Making Monsters: The Art of Terror Coming to ScareLA 2015

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Following last year’s very successful Making Monsters panel presentation, ScareLA is excited to announce this summer’s second iteration – Making Monsters: The Art of Terror. Hosted by Rick West, Programming Producer for ScareLA and Founder and Editor of Theme Park Adventure, Making Monsters 2015 will bring together art directors from Southern California’s largest Halloween attractions to discuss the creative process that goes into designing each haunt and the roles they play individually within their teams.

Art directors help create and approve the overall look of a haunted attraction – from facades to individual scenes, monsters, and scare zones. Through concept sketches and highly-detailed renderings, art directors guide teams through production, construction, and installation to ensure the final product turns out just as the team originally envisioned.

Lara Hanneman Knott's Scary Farm

Lara Hanneman – Knott’s Scary Farm

Lara Hanneman will represent the granddaddy of all park haunts, Knott’s Scary Farm; JJ Wickham will reign from the fog of Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor; Mark Wing will creep out of the shadows of Valencia and represent Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest; and Chris Williams will shed some light on the gruesome underside of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights!

This all-star lineup of haunt industry royalty is sure to be one of the highlights of ScareLA 2015, signifying only the second time anywhere that SoCal’s biggest Halloween attractions have come together on one stage in a show of support and unity, representing some of the the biggest Halloween events in the world.

“It’s terribly exciting to see Making Monsters expand and continue to grow from what we accomplished last year,” says Rick West. “Southern California is the birthplace of the theme park haunt industry, so having these big players come together once again to chat about their own roles in the creative process among themselves and with fans is something we’re very proud of. It’s groundbreaking all over again, and it’s the very core of what ScareLA is all about.”

Chris Williams - Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

Chris Williams – Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

Making Monsters: The Art of Terror will take place at 1:30 PM on the ScareLA Main Stage on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

In addition to individuals representing each of these attractions, ScareLA is pleased to announce that major presentations by Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights will be on tap throughout the weekend during ScareLA, giving fans non-stop thrills and excitement from morning till night!

Tickets are on sale now at!

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