Halloween has arrived early in Chicago in the form of a B-movie monster-themed summer fest! The Elgin Monster Mash-Up is a new “Halfway to Halloween” party for every monster-loving fan around! So, turn down the flame on those cauldrons, gather all your little goblins, hop in a hearse and get those trick-or-treat bags ready for this weekend!
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012. Hours: 5PM-11PM / $2
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012. Hours: 11AM-11PM / $5
Kids under 12 get in FREE all weekend!
I’m a big fan of horror-related festivals and conventions. Everything you could possibly want for entertainment is there in one place. Whether it’s all spread out across an exhibit hall or packed to the ceiling in a small bar, spooky fests are the way to go for the budget-conscious. Once inside, options generally include free film screenings, celebrity panel Q&As, shopping a great selection of vendor tables, bands, autograph signings, socializing with other horror fans at the bar – you name it. As long as it's weird, it fits.
The Elgin Monster Mash-Up will bring all the fun associated with film festivals and add a few surprises to the mix. Last year’s Nightmare on Chicago Street event in Elgin was a huge success that brought over 4,000 attendees, so they decided to do something a little different but just as fabulously ghoulish for a summer party. There are many groups behind this, but the three main forerunners are Dreary & Naughty, Horror Society, and Wicked Whimsy Studio.
The entry fee is pretty cool, too. The entire weekend costs a whopping seven dollars to get in the door. Yeah, WHAT. Two dollars for Friday’s show (“I want my TWO DOLLARS!”) and Saturday’s show is $5. I know a lot of people (including myself) who’ve had really bad luck since the recession and finances are an ongoing issue. It hurts to miss out on so many amazing events just because you can’t get in the stinking door. It sucks to have to be so frugal. I’d LOVE to attend each and every event, and shop to my heart’s content. My only solace is knowing that when I could afford it, I did hit just about every local horror event possible. Street cred! (Don’t forget! Please?) So, I think a lot of horror fans are going to be happy about the ticket prices, as they surely will want to do a little shopping throughout the weekend, drink and enjoy some good eats at the Douglas Street Bar. It is Chicago, after all, where the food is disgustingly delicious.
B-movies will be screening continuously all weekend long in a very large film room, along with indie horror shorts, trailers and more. Plenty of guests and Q&As with filmmakers. Movies start at 5:30pm on Friday and 11:30am on Saturday. See event listing for film schedule.
Get a sneak peek at Elgin’s Psychosis Haunted House! Rolling into its third year, it is known for being the most interactive haunted house in Illinois. Intriguing! They’re actually doing a discount for the Mash-Up weekend with a $10 entry fee in the evening.
Shop horror art, jewelry, books, steampunk/gothic/cyber/horror fashion and accessories, oddities and other collectibles from various local vendors. I’ve seen the vendors list and it’s a great group of people, so be sure to introduce yourself.
Play around with the Photo Booth by inserting yourself in your very own classic monster B-movie! Or, if you’re dressed and ready to show off, enter the costume contests each night for a chance to win cool stuff and be the ghoul of the ball. Speaking of ghouls, it looks like there’s going to be a ZOMBIE WEDDING on Saturday!
Tickets will be available at the door both days. Located at the Haight Building, 166 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL at the corner of Douglas and Kimball.