Get ready for a Nightmare Weekend is Des Moines! A convention of all things HORROR is headed to Iowa, September 27th through 29th of 2024!

Held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Nightmare Weekend consists of "3 days of scary celebrities, petrifying parties, villainous vendors, ghastly gaming, creepy cosplay contests, and fearful fun for EVERYONE!" The event will also have tattoo artists, video games, a family zone, an exhibit hall, and a whole lot more!

The biggest draw for Nightmare Weekend is the long list of celebrity guests. Guests can enjoy Q&As, meet & greets, autographs, and/or photo-ops with some of their favorite actors and creators. Here are just SOME of the big names that are set to appear (check out a full list HERE):

  • Amie Donald - M3gan in M3GAN & M3GAN 2.0 & Maya in Sweet Tooth
  • Ken KirzingerJason Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason
  • Kerr SmithCarter Horton in Final Destination Axel Palmer in My Bloody Valentine
  • Devon Sawa - Human Casper in Casper,  Alex Browning in Final Destination, Logan Wheeler in Chucky
  • Butch PatrickEddie Munster in The Munsters & Munster, Go Home!
  • Tom AtkinsNick Castle in The Fog, Burke in My Bloody Valentine, & Daniel Challis in Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • Henry ThomasElliott in E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialYoung Hugh Crain in The Haunting of Hill HouseHenry Wingrave in The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • Dee WallaceMary in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Donna Trenton in Cujo, Lynne Wood in The Hills Have Eyes
  • Matthew De Meritt - E.T in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
  • Robert MacNaughton - Michael in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Isaac in Frankenstein vs. the Mummy
  • C.J. Graham Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Elias Voorhees in Friday the 13th: Vengeance and Friday the 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines
  • Chris SarandonJack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mike Norris in Child's Play, Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night
  • Ken Page Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Jack Dylan GrazerEddie Kaspbrak in It Young Eddie Kaspbrak in It Chapter Two
  • Judith Hoag - Gwen Cromwell Piper in Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge, Halloweentown High, & Return to Halloweentown
  • Kimberly J. Brown Marnie Piper in Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge, and Halloweentown High, Miyu Yamano in Vampire Princess Miyu, and Annie Wheaton in Rose Red
  • Barry Bostwick Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • David NaughtonDavid Kessler in An American Werewolf in London
  • Omri KatzMax Dennison in Hocus Pocus

Three-day, two-day, and one-day tickets for Nightmare Weekend are available now, as are VIP tickets. You can purchase your tickets online HERE.

The ABCs of Iowa

I know Iowa may not be the most popular state to visit, but we still have plenty to offer! Using countless article, websites, lists, and maps, we put together a list of some of Iowa's best and biggest events, venues, and attractions using every letter of the alphabet (which wasn't easy)! Unfortunately, we couldn't include EVERY awesome place in the state (there aren't enough letters!), but here are our Iowa ABCs:

Gallery Credit: Courtlin

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