DRAGONCON 2016 brought us nerds and geeks from around the globe to celebrate the one thing they all have in common: their love for all things fandom. While amazing, over the top costumes are to be expected at this impressive event, we were pleasantly surprised to see how much the horror scene dominated the weekend as fans donned their best horror-themed cosplay around town, subsequently scaring the living daylights out of unsuspecting attendees.
Nadia Robinson has compiled a list of some of the spookiest, creepiest and most terrifying tributes to horror icons and films found at this year’s convention. Let’s take a look!
18. Michael Myers — Halloween
Michael Myers makes an exception to his usual rule and comes out to play ahead of Halloween. We’ve never seen such tears of joy from this big ol’ softie.
17. Twisty The Clown — American Horror Story
That familiar, unsettling look of innocence clearly means he’s up to no good.
16. Bette And Dot Tattler — American Horror Story
With this dangerous duo, we all know that two heads are creepier than one.
15. Billy The Puppet — Saw
As if the miniature version wasn’t horrifying enough.
14. Classic Zombie — The Walking Dead
As zombies continue to take over Atlanta, The Walking Dead ensures the South will forever be terrorized by the undead.
13. Yautja — Predator
“Come on! Do it! Do it! Come on. Come on! Kill me! I’m here! Kill me! I’m here! Kill me! Come on! Kill me! I’m here! Come on! Do it now! Kill me!”
12. Oogie Boogie — The Nightmare Before Christmas
This Tim Burton-themed cosplay brings the scares for the whole family. Whatever you do, don’t tear him open!
11. Lock, Shock And Barrel — The Nightmare Before Christmas
Looks like this terrible trio of Oogie Boogie henchmen has left Halloween Town for a night of mischief in downtown Atlanta.
Apparently this European folk ghoul comes more than just once a year. And you thought you were safe until Christmas?
9. Samara — The Ring
Samara crawls out of the well to make you pee your pants. And to also stay completely in character, so you start to wonder if you now have just seven days left.
8. Star Wars: Episode X – Terror in Space
They say that “in space, no one can hear you scream.” And that includes Chewie. Poor, poor Chewie.
7. The Grady Twins — The Shining
They just want you to come play with them. Forever, and ever, and ever, and ever…
6. Michael Myers — Halloween
Can you help reunite this family? Michael just needs to update his address book to make sure Laurie gets her Christmas card this year. No big deal, right?
5. Pennywise The Dancing Clown — It
Gender-bending Pennywise brings back your childhood nightmares. And you thought you were safe above ground.
4. Trump Joker
The truest horror of them all! Soon we’ll be seeing trademarked Joker fish hitting Trump Hotels across the globe.
3. Patrick Bateman — American Psycho
Or was it just an excuse for this cosplayer to go out in his undies? We’ll never know!
2. Manos: The Hands Of Fate
Mad props to this cosplayer, who is well aware that the master would most definitely approve!
Pikachu, where are you?! This pikachu wants to catch them all.
Thanks to costumes like this, we now know that Halloween isn’t the only time of year when ghosts and ghouls haunt the streets. Monsters and mayhem await you if you dare attend this spooky event next year! At DragonCon, there’s something for everyone, even if that includes liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.