Join us for our FIFTH YEAR OF FEAR, with celebrity guests, panels, live entertainment, tons of shopping, and more!

Carolina Fear Fest is a horror convention in Raleigh, NC over Memorial Day weekend.
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2024 Celebrity Guests

David Arquette

Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ready to Rumble, Eight Legged Freaks, The Outsiders, Creepshow, You Cannot Kill David Arquette

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2024 Celebrity Guests

Bill Moseley

The Devil's Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Night of the Living Dead, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Slasher, Death House, Halloween, Grindhouse, Army of Darkness, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

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2024 Celebrity Guests

Alexandra Essoe

Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Pope's Exorcist, Midnight Mass, The Midnight Club, The Edge of Sleep

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2024 Celebrity Guests

Jonathan Breck

Jeeper's Creepers, Jeeper's Creepers II, Jeeper's Creepers III, Parkland, Will to Power, The Carbon Copy, Mask Makers, Spy Kids

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2024 Celebrity Guests

Amy Steel

Friday the 13th Part 2, April Fools Day, Quantum Leap, Valerie Flake, American Gothic

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2024 Celebrity Guests

Costas Mandylor

Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI, Saw X, Saw 3D, Virtuosity, Out for Vengeance, Picket Fences, Players, Beowulf, Tales from the Crypt

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2024 Celebrity Guests

Lochlyn Munro

Scary Movie, Freddy vs Jason, Riverdale, A Night at the Roxbury, Peacemaker, Heartland, The Good Doctor, The Magicians, The Detectives, Supernatural, Lucifer, Bones

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2024 Celebrity Guests

Kelli Maroney

April Fool's Day, Night of the Comet, Hell's Kitty, True Blood, Murder She Wrote, Chopping Mall, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

A community-driven North Carolina horror convention offering...

Celebrity Guests

Meet horror movie celebritys for autographs, meet and greets, Q&A's and more - including professional and special edition photo ops!

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Unique Shopping for Horror Fans

Shop one-of-a-kind horror art, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, oddities, and official collectables from makers, crafters, artists, and collectors.

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Horror Themed Special Events

Raleigh's horror con, offering unique programing, horror movie film fest showings, and unique after parties during con weekend.

Film Fest Submissions


Spacious Venue

Located in the NC State Fairground's biggest venue, featuring 100,000 sq ft of accessible indoor con space and ample free parking.

Horror Gaming Area

We're celebrating all things horror, including VR, social and tabletop gaming, and an escape room in our gaming area!

Connect with Fellow Horror Fans

Discuss horror movies, games, books, and more in our fan-led panel discussions, behind the scenes, and celebrity Q&A's.

... and more, all in the blossoming metropolis of Raleigh, NC!

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About The Venue

North Carolina's horror convention in Raleigh is celebrating five years of fear!

Located at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC, the Jim Graham building is the largest of the fairground buildings, with over 100,000 square feet of convention space, a restaurant, panel rooms, and more.


Convenient Location

Gate 9, located at 4285 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.


Free Parking

Ample parking is available at no charge.


Wheelchair Accessible

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Carolina Fear Fest 2024: The Road So Far

We're celebrating our fifth year of fear! We're well into planning now, and really excited for what this year's horror convention holds for us. Where we are, right now in planning: Tickets: We currently have Weekend Passes (Fri, Sat, and Sun) available, plus a limited...

NC Haunt Reviews & HHN Review 2023

As haunters ourselves, we were delighted and honored to get to experience some of North Carolina's Haunted Attractions this season! Here's our thoughts from the NC haunted attractions we had time to experience in 2023 - stay tuned for another review of more...

Haunts in NC, SC, VA – 2023 Edition

Our region is one of the best states for haunted attractions! We put out a post on our social media pages and pulled from our previous lists of haunts in the tri-state area - and now it's organized! We'll continue updating it as the season ramps up - have a suggestion...

Horror Experiences at Carolina Fear Fest 2023

This year at the con we'll be bringing in more experiences that bring scary stories to life, including social and tabletop gaming, plus these awesome horror VR experiences, and a pop-up escape room: VR Experiences Brought to you by Augmentality Labs: Propagation: an...

Horror Gaming at Carolina Fear Fest 2023

We're bringing horror tabletop gaming and social horror games to Carolina Fear Fest this year! At Carolina Fear Fest, we celebrate all things horror, from your favorite films to literature to gaming - and we're so excited to expand our con with a gaming area this...

Fear Fest Guide to a Horrortastic Weekend

Carolina Fear Fest is May 26th - 28th this year, with our Friday Night a special evening for our Weekend Passholders and VIPS! Get your weekend passes now to get a cheaper price than at the door, plus get access to photo op sessions in advance to ensure you get the...

2023 SFX Battle Info & Rules

Our legendary SFX battles let SFX makeup artists in NC battle it out for the best special effects makeup look in two unique categories - Original Character, and Grab Bag. Our grab bag SFX challenge ups the difficulty with a bag of assorted materials and items that...

Haunts in NC, SC, & VA – 2022 Edition

Our region is one of the best states for haunted attractions! We put out a post on our Facebook page and pulled from our previous list of haunts in NC, created last year. We'll continue to be updating it! Have a suggestion for us to add? Let us know on Facebook,...

2022 Cos-Slay Contests: Rules & Info

Not in Costume? No problem - come on down to the stage to cheer on your favorites for the Audience Choice Awards! Craftsmanship Judging involves having your costume looked at up-close by our panel of cosplay judges. This competition is best for those who want to...

2022 Press Release

Raleigh NC – Friday May 27th- Sunday May 29th YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED!!     You have been officially summoned to join us at Raleigh’s Premier Convention Experience! Carolina Fear Fest and horror fans from around the region are requesting the pleasure of...