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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.
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All Hallow’s Art Fest – Petaluma, CA
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Scare-a-Con – Framingham, MA
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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