Because I was busy getting my apartment ready for a visit for exterminators. (I have to clear all of my shelves and with the number of books I have it’s not pretty) I decided to avoid contact with trick or treaters (not that I ever get them) and spend my Halloween night at Trolloween in Fremont. I’d only ever gone once before as normally I either have something else planned or I forget about it.
So anyway it was worth it. I hadn’t gotten around to planning a costume. So I packed my “Corvus” Suit. (Corvus Bane is a character from a comic strip I did for my college newspaper. I’ll tell you all about it again sometime. I had made a paper mache mask of him for a planned photo shoot I never did normally the mask and wig is a decoration in my living room)
Anyway It was worth it. It was one of the many times I regretted not having my sketchbook (or a camera) because it was some quality people watching all around especially the skeleton clad samba dancers and drum team (not to mention the torch bearing Morris dancers) The rest of the show was a telling of Tam-Lin with exquisite paper mache giant puppets. The fairy queen puppet was done as a giant paper lantern which was incredibly effective once the sun set.
Once the show was done everybody had a parade through Fremont ending with a rock off between the samba drummers and a brass band.
All and all an extremely fun night. The only problem I had was the limited vision of the mask. I had to look straight ahead to see where I was going and I kept nearly walking into people shorter than my field of vision accounted for. But otherwise the mask was effective I scared two young girls. The one dressed as Finn from Adventure Time stayed in character and went for my face with her wooden sword.