Our 2024 Seminars, Podcasts, and Class Schedule

Map for Seminar Rooms

All schedules are subject to change without notice. Please note that for 2024 we have added space on the second floor, so locations are noted as Meeting Room 2 or Meeting Room 9. All seminars, podcasts and classes on this schedule are FREE to all Scarefest Weekend ticket holders unless noted otherwise.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

4:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

This Psychic Life: Recognizing, Growing, and Protecting Your Spiritual Gifts

Have you have often thought that you may have some abilities, higher intuition, see the world as others do not, or you just tend to know things that you shouldn’t? Then this is the perfect seminar for you. Whether you are a beginner or a long time metaphysical worker, this “how to” seminar will touch on subjects and tools of the trade that all of us can find useful and interesting to have in our metaphysical or paranormal toolbox. Come hear about my personal experiences from growing up as a psychic medium, and what advice and knowledge I have gathered throughout the years that has helped me in all the crazy encounters I have experienced.

Shay Smith

5:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

The Battletown Witch

I am the founder of the Battletown Witch Festival in Meade County, KY. We have a festival around Leah Smock (the Battletown Witch). We tell the complete and historically accurate story of the last witch burned in America. We also talk about the strange lore in and around Meade County. We have found Viking Stones, Giant Bones, First People ceremonial sites, UFO sightings, Big Foot Sightings, and so much more. 

6:30 PM

Meeting Room 2 

The Mary Luck Tales: Witch’s Curse

I will discuss the years of research I did in order to write my novel. I unearthed a treasure trove of information on the Appalachian mountains and the rich heritage of superstition, folklore, medicines, burial rites, and the belief in witches, haints and all sorts of spooks. I will discuss the early settlers who came to America to flee from religious persecution and the witch finder general, only to be once again shunned and sought out only for medical help or more nefarious reasons like spells or curses. I will in turn relate this to today’s horror and how that even in this digital world we still rely on Pagan rituals, Granny witches, folklore and urban legends to put chills down our spine. 

7:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Defeating the Demonic

Real Exorcists share their most terrifying cases in a 90-minute lecture and video event that will alter your world view and change your life forever.
 
Join host Jason McLeod as he showcases the most mind bending, thought provoking aspects of the epic 4 1/2 live event he hosted and organized last year. Learn how and why diabolical spirits gain access to our lives and how to identify the many devastating aspects of demonic infestation and  oppression. Hear real demonic voices recorded during authentic deliverances and exorcisms from leading experts in field. 

8:00 PM

Meeting Room 9

Toxic Icon Podcast LIVE

A horror based podcast out of St.Louis, MO. Comprised of three panelists, Nick White, Yerrty G, and Jalyn Talley, this podcast aims to give an in-depth look into what it’s like to work in a professional haunted house from an actors and management point of view, as well as a dive deep into the world of adversity, highs and lows, and how the haunted house world influences creativity, beyond the costumes that we wear.

This podcast also dives into the world of horror movies, reviews, and extensive coverage of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights event!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

11:30 AM

Meeting Room 2

Grave Robbing in the 19th century

Detailed presentation about grave robbing in the 19th century and how the rise of medical colleges led to cemeteries being raided all over the country. At a time when common laborers made $20 a week, medical schools paid $25 to $40 per body.

Allen Sircy

12:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Beyond the Headlines: True Crime’s Myths & Legends

I will do a brief discussion about the impact true crime has on our cultural mythology and then do a Q&A on related questions about various true crime cases. This talk would be related to my book series Beyond the Headlines.

1:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Real Life Final Girls: Three Women Who Survived Serial Killers

This presentation will focus on three women who survived deadly encounters with serial killers in the United States. This presentation will focus on the the accounts of Lisa McVey, Mary Vincent, and Kate Moir who used trickery, physical prowess, and fortitude to endure and escape from serial killers who had already destroyed several lives. These real life final girls overcame unimaginable ordeals, survived dismemberment, escaped containment, and faced down doubters to put their assailants behind bars. The stories of Mary, Kate, and Lisa sound like something straight out of Friday the 13th, yet they have gone largely ignored by the media. We’ll look beyond the prevalence of serial killers that have engaged the public mind to recognize and commend the women who brought them down.

2:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Real Magick: The Moon, Mirrors, and the Witches Ladder

Join Three Appalachian Witches: Ashley Conner, Misty Conner, and Pat Bussard O’Keefe, for a rollicking good time learning a bit of knowledge about magick! Their talk is based on their new book, From the Appalachians and Beyond: Moon Magick, Mirror Magick, and the Witches Ladder. Learning and laughing will take center stage as these mountain conjurers share both the secrets of their practice and stories from growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, the second oldest mountain range on Earth. The first 100 people to attend their presentation will take a little magick home, a spell kit of their own!

3:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

When We Feared Vampires – Historic Vampires and Modern Paranormal Occurrences

We will explore the New England Vampire panic and other early reports of vampires in America as well as the modern paranormal reports associated with them today.

Stephanie Bingham

4:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Eerie Travels: Unnatural Kentucky

Join the team behind the hit Eerie Travels Podcast and book series as they take you on a virtual tour of the cryptids, UFO, and paranormal encounters of the Bluegrass State. From the famous events like Hopkinsville, and cryptids like the Popelick Monster, to the dark lesser-known monsters and legends from the deepest hollers.

5:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Exploring UFO Aircraft and Alien Species

For centuries, humans have made reports of close encounters with extraterrestrials. Here we explore the different species that have been reported and the various UFO spacecraft. We will investigate the differences found between them and possible reasons for contact.

Christina Kieffer

6 PM

Meeting Room 9

Attachments: Haunted places vs haunted people

Comparing haunted locations and individuals that attract paranormal activity using witness accounts from my podcast Shadows of Legend

6:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Murderabilia

Husband and wife team Chad and Chelsea Sheppard show and tell their experience collecting murderabilia, or the buying and selling of true crime related artifacts.

Sunday, OCTOBER 20

11:30 AM

Meeting Room 2

Exploring the Paranormal with Glider

Adam Bonnett is a paranormal investigator, but not just any paranormal investigator. What makes him different? He’s in a wheelchair. His condition didn’t slow him down, it just forced him to develop creative alternatives. Throughout his life, he never let anything stop him or prevent him from achieving his goals. Often considered a “rolling trigger object”, he uses his unique position to his advantage when investigating. He created and copyrighted a wheelchair bound ghost named Glider, who represents him and others with disabilities. Glider is a symbol that there are no limitations to those who truly believe. He hopes to continue raising awareness and showing the world that anything is possible.

Adam Bonnett

12:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

“One of Us”: Kentucky’s Horror Icons

Though not normally considered a hot bed of the film and tv industry, Kentucky has produced or nurtured some true legends of the horror genre. This presentation will shed light on these luminaries. their careers, and the influence the Bluegrass had on them.

Eric Brooks

1:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

The Haunting Impact of Paranormal Tourism on Local Communities

When we think about tourism, we may think about sporting events, business and medical conferences, and work retreats. However a new trend of dark tourism has brought forth a new emergence of tourists to communities. When we think of haunted cities, we often think about New Orleans, Savannah, or Gettysburg. What we don’t think about is Louisville, Chicago, or smaller prohibition cities who typically only advertise their dark pasts around Halloween. This panel will give attendees an opportunity to think about their haunted hometowns and how to highlight the rich histories of Kentucky and Indiana through paranormal and dark storytelling.

2:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Ghostly Tales along the Ohio River

Paula will share her new Book – Ghostly Tales along the Ohio River. Reading some of the stories from her book, doing a Q & A and showing Evidence from her investigations while writing the book

3:30 PM

Meeting Room 2

Haunted Route 66

I will speak about the history of the Historic Route 66 as well as some its mysteries, murders, and hauntings along the famous route. From Ghostly apparitions, cryptids, UFO sightings, and unsolved mysteries, this haunted highway plays host to world of the paranormal.