With summer nearing its end, it’s almost time to Awaken the Spirits! The talented team behind Midsummer Scream has regrouped amid the pandemic chaos and produced an all-new pop-up event that is COVID friendly and gives Halloween, horror, and haunt fans a preview of what is coming for the 2021 season. A schedule of panels and vendors has been released ahead of the event, giving all good boys and ghouls a tantalizing peek at what’s to come this August 14-15, 2021 at the Pasadena Convention Center

Kickstarting the day on Saturday, August 14 is a special panel commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the feature film Thir13en Ghosts. This exciting panel will include Producer Erik Olsen, Special Makeup Effects Designers Howard Berger and Norman Cabrera from KNB EFX Group, and Composer John Frizell. Also featured on Saturday are highly anticipated panels from Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Winchester Mystery House, LA Haunted Hayride, and Delusion: Reaper’s Remorse.


Sunday, August 15 boasts panels from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, the voice and mo-cap cast from horror video game Resident Evil: Village, a 30th Anniversary retrospective of legendary home haunt Rotten Apple 907, and a deep dive into how Epic Entertainment and Mycotoo (the teams behind Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor) bring horrifying creature and stories to life.


If that weren’t enough, both Saturday and Sunday will conclude with a 60 MINUTE Home Haunt Update where fans can catch the latest updates and plans for the 2021 comeback on Southern California’s most elaborate, imaginative, and hauntingly beautiful home-grown Halloween attractions. All weekend long, guests are encouraged to explore the expansive show floor, featuring over 200 spooky vendors and ghoulish displays. There’s even a BRAND NEW mysterious activation experience from Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights that will put your horror fandom (and nerve) to the test. This is a first for HHN in the realm of convention attractions and definitely not to be missed!


General Admission Tickets for Saturday have already sold out. Sunday, Weekend, and VIP
tickets are still available, but are going fast so be sure to secure your spot now! To purchase tickets, visit Midsummer Scream’s website. Ticketholders can begin planning their experience by downloading the Fan Guru app for a full schedule, a list of speakers and vendors (you can even flag the ones you want to check out and build your own schedule!), and an event map.  The schedule, lists, and map can also be found on Fan Guru’s website.


Additionally, Awaken the Spirits! will also be the first chance for guests to purchase tickets for Midsummer Scream’s holiday Ho Ho Horror convention, Season’s Screamings. This weekend of yuletide fear is scheduled to be held December 17-19, also at the Pasadena Convention Center.


The Midsummer Scream Team has worked diligently with the Pasadena Convention Center to remain in accordance with all CDC, state, and City of Pasadena guidelines governing requirements for events and gatherings of this type. So come prepared to social distance as needed, and have a mask or two handy! To stay up to date on Awaken the Spirits! and all other upcoming Midsummer Scream events, follow Midsummer Scream on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and sign up for their newsletter on their website!


The fog is starting to roll, let’s find out what’s inside…


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