If all the macabre merch that's hit the stores wasn't an indication, the spookiest time of the year is here. And while plastic skeleton decor is great, Son of Monsterpalooza, the autumn event put on by the creators of Monsterpalooza, is the place to kick off the season right. Whether you're interested in special effects, behind-the-scenes horror movie-making, grisly and ghoulish aesthetics, or just weird shit, this convention will have something to get excited about. Collectibles, comics, toys, puppets, dolls, clothing and more will be for sale at this epicenter of evil, but for many it's all about the appearances. Scheduled to appear this year: Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2:Judgment Day), Billy Zane (Dead Calm), Jenna Elfman (Fear the Walking Dead), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Heather Langenkamp (Nightmare on Elm Street) and many more. Other macabre moments to bring a chill include dark art exhibits, immersive walk-throughs and screenings. Burbank Convention Center, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank; Fri., Sept. 13, 6-11 p.m. & Sat.-Sun., Sept. 14-15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $25-30/$65 for a three-day pass. monsterpalooza.com.

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