Monsterpalooza

Every year, monster fans and special effects artists descend on Pasadena for Monsterpalooza.

This was the 10th year of the monster festival and it’s open to the public. This was also the first year I’ve had the opportunity to attend the show and it did not disappoint. Lots of the vendors are classic horror movie fans that create things from jewelry, clothing, bone china and high end collectables.

Here are some of my favorites from the show.

Immortal Masks are one of the leading companies – they make excellent, realistic latex masks and are located in San Dimas California. Here you can find high quality masks that will transform you into anything you can imagine with movie quality detail but be prepared to spend a bit as they are pricy (and for good reason). Prices range from $350-$800 Immortalmasks.com it’s never too early to plan your costume.

Cameo Creeps make tiny hand crafted original artworks. These tiny paintings are unique, make for a great gift and there are plenty to choose from. There are 36 little creeps to choose from and all are very detailed and hand varnished. Cameocreeps.com

Art With Latex make handmade wearable Latex art – each piece is squeezed by hand and they create anything from ties to chokers and large statement necklaces. Artwithlatex.com

Chad Cherry Clothing makes rock style distressed clothing with a nice horror twist. This is the go-to-guy, if you’re looking for a unique personalized pair of jeans or denim jacket. Based in California you can find him on Etsy at chadcherryclothing and instagram @chadcherry13 – the great part about this designer, is that he can take a jacket or pair of jeans you love and work with you to create an updated look that is unique just to you.

Fez-O-Rama – I loved this idea. They make fine embroidered velvet fez caps. They have such a fun collection and it’s not anything you will see at your local Halloween store. Fez-o-rama.com

Turkey Merck – these hand crafted art mugs are created from fine stoneware and custom glazed ensuing each one is unique – they are dishwasher safe, but I will not be using mine as it is more like a piece of art you want to display. The mugs are a bit pricy but it takes them over 80 hours to make one mug and it shows in the detail. Turkeymerck.com

Along with all the fun merchandise, you can watch special effects artists and students from the make-up academy airbrush and apply FX moldings and make-up step-by-step. If you’re a fan of some of the classic horror movies, they have daily signings from some of your favorite movies. This years list included Linda Blair (The Exorcist) Tobin Bell (Saw) Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) Kane Hodder( Friday the 13th) and Judith O’Dea (Night of the Living Dead) just to name a few.

It’s a fun weekend and attendees didn’t disappoint, walking around in the costumes they made which made for a ton of fun photo ops. Don’t worry if you missed it this year – you can also get a chance to go to the Son of Monsterpalooza. This takes place in Burbank – it’s a smaller convention in September.