TOWN OF VERONA — The spooktacular thrills and chills of the annual Scare-A-Con horror convention will return to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Oct. 26 through 28. The convention will feature classic horror movie celebrity guests, the annual film festival, costumes, vendors and more.
“Every year, we bring in a new list of celebrity guests, which is always exciting.” said JV Johnson, the host of Scare-A-Con. “Since it’s the weekend right before Halloween, it makes it more appealing.”
Scare-A-Con is in its 9th year in Verona and “is growing nicely,” Johnson said.
The three-day event will feature celebrity meet and greets, horror and science fiction-themed vendors, costumed entertainers, panel discussions with professionals, the annual film festival and several parties, including an exclusive VIP party.
The celebrity guests this year include Adrienne King, from the first two “Friday the 13th” movies, Amanda Wyss from the original “Nightmare on Elm Street”, and Terry Kiser, who played the titular Bernie in both “Weekend at Bernie’s” films.
The big guest this year is actor Katie Featherston, who starred in all four “Paranormal Activity” movies. Johnson said Scare-A-Con is only Featherton’s third ever convention appearance.
“We’ve been trying to get her for years, but she just didn’t do conventions,” Johnson stated.
Tickets for Scare-A-Con are $30 for one day, $40 for all three days and $175 for the special VIP Experience, which includes access to the exclusive celebrity VIP after-party. Scare-A-Con will also feature costume contests for children and adults, and will take advantage of the new Scare-A-Con TV program, where Johnson and his crew post interviews and other shows on their Facebook page.
The band Pop Rox will also return to play the Saturday Night Halloween Bash.
“Certain areas have really direct interest in horror-type entertainment, and Central New York is one of those types of areas,” said Johnson, who grew up in Oneonta and Cooperstown.
“There’s something about the Northeast that just makes people fanatical about their horror.”
More information about Scare-A-Con is available at the website www.ScareACon.com.