Vell, another year of fear and ghoul cheer has come to an end. It's time to say R.I.P. to 2015. As a result, this is my Year in Review that includes some of the most memorably macabre moments and important people that have ghoulishly graced my afterlife in 2015. Keep reading for a month-by-month recap of events.
The year started vith a milestone 80th Boo-Day celebration fit for a King. The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley! Then ve kept the vinter blues avay by attending The Travel & Adventure Show for a second year in a row. It vas a trip vorth taking.
The second month of the year included some killer coverage of the 107th Chicago Auto Show. A new horror con called Mad Mobster left it's bloody footprint during Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day veekend. Walker Stalker decided to shamble over to Navy Pier for their second Chicago convention. Then to my surprise, I vas contacted by an old fiend to make my debut radio appearance vith Mancow on 97.9 The Loop!
I covered my first ever Women in the Arts luncheon honoring Laurie Metcalf by Steppenwolf Theatre. The horror highpoint in March vas vhen Team Gregula finally made the trip to St. Louis for TransWorld's Halloween & Attractions Show. A veek after TransWorld, Team Gregula vas invited to partake in a ghost hunt at Evil Intentions Haunted House inside the old Elgin Casket Company for their very own ghost adventure.
Music and movies started off our month right vhen ve attended the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest). It was a veekend of film showings and parties, including the celebration of BAADASSSSS Award vinner Julien Temple. Ve vent to C2E2 this month and met some interesting folks from Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programs like Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell. Insidious Chapter 3 brought their 4D experience that put guests IN the film via virtual reality headsets. Ve ended the month at the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards vith guest of honor Tom Skilling and ended up on WGN's Nine O'Clock News vhen ve took pictures vith him.
More movies vere in store for us in May vhen ve checked out the Chicago Critics Film Festival. The highlight vas meeting Joan Cusack before a screening of the movie The End of the Tour. Ve also seen the 1989 film UHF starring "Weird" Al Yankovic as part of the 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival. Included vas a Q & A session vith "Weird" Al in person and director Jay Levey. The Chicago Humanities Festival brought Nick Offerman for a live reading of his latest book "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers" and ve got his autograph!
The month began with the Printer's Row Lit Fest and Team Gregula got the opportunity to meet Bob Saget from Full House at the reading and Q & A of his book "Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian". He vas hilarious and even took a selfie vith us using Countess' phone! More naughty fun took place at the EXXXOTICA Expo Chicago, vhere ve met lots of adult movie stars and checked out the merchandise *VINK*. I asked My Countess to be my date at Zombie Prom and she said Yes! Team Gregula dancing vith the dead to the beats of Libido Funk Circus vas a ghoulish good time. Mancow invited me back on his radio show this month as vell.
July vas a convention month starting out vith Anime Midwest over Independence Day veekend. The highlight vas meeting voice actor Billy West and getting his autograph for FREE. Ve vere honored to attend the very first Chicago Frights haunt con vhich vas a ghastly good time of parties and haunted house trips. There vere vendor rooms vith gory creatures and props as vell.
Wizard World Comic Con Chicago blew into town and brought the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival vith it. Ve got to attend a pre party vith food and drink and interviewed Barry Bostwick and Michael Rooker. MAJOR highlight vas getting to meet and interview the one and only Bruce Campbell himself!
Team Gregula and their fiends got to attend a screening of "Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival" on their cross-country tour. There vas entertainment before the movie and ve got to meet stars Emilie Autumn and Adam Pascal and director Darren Lynn Bousman. My Countess and I also vent to a exclusive lights on tour of Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare haunted house at The Odeum in Villa Park.
Team Gregula's favorite month of the year kicked off vith a head-bang at the Rob Zombie concert at his Great American Nightmare haunt. Earlier that morning ve had a chance to meet Mr Zombie and took pics, then did a private tour of the haunted house and toured it again that night vith the actors in place. There vere many more haunts to tour, from big ones like The Massacre Haunted House and Evil Intentions Haunted House to community haunts like St Pascal's Catacombs. A trip to Six Flags Fright Fest and Freaky Deaky music fest vas included. I had my third appearance on Mancow's radio show as vell. The month ended vith the annual Northhalsted Halloween Parade vith Count and Countess Gregula leading the Scariest costume entries!
Just because Halloween is over, doesn't mean the Gregulas retire for the year! SOFA CHICAGO came back to Navy Pier vith their fang-tastic vorks of art from glass sculptures to mirrored paintings. The Chicago Toy & Game Fair came right before Thanksgiving and ve celebrated play, toys and the people who create them at playCHIC and the TAGIE Awards. Days of the Dead vas the same veekend and it vas one big Horror Party vith the likes of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, PJ Soles, Sid Haig and many more.
The last month of 2015 vas full of class and sass! December 16th vas Ludwig von Beethoven's 245th birthday and there vas a party to honor him at Holy Trinity High School followed by a fun concert. Of course Team Gregula vould not forget to celebrate the holidays vith a bit of Ho-Ho-Horror, starting out vith the closing reception of Anthony Kosar's art show at Kosart Studios in Westmont vhere frightening vorks of art vere featured. Then ve vent back to The Massacre Haunted House for their Christmas Nightmare for more scary shenanigans and met the Krampus! Ve also vent to Lincoln Park Zoo for ZooLights to see it dressed in its seasonal finest and to visit Figor's bat relatives in the Small Mammal house.
NOTE: This is a condensed compilation of the very beast from a long year of interesting events. Special FANGS once again to Team Gregula (Countess Gregula, Grim Marco and Cousin Jessi) for all the help. Be vell, take scare and stay ghoul in the new year!
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