Halloween is a yearlong celebration for Southern California conventions – Press Enterprise

For some, February marks a time to celebrate love and Valentine’s Day. But for those with a darker heart, it also means horror is in the air.

The second annual Creep IE Con ​​horror convention returns to the Ontario Convention Center on February 4-5 and is expected to draw thousands of horror fans, who come to meet celebrities, walk through pop-up spots and shop everything. kind of creepy and funny stuff. unique merchandise from vendors.

The convention is also one of the first of several Halloween-themed and horror events scheduled for 2023, as they are no longer restricted to the months of September and October. Horror is now a year-round business in Southern California, fueled by die-hard fans whose spooky celebrations aren’t dictated by a calendar.

“There’s a really cool segment of the convention world and that’s the horror world. It has completely fanatical fans who really enjoy anything related to horror culture,” said Brian Boget, Co-Founder of Creep IE Con.

“There are so many passionate people who attend superhero and comic conventions and now it’s expanding to very passionate people who love horror,” he added. “Horror conventions have been around for a while, but now they’re really gaining popularity quickly and it’s a whole different scene and it’s really cool.”

Creep IE will bring together horror movie celebrities, including the cast of the “Terrifier” movies, with actor David Howard Thornton, who plays Art the Clown in the movies, appearing in full costume at the convention on February 4 . Other celebrities scheduled to be there include Skeet Ulrich and Jamie Kennedy, who co-starred in Wes Craven’s 1996 slasher “Scream”; Ryan Hurst and Tom Payne from “The Walking Dead”; Bill Mosley and Walter Phelan from “House of 1000 Corpses”; Devon Sawa from “Final Destination” and “Hunter Hunter,” plus Richard Brake and Matthew Patrick Davis from the hit 2022 horror film “Barbarian.”

Creep IE will also be home to hundreds of vendors selling all sorts of collectibles and artwork, plus a haunt produced by the Fear Farm, a horror prop museum, and since it happens right before Valentine’s Day, there’s a horror speed dating session planned for the weekend.

“We thought February was the perfect time for that, it’s a week before Valentine’s and the Super Bowl, scam season starts early and people want to celebrate Halloween and the spooky season all year long,” Boget said.