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Midsummer Scream Announces the Theme of This Year’s Hall of Shadows

Midsummer Scream teased new elements to its Hall of Shadows dark zone when it released its 2024 app and schedule. Now, the world’s largest Halloween and horror convention has shared details about this year’s theme and what fans can expect.

This year’s Hall of Shadows celebrates “Spirits & Legends.” Within the foggy expanse of the Hall of Shadows, guests can explore and engage with over a dozen spooky attractions, elaborate displays, and frightening photo ops. For the first time ever, a major motion picture studio will host a walk-through experience with Gears of Fear: Explore the Legacy of Lionsgate Horror.

Concept art for the Gears of Fear: Explore the Legacy of Lionsgate Horror facade

Created in partnership with Jon Cooke and his team at Plague Productions, Lionsgate invites fans to come face-to-face with some of the most formidable characters in cinematic history, as the studio’s greatest madmen and monsters stalk and slash at every turn.

The unstoppable team at Fear Farm created a dilapidated ghost town that will welcome guests to the Hall of Shadows. In this boomtown-gone-bust, spirits and legends of the Old West abound, setting the stage perfectly for what lies ahead.

“We are excited to celebrate the realm of ‘Spirits & Legends’ this year in the Hall of Shadows,” says Rick West, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Midsummer Scream. “Lionsgate and the amazing team at Plague Productions, along with some of the most talented haunters in the world, have been brought together, creating what will be the most thrilling spectacle we have ever presented to guests at Midsummer Scream. Each year, we wonder how these attractions can become bigger and better — and each year, these incredible artists rise to the occasion. We can’t wait to unveil everything in Long Beach!”

Other attractions coming to this year’s Hall of Shadows include: A good, old-fashioned romp through a haunted carnival to help members of Mystery, Inc. search for their missing pal, Scooby-Doo, courtesy of The Dreich Society; a Celtic graveyard filled with incredible detail and ghostly activity known as The Haunt With No Name … Yet; a pizza delivery gone very wrong in the halls of a monster-filled photo op experience from the Pizza Planet Truck and Art’s Sideshow; a complimentary photo shoot by professional photographer Rawl of the Dead in a creepy environment where only the departed reside; an exclusive club, as well as an interactive bar (for guests 21 and older), hidden within a dank warehouse, where members carry out their darkest violent fantasies, thanks to Santa Ana Haunt; a heart-pounding trip through the Lord of Shadow’s Puzzle Box, created by Realm of Shadow; 360 degrees of terror in a photo op filled with scare actors from everyone’s favorite SoCal horror-themed Haunted Car Wash; a Western train station in shambles, where a ghostly locomotive has crashed through its walls in celebration of CalHauntS 20th anniversary; a visit to a once-lively mining town, where restless ghosts of the past linger in the shadows of Hellizondo Haunt; and a glowing pumpkin patch and spooky haunted house façade from Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group’s Magic of the Jack O’ Lanterns Los Angeles that the whole family will enjoy.

During the event, the Hall of Shadows will also be home to the Decayed Brigade. The slider team will present three shows daily, both Saturday and Sunday, and a unique Friday night “interactive exhibition” on their Hall of Shadows runway, delighting hundreds of onlookers with high-energy sliding maneuvers and unreal stunts that defy gravity.

All passes for Midsummer Scream include admission to every attraction in the Hall of Shadows. Guests holding Gold Bat VIP credentials will receive priority access to most attractions in the Hall of Shadows, bypassing General Admission standby queues. The Hall of Shadows will be open to guests all three days of Midsummer Scream: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26 to July 28.

More information about this year’s event and passes is available at

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