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Midsummer Scream Horror Con Announces Oingo Boingo Dance Party

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LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2016 – Let’s have a party, there’s a full moon in the sky! Midsummer Scream is thrilled to announce Oingo Boingo Dance Party will headline its Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead) celebration and costume contest at the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday evening July 30th, 2016.

Oingo Boingo Dance Party is comprised of former Oingo Boingo members Johnny Vatos, Steve Bartek, John Avila, Sam “Sluggo” Phipps, Carl Graves and Doug Lacy, along with a host of other wildly-talented musicians that keep the legacy of the iconic band alive and thriving for fans of multiple generations.

Known for their unique sound which includes explosive percussion, electrifying guitar riffs and a full horns section, Oingo Boingo’s extensive song catalogue includes Only a Lad, Little Girls, Weird Science, No One Lives Forever, and the venerable Dead Man’s Party. The band hosted Halloween shows in Irvine each year at the height of its popularity, with thousands of “Tender Lumplings” – the given nickname for their adoring fans – showing up in costumes and skeletal makeup, as the underlying thematic style of the group commonly centered around Dia de los Muertos.

“Oingo Boingo was synonymous with Halloween here in Southern California in the ‘80s and ‘90s,” said Rick West, Creative Director of Midsummer Scream. “What better way to launch our event than a concert featuring these legendary performers doing what they do best as Oingo Boingo Dance Party? To me, bringing these musicians and the haunt and horror community together under one roof is a no-brainer. They’re going to bring the house down!”

Oingo Boingo Dance Party will headline Midsummer Scream’s 21+ nighttime event, Noche de los Muertos, featuring a Best & Worst of the ‘80s Costume Contest, which will be judged by the band members themselves during the middle of their 90-minute concert performance. Midsummer Scream attendees are encouraged to dress up in their best – or worst – ‘80s Halloween costumes and strut their stuff across the stage as Johnny Vatos, Steve Bartek, John Avila, Sluggo and the gang cast final judgment!

For the ultimate Boingo fans in attendance, a limited amount of “Tender Lumpling Experience” passes are now available for purchase, which offers admission to the Noche de los Muertos party, as well as a personal meet-and-greet opportunity with the band that includes photos and autograph signing prior to the concert.

“Having Oingo Boingo Dance Party as part of our event was something the team wanted to do from the get-go,” said Gary Baker, Executive Producer of Midsummer Scream. “Very quickly, Johnny Vatos and the band were interested, which set everything in motion. We’re going to put on a show that no one will soon forget.”

Face-painters will be on hand to transform guests into fearsome skeletons or sweet sugar skulls if they’d like before and during the party for a small price – perhaps a golden coin, or a shiny silver dollar on either eye.

Tickets for Noche de los Muertos featuring Oingo Boingo Dance Party are now on sale at www.MidsummerScream.org, and will be sold throughout the day Saturday July 30th including at the door. Tender Lumpling Experience passes will sell out extremely fast – there is a frightfully limited supply!

Midsummer Scream is California’s premier Halloween, haunt and horror festival featuring more than 100,000 square feet of artisan vendors, live entertainment, specialty workshops, makeup demonstrations, a multipurpose theater, haunted attraction previews and experiences, Hall of Shadows darkened scare zone and more.

One of the biggest draws to Midsummer Scream are its world-class theme park panel presentations throughout the weekend. They include Knott’s Scary Farm (Sunday July 31st), Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor (Saturday July 30th), Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest (Sunday July 31st), Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights and Walt Disney Imagineering (Saturday July 30th).

Tickets are now on sale, with new information regarding Midsummer Scream is being updated frequently at MidsummerScream.org.

Fans may sign up on the site for email notifications and announcements, including discounts and other special offers.  Be sure to follow Midsummer Scream on social media as well – Twitter/Periscope: @MidsummerScream, Instagram: @MidsummerScream, and Facebook: facebook.com/midsummerscream.

Bone Yard Effects Announces Alice in Terrorland and More For Midsummer Scream

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LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2016 – Veteran special effects makeup artist Larry Bones and his world-class team of artists from Bone Yard Effects will turn a host of volunteers into savage creatures that will roam the show floor and Hall of Shadows during this summer’s Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival held July 30 – 31 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Bones, whose film credits include Congo, Outbreak and Shallow Hal, will oversee the transformation of dozens of volunteers throughout the weekend to populate the entire Midsummer Scream venue, from the ominous Hall of Shadows to the vendor/exhibitor show floor and beyond. For the past 10 years, Larry has overseen the makeup needs for Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights.

“We are thrilled to have Larry as a creative partner,” said Claire Dunlap, Associate Producer of Midsummer Scream. “The enthusiasm he’s had for our event since the onset is infectious. At launch Larry committed his full support for which we are ecstatic. Having Bone Yard Effects with FX Faces at the helm of our most anticipated portion of the show floor creates excitement for our organization and the thousands of guest who’ll get to admire – and be terrorized by – his amazing talents. Larry is providing all that his creative genius has to offer and it is a win-win for everyone involved.”

Alice in Terrorland is the theme Larry chose this year for the photo op portion of Bone Yard’s sprawling booth on the show floor. Brave guests will be able to pose to have their photos taken with the dark vixen Alice and Rancid Rabbit, a towering creature straight out of your childhood nightmares. To ensure everyone gets a great photo at the Bone Yard booth, Dstar Photography will be in place the whole weekend taking complimentary professional photos that can be downloaded following the show from their Facebook Page.

Another portion of the Bone Yard space will be dedicated to FX Faces, the company’s prosthetics and makeup supply division. July will be just the right time to purchase the perfect demon, troll or vampire face for Halloween. Bone Yard will have everything you need to become the most frightening ghoul on your block or most hideous creature at your office party this fall.

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Bone Yard Effects will also have a special guest at their booth – David Naughton, beloved for his starring role in An American Werewolf in London as David Kessler. Mr. Naughton will be available for autographs throughout the entire weekend.

“We don’t go out of our way to bring celebrities to the show floor,” said Johanna Atilano, Producer of Midsummer Scream. “However, anyone who’s had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Naughton will tell you, he truly enjoys meeting fans and interacts with people sincerely, which is something the team felt would be a fantastic addition to the Bone Yard space on the show floor. In 2014, Larry did many makeups for An American Werewolf in London at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights event, so this is a perfect pairing in our opinion; we’re sure fans will agree!”

Individuals interesting in becoming Midsummer Scream monsters at the hands of Larry and his team should contact him directly at Larry@BoneYardFX.com immediately. Please note that only those with haunt experience will be eligible for this opportunity and will be screened by Bone Yard Effects. Volunteers selected will be admitted free of charge to Midsummer Scream, and will need to be able to work in character for the duration of the day they wish to participate.

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Midsummer Scream is California’s premier Halloween, haunt and horror festival featuring more than 100,000 square feet of artisan vendors, live entertainment, specialty workshops, makeup demonstrations, a screening room, haunted attraction previews and experiences, a darkened scare zone and more.

Additional information on Bone Yard Effects and FX Faces can be found at BoneYardFX.com.

Tickets are now on sale, and new information regarding Midsummer Scream is being updated frequently at MidsummerScream.org.

Fans may sign up on the site for email notifications and announcements, including discounts and other special offers.  Be sure to follow Midsummer Scream on social media as well – Twitter/Periscope: @MidsummerScream, Instagram: @MidsummerScream, and Facebook: facebook.com/midsummerscream.

Dead Island Retro Revenge First Trailer

Larkspur, Calif., May 9, 2016 – Deep Silver released today the first trailer for the all-new 16-bit side-scrolling action game, Dead Island Retro Revenge.

Hell-bent on saving his cat, Max must carve a bloody path through a zombie-infested California, tearing his way through hordes of the undead, battalions of corrupt soldiers, and a slew of evil-minded ex-cons. Pull off crazy combos, collect power-ups, wield super weapons, and unleash insane magic attacks as you fight to become the amazing 16-bit side-scrolling hero you’ve always believed yourself to be!

Features:
• Retro look meets melee-based combat
• Featuring leader boards, achievements and a level of depth beyond the genre
• Game mechanics include power-ups, super attacks and a cool combo system

Dead Island Definitive Collection is a compilation containing Dead Island Definitive Edition, Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition and also includes for free Dead Island Retro Revenge. It will be available at retail and digital for a suggested price of $39.99.

The digital pre-order on Steam will start later today and make sure to check the Steam community hub for some fabulous discounts!

Available at the same time, Dead Island Definitive Edition, and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition will each be available separately and as a digital download for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PC at suggested a price of $19.99.

All three titles, Dead Island Definitive Edition, Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition, plus the compilation Dead Island Definitive Collection are scheduled for release May 31, 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Windows PC.

Product Details
Release: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platforms: PS4™, Xbox One, PC
Price: $39.99 (Collection)
$19.99 (Editions)
Age Rating: ESRB M

Evil Twin Studios Announces No Haunted House for 2016

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May 6, 2016 – Thanks for all your messages asking about what’s next for Evil Twin Studios! Your enthusiasm and support has provided us the inspiration to create such award-winning haunted attractions as Theater of Terror, Raymond Hill Mortuary, and WARD 13.

Unfortunately, it is with heavy hearts (heavy, blood-oozing hearts) that we formally announce that we will not be creating a haunted attraction for 2016.  After three very successful years in a row, we have hit the wall that every haunt eventually hits: we haven’t been able to secure a suitable location for this Fall. Normally, at this point in the year, we have already decided on our theme, mapped out our haunt, and started pre-building props.  Without that kind of lead time, we can’t create the amazing, horrifying experiences our fans expect and deserve.  So even if we discovered the perfect location tomorrow, it’s safe to say there will be no haunt this year.

On the positive side, that means the creators, builders, and actors of Evil Twin Studios will finally have a chance to get out and enjoy all of the other haunted attractions that Southern California has to offer.  Undoubtedly this will get our creative juices flowing to bring you an even more thrilling experience for the 2017 Halloween season! Until then, keep making nightmares come true!

The Evil Twin Studios Team

PS – Follow us on social media (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) @EvilTwinStudios to see the spooky things we’re up to throughout the year.

ScareLA Unveils More Exhibitors and Panels

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Mat 4, 2016 – The most anticipated titles of Halloween come to ScareLA 2016 with a roar! Check out a few of the tricks and treats we plan to unleash upon you this August 6-7 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

  • Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights will return to ScareLA with a special presentation by creative director John Murdy and art director Chris Williams. Expect the unexpected as they reveal some of their most thrilling 2016 scare season plans.
  • Only at ScareLA: Since a raging premiere at ScareLA in 2015, Serial Killer Speed Dating has been taking Los Angeles by a storm. It creeps back to ScareLA for its second year of romance, mystery, and blood-soaked fun, as con attendees get the opportunity to meet and mingle with their fellow singles.
  • Lurking among the daters are some serial killers looking for love in all the wrong places! Come one, come all: Serial Killer Speed Dating will appear at ScareLA for two days of screams for straight, LGBT and plain curious attendees. Perhaps you walk out arm in arm with your new squeeze… or perhaps you never make it out alive… Face your fears and come to play, mingle and mangle!
  • Only at ScareLA: McKamey Manor: From Extreme to Mainstream  Russ McKamey is the co-owner of the most controversial extreme haunt of all time! Only at ScareLA he will share McKamey Manor secrets, exclusive haunt footage and, for the first time ever, Russ will unleash a sneak peek into his latest projects which he hopes will catapult the Manor into the mainstream.
  • Only at ScareLA: Exclusive Screening of Sliders of Ghost Town – In 1973 the Halloween industry would be changed forever when Knott’s Berry Farm in CA, hosted their very first Halloween Haunt event. Years later, employees of the park known as “Street Monsters” developed a new scare tactic that involved sliding great distances across concrete and asphalt in order to surprise and scare event guests. Since then, sliding has become an all year round activity and can be seen all over the globe. Hear the stories of the monsters who invented or refined this skill into what it is today and see what it takes to be a true Street Monster!

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Stay Tuned For More Bloody News and Programming Announcements! 
What You Can Expect at ScareLA 2016:
 One-of-a-kind Interactive Experiences and Games
 Mini Haunts and Escape Rooms Galore
 Monster Shows, Theater and Haunting Music Performances
 Classes and Demos on all you need to take your Halloween to the next level
 Activities for Kids of All Ages and even those of you who are immortal
 Halloween Movies, Panels and Presentations
 Costume Party, Roaming Monsters and More!!!

Dead Island Definitive Collection Gets Gory New Trailer

May 3, 2016 – Today Deep Silver revealed all-new gory footage of Dead Island Definitive Collection, including a new mini game Dead Island Retro Revenge, on new-gen consoles. Featuring award-winning multiplayer, Dead Island on the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 is brain-crushing goodness you do not want to miss.

With Dead Island Definitive Collection, fans can return to Banoi on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for the first time, while PC’s most hardened zombie-slayers will have the chance to purchase the Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide bundle with all DLC in one epic deal offering the most complete Dead Island experience ever. Full details are below.

About Dead Island Definitive Collection
Dead Island Definitive Collection is a compilation containing Dead Island Definitive Edition, and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition and will be available at retail and digital for $39.99. In addition, Dead Island Retro Revenge will be included in the retail version of Dead Island Definitive Collection for free.

Available at the same time, Dead Island Definitive Edition, and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition will each be available separately and as digital downloads for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system for $19.99.

All three titles, Dead Island Definitive Edition, Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition plus the compilation Dead Island Definitive Collection are scheduled for release May 31st, 2016 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

For full game details please visit www.deepsilver.com.

Casting Call for The Walking Dead Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

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April 28, 2016 – Universal Studios Hollywood is casting a wide net in search of walkers and human survivors for its upcoming new permanent attraction based on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” opening this summer. 100 male and female actors will be cast from the thousands expected to audition and should arrive prepared to channel their inner “Dead Inside.”

“The Walking Dead” attraction will be a real-life interpretation of AMC’s award-winning television series. To elevate its authenticity, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including visionary executive producer and director, Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB Efx. Nicotero’s team, responsible for masterfully creating the show’s realistic decaying walkers, will construct prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to the attraction walkers.

For those interested in auditioning, please visit: www.USHAuditions.com to sign up for an audition appointment. Auditions will take place on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6 and is expected to attract over 1000 prospective walkers.

Hauppauge’s Chamber of Horrors NY Announces 2016 Season

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Hauppauge, NY (April, 2016) — Having grossed over 10,000 visitors with last year’s attractions that saw fear take on a whole new meaning, Hauppauge’s Chamber of Horrors NY is gearing up for another fright filled season in 2016! With an Opening Weekend scheduled for September 23rd-24th, dates are set for September 30th-October 2nd, 7th-9th, 14th-16th, 21st-23rd, and 26th straight through Halloween night with additional dates and special events coming in November at 1745 Express Drive North, in Hauppauge!

Chamber of Horrors NY is Long Island’s Premier Haunted Attraction. In a dark collection of mazes and rooms, the attraction combines lights and sound with a cast unequaled in imagination and talent, not to mention bloodlust. Owned, built and staffed by industry veterans, they can proudly say that they are “Where fear lives…”!

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During the Trilogy of Fear taking place Fridays and Saturdays, brave visitors will have an incredible experience exploring three live scare attractions. Fright fans get three haunts for the price of one!  Visitors can wander the chilling labyrinth of Maniac Manor, navigate the terrifying lunacy of Ward 9 and finally, stagger through the horror of Murderers’ Row.

On Sundays, the lights go out for one of the Chamber’s most terrifying events- “Kill the Light”. After turning off every light source in the haunt, visitors are sent through in groups of five in complete darkness with only a single glow stick to light their way- backwards. Remember when you used to be scared of the dark? You will be again! Returning this year as well (Dates TBA) will also be the “Nightmare Gallery”- an interactive art show/haunt in which local artists exhibit their work amidst the chaos. Watch out…while you’re critiquing some of the spooky works of art, there’s a scare waiting for you around every corner! And for our smaller fans, Kids Day (Dates TBA) will bring family friendly fun for all as a few select ghouls guide the whole gang on a Trick or Treat through The Chamber, teaching the kids how to scare their parents along the way.

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For the third year in a row, Chamber of Horrors NY will also present its Holiday Haunt,

A Very Scary X-Mas, in December. Naughty or Nice no longer matters as Santa has had just about enough! The lists have gotten longer, the kids are ungrateful and somewhere along the way they took the sugar out of the cookies and put almonds in the milk! Its enough to drive an elf crazy…matter of fact, drive ALL the elves crazy!

With all of these events taking your breath away with every scare, Chamber of Horrors NY also plans to give back- supporting charitable organizations with special events including a Military Service night TBA.

PRICING:

  • Basic Burial $25 (Standard Admission)

  • R.I.P PASS $35 (Front-of-Line Access, Minimal Wait)

($40 at Box Office, buy online and save!)

There will be plenty of fear to go around this fall in Hauppauge, as well as plenty of Holiday Chills and Thrills, so you won’t want to miss what Chamber of Horrors NY has in store for 2016!

For More Information CALL: (855) 227-6384 (In-Season) // (516) 710-1845 (Off-Season), or VISIT: http://chamberofhorrorsny.com/

Norman Reedus Will Attend First Wizard World Cruise

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 5, 2016 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and Rose Tours today announced its first Wizard World Cruise, a pop-culture, comic con themed, three-night journey on the Norwegian Sky, December 2-5, from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. The event will feature celebrities including Norman Reedus as well as an Artist Alley with noted comics creators, cosplay contests, exhibitors, parties, video game tournaments and more.

This will be the only cruise appearance for Reedus. Others scheduled to appear include Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”), Sara Underwood (“Attack of the Show”), Billy Martin (lead guitarist/keyboardist, Good Charlotte; artist, “TMNT”), Phil Ortiz (animator, “The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), cosplayers Jackie Craft, Abby Dark Star and Zen Dragon. Additional celebrities and creators to appear aboard Wizard World Cruise will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are excited to partner with Rose Tours for our first-ever Wizard World Cruise!,” said Randy Malinoff , Wizard World COO. “Rose Tours has the best reputation for providing the fans with a great experience on their celebrity cruises. And having Norman Reedus among our inaugural guests is the best treat we can give our loyal fans!”

A variety of packages will be available, starting at $749.00 per person. The Wizard World Cruise base package includes photos with the celebrities, all meals onboard as well as open bar, a special cruise-only gift item and access to all Wizard World events on the ship. The Norwegian Sky ( https://www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/sky) also features a casino, spa, full gym, basketball/volleyball court, arcade, 10 bars (all included), four restaurants (included) and three of Norwegian’s famed specialty restaurants.

For more on the 2016 Wizard World Cruise, visit http://www.wizardworldcruise.com .

About Rose Tours
Rose Tours is a leader in Entertainment Cruises, striving to bring fans closer to the entertainers they love in an intimate and exclusive environment. Rose Tours provides a once in a lifetime experience for fans, while producing events for artists including New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, Rick Springfield, Boyz II Men, Matchbox Twenty, Top Chef: The Cruise, the Straight No Chaser Cruise, and many more. For more information, visit www.rosetours.com

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com ) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store ( www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ ( www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2016 schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/ .

ScareLA 2016 Tickets Available for Pre-Order

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Tuesday, March 22, 2016) – ScareLA, the Southern California Halloween convention, is excited to announce the dates of its 2016 event today. ScareLA 2016 is set to take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on August 6 and 7, 2016. An expanded showroom space of over 100,000 sq. ft. will accommodate the con’s growing list of vendors, attractions, and entertainment.

The 2016 convention theme, “Season of the Witch,” and tagline, “Cast a Dark Spell on the Summer,” are dedicated to celebrating all things spooky, scary and unusual in SoCal and beyond; featuring a playful themed logo by artist Mary J. Hoffman (aka BoogerVampire).

“ScareLA is proud to be the summer sneak peek of the West Coast Halloween season,” said Lora Ivanova, ScareLA Founder and Executive Producer. “We not only showcase the top horror content creators in the area but also pioneer new interactive and immersive experiences unlike anything patrons can experience at a typical fan or comic-book convention. We have many exciting surprises in store for 2016 and plan on unleashing our darkest magic on Los Angeles this August!”

The ScareLA convention features original Halloween entertainment and programming. This year attendees can enjoy: an expanded showfloor in two halls featuring over 200 curated vendors, artists and exhibits; presentations and exclusive reveals of the area’s top attractions and theme parks; an extensive schedule of classes, workshops, and demos for all ages; children’s programming; mini haunt experiences, screening room, interactive exhibits, games, cosplay, costume party and more.

Debuting in 2013, ScareLA was created to celebrate the diverse Halloween industry and community of the West Coast – from its iconic seasonal theme park events to home haunts. The event has become a mecca for horror fans and families in Los Angeles and beyond, extending the Halloween season through the summer. Attracting close to 10,000 guests in 2015, ScareLA is one of the fastest growing independent conventions in the U.S. to-date.

ScareLA’s ticket pre-sale launches this week with aggressive discounts up to 50% off for loyal fans and past attendees. To buy tickets or learn more about ScareLA’s 2016 plans, visit the ScareLA website at www.scarela.com.