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


Haunted Hollywood Sports is a haunt that actually lets you shoot the zombies in their "Zombie Killhouse". Keen!

A fine way to advertise a comic if I've ever seen one.

The bunnies of horror. I can't tell you how much I love the fact that there's one paying tribute to The Blob.

Looks like Cousin It grew some eyes to extend out beyond all that hair.

FACT: Animatronics > CGI.

It's either a long tentacle, or somebody is gonna be making sausages.

Word up.

A spinning table saw prop that looked really nice, but was a bit loud for a convention.

I loved these "Here Comes Krampus" cards, but again... wrong holiday.

A nice homage to Mars Attacks!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Bubble Fogger is the greatest fog machine money can buy. So much fun.

Looks like somebody needs a nap.

Some booths allowed you to go trick-or-treating... though you could potentially lose a limb in the process.

No idea, but I wholeheartedly approve.

A neon skeleton surrounded by giant lollipops. What's not to love!?

A workshop where people got to create their own tombstone props.
I'm a fan of any workshop that involves using a blowtorch.

I was about to accept his offer for free popcorn until...

...I lost my appetite.

Just hangin' around.

And that's why you should always wear sunscreen when outdoors.

More makeup sfx demos.

This happy zombie couple stepped outside to see what the food trucks had to offer. Hopefully brains.

I'm guessing this prospector zombie is no longer looking for gold and wants your brains instead.

A spooky candle-making workshop.

Some seriously impressive masks.

Pro tip: When your face starts leaking black ooze, you should probably see a doctor.

A fine skull headpiece.

More impressive masks.

And more again.

A zombie for $300? You'd have to be braindead to pay those kinda prices! AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Zombie jokes.

Lost leg has been found, along with plenty of other severed body parts.

Beefaroni ingredients.

Vertical Vinnie. Sounds like the name of a Garbage Pail Kids character.

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Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Oct 4th, 2013, 01:33 PM
Cool convention, the look on the zombies face from the "Friends 4evar." photo is priceless...
Oct 4th, 2013, 02:27 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, 01:29 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, 02:10 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, 03:24 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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