Merry Krampusnacht and 2018 Schedule of Events

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Photo by C.M. DeSpears: www.instagram.com/sperophotography/

Wow, what a fantastic evening we had last night, Milwaukee Krampusnacht was a huge success! The event organizers, Tea and Robert, would like to thank everyone who participated. The parade was fun and everyone had such great costumes! The vendors were all talented, the bands were great, and Lakefront Brewery’s staff all did such a great job. We also want to give a heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who made sure everything was running smoothly.

Are we doing it again next year? Oh yeaaaah! It’ll be a bigger event with a bigger parade and a series of workshops and build days leading up to it. Join our Facebook group here: www.facebook.com/groups/180734318942836/ 

We have buttons left and stickers (pre-order, shipped out on Dec. 15) and other merch at our Square store: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

We had so much fun and we hope to see you at our 2018 events!

List of 2018 Events

April 13: Friday the 13th Fest (part 4)
July 13: Friday the 13th Fest (part 5)
October 19-21: Milwaukee Paranormal Conference
October 20: The Kraken’s Ball (think sea monsters, mermaids, zombie pirates, squid people, etc.!)
December 5: Milwaukee Krampusnacht (now with more Krampus!)

GND_logo (1)More Photos from our Milwaukee Krampus Parade
sponsored by Great Northern Distillery
Photos by C.M. DeSpears
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Sad News: Main Part of Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2018 is CANCELLED.

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The short version of this news– due to circumstances beyond our control, the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference on Oct. 20 at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is CANCELLED. The Kraken’s Ball will still be happening the night of Oct. 20 at the Cactus Club. The tours and activities planned for Sunday Oct. 21 will still go forward.

Conference VENDORS who have made payments will be refunded in full next week. People who bought conference tickets will be refunded in full, those who bought conference/ Kraken’s Ball combo tickets will be offered a full refund or a partial refund if they still wish to go to the Ball.

We had saved the Oct. 20 date in the calendar with the ICHC. We were late with some paperwork and when we messaged them to inform them it was on it’s way, we were informed our event had been silently bumped in favor of a wedding. This was very upsetting to us as we have done events with the ICHC for the last three years and were given no warning, head’s up, or even informed after the matter until we contacted them to get the paperwork to them. This was especially disheartening to me (conference director Tea Krulos) as I have already put in countless hours coming up with what I was confident was an excellent mix of 15 speakers, panels, participatory activities, and a documentary screening. Early ticket sales were looking good, too.

This cancellation left us with 3 possible options:
1. Find a different venue for the same date that A.) was available B.) had a set up for a speaking room and a separate vendor hall and C.) was affordable. I think this is a good time to remind people that the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is bankrolled by one semi-employed person. There is no other group, organization, or benefactor that contributes money. The only incoming funds is from vendor tables (and many of these are comped out free for goods and services) and ticket sales. So there isn’t really funds to throw at a more expensive venue.

2. Schedule a different date. ICHC mentioned they had dates later in November, however, by that point we will be too deep into planning Milwaukee Krampusnacht, which is happening Dec. 5 at the Bavarian Bierhaus.

3. Cancel. We decided to cancel because we absolutely do not want to present you with a half-assed thrown together event.

We will be evaluating things carefully moving forward in 2019. We hope the conference will return, better than ever, but need to reevaluate venues, possibly time of year the con takes place, financial problems, and many more factors.

We are sorry to bring you this news. We put a lot of effort into nothing. We hope to see you at the Kraken’s Ball on Oct. 20, our Oct. 21 activities, and at Krampusnacht 2018 on Dec. 5.

-Tea Krulos
Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Director
milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

 

Register for the 2018 Milwaukee Krampus Parade

Milwaukee Krampusnacht is happening December 5 at the Bavarian Bierhaus! The parade will take place the evening of Dec. 5 on the Bavarian Bierhaus grounds. More info including exact time, route, and rules will be sent out closer to the date. It’s important for us to get a head count to see what areas we’re strong in and which we need help in.

If you’re interested in helping organize or learning more about being a Krampus, attend our monthly meetings/ workshops. The best way to get updates is to join the Milwaukee Krampus Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/180734318942836

Here is what the Milwaukee Krampus Parade is looking for:

KRAMPUS
The reason for the season! We had a strong Krampus showing last year and hope to have a huge Krampus entourage this year. We’re open to all Krampus styles– traditional, creative, storebought, whatever will make you part of the Krampus crew!

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ANGELS
Angels soothe the burn of the Krampus by being friendly and handing out candy to the poor kids. Angel costumes are open to your interpretation.

Other ENTITIES
Besides Krampus, many other cultures have eerie holiday traditions. There’s the Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd, the Italian witch Befana (who appears on Epiphany), the Icelandic ogress Gryla, her sons the Yule Lads and the killer Yule Cat. We are welcoming of anyone who wants to participate dressed as these or other characters from Christmastime lore!

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FLOATS!
This year we’re trying to have a few simple floats this year, ones that can be pulled by hand or a small motorized vehicle (like a golf cart)/ shopping cart floats. We’re open to ideas, just talk to us about them.

UGLY SWEATER ORCHESTRA/ KRAMPUS DRUM CORPS
We want to expand on our orchestra this year. You’ll need to learn a couple Christmas standards (ugly sweater optional, but encouraged). Let us know what instrument you play, we will be setting up a couple of practice sessions. This year we also want to add a “Krampus Drum Corps.” to add more menace, percussion of any kind accepted.

To register for the parade, please fill out the form below!

 

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MPC Ticket Sale!

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Tickets to the 2018 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference (Oct.20, Irish Cultural and Heritage Center) are currently 50% off from now until September 26! We also have a special deal on a ticket that gets you into the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference and the Kraken’s Ball After Party (Oct.20, Cactus Club) for just $12!
Tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3604047

We also have tickets for our first few events for Sunday activity day, Oct. 21. These tours all have limited spots:

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Sunday, Oct. 21
10AM: Forest Home Cemetery Tour 
(Meets at office of Forest Home Cemetery, $7. Tickets limited to 29.)
This is our third year for this popular tour. This year there will be a Milwaukee History tour with Dr. Paul Haubrich, tour is about an hour and a half. Wear comfortable clothes, be prepared for weather rain or shine. Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613460

3PM: Third Ward Ghost Walk:(Meets on corner of Water St. and Saint Paul in front of Milwaukee Public Market, $20. Tickets limited to 30.)
The original Milwaukee haunted history walking tour is back! Celebrate Cream City folklore with surprising local tales of ghosts, curses, and monsters while on a mile-long stroll through the charming arts district once known as the “Bloody Third.” Tour is about an hour and a half long, wear comfortable clothes, rain or shine. Guide is MPC director Tea Krulos.
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7:30PM: Riverwest Ghost Tour: (Meets at Riverwest Public House, $7. Tickets limited to 15.) This rare tour is only offered a couple times a year. Based on research for an article in the Riverwest Currents, this tour is lead by MPC director and writer Tea Krulos and leads you through some neighborhood ghost stories. Tour is about 40 minutes long, wear comfortable clothes. Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613468

Announcement: The Kraken’s Ball

We’re glad to announce our official Milwaukee Paranormal Conference after-party will be The Kraken’s Ball (following the tradition of our year 2 Raven’s Ball and year 3 Jabberwocky’s Ball) the night of October 20 at the Cactus Club.

We will have some amazing musicians and performers (TBA soon) and a costume contest inspired by creepy things that dwell in the oceans, lakes, and lagoons– think sea monsters, zombie pirates, killer mermaids, etc. Save the date and stay tuned for details!

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The Kraken
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

 

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/654459128220743/

MPC Speakers, Round 1 Announced!

Here is a special Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2018 announcement!

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2018 will take place Oct.19-21 with the main conference day taking place Saturday, October 20 at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center. We are still working on a complete line-up, but for now we are ecstatic to announce the following featured talks:

-Allison Jornlin, “Milwaukee Forteana Vol. IV.” As per our tradition since year 1, Allison kicks the conference off with a talk on various strange and spooky chapters of Milwaukee’s history.

-Panel discussion: “The Chicago Mothman,” featuring Allison Jornlin (Milwaukee Ghosts- Tours and Investigations), Tobias Wayland (Singular Fortean Society), Sam Maranto (MUFON), moderated by conference director Tea Krulos. What is the mysterious winged hominid described as a “Mothman” or “Manbat” being spotted in Chicagoland (and Wisconsin!) Our panel of experts who have done fieldwork investigating weighs in.

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Mutual UFO Network (WI/IL) presentation. Special guests from MUFON Wisconsin and Illinois discuss UFO sightings and research.

Milwaukee Krampus presentation. Milwaukee Krampusnacht is happening Dec. 5 and this presentation will lead you through what is going on this year. Special appearance by the Krampus pack!

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-Ursula Bielski, “Haunts of the Devil: Ghosts of H.H. Holmes, the Worlds Fair, and Victorian Chicago.” Chicago’s leading ghostlorist and prolific author Ursula Bielski leads this captivating talk about the notorious H.H. Holmes and other ghosts ahead of her book with the same title due out next year.

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-Tea Krulos, “My Haunted Baseball Card Collection.” Conference director Krulos leads you through his unusual baseball card collection of MLB players who have claimed they’ve encountered spirits at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel.

-Milwaukee Premiere of documentary The Bray Road Beast, featuring Q and A with filmmaker Seth Breedlove and author/ documentary subject Linda S. Godfrey.

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Vendors! Vendor applications are now open for Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2018  and Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2018, including a deal on tables for both. Tables will go fast! E-mail us for a vendor application today: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

Volunteers! Always looking for volunteer help with all of our events. Volunteers make these events possible. E-mail: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

If you are looking to get involved with Milwaukee Krampusnacht, we are having an organizing meeting followed by a “Krampus 101” workshop Sunday, August 5, 2pm, at the Bavarian Bierhaus. FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/224062911752572/

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2018 FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2050209941907911/
Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2018 FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2053297381580982/

 

Milwaukee Krampus Kalender

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Sat. Sept. 8: Meeting and Workshop: Krampus Body Building

Oct. 5-6: Windigo Fest

Oct. 6: Sci Fi Day

Sat. Oct. 20: Presentation at Milwaukee Paranormal Conference

Sun. Oct. 21: Krampus Photo Booth

Sat. Oct. 27: SE WI Witch’s Ball

Sun. Oct. 28: Meeting and Workshop: Krampus Choreography

Nov. 4: Meeting and Workshop: Mask building

Nov. 10: Racine parade

Nov. 17: Meeting and Build session and Krampuskarten workshop

Nov. 22: Christmas on KK

Nov. 23-25: Oconomowoc Christmas market

Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Krampus Fest @ Kochanski’s (music fest and benefit show)

Sat. Dec. 1: Meeting and Build session: Final Kramp Down!

Weds. Dec. 5: Milwaukee Krampusnacht @ Bavarian Bierhaus!

 

Friday the 13th Fest!

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference would like to give a huge thanks for everyone who participated in the event. Deadgar Winter and his Dead Girls did a fun trivia session, handing out 6 great prize baskets and comedian Kristin Lytie was a wonderful and funny host. Skully Sati, Nina Nazir, and Katie Kadaver all did fantastic horror burlesque that made cannibalism, Freddy Krueger, and Leatherface look sexy! And totally rockin sets by Dick Satan Trio and kings of Friday the 13th, Ratbatspider. Frank’s Power Plant is a great place with a great staff.

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Skully Sati: Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, she’s a maneater!

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Nightmare on Kinnickinnic: Nina Nazir

 

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Katie Kadaver shredded through Frank’s Power Plant with a chainsaw!

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Dick Satan Trio (left) and Ratbatspider!

Friday the 13th Fest stars Katie Kadaver and Skully Sati are returning to Frank’s Power Plant on Saturday, April 28 for a Dead on the Dance Floor burlesque/ punk show! Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1917417955239746/

And be sure to mark your calendars for the next Friday the 13th Fest, July 13. We got a fun idea for this one, details soon.

Support the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference by buying merch online: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

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Ryan Remains of Ratbatspider (left) and Deadgar Winter, host of Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics. 

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David Beyer did our awesome flyer art.

FRIDAY the 13th Fest Part IV: Jason Goes to Bay View

It’s a quiet community of tattoos, bakery, and craft beers. But they’re about to get a visitor that is no hipster…FRIDAY THE 13th FEST PART IV: JASON GOES TO BAY VIEW!

Frank’s Power Plant (2800 s. Kinnickinnic) $7, trivia at 8pm, show at 9pm

8pm: Horror Movie Trivia, hosted by Deadgar Winter of Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics… win cool horror prizes!

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Here’s a chance to win some cool prizes– horror DVDs, merch, cool trinkets by flexing your knowledge of 80s horror movies. This trivia session is free and takes place before the show.

Ratbatspider (Brew City Horrorpunkhttps://ratbatspider.bandcamp.com/)

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Dick Satan Trio (Instrumental Playboy Rock: http://www.dicksatantrio.com/)

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Skully Sati

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Meet the mystical Skully Sati, Milwaukee-based performer, and proud former producer of various variety act shows, including acting as past co-producer of the popular Friday the 13th Fest shows. When she’s not telling fortunes through Tarot, she’s performing a new take on old school burlesque with her collection of ventriloquist dolls or dancing with props such as veils, canes, or her straight razor. Skully Sati beckons your full attention as she has earned the reputation to seduce and charm with her wicked and unique musings! Be sure to catch her offering Tarot, Past Life, Intuitive, and Couples readings when she’s not performing at the next Friday the 13th Fest: Jason Goes to Bay View! Befriend her on Facebook to follow what she’ll create next.

Nina Nazir

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Nina Nazir has been performing Belly Dance since she was 14 years old. She specializes in classic American Cabaret style combining the class and elegance of bellydance’s Golden Age with the sassy kitch of the 1970s and an added kiss of Dark Fusion. She has performed in numerous Milwaukee area variety shows including Skully Sati productions, Dead Mans Carnival, and of course Friday the 13th fests I through IV.

Katie Kadaver

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Milwaukee’s horror hottie– she puts the gore in gorgeous!

Katie Kadaver is a body positive, horror artist and one of the founders, producers and performers of Grindhouse Tease Productions. When she’s not astounding audiences with her bawdy brilliance, Ms. Kadaver can be found practicing various forms of visual art – including ghoulish make-up for horrorpunk band Ratbatspider, creating customized punk rock inspired vests and other clothing, as well as challenging society’s visual diet, by posing in alternative and horror themed pin-up photos. Katie is also a Deadgirl for horror host Deadgar Winter, of Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics.

And your Emcee, Kristin Lytie!

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Kristin Lytie has performed stand up comedy in basements, laundromats, and dive bars all across the country. Originally from Northeastern Wisconsin, Kristin’s comedy is fueled by a love of all things Midwestern. An eternal optimist, she has worked in progressive politics for the past ten years as a community and labor organizer. She is about working class populist politics and has a strong DIY punk ethic, but is also passionate about classic rock and cheap beer. ​

Kristin has performed in the Altercation Comedy Festival (Austin, TX), Beast Village Comedy Festival (Des Moines, IA), Bird City Comedy Festival (Phoenix, AZ), Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival (Columbus, OH), Cream City Comedy Festival (Milwaukee, WI), Floodwater Comedy Festival (Iowa City, IA) and more. She has also funneled her love of horror movies into a podcast called Bloody Mary which discusses horror movies through a lens of sexuality and feminism. Guests have included professors, comedians, and even a dominatrix!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/195021797904992/

Upcoming 2018 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference events:

July 13: Friday the 13th Fest Part V: Time Wars
October: Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, The Kraken’s Ball, Milwaukee Paranormal Film Festival
December: Milwaukee Krampusnacht

Sad News for Milwaukee Paranormal Conference

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L-R: Julius Owens, myself (Tea Krulos), conference guest speaker Mary Marshall, and Damien Jones (RIP).

Sad news today. Milwaukee Paranormal Conference participant Damien Jones has died of pneumonia. Damien was a musician, father of three, event organizer, podcaster, and all around great guy who supported his friends and their projects whenever he could.

I first met Damien 10-12 years ago, when I was tasked with directing the Riverwest Follies, an annual variety show produced by the Riverwest Currents. Damien volunteered to participate and wowed the audience with a solo percussion performance, starting onstage and then walking through the audience. “This guy is good!” was my thought at the time. A few years later, I directed the Follies again and Damien’s band, Astral/Subastral performed following the variety show. Damien graciously became the on the spot soundman for the show.

When I announced that the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference was going to happen, Damien was one of the first people to contact to tell me that he’d love to participate in some way. It was the encouraging response of people like Damien that made me feel like the event was worth doing. Damien and his Podcast of the Century co-host Julius Owens showed up to record material and Damien hosted a panel discussion with the leaders of three paranormal investigation teams.

For year 2, we set up a media table that livestreamed to Facebook, featuring various podcast and Internet radio shows. I asked Julius and Damien  to represent the conference with a grandiosely titled “MPC-TV Conference Connection” hour where they interviewed conference guest speakers. They pulled me off the floor to talk, which is one of the few times that weekend I got to sit down and talk and have fun instead of running around problem solving.

For year three, Julius and Damien returned to the conference and for our Jabberwocky’s Ball I asked Damien if Astral/Subastral would do a musical performance of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky poem. I knew they would do something cool with it and they did, a jazzy version with the audience playing along on percussion instruments. I know that he wanted to participate in this year’s Milwaukee Krampusnacht, but was too ill to make it.

Damien was planning a show for his birthday this Friday at Company Brewing with his band and other musician friends. In my last conversation with him, I told him I would be attending. I will be, because the show is still going on as a celebration of his life.  Show proceeds will be given to Damien’s family. More event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/165919144034502/

There is also an online fundraiser for Damien’s family. Please donate: https://www.gofundme.com/damienjonesmemorial