The first-ever Connecticut Paranormal Convention creeped (in more ways than one) into the state last Summer. Expecting to draw a few hundred attendees, the historic inaugural event sold out with more than fifteen hundred attendees over the two-day period. The follow-up, “ParaConn ll” returns to the Ansonia Armory, 10 N. State Street, Ansonia, CT for 2 days only, on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, 2022 (doors open 11:00am daily). Advance tickets now on sale from paraconn.ticketleap.com/paraconn2
The haunted weekend event will feature special guests, seminars, panels, vendors, exhibits and much more. Organizers have just announced ParaConn’s surprise guest of honor will be the world’s most famous mentalist: THE AMAZING KRESKIN. He joins JOHN ZAFFIS (who worked with his Aunt and Uncle, ED & LORRAINE WARREN) as the show’s headliners.
With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist, KRESKIN has dramatized the unique facets of the mind for six decades. His very name is a part of pop culture. KRESKIN has had his own TV series, his own ESP board game by Milton Bradley, he was a regular on the Johnny Carson Show, and a major movie was inspired by his work.
KRESKIN will appear at ParaConn to meet fans, take photos, sign autographs, and he will also actually perform on the same bill as John Zaffis (as part of the after-show Saturday night).
ParaConn II is presented by paranormal enthusiasts Nick Grossmann and Charles F. Rosenay!!!, who bill themselves as “The Shaman and The Showman.” Their supernatural extravaganza will feature a plethora of fun and ghost-filled activities for all ages, of interest to the most experienced of paranormal investigators as well as the most casual fan or student of the occult and all things spooky.
ParaConn is the brainstorm of Grossmann, who has been clairvoyant his entire life, and is dedicated to the paranormal field. He has traveled extensively, performed exorcisms, conducted interactive happenings, and has collected some of the rarest haunted artifacts in North America and overseas. His rare collection will be on display at the convention. Nick’s organization, Ghost Storm, contends that the area in CT known as “The Valley” is one of the most haunted regions in the country. He refers to it as “The Connecticut Triangle,” and picked the Armory in Ansonia, which he believes to be haunted, as the ideal location for this conference. The event is presented in association with the City of Ansonia under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office.
Charles Rosenay!!! is no stranger to things that go bump in the night. The founder and original owner of Connecticut’s largest indoor haunted attraction, Fright Haven, in Stratford, he has been scaring visitors for over fifteen years. Rosenay!!! is also the host and organizer of the Dracula Tours to Transylvania (yes, in Romania) as well as the annual GHOSTours to Europe, presented by his travel company Tours of Terror. Charles has co-hosted tours and investigations with renowned ghost hunter Richard Felix, best known for his work in the U.K. on British Television’s “Most Haunted.” Rosenay!!! has recently authored “The Book of Top 10 Horror Lists,” which will be on sale at ParaConn with a book signing and meet & greet.
Rosenay!!! and Grossmann have conducted paranormal investigations together, and they will be joined over the weekend by other paranormal teams and individuals, who will be on hand to meet guests, sign autographs and speak on stage. Along with Kreskin and John Zaffis, there are more than a dozen other guest speakers.
Another major highlight of the weekend is the huge marketplace with vendors and exhibitors from all over the East Coast. Last year, the convention boasted 60 vendors, and this year there will be 80! Vendors will include paranormal groups, haunt artists and businesses, horror and sci-fi genre booths, authors, publishers, clothing costumes & make-up specialists, cryptozoology, wizardry, astrologists, psychics/mediums, tarot and palm readers, occult artifacts, artisans, crafters, jewelers, monster memorabilia, sci-fi collectibles, hand-made items, and related merchandise, etc. Featured vendors include Milford’s Weirdo Wonderland, the Frankenstein Twins, psychic Angela Marie, the Ain’t It Scary podcast, and Paul Longo, publisher of the GhostWatch Magazine.
All ages are welcome, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The hours are 11am-6pm both Saturday and Sunday. Advance General Admission is only $14.99 in advance, $20 day of show. There are also a limited number of advance VIP admissions for $19.99, which entitle guests to early admission (10am), a souvenir gift, and other benefits. Tickets on sale now from: paraconn.ticketleap.com/paraconn2. Parking is free. Food trucks/refreshments will be available.
The website for Connecticut’s first-ever Paranormal Convention is www.ParaConn.org. For further information call (203) 795-4737 or email CTParaConn@gmail.com.
May the spirits be with you.