costumes, I would encourage you to go. If you missed this one, don’t worry – we have ScareLA to look forward to in August and that will (I’m sure), have more fun and horrifically interesting things to see and do.
I will be staging some exciting photo ops, so be sure to give me a shout out on Instagram (if you go) with all the photos you take in my Booths. you can find out more about that event at ScareLA.com