Horror Conventions 2017, 2018

Spooky Empire 2018

Spooky Empire

Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Texas Frightmare Weekend 2017

Texas Frightmare Weekend

May 5-7, 2017
Hyatt Regency DFW
Dallas, Texas
MiParaCon 2017


Aug 24-26, 2017
Kewadin Casinos
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
The Carnival of Parahorror 2017

The Carnival of Parahorror

Aug 25-27, 2017
Buffalo Central Terminal
Buffalo, New York
Tampa Bay Screams 2017

Tampa Bay Screams

Aug 26, 2017
Clarion Inn Tampa
Tampa, Florida
Halloween and Hauntfest Show 2017

Halloween and Hauntfest Show

Aug 26-27, 2017
Mesquite Convention Center
Mesquite, Texas
Days of the Dead - Louisville 2017

Days of the Dead - Louisville

Sep 1-3, 2017
Crown Plaza Louisville Airport
Louisville, Kentucky
International Cryptozoology Conference 2017

International Cryptozoology Conference

Sep 3, 2017
Clarion Hotel
Portland, Maine
Horrorhound Weekend & Maskfest 2017

Horrorhound Weekend & Maskfest

Sep 8-10, 2017
Indianapolis Conference Center @ Indianapolis Marriott East
Indianapolis, Indiana
Shock-A Con 2017

Shock-A Con

Sep 8-10, 2017
Beni Kedem Center
Charleston, West Virginia
Creepy Con 2017

Creepy Con

Sep 8, 2017
Knoxville Convention Center
Knoxville, Tennessee
CIL-Con 2017


Sep 8-9, 2017
Cross County Mall
Mattoon, Illinois
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2017

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

Sep 8-10, 2017
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego, California
Cryptid Con 2017

Cryptid Con

Sep 9-10, 2017
Capital Plaza Hotel
Frankfort, Kentucky
Son of Monsterpalooza 2017

Son of Monsterpalooza

Sep 15-17, 2017
Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center
Burbank, California
Mothman Festival 2017

Mothman Festival

Sep 16-17, 2017
Center of Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
CT HorrorFest 2017

CT HorrorFest

Sep 16, 2017
Matrix Conference Center
Danbury, Connecticut
NOLA Horror Film Fest 2017

NOLA Horror Film Fest

Sep 21-24, 2017
Castillo Blanco Art Studios
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fantastic Fest 2017

Fantastic Fest

Sep 21-28, 2017
Austin, Texas
Salem Horror Fest 2017

Salem Horror Fest

Sep 21 - Oct 15, 2017
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts
Women in Horror Festival 2017

Women in Horror Festival

Sep 22-24, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
Peachtree, Georgia
Spooky Day in the Parks 2017

Spooky Day in the Parks

Sep 22-23, 2017
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Orlando, Florida

Horror Conventions are events dedicated to the horror genre, and are perfect for fans of the gruesome, gory and ghastly. After the rising popularity of comic conventions over recent years, horror conventions are now beginning to gain a similar following, with a whole range of nerve-racking and blood-curdling events throughout the year. Some conventions are centred around horror as a whole, while others may focus more specifically on one aspect of the genre, such as zombies, UFOs or the supernatural.

Most conventions focus on horror cinema and goth lifestyle, but this is sometimes broadened to include other aspects of horror, including literature, art, music, special effects, costume, make-up and more. Horror conventions typically include film screenings of new, old, cult, independent and classic horror movies and relevant discussions. Other events may include panels, chats, parties, costume competitions, question and answer sessions, performances, demonstrations, vendors and games. Commonly, there are also insightful and informative classes for those who may be interested in making their own movies, artworks or books.

All of these conventions include a range of memorabilia to buy, which may encompass clothes, media, artwork, souvenirs, props, toys, masks, foods and plenty more spine-tingling treats. So those who love the dark side of life don’t need to wait until Halloween to get their scares!

Horror conventions are almost always attended by many special scary guests. These fiends and freaks may include authors, actors, artists, performers, directors and screenwriters; and occasionally mystics, psychics, mediums and paranormal experts. These guests usually hold discussions, offer autographs, attend question and answer sessions and delight with their tales of morbidity, macabre and murder!

Occasionally at horror conventions, there are also events and exhibitions centred around the genres of science fiction and fantasy, though only those which have a spooky, shocking or frightening twist.

Ticket prices for horror conventions can range widely, from free admission to around $50 for daily admission. These ticket prices usually reflect how well-established the events are, and higher quality events are usually more expensive. Most horror conventions are annual, have a duration of around two days and are held in hotels or convention centres. Usually, a horror convention will run from around 10am to 6pm, but special spooky events may happen late at night or early in the morning… when the ghosts and ghouls really come out to play.

All in all, horror conventions are a great place to get spooked, have fun, meet fellow phantoms and enjoy a shocking time!