Another Monster Mania show is in the books. This was convention number 25 to be exact. I have attended almost all of them, and have enjoyed myself at every one. I have also been to Chiller Theatre in northern New Jersey and Horrorfind, now located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. My personal favorite is Monster Mania, held in nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Not only is it 20 minutes away from home, but I find it to be the most well run and organized of the shows I have visited.
The conventions offer an opportunity to meet celebrities that work in the genre (in both movies and television), question and answer panels featuring said talent, and a variety of vendors. There is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of your budget. Some shows also screen films throughout the day, host seminars, and have costume contests.
If collecting autographs isn’t your interest, these conventions are a great opportunity to people watch. The camaraderie among horror fans is incredible, it’s one place where everyone can come together and be comfortable with each other. It’s great seeing new attendees among the familiar faces. You may even meet a new friend by chatting with someone in line waiting to meet a celebrity.
If you’re a horror fan, check out a local convention when you have the chance. Once you start attending, you will become addicted. Be sure to bring a camera, as you never know who will be lurking to scare you!