2016 Presentations

We have prepared over 40 hours of special presentations, celebrity panels, costume contests and exclusive performances and shows just to scare you out of your mind this summer! Featured presenters come from film, TV, the theme park industry, haunt professionals, entertainers and more. Below are just a few highlights to wet your bloodthirsty appetites. We don’t want to overwhelm you with awesome so we will be announcing our freakishly amazing programming bit by bit. Be sure to sign up for our e-mail list in the footer of this page or follow us on social media for updates and check back often!


  • DAre panels and screenings FREE?

  • DWhat is a Fear Freak?

    Fear Freak is a preferred admission ticket level, giving you access to programming with less wait and hassle. Highly recommended if you are hoping to see some of our most popular presentations, spaces fill up fast!

  • DWhat is a Scare Student?

    A Scare Student level pass is required to register for any of our workshops, make and takes or education tracks. All material fees are included in the price of this all-you-can-learn ticket!

  • DWhat is a VIP Monster?

    Only a small number of VIP Monster tickets are sold every year. Enjoy front-of-line entry throughout the venue, front row reserved seating, gift bag, limited edition 2016 T-shirt designed by artist Ben Russel, VIP concierge and more!

The Tension Experience interactive immersive OOA Institute
SAT Aug 6: 11:30-12:30 (Second Stage)

The Tension Experience

SECOND STAGE : Only at ScareLA: The Tension Experience has Blumhouse.com “looking over their shoulder” and Dread Central declaring: “it is getting darker and stranger by the day. What happens next is anyone’s guess.”  At ScareLA mysterious representatives of the OOA Institute explain why complete submission and indoctrination into their… movement is the only true path to enlightenment.

The OOA Institute knows that you are often confused and lost in this strange and unusual world we find ourselves in these days… For the first time, the OOA will also address their detractors’ preposterous claims that they are a “cult” and include reassuring on site, guided interviews with several newly pledged OOA initiates. The Tension Experience : What Fear Aspires to Be.

You must be 18+ and have been selected in the Tension Experience Lottery

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SAT, Aug 6: 11:45-12:45 (Main Stage)

Knott’s Scary Farm From the Fog : Past, Present, & Future

MAIN STAGE : Powerful witches will gather at ‪#‎ScareLA‬ this August 6-7! Welcome to the coven Knott’s Scary Farm who return yet again to trick and treat fans with scary news and updates from the fog… Join Knott’s’ historians Erik Lynxwiler and Ted Dougherty are joined on stage by special guests and take you on a journey through time. Find out what you can expect this Halloween at ScareLA!

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SAT Aug 6: 1:00-2:00 (Second Stage)

Haunt With What You’ve Got : DIY Haunts

SECOND STAGE : Halloween is not just an industry, it’s a passion. Scare season after season home haunters all over the US pour in all of their earnings, blood, sweat and tears and then some into creating frightful attractions for millions of fans. Meet some of LA’s best DIY haunt creators Abby Allen (Nightmare on Main Street), Natalie Klock (Nightmare on Main Street), Albert Reyes (Garden Homes), Diane Meyer (Rotten Apple) and hear them share their haunted dreams and nightmares about frightening friends and fans. Find out what it takes to be the haunter on the block and your screams will never be the same!

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SAT, AUG 6: 1:15-2:45 (Main Stage)

Sliders of Ghost Town

MAIN STAGE : Exclusive screening of the acclaimed Sliders of Ghost Town documentary feature presented with a QA with Director Braedon Freeland and special guests: In 1973 the Halloween industry would be changed forever when Knott’s Berry Farm in CA, hosted their very first Halloween Haunt event. Years later, employees of the park known as “Street Monsters” developed a new scare tactic that involved sliding great distances across concrete and asphalt in order to surprise and scare event guests. Since then, sliding has become an all year round activity and can be seen all over the globe. Hear the stories of the monsters who invented or refined this skill into what it is today and see what it takes to be a true Street Monster!

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SAT, Aug 6: 2:30-3:30 (Second Stage)

Mind Games: The Dark Side of VR

SECOND STAGE : Can VR help us explore and conquer our fears, or is it a little too real? 

Virtual Reality is a new frontier of entertainment, and many are excited to see what thrills this immersive, 360 medium can provide, especially when applied to horror. However, some experts believe VR is a controversial format for fright blurring the line of real and unreal and causing lasting psychological effects. Panelists Marientina Gotsis, Director at the USC Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center, Erin Reynolds, creator of the bio-feedback horror game Nevermind, and Andrew Goldstein, creator of Otherworld Interactive, will be joined by moderator Julian McCrea (Dr. WhoPortal Entertainment), who premiered the world’s first thriller for the iPad, to explore the light and dark side of VR and the emerging new trend of fully immersive horror in the digital space. 


SAT, Aug 6: 3:00-4:00 (Main Stage)

Trendsetters of Terror

MAIN STAGE : Welcome to the stage CryptTV, Rebekah McKendry (Blumhouse.com), Rodney Ascher (The Nightmare), Kailey Marsh (BloodList), and special guests! Every industry has it’s outliers – those who dare to dream, reimagine, question and push its boundaries. These masterminds have an uncanny knack for foreseeing horror trends and discovering the concepts and creators with maximum scare potential. They have risen to fame by turning nightmares into reality in new and unanticipated ways. Be scared but be in the know – find out what trends will terrorize the masses during Halloween 2016 and beyond!

Dr. Margee Kerr, PhD : SCREAM - Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear : Author
SAT Aug 6: 4:00-5:00 (Second Stage)

The Science of Fear

SECOND STAGE : Only at ScareLA. Margee Kerr is a sociologist who studies fear as she travels the world in search of scare-adventures. She has been conducting a scare study in the basement of the most infamous interactive extreme haunt in Pittsburgh, The Scarehouse Basement. Margee will share the most fascinating discoveries and insights she has uncovered while writing her book “SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear,” named as a must read by the Washington Post.

Margee’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Good Morning America, Parade, Atlantic Monthly, and NPR’s Science Friday. You may have seen her on the National Geographic channel in Map of Hell, A&E‘s Buried Alive, and the History Channel‘s True Monsters.  Signed copies of her book will be available for purchase on the ScareLA showfloor.

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SAT, Aug 6: 4:30-5:30 (Main Stage)

Haunters the Movie : From Extreme to Mainstream

MAIN STAGE : HAUNTERS” is a much anticipated documentary release about the creators and operators of some of today’s most controversial interactive horror attractions. What does the increasing demand for “full contact” extreme experiences tells us about society and the psychology of scaring people? And why did family-friendly, traditional haunted houses for Halloween spawn a subculture of ‘full contact’ extreme haunts that blur the line between simulation and true terror? Join producer and director Jon Schnitzer, and stars of the movie – haunters Donald Julson (Nightmare on Loganberry / NOL Khaos) and Russ McKamey (McKamey Manor), haunt designer and Scare School instructor Brooke Walters (Knott’s Scary Farm’s Trick or Treat, Doll Factory, Forevermore) and legendary scare actor Shar Mayer as they talk about some of the craziest trends in haunting and what drives them.

Only at ScareLA McKamey will share exclusive haunt footage and, for the first time ever, will unleash a sneak peek into his latest projectsthat might just take his extreme haunt into the mainstream. You’ve gotta see it to believe it.

Grab a raffle ticket at the door because this panel will have cool prizes, surprises and special treat…

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SAT, Aug 6: 5:30-7:00 (Second Stage)

Dark Illusions & Even Darker Reality with Todd Robbins

SECOND STAGE : ONLY at ScareLA Todd Robbins presents Dark Illusions & Even Darker Reality: an unforgettable live experience with chillingly true stories and sinister illusions that will make you laugh, scream and lose your mind all at the same time.

scarela, todd robbins, play dead, off boradway, show, interactive, magic, immersiveTodd Robbins the host of Investigation Discovery’s True Nightmares and star of the haunting off-Broadway hit Play Dead (directed by Teller of Pen & Teller), brings an hour of his infamous trickery exclusively to ScareLA 2016.

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SAT, Aug 6: 6:00-7:00 (Main Stage)

Cosplay Changed My Life

MAIN STAGE : Famed cosplayer Dustbunny, whose inspiring story and art have drawn near 300,00o fans on Facebook alone is joined onstage by Bernie Bregman (Club Cosplay), Nina Minnelli (Sins of the Flesh – Rocky Horror), and Zeke Pinheiro (Fun-size Horror). Learn about how cosplay can transform your life and bring your inner monsters to live in our cosplay contest!

Show up dressed as an original monster and one talented attendee will walk away with a Fun-size Horror character based on their cosplay! Win or lose – head on over to the ScareLA Saturday night party after and play with us in the dark…

ScareLA Saturday
SAT, AUG 6 7:00pm-2:00am (The Rose)

The Witching Hour : Saturday Night Costume Party

Join the Official ScareLA after party for a spooky good time:

Saturday, August 6th
7:00pm till 2:00am
at The Rose in Pasadena, across from the Convention Center

Summon the spirits of Halloween with us in August! This year our witch circle will be at our new state-of-the-art venue, The Rose – stocked with magic potions for all spell casting needs.
Start by mingling with monsters at our Serial Killer Social. As the lights go down, witness live zombie burlesque by the seductively rotten Post Mortem, followed by the ghoulish sounds of Monte Revolta. Finally raising the dead will be the SPAZMATICS and special guests!
To close out the night, our DJ will spin our favorite witchy tunes and monster mashes so get ready to throw all your dark spells in the cauldron!
21+ only, sorry mini-monsters.
The Dark Rige Project
SUN, Aug 7: 11:30-12:30 (Second Stage)

The Dark Ride Project

SECOND STAGE : Joel Zika is a digital artist who travels the world using 360 degree virtual reality cameras to document the world’s most historic haunted attraction dark rides. He’s flying out from Australia to bring his VR Dark Rides to ScareLA so you can experience it in virtual reality for yourself!

This exclusive panel will be moderated by Todd Robbins the host of Investigation Discovery’s “True Nightmares”, and the star of the haunted off-Broadway hit “Play Dead” (directed by Teller of Pen & Teller). Todd also worked as a glass eater at the world famous Coney Island side show where he became an expert in the history of dark rides.

The Dark Ride Project is capturing the feeling of nostalgia, creativity and folk art ingenuity of these rides for future generations. We’re proud to have this historic panel and cutting edge VR experience is a ScareLA exclusive!
And don’t miss Todd Robbins exclusive all-new live show at ScareLA “Dark Illusions & Even Darker Reality.”

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SUN, Aug 7: 12:00-1:00 (Main Stage)

Saw, Insidious, Cooties and Beyond!

MAIN STAGE : Join writer, director and actor Leigh Whannell as he talks about his past, present and future in horror. Leigh will also share his thoughts about the unintended consequences of his creations, such as how Saw started off as a mystery-horror film, but took on a life of its own, creating a controversial sub-genre of horror and becoming a shocking, live-action influence for extreme haunts and escape rooms. Leigh will also share his insights and experiences on genres ranging from slasher to supernatural and comedy-horror, as well as live attractions, VR, and haunts. And maybe, if we’re lucky, a sneak peek into his latest project.

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SUN, Aug 7: 1:00-2:00 (Second Stage)

Masterminds of Interactive Horror

SECOND STAGE : Immerse yourself in our nightmares! Six Masterminds of Interactive Horror join on the ScareLA stage this August – the creators of Delusion: Interactive Horror & Suspense Theatre, Alone: An existential haunting, Heretic Haunted House, The 17th Door Haunted House, Creep Los Angeles and Screenshot Productions will discuss the new wave of horror – immersive live experiences. These pioneers have risen to fame with their story-driven interactive theatrical attractions creating worlds so scary they feel real! Horror you can touch… and sometimes it touches YOU…

This ULTIMATE scare panel is moderated by Jon Schnitzer, Director/Producer of Haunters The Movie, a documentary exploring the rise of horror attractions from Halloween haunted houses to full-contact extreme simulations. Go behind the scenes with the infamous haunters who sacrifice everything just to make you scream…

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SUN, Aug 7: 1:30-2:30 (Main Stage)

Syfy : Face/Off

MAIN STAGE : Syfy‘s Face/Off artists are coming to ‪#‎ScareLA‬! Want to know what it takes to make it on the most popular make-up effects competition show? Join our panel of amazing contestants from multiple seasons who will be sharing their behind-the-scenes stories. Following the panel, meet them up close and personal at their booth on our massive showroom floor.

Featured participants include:
Rachael Wagner – Season 7
Cig Neutron – Season 7
Jasmine Ringo – Season 9
Ben Ploughman – Season 9
Nora Hewitt – Season 9 WINNER

Brought to you by The Haunt Store, a valued ScareLA partner and exhibitor – see them at the show August 6-7 in Pasadena!

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SUN, Aug 7: 2:30-3:30 (Second Stage)

The Blackout Experiments

SECOND STAGE : After you see the groundbreaking Sundance selected horror documentary “The Blackout Experiments” at ScareLA, go behind-the-scenes to explore the making of the movie and go deeper into the Blackout experience at our exclusive Q&A panel with director Rich Fox, co-creator of Blackout Josh Randall and the stars of the film who had their nightmarish Blackout experience documented in the film.

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SUN, AUG 7: 3:00-4:00 (MAIN STAGE)

Halloween Horror Nights : Universal Studios Hollywood

MAIN STAGE : Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) returns with a special presentation by creative director John Murdy and art director Chris Williams. 2016 has been chock-full of exciting news for the theme park with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new year-round attraction based on AMC’s hit The Walking Dead, and the addition of The Exorcist to HHN’s terrifying list of nightmares-come-to-life haunt experiences. Expect the unexpected as the two creative masterminds behind SoCal’s biggest Halloween event share their most thrilling 2016 scare season plans at ScareLA!

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SUN, Aug 7: 4:00-5:00 (Second Stage)

Indie Horror : Want to make a scary movie?

SECOND STAGE : Five filmmakers who have been making waves on the independent horror scene: Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-IV), Jessica Cameron (Truth of Dare), Andrew Kasch (Tales of Halloween), Gene Blalock (Among The Shadows), and Mary Russell (Carved) and their gusts, come together to discuss the real life challenges and solutions of making an independent horror film.

Learn and get inspired by their adventures from getting their films made to getting them into festivals and theaters. Whether you’re a horror fan who wants to hear about the behind the scenes of your favorite indie horror films or you’re trying to make your own horror film, this panel is for you!