Scare-A-Con coming to the casino

Published Oct 1, 2017 at 9:00am

More than 20 years ago, actors Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich helped kick off one of the most popular modern horror franchises as the killers behind the Ghostface mask in the first Scream film. This year, they will be headlining Scare-A-Con at the Turning Stone Casino from Oct. 6-8, marking one of the biggest celebrities lineups the annual horror convention has ever seen.

“I think we’ve got a great lineup. Possibly our best yet,” said Scare-A-Con organizer JV Johnson. “Because we’re not a giant show, our attendees come and get really quality time with the celebrities. They can talk, they can chat, they can shake hands.”

Scare-A-Con will be held from Oct. 6 to 8 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, with hours varying per day. The annual horror convention features celebrity guests and local clubs and vendors celebrating all things spooky. There will be multiple guest panels and discussions, as well as the annual horror film festival. A costume contest will be held on Saturday, with a children’s costume contest on Sunday.

Tickets are $40 for the full weekend and $30 for individual days, with discounts for students, seniors and those in the military. The full VIP package is $150. Tickets are available on the website

Joining Ulrich and Lillard — who is also popular for playing Shaggy in the live-action Scooby-Doo movies — will be actors like Barry Bostwick, Tom Savini, Zack Ward and more. Scare-A-Con will be hosting an anniversary tribute to Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, and will be honoring the late zombie-master George Romero with a panel discussion with classic collaborators John Russo and Russel Streiner.

Scare-A-Con will also celebrate the late Adam West during the convention. “If you’re a fan of horror or paranormal entertainment, this is a collection of people who love the same thing as you do,” Johnson said.

“It’s really a social event that allows people who share interests to continue to share their passions and interests face-to-face.”