Boils, ghouls, goblins and monsters came out in hordes for the third annual Midsummer Scream Convention. Midsummer Scream has called the Long Beach Convention Center home since it started back in 2016. With an endless array of talent, creativity, pop culture, and massive show floors, Midsummer Scream kicked off convention season with epic proportions.
Located smack-dab in the heart of Long Beach, California, Midsummer Scream brings horror to the port beach city. While the location is beautiful – with views of the ocean located just across the street – the congestion from traffic is a true horror.
After driving around for 30+ minutes, we were able to find a parking structure a couple of blocks away. The traffic was crazy! I firsthand witnessed an accident ensue while trying to find a place to park. Needless to say, the traffic had people in shambles.
Once inside, the atmosphere was delightfully spooky. From the moment you reached the entrance to Midsummer Scream, the sight of costumed guests welcomed us. With an abundant amount of space, this array of spooks was fun for the whole family.
Vendors from all through the country flock to display their unique works of art. Props, makeup, home goods, and fashion are just a few of the items that can be found in the 224,000 square-foot space.
Scattered in between the endless aisles of merchandise laid the hidden gems: limited edition works of art, signed posters, and professional grade effects makeup. I felt like a kid in a candy store.
Within the confines of the massive Halloween tribute was the Hall of Shadows; a separate wing full of scare mazes put on by haunters, theme parks and the likes. This years was the biggest.
The lines were long and the walkthroughs lasted only minutes; a taste of what is to come in October.
The fan favorite: a tribute to Trick ‘R Treat, complete with scenes that looked like they were pulled straight from the film. With some lines taking longer than 45 minutes, we were sadly unable to walk through them all.
Classes offered guests the ability to learn from the masters themselves. Photo opportunities with celebrities like Kimberly J. Brown and the fan favorite Elvira were also available. Panels and Q&As with cast members of Hocus Pocus and the minds behind Halloween Horror Nights were among the popular offerings.
With so much to see, Midsummer Scream delighted even non-horror fans. There truly was something for everyone.
With a small bag full of goodies, I commenced my trek back to my car. My cold, black, heart, filled with chilling warmth from all the glorious sights.
Midsummer Scream might still be new to the convention world, but if this year showed us anything, is it is not one to be missed!
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