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!
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!