If you are the type of person already thinking of Halloween, consider Mid-summer Scream (midsummerscream.org). Hailed as the largest Halloween and horror fan convention in the world, the Scream will haunt the Long Beach Convention Center Aug. 3-4 with creepy installations and more than 300 exhibitors, panels and presentations.
Despite its frightening appearance, this scare fair has activities for all ages. The Hall of Shadows walk-through attractions (Desert Decay Manor, Wicked Pumpkin Hollow, Sinister Valley and the multiple cemetery-related displays) fall on the adult side of things. So, too, do the sneak previews for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, L.A. Haunted Hayride and Knott’s Scary Farm.
More on the tween side of things are salutes to the 50th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and the “Tales From the Crypt” 30th anniversary reunion, as well as Charles Phoenix’s all-new “Halloweenland” show. Panel discussions include one on the Netflix show “The Curious Creations of Christine Mc-Connell” and one about YA horror fiction. Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) and Kimberly J. Brown (“Halloweentown”) number among the celebrity guests.
DETAILS: The Mid Summer Scream Halloween and Horror Convention
Brown will be doing a story time at Paranormal Pixie’s Pumpkin Patch, a scare-free zone for all ages that boasts a daily costume show, craft projects and games. LeeAnna Vamp and the Fiends will ap-pear at the Patch, which will also present not-so-spooky Halloween-inspired performances from Christopher T. Magician, Annie Banannie, Rene’s Marionettes and Buster Balloon.
Another family-friendly spot is the Black Cat Lounge, co-presented with Kitten Res-cue Los Angeles. Guests can mingle with cute, adoptable kitties in a decorated play area.
Admission is $38 Aug. 3, $33 Aug. 4. Weekend passes are $55, and two children ages 10 and younger can get in free with each paying adult.