Here is our latest exciting information for the 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, October 14-16 (we are listing this as a three day event now as we will have a pre-con party on the 14th!)
After much searching and inquiry, we’re happy to announce our venue: the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., located on Milwaukee’s East Side.
We’re pleased to announce that our keynote speaker on the topic of cryptozoology this year is Loren Coleman. Loren is often referred to as the world’s leading expert on the topic of cryptozoology, a field he has pursued passionately since the 1960s. He has authored dozens of books on the topic, appears frequently on programs like Unsolved Mysteries, and is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. We are honored to be able to bring Loren to speak in Milwaukee for the first time.
We have many other speakers confirmed and are in talks with others. For now, we’ll list just a small sampling and will announce more speakers in a couple weeks.
Chad Lewis, researcher, author, and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. He’ll be giving our first talk on Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters!
Mary Marshall, paranormal studies teacher, founder and director of The Paranormal MD.
Allison Jornlin, Milwaukee ghostlorist. She’ll be returning with a talk titled “Milwaukee Forteana, vol. II.”
Celesté Contreras, organizer, Día de los Muertos Milwaukee.
Haunted Road Trip: October is a great month to get a tank of gas and take a short road trip to check out some haunted locations in the Midwest. You get can some good tips on haunted hotspots open to the public from our panel of ghost guide experts– Mike Hoke (Cedarburg Ghost & Dark History Walking Tours), Lisa Van Buskirk (Madison Ghost Tour), and Kathi Kresol (Haunted Rockford, author of Murder & Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois). Moderator: Mike Huberty (Minneapolis Ghost Tour, See You On The Other Side podcast).
Searching for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch: Does Bigfoot roam throughout the Northwoods, in Kettle Moraine State Forest and other locations? Our panel says yes! Hear from people who have actually spent time out in the field looking for the elusive cryptid. Panelists include author and researcher Linda S. Godfrey, Jay Bachochin (WPI Hunts the Truth), and Jen and Larry Dopke (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, Wisconsin). Moderator: Sanjay R. Singhal, RA (Beyond the Forest Radio).
Much more to follow soon!
We were able to host a free event last year, but with significantly higher venue and guest speaker fees, we need your support and we need to sell tickets. We have kept our prices as low as possible to make it an affordable experience for everyone. You can buy tickets via the site Brown Paper Tickets. There are service fees, but the online tickets will still be $5-$10 cheaper than buying them at the door.
We may have a participating store in Milwaukee sell tickets in the near future. Here are your ticket options:
1-Day Pass: Will get you into the conference for either Saturday or Sunday. $10.
2-Day Pass: Both conference days, just $15.
2-Day Super Pass (limited to 250): Both conference days, as well as admission to our Ghost Story Open Mic event and our Saturday night Masquerade Ball. $25.
VIP Pass (limited to 100…get ’em while they last!): Full access. Includes a special VIP dinner party the evening of Friday, October 14 with some of our conference guests. We are working on details of the dinner, but it will be in Milwaukee and we will have vegetarian and vegan options. Also, a special cloth tote bag screened with our logo that includes your program and swag. Free entry to the con, Ghost Story Open Mic, Masquerade Ball, (and possibly screening session.) $75.
A la carte: If you are solely interested in our activities like the Ghost Story Open Mic, Masquerade Ball, and screening session, we will have a la carte tickets to those events added soon.
All tickets available here: milwaukeeparacon.brownpapertickets.com
You will be able to pick up your passes at the con at will call by showing an ID.
Vendors: We had originally posted a deal that was supposed to be good through today ($60 one day/ $75 two days) but because it took time to confirm venue, that is extended through March.
Volunteers: We have a fantastic list of volunteers already, but definitely could use more.
Sponsors: We have a lot of great sponsorship opportunities available. Ask us for more info!
Vendors, volunteers, and sponsors can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is our Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/423586874516004/