The Milwaukee Paranormal Conference has been celebrating ghosts, ghouls, aliens, cryptids, and the folks who love them since 2015. Founded by journalist and author (and Milwaukee Record contributor) Tea Krulos, MPC is a homegrown affair that punches above its weight: panel discussions, special guests, vendors, ghost walks, live music, and spooky parties are just some of the things you can expect from MPC.
The 2023 MPC—sponsored by American Ghost Walks—is set for October 13-15. Friday night (Friday the 13th!) will be dedicated to a pre-party blowout at Falcon Bowl. (Yes, there will be music, costumes, and open bowling.) Saturday will be chock full of mainline MPC goodness at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center. Sunday will be an MPC Activities Day, with a slew of events taking place throughout the city. Will there be a Witches Faire at Kochanski’s, and a three-hour Bigfoot Hike in a “forest location in SE Wisconsin disclosed only to ticket holders”? You have to ask?
Find the the full 2023 MPC schedule HERE. Find some highlights, courtesy of MPC, below.
Friday, October 13: Friday the 13th Fest
A fun pre-party featuring Spidora, Delicious Monsters, Lavish Waste, and DJ Gothsconsin. Also features a selection of creepy cool craft vendors and a paranormal themed costume contest hosted by Madison horror host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis.
Doors at 7 p.m., admission $10 at Falcon Bowl (801 E. Clarke St.) – open bowling at 10p.m.
Saturday, October 14: Milwaukee Paranormal Conference
This year, the conference returns to where we hosted our first event in 2015– the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center (2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.). This year speakers will talk on paranormal phenomena, lake monsters, Wisconsin’s horror fiction history, plus a live recording of the Wisconsin Legends podcast, a presentation by the South East Wisconsin Paranormal Investigation Team, and special guest Jay Rath, who was one of the first to catalog Wisconsin paranormal cases online in the ’90s with his site, The W Files. The conference goes 10am-6pm and is free, but attendees need to register at: www.milwaukeeparacon.com. In addition, we’ll have over 30 vendors and food and drink will be available.
Sunday, October 15: MPC Activities Day
Various events around the city include an open house at the Morris Pratt Institute, a Spiritualist school, an Art and Symbolism tour and Pop-Up Death Cafe at Forest Home Cemetery, a Witches Faire at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, a Bigfoot Hike, ghost tour of the Third Ward, and more. More schedule details can be found at: www.milwaukeeparacon.com.