Tip's, Trick's and Treats--Your Guide to Midsummer Scream!

July 20, 2018

Tip's, Trick's and Treats--Your Guide to Midsummer Scream!

If you're anything like me, you hate summer.  When July hits, summer has officially set in.  This is the month when people blow off fireworks nonstop.  It's a sweaty season that makes sleeping unbearable.  And not to mention--its' pretty unfair that my whole body feels sweaty before 8:00 am.  

But there is one thing that I look forward to this time of year more than anything else.  The anticipation is mounting and the excitement is unreal...

Midsummer Scream returns to the Long Beach Convention Center July 28th and 29th!  This convention is packed with panels, vendors, celebrity photo ops, miniature haunts, a screaming room, cosplay and more!  Its a one stop shop for all ghosts and ghouls to celebrate all things Halloween!

 Last year was my first time attending Midsummer, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the turn out.  I just couldn't think of ONE wrong thing about this convention!  And that's hard for me to say because ya girl LIVES in the negative. Talented Vendors, Engaging Panels, Spooktacular Presentations, Fangtastic Miniature Haunts and More.  Gather round spooky kids, this is the event you won't want to miss this year!

I am VERY excited to return for both days!  And there is a lot to look forward to next weekend at Midsummer Scream.  If you're a newcomer, I got you covered.  In this post, I'm going to help you make the most out of your weekend!

Are you settled in? Did you grab a fresh cup of coffee?  Good.  Let's do this.

There's this saying that if you fail to prepare, you're preparing to fail--and that certainly applies here.  Last year, Midsummer Scream was extremely packed.  The parking garage had filled up and the there were still people trying to get tickets.  The event was a huge success and this year will be no exception.  Expect this event to be jam packed with people--buy your ticket in advance.  Don't waste valuable time that can be spent inside because you didn't buy your ticket ahead of time.  Do yourself a favor, buy your ticket online so you're ready next week--and you can do so, here.

Parking is available at the Long Beach Convention Center.  Last year, they accepted both cash and card, but the mobile machines they had to process credit cards was taking forever which caused a huge build up of cars.  Do yourself a favor--stop by the bank, get some cash and don't be that one asshole that holds up the line.  Parking is $15.

I think the best part of this convention is the panels.  And there is a fangtastic line-up this year.  Here are just some of the panels that will be at the event next weekend.  Feast your eyes over the convention layout so you can 'map' out your day.  See what I did there? I know. I know. I'll go home...

The biggest tip that I can offer when it comes to a successful weekend at Midsummer is to --STUDY the MAP This is your guide.  This little guy is your FRIEND.  Familiarize yourself with the space and you'll be all set!  There's nothing wrong with being organized when it comes to this event.  You'll want to know the layout.  You'll need to know where to go when the time comes to go to a panel.  Below is the schedule of just SOME of the Panels that will be going on next weekend!

Saturday, July 28th

Time: 12:30- 1:00 PM

Location: Grand Ballroom 

Knott's Scary Farm Presentation

If you're into the haunt season as much as I am--you won't want to miss this presentation!  Learn more about this event from the Knott's Scary Farm team!

Time: 1:30- 3:00 PM

Location: Grand Ballroom

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark 30th Anniversary with Cassandra Peterson

Calling all Elvira fans!  Join Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson​​ for a 30th anniversary celebration of the film “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.” Moderated by Jeff Tucker​ with​ live commentary between favorite clips of the 1988 film.

 Take a break, grab a damn snack...


Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Second Stage

Shockwaves LIVE!

A live recording of Blumhouse’s Shockwaves podcast, featuring an interview with horror icon Tom Holland, writer/director of “Child’s Play”, “Fright Night”, and more!

Hosted by industry pros Robert Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek.

 Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Second Stage

Buzzfeed: Unsolved Presentation with Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej

Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej host a presentation showing an episode of Buzzfeed: Unsolved including a Q & A and a chance to meet with their fans.

Sunday, July 29th

 Time: 11:30 - 12:30 PM

Location: Second Stage

Trapped: Unlocked!

An unprecedented look at Trapped, the extreme maze experience that debuted at Knott’s Scary Farm in 2012 with two of its designers, Jeff Tucker and Gus Krueger. Haunt fans will be treated to never-before shown footage of Trapped, and have an opportunity to ask the team questions about the creation of the infamous attraction!

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Classroom

Spirit Board Seminar with the Mystic Museum

Brought to you by The Mystic Museum featuring Erick Yaro Wessel (Mystic Museum owner and collector ) and Mystic Dylan (Mystic Museum psychic medium witch).  This class will introduce you to the supernatural world of the Spirit Board and its celebrity sibling, Ouija. This class will focus on learning how to receive messages from the other side using the board, the history of Spirit Boards, collecting and what they represent in today’s pop culture. This class will also feature rare boards on display and a Mystic Museum exclusive… an introduction to “Craft or Crap”.


Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Location: Second Stage

LGBT + Representation in Horror -- Presented by Horror Buzz.

With horror carving out more space in the mainstream and Halloween continuing year-round, how can we maximize our visibility? What counts as “good” representation? This panel of LGBT+ horroristas will discuss ways to make sure we’re not just following trends, but setting them — and in doing so, honoring the trails blazed by our kin throughout horror history.

Speakers include--Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Rachel Foti, Julie Goldstein, Sam Wineman, Tom Blunt and Michael Verrati.

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Location: Grand Ballroom

Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights Presentation

Current plans for Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights include a reimagined maze based on The Neibolt House from New Line Cinema’s record-breaking 2017 film IT, and from DC comes a brand-new Batman: Arkham Asylum maze, as the infamous Gotham City institution for the criminally insane is constructed for the first time ever on the Warner Bros. lot. Fans attending Horror Made Here will enjoy a nighttime tour of the Warner Bros. famous backlot, featuring sets and locations from some of the most iconic horror films of all time.

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Location: Grand Ballroom

We Put a Spell on You: Celebrating 25 Years of "Hocus Pocus"

In July of 1993, Walt Disney pictures released a film about three witches seeking eternal youth, a boy chasing after a girl, a zombie, and an immortal cat, set in Salem, MA. “Hocus Pocus” became an instant classic. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, join producer David Kirschner, screenwriter Mick Garris and special guests, for a conversation about the making of the film and its legacy as a Halloween tradition. Moderated by Jeff DePaoli.

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Location: Grand Ballroom

Universal Studios HHN Hollywood Presentation

Midsummer Scream is thrilled to announce that for the first time ever anywhere, both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will take to our main stage in the Grand Ballroom, closing the gap between West and East Coast fans as they preview what’s in store for their 2018 events.

This is going to be one jam packed weekend!  Which panel will you be attending?
I'll be going to several panels on both days, but here's a hint on which one I'll be at...

 ((5 million points to Slytherin if you figure out which panel I'll be at....))

The Hall of Shadows

Last year, one of my favorite parts about Midsummer was the Hall of Shadows!  I love haunted houses and mazes.  Haunt Season is my favorite season of them all.  (That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who's been reading my posts.)  Here are just some of the haunts that will be in the Hall of Shadows.  If you do not have a Gold Bat Pass, you will need to go to the Hall of Shadows FIRST so you can go through each haunt quickly before the swarms of people flood the space.  But if you do have a Gold Bat Pass, you get front of the line access!


This year, the Hall of Shadows is going to provide some immersive experiences, monsters, entertainment, the Decayed Brigade slider team, and more. I've listed some of the attractions that will be housed inside the Hall of Shadows that I'm really excited to experience...

 Black Bayou Terror Truck: HallowEVE Designs:

They will also be showcasing their newest Terror Truck, the Black Bayou for guests throughout the weekend. Black Bayou is an immersive haunted swamp attraction housed inside a 32′ trailer.

 Trick R Treat: Fan Tribute-- Murder House Productions

 Encounter werewolves, zombies, vampires, and Sam, the keeper of Halloween, as you wind your way through the five tales of terror in this thrilling immersive walk-through

Annelise: The Experience--Twisted Minds Production

Annelise: The Experience is an immersive mini haunted attraction that will take guests through the true story of Annelise Michel, a young girl who was possessed at the age of 16. You will embark on a research tour of the house and get a first-person perspective of the possession and other demonic events. Guided by two ghost hunters, you will navigate dark hallways and rooms, not knowing what sinister entity is waiting around the corner

 The Hyde Street Massacre

The Hyde Street Massacre is what your worst nightmares are made of. Go ahead and take a step through the doors of this nightmare-inducing fright house. The only question is, will you survive the massacre? 


 Which one of these will you be wandering through? 

Full disclosure--I'm terrified to go through the Annelise attraction.  For those of you who do NOT know of the Annelise Michel story, you can watch the film The Exorcism of Emily Rose which is loosely based on the story of Annelise.  And it is some next level terror.  Pure Nightmare Fuel...

Whenever I go to an event, I try to glam up to the best of my ability--why? PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES.  I'm not trying to look like shit when I head to an event.    Midsummer has really brought some amazing special guests this year.  And I'm absolutely thrilled!  Guests such as Bill Mosely, Thora Birch, Kimberly Brown, and more.  Like any other convention with special guests, there will be a fee to take a photograph and or receive an autograph.  Bring extra cash!

Here's a little trick!  Last year, MSS gave guests the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt!  This activity had you engage in a Scavenger Hunt through the Hall of Shadows.  If you answered all the questions correctly, you could earn a prize!  I'm unsure if they'll be offering the same activity, but keep your eyes peeled!  If you're interested in this Scavenger Hunt, you can ask any MSS team member for more information.  So far, I haven't heard if they'll be doing it this year, but hey, you never know!

What's the perfect way to end the first day of this amazing event? 

The Midsummer Scream After Dark:

Summer Halloween Party! 

The first day of Midsummer runs from 11:00 am to 7 pm.  The party is from 8:00 pm to 11:59 pm.  Perfect for anyone who needs an hour to go change into their costume real quick. There will be drinks, dancing, games, a DJ, photo ops, a virgin sacrifice (just kidding) and more!  The best part about this party is the theme which is Frankenstein's 200th Birthday.  Be sure to come and celebrate the monster we all know and love! (Keep in mind---This event is for 18 and over).

I'm not joking when I say that this evening is going to be PACKED with spooktacular things to do.  It almost makes me wonder if this night will be long enough? As a treat, I've put together a little schedule to help navigate your evening...

**Schedule Subject to Change*

8:15pm to 9:00pm--

Are you ready to put your knowledge to the test? Dead Right Horror Trivia will be hosting a game show style horror trivia!  Don't miss out on LA's most popular horror trivia event!


Be sure to join Tom Holland during a special screening of Child's Play as they provide commentary throughout the film.  Don't miss out on this special 30th anniversary of the film.

10:30 pm-11:00 pm--

If you have a costume you're planning to wear, listen up to these details!  Upon arrival, be sure to get your picture taken at the designated entry photo booth.  The finalists will be displayed on the big screen at 11:00 pm and will be invited to come up to the stage.  Guests will be able to cheer for their favorites. But ultimately, the costume jury will decide the winner of the $500 prize for best costume!  

**If you have the Gold Bat Pass--the After Dark Party is included with your admission.**

 **If you want to buy your After Dark Party ticket right now (because you know better) you can do so right--hereeeeee.**

 Next weekend is going to be one for the books.  Be sure to take a look at all the fantastic vendors!  Take a stroll through the Hall of Shadows. Check out the panels.  Dance your little ass off at the After Dark: Summer Halloween Party on Saturday night.  And last but not least--visit our booth and say hello! 

We will be at Booth #718! 

There may be some convention exclusive items available at our table!  Be sure to stop by, say hello and snag something that isn't available online.


So, what are you most excited about?

I hope this little guide will help you have a SPOOKTACULAR weekend! 

Here's the final recap.  Be sure to buy your tickets.  Bring cash.  Arrive early.  Wear comfortable shoes.  And look sexy for photos.




I hope you enjoyed this post!  Be sure to follow my personal instagram at madame.leatherface I like making new friends.  

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