ScareLA to Feature Many Awesome Seminars This Year




Los Angeles, California, June 27 – ScareLA 2017 is coming to the Los Angeles Convention Center, featuring a plethora of professional demos and seminars on everything from makeup to set building to costuming to animatronics. In addition, there are hands-on workshops and make-and-takes for all ages taught by top industry professionals. Among the many seminars and make-and-take workshops scheduled this year are non-latex skeleton corpsing with Bill Ramsey, turning wood into rusted steampunk gear with Melissa “Hauntzilla” Winton, zombie outbreak silicon prosthetics with Kyle Vest(“Skin Wars” season 2), how to make scary videos to grow your haunt with Timothy Sedillo, and insights into the escape room craze with Madison Rhoades. Additional intriguing make-and-take classes include Jon Mario demonstrating out-of-kit effects such as cuts, burns, bruises, blood and more.

Is your dream date really Cinderella or a serial killer in disguise? Join Abel Horwitz’s Serial Killer Speed Dating and find out. Drew Badger will be covering the basics that every haunt actor needs to know to make a lasting impression on haunt visitors. And, of course, sound is a big part of haunting and horror. Jon Autopsy will be returning for a fourth year to ScareLA to conduct an interactive class on haunted attraction sound design.

Warren Kong of Lightswitch will be presenting a free, 40-minute seminar called “Beyond the Strobe Light: A Marriage of Lighting and Scenic,” which will cover the use of colored light, UV paint and effects with lighting, monochromatics, and shadow play. Warren will also offer a free, 45-minute make-and-take session called “Light It Up.” In this workshop, there will be three stations working with different aspects of using light to create effects.

“We changed the education programming quite a bit from last year based on feedback from attendees,” stated Philip Hernandez, Education Producer for ScareLA. “Instead of requiring an extra student pass for attendees, all programming on the Education Stage, Movement Space, and some of the workshops is included in any admission pass. All monsters are welcome in these sessions! The only extra charges are material fees for classes in which participants physically take something home with them—make-and-take classes. We’re focusing on bringing more hands-on experiences and individual attention to the convention despite the increase in venue size for the make-and-take sessions and having more attendees.”


Space in seminars and make-and-take classes is limited, and these sessions are filling up fast. To see a schedule of and register for sessions and workshops, visit


About ScareLA:

ScareLA is the world’s first summer Halloween convention. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, the event celebrates the American scare season traditions and the diverse cultural heritage of the Greater Los Angeles region. Featuring hundreds of specialty vendors, education programming, world-class industry presentations, ScareLA draws thousands of professionals, fans and families from the U.S. and abroad to celebrate Halloween early every summer. ScareLA is one of the fastest growing independent fan conventions in the U.S. addressing a $10 billion Halloween industry worldwide.


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