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Attention horror fans! CT HorrorFest returns September 23-24, 2023! The event is presented by Connecticut-based horror website Horror News Network, one of the top horror news and information sites on the web.

September 23 –  11AM-7PM
September 24 – 11AM-5PM

Come meet horror celebrities and shop horror themed vendors at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.


Click here to buy tickets on the XL Center website.
(Please note:  Tickets musts be purchased on a phone or Computer, not an IPad)

What you need to know:
Tickets are non-refundable and are non-transferable between days (if you purchase a Saturday ticket, it can only be used on Saturday, September 23 and if you purchase a Sunday ticket, it is only good for Sunday, September 24th).

Unless otherwise stated on the website, all celebrities will appear both days. Be aware that a celebrity may cancel due to filming or other obligations beyond our control – there will be no refund given due to a celebrity cancellation (or for any other reason other than show cancellation). Please also keep in mind that a ticket to the show only guarantees entry into the event – not autographs, photos or celebrity meet and greets.
*Children 10 and under are free with a paying adult.


*Please note that guest list can change due to guest cancellation or events beyond our control. Celebrity autograph prices vary and are at the discretion of the celebrity. CT HorrorFest does not control what celebrities may charge for autograph or photo opportunities.

David Howard Thornton

With the departure of Mike Giannelli after the anthology film All Hallow’s Eve, writer/director Damien Leone was tasked with finding a new actor to fill Art the Clown’s huge, bloody shoes. Thankfully for him, in walked a gifted voice actor from Alabama with a talent for scaring the hell out of people who aren’t normally even afraid of clowns.

David Howard Thornton has brought the perfect amount of brutal hilarity to the character of Art the Clown during his portrayals in Terrifier and Terrifier 2 and we’re excited to see where he can take the character in the future!

We are thrilled to bring David Howard Thornton to CT HorrorFest 2023!

Film: Terrifier, Terrifier 2, The Exigency, The Dark Offerings, The Mean One, Night of the Living Dead 2

Television: Gotham, Nightwing: Escalation, The Bravest Knight, Alma’s Way

Voicework: Two Worlds ii Pirates of the Flying Fortress, The Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom, Miss Hokusai

Damien Leone

 A student of special effects makeup and a lifelong horror fan, Damien Leone always knew he wanted to unleash loads of screen-gore unto the masses. Then in 2008, he wrote and directed a short film titled The 9th Circle which featured a character he created named Art the Clown.

Based on the reaction to that character, he gave Art his own short film in 2011 titled Terrifier. Word about this underground blood-fest circulated which led to an anthology film featuring the demented clown and now two stand-alone films – the most recent of which is currently still filling theaters with horror-obsessed Art fans.

Please welcome writer/director Damien Leone to 2023’s CT HorrorFest!

Film: The 9th Circle, All Hallow’s Eve, Terrifier, Terrifier 2, Frankenstein vs. the Mummy

Kane Hodder

When it came time to cast the role of Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Paramount Pictures wanted Part 6’s CJ Graham back in the role. Director John Carl Buechler, who had worked with Kane Hodder on the 1987 film Prison, knew that Kane was his guy. He pushed for Kane until the studio relented and you know the rest - Kane went on to become the first person to play the role of Jason multiple times and has since become synonymous with the role.

A prolific stuntman, stunt coordinator, actor and author, Kane Hodder is one of the most recognizable faces in horror and a welcome site for horror fans the world over.

We are thrilled to welcome Kane Hodder to CT HorrorFest 2023!

Film: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, Jason X, Hatchet, Hatchet II, Hatchet III, Victor Crowley, Prison, Best of the Best, Wishmaster, Monster, The Devil’s Rejects, Frozen, Holliston

Books: Unmasked: The True Story of The World's Most Prolific, Cinematic Killer


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XL Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103

September 23-24, 2023

September 23 –  11AM – 7PM

September 24 – 11AM – 5PM

There are plenty of lots and parking garages at the venue.


In December of 2015, long-time Horror News Network/CT HorrorFest staff member, Sarah Mathews passed away suddenly. Her love of all things pop culture was only over shadowed by her love of cats. It is in her honor that we donate the raffle prize and table to Animals for Life-CT at CT HorrorFest.

Animals for Life is an all-volunteer, not for profit animal rescue based out of CT. Since 1996, Animals for Life has had the simple goal of finding needy animals loving homes. Now, more than 20 years later, their goal remains the same–to place homeless cats and dogs into wonderful, forever homes.

They are also are huge believers in education and outreach and work to educate and assist the public on companion animal issues, and address the issue of pet overpopulation that is rampant in CT and the world in general.




Will be announced as the event gets closer.

Covid-19 Specific Guidance:

Do I have to wear a mask?

Per the current Connecticut guidelines, aligned with CDC recommendations, mask-wearing is currently not required at destinations such as the Naugatuck Event Center, therefore guests at CT HorrorFest are not required to wear a mask at this time. *

*Please note that we will continue to follow State guidance on this topic so this may change by the date of the event.

I’m not feeling well, should I still attend?

Absolutely not. This is true even before the pandemic.

Important to note

Some folks may still choose to wear a mask. We will not tolerate any harassment of any attendee, guest, celebrity, vendor at CTHF for choosing to wear, or not wear, a mask. Anyone engaging in such behavior will be asked to leave immediately (without refund).

Assumption of risk and liability

COVID-19 and its variants are extremely contagious. CT HorrorFest cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19 while attending the convention.


Is CT HorrorFest scary?

Not unless you find meeting celebrities and shopping awesome vendors scary. Some people come dressed in costumes. But don't expect a haunted house or to be chased by someone with a chainsaw.

What time should I arrive as an attendee and buy tickets?

Any time. Tickets will be on sale both days at the door.

But can the event sell out?

Yes. The venue can only fit so many people and as such, we have allotted a certain number of tickets for Friday and a certain number for Saturday. We will keep track and make “low ticket alert” announcements on social media if either day that is getting near sell out.

I purchased a Saturday ticket but have decided to come Sunday instead, is that okay?

Pre-purchased tickets are non-transferrable. If you show up on Sunday with a “Saturday” ticket, you will need to purchase a new ticket to gain entry.

Does my ticket also cover celebrity autograph fees?

No, your ticket purchase gets you entry into the event, allows you to shop the vendors, entry into the panel discussions, and the chance to line up and purchase a celebrity autograph/photo.

What if the line to meet a certain celebrity becomes too long?

We’ve had this problem in the past and this year we will be instituting a ticketing system should the need arise during the show. More to come on that.

Can I come in costume?

Of course!

How much are autographs?

Autographs are priced at the discretion of the talent. The last few years on the East Coast, autographs have ranged from $20-$200. We will do our best to publish a list of autograph/photo prices a few days before the event, provided that they get us the information ahead of time.

Is there an ATM onsite?


My costume has a weapon is that OK?

All costume props must be inspected at the front desk. Because of safety reasons, we cannot allow any real or sharp weapons into the venue without being checked.

Can I have my machete/knife, etc. signed by a celebrity?


What happens if the convention is canceled?

If for any reason the convention is canceled, we will refund all ticket purchases and vendor tables within 30 days.

What happens if the celebrity you are coming to meet cancels?

As the event promoters, we hope that no one cancels; that is truly a nightmare for us. We understand that you may have purchased a ticket to meet one specific person, but celebrity cancellations are out of our control. We do not offer refunds for this reason - the show will go on.

I’m having an issue with another attendee, what do I do?

Please do not take any matters like this into your own hands. Whatever your issue is, let a staff member know and we will take care of it.

My friend is running a haunted house or has a horror-podcast or another business, can I hand out flyers at CTHF?

No. Attendees are not allowed to distribute, stickers, cards, or any promotional item without prior approval from CTHF. Our vendors and sponsors pay for the ability to promote their haunts, events, businesses, etc. so it would be unfair to allow attendees to do the same for free.

Will there be food?

The venue will have approved food vendors on site selling food, snacks, and beverages (including beer and wine).

Will you be adding more guests?

We will continue to announce guests on a rolling basis as the show draws near.

Can I smoke?

There is no smoking of any materials, including vaping or e-cigarettes, allowed in the Naugatuck Event Center. You are free to go outside and smoke and re-enter the event.

Can I take photos of vendors and/or celebrities?

With their permission, yes.

Can I interview some of the celebrities for my podcast during CTHF?

No, the celebrities are there to meet with fans and we need the lines to move at a steady pace so that they're able to meet with everyone without interruption.

I want to record a panel and post it on YouTube or live stream a panel/event. Is that cool?

Live-streaming or posting your personal panel recordings online is not allowed. CT HorrorFest will post professional recordings of all panels and events from both days on their YouTube page following the event for any you may have missed, and you are free to repost those.

I’m leaving for the day and want to give my friend my wristband so they can enter.

Anyone attempting to enter CT HorrorFest with a wristband that looks damaged or used will have that wristband removed and will need to purchase a ticket to enter.


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