Step 1: Apply - Step 2: Get confirmation -Step 3: Do media stuff

There are minor changes to our 2023 media passes.

The Scarefest has always made Media Passes available and we are grateful for the favorable coverage we get from year to year. For 2023 we are adding a reward to the media outlets that actively help us get the word out about The Scarefest in the months leading up to the convention. Watch for the details of our “Featured Media”.

Our 2023 media passes DO NOT include admission to our VIP area of our Halloween party. They do include admission to the VIP hours of the expo on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday we request that all media on hand cover our “Black Carpet Event.”

You qualify if you represent the following traditional media outlets:

  • PRINT MEDIA: Print Media includes local newspapers, national newspapers, college newspapers, magazines etc. Hyper-local publications and alternative newspapers will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • TELEVISION & RADIO: TV & Radio include AM, FM, satellite, local TV, cable, national TV outlets. Streaming only outlets will be considered as online media.
  • ONLINE MEDIA: In order to be considered for internet media credentials you should meet the following criteria. 
  • You represent a podcast, website or blog that posts content regularly (preferably monthly or more).

You should have at least 1 branded social media page such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, etc. At least one of your social media platforms should have more than 5,000 followers or subscribers although we will take the quality of your content into consideration.

Freelance photographers not representing a specific media outlet should have a website where their work is displayed.

For 2023 an approved Media Pass application will grant you two Media Passes per outlet.

All applicants are asked to to post about The Scarefest before the event with a visible and verifiable link to our website. Special consideration for additional passes will be made for outlets that actively work directly with us to help us promote our convention through interviews or other approved coverage and postings leading up to the event including sharing our commercials (coming soon). All approved applicants may request a code that will allow you to purchase discounted tickets similar to what our vendors are eligible for.

Of course, if you are not approved for “free” media credentials, you may still purchase a ticket to the show and report on the show that way. Having a press badge does not guarantee any interviews during the expo.

We are unable to facilitate celebrity interviews for most of you. We can only set up a few in the days immediately leading up to the convention and must limit these to mainstream radio and television broadcasts. 

If you are granted a media pass, we ask that you share information regarding The Scarefest before the event.

Media Credentials are granted with the understanding that The Scarefest is a fandom event that celebrates both its attendees and guests. We ask that press don’t mock attendees or guests or use any part of the show as a source for derisive humor.

Once you are approved, we will work with you to help secure possible advance information and potential interview opportunities with The Scarefest staff. You will also be added to the mailing list for any related press releases.


IMPORTANT: Your media pass is not approved until you receive a confirmation email from The Scarefest. Do not “assume” it is approved and “just show up”, and past admittance is no guarantee of acceptance. All approved media are sent confirmation emails in advance of the convention. 

The deadline for applications is Monday, October 16, 2023. Applications, emails and messages are very hard to handle in a timely matter after that date.

Questions? Email Wes at [email protected]