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Photos: Horror Fans Get Pumped For Halloween At ScareLA

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Sure, it's only August, but ScareLA doesn't care. The annual convention of all things Halloween had its second annual showing over the weekend at LA Mart, and fans arrived dressed and bloodied to the nines to preview attractions, costumes and props.

On Sunday, the scene was full of horror lovers browsing masks, eating cookies that looked like chopped-off fingers or bloody bandages, participating in spooky workshops and getting zombified by special effects artists. Several area haunted houses had set up sample scares, which meant you had to get used to the occasional shriek as you interacted with vendors. We went on the Hellevator, which puts you and a few other passengers into a dark box that moves and shakes as a possessed nun hisses in your ear.