Review: ‘Son Of Monsterpalooza’ Convention (Burbank, CA) 2018

Ok.  Now I’m officially ready for the Halloween season.  And why, you ask?  Because the latest Son Of Monsterpalooza convention got me in the mood (insert sexy horror music here).  I was lucky enough to be there most of the weekend, and once again – this convention didn’t disappoint!

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The thing that I love about Son Of Monsterpalooza (and it’s father, Monsterpalooza) – is that it focuses on the literal art of makeup FX.  You can see numerous booths set up with actual live makeup and prosthetics being applied to models as you walk around the convention, adding to the overall atmosphere.  Aside from that, celebrities were in attendance as well (Kathy Najimy, Piper Laurie, Lance Henriksen, etc) – and it’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane while you have them sign some of your favorite memorabilia.  Did I mention that Tony Todd was among the celebs there doing a free poster signing for his new movie, Hell Fest??

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Probably my favorite part of this year’s Son Of Monsterpalooza were the Son Of Conjoined rooms that were filled with some amazing art and sculptures (not to mention it was super cool in there if you needed relief from the heat).  I found myself going through each more than once, with a nice touch at the end of one of the rooms being a creepy display for The Nun (with a little live actor surprise involved).   All in all, Son Of Monsterpalooza once again delivered in every way possible.  Now, bring on Monsterpalooza early next year!

‘Son Of Monsterpalooza’ Convention Coming (September 12th-14th) To Burbank, CA!

One of my favorite conventions to go to, especially before the Halloween season gets into full swing, is Son Of Monsterpalooza!  With the yearly favorite Monsterpalooza giving birth to this spawn a few years back – it gives the crowd another chance to witness some of the best in makeup fx, horrifyingly awesome costumes and cosplay, and your favorite celebrities from the past and present!

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This year’s Son Of Monsterpalooza is shaping up to be a doozy – whether it’s the 30th Anniversary presentation of Killer Klowns From Outer Space on Friday night or the appearance of actress Kathy Najimy who will be on-hand to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hocus Pocus throughout the weekend!  That’s just a taste, with more celebrities and panels to be announced for the 3-day weekend of frightful festivities.  So, if you’re in the LA area and want to see what all of the fuss is about, head on over HERE for more details on tickets and announcements.  Stay spooky and get ready for Son Of Monsterpalooza!

Review: Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival 2018 (Long Beach, CA)

Yessssss!  It’s finally time for the Halloween convention season, and what better way to kick it off this year than with a trip to the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival in downtown Long Beach, California!

This was my third year going to Midsummer Scream, and it keeps getting bigger and better every year.  And unfortunately more crowded.  It’s a gift and a curse.  But yes, everything that made last year’s convention stand out was back this year:  The Hall Of Shadows (individual mini haunted houses in a darkly lit massive area), The Black Cat Lounge (where you can pet and play with a bunch of adorable kittens in a creepy circus environment), and of course……all of the creepy costume-goers who roam about the area eagerly awaiting your arrival to give you a good fright.  Oh my god – here comes one now!

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Nothing gets me more into the ‘spirit’ of Halloween than a good convention, and specifically Midsummer Scream.  Focusing on the haunts and everything that is Halloween – there were also tons of vendors selling their ghoulish goodies, a picture and meet & greet opportunity with Elvira herself (Cassandra Peterson), and you could even get a hot pretzel with cheese sauce!  Ok, the last thing was not impressive – but everything else this year was.  Except the aforementioned size of the crowd, which keeps getting bigger each go around.  If they can find a way to make it a little less claustrophobic in the vending aisles, then I feel that would make a big difference.

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Other than that one little negative, Midsummer Scream was frightfully good this year and they’ve already announced next year’s dates of August 3rd & 4th!  Plenty of time to think and prepare a good costume and plenty of time to think about an escape plan if you get too scared in The Hall Of Shadows.  Spooooooooky.  Thanks again to Midsummer Scream for another BOOtiful convention!

Spooky ‘ScareLA Convention’ Turns The Lights Off This Year! (August 25 + 26th)

‘Tis the season for horror and Halloween-themed conventions!  And one of my favorites to frequent out here in the Los Angeles area is the ScareLA convention in downtown LA. Going into it’s sixth year now, ScareLA combines everything horror + a full Halloween-time experience.  But this year……it’s going to get darker.  Literally.

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It’s been announced that ScareLA will immediately set all attendees into near darkness throughout the entire convention, giving those who are lucky enough to go a fully immersive Halloween-style experience!  Being called ‘Descend Into Darkness‘, the convention will be a first of it’s kind, not only being darkly lit throughout – but also featuring a ‘theme park feel’ as well…..including full-sized haunts, experiences, and rides. Spooooooooky and amazing!!

Now, if you can’t get to the LA area on the weekend of August 25th + 26th – then follow my Instagram story to stay connected to all of the ghostly goings-ons that will be happening (shameless plug).  If you do want to attend ScareLA in person though, then head on over to their site HERE and snatch up those tickets and get more info.  And while you’re there, use promo code INSTAMONSTER to get a discount on your tickets!  Word to the wise, this event gets PACKED – so get there early if you are going!  Happy Summerween, everybody!!!

The ‘ASTRONOMICON CONVENTION’ Is Coming To Sterling Heights, Michigan On February 9th-11th!

I love me a good convention.  More specifically, one that showcases the best from the horror AND wrestling worlds!  So, it’s no surprise that I’m a little bummed out I don’t live closer to Michigan because the Astronomicon Convention is happening in just a few weeks and here are some of the big names that will be attending:  Sid Haig (House Of 1000 Corpses), Bill Moseley (House Of 1000 Corpses), Kane Hodder (Friday The 13th Part VII), Kevin Nash (WCW), Booker T (WCW), and more!

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What better way than to celebrate the weekend before Valentine’s Day, than with a romantic getaway to the Astronomicon Convention?  That’s right, the convention runs from February 9th-11th and the WWE’s very own Brother Love (Bruce Prichard) will be attendance to spread even more love!  Did I also mention that Sid Haig is supposed to actually be officiating a wedding that Saturday at the convention as Captain Spaulding? Want more info?  Go over to the main website HERE for the full lineup and for details about ticket purchases!

Two Big Things Are Coming To The ‘ScareLA Convention’ In Pasadena This Weekend!

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Awwwww yeah!  ScareLA has been one of my favorite Halloween conventions for the last few years, and this year they have the one and only Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark to be the official host!  It’s all going down this weekend (August 6th & 7th) in Pasadena, California at the Pasadena Convention Center.

With Halloween only a few months away, it’s never to soon to get into the spirit (pun intended) and ScareLA has got the goods to help you out.  Tons of on-location vendors, artists, and even some special celebrity guests (in addition to Ms. Elvira) will be on hand to make sure you keep a smile on your Halloween-loving face.  And speaking again of Elvira, if you would like the once in a lifetime chance to meet the icon, you have to pre-pay for your photo/autograph chance HERE and you can find more info in general at the ScareLA website.  No tickets for the Elvira meet-and-greet will be sold onsite.  So, get on over to ScareLA if you’re in the Pasadena area this weekend and don’t forget to say trick or treat!

Review: Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival (Long Beach, CA)

Halloween is only about 3 months away!  And if you can tell by the excitement in my voice (even though I wrote that and didn’t really speak it), then you know that I’m more than ready for all of the ghosts and ghouls to come out and inhabit their haunted houses.  Good thing that the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival came to downtown Long Beach in California this weekend, because it definitely got me in the mood!

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The Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival is a brand new addition to the convention circuit, put on by folks who have experience in previous horror and Halloween festivals.  Being that I live in downtown Long Beach, how convenient was it that this was right up the street?  What makes Midsummer Scream different is that they have a huge section dedicated to local Southern California haunted houses, in mini form of course, so you can have a taste and see if you want to shell out the money for the real thing come Halloween time.

In addition to the bite-size editions of the haunted houses, there were tons of artists and vendors on hand selling their merchandise, stilt walkers and knee-sliders mingling with the crowd, and tasty Halloween-themed pastries.  Oh – and a few celebrities popped up like Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and David Naughton (An American Werewolf In London).  Being that this was the first year for Midsummer Scream, I would personally have to say it was a success (minus the wonky air conditioning in the convention center) and from the look of the crowd, it will return next year.  Now let’s end this with some sexy cosplay no-face nurses from Silent Hill!

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‘Son Of Monsterpalooza’ Coming Back To Burbank, California September 16-18!

If you live in the Los Angeles area, love horror movies and make-up effects, and aren’t doing anything September 16-18…..then I just made plans for you!  Yes, the fantastic Son Of Monsterpalooza Convention (with it’s ‘father’ being the Monsterpalooza Convention that happened earlier in the year) is coming back to Burbank, CA and is coming fully packed with celebrities and events!

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Up on that flyer are some of the details, but if you want the full lowdown then head on over to their website HERE.  In addition to movie screenings, live on-set make-up tutorials, and costume contests – there will be a plethora of your favorite current and past movie and TV stars.  Did I mention that the creepy nun from The Conjuring 2 is going to be there?  More guests will be announced in the next few months, so stay tuned to the Son Of Monsterpalooza website and their social media pages for more info.  Below is a list of confirmed guests just to wet your appetite.  See you in September!

Jeffrey Combs – The Re-Animator, The Frightners, Gotham
Dee Wallace – E.T., The Howling, The Hills Have Eyes
Bruce Abbott – The Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator
Bonnie Aarons – The Conjuring 2, Mulholland Drive, Drag Me to Hell
Zach Galligan – Gremlins, Waxworks, Hatchet 3
Michael Berryman – The Hills Have Eyes, The Devils Rejects
Vernon Wells – Mad Max: The Road Warrior, Commando
Quinn Lord – Trick r Treat, Supernatural
Jonathan Fransham – Ash vs The Evil Dead, What We Do in the Shadows
Jonathan Brugh – What We Do in the Shadows
Judy Odea – Night of the Living Dead

 

‘Days Of The Dead’ Horror Convention Coming To Los Angeles April 1-3!

One of my favorite times of the year is when horror conventions come around, and this year there’s a doozy coming to Los Angeles!  Yes – the Days Of The Dead horror convention will be making it’s return, this time on April 1-3 at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank.

If you’ve ever wanted a photo-op with Tobin Bell from the Saw series, now’s your chance! And if you’ve ever wanted to meet ‘The Gimp’ from Pulp Fiction, now’s your chance for that too!  Personally, I’m actually kind of excited to see the Cobra Kai student/teacher combo of Martin Kove & William Zabka from The Karate Kid.  Not really horror-related, but awesome nonetheless.  Check out the link right HERE for more info and tickets for Days Of The Dead ‘Los Angeles’, and stay tuned for more guest announcements as well.  Oh – follow me on my Facebook page for a chance to win passes too!

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Review: ScareLA Convention (Pasadena, CA)

With Halloween less than 3 months away, what better way to start to get into the mood than by going to a convention that caters to everything that is Halloween?  And that’s exactly what I did this past weekend at the ScareLA Convention in downtown Pasadena, California.

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Now in it’s third year, the ScareLA Convention is easily one of my favorite horror-related conventions to hit up, and this year they had a new bigger and better location at The Pasadena Convention Center.  And because of that bigger and better venue, there were bigger and better treats and surprises as well!  For instance, an entire section of the convention center was dedicated to local haunted houses, where you could stand in line and get a taste of what they had to offer by walking through mini-versions of them.  This was definitely a highlight for me, as the area really captured the Halloween spirit with fog machines, darkness, and the occasional costumed creature popping up.

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There is a ton to do at the ScareLA Convention, so you definitely won’t be bored if you decide to go when it comes back next year.  In addition to the mini haunted houses, you can check out some movie screenings or sit in on a panel like the Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights one where they announced this year that a brand new Michael Myers maze will be coming!  Numerous ghouls and ghosts walk around the convention while you stop by the many booths full of Halloween and horror-themed art, trinkets, and delicious pastries.  There is even a kiddie section set up where you can take the little ones so they can join in on the spooky fun as well.  Overall, you won’t find more bang for your buck if you’re looking to get into the Halloween sprit and the ScareLA Convention definitely keeps improving every year!

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(5 out of 5)