MONSTERPALOOZA is COMING--April 13th - 15th !

April 05, 2018 3 Comments

MONSTERPALOOZA is COMING--April 13th - 15th !

My bank account is absolutely terrified.  Why? Monsterpalooza is returning to Pasadena next week and is celebrating their 10th anniversary!  This is the one event that I save all my pennies for because I know it’s going to be great.  Monsterpalooza has special guests, special effects makeup demonstrations, collectibles, art and more.  It’s every horror fiends’ wet dream. This convention celebrates the art of our beloved monsters and is a perfect way to kick off the rest of the year.  Monsterpalooza will be at the Pasadena Convention Center from April 13th to April 15th.

I’ll be attending all three days.  I look forward to this convention every year.  In an attempt to make the most out of this event, I typically reserve a room within walking distance of the convention center.  I don't live close to Pasadena, so reserving a room within walking distance of the convention center is more ideal.  I like to think of Monsterpalooza as an all-out stay-cation.  And who doesn't love that once and a while?  I'll treat myself to breakfast in bed, use the gym,  order room service and relax in a king sized bed.    

The first time I attended this convention, my wallet was hurting.  I went buck wild and spent ridiculous amounts of money on some kick-ass shit.  But could you blame me? Michael Myers inspired art, tea-cups with swear words, horror-t-shirts--I was in horror heaven!  And I’m all about finding out new small businesses to support.  I've come to love a few vendors and their products.  Each year, I keep a lookout for the following exhibitors:


Miss Havisham’s Curiosities: I feel like I can’t say enough about this vendor. Her teacups are the best.  Each cup has a fancy written insult on it; we hate your baby, no one likes you and I hope you choke.  I will never stop buying her fancy as fuck tea-sets. Melissa is the Gothic Martha Stewart---and one day I hope to have a cup of tea with her.


London 1888:  I’m really excited that this vendor is returning to Monsterpalooza.  I’m such a fan of their apparel. London 1888 has a unique twist on their art prints and shirts that honor cult classics.  I bought a bitchin Scream tank-top from them a while back and it’s my absolute fave. You should definitely check them out at the event--also, I really want their Camp 1989 Hoodie (as featured above.) 


Ghoulish Bunny Studios:  I have a unique taste in art--and by that I mean--if it’s dark and obscure--I’ll probably buy it.  Horror Bunnies (as featured above) was the first print that I had bought from them.  Michael, Jason and Freddy as bunnies?  Yes please. Ghoulish Bunny Studios has a unique spin on their art.  I will more than likely purchase more artwork from them this time around.

 

Although I'm excited to blow serious money on all the horror things ever, I'm especially stoked on meeting some of the guests that'll be appearing next weekend. Last year, I was given the opportunity to meet Robert Englund (who’s line went out the door and into the street) and Kane Hodder.  Robert decided to grab my hair during a photo and I’ve been dead ever since.  Kane told me that he would choke me into an orgasm. It was unreal.

 

 

But I practically cried on the inside like a winner after meeting the Chaney Family which has been a lifelong dream of mine.  The point is--I’ve created nothing but memorable moments at Monsterpalooza and that's why I love this event so much.  But as for this year, I’m pretty excited about the new additions to the guest list; Tobin Bell, Danielle Harris, Corey Feldman, Brandon Crane--just to name a few!  One of the best things about this event is meeting the special guests.

Three day's of walking.  Three day's of non-stop photo's, videos and interacting with guests.  How am I able to do it all?  It all seems like so much to do with so little time.  But as a seasoned Monsterpalooza attendee, I've come up with my own strategy so I could make the most out of my jam-packed weekend.  So, if you're planning to go to Monsterpalooza for the first time or--you just want to some advice on how to have the most amazing weekend of your life--I put together a few helpful tips to guarantee the most out of your trip!  

  1. Buy your tickets online (here).  Last year the event sold out.  Don’t take that chance. Buy your tickets in advance and have them ready when you get there!
  2. GET THERE EARLY.  I cannot stress this enough.  Don’t sit on your ass.  The lines will be long. Get there so you have a shot at meeting who you want instead of waiting in lines all day.  Wake up early, get some Starbucks and get your line positioning. For example; two years ago, I was the first person in line to meet Nick Castle.  I wasn't stuck waiting for hours on end and I had the rest of my day to meet other guests.  You owe it to yourself to meet who you want to meet. I ain't fucking around--and neither should you--mmkay.
  3. Bring Cash.  I know--I’m such a hypocrite for saying this since I always carry my card around, but cash is crucial at Monsterpalooza.  Not to say that ATM's don't exist at this event but cash is quick and I've seen lines form at the ATM.  Autographs and Photographs cost money--and it’s easier to whip out a few bucks than to stand there with a credit card and hope to god it swipes.  Be prepared, have cash and get ready to fork over a few 20’s depending on the guest.  
  4. Bring an external battery for your phone.  I cannot tell you how much of a life saver this is--especially when you’re snapping photos and videos allllll day long.  You can easily buy one on Amazon or at Target.  Waiting for your phone to charge in a nearby outlet (which is usually sucked up by others who are charging their phones) steals precious time out of your day.  Trust me--it's worth the purchase, especially for this event.
  5. Be sure to do various laps in the hall where the vendors are located. Take a look at each table thoroughly.  Then--take the second lap and marinate on it.  And lastly--take a third lap and flash that cash baby!  Also--some of those vendors may only sell ‘convention exclusive’ items that may not be available online--so in other words--if you want it--snatch it up.  Don’t wait. (For example--Friday the 13th Paddle Boards at the Little Shop of Gore Booth. Exclusive only for this event! The Small Boards will be $40.00 and the Big Boards will be $50.00 --see below*)

6.) Schedule/Map Out YOUR day.  There’s a lot to see and do!  You don’t want to be overwhelmed on the day of.  And you definitely don’t want to miss out on any photo/autograph opportunities from special guests who won't be there all three days.  I prepare myself by taking a look at the guest list days in advance.  I get there early to get into my line, snap a photo with them, visit the vendors and if I have it on my 'itinerary' I attend one of the panels.  Build and customize your own Monster-Worthy Itinerary.  There's nothing wrong with being organized...

7.) Make time to see the panels.  One of the presentations this year covers Halloween Horror Nights.  John Murdy (Creative Director and Executive Producer) and Chris Williams (Art Director/Production Designer) will be offering an insight look on Halloween Horror Nights with a chance to win a special prize of Front of the Line tickets!  And as an added bonus--they're even throwing in a behind the scenes tour.  If you’re interested (like me) in this event, this panel is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 15th from 2pm to 3pm. So--plan accordingly!

 

I'm very excited about this event and I hope to see you there!

xx
Meg

 

 

Will YOU be attending?  

If so--Be sure to stop by Little Shop of Gore and say Hi!

Leave a comment below and let us know what you're looking forward to doing at Monsterpalooza next weekend!




3 Responses

Bo cooper
Bo cooper

April 05, 2018

Awesome read! It sounds exactly what me and wifey do each year! Its our mini horror vacay even tho we live a hour away lol. Look
Forward to
Seeing ya there!

Dani Danger
Dani Danger

April 05, 2018

So excited to go this year! It’s my first time! Thanks for the tips!!!

Salina Kyle
Salina Kyle

April 05, 2018

I LOVE THIS POST! I’m super excited for this convention and can’t wait to see everyone 😊

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