Monday, October 25, 2021

Oddities and Fear Fest

 Baby M and I are headed to the Oddities and Fear Fest Saturday.  One of my friends from the stained glass world had a booth so I showed up to support her. Naturally we dressed for the occasion.

 The vendors were fun and varied with a couple from Manitou Springs.  There was a lot of real dead stuff. I can't say I was the least bit inspired to purchased a beaver fetus in formaldehyde.  The smell of that chemical  makes me sick. Plus cutting boards paying homage to Jeffrey Dahmer are just not my thing.

For entertainment, they featured a circus who were a bit novice.  The  juggler repeatedly dropped  his meat cleavers yet his fingers stayed intact.  That was my first clue that the cleavers were fakes.

Hellscream Haunted House and the Haunted Mines had a fun booth. I enjoyed hanging around with them.




There was also a hearse display so Baby M and I got up close and personal with these.






The booths were fun and I liked the wares of quite a few vendors.  I plan to do a separate blog on some of my favorites and my purchases! I bet you can't wait.   Cheers and head over to Countdown to Halloween for more seasonal fun!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Even More Skeletons

So despite there being so many skeletons, about 18 of them failed to register with the Creative District.  So we only judged 30 but I counted about 48!  Many of the ones who did not register are repeats from past years.  If you are a long term follower, you'll recognize them.

Green Horse Gallery initially told me they were not going to do a skeleton but then dragged this guy out to do a little voting motif.

Maggies Farm, our local recreational Marijuana store, presents Paul.
Piramide has a well dressed gal in the window, modeling some of their wares.
D'Vine wine did a fun vignette of the owner Eric making some wine in a cauldron that they affectionately labelled "Love Potion".
 The Iron Springs Chateau, who puts on a funny Yukon style melodrama, has this pirate and his caged prisoner.  Sorry for the poor pictures - glass glare again.

Lastly Sunwater Spa has this lovely attempting to gate crash to mineral springs soaking tubs.  Love the action here.

Remember to vote for you favorite.  You votes counts here!
 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Bradford Exchange

 I always thought of the Bradford Exchange as being a place that grannies shop for little trinkets and trite collectables.  It never occurred to me that they might offer something appealing until an ad came across my Instagram feed for a Nightmare Before Christmas coo coo clock.  Turns out they have some pretty cute stuff - it's pricey but cool.  Lots of the collection features Peanuts, Harry Potter, Nightmare Before Christmas and Super Heroes.  I prefer the more generic stuff not tied to any particular branding, however, like those bits below.





I guess this means I have officially entered my granny phase.  Well if the orthopedic shoe fits, wear it.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Skeletons Everywhere

 I found more skeletons strolling around Manitou on Sunday.  Here at the Keg, they have a salute to Harry Potter. He's hanging from the ceiling on a broom chasing some keys with wings as a skeletal Hedwig looks on.  On a sadder note, the Keg was burgled Monday Night

Skye Candle way down at the west end of town, has a giant candle making skeleton studying up on Hygge.  They have had a rough year with all the construction going on at that end of town.

Southwest silver has gone for a fortune teller theme again this year.  Buddy the punk rocker is attempting to contact dearly departed souls who are hanging as little ghosts.
                        

Mountain West, has done a Stephen King theme.  It features Pennywise, the author at a desk and a terrified youngster in bed.

Here is some detail since the glare is so bad on the window above.


Barn+Swallow has a wacky female Sheriff who is gonna lay down the law with her revolver and bulging red eyes.

 
The Hemp Store had returned to the witch with a display named "Double bubble toil and trouble" but added a second skeleton and a bit more detail.

Twin Bears has a fellow who looks his like alien abduction is imminent!

 
Adam's Mountain Cafe' where his Lordship and I had a delicious lunch today (they have some fab vegan offerings) have painted this ancient warrior.
Well that is all I have for today.  But a lot more on there way - turns out only 30 business registered but a lot more put out skeletons!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Manitou Cemetery Mayhem

Back on May 26, our beautiful little Crystal Valley Cemetery was trashed. Over 50 tombstones and grave sites were toppled and broken resulting in thousands in damages.

In the Crystal Park Cemetery 2020

But as we all know, thugs and vandals are not the brightest bulbs in the shed.  After posting a picture on snapchat of a missing headstone,  a 23 year old brain trust was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief, 2nd degree criminal tampering and  defacing property.  He went to court on Sept 9th.