All kinds of characters and creatures made their way to Turning Stone Resort and Casino this weekend for the third annual Scare-A-Con event. YNN's Cara Thomas tells us what people love most about these one of a kind conventions.
VERONA, N.Y. -- "A lot of times when you're a fan of this kind of thing you feel like you're alone at times and you're watching a horror movie and you're like who else likes this kind of stuff?," said James Johnson, promoter of Scare-A-Con.
It's not uncommon for people to love the thrill of an adrenaline pumping horror film or the creativity of a sci-fi movie, where a fictional world comes to life before their eyes. The proof is in the thousands of characters escaping to the third annual Scare-A-Con event.
"In most cases it's a departure from reality. We all face stressful lives and whether it's coming to Scare-A-Con or sitting down and watching a scary movie it gives you an opportunity to escape a little bit," said Johnson.
Dozens of vendors came this weekend, businesses are selling everything from toys and costumes to knives and swords and charities are even there promoting their programs.
Rick Martinez portrayed Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Carribean trilogy. He said, "I do Captain Jack's Haunted Ship in Auburn new York, it's a fundraiser for my local food pantry and what a good venue to let people know and raise awareness about what were doing for the food pantry and the good that we do in the community."
However, the biggest attraction at Scare-A-Con is getting to meet numerous celebrities from some of the most well known horror movies.
Sean Whalen, an actor in Twister and Hatchet III, said, "It's always fun when they see your character on TV or in movies and then get to see you in person and then realize you're not some crazy psycho who's going to kill them, which is nice, or blow up and die any second which always happens to me."
"It's really been a lot of fun because a lot of celebrities are asking me to get pictures with them, which has been a blast," said Martinez.
Some visitors said they traveled hours to be at this convention to immerse themselves in this frightening and unique atmosphere, even if it was only for a few days.
Scare-A-Con will continue throughout the day on Sunday in the Event Center at Turning Stone. Doors will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.