ScareLA Tips

The Season of the Witch is making its way to the Pasadena Convention Center this August 6th and 7th. ScareLA returns for its fourth year, and I am here to give you guys some tips when planning for ScareLA this August. Here are some quick tips:

1. Be sure to give yourself enough time for parking. Pasadena is very public parking friendly, but almost all require fares to park. Click here for locations of parking lots.

2. I would recommend putting together a schedule of presentations you don’t want to miss. Many of the popular panels (Halloween Horror Nights and Knott’s Scary Farm) fill up quickly, so get there early if you want to see them.

3. Take time to walk around the exhibit hall. There are tons of vendors exhibiting, and some even have freebies available if you swing by their booth. Definitely take advantage of that.

4. If you need food, there are local establishments directly across from the convention center, including a Rubios and a BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse. There is also a food stand inside the exhibit hall if you don’t want to leave the premises.

5. Look through the program guide provided as you check in. There is a map of the convention as well as some coupons you can use.

6. Have a spooky time at The Season of the Witch! 🙂


ScareLA Hours are:

Saturday, 8/6: 11am-7pm

Sunday, 8/7: 11am-6pm

Box Office Hours (Both Days): 10am-5pm




ScareLA Location: 

Pasadena Convention Center

300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101





You will need to pick up your credentials at the box office, which is located just inside the main entrance as you enter. There will be multiple queues set up depending which ticket you purchased (General, Fear Freak, or VIP Monster), so be sure to look at which line to go into.

You can upgrade your ticket if you wish during box office hours (10am-5pm).

ScareLA has multiple ticket options available,  so visit for tickets.


IMG_23622016 Program: Includes screenings, presentations, experiences, and classes.

Screenings: 74 films/documentaries, including a special screening of Tales of Halloween and Sliders of Ghost Town.




IMG_2388Presentations: Includes Halloween Horror Nights (Main Stage), Knott’s Scary Farm (Main Stage), Sliders of Ghost Town (Main Stage), Extreme to Mainstream: McKamey Manor (Main Stage), and The Tension Experience (Presentation).




IMG_2364Experiences: Blood Offering  – Legend of the Iron Witch (ScareLA Original/Premier Haunt Maze), The Rope (Mini-Haunt)Mobile Escape Room LA (Interactive Experience), Serial Killer Speed Dating (Networking Horror), Decayed Brigade Slider Shows (Live Performance), Ghost Scavenger Hunt with Phantom Finder (Mobile Game AR Experience), and much more.



IMG_2363Classes: The Terror of Sound (Jon Autopsy/Seminar), 60 Actors in 60 Minutes (Ken Franklin), Newbie Home Haunter Tips for Success (Dr. Bill Ramsay/Dr. TerrorEyes), and more.






IMG_2371ScareLA announced that they are expanding their show floor, showcasing over 150 vendors and 100,000+ square feet of exhibit hall space. Some of the vendors this year are: Dread Central, Reign of Terror Haunted House, Screamfest, The Haunt Store, and Virtual Screams.




Final Thoughts:

I anticipate that this will be ScareLA’s biggest year to date. Since its inception in 2013 at its original home at The Reef, the convention has grown exponentially. This year’s convention will feature a lot of interactive elements, including an all new mobile game AR experience (Ghost Scavenger Hunt with Phantom Finder) that takes place at the convention. I am so excited for it, and can’t wait to provide coverage for you guys. I hope to see you guys there this August! Enjoy the rest of your spooky summer!

– Eric Oh