My very first experience with the nation’s largest horror convention commenced back in 2010 when I was still acclimating to the Bluegrass state. What garnered my interest? Simple, they had four main cast members of HBO’s True Blood. And being a fan of that amazing show, I just had to go and see them in person. Despite not being a diehard horror fan – my spouse can attest – I found myself without words as I traveled throughout the convention hall, taking in the sights. Another thing which garnered my attention was that of cos-players. Little known fact – this convention was only my second (at the time) with the first being the 2009 New York Comic Con. Again, I was absolutely blown away by this convention.
Alright, you’ve heard me discuss this amazing convention – without me explaining – what the heck “ScareFest” is. And for those faint of heart, fear not as it’s not actually a festival where you pay people to scare you. However, should you be interested in such adventures – they have connections.
“ScareFest” is a convention dedicated to all things which go bump in the night. Each year, this convention has a variety of entertainment guests from all walks of life; including television, film, print – you name it. Previous guests have included the Mistress of the Dark, the cast of True Blood, the Ghost Adventures crew, and many others. This year’s guests happen to include Freddy himself, Mr. Robert Englund, Barry Bostwick, (Brad Majors from the Rocky Horror Picture Show) , MST3K cast members – Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl – and many more.
Here is the official description of The ScareFest:
“CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TERROR IN 2017! ScareFest has quickly become the largest event of its kind in the country. It is held annually in a nearly 90,000 sq.ft state-of-the-art convention center in Lexington, KY. The show draws fans from all over the country for three days of horror. paranormal & other fandom filled entertainment. Fans can shop from 150+ unique and unusual vendors; meet and get autographs from their favorite stars of horror movies as well as many other genres, attend workshops, seminars, Q&A panels to learn more about the fields they love; watch the newest in independent horror and paranormal documentaries; party the night away EARLY at the Thursday Launch Party, Friday’s VIP party, Saturday’s Costume Ball, or bring the whole family for a Rockin’ Kids Day on Sunday! . This weekend is all about making memories that will last forever!” (1)
Regardless if you are a horror buff or not, this is one convention you don’t want to miss out on. This is what you need to know.
When: September 29, 2017 – October 1, 2017
Where: The Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, KY
Prices: Vary – http://www.thescarefest.com/admission Note: On Friday, 9/29/17 – all 1st Responders (Law Enforcement, EMS, and Fire) and Military get FREE admission.
Parking: Prices and locations vary.
Lodging: http://www.thescarefest.com/hotels (Early birds get the worm, so it’s always best to book early.)
The lovely people at Scarefest have comprised a helpful reminder list – and here it is for your viewing pleasure:
“Things to Know Before You Go
We’ve attempted to put together a list of important things to remember before heading out to the show. These are tips, information, and just overall good tidbits that may help make your weekend even more spectacular!
1. All Guests will be attending all three days unless otherwise specified on our website.
2. Guest list is subject to change.
3. No refunds will be given.
4. We WILL NOT sell out of daily passes or 3-day passes
5. Most all stars will charge for their autograph. ScareFest has no control over who charges, who doesn’t, or the prices set by stars. Usually runs between $15-$30.
6. Food Court available just outside of main area.
7. Once you have your armband you can enter and leave the center without being charged again. KEEP YOUR ARMBAND ON. Be ready to show it at any time.
8. A SELECT FEW programs (Gallery Readings, Workshops, etc.) may require an additional ticket to enter.
9. Photography is allowed in the center, but be courteous of the stars. It’s always best to ask their permission before taking their picture.
10. Golden and Platinum Ticket holders will receive early entry into the event one hour before everyone else.
11. Expect long lines for some of the stars. ScareFest staff will be controlling the lines, but please be courteous of the Vendor booths that may be adjacent to these lines. Allow plenty of room for people to continue shopping while you wait in line.
12. HAVE A GREAT TIME!!” (2)
For additional information – http://www.thescarefest.com/ and check them out on Facebook. They’re also available on Twitter @thescarefest.
We hope to see you there!
Image Credits: The Scarefest – www.thescarefest.com
All other photos belong to Stay2uned.