7 Reasons I’m Excited to Attend Midsummer Scream

This summer is going to be the spookiest yet! Why? Because after two years of sitting on the social media sidelines, I'm headed to Midsummer Scream in July.


And I can hardly wait!

I’m officially counting down the days, trying to figure out what to wear (Costume? No costume? Ugh, the pressure!) and already leaving space in my suitcase for all the Halloween goodies I want to bring back home to Texas.

Just in case you have no idea what Midsummer Scream is, allow me to introduce you to it: This weekend-long celebration of Halloween, haunts and horror in late July features vendors, make-up demos, live entertainment, haunted attraction experiences and so much more. 2018 marks the convention’s third year as the best way to kick off the Halloween season.

And here are 7 reasons why I’m excited to be going:

1. California

So yeah. I’ve never been to California. Ever. Not once. In fact, the furthest west I’ve made it in the U.S. is Las Vegas, so I’m excited to change that this July! I even booked my flights so I’d have time Friday and Monday to wander around L.A. a bit and experience that fantastic traffic everyone raves about. (I mean, how much worse could it be than Houston’s? Yes, I’m totally setting myself up there…)

2. Special Guests

As long as we’re playing “I never…”, I’ve also never been to any kind of fandom convention. (Well, I’ve attended a fan club weekend for a band several years in a row, but that’s something entirely different.) I know meeting celebs from your favorite TV shows and movies is a huge part of these, and while I’m not sure I feel the need to participate – at least not on my first go-around – you might!

If you’re going to Midsummer Scream, you won’t want to miss photos ops with Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and Kimberly J. Brown, who played Marnie Piper in the “Halloweentown” series. Get the details here.


3. Slashback Video

One thing I’ve learned about the Halloween and horror community is y’all really loved video stores back in the day. If you’re dying to relive those days, you’ll want to be sure to check out Slashback Video at Midsummer Scream. This recreation of an 80s VHS rental shop popped up at Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum last Halloween season, and it’s returning for two days only at Midsummer Scream. Enjoy traveling back in time while taking in some killer horror-inspired artwork.


4. Hall of Shadows

But Miranda, you hate haunted houses! I know, I know. But Midsummer Scream’s 76,000-square foot indoor haunted attraction space is one of the highlights for many convention goers, and I have a feeling there is no escaping it. Someone is bound to drag me into one…Wicked Pumpkin Hollow doesn’t sound too threatening!

See more of what you’ll find in this year’s Hall of Shadows.


5. “Hocus Pocus” 25th-anniversary panel

Did you know “Hocus Pocus” turns 25 this summer? I’ve got something special planned for that, but I’m also ridiculously excited for the anniversary panel at Midsummer Scream! Screenwriter Mick Garris and Creator/Producer David Kirschner will share stories from making the film and talk about its legacy as a Halloween tradition.


6. Vendors!

Look, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit one of the reasons I’m MOST excited for Midsummer Scream is to have all my favorite creepy creators gathered in a single room for two days. Instead of window shopping online – or for blog posts – I’ll have the chance to see all these goodies in person. I’m already planning the empty space in my suitcase to take all my treats home with me. See the full list of vendors here, and stay tuned for more on them on the blog before July 28!


7. Meeting my Halloween friends

Since starting Spooky Little Halloween, I have made SO many friends who love Halloween just as much as me. I’ve admired many of them since I started in 2015, and I’m excited to meet several in person at Midsummer Scream this year! I already feel like this weekend is going to feel like Halloween summer camp. My postcard home is going to read, “Sorry, Mom and Dad, I’m never coming home!”



Get your Midsummer Scream 2018 tickets:

You can still grab tickets for 2018. Midsummer Scream takes place Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.


  • $85 – Golden Bat (early entry, priority access to panels, front line at select attractions and more)
  • $50 – Weekend general admission
  • $34 – Saturday admission only
  • $30 – Sunday admission only
  • $15 – Midsummer Scream After Dark, Saturday night party



Are you headed to Midsummer Scream?

Be sure to say hi if you see me – I’ll have a little treat for you. I’d also love to hear what you’re most looking forward to this year.

And if you’ve been before, share your best tips for doing the convention RIGHT with me in the comments!

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.


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    June 8, 2018

    I have a feeling Midsummer Scream is going to be on my Bucket List for future years. It would definitely be much more relaxing than trying to nip across the pond closer to the big day and shelf surf around all your wonderful stores and their ladened down Halloween stock, whilst simultaneously trying to decorate OneandSeventy for the Open House! Can’t wait to hear all about it, so I can get planning. Sue x

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    Jennifer V.

    June 8, 2018

    I’m going to be attending for the first time this year myself so I’ll probably see you there! I’m from Long Beach so if you want suggestions on macabre hot spots to hit up while you’re visiting let me know! Beetle House is one:)

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    Diane Novak

    June 17, 2018

    I’m going to Midsummer Scream too! I’m so excited … this old bat is going to have a blast! PS Welcome to California!!

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    Tom Anthony

    June 24, 2018

    Hello! This is my 3rd year to attend Midsummer Scream. Fantastic event, well run, friendly fans in a nice venue. The location is convenient to run across the street to many places to eat.

    Check out Halloween Town in Burbank if you have time…3 stores open year around with Halloween costumes and props.

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      June 24, 2018

      I am hoping to make a stop there either Friday or Monday! I also want to check out Halloween Club, Halloween Bootique and maaaybe the Traditions Store if I can swing it.

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    Jolie Novak

    June 24, 2018

    Don’t be worried about the haunts as they are all short “sample size” experiences. It’s a really fun convention and well organized.

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      June 25, 2018

      Thanks Jolie! I’m going to try to be adventurous and do some of them…but I tend to scream like I’m 5-years-old when things jump out at me. lol

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    Chelsea Celaya

    July 6, 2018

    California will be very different from Houston for sure! I’m curious to hear what you think of L.A., although California is super different from North and South!

    You’re making me feel like a total Nerd because this is definitely not my first Fan-Based event. I used to do Anime conventions all the time. At one point I was going to four a year! @_@ Are you going to do a photo op with any of the guests? I keep going back and forth with doing one with Elvira…I’ve done a couple with her before, but I think I might because who knows how many more times I’ll have the opportunity to have my girl take a photo with her.

    I’ve got my eye on Wicket Pumpkin Hollow too! XD I keep thinking, well…maybe I can do that one. I know I couldn’t handle the others. Glad I’ve got a baby as an excuse to not go. XP

    The Hocus Pocus panel sounds really fun! I want to go, but I don’t know if we’re going to stay that late on Sunday. Especially since we’re driving back to NorCal on Sunday and that panel doesn’t wrap up until 4:30, I think. I’m really looking forward to the Elvira movie panel, though! Both sound like they’re going to be a blast.

    Be prepared to have your mind blown with all the vendors! We walked through it quite a few times last year and I felt like each time I did, I saw something I didn’t see before. @___@ We had to take a break and come back again, it was overwhelming, but super awesome all at the same time.

    I don’t think there’s any wrong way to do this event. There’s just so much for every different kind of Halloween fan out there, it’s amazing. It really feels like a well-thought out event and I think you’re going to love it.

    So excited to meet you! Can’t wait! 23 more days!

    (Also, if you go to Halloween Town, you should also check out Dark Delicacies and the Mystic Museum (off the same strip as Halloween Town)



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