Sad News for Milwaukee Paranormal Conference


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:

There is also an online fundraiser for Damien’s family. Please donate:


Merry Krampusnacht and 2018 Schedule of Events


Photo by C.M. DeSpears:

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: 

We have buttons left and stickers (pre-order, shipped out on Dec. 15) and other merch at our Square store:

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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Milwaukee Krampusnacht vendor: Cut-it-Out! Studios

Cut-It-Out! Studios is a small unique front for local artist Addo Workman who’s top medium is paper and paper products. This MIAD alum will have interesting gifts for the hard to find person on your list.



Addo also designed our cute hipster Krampus cloth candy bags. If you didn’t get one with the $5 ticket, we have extras we’ll be selling at our merch table for $5.



Milwaukee Krampusnacht vendor: Beyer Beware Productions

David Beyer Jr is an illustrator and cartoonist from Milwaukee. His artwork has helped define the visual look of the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Group events throughout our three years of existence.

Past clients have included Image Comics, So Buttons, Arcana Comics, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has also worked as a muralist, and as a toy designer. He holds a BFA in illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and studied cartooning at the Joe Kubert School and the School of Visual Arts.

David will be doing a limited number of monster portrait commissions during the show. Because the event is so short, David is taking preorders for monster portraits. If you are interested in picking up your portrait during Krampusnacht, please send 1 or 2 good photographs to





Your Krampus Parade Guide

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Krampus parade sponsored by Great Northern Distillery:

The parade route starts behind Lakefront Brewery and heads east on the Riverwalk. The parade will be along the side closest to the river. The procession heads up to a green square area (kid area), does a lap around it, and then heads back on the Riverwalk the direction it came, does a lap in an enclosed area near Lakefront (kid area) then marches into Lakefront Brewery.

Parade rules
-Parade starts 7PM sharp.
-If you have kids, please bring them to the two big kid areas pictured in the map above. The one closest to Lakefront will be the last visit on the parade. PLEASE keep your kids under control and keep them away from Commerce St and away from the river side of the Riverwalk.
-There are riverside condos along the route. Do not climb on their porches, stairwells, or other parts of their property.
-Please don’t interfere with the parade. Let it march on. Angels will be handing out candy…don’t be grabby with them.
-If you have a ticket to get in, please follow the parade and line up to get in. Only those with tickets will get into Lakefront Brewery. If you don’t, we’ll see you next year!

Here are some of the characters you’ll see in our Krampus Parade:

Krampus and Saint Nick

Krampus is a 1,500 year-old pagan ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. He shows up with Saint Nick on December 5th , the eve of Saint Nick Day. This is called “Krampusnacht” (Krampus Night). On this night Krampus visits the houses of children to see if they have been good or bad this year on a “Krampuslauf” (Krampus Run). If good, they will get a sweet treat. If bad, Krampus will beat them with a switch, put them in a sack, and drag them off to the nether world to be punished. Krampus walks in the shadow of Saint Nick , This is the yin and yang of this ritual. You will also see angels and a farmhand that helps Nick with his visitation.

Our Angels will be handing out candy, too!

Other Christmas entities
We are glad to say we will be joined in the parade by:

Befana (Italian tradition)

Befana the Christmas Witch is joining us a little early. She usually visits Italian children on Epiphany Eve (Jan.5) and much like Saint Nick, delivers candy to good children and something lest tasty like coal or an onion to bad children. Being a tidy housekeeper, she always sweeps the floor before she leaves your house.

Jólakötturinn (Icelandic tradition)


Icelandic tradition says that children who work hard and finish their chores will be rewarded with new clothes. Those are good to have because Jólakötturinn, the giant Yule Cat, is on the prowl looking to eat children that don’t have new clothes.

Mari Lwyd (Welsh tradition)
The Mari Lwyd is a wassailing tradition from South Wales. A group of men would escort the Mari Lwyd from house to house, where they would sing a song requesting to be let in. The home inhabitants would respond with a song of their own, before letting the Mari Lwyd party in for refreshments.

Jack Frost  (English/ American folklore)

There are similar characters to Jack Frost in folklore around the world, depicted as a sprite-like mischief maker or sometimes hero. Jack Frost is a personification of frost, ice, snow, and winter.

Wisconsin Burners are also sending some Krampus characters who will be performing poi dancing! Music will be provided by our Ugly Sweater Orchestra. They’ll be playing “Deck the Halls” and “O Tannenbaum.” Sing along!

After the event we will have a Krampusnacht after party: Kramp’n and Dance’n at Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St.), starting at 10pm. Free event with DJ Michael Weiss, a charity Wheel-O-Prizes (win candy, a prize, or…uh oh, a whipping from Krampus!) and drink specials including a Krampus Rum Punch, made with Great Northern Distilling’s Opportunity Rum!
Event page:

Milwaukee Krampusnacht special guests: Raven Resistance


Note: Milwaukee Krampusnacht is glad to have special guests Raven Resistance as part of our event. Please support their clothing drive and the Milwaukee Women’s Center. 

The Raven Resistance is hosting a drive for new or gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves for women and children in all sizes, and new socks and underwear for women and children to be donated to the Milwaukee Women’s Center. Over 30% of all domestic violence cases in Wisconsin occur in Milwaukee County. The Milwaukee Women’s Center is one of only two shelters in Milwaukee County specifically serving women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Please contact Moriah Iverson at with any questions, and thank you for giving!

More info on Milwaukee Women’s Center:
Raven Resistance Facebook page:

Krampus Calendar

Sunday, November 26: Krampus Build Day, Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St.) 12-5pm
This is a chance for people to socialize and work on their Krampus Parade costumes, props, and decorations for our Kramp’n and Dance’n party.
Facebook event:

Friday, Dec.1: Christmas on KK
Lots of cool stuff going at this event. Members of Milwaukee Krampus of the Driftless Pass (who organize Milwaukee Krampusnacht) and our friends at Chicago Krampus will be storming the streets 6-8pm.
More event info:

Friday, Dec.1: Krampus Fest, Day 1, Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall (1920 S. 37th St.)
Our friend Scotty Damned puts together this annual charity fundraiser. Night one includes performances by Anomaly, The Dead Morticians, Size 5s, Slaughter Party, and Hi/Jack. All proceeds go towards heroin addiction awareness and recovery including supporting the 4th Dimension Sobriety houses in Milwaukee. Krampus himself will also be making a special appearance! $6/$10 includes CD
Facebook event page:

Saturday, Dec.2: Krampus Fest, Day 2, Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall (1920 S. 37th St.)
Day 2 of Krampus Fest includes performances by Ratbatspider, Once the Sun, H1Z1, The Fiendish Phantoms, and The Roosevelt Dolls. $6/ $10 with CD
Facebook Page:

Tuesday, Dec.5: Milwaukee Krampusnacht, Lakefront Brewery
Please note this is a ticketed event and all tickets have SOLD OUT. Parade is open to public. More parade info soon.

Tuesday, Dec.5: Kramp’n and Dance’n (Milwaukee Krampusnacht after party), Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St.) 10pm. FREE.
Our Krampusnacht after party is a chance to cut loose with DJ Michael Weiss. Drink specials and the wheel-o-prizes!
Facebook page:


Milwaukee Krampus group Facebook:

Give the Gift of Krampus!

…Milwaukee Krampusnacht Shirts Up For Pre-order Through Tuesday!
We have two Krampus design t-shirts that we are making in a limited quantity. The only way to guarantee getting one of these shirts is by PRE-ORDERING. We will be taking pre-orders through Tuesday morning, at which point our excellent screenprinter will be getting to work. We priced these as cheap as we could at just $12!

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Pre-order link:

We’ll also have buttons at the event: $1


We Got Milwaukee Krampusnacht Buttons and a new Sweater T Design!

Going forward we will be making limited edition collector buttons for all of our major Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Group events. Our first in this new series is the Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2017 button, limited to 100 and designed by our talented friends at Stinky Goblin Emporium. They were made by Books to Buttons, who we highly recommend for their high quality, reasonably priced, and speedy work.

These will be available at Milwaukee Krampusnacht for just $1.
Also, look at this nice looking mock sweater print shirt designed by Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Group Art Concept, Design, and Development Coordinator David Beyer Jr. Be the envy at your holiday parties with this Krampus/ Skull/ Snowflake/ Christmas Tree print, white ink on a red shirt. Available now for pre-sale– supplies will be limited, so pre-sale is your best option.

Our t-shirt designs are up for pre-sale at our Square store here: