Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending Midsummer Scream 2018, the annual Halloween festival and horror convention in Long Beach, CA.
We had such an amazing first time attending in 2017. We were looking forward to Midsummer Scream 2018 since we exited the convention doors last year.
That’s a year’s worth of anticipation brewing, so our expectations were high.
Midsummer Scream 2018 did NOT disappoint.
It was bigger. It was better. Midsummer Scream 2018 sets the bar extremely high for Halloween events.
The Long Beach convention center was packed from wall to wall with sights to indulge your Halloween and horror cravings.
The Hall of Shadows, an 80,000 square foot Halloween theme park in the dark, was our favorite feature this year. The space and ‘theme park in the dark’ concept was fully utilized, and haunters stepped up their game with their mini-haunts. The colors under the black lights, cosplayers roaming the floor, and art displays made for so many fantastic photo opportunities, too.
But we made a mistake.
Like we said, we had been looking forward to this for an entire year, but we should have followed our own advice and planned ahead.
We knew we’d be meeting so many fellow Halloween lovers and didn’t want to show up empty-handed. We wanted to have a little token of gratitude for friends and all those who worked so hard to bring the convention to life, and we worked for hours making and filling little treat bags filled with goodies to hand out.
The Mrs. had to travel that week and landed jet-lagged and exhausted just a few hours before we were supposed to arrive at the convention.
We had to Uber there, and we could only attend one day this year. The pressure was on.
All these factors combined made us so unbelievably late getting there.
And our little treat bags? Almost all of them were completely crushed and busted from the cramped car ride there.
By the time we finally showed up, there were only a few hours left before the convention started to wrap up for the day.
We made a mistake by not planning ahead and underestimating the grand scale of this year’s convention. You cannot fully take in all the glory of Midsummer Scream in a few short hours.
But once we walked into the building, none of that mattered.
The Midsummer Scream creators captured that magical spirit of Halloween, and it was impossible to focus on anything but how impressive and magnificent the event was.
If you’re a Halloween or horror fan and haven’t been, we cannot recommend it more highly.
Start planning for next year’s Midsummer Scream now. It’s an experience you will not want to miss.
And just because we were late doesn’t mean we didn’t treat ourselves to plenty of Halloween and horror merch from the 200+ vendors presenting their goods this year. There’s always time for shopping, right?
Check out our haul and some of the artists we had the pleasure of meeting this year.
Did you attend Midsummer Scream 2018? What was your favorite part? What tips would you give to a first-time attendee?
Let us know down below!