It’s creepy and kooky.
Mysterious and spooky.
No it’s not “The Addams Family.”
It’s the “Oddities & Curiosities Expo” – and it’s coming to Albuquerque.
The traveling expo was established early 2017 and is the first and original traveling oddities event.
The expo supports local and national vendors who run the gamut in all spectrums of weird, creepy and unusual.
The event features taxidermy, preserved wet and dry specimens, odd antiques, horror merchandise, original artwork, animal and human skulls/bones, jewelry made from insects/bones and more.
It also focuses on family-friendly entertainment, including local sideshow performers on stage and a traveling suspension team that offers live human suspension to attendees.
The event is the brainchild of Michelle and Tony Cozzaglio.
Michelle Cozzaglio says she has always been intrigued with the weird.
“I’m from Oklahoma, and there wasn’t really anything that piqued my interest there … so why not make something happen?” she says in an interview. “My husband and I started organizing punk-music related and ‘Oddities’ events in our hometown about seven years ago. They started off pretty small and have grown to what they are today – now we have 16 cities across the U.S.”
It’s been a short journey full of lots of hard work to get the expo off the ground.
Cozzaglio says the event is known in the oddities community.
“We really focus on promoting what we are, so most people know what they’re getting into,” she says. “We have a little something weird for everyone.”
Cozzaglio says that although the expo contains weird items, she wants to dispel the misconception about “oddities.”
“We pride ourselves in having vendors that obtain all their specimens ethically. This is a requirement to be involved with our event. Nothing is killed to be a part of our shows,” she says. “I think a common misconception is that we kill animals for the sake of art or collecting. Some people who are not fully aware of ‘oddities’ or even just slightly aware of the oddities collecting world may not understand that side of things. We try our best to make this known on our website and event pages.”