Halloween Conventions for Halloween Lovers

This post is updated as new conventions are discovered! Bookmark it and check back often.
Last update: March 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go somewhere and hang with a bunch of Halloween fans? Kinda like a Comic-Con, but for those of us who like to keep it spooky all year long…

There is, my friend! And I had NO idea so many events like these existed until I started writing Spooky Little Halloween. Each time I find a new one, I add it to this list, so be sure to check back frequently for new additions!

Thanks to this list, now I have a bucket list of all the Halloween conventions I want to attend someday.

This blog post includes a rundown of some of the awesome Halloween conventions I’ve discovered, plus links to their websites so you can check ’em out. It doesn’t include horror convent

Halloween Conventions for Halloween Lovers:

Before we jump in: TransWorld, Halloween & Party Expo and HauntCon are three conventions you’ll likely find first via a Google search, but they are not included in this list for one very simple reason: they are only open to people in the Halloween industry, not the public. Boo!

Everything you’ll find in this blog post is open to the public meaning you, my little Halloween lover, can attend any of these conventions!

Conventions are listed alphabetically – you’ll need to click on the website link for this year’s convention dates.

Run a convention you’d like featured in this post? Email a link to your website to miranda@spookylittlehalloween.com for consideration.

All Hallow’s Art Fest – Petaluma, CA
halloweenfolkartsociety.com

Enjoy the bewitching artistry of Halloween artists from around the country. The Halloween Folk Art Society juries for the very best in Halloween artists to create this awe-inspiring show. New talent is extensively sought extensively each year to add to the formidable group of established artists. This show is for collectors and fans to see and purchase one-of-a-kind works of art, hand-made from a number of mediums.

Halloween ComicFest – everywhere!
halloweencomicfest.com

Love comics? Love Halloween? Then you need to make sure to drop by your favorite local comic shop the Saturday before Halloween this year to participate in Halloween ComicFest! Participating shops also include a costume contest in the festivities. Find your local participating shop.

Halloween and HauntFest Show – Dallas, TX
halloweenandhaunt.com

Learn how to throw a scary Halloween party, make an amazing costume or be the best-decorated house in the neighborhood on October 31st! This convention is perfect for Halloween lovers everywhere and – best of all – has super affordable tickets!

Halloween Show & National Haunter’s Convention – Atlantic City, NJ
halloweenshow.com

Celebrate October 31st early at the Halloween Show and National Haunter’s Convention. This one has everything a Halloween lover could want: vendors, classes, escape rooms, zombie volleyball (!), a hearse show…they even have a Halloween University! The list of attractions and activities goes on and on…and this convention just went to the top of my list as one to check out very soon. (Formerly known as the National Haunters Convention.)

Haunt Faire – Ronkonkoma, NY
haunt-faire.com

Obsessed with the paranormal? You’ll want to make sure to attend Haunt Faire! This convention focuses on hauntings – real and unreal. Whether you’re a paranormal investigator or a lover of haunted attractions, Haunt Faire is sure to have something for you.

Haunted America Conference – Alton, IL
ghostconference.net

Join American Hauntings in one of the most haunted small towns in America for their annual conference. It’s the biggest supernatural event of the year and includes speakers on ghosts, hauntings and the unexplained, as well as workshops, ghost hunts, special events, tours and more.

Hell’s Hearse Fest – Hell, MI
hearsefest.com

This one is a bit offbeat…but then so are those of us who love Halloween, right? Hearse Fest is basically a car show…for hearse enthusiasts. Spend the day checking out some killer cars in Hell…Michigan, that is.

Midsummer Scream – Long Beach, CA
midsummerscream.org

The epitome of Halloween conventions! This weekend-long celebration of Halloween, haunts and horror features vendors, make-up demos, live entertainment, haunted attraction experiences and so much more. (Check out The Spooky Vegan’s recent recaps for an insider’s perspective!)

Monster Bash – Mars, PA and Canton, OH
monsterbashnews.com

Love classic horror flicks? Monster Bash is the convention for you! It’s filled with actors, crew, filmmakers and more from all your favorites as well as memorabilia you can take home. Plus, this convention has multiple events during the year across two states. (Fair warning, though, the website is a bit dated and overwhelming to navigate.)

Midwest Haunter’s Convention – Columbus, OH
midwesthauntersconvention.com

This is another stellar convention geared towards the haunted attraction industry that is open to the public. It’s 60,000 square feet of spooky goodness featuring more than 100 haunted attraction vendors…and the whole thing ends in an annual masquerade party. What could be better?

Oddities Flea Market – Brooklyn, NY
theodditiesfleamarket.com

Love oddity and curiosity shops? Then this event is for you! Each spring, feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, home décor, jewelry, one of a kind art, bizarre flair and more. Each market offers new and unique items from our veteran vendors and new vendors alike.

Scare-a-Con – Framingham, MA
scareacon.com

If you’re a horror movie junkie, Scare-a-Con is the place for you! The weekend includes panels, film screenings and more. Like most horror conventions, it also includes autograph sessions with film stars as well as vendors selling everything you could possibly need.

ScareLA – Los Angeles, CA
scarela.com

ScareLA is a Halloween fan extravaganza. You’ll get a little bit of everything, from visits with horror legends to workshops with industry professionals. Don’t forget the haunt tours and movie screenings!

Sinister Creature Con – Sacramento, CA
sinistercreaturecon.com

If exploring creepy creatures in books, movies or comics is more your speed, check out Sinister Creature Con! This gathering celebrates the horror genre through the creators behind the creatures.

Southeast Halloween Enthusiasts Convention – Ocala, FL
sehec.com

This brand new convention features a variety of educational courses, make-n-take (learn-how-to) courses, guest speakers, product vendors, master artists – even from hit television shows and provides a welcoming atmosphere for Halloween socializing.

Spook Show – La Mirada, CA
www.halloween-club.com/spook-show

Want to celebrate Halloween in April? The annual Spook Show put on by Halloween Club is just the thing! The event features 100+ curated local vendors, artists, collectors, teachers, spook makers, hauntrepreneurs and musicians for like-minded Halloween enthusiasts.

Spooky Empire – Orlando, FL
spookyempire.com

Spooky Empire bills itself as the ultimate weekend experience for horror fans. Think of it as the dark side of Comic-Con. From horror and Halloween to a bit of rock-n-roll and even love for tattoos…Spooky Empire has it all.

Texas Frightmare Weekend – Dallas, TX
texasfrightmareweekend.com

Horror gatherings more your style? While I’m no horror junkie, I’ve heard Texas Frightmare Weekend described as one of the BEST from horror bloggers and YouTubers who have been to them all. Meet horror film legends and actors from your favorite creepy TV series, watch horror movies or learn tips and tricks for horror writing. It sounds like a horror lover’s dream!

West Coast Haunters Convention – Portland, OR
hauntersconvention.com

Whether you’re a home or professional haunter, the West Coast Haunters Convention is THE place to be. The weekend includes a costume ball, classes, vendors, haunt tours and even the chance to stay on the 13th floor of their hotel partner’s building – eek!

So now the question is…

Which one do you want to attend?

Happy haunting,


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Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

Miranda is the Houston-based writer, blogger and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. She is addicted to pumpkin guts, witches’ brews, skulls and all things spooky and celebrates her favorite day of the year with her annual party, Halloweenie Roast, each October.

18 Comments

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    Naked Eye Studio

    April 5, 2017

    Great list, thank you for sharing! I love going to Texas Frightmare every year. I hope to attend Halloween and HauntFest as well – I haven’t been to that one before!

    It’s tough in Texas cause it takes so long to drive anywhere lol. I try to do all the Texas cons I can. Maybe one day I’ll fly to California for some of the big shows there!

    Also worth noting San Antonio is trying to get their horror con “Monster-Con” growing! It’s small, but currently free to everyone which is nice :)

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      April 6, 2017

      Nice! Just found Monster-Con and started following their Facebook so I stay up-to-date on what they’re up to. Thanks for sharing it! :)

      I hear ya on driving across this great state of ours! It never ends. But if you go to Halloween and HauntFest, hopefully we can meet up and say hey.

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      Judy Lizarraga

      June 8, 2018

      Is there any in the Houston area?

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    Lisa

    April 8, 2017

    I’m shooting for (fingers & toes crossed) the Midwest Convention in 2018 – it always happens during the same time frame as the Spawn’s dance recital / end of dance season. And since this is most likely her last year of dance…… MHC here I come!

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      April 10, 2017

      That’s awesome, Lisa! And I hear ya on timing – the one I’m hoping to do in Texas is the same weekend as my brother’s birthday. Doesn’t it always feel like EVERYTHING happens on the same weekend?

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    Hellen Die

    April 21, 2017

    I’m a monster scout now! Thanks to your post I found the most amazing scouting group ever!!! I’m totally signed up!

    Thank you!

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    Chelsea Celaya

    June 4, 2017

    Midsummer Screams is one I haven’t heard of before and not too back of a trip to make if I was motivated enough to go. I always think about going to ScareLA because Elvira is always there, but never do. I love the idea of these kinds of events, but I’m always worried they focus more on the scare/gore aspect. And let’s face it, I’m a big wuss, but it could be fun. I don’t know. Can’t wait to hear on your experience when you go to the Halloween and Haunt Fest! (you are, of course, going! It’s for the good of the blog! XP)

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      June 4, 2017

      Glad I could introduce you to a few new conventions, Chelsea! I hear you on the scare/gore factor. I tried my best to focus on ones that seemed more Halloween than horror – judging by what I see on social media, I think Midsummer Scream would be a perfect fit for you.

      • Chelsea Celaya

        July 5, 2017

        I just had to share, thanks to you (and a special ticket offer from Elvira), I was motivated to give it a go and will be attending Midsummer Screams at the end of the month! Thank you again for the share, it really made it a big motivator! I’m so excited! (hope your plans are still on track to check out the Halloween and Haunt fest!)

      • Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

        July 6, 2017

        Yaaaay! I’m so excited you’re going, Chelsea! I can’t wait to see photos on Instagram.

        Not 100% on Halloween and Haunt Fest since it falls ON my brother’s 30th birthday, but maybe next year. :)

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    Boo kitty

    July 20, 2017

    Keen Halloween is now thrill Halloween and is happening Sept 30 Oct 1st
    Thrillhalloween.com.

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    Candace Jedrowicz

    March 5, 2018

    How awesome would it be to attend them all! What a year that would be!

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    Damien

    March 7, 2018

    They are all in the US, im in Canada

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