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This weekend in the Chicagoland area, the things that go bump in the night will actually be horror-philes, some mega-movie stars and a plethora of horror-loving musicians to boot. Returning to the Chicago area for the sixth year in a row now is the Days of the Dead horror convention - and with it will be the return of Anthrax drummer, Charlie Benante.

A long-time fan of not only the horror genre but horror conventions, Benante was no stranger to the Days of the Dead convention and had patronized it for years as a fan. But in 2016, Benante officially became a guest of the convention after a friend - who is also one of the convention's organizers - had been asking him to participate for years. When Megadeth's David Ellefson (yet another good friend of Benante's) signed on, Benante decided it would be fun and agreed to appear too. Meeting fans and offering an array of merchandise for sale ranging from his own line of Benante’s Blend coffee beans to custom designed t-shirts to autographed gear – a good time was had by all, and fans of both music and horror were delighted to have Benante on hand. 

Having just wrapped up a killer tour of South America with Anthrax, Benante will be back on Illinois soil and manning his table at the Days of the Dead from Nov. 17-19 at the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg, so be sure to stop by and say hi.

In addition to Benante, there will be other metal musicians on hand including Twisted Sister front-man Dee Snider and Pantera/Down/Superjoint Ritual’s Phil Anselmo. And then there are the horror movie stars set to make appearances as well – Linda Blair of The ExorcistStranger Things’ Sean Astin, The Craft’s Fairuza Balk, Carrie Henn – “Newt” from Aliens, Ryan Hurst of Sons of Anarchy, and many, many others - not to mention dozens of vendors, various attendees in costume, and more fun than anyone can have with fake blood and fangs.

Finally, as we move into the holiday season it's important to think about helping those who are less fortunate, and Days of the Dead is making that possible. Attendees can easily help those in need by bringing non-perishable food items for both humans and pets, or a cash donation, for the More Grains organization that will be on hand. With a mission to help in the cities where the Days of the Dead convention operates, contributions go 100% towards feeding families and pets in need. Look for the More Grains merch-booth at the convention while you’re there.

For more information, tickets, and photo op pricing (for some guests) click here to learn more.