ScareLA Convention 2013
Article by: Zelda|
Geek Girl Zelda attended the ScareLA Halloween Convention this past weekend in downtown Los Angeles. She got some great photos and coverage...
ScareLA is a convention that is in it's very first year – It is an all-encompassing Halloween convention that is held in 60,000 square feet in downtown Los Angeles. Even though it was such a large space and in it's first year, it sold out it's first day – Seems like no convention can go unnoticed by the trendy geeks in Los Angeles, now.
There have been several horror conventions in LA this year (Days of the Dead, also in it's first year in LA, as well as Monsterpalooza and Son of Monsterpalooza, are just a few of the others). When we entered the box office, it looked like an innocent hotel reception area, although the workers had on cute kitschy skeleton shirts. We rode the elevator to the second floor, and when the doors open, we know immediately that the convention really is what it promotes – we step out into an orange lit area full of carved pumpkins and tombstones from the Haunted Hayride attraction that has been a long time Halloween staple here in Los Angeles.
Exhibitors at the event included everything from special FX makeup artists (which seems to be making a huge resurgence out here in the past couple years – nice to see, as things have more and more been relying on digital effects over practical effects), everything you'd want to see for your Halloween maze, haunted house, or home decorations, including tons of effects, rides, decorations and designs, clothing vendors (mostly gothic, rockabilly, horror punk, or costume related), obscure DVD and artwork vendors (one booth had everything from Turkish Star Wars and Japanese Spiderman to a Korgoth the Barbarian and the Star Wars audition tapes), schools (animatronics, special FX and digital effects teachers all were in attendance), propmaking, costuming and makeup materials (prosthetics, airbrushes, mold making kits, silicon, foam carving tools, etc), magazines and small artist booths, to new technology (there were several really interesting digital 3D effects at booths – similar to what you would see at The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, but more advanced) and organizations (like the Los Angeles Historical Society, who was running a fundraiser to restore the historical graveyards of LA, to the Los Angeles Costume Swap, who was working to promote a green Halloween). Almost every booth had a bowl of candy set up and I spent a good amount of the convention trick or treating – I had a pretty good haul by the end of the day.
There were also many classes available for people to attend, from learning animatronics, airbrushing techniques, to the business side of Halloween, music making, and how to be a successful scare actor...There even appeared to be some live performances happening at a runway at the back of the convention, and there was one space set up for stage performances and Q+A panels.
Running in conjunction with ScareLA were several spooktacular themed events including a live rendition of Edgar Allen Poe's work going on upstairs to an evening of ghoulish music and dancing at night, with performers like Creature Feature and several of LA's goth and industrial DJ's.
Attendees at the event represented the weird cross section between the local freaks and geeks - rockabilly fans, horror punks, goths, metalheads, rivetheads, punk rockers, meeting horror fanatics, comic book lovers, campy movie fans, and more. All in all, it was my kinda crowd.
This convention was amazingly true to what it claimed to be, and quite a lot of fun for a brand new convention. Prices were steep at $25 a day for the amount of floor space and activities provided, and I couldn't see myself wanting to go back the second day as an attendee, but it was a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing what the convention holds next year, and it's definitely got me excited for Halloween!
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Photography/Article: Geek Girl Zelda
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August 13 2013