Photo by Jessica Peralta

ScareLA Is a Must-Go Summer Event for Every Halloween Junkie

Fear not, horror fans: ScareLA has returned for its fifth show.

And there’s some big changes in store for fans this year. Due to the overwhelming attendance of last year’s event, this year’s ScareLA will be hosted in the 200,000-square-feet of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“We’re excited to move to the LA Convention Center,” says Lora Ivanova, founder and executive producer for ScareLA. “We feel that this is the next generation of what was always meant to be an immersive experience.

ScareLA 2016 / Photo by Jessica Peralta

“We’re just scratching the surface of what this could be,” she says. “Growth has been full of surprises every year – it’s been both overwhelming and exciting. We’re going to continue to dream big and think big. We believe that this could become the Comic-Con of everything scare in LA.”

This year’s ScareLA is anticipating 250 exhibitors, the largest in the convention’s history. Bill Ramsey, Kyle Vest and Jon Mario are just a few of the Hollywood FX professionals that will be at ScareLA 2017, teaching their tips and tricks for producing quality prosthetics and makeup effects for your Halloween needs.

ScareLA 2016 / Photo by Jessica Peralta

Those looking to develop their own immersive horror experiences – or haunts – will not be disappointed, with the likes of Timothy Sedillo, Drew Badger, Jon Autopsy and Warren Kong offering courses on everything from lighting to sound design, acting to promotional video making, to help ensure your haunt is the scariest it can be.

This year, ScareLA is themed – Monsters Come Together. By bringing together fans of the frightening, the strange and all things Halloween, the convention aims to build and strengthen ties across all backgrounds, groups and interests.

ScareLA 2016 / Photo by Seth Keichline

“We are working in a genre that is commonly perceived as more adult,” says Ivanova. “We are a convention dedicated to Halloween, which is at its heart a family tradition. We want families to come together and enjoy that tradition. Anything we can [do] to drive that message is important to us.

“ScareLA is first and foremost a platform for inspiring creators in every industry. We want to be as inclusive as possible, and to open the door to everyone.”

ScareLA 2016 / Photo by Jessica Peralta

Aug. 5  and Aug. 6
Los Angeles Convention Center

ScareLA 2016 / Photo by Seth Keichline