Due to the ongoing pandemic, Southern California’s popular Halloween convention Midsummer Cry was forced to postpone its annual event until 2022. But luckily, convention organizers were able to create two smaller versions of the event this year in its place: awaken the spirits– which took place in August – and The cries of the season (held last weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center), which combined Christmas and Halloween themes for three days of festive scares.
I had the pleasure of attending Season’s Screamings as a medium and left with a holiday smile on my face, seeing how Halloween and Christmas are two of my favorite times of the year.
Walking around the floor of the convention center exhibition hall, it was easy to see how excited people were to come back to this type of event, although of course everyone was playing it as safe as possible respecting local COVID-19 regulations and protocols. In addition to the usual Halloween and horror memorabilia, I’ve seen stalls featuring familiar Christmas characters like The Grinch and the Mayor of Whoville, as well as vendors selling nifty Disney-centric collectibles like animatronic replicas of Haunted Mansion and paintings of the Twilight Zone Tower Lobby at the Terror’s Hollywood Tower Hotel (of course, I couldn’t help but grab a copy of this for myself- same).
On the main stage, Season’s Screamings hosted a number of presentations and discussions about Halloween and Christmas content, and nothing represented this combination better than the fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction overlay from Disneyland hosted by the famous designer of themed entertainment. Garner Holt.
Watch the FULL PANEL “Inside Stories of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday” at Season’s Screamings 2021:
Season’s Screamings guests could take a break after browsing the showroom floor or watch presentations on the main stage by visiting The Hall of Yuletide Spirits, where Southern California haunters took the opportunity. to create wonderful spooky seasonal offers like spooky mazes and eye-catching displays.
The last panel I attended on Sunday evening was “The Making of Haunted Mansion of the MuppetsStarring filmmaker Kirk Thatcher, who directed the hit Disney + special released in October. While participants were not allowed to film the presentation or take pictures of Thatcher’s slideshow, I learned some very interesting information like the fact that Haunted Mansion of the Muppets was originally planned as a 90 minute film made for Disney + (although plans obviously changed after the pandemic hit) and the song “Life Hereafter” performed in the mansion ballroom was once titled “Be Our Ghost” (but the team wouldn’t delete the name). I also took note of the exceptional design of the Season’s Screamings main stage, with some really cool Christmas lights and other holiday backdrops.
Midsummer Scream is scheduled to return the weekend of July 29-31 at the Long Beach Convention Center. For more information, be sure to visit the official convention website.
Mike is the senior reporter for Laughing Place in Southern California, editorial director for Star Wars content and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars Podcast. He has been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general his entire life and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.