I had the opportunity to have a Press Pass for Scarefest 6 this past weekend. I was at the event on Saturday September 14 and this was my first Scarefest.
When you enter the Lexington Convention Center for Sacrefest, you are greeted by an amazing entrance way that leads you down a corridor and into the hall where the convention is held. The first stop for many fans was of course, the Scarefest backdrop where you and your friends could take a nice commemorative together or with one of the many amazing cosplayers that were walking around. After you pass the backdrop, you enter the room where all of the vendors and celebrity guests are set up.
The cosplayers that were on hand to entertain and take photos with fans were some of the best I have ever seen. Aside from the Star Wars and Silent Hill group that were taking pictures with fans by the Scarefest backdrop, there was the king of horror himself, Jason Vorhees. The man behind the mask was one of the most intense cosplayers I have ever met. He never broke character and he did not speak. One of the best takes on Jason I have ever seen. Absolutely amazing!
First stop made in the sea of amazing guests was none other than Sean Clark, writer/producer of The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond, writer/host of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds and owner of Convention All Stars (many know him as @malfuncsean on twitter). Sean is a sweet, down to earth person. He took his time talking to his fans and was very humble about his work. I would highly suggest saying hello to him at the next convention you see him at.
We made our way through the path of vendors and met the amazingly talented icon, Kane Hodder. In his appearance, he is very intimidating, but he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Kane was also very appreciative to his fans and loves meeting them. For those of you that have yet to meet or be choked by Mr. Hodder, yes he really does choke you, it is not an act. He saw my Hatchet Army tattoo on the back of my neck and was so blown away by it, that he asked me if he could take a picture with it. Kane is a real class act and one of the best human beings I have had the opportunity of meeting.
Next, was a short walk across from Kane to the lovely Danielle Harris. Danielle is so sweet to all that visit her. She is as adorable in person as she is on screen. She is also quite funny. Despite what some people think about her, she was nice to her fans and more than happy to take pictures with them and sign whatever they asked her to.
After meeting Danielle, it was time for the Malcolm McDowell Q&A panel. Mr. McDowell was all about having fun with the people that asked him questions. He was serious about discussing his work, but had his guests laughing almost the whole time.
Aaron Goodwin of the hit Travel Channel show, Ghost Adventures, was on hand having fun with his fans and making people laugh. He ran his own “Big Steppin” booth while he signed for fans. He still took the time out to meet ant talk to each and every one of them. He was next to his adorable, talented sister Amy.
All of the celebrity guests were just as excited to meet their fans as their fans were to meet them.
There were some random things at Scarefest like the Mystery Machine and the Scooby Gang and of course some mannequins and Halloween props to entertain the guests walking around.
There were a ton of vendors! All of them were incredible. My personal favorite was a vendor called Terror Gloves. They make replica Freddy Krueger gloves. These had to be some of the best gloves I have ever seen. Much like other conventions, there was a lot of one of a kind jewelry and other horror collectibles. There were more vendors at Scarefest 6 than I have ever seen at any other convention I have previously been to.
Everyone was nice as can be and the “staph” was helpful and very well organized. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Scarefest even though I was only there for one day of the three day event. I will more than likely be making the 4 1/2 hour trip to Lexington again next year for Scarefest 7 and hopefully be there for the whole weekend. I hope all of you that made it out this year enjoyed your time there as much as I did and I hope to see you there next year!