Unlike most of our recommendations where you don’t have to be the biggest fan of, say, experimental dance or new poetry to enjoy the event, any attendee to Crypticon will need a few qualifications. There’s going to be monsters. There’s going to be slashers. There’s going to be gore. There’s going to be big time fanboys. But there’s also going to be a bunch of horror film fans’ favorite characters—the Doug Bradley who played Hellraiser, Andrew Robinson from Dirty Harry and Cobra, Heather Langenkamp from A Nightmare on Elm St., Nicholas Brendon from Buffy, both Laura Palmer and Bobby from Twin Peaks, and a bunch of others scheduled to hang out—lots of crazy collectors merch, live music from a bunch of rockin’ tribute bands, film screenings, and more. Most importantly, people are psyched to be there and having a great time—and you can, too. Friday, September 6th-Sunday, September 8th.Curt Stanski

Hilton Minneapolis Airport, 3800 American Blvd E, Bloomington; crypticonminneapolis.com