Scare LA Returns for a Weekend of Horror-iffic Fun

Monday, July 27, 2015 | 10:11 pm

Have you been planning your Halloween costume since January? Are you the first in line for the latest horror film? If so, you should probably check out Scare LA.

Scare LA is the area’s first convention dedicated solely to the celebration of Halloween. Join over 10,000 fans to explore more than 200 vendors, 100 attractions in their new, creeping venue at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group’s URBAN DEATH is returning with a spectacularly frightening performance of monstrosities, horrors and lingering spirits. The 11-minute performance-expo explores the depths of your darkest fears, and is free with a standard Scare LA pass.

If zombies aren’t your thing, consider finding your scaremate at Serial Killer Speed Dating. Where else are you going to meet a fellow horror-buff with a stomach of steel? Of course, there might be someone in attendance who just… isn’t right. Let’s hope you don’t hit it off with a serial killer.

The Captain Spaulding Makeup Contest is the perfect event for any up-and-coming makeup artist. Join the Girls and Corpses booth on Sunday, August 9th at 2 p.m. in full Captain Spaulding, cult horror film character, inspired-makeup and costume to compete.

If you consider yourself a true Simpsons buff, consider attending the Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror Retrospective with Jay Kogen, Mike Scully and others. It starts at 1 p.m. on the main stage on Sunday, August 9th and explores the creative work behind the annual special.

Afterward, join panelists Kayden Ressel and Nicole DaCosta at Escape Room Maters: Trapped in a Room with Your Nightmares. The panel discusses the latest “escape room” digital craze and the best strategies for survival.

Scare LA is also hosting several spooky screenings including Night Stalker: Southern California Paranormal Investigators, a film that visits iconic haunted locations like Suicide Bridge, Camarillo State Hospital and more.

Also playing is The Bates Haunting, where Agnes Rickover gets involved in some unfortunate accidents at the opening of The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride attractions. Add in a chainsaw-wielding theater actor and the gruesome death of Agnes’s best friend, Lily, for a thrilling viewing experience.

Workshops are also offered at this year’s event. Check out SoCal Valley Haunters Tombstone Workshop to learn how to create Halloween décor for your home to really scare your neighbors. Attendees will learn how to use local materials to craft custom tombstones for an unparalleled graveyard display. A $25 material fee is required.

Several iconic horror stars and experts will also be in attendance, so don’t forget your autograph book.

Most importantly, don’t forget to plan your outfit for The Bloody Ballroom on Saturday, August 8th from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Join local horror enthusiasts for the best pre-Halloween party of the summer. The event is hosted by Monte Revolta and His Band of the Living Dead. Ghoulmaster will also be making a special appearance. Costumes are highly encouraged for the 18+ event.

Scare LA takes place August 8-9 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Tickets start at $30, and kids under 12 get in free. Visit www.scarela.com for tickets and more information.

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For more information, visit www.scarela.com.

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