October 27th / Nightmare On Chicago Street / Elgin, Illinois /Chicago Street will be decorated to look like a zombie war zone. Events include a zombie prom, a zombie walk, storytelling, side show performances, haunted houses and live music from Hairbangers Ball and V is for Villans. For more information go to www.Nightmareonchicagostreet.com
November 2nd -3rd / Drunken Zombie Film Festival / Peoria, Illinois /This independent horror film festival includes the movies: Doll Parts, Apocalypse Salad, Get Off My Porch, The Puppet Monster Massacre, House Of Ghosts and Masks. for More information go to: http://drunkenzombiefilmfestival.com/
November 10th / Steampunk November / Venus, Texas / Come and experience the steampunk party of the year. There will be live performances from Cut Thrust and Run, a wine tasting, belly dancing, a burlesque show and side shows. There will also be a vendor’s area and live music. For more information go to: http://www.cutthrustandrun.net/index.html
November 9th – 11th / Blood On The Beach 2 / Virginia Beach, Virginia / This convention includes a zombie walk, a zombie prom and appearances by Anthony Michael Hall, Jamie Kennedy, Sid Haig and several cast members from The Walking Dead. There will also be live music and a tattoo show. for more information go to: http://www.botbcon.com/
November 16th – 18th / Days Of The Dead / Chicago, Illinois / Events include a Fright Night Reunion, a They Live reunion a Rock And Roll High School reunion and appearances by Heather Langenkamp, Linnea Quigley, Lita Ford, Peter Criss and Derek Mears. There will also be a comedy show featuring Roddy Piper and Mick Foley. For more information go to:http://www.daysofthedead.net/chicago/
October 13th – 14th / Monster Con / San Antonio, Texas /Monster con includes a zombie shooting contest, lil ghoulie play area, a zombie beauty contest. There will also be appearances by horror authors: Rhiannon Frater, Gabrielle Faust, Joe McKinney and Juan Manuel Perez. For more information go to: www.monster-con.com.
October 19th – 20th / South Texas Horror Con / McAllen, Texas / This convention includes FX Make-up tutorials, ghost hunting panels, a costume contest and appearances by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, author Belladonna Drakul, Carlo Barberi, Ernie Hudson and many more. There will also be a tattoo and piercing expo. For more information go to: www.southtexashorror.com.
October 26th /Dracula: A Ballet To Die For / Redwood City, CA / The Peninsula Ballet Theatre celebrates Halloween with their production of Dracula. Set to a haunting music soundtrack with international guest dancers from Europe, this ballet plays out the struggle of love after death. Ticket prices start at $35. For more information go to: www.peninsulaballet.org.
October 26th – 27th / The Paranormous Costume Ball / Goldfield, Nevada / This is a paranormal convention hosted by Michael and Lindsay Knight from Knights Paranormal Research Society. This event includes paranormal tours, a costume contest, a treasure hunt and live performances from Grocery Store Rejects and Plane Without a pilot. For more information go to: www.ghosttownoperations.com.
October 26th / Anne Rice’s Wolf Gift Ball /New Orleans, LA / This masquerade ball will include performances by Saints Of Ruin, Lestat the band and Warchild. There will also be a dealers room and author panel discussions by Sherrilyn Kennon and Lewis Aleman and members of the paranormal romance guild. For more information go to: www.arvlfc.com.
October 13th / Monster Fest / Chesapeake Va. / This free horror convention includes trick or treating, a costume contest and a movie marathon. Some of the special guests include: Justin Cristelli author of Caprice and Other Stories and Tony Ruggiero author of Coven and panal discussions on monsters from around the world. For more information go to: http://www.monsterfestva.com/
October 20th / Flint Horror Convention / Flint Michigan / This convention includes appearances by Performance artist Lucifer Fulci, Make Up artist Tom Sullivan and Paranormal Expert John E.L. Tenney and a showing of Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Refugio 115 and other films. For more information go to: flinthorrorcon.webnode.com
October 20th / Monster Bash Movie Marathon / Ligonier PA / Included are showings of White Zombie, The Terror and The Last Man On Earth. There will also be a live performance of the play Wait Until Dark performed by The Valley Players. For more information go to: http://www.monsterbashnews.com/monster%20bash%20movie%20marathon.html.
October 19th -21st / Dark Carnival Film Festival / Bloomington Indiana / The Sundance of horror features appearances by Michael Berryman, Joe Bob Briggs and the cast of Syfy channel’s Ghost hunters. Also there will be showings of the films Dead Friends and An Evening With My Comatose Mother. For more information go to: http://www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com/
October 19th – 21st / Macabre Faire Grim Gathering / Rockville Centre New York / Long Island’s only Horror, gothic and steampunk event includes a costume contest, a film festival, horror themed charades and performances by Dark Wave Burlesque, The Wandering Cellist and Monster Dolls. For more information go to: http://www.livingdeadmafia.com/lead-stories/50-macabre-faire-tickets.html
October 5th / Fables Studios Interactive Haunted Attractions Grand Opening / River Grove, Illinois / Come join in the fun at the grand opening of the Chicago area’s newest haunted attraction. Make your way through the haunted carnival and watch out for freaks, geeks and living marionettes. This highly detailed sideshow is complete with fortune tellers and other amazing oddities. Don’t miss it. Addmission is only $10. For more information go to:http://www.fablesstudios.com/.
October 5th – 7th / Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorbilia Expo/ Stongsville, OH / This horror film festival includes showings of Wild Women of Wongo, Death Race 2000, Holywood Chainsaw Hookers and Whisper. Some of the guests include: Linnea Quigley from Night Of The Demons, Dyanne Thorne from Blood Sabbath and Tom Sullivan from Evil Dead. For more information go to: http://www.cinemawasteland.com/show.html.
October 7th / Steamstock: An Antiquarian Exposition / Richmond, Ca / This is a get together that celebrates time traveling musical acts. Some of the performers include: Abney Park, Victoria and the Vaudvillians, Vagabondage and French and The Punk. There will also be several steampunk vendors and an undead wedding. For more information go to: steamstock.org.
October 11th – 14th / Eerie Horror Fest / Erie, Pennsylvania / This fest includes a Dawn Of The Dead reunion, an independent horror film contest along with movie making workshops. Some of the guests include: Vernon Wells from The Road Warrior, John Carl Buechler from Troll and David Early. For more information go to: http://eeriehorrorfilmfestival.com/site2012/
October 11th – 14th /Dead Air Paranormal Radio Presents: No Guts…No Glory!!!! / Pittsburg, Tennessee / This is a ghost hunt in at Old South Pittsburg Hospital with several ghost hunting celebrities including: Jeff Belanger, Brandon Kreitzer, Ben Hansen and Debra Wilson. For more information go to: http://www.deadairparanormal.com/events/old-south-pittsburg-hospital/
September 7th-9th / Horrorhound Weekend / Indianapolis, Indiana / This festival includes a Terminator reunion, an Aliens reunion and 150 vendors. There will also be a costume contest, an HMA.net mask fest which will showcase hundreds of realistic looking horror masks, a film festival and appearances by Elvira and Jamie Lee Curtis. For more information go to: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/
September 7th-8th / Drive-In Super Monster Rama / Vandergrift, Pennsylvania / Two nights of classic horror and sci fi films in an authentic drive in on route 66. Some of the movies being shown include: Countess Dracula, Son of the Blob, Psychomania, Horror House, Theatre Of Blood and Twins of Evil. For more information go to: http://www.dvddrive-in.com/driveinsupermonsterrama12.htm
September 13-16th / Scare-A-Cuse / Syracuse, New York / This is a horror, fantasy and Science Fiction convention that includes a zombie costume party and appearances by P.J. Soles from Halloween, Kane Hodder from Friday The 13th, Judith O’Dey from Night Of The Living Dead and Michael Berryman from The Hills Have Eyes. Also included is a film festival and a vendor room. For more information go to: http://scare-a-cuse.net/
September 14-16th / Con X / Kansas City, Missouri / A Horror and pop culture convention that includes screanings of D4, The Afflicted, InAlienable and The Hazing. There will also be appearances by Tiffany Shelps, Walter Koening and Jay Avovone and a live performance from Kyle Elliot and Voodoo Soul. For more information go to: http://www.conxkc.com/
September 20th-23rd / Killercon / Las Vegas, Nevada / This is a writers convention with writing workshops, author readings and a gross out contest. Some of the guests include: Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, F. Paul Wilson For more information go to: http://www.killercon.com/
March 25 – 27 / The Novia Albion Steampunk Exhibition / Santa Clara, CA / This convention will include a discussion on creating steampunk creations and costumes by Major Catastrophe and the crew of the Neverwashaul. There will also be steampunk exhibits, storytellers and a cabaret show featuring a performance by Veronique Chevalier. Veronique is the creator of Gothic Polka and is from a parallel universe where her parents are Elvira and Jim Morrison. For more information go to steampunkexhibition.com.
March 25-27th / HorrorHound Weekend / Indianapolis, IN / Included at the fest is a horror host tribute to Zacherley the Cool Ghoul, A Susperia reunion including Dario Argento, A Killer Klowns from Outer Space Reunion and a Halloween mask show. For more information go to horrorhoundweekend.com.
March 31 – April 8th / A Night of Horror / Sydney Australia / This is an independent horror film festival, some of the films that will be included are Suck followed by a vampire ball, The Haunting in Conneticut, Zombieland, Lesbian Vampire Killers and also a live performance from The Sugical Sideshow. For more information go to anightofhorror.com.
April 1st / Club Sin: Sinister / Montreal, QC / This is Club Sin’s annual grand sinners rendez-vous. With a performance by Jasmine Virginia and Paisley Phoenix and costumes by Creations Sis. For more information go to clubsin.ca.
Apr 28-May 1 / World Horror Convention / Austin, TX / The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary. For more information go to worldhorrorconvention.com.