Get Schooled in Scares, Home Haunters, at Haunt X

Find frightful props and tips at Fairplex, where the home haunting convention is settling in for a weekend of scare-based schooling.

What to Know

  • Fairplex in Pomona
  • Feb 23 and 24
  • $25 Saturday and $20 Sunday; parking additional

No one would dare claim that a single plastic ghost, placed in the eaves of a house, or a few cardboard tombstones dotting a lawn, isn't totally charming.

Because on Halloween? Even the most basic eerie adornments add to the overall atmosphere of the holiday, upping the fun of the most goosebumpily night of the year.

But there are some Halloween fans who forgo the easy-to-display decorations, choosing to instead create something that's quite complex and unbelievably cool: Full-on immersive worlds built from lights, fog, story, and terrific tech'd-out wizardry. And, yes, some talented actors, too.

These are the yard haunters and home haunters who prefer a lot of time to plan what they'll be doing come late October. And by "a lot of time" we generally mean "all year."

Haunt X The Ultimate DIY Haunters Expo is here for those creatively minded Halloween lovers, and anyone eager to know how so many Southern California spots, from the big theme parks to local houses, put on such amazing Halloweentime experiences each year.

In other words, waiting for autumn is waiting too long, so Haunt X will fearsomely flourish at the Fairplex on Feb. 23 and 24. 


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"If It's Haunted It's Here!" says Haunt X, and a glance at the classes and panels backs this up. There's a session devoted to the monsters of Knott's Scary Farm, as well as one that's all about the "Basic Tools of the Trade" in home haunting.

A bunch of Halloween-cool exhibitors will also be in Pomona, ready to help those haunters eager to flesh out a frightful idea for the fall of 2019.

Whether your home or yard haunt will be up and running for a few weeks, or a weekend, or just on Halloween night matters not.

What does matter?

That the excited visitors who stop by your place to enter the universe you built from scratch will be wowed, will laugh, and will enjoy a few jumpy thrills.

Is this the autumn you finally haunt your own home? Or that you further burnish the spooky yard you've been crafting over several years? Stop by Haunt X for expert advice and plenty of eeky inspo, over one frightful February weekend.

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