Nightmare Weekend Des Moines

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Meet Your Favorite Celebrities & Voice Actors

Now is your chance to meet and connect with your favorite celebrities from 'Friday the 13th,' 'Hocus Pocus,' 'The Shining,' 'American Werewolf in London,' and more!

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Q&A's, Autographs,
& Photo Ops

Immerse yourself in the madness of your horror fandom by attending in-depth Q&A sessions, collecting autographs, or creating a memory that will last a lifetime with a Photo Op!

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Exhibit Hall

Got a missing figure you’ve been hunting for? Is a blank space on a wall just dying for some custom art? The depths of our Exhibit Hall beckon, adorned with vendors and exhibitors.

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Cosplay Competitions

Celebrate your fandom by embodying your favorite character through cosplay. Share your work and learn new techniques from talented craftspeople. Then, compete with your fellow makers in our Cosplay Competitions for a chance to win cash prizes!

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Cosplay Lounge

Immerse yourself in fandom at our Cosplay Lounge, where you can take photos with your favorite cosplayers. No need to disrupt traffic for pictures—simply snap a pic in front of our giant backdrops and custom sets!

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Panels & Events

Always something to sink your teeth into with our over 100 hours of horror programming, including Q&As, performances, comedy, fan panels, screenings, and more!

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Tattoo Artists

Entrust your tattoo desires to our team of highly skilled and passionate artists on Tattoo Row! Choose from a diverse range of art styles, whether you're looking for flash or custom designs, to immortalize your experience at Nightmare Weekend!

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After Dark Programming

When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop! Dance the night away at one of our many themed parties and raves, or secure your seat at one of our special ticketed events! Looking for something more risqué? Enjoy some of our 18+ programming, such as the Cosplay Cabaret or The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tabletop Gaming

Delve into the forbidden depths, where each roll of the dice binds your fate. Pull up a chair and embark on a quest for fun when you join a game in our Tabletop Gaming Room, whether it's card games, board games, or pen and paper.

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Video Gaming

Step into the Haunted Arcade and duel fellow gamers in a digital playground featuring consoles from every generation, popular tournaments to test your skills, or just a place to enjoy a relaxing game and break up your exciting day!

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Fan Groups

Connect with Fans just like you! Take photos, exchange tips, and trade collectibles - Nightmare Weekend is the perfect place to come together with like-minded fans of every genre, hobby, and fandom!

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Family Zone

A safe place for young fans to wind down amidst the hustle and bustle of the con floor. Our Family Zone features curated events throughout the day, including craft-making, sensory play, art projects, and more!

Special Attractions

Venture into the abyss of special attractions, propelling you into a realm where fear and excitement meld into a wickedly delightful experience. Dare you journey to this unearthly galaxy of horrors and screams?