Oingo Boingo Dance Party Update, Details on American Horror Story and Henson Creature Shop at Midsummer Scream!

Meet your favorite monster makers and nightmare creators at Midsummer Scream!

The schedule of panels and presentations are almost complete! With just a few announcements to go we wanted to make sure you knew some of our newest highlights, including the addition of American Horror Story, Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and more!

Big news, kids!  Our Saturday night costume bash with Oingo Boingo Dance Party is now 18+!

Good news for those stuck with the title of "adult" without all the privileges!  Experience an '80s themed Halloween party with the musicians behind hits including "Only A Lad," "Weird Science," and, of course, "Dead Man's Party."

Oingo Boingo Dance Party leads Nuevos de los Muertos on Saturday night, July 30, with a rocking performance, and will also judge a "Best and Worst of the '80s" costume contest... everyone is encouraged to dress up!

 To celebrate this party being open to everyone aged 18 and older, use code MUERTOS for $10 off each party ticket (discount automatically applied if purchasing with your Midsummer Scream admission).  Code good for advance online purchase only!

Check into American Horror Story: Hotel

Some of the sinister minds behind the acclaimed anthology series American Horror Story check in at Midsummer Scream to discuss the gritty world of Hotel, which aired from October 2015 - January 2016 on FX.  From makeup design and effects to stunning character development and overall look, the panel will celebrate the terrifying beauty of Hotel Cortez and its other-worldly residents.  Sunday, July 31 at 3:30pm

They Make the Monsters You Want Under Your Bed

Jim Henson's Creature Shop has been creating family-friendly scares and whimsical creatures around the world for the past 37 years.  Midsummer Scream welcomes this incredibly talented team as they discuss the history of their craft, as well as what the future has in store for their style of puppetry and design. 

This presentation will be moderated by actress, host and producer Clarke Wolfe.  Clarke is also a correspondent for Nerdist and the host of Collider Nightmares on Collider.com.  Sunday, July 31 at 12:45pm.

Want to Hear a Scary Story?

Once told in whispers around the campfire in the dead of night, today's scariest myths and legends are right at your fingertips 24/7 - and can be shared instantly via social media.  So why, in this age of instantaneous information, are we still so obsessed with stories of the weird and macabre? 

Hosted by Blumhouse.com Senior Writer Gregory Burkart, Social Media Guru John Humphrey, and Journalist of the Bizarre Stephen Johnson, this panel will examine the phenomena of urban legends, creepypasta, regional folklore, paranormal investigations, macabre news and much more... Sunday July 31 at 1pm. 

Krampus: The Devil You (Barely) Know

Using slides, video, masks and material from his upcoming book The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas (October 2016), internationally known Krampus expert Al Ridenour will help you sort horror movie tropes from authentic Krampus folklore.  Saturday, July 30 at 2pm. 

Halloween Past, Present, and Future

Leading Halloween experts Lisa Morton (The Halloween Encyclopedia) and David J. Skal (Halloween: the History of America's Darkest Holiday), discuss the holiday's origins and growth through the 20th century, and a discussion of how it continues to evolve. Saturday, July 30 at 4:30pm. 

To see Midsummer Scream's full lineup and schedule, visit their website www.midsummerscream.org for days and times for presentations from Winchester Mystery House, Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights, Knott's Scary Farm, and more...and keep an eye on updates by following Midsummer Scream on social media at Facebook: www.facebook.com/MidsummerScream, Instagram: www.instagram.com/midsummerscream, and Twitter: www.twitter.com/midsummerscream.

Still need to get your tickets for the premiere Halloween event of the summer?  Use code HAPPYBAT at checkout for 25% off General Admission Tickets! (expires Monday, July 11, 2016 at 11:59pm)