Halloween is only a couple months away! So to get into the spirit, I headed out to the 2014 ScareLA Convention in downtown Los Angeles this weekend and rubbed elbows with a bunch of ghouls and ghosts. Oh, and I met Sid Haig too!
Last year, ScareLA was getting it’s feet wet and you could tell that there were definitely kinks to be worked out in the end. When I arrived on Saturday, I was pretty amazed to see the line literally wrapped around the building all the way down Broadway Avenue. The word had clearly spread about the convention, and once I got inside (after a fairly long wait) I could see why. Everything was way bigger and better than last year.
The most notable addition were the free haunted attractions located inside and outside of the building. It was a nice touch, because nothing says Halloween like going through a spook house and having the shit scared out of you. Did I mention that there was even a zombie shooting range where you could take out the undead with an airsoft rifle?
ScareLA really stepped it’s game up this year and convinced me and a lot in attendance I’m sure, that they are definitely a force to be reckoned with in the horror convention game. What sets it apart from other convention experiences that I’ve had, is that the focus is on the fun. Not a lot of celebrity sightings (except the aforementioned Sid Haig of course), but that’s what makes it unique. Trust me, you’ll never get bored.
There were seminars, free movie screenings, pumpkin carving classes, and even a show and presentation celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Another great aspect of ScareLA is that since it’s centered around Halloween, they encourage people to dress up. And because of that and everything else mentioned so far, it truly is an original horror convention that you definitely should attend next year if you’re in the LA area. Now let’s get ready for Halloween!