ScareLA 2013: The First Los Angeles Halloween Convention!
by: -RoG-

Los Angeles is no stranger to horror conventions, with wonderful events like Monsterpalooza and Days of the Dead, but this past August we were introduced to a new convention: ScareLA. This convention was different than the usual horror ones in that it was specifically geared towards Halloween - monster masks, yard haunts, sfx workshops and all. Sure, ScareLA was in early August, but considering I've been doing our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration on I-Mockery for the past decade, I had no problem getting into the spirit of my favorite holiday even earlier.

For those of you who couldn't attend, I've snapped some photographs while I was there to help give you a sense of what it was like. The following is a collection of photos from the 2013 ScareLA convention at the LAMart on August 11th. Enjoy!

As we arrived, we were greeted by a guy wearing a gas mask and a fez hat
while he played The Munsters theme song on a xylophone.
Yep... I was totally on board with this convention already.

The colorful screens behind the front counter made me question whether or not the convention was doubling as a rave.

I think we can all agree that no Dia De Los Muertos celebration would be complete without Elvis.

Looks ScareLA already made one customer very happy.

After a quick ride up the elevator, we arrive at ScareLA and are treated to this awesome visual: Jack's Carving Shack.

Looks like Jack prefers to carve his pumpkins the old-fashioned way........ with a circular saw.

When the elevator doors closed behind us, we noticed an jack-o-lantern projected on the door. Nice!

It may be August, but that's not gonna stop people from dressing up for Halloween early.

One of the many panels about SoCal haunts.
In this case, they were talking about the always fantastic Knott's Scary Farm.

Free hugs!

Every cemetery needs a good groundskeeper.

Awww... he made a friend!

A wide variety of Halloween props were available to make your own haunts with.

There were lots of nice makeup sfx demonstrations taking place throughout the day as well.

Not an official Killer Klown, but I'm sure he'd still get the job done.

I'm pretty sure the grocery store sells dead meat for cheaper than that. Then again, maybe human meat costs more.

If you're not claustrophobic, you could hop into a coffin for a bumpy "Last Ride" simulation.

Spread thy wings!

Yep, they had a section for kids where you could grab some crayons and color in a spooky Hello Kitty.

Wrong holiday, but I still like that they had Santa's skull on display.

More small skeleton statues.

How come these plush Scare Bears are never found in crane machines? Oh right, they're hand-made...

...and they'd probably mortify any child who saw 'em.

Easter gets a long overdue makeover.

And that's the last of the super gory plush bears. Gotta love 'em!

Some creepy dolls.

Keychains, keychains, keychains!

One booth was showcasing their wide variety of Halloween-themed desserts.

Ornate tombstone cookies.

Spider cupcakes with web icing.

Some classic Universal monster icon cookies, along with a wooden stake through the heart.

More classic monsters.

I think I spy a razor in those cupcakes.

Cauldron cookies. Yummy.

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Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Oct 4th, 2013, 12:33 PM
Cool convention, the look on the zombies face from the "Friends 4evar." photo is priceless...
Oct 4th, 2013, 01:27 PM
The Pics are awesome, but they should rename the event to "Consumer Rip-Off LA." First off, a 25 dollar admission fee to an event where they mainly only try to sell you stuff? Ridiculous!

It's pretty bad when I can take your photos as a reference and look up some of these props on the net to find that most of them had at least a 200% markup.
Recovering Lycanthrope
Oct 5th, 2013, 12:29 AM
Sadly, the merch prices do seem high, although $25 admission isn't too bad - "an event where they mainly try to sell you stuff" describes just about every con I've been to!

RoG, you said that the cheapest tickets were $25 - what were the more expensive ones, and what did you get? Were all those workshops for tombstones and candles an upcharge?

Great post!
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 6th, 2013, 01:10 AM
HowardC - On one hand, I see where you're coming from and agree, because some sellers really do charge far too much. At the same time, I know first hand just how expensive exhibiting at a convention can be for sellers. Purchasing booth space, paying for your merch supplies, getting a seller's permit and paying taxes on any sales, etc. I think it really just comes down to finding a happy medium. And yeah, as Johnny said, all conventions pretty much exist to sell you stuff heheh. What's nice about them is that they introduce you to cool things you never knew existed in the first place.

JohnnyQuest - I'm not sure what the various ticket prices were. I don't recall having to pay to do the workshops, but that's only because we didn't do them. You had to sign up in advance as each workshop filled up with participants quickly. We were also on a schedule that day and couldn't stick around for the later workshops.
Oct 7th, 2013, 02:24 AM
Well if it was one or the other I could see it, but not both. I've been to conventions with a rather high gate price, but there were tons of free samples, admission-free panels to sit in on ect... There were certainly tons of things to buy, but that wasn't the main draw.

I'm under the opinion that if it costs so much to host a booth at a con that you have to charge more for your product than you normally would it's probably best not to have a booth. If I can go to Spirit and buy your prop for 79.99 it shouldn't be 199.99 just because you are at a con and it cost you to host a booth there. That's just the cost of doing business.

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