Yes, San Diego Comic-Con is nothing more than a memory now as we quickly approach an anticipated sunny and hot California August. But for the last few years (Since 2016 to be exact), August has become the most anticipated month to celebrate all things Halloween! Now some may pause to ponder, Halloween in August? And we respond with a candy corn filled tummy, YES! It takes months and for some theme parks, a full year of planning for the ever so festive Halloween Season. Thankfully, the great people at Midsummer Scream know how to get you excited for the upcoming Halloween season!
So for the novice, one may ask, what exactly is Midsummer Scream? Well, Midsummer Scream is the largest Halloween and horror fan convention in the world which is set to occupy the entire Long Beach Convention Center for 2019. Want to know what your favorite Southern California theme park will be doing for the Halloween season? Industry leaders such as Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, and Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest will give you a weekend of world-class presentations, surprises, and major announcements for Halloween 2019.
A Chilling Legacy: 50 Years of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion
What would a Halloween celebration be without a tip of the cap to the home of 999 happy haunts? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, guests will enjoy a… spirited discussion between Disney Legends Tony Baxter (iconic Imagineer) and Bob Gurr (designer of the Mansion’s Doom Buggy ride system), American film producer and author Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Haunted Mansion), and Tania Norris, who was hired by WED when the company employed less than 30 people, to be the interior designer of New Orleans Square – and subsequently, she created a doodle that would become the world-famous wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion used on all types of merchandise at Disney Parks and Resorts. Saturday (Grand Ballroom) 12:30- 1:30 pm.
Hall Of Shadows
This event is not just about talking about Haloween but the creators of this event seek to give you, the attendee, a fully immersive experience. The enormous dark zone, Hall of Shadows, will showcase over a dozen haunted attractions and displays, live stage entertainment, and daily exhibitions by the Decayed Brigade slider team. Guests will enter Hall of Shadows through a foreboding jungle experience created by CalHauntS, and enter the world of “Tiki Terror”, a vendor market featuring a world-class lineup of tiki personalities and manufacturers, including the legendary Tom “Thor” Thordarson, Munktiki mugs and ceramic oddities, and artist Jeff Granito.
Vendors, artists and exhibitors, oh my!
With more than 300 artisans and exhibitors, Midsummer Scream’s show floor has doubled in size, featuring unique artwork, props, Halloween accessories, clothing, and makeup supplies. Always keeping guest comfort in mind, Midsummer Scream has again widened the show floor aisles for easier traffic circulation as fans visit their favorite vendors such as Trick or Treat Studios, Kreepsville 666, Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum, Edyn Rashae Studios, and Dark Delicacies. Among the horrific hustle and bustle on the show floor, fans will also find Midsummer newcomers Madame Tussauds, Crypt TV, and Bloody Mary: Makeup to Die For.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Midsummer Scream. Celebrities from some of your favorite horror movies and television shows will be in attendance signing your favorite memorabilia as well as various prop making classes and panels to round out your weekend. Be warned, tickets will sell out! Get your weekend badge right here and make plans to attend Midsummer Scream. For more information click on the link midsummerscream.org
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