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What is Cosplay? My Weekend at Scarefest

OK, so I’m skipping an entire month’s worth of events, but I just have to share my weekend experiences with the world. And it’s Monday, so everyone needs a laugh or two.

If you follow any of my social media accounts, you probably were like, “What in the hell have you been up to, Tanya?” when your feeds starting blowing up with pictures of ghoulish creatures and Sally selfies. My company also happens to publish ghost hunting books (shameless plug—check us out!) and attends horror conventions. When I first heard this, I could not volunteer fast enough to be the one to attend. So my coworker Liliane and I packed our bags full of her incredible costumes, loaded up on coffee, and jetsetted us to Scarefest in Lexington, KY.

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Our awesomely spooky booth

I kept a stream of consciousness in my notebook, tweet-style, so that I wouldn’t forget a single detail or thought that crossed my mind. Here are most of them:

Liliane set me up! She knew what this would be like and the attention that I would get.

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Liliane lives for dressing up!

Wearing a white shirt at a horror convention makes you stand out

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White is no!

Forget about a red carpet—these stars walked the “black carpet”

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This sweet old man was Mike Myers in Halloween 2 – he’s the one who haunts your dreams

Zombie baby dolls are a thing I am totally on board with—kind of like the mannequin family

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“Hold me and love me and let me eat your brains while you sleep”

Can someone remind me why dead animals in bottles are an attraction?

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This little piggy never made it to market

I feel like I just walked into a Stefan sketch

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This.
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And this.
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And this.

My one (non-work) goal was to determine if ghosts are real—I did not find out the answer

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Clown anxiety, on the other hand, is a very real thing for some

The proper response to “I hear” is not to ask “hear what?”

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This totally reminded me of “Beast with the Four Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men

Ghost poop, condom business cards, and revealing costumes are the norm here

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Who doesn’t want a skeleton with a GoPro up its ass?

Don’t laugh at paranormal videos in front of the ghost hunters

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This friend was a ghost hunter in the booth next to us. He spoke to “the Devil.” I laughed. I’m a terrible person.

Why is everyone injured?! Do ghosts attack non-believers?

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One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…

Things you only hear at a con—”My hobbit left, I need to find him!”

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He found his hobbit

So. Many. Mullets.

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And bald-headed masks

No sir, you may not give me a foot rub

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Can Stormtroopers be sexy?

Children can be psychic too

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…and frightening

Cosplay makes you famous

 

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This guy was apparently in Season 4 of Walking Dead. He isn’t Daryl, so I don’t know him.

Has anyone ever been to a DragonCon or ComicCon or anything? Isn’t it the weirdest/coolest thing ever?

Some more shots, if you haven’t had enough:

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There was a Jason Aldeen concert in the same convention center – full of…country-lovers. This clown terrorized them. It was wonderful.
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Princess Christopher and crew did my beautiful makeup
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Geeking out over a real piece of the Amityville house
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YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!
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Doesn’t everyone need a spiked collar in their closet?
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Why children believe monsters hide under their beds
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Favorite movie
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This zombie was my favorite all weekend long
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…he also shoots clown porn. I shit you not. That is a thing.
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If you know me well, you know my sick humor regarding dead cats
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I also rode a horse
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And discovered a castle

4 Comments

    • Tanya

      Ha! Clowns don’t bother me, but this guy… *shudders*

      To help that mental image, there’s also dead people porn. As in, porn murders. Or something? There was a lot of blood and twisted limbs in the photos – I walked away quickly…

  • Karri

    This is awesome! I followed your photos on Instagram while you were there. Didn’t even know this event existed. I went to DragonCon this year and even dressed up! I have had the post in draft form for a couple of weeks now. I need to hurry up and post. You should definitely go next year. It is next level cosplay in its highest form. Worth the trip to Atlanta to just walk around for the weekend and see all the sites.

  • Liliane

    There you have it: you like it and you want more. I suggest we follow Karri’s advice and go to DragonCon next year. Work or no work it would be fun. And if Cosplay isn’t enough Atlanta has IKEA 🙂

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