Conventions are finally back! Not only are we excited about sitting down at amazing panels again, but we are excited to see all of our extended halloween family! I think sometimes people misunderstand the love for the season. It isn’t always about the blood, guts, scares and haunted houses. A lot of it is about the people we surround ourselves with and now that things are slowly going back to normal, we can once again embrace each other at amazing events like Awaken The Spirits! to celebrate the season we love.

All this excitement has been stirred up because Midsummer Scream has announced its lineup for their upcoming Awaken The Spirits “pop up” event happening at the Pasadena Convention Center this August. It’s no shock that the event has a pretty stellar lineup even if it’s a bite sized version of what we’re normally use to. Below you’ll find all the info regarding this years event and do not forget to download the app to help you traverse the event!

Halloween favorites including Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, LA Haunted Hayride, Delusion, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, and Winchester Mystery House will have presentations about their upcoming events during Awaken the Spirits!, Midsummer Scream’s “pop-up” event August 14-15, 2021 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The schedule, along with a list of special guests, vendors, and other surprises, is now available on the event website and through the Fan Guru app.

Saturday, August 14, will feature presentations by Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Winchester Mystery House, LA Haunted Hayride, and Delusion: Reaper’s Remorse. A special panel commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the feature film Thir13en Ghosts will kick-off the day with special guests including Producer Erik Olsen, Special Makeup Effects Designers Howard Berger and Norman Cabrera from KNB EFX Group, and Composer John Frizell.

Sunday, August 15 includes presentations from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, voice and mo- cap cast from the best-selling horror video game Resident Evil: Village, a 30th Anniversary retrospective of legendary home haunt Rotten Apple 907, and a deep dive into how Epic Entertainment and Mycotoo (the teams behind Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor) bring horrifying creature and stories to life. Both Saturday and Sunday will conclude with a 60-minute Home Haunt Update featuring many of Southern California’s most epic and beloved home-grown Halloween attractions each day, and what their “comeback” plans are for 2021.

All weekend, guests can explore a sprawling show floor, including over 200 spooky vendors and displays, including a brand-new experience from Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights that will put your horror fandom to the test and see how brave you are!

Awaken the Spirits! is the first large-scale event that Midsummer Scream has produced since 2019. Hosting this convention-style pop-up is a thrilling endeavor, bringing the haunt and horror community together again for a weekend of socializing, cosplay, shopping, presentations, and fun! Saturday General Admission tickets for the event have already sold out; Sunday, Weekend, and VIP tickets are still available, but are going fast!

To purchase tickets visit and download the Fan Guru app for a full schedule, list of speakers and vendors, and event map:

The event will also be the first chance for guests to purchase tickets for Midsummer Scream’s holiday horror convention, Season’s Screamings, to be help December 17-19, also at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Midsummer Scream and the Pasadena Convention Center are working in accordance with all CDC, state, and City of Pasadena guidelines governing requirements for events and gatherings of this type. For breaking information about Awaken the Spirits! and other upcoming Midsummer Scream events, follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @midsummerscream and sign up for the newsletter at

About Midsummer Scream and Awaken the Spirits!

Midsummer Scream and its branded events are presented by David Markland (Founder/Executive Director), Gary Baker (Founder/Executive Producer), Claire Dunlap (Founder/Supervising Producer), and Rick West (Founder/Creative Director). Their goal is to showcase the diversity of Southern California’s haunt and horror community as a welcoming beacon for fans around the world to converge on Los Angeles for a weekend of excitement, networking and non-stop spooky fun! Be sure to follow Midsummer Scream on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for breaking updates and information. Midsummer Scream returns to Long Beach for its highly anticipated 5th Anniversary show July 29-31, 2022.

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