The Dead Hate the Living

I know Halloween is a good month and a half away, but to have the best Halloween possible you have to start planning early. In this spirit, no pun intended, I am going to post the first of what I hope will be many, many, many courses for you to take to achieve Halloween fulfillment.

So. Spookycon. The convention of Spooky. Bride of Spookycon. Sounds like fun already, doesn’t it? I figured I should post this one early, because if you pre-register before October 1st, the whole weekend is only $45, as opposed to $30 a day at the door. With special guests not usually all seen in one room together, as well as dealers in everything from comics to corsets, and a Costume Ball, this event promises to be quite a bit of fun.

Special guests this year include comic writer Warren Ellis and comic artist Bernie Wrightson, ‘Master of the Macabre’. Before you begin to think that this is a just like Comicon, only spookier, check out last years guest list, which includes screenwriters, novelists, directors and actors. Sadly, Spookycon hasn’t announced other guests, even though pre-registration ends in a couple weeks.

Where: Spookycon’s hotel is the Radison Miyako, and the Imperial Ballroom will host the costume ball. However, the website does not seem to have posted all information about dealer space and other events, yet.

When: Halloween weekend, October 30th and 31st.

More info:

By the way, if you, like me, are always looking for the perfect costume(s) for Halloween I know you’re already thinking about what you’re going to wear. If you have any favorite places to shop for costumes, leave a comment, won’t you? And, even though this isn’t remotely San Francisco related, I want to give a shout out to Trashy lingerie. I was a member (yeah, you had to be a member to shop there) when I lived in L.A. and they always had the best Halloween costumes around, adored by celebrities of all stripe. Luckily for us, they are also online. So, now, you tell me where to shop for costumes in the city!

3 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on September 16th, 2004 @ 2:54 am

    I love the idea of Japantown overrun with goths and other creatures of the night for Halloween weekend. There are always big temporary Halloween stores that pop up around town, but personally I suggest going to Costumes on Haight if you want something ready-to-wear. If you want to create your own costume, Wasteland always stocks a surplus of spooky and trashy Halloween clothes, while the Third Hand Store’s excellent vintage is a great resource if you want to look like an Edward Gorey character.
    — furlinedteacup

  2. AlexK (unregistered) on September 17th, 2004 @ 6:28 am

    This is excellent info.
    And looking like a Gorey character seems like an excellent idea. My work strongly encourages costume-wearing during the month of October, so I have abot 4 weeks of costumes to put together. After a time, creativity wanes. ;)

  3. (unregistered) on September 17th, 2004 @ 6:51 am

    We typically get guests coming to us right up until the very last minute, so check back to the website through the next six weeks to see who is attending next. A new round of guest announcements will happen next week.
    Darren Mckeeman

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