Events & Attractions

ScareLA Announces 2017 Exhibits, Attractions and Educational Seminars

ScareLA 2017 - Monsters Come Together

ScareLA has begun announcing some of its exhibits, attractions, and seminars for 2017.  This year, the Southern California Halloween convention is delivering on its commitment to offer bigger and better scares and has curated a substantial array of unique exhibits and exciting seminars at its new expanded location, the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 5-6.  Exhibits will include returning favorites Funeral Classics, Characters Unlimited, Reign of Terror, terrifying escape rooms, music and family-friendly activities and an all-new exhibit from Starburns Industries.

  • Funeral classics will be displaying a Jack Pierce/James Whale Frankenstein Prop head at their booth.
  • Characters Unlimited will be featuring their specialized and affordable designs for life-sized talking characters.
  • Reign of Terror will have a frightening photo op for all attendees.
  • 60out Escape Rooms, Cross Roads Escape Games, and PuzzleMazement will offer terrifying escape rooms that will test the cleverness and agility of attendees

This year’s event will also feature the best in Halloween music, including LA Fear, Nox Arcana – William Piotrowski and The Rhythm Coffin-Monster Rock n’ Roll.  The event will also feature Family-friendly exhibitors such as Broken Oar Productions, featuring “Monster Elementary”, an all-ages comedy adventure graphic novel series created by Nicholas Doan and Caanan Grall.  And this is just a sampling of what is store for 2017.

For the first time ever at ScareLA, production company, Starburn Industries (“HarmonQuest”, “Great Minds with Dan Harmon”, “Community”) will feature a dedicated booth where they will create a thrilling exhibit that will incorporate the cutting-edge technology that has elevated them to industry leaders, including stop motion and 2G/CG animation.

For those looking for a bit more of a hands-on experience, ScareLA will feature a plethora of professional demos and seminars on everything from makeup to set building to costuming to animatronics. In addition, there are hands-on workshops and make-and-takes for all ages taught by top industry professionals. Among the many seminars and make-and-take workshops scheduled this year are non-latex skeleton corpsing with Bill Ramsey, turning wood into rusted steampunk gear with Melissa “Hauntzilla” Winton, zombie outbreak silicon prosthetics with Kyle Vest (“Skin Wars” season 2), how to make scary videos to grow your haunt with Timothy Sedillo, and insights into the escape room craze with Madison Rhoades. Additional intriguing make-and-take classes include Jon Mario demonstrating out-of-kit effects such as cuts, burns, bruises, blood and more.

Is your dream date really Cinderella or a serial killer in disguise? Join Abel Horwitz’s Serial Killer Speed Dating and find out. Drew Badger will be covering the basics that every haunt actor needs to know to make a lasting impression on haunt visitors. And, of course, sound is a big part of haunting and horror. Jon Autopsy will be returning for a fourth year to ScareLA to conduct an interactive class on haunted attraction sound design.

Warren Kong of Lightswitch will be presenting a free, 40-minute seminar called “Beyond the Strobe Light: A Marriage of Lighting and Scenic,” which will cover the use of colored light, UV paint and effects with lighting, monochromatics, and shadow play. Warren will also offer a free, 45-minute make-and-take session called “Light It Up.” In this workshop, there will be three stations working with different aspects of using light to create effects.

“We changed the education programming quite a bit from last year based on feedback from attendees,” stated Philip Hernandez, Education Producer for ScareLA. “Instead of requiring an extra student pass for attendees, all programming on the Education Stage, Movement Space, and some of the workshops is included in any admission pass. All monsters are welcome in these sessions! The only extra charges are material fees for classes in which participants physically take something home with them—make-and-take classes. We’re focusing on bringing more hands-on experiences and individual attention to the convention despite the increase in venue size for the make-and-take sessions and having more attendees.”

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Space in seminars and make-and-take classes is limited, and these sessions are filling up fast. To see a schedule of and register for sessions and workshops, visit

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