HorrorHound Weekend is a series of mid-west Horror Conventions located in such cities as Cincinnati, Ohio – Indianapolis, Indiana – and Columbus, Ohio! Fans are able to meet some of the biggest celebrities in film and television, as well as icons from cinema's past. Celebrities attend, meeting with fans, signing autographs, participating in photo-ops (prices apply in many aspects of these appearances), and often appear on-stage for Q&A panels. Along with celebrity signings, fans can shop for the newest (or rarest) horror toys, t-shirts, posters, VHS/DVD/Blu-rays, masks, and other assorted goodies from our 100-plus amazing vendors – many times including actual film studios, filmmakers, toy companies and DVD distributors. Movie premieres and screenings are included with every show via the HorrorHound Film Festival. Each event includes a costume contest, as well as other special events (such as concerts and stage performances). You can also stop by and say hi to the HorrorHound Magazine staff, all while picking up the latest issue – or our convention-exclusive issues (a popular item for attendees)! After hours events include concerts, movie screenings, live stage events and parties!
Friday: 5pm - 10pm. Saturday: 11am - 7pm. Sunday: 11am - 5pm. Early access passes are available in limited supply (including with a VIP pass purchase) which grants those individuals access to the show an hour earlier on Friday (4pm) and Saturday (10am) only.
We generally offer sign-language assistance during our more popular Q&A events. If you are attending the upcoming event, and need such assistance, please email and let us know which panel(s) you are planning on attending, and we will do everything in our power to have sign-language assistance provided. If you are hard of hearing and just need better access to our speaker-adjacent seating, you can also ask a volunteer of staff member at the event for assistance, and we will attempt to assist in any way we can.
As with any plan, everything is tentative, but the average turnout for a HorrorHound Weekend event is generally high, so plan accordingly. Expect lines, crowds, and we suggest picking up early-admission tickets if you wish to get some important matters done before the larger crowds enter the show. If ticket sales are so strong, we risk overloading our event against fire hazard laws, we will shut down ticket sales - just another reason to consider pre-purchasing. HorrorHound Weekend tickets have sold-out on a couple occassions. So we always urge fans who plan on attending to pre-order their tickets to assure admission.
We attempt to provide a family-friendly environment, however, we do ask that parents bringing their children to HorrorHound Weekend maintain reason when considering the setting. Fans may be dressed in horrific costumes (such as devil, demon, serial killer, etc), or scantly-clad outfits. Many of the booths within HHW feature products based on the millions of horror films and iconic imagry from the history of horror cinema. Foul language may be present during our Q&As, and the HHW film fest often features R-Rated films that include language, violence, drug-use and possibly even nudity. Children under the age of 15 should be accompanied by an adult at all times. If offensive materials witnessed at the show are deemed unreasonable, we ask that these materials be brought to the attention of a HHW STAFF member (please advise the difference between STAFF and Volunteer), where we will look into the offensive materials use at the event.
Outside of being scary - we strive to present a family friendly event. In some instances, upon entry, HHW staff and security may request to check bags for security reasons, and the possibility of being inspected for metal detectors may occur. If HHW security finds, for any reason, a person in attendance to be a threat or dangerous, police will be present to take care of situations. Threats, theft, hateful speech, hateful or racist propaganda (including clothing), and other aspects of negative outbursts can result in being removed and banned from future HHW events. HHW has the right to refuse business for any reason we seem fit, and has the right to remove individuals for reasons deemed inappropriate by HHW staff.

Ticket Purchase

By either clicking the TICKETS link under the Conventions tab or by using the ticket link on – or you can always check out the HorrorHound store by Clicking Here.
Not quite. We will first process and allow all pre-purchased ticket holders entry into the building. After that, we are told by the Convention Center whether we are allowed to sell additional passes. As we reach capacity, we will halt any additional sales at the door until the building thins down enough to allow more ticket sales. This process could take hours.
Correct. Due to Saturday pass capacity already being met - a weekend pass sell-out means we cannot sell ANY additional weekend passes at the door of the event.
Once a ticket has been purchased, we do not have the ability to upgrade the pass online. You can, however, upgrade the pass at the door of the event!

Ticket General

Children 12 and under are indeed free, with an adult ticket purchase. Just make sure that they are well watched and aren't afraid of the boogey man! Children 12 and under are not allowed to roam the event freely, and must have a parent or guardian with them at all times.
No. Children 13-15 also cannot attend Q&A panels, film screenings, or after hour events without parental supervision.
Like mentioned above – we cannot confirm that you will be able to purchase admission into the event on Saturday. Especially in the first few hours of the event. If you were unable to purchase a ticket in advance – we would strongly urge you to attend Friday or Sunday - as those days have less single-day pre-orders, and are likely easier to attend.
For our after hour event – entry is guaranteed for all VIP and weekend pass holders. After the doors open, we will grant access to VIP/Weekend pass holders. As well as the Costumed attendees participating in the costume contest (you do not have to have a weekend pass to enter the contest). Only after all weekend/VIP/costumed attendees have entered – if we are not at full capacity – we will allow single day pass holders entry, until capacity is met. As the evening continues, we will allow entry to any ticket holder, as capacity allows.
Tickets are not mailed. When you order your ticket online, you should receive your ticket in an email. All you have to do is print out the ticket and bring it to the show (we can also scan the barcode right off your phone or mobile device). We will scan the barcode on the ticket and you will receive a wristband for entry. Please note: Once your ticket has been scanned - it CANNOT be scanned a second time. Do not share your barcode with anyone.
Email and request your ticket be re-emailed if you did not receive them.
If you can't get your ticket printed (either due to not having a printer, or having access to one via one of your friends, work, or the public library), you can bring your cell phone or mobile device to the event and show us your ticket via this method. We can scan your ticket barcode right off your phone of tablet. No problem!
VIP tickets and early-access passes always sell out during pre-sell. Saturday (single day) tickets can be known to sell out during pre-sale. In extreme cases, we have seen Weekend Passes sell out during pre-sale. We always encourage fans to pre-order your tickets to assure access to the event. We will have staff ready at the front door handling ticket sales, but keep in mind: Discounted ticket prices are only available online for a limited time. The price WILL increase the day of the event. Also, with pre-sales doing so well, ticket prices may adjust even more just prior to the show or at the door. Do not expect the online price to reflect prices at the door. If you KNOW you are coming, or are traveling to attend, we suggest you pre-order.
Yes, we offer discounts with presentation of a military ID at the door of the show, the day of the event only.

Ticket Refunds

Pre-order tickets are non-refundable which are discounted as the purchaser assumes part of the risk of the unknown. Events are always subject to change or your schedule may change. Full price tickets are available at the door without the purchaser assuming any risks. HorrorHound Weekend is one of the few events which will allow you to use your unused event ticket for a future HHW show (even in a different city). You have up to 36 months to use any outstanding tickets, before they officially expire. This is helpful if you wanted to meet a specific guest who cancels, and then reschedules their appearance for a future show. If this policy changes, or is adjusted, it will be noted on and the FAQ page here. Many fans have, in the past, also offered their tickets for sale using social media.


We attempt to have our registration booth set-up at least 2 hours before doors open.
If you are unable to wait in our check-in registration due to a disability, you can come to the front of the line and ask a volunteer for assistance. Our hotels and convention centers are handicap accessible, with elevators and hallways large enough to allow for wheelchairs and other travel-aided devices. We do not allow line skips for individuals in wheelchairs, and if you have a condition which disallows you to wait in long lines, the hotel/convention center usually has wheelchairs available upon request. You can also always ask a staff member for assistance with any questions the day of the event, which may result in further assistance when at all possible. We want the event to be special for everyone, so never hesitate to ask a HHW staff member in any situation for assistance.


No. The main reason the celebrities are doing the convention (instead of actual film work or time off to spend with their family) is because of the financial return these shows deliver. There may be some celebrities attending who sign for free, but nothing is guaranteed.
HorrorHound does not set celebrity autograph pricing and does not know said pricing prior to the event. The value is chosen by the individual talent and/or their management. Generally pricing is set between $20 and $40, but can go higher, depending on the guest. If discovering exact pricing is extremely important, check out your local horror chat board or Facebook page and see if anyone has past history with specific guests.
No. Prices are determined by the celebrity. See above.
Unless it is otherwise noted on the guest's image, every guest at HorrorHound Weekend will be signing all three days of the show, taking time off only for food breaks, Q&A sessions being planned during the weekend, professional photo-op sessions, and personal time-outs. If any guest is scheduled to have a lighter schedule during the weekend, it will be posted clearly on the Web site homepage or guest page.
A ticketed line queue is enacted for guests with high-demand. This system assures attendees do not spend hours waiting in line. Is is the exact same idea of waiting in line, it's first come, first serve, but you do not have to waste your day waiting in said-line.
When the show doors open, you make your way to the celebrity's booth (in question). Once there, you will receive a numbered ticket dictating a TIME in which to return to stand in the line-proper. This assures the smallest possible wait. Only a specific number of tickets will be distributed each day. These tickets will be available to HorrorHound Weekend attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis in order to reflect individual line placement.
Not always. The ticket holder is only guaranteed a spot in line on the DAY the ticket is received. While HHW only distributes a pre-determined number of tickets based on how many autographs said-celebrity should be able to sign, the possibility of not making it to the end of the queue line is always possible. In the case that the queue is not fully executed, those unused tickets will be granted access the following day. If the line queue IS fully executed and you missed it, your ticket is invalid for the following day. If a celebrity completes the queue during show hours, with remaining time available, additional queue tickets will be distributed.
No. The queue line ticket is solely used for line placement/entry into the guest signing area. All autographs by guest are associated with an autograph price which is set by the guests management and will be paid just prior to meeting the guest, not at the time you receive the virtual-queue line ticket.
No. You must have your HorrorHound Weekend badge/wristband in order to acquire a virtual-queue line ticket. You must go through registration before a queue line ticket can be issued to you. Your ticket printout will not be accepted; you must first check in at registration and exchange your ticket printout for a HorrorHound Weekend badge/wristband. Only one queue ticket will be given to each attendee in line at a first come, first serve basis.
It depends. Upon registration check-in, VIP ticket holders will receive a line-cut pass which will grant them line-cut access to specific guests throughout the three-day event. If the VIP ticket-holder wishes to use the linecut on a queue-line guest, they DO NOT need a queue ticket. If they are utilizing their linecut on any other guest, then a queue line ticket will be necessary for any remaining queue-necessary guests.


NO! Celebrities are contracted to attend the event, however, due to emergencies, illness or sudden scheduling conflicts relating to filming work, celebrities are known to cancel out of conventions. The promoters try to avoid booking stars with potential conflicts, however, sometimes these events are unavoidable. We suggest frequent visits to the event Web site, official facebook page (HERE) to keep track of who is coming, and isn't. DO NOT PURCHASE tickets for one guest, as refunds will not be given due to a guest cancelation.
No. As mentioned above, all guests are booked, but are always at risk of cancelation for a multitude of reasons. We strongly suggest not to pre-purchase a ticket if you are only interested in attending the event for a single guest, as refunds are not given. HorrorHound Weekend is a three-day event, offering access to upwards of 40 celebrity guests, 100-plus vendors, day-long movie screenings and Q&A panels, as well as after hour events and other fun activities. A ticket purchase for HorrorHound Weekend grants you access to the show as a whole – and is not a ticket to meet a singular guest.
No. As mentioned above - HHW is much like a theme park ticket - you are purchasing a ticket to receive access to everything HHW has to offer, including panels, photo-ops, film screenings, 100-plus vendors, parties, and 30-plus celebrities in attendance. In some cases, a celebrity could be in attendance who has a much larger demand (such as a Norman Reedus or Robert Englund) and a ticket line queue is offered - which may be known to reach capacity. We encourage fans to locate the celebrity they most wish to meet and attempt to secure their autograph first. Please: do NOT purchase HHW tickets for one guest as refunds will not be given due guest signing reaching capacity. *The only way to GUARANTEE meeting a celebrity is with a VIP pass, which generally includes a line-cut ticket to meet our higher-demand guests.*
The only way to GUARANTEE meeting a celebrity is with a VIP pass, which generally includes a line-cut ticket to meet our higher-demand guests. Be mindful though, that this is only valid for guests in attendance during the event (in case of cancelations, please refer to FAQ discussions above).
Most guests carry a number of 8x10 photographs, or in some cases posters and other odd memorabilia for sale. Do not rely on them having exactly what you want, however, as popular items can sell out. We encourage fans attending the convention for the sole purpose of autographs should at least bring one item from home to get signed, just in case. There will also be a host of vendors selling items which can be purchased for autographing purposes.
Technically, it could be possible, but would be very difficult to meet every celebrity in attendance in a single day.
Unless the celebrity says otherwise, photographs of the celebrities (and in cases, you with the celebrity) are perfectly acceptible. Some guests do charge for photo selfies at their booth, and will be clearly stated via a sign at their booth. We do ask that you treat the talent with respect in this regard. Note that no video-recording is allowed during the convention without the express written concent of the HorrorHound Weekend promoters and the talent involved. HorrorHound offers professional photo-ops in addition to this rule, which allows attendees to purchase high quality professional photos/prints with each celebrity.
We are always excited to see what guests YOU want to see. Just email your requests to Please note: sometimes guests are unavailable due to schedule conflicts, maybe they do not attend shows, or for contractual reasons, we are unable to secure them. While we appreciate reading your requests, please keep them reasonable and at a limited volume.

Photo Ops

HorrorHound Weekend partners with "Celeb Photo-Ops" to provide an opportunity throughout the convention to allow fans a chance to purchase a professionally shot (with proper lighting, and backdrop) photograph with their favorite celebrities. Fans who purchase pro-ops receive a glossy 8x10 of you with said-celebrity in front of a professional op backdrop with proper lighting! *Digital-downloads available at extra cost in some cases.* In all cases, pro-ops are the only way to get photos with full cast reunions in attendance, and sometimes, even costumed photo sessions, where celebrities dress up in their popular character's film costume(s). In rare instances, a pro-op is the only way to have a photo taken with select celebrity guests (usually 1-4 guests per show are op only).
No. If you purchase a professional photo-op, that is the only thing you are purchasing. Due to the limited time in which pro-ops are handled, the pro-op team need to keep on schedule, and attendees are directed to enter a photo area, pose, and are asked to leave. Photo-ops do not allow for one-on-one conversations with celebrity guests, and we urge attendees to try and have those moments with said-guest at their designated signing booth.
Yes. You cannot participate in the professional photo ops without a ticket to get into the building.
Due to the constantly moving parts of booking an event like this, the schedule for photo ops are not usually posted until a couple weeks prior to the event. Our staff goes out of their way to assure scheduling conflicts do not arise (so a reunion Q&A is not the same time as the same reunions ops). All information about the show ops (including schedule, when released) is available on Celeb Photo Ops Web site: Click Here.


Yes, however, they must be with their parent or guardian at all times. PLEASE NOTE: After hour events are just that: after hours. While we try to host a family-friendly show, most of the after-hour activities take place in or around a bar setting, where adults will be drinking and having fun. On stage activities may be risque, and including burlesque, sideshow acts, loud music, and adult language. Please be advised.
At most HorrorHound Weekend conventions we host special concerts, parties or other additional activities after hours. You can obtain guaranteed access by purchasing a VIP PASS which grants you a VIP ticket for all HHW events. For all concerts/after-hour events VIP ticket holder are guaranteed admission. After hour events are also free to Weekend ticket holders (first come/first serve, until capacity is met). If you have interest in attending these events, please purchase a weekend pass. You can upgrade your ticket at the show itself (just visit the registration booth during show hours) Tickets to after hour events will NOT be sold at the door of after hour events, so be sure to secure your weekend pass prior to the parties/concerts.
Not always. As stated, VIP is the only way to guarantee access to after hour events. For weekend pass holders, it is free, however, it is first come/first serve, until capacity is met. If you are attending HorrorHound Weekend solely for the after-hour events, and are unable to enter said-after hour event due to capacity issues, refunds will not be granted. *In 24 conventions, we have only reached capacity at an after-hour event three times.*
Unfortunately, due to issues with the water park, we are unwilling to offer future events at the nearby water park.


If you are interested in volunteering at HorrorHound Weekend, you can contact us at Please note, we have a large interest in volunteering, so not everyone who contacts us may be chosen to help.


NO! Weapons are not permitted on showroom grounds. Cosplayers whose costumes include weapons such as a machete or sword may have these items inspected to assure the bladed weapons are not a threat (ie: sharp or dangerous). Barbed wire is NOT allowed for any reasons. Crossbows and/or guns must be fake or disabled from working, and again, available for inspection. Fluorescence color tipped plastic-guns are encouraged to assure safety for our many attendees.
HorrorHound Weekend offers many forms of acceptible soliciting. Companies may purchase a vendor booth at the show, advertising (in our event guide or other areas present during an event), or even sponsor the show itself (or aspects of the show, such as our film fest or Q&A room), which allows the company to promote their upcoming film, event, or project, in various manners during the show's three-day event (including, but not limited to, placing advertising material in VIP bags, hanging banners and/or posters, etc). In some cases, HorrorHound Weekend will offer a promotions table, in which people are permitted to place postcards, promo items, or other advertising materials. We do not allow soliciting in manners outside of those accessible via normal means (listed above). Individuals caught placing promotional materials on car windows in the show parking lot, non-approved areas of the hotel and/or convention center, restaurant, or handing out advertising materials in walkway or function areas will be asked to please stop, and remove said items (or items will be trashed or (if deemed acceptable) moved to the promotions table). Continued abuse of said-flyering may result in being escorted from show premises. Any taping, pasting, tacking, or hanging of unapproved promotional items is strictly prohibited and individuals caught doing so, without permission, may be escorted from the event.
HorrorHound Weekend events are known for selling out the event hotel as well as neighboring hotels months in advance of the show. It is always suggested to book your room early. Click on the hotel section of the convention Web site for assistance in booking your room.
Yes. Drinking is allowed in the convention, but we ask that attendees do not bring open containers near vendors or celebrity booths. When the event comes to a close, fans generally circulate to the host-hotel bar or concert/events which generally feature a full bar which most vendors and celebrities may attend. It will be a good time. The hotel features a restaurant and bar inside of the lobby and a number of local eateries which you can stop at. Please note: Hote bars and restaurants have strict policied prohibiting food/drinks to be brought into said-designated areas. Do not bring your own drinks/food into the hotel bar/restaurants. The Cincinnati HHW event takes place at a convention center which prohibits bringing in outside food and/or beverages.
No. We will feature a film festival inside of the hotel showcasing some of the hottest new independent horror films, as well as a special room for celebrity panels. Most of these events are free (included with the price of admission). In rare cases, an additional fee MAY be attached to a screening, but will be announced and promoted WAY in advance. As for regular events, seating is limited, so be kind and properly situate yourself in the room, be quiet and turn off cell phones. Security will be on hand in the room at all times to ensure everyone enjoys their chance at seeing these advance screenings! ALSO: Anyone caught filming movies during the Film Fest will be escorted from the show.
No. You can pick-up your event shirt the day-of the event ONLY. VIP pass holders can pick up their shirt at the event as well. Any remaining stock may be sold at the next HHW event, however, most of our event tees do sell out the weekend of the show.
Definitely. Our staff will be on hand with the latest issue, rare back issues, and a number of HorrorHound related merchandise. On top of this, a special limited edition issue of HorrorHound is produced for every convention.
Animals are not permitted, except for medical reasons (such as seeing-eye dogs).
No. Our facilities have a no smoking rule, that includes vaping.
You can either email us your question, which we will try our best to address. If the question is a commonly-asked question, we will add it to our FAQ. Also, on-site, we host an information booth, which you can address any questions in person, the day of the show.