ParaCon 2018

8th Annual ParaCon

October 11th (VIP), 12th & 13th

Shooting Star Casino

777 Casino Road, Mahnomen, MN 56557


Tickets go ON SALE Tuesday, September 4th, at 9 a.m.  Follow this link

VIP and 2 Day Pass - $110

2 Day Pass - $75

Rooms are Limited Friday night. Rooms available for Saturday night.

Contact Shooting Star Casino

ParaCon is an all ages show. The casino is very "kid friendly"

We do not put this event on. Shooting Star is in charge of everything.

We have been a part of the Con since the beginning. When they get the list they share it with us, then we share it with you.

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It's official, we will be opening the weekend again. Friday Oct. 12th at 10 am

Complete Lineup 8/30


Saturday Only Austin Amelio - The Walking Dead/Dwight


Steve Gonsalves - TAPS/Ghost Hunters 


Dave Tango - TAPS/Ghost Hunters 


Tory Belleci - Mythbusters, White Rabbit Project


Erin Ryder - Executive Producer, TV host, and explorer. Destination Truth and Chasing UFO's


Jael De Pardo - Destination Truth, Haunted Highway, Fact or Faked


Erin Marie Hogan - Paranormal Entity (2009), Hold Your Breath (2012), and many others


Jordan Ladd - Club Dread, Cabin Fever,  Hostel Part 2, and many many more


Nick Groff: Executive producer / host of Paranormal Lockdown, Ghost Adventures, and Ghosts of Shepherdstown


Elizabeth Saint - Ghosts of Shepherdstown


David Schrader – Paracon MC/ Darkness Radio


Grant Wilson – Ghost Hunters/What The Fetch you tube channel

Chip Coffey - Psychic and Medium


John Zaffis – Haunted Collector/Demonology


Nick Redfern - Cryptozoologist/UFO


Loren Coleman - Director International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, Maine



Presentation Schedule

FRIDAY, October 12
10:00am Midwest Paranormal Files, Your Favorite Paranormal Group
11:30am Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist
1:00pm Jael de Pardo & Erin Rider, Destination Truth/Haunted Highways
2:30pm Dave Schrader, PARACON MC/Darkness Radio
4:00pm Tory Belleci, MythBusters
5:30pm Nick Groff & Elizabeth Saint, Ghost Of Shepherdstown

SATURDAY, October 13
10:00am The Palmer House Hotel, Restaurant & Pub
11:30am Nick Redfern, Cryptozoologist
1:00pm Chip Coffey, Psychic/Medium
2:30pm Grant Wilson, Ghost Hunters
4:00pm John Zaffis, SYFY's Haunted Collector,
5:30pm Steve Gonsalves & Dave Tango, TAPS/Ghost Hunters





Do you have vendor booth rental information yet?
Thank you!

jeremy's picture

You will have to contact Shooting Star Casino. They take care of everything. Try this number (800) 453-7827. We wont have any information until early summer. Once we get it we will post it here and facebook for sure.

Vendor email about booth rental came out today. Mike Narum is the point of contact at Shooting Star for Booth space


Can't book rooms yet for Paracon 2018...everything is blacked out starting in Oct.  I also noticed it's not on our Thanksgiving weekend anymore. (Canadian).

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It's still the second weekend of October. To bad about the holiday though. I believe if you call you can book rooms. I know others who have. I wouldn't think they are sold out yet.

I was able to reserve my room last month.

Will they still have Paracon 8 even after the Celebrities got stiffed and were never paid?

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We haven't heard anything to say they won't. There are plenty of other agencies that handle the same people and hopefully some new faces. If it ever gets canceled we will make an announcement.

Hey does anyone know if those 2 canadian girls are coming this round cause they were funny as hell!

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Not sure which Canadians you are referring to. Are they members of a group in Canada?

I remember them!!!!!! I don't think they are part of a group but I have seen them there before and yes they were the best I'd those 2 don't have a show .. They should !!! I believe they were friends of Grants

I remember them as well...I actually follow them on twitter .. I think its @2canadiangirls. Bring them even if they are not a ghost group... but seriously think they should be .. I think its funny people are writing about them cause they made the evening fun for all and yes I believe they are friends of Grants. Can you also bring back Porter and Chris they were great as wel

This is pretty funny...maybe get the casino to contact them and ask them to come if they are such a hit!! and I third this cause i rememeber talking to them as well...someone give these girls there own show. may be try and bring in Chris Fleming again he was missed last year

Maybe they can attempt to bring back the GAC even though I think Zak is on to other things in life right about now. Yes bring back the blonde girls

Can you please bring back Chris flemming he has a new show coming out and was missed last year

Yes! His new show is only being aired in the UK currently and is called "Help! My House is Haunted!" I asked him personally about his coming up there this year and he said he hasn't been asked yet but "there's still time" he said. Please book him!

cant wait this is my first paracon and my moms too

Any chance of getting Greg and Dana Newkirk there with their Traveling Museum of the Paranormal? They are wonderful folks who have an amazing collection of haunted items.

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I haven't seen their name come up yet. Maybe when the vendor list comes out they will be included on that. Space is kind of limited with the amount of people that want vendor space. I'm not sure if that is an issue or not.

If they post a list of vendors. I am going to guess it is going to be posted soon because I just got a telephone call that somebody cancelled and I was able to get my vending table in Thank goodness. In my opinion, somebody mentioned Zak if he would come. I don't think he will because Nick Groff is going to be there. Would be nice to see the traveling Museum there. And as far as Chris Fleming goes, if Shooting Star wants to get him up there again. They need to ask him as soon as possible. Because, he does a lot of traveling usually in October and November doing lectures and speeches at colleges and stuff around the season of Halloween. So, if they want to get him, they need to get ahold of him before he books his days I imagine. Either way, it is going to be a fun time.

Any chance of brining back haunted town guys.. Chris Fleming would be fantastic and barri ghai from help my house is haunted .. Chris used to come but haven't seen him the last few years.

Yes please bring Chris Fleming and barri ghai ... they can promote the new show for zak.

I'm wondering if we bring our 9 yr old son, would we have to pay the full price for him even if he's not going to get into it all? Otherwise he'll need to find someone to stay with. I just wanted to include him but for the price, it may not be worth it if he's not as involved in it.

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There isn't a seperate price for kids. Most booths have candy, and swag he could collect. A lot of kids do attend every year and seem to enjoy it.

Is anyone from the Walking Dead going to be here this year?

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I know there are more announcements coming. Guess we will have to wait and see.

Okay thanks!

Hello there.. I hope they bring in some more people for this event. Maybe some new people like ghost brothers and wrath chasers. I seen a comment about barri ghai from the UK as well and Chris Fleming.

Does anyone know what ticket prices will be for this year? I know last year it jumped to 110 for vip from 100 the past few years.

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The price hasn't been released yet. I would venture to guess it will be the same as last year.

Ok, Thank you.

Just wondering when they will be announcing more guests, is there a date? Possible Walking Dead???

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Tickets go on sale Aug. 13th. I would expect a full list around that date.

I plan on buying three tickets on the 13th. Where do we buy them online?

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Tickets will be available on Shooting Star Casinos website. The link to the site is at top of the page.

Well to be honest this line up seems boring and not worth the money at all. Grant and Steve go every year so that's not a big deal anymore for me and I know others feel the same. I kbow the line up is not completely out yet but so far a huge yawn


OMG You need to get Barri Ghai from Help! My House Is Haunted over from the UK. He is awseome and has done loads of TV over there. He is good friends with Chris, Zak and Jason.

Agreed .. bring in barri ghai and Chris Fleming .. he is huge over there!!!!

I would agree that barri ghai and Chris Fleming should attend. Not sure the casino could afford to bring barri in as he is all the way in the UK but if they could that would we great. Maybe instead of writing on this forum you should write it on the casino Facebook page for the people responsible for brining forth the vendors can be aware people are asking for them. Not sure if they even read this. Anyways good choices and yes bring in some new people cause this year's line up looks like a complete yawn fest and totally not worth paying 100 $ to get in .

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We have been told by the people that put this together that, yes they do loo at this thread. Also I can tell you there are more people being added. Some have not been here, and others have not been here for awhile.

Good choice I must say.. barri would be a fresh addition to the paracon and also Chris Fleming. Barri is a far distance but I think would be worth brining. This could be his first debut in the US. Hope they release the line up soon so people can plan to come!

I must tried buying tickets they dont go on sale till September 4

Is there a link I am overlooking to purchase tickets or do you have to call the casino?

My sistwr called today to get our vip tickets a d the lady she talked to said tickets dont go on sale until September 4th. Can you confirm this or whats going on?

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The date we were given is apparently wrong. We apologize. We will try to get the correct date figured out as soon as we can.

Ok, Thank you.

What is normally served at the supper? Is it like a 3 course meal or buffet style? Just wondering since our son is picky so if he does gi,with us...
Also, was disappointed that they were changed for tickets. I had it on my phone to remind me and then to find out it changed. Now it's Sept. 4th from what I've heard.

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It is a 3 course meal. It's always been good. The ticket thing caught us by surprise as well. Sept. 4th at 9am is the official word.


It shows on the main page as tickets on sale for Monday, Sept.,4th. Not sure if it's a huge deal but could be confusing to some.