Sunday, February 9, 2014

Photo Essay: Getting Ready for Halloween (and the Hereafter) Early at the Spook Show



It's time to start planning. I know you're young, and you think you've got time, but you never know what will happen to you, or to those around you.

Will you be prepared when that bony set of arms grabs you and tries to drag you over to the other side?

There are only 263 shopping days until Halloween 2014!



To get into the "spirit" of things, Southern California Halloween retailer Halloween Club (which magically has two year-round stores in the LA area) hosted their 2nd annual Spook Show, an outdoor festival of various creeptailers and other spooky vendors (many of whom are SoCal locals, with handcrafted items) and live entertainment...



...like the amazing Rhythm Coffin band...



...who engaged in a massive styrofoam mannequin head fight with the audience while they played.



There were lots of characters walking around...



...some of whom are available for hire...



...and others who were there merely to showcase some amazing special effects work.



It's amazing to meet the guys who create these monsters that intrigue us so...



...and to meet other like-minded people who also kind of want to cuddle up to the more daunting creatures out there.



And the award for bravest capitalist goes to: Randy and the guys from Dignity Memorial, representing real undertakers! (Though they themselves are merely advisors to the planning process.) Dignity is the largest network of funeral, cremation, and cemetery service providers, and their Pierce Brothers Westwood has been on my list to visit in LA.



For those interested in seasonal decor, or a year-round spook, or just simply an incredible piece of art...



...there were plenty of ghoulish guys to choose from.







One of the more spellbinding collections was by Deceased Art...



...with their long-lashed, sleep-deprived, blood-munching baby dolls...



...that could give a zombie nightmares.



There was lots of sweetness at Spook Show, too, and not just the candy and food truck treats - vendors offered lots of bows, stuffed animals (like the adorable Bitty Batties), and cute-as-a-button voodoo dolls.



On the way out, some poor guy was getting zapped in a smoking electric chair...



...and many hearses were on display to show you how to go in style, when you're on your way out (of this life). Many of them are available for charter as luxury (or not so luxury) coaches, so your first ride in a hearse doesn't have to be your last.

And now there's another thing to add to my bucket list.

Is it Halloween yet? ::drumming fingers on coffin::