Samantha Breeden (left) and brother John Brendan (right) pose for a photo with Krampus at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird on Nov. 9, 2019 in Monroe. The free event returns this weekend after a two-year break due to the pandemic. Krampus will be there. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Samantha Breeden (left) and brother John Brendan (right) pose for a photo with Krampus at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird on Nov. 9, 2019 in Monroe. The free event returns this weekend after a two-year break due to the pandemic. Krampus will be there. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Merry Creepsmas! Oddmall event is back, with Krampus

Over 100 vendors will be at the Monroe fairgrounds this weekend at the free bazaar of the bizarre.

MONROE — It’s the bazaar of the bizarre.

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird is back this weekend after a two-year pandemic delay.

“We’ve got a circus sideshow oddities type of a vibe going for us,” event promoter Brian Pierce said.

Over 100 vendors, artists and authors who specialize in the unique will be inside the livestock pavilion at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

Wares include fantasy books, 3D-printed items, doll body parts art, scary clown lamps and Gothic jewelry that glows in the dark.

As Pierce puts it: “Seriously, we’ve got some weird stuff.”

Kids can get their picture taken with Krampus. The horned, hairy demon is like Santa’s evil twin. Instead of a bundle of toys, the European folklore character has birch sticks to swat the misbehaving rascals he hauls down to the underworld.

At Oddmall, Krampus will hand out candy.

A young girl is convinced by her mother to take a photo with Krampus at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in 2019 in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

A young girl is convinced by her mother to take a photo with Krampus at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in 2019 in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Pierce said visitors 12 and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Expect to hear people saying, “Merry Creepsmas.”

Pierce said Creepsmas is the time between Halloween and Christmas, “where you still have that kind of creepy feeling in mind.”

“Most of the vendors we deal with are very much of this nebulous world,” Pierce said. “They love the creepy. We embrace the macabre, spooky scary skeleton Goth vibes. But also, hey, we like Christmas. Christmas is bright and fun.”

Catherine Justice, dressed in a spider-themed outfit, poses for a portrait at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in 2019 in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Catherine Justice, dressed in a spider-themed outfit, poses for a portrait at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in 2019 in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Oddmall was launched in the Pacific Northwest in 2013 by Washington resident David Hopp as a biannual spring and fall art, craft and gift show that was held first in Everett and then Monroe. It is modeled after the Oddmall in Ohio in 2009 by Hopp’s brother, a fantasy author, illustrator and game designer who felt really out of place setting up at craft shows, so he started a bazaar for those of his ilk.

Hopp is expanding the Oddmall footprint to regional areas and other states.

“Eventually we hope to be everywhere between here and Ohio. We are just building the brand,” Hopp said. “This is our comeback show. It’s not your typical craft show.”

Pierce, 48, took over running the northwest Washington region of Oddmall, where he has been a vendor since 2014 with his Captain Slinky’s Weird Lamps.

Small doll heads, doll parts and unique doll figurines created by Crooksy Creations at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in 2019 in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Small doll heads, doll parts and unique doll figurines created by Crooksy Creations at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in 2019 in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

The Bothell stay-at-home dad makes lamps out of broken toys and knickknacks. “Stuff that you wish you didn’t have to throw away but it’s broken. I take those things and stick them together,” he said.

His wife makes glass spider Christmas ornaments from burnt-out Christmas lights.

Among the other 100 vendors: Curse Purse has a line of scarves, bags and other accessories featuring the F-word. Crooksy Creations will offer doll-part jewelry, such as eyeball necklaces, found object art, holiday ornaments and prints of original paintings.

“Here at Oddmall, you belong,” Pierce said.

A gold Shrek, Alien and lightsaber lamp by Captain Slinky Weird Lamps at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in 2019 in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

A gold Shrek, Alien and lightsaber lamp by Captain Slinky Weird Lamps at the last Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in 2019 in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

About 100 door prizes will be given away.

“It might be a VHS tape recording of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’ Or a can of creamed corn,” Pierce said.

“It’s Oddmall. You get an odd door prize. There’s also really good stuff in there, too.”

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

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