This convention holds a special place in my heart as it is virtually in my backyard. Well not quite but it’s only a 2 hour drive! Certainly easier than having to pack up and fly. With it being so close, many of my local haunter friends attend and it provides an opportunity to visit and catch up. There is never time to get together during haunt season so the conventions allow us time to share our upcoming plans.
This show continues to expand at breakneck speed! Attendance was projected at 30,000 fans with a greatly expanded show floor. They also have a huge area set up for mini haunts that will keep you entertained for hours as well. This is as much a fan show as it is a Halloween convention so there is plenty of variety to keep everyone interested.
I’ve been fortunate to have had the chance to teach at many conventions across the country but had never had the good fortune to teach at Midsummer Scream. That changed as I was given the chance this year. With this being within driving range, I was able to load up the SUV and didn’t have to deal with the restriction of taking only that which would fit into 2 suitcases. I took full advantage of this and brought a wide variety of mechanisms to display.
Being a new guy to the show, I was given a time slot that I was a bit concerned with. It was on Saturday at 6:00 to 7:00. I was afraid everyone would be out eating dinner before they headed over to the Gala Costume Ball. Well I shouldn’t have worried as over 50 people attended. With it being the last class of the day, I had the advantage of not having to rush out of the room after the class finished. This gave time for everyone to come up, examine all the mechanisms and ask questions. I loved it! We were late to the ball as we still needed to get dinner and change into our costumes but it was worth it.
Whenever I go to a convention, I’m always on the lookout for that new prop or unusual item. This year, the thing that caught my eye was a new style of LED flicker light. I’ll be adding a few of these to my haunt. Here’s an affiliate link if you’re interested in checking them out yourself - https://amzn.to/2GTJiPg . They are a bit on the pricey side for now but this is a 2 pack which brings the price down a bit over buying the kits individually.
I’m going through a bit of convention letdown but am already looking forward to next year. The dates have been set so add Midsummer Scream to your calendar on August 1st & 2nd, 2020! I hope to see you there.