2013 Halloween Events for Columbus & Southern Ohio

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EVENTS

10/19 Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl, Columbus, OH382696_266177973419911_29353265_n

10/19 Run Like Hell Costume 5K, Athens, OH

10/19 The Vampires Ball, Columbus, OH

10/25 HighBall Halloween (Day 1), Columbus, OH

10/26 HighBall Halloween (Day 2), Columbus, OH

10/26 Athens Halloween Block Party, Athens, OH

10/31 TRAUMA Halloween. Fetish. Party, Columbus, OH

11/1  TRAUMA Halloween. Fetish. Party, Columbus, OH3

HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

Haunted Hoochie / Dead Acres, Pataskala, OH

The ScareATorium, Columbus, OH

The Creep Haunted House Festival, London, OH

Wicked Forest, Logan, OH

 I’m always on the lookout for more Halloween events or Haunted Attractions.  If you know of any in the Columbus / Southern, Ohio area, please leave a comment below and I will gladly add it to this list.

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What exactly is Monster For Rent?

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What exactly is Monster For Rent?

He’s a stilt-walking monster, standing at just under 9’ tall.  In his younger days, he worked at various “haunted houses” and “haunted hayrides”.   Now as a more seasoned monster, he spends the Halloween season, hiring himself out to deliver balloon-a-grams, entertain at birthday parties, Halloween parties, grocery stores, farm markets, and different companies who want to draw some attention to their business during the Halloween season.

Originally from Rochester, NY, the monster spent a number of years residing in West Palm Beach, FL.  Currently, he resides in the quiet town of Athens, OH.

 So what does the monster do?

Really that depends on the specific event.  The overwhelming majority of the time, he’s called into action to shake hands and pose for pictures with party-goers and customers of the various events that he’s hired to perform at.

At company functions, he’s been used to pass out advertising literature, march in parades, draw attention to certain displays within a store, or even stand by the side of the road to help draw in business.

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Can the monster talk?

Sadly, no… The mad scientist who created the monster neglected to give him the ability to speak.  However, he’s become quite adept at communicating with folks through hand gestures and head bobs.

There will be lots of young children at my event.  Will the monster be too scary for them?

While it is true that a 9’ tall monster might seem pretty intimidating, the monster very rarely scares any little ones.  In his experience, children who are afraid of Santa Claus, clowns, or the Easter Bunny may also be afraid of the monster.

The monster has become quite adept at scanning the crowd for signs that any of the little folks are looking a bit uneasy.  When he detects this, he avoids eye contact and focuses on the folks who are close by, shaking his hand and posing for pictures.  Generally, this allows any timid youngsters to move along and not suffer any frights.

The monster is so big.  Will he fit in my home or business?

Aside from being just under 9’ tall, the monster is able to fit just about anywhere that an event might be held.  He’s easily as maneuverable as any “normal” person.  As such, he’s able to duck through regular doorways, climb stairs, and pretty much go anywhere required, doing what needs to be done.

There will likely be big crowds at my event.   Will this be a problem for the monster?

Not at all.  The monster is very sturdy on his feet and has full peripheral vision.  Whether he’s indoors with merchandise displays or outdoors in a throng of people, the monster is very adept at moving about in tight spaces.

Could the monster hold a sign to promote my event/business?

Yes, absolutely.  The monster would be able to hold/carry any sign that any other “normal” person could.

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Sure.  Aside from being rather large, the monster would be happy to.  Over the years, he’s worn t-shirts, aprons, hats, & buttons from those who have used his services.

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Shock Around The Clock 2012 (Columbus, OH)

 

 

Shock Around the Clock, the 4th annual Ohio 24-hour Horror Marathon will be taking place from Noon on Saturday October 20 – Noon Sunday October 21 at the Grandview Theatre (1247 Grandview Ave. Columbus, OH).

This Annual Horror Marathon is a 24-hour film festival running continuously from Noon Saturday until Noon Sunday. It features classic fright flicks, rediscovered gems, recent raves, area premieres, coffinloads of trailers, short subjects, and other such cinematic fare.

In addition to the movies, there will be a scream contest, a costume contest with $100 prize, and much more.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.  They may be purchased at the Grandview Theatre (1247 Grandview Ave.), Laughing Ogre Comics (4258 N. High Street), or online at www.horrormarathon.com

For full information, please go to their event page here.

 

Zombie Prom 2012 (Columbus, OH)

 

A zombie invasion is crawling into Columbus this fall. Join PetPromise, Inc. on Friday October 26th for Zombie Prom 2012 at Flannagan’s in Dublin (6835 Caine Road, Columbus, OH 43235).

This event features music by Ohio Pro DJ, a 50/50 raffle contest, special event souvenirs, cupcakes from the Tremont Goodie Shop, and more! From 8-10 pm, Valerie Haulk will be on-site to capture pictures of the undead. At 11 pm, the Zombie King and Queen will be announced, so dig out your best zombie costume and join this inaugural party!

Individual tickets can be purchased online for $20 each, or 2 for $35. Sponsors can reserve a private 6-person table for $220, which includes 6 prom tickets, 6 event souvenirs, and a bottle of bubbly. All proceeds go to PetPromise and the building of the first cage-less animal sanctuary and adoption center in central Ohio.

Purchase tickets: ZombieProm.BrownPaperTickets.com

More information may be found on their Facebook event page.

 

ZombieWalk Columbus 2012 Recap

Took my monster out to support the zombies.

There were so many little kids. This little guy was too cute.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending ZombieWalk Columbus 2012.  I have yet to hear a final count but would guess the crowd to have been in the ballpark of 4,000 people. The undead mob met at Goodale park in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Participants were asked to bring along canned food items for donation to to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and indeed, the donations came pouring in.

Shambling sea of zombies

Of all of the Halloween & zombie related events that I’ve ever participated in, I would have to say that the crowd here was the most diverse.  There were people of just about every age, race, and background represented.  It was like a great undead melting pot!

Once the parade began, the mob shambled its way through the streets of downtown Columbus, with the help of the Columbus Police Department (many of whom were smiling from ear to ear at the sight of the undead horde).

No parade is complete without a marching band. These guys were fantastic.

Local business owners and their patrons seemed thoroughly entertained by the procession.  The streets were lined with smiling faces, most of whom were frantically snapping pictures of the zombies.

Returning to Goodale Park, the ghastly parade was met by all manner of zombie fighters, lead by the local S.T.A.R.S. chapter.  This motley crew made short work of the zombies and the day’s event came to a close.

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S.T.A.R.S. members discuss battle plans.

Thank you for reading.  I have posted the rest of my photos from the event here.  In addition, you will find links on my Facebook page to the albums of a number of professional photographers who captured some truly awesome coverage of the day’s events.

Did you take part in ZombieWalk Columbus 2012?  Would you like to join in the fun at some future event?  Leave me a comment below and stay tuned, as I’ve got some more fun events to share with you soon!

My visit to HorrorHound Weekend Columbus, OH 2012

     For years now, I would get excited at the approach of Halloween.  As October would arrive, I would tune up my stilts and prepare for the fun that was to come.  Finally, during Halloween week I would pick up a few gigs and have the time of my life.  However, without fail, November 1st would leave me feeling sad that it was all over and that it was again time to say goodbye to my big, green alter-ego.

     This past year I decided that something needed to be done about this.  At 42 years of age, the years were going by too fast.  I realized that my days of tramping around as a 9′ tall monster were numbered.  I decided to search out new events throughout the year where I could “suit-up”.

     Zombie walks were my first discovery and my brushes with them thus far have yielded nothing but joy.  During the couple I managed to take part in last year, I not only had a blast but also met many wonderful people…err, zombies.

     Rolling out of the holiday season, I began to feel the itch for another event.  Perhaps I could find a spring zombie walk or even a “halfway to Halloween” party.  Well, my search ended upon reading a post on the Terror from Beyond the Daves blog.  For those of you who may not be aware, the “Daves” write a lovingly crafted blog which pays homage to horror movie hosts and all things relevant to the genre.

     At any rate, they had written a post about the upcoming HorrorHound Weekend convention in Columbus, OH.  With celebrity guests, vendors, movie screenings, and guest panels, this sounded like it would be right up my alley.  I immediately started making preparations.

     The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, OH.  I arrived in town on Friday evening and it was immediately apparent that I was in the midst of “my kind of folks”.  I checked in, made my way to my room, and suited-up.  Before you could say “trick-or-treat”, my monster was in the thick of things.

A chilling bride

     While this was my first horror convention, there was a very familiar feeling about it.  It’s hard to explain but I guess it’s a shared experience thing.  It was not unlike the feeling that I would have while hanging out with the crew from a haunted attraction or sitting around chatting with a bunch of home haunters.  You take this big bunch of people, from all different age ranges and walks of life, and because of a shared interest, there’s just an electricity in the air.

Ben from Fright-Rags

     There were a fair number of costumed folks around and I must say that the vast majority of them were absolutely fabulous.  Heavens, some of the make-up was just amazing.  I felt a bit like a girl who’d worn a burlap bag to the prom.  Nonetheless, I didn’t get the feeling that anyone was looking down on me.  Quite to the contrary, folks were coming up to introduce themselves and take pictures left and right.

     In the dealer’s room, I was able to meet Ben Scrivens from Fright-Rags.com (an amazing horror t-shirt company from my hometown of Rochester, NY).  I also bumped into Marlena Midnite & Robyn Graves, the hosts of Midnite Mausoleum.

The gals from Midnite Mausoleum

     I caught glimpses of or literally bumped into a number of the celebrity guests during the evening but there was one in particular who I was dying to meet.  You see, I met Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) years ago in Massachusetts.  However, I didn’t have my monster with me at the time and I’d always hoped to get a picture of her with the monster.  Well, I managed to check that one off the list.  Let me just say, that at 61, she’s just as lovely as ever (and still quite quick with the one-liners).

Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

     Much of the rest of the evening was spent drinking and mingling with other convention-goers.  What a friendly and easy-going bunch of folks.  I swear you could walk right up and talk to just about anyone without it being the slightest bit awkward.

     It was during this later part of the evening that I was able to cross paths with and grab a picture with the “Daves”, who had been responsible for me learning of the event in the first place.

The "Daves" from "Terror From Beyond The Daves"

     On Saturday, I went in on foot and did a bit of shopping.  The venue, was considerably more busy (due in large part to the throng of people waiting in line to meet Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead).  Despite this, folks were still quite friendly and in good spirits.

     While I could have easily spent the night and all of the following day, I decided to hold off and get back home.  Again, I’m really feeling the desire to tinker with my costume and come up with something truly fantastic.  It’s simply not built for these types of appearances.  I will have to see what I can come up with so I can be ready for next time.

     Thank you so much for reading about my adventures.  If you happened to be at the show or have any questions or comments, please leave me a note below.  I’ll leave you with a couple more pictures.  If you care to see all of my shots, you can find them here.

HorrorHound Weekend comes to Columbus, OH 3/23-3/25 2012

HorrorHound Magazine brings its mid-west Horror Convention to Columbus, Ohio from March 23rd-25th 2012. The event will be located at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43229, (877)-270-1393. Visit their website for full details.

Fans will be able to meet some of the biggest icons in horror history. A list of special guests for the event may be found here.

Vendors will be on hand, offering the opportunity to shop for some of the newest or rarest classic horror toys, t-shirts, posters, displays, dvds, masks and other assorted goodies.

Movie premieres and screenings will be included, as well as special celebrity panels, and much more.

I’m planning on sending my monster to cover the event. If you plan on attending, please leave me a message below or say hello at the show!

Into the laboratory

With the holidays and the bulk of the winter behind me, I’ve decided that it’s time to head down into the laboratory and start working on my monsters.

Zombie Walk Columbus 2012 is just over 2 months away and there will likely be other zombie walks or “halfway to Halloween” parties which pop-up as well.

My challenge this year is to make a new “friend” for my Frankenstein’s monster costume.  Ideally, I’m looking to design something which will blend more easily with non-Halloween events.

At the moment, I have two particular ideas which are striking my fancy.  I’m hoping that some of you folks will lend me your input as to what you think would be best.

Before starting this process, I determined certain criteria which would guide me in my creations.  First, being a stilt-walker and thoroughly enjoying interacting with folks while wearing stilts, I knew that I would have to incorporate the stilts into the costume.

Despite wearing the stilts and being roughly 9′ tall in them, I also have to make certain that whatever I come up with will allow me to have all of the mobility and functionality of a normal person.  I’ve seen many stilt suits over the years which were more like “constructs” than costumes.  That won’t work for me.

If I encounter stairs, I need to be able to climb them.  If I want a beer, I need to be able to drink it.  Lastly, if I want to dance, I need to be able to dance.  All of this has to be accomplished without having to remove any of the suit.

I also need to focus on looking good in the broad daylight.  My Frankenstein’s monster suit looks fantastic in a dark bar or sauntering down the street at 10pm.  However, it loses some of its mystique on a sunny afternoon.

With these thoughts in mind, I’ll get on to my ideas.

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Zombie Uncle Sam

I’ve been toying with this idea for some time.  I’ve not been able to find any precedent for a stilt-walking zombie.  However, there is a fairly common theme of zombies retaining certain abilities and human traits even after they’ve been turned.

At the same time, Uncle Sam on stilts is arguably the most iconic stilt-walking costume.  As a matter of fact, it’s rare for me to tell someone I’m a stilt-walker without them immediately asking, “do you dress up as Uncle Sam?”

Therefore, I suppose it’s not too far of a stretch to say that his poor fellow was out doing his  Uncle Sam routine, just as the zombie outbreak occurred.  He’s infected and when he turns, he just ends up shambling along on his stilts, much like “regular” zombies retain the ability to walk on their feet.

While not a stilt-walking Uncle Sam, there is also the fact that in 1996, there was an Uncle Sam zombie movie.  While B-grade (even by zombie movie standards), I suspect that there are some diehards out there who will appreciate the connection.

The only minor drawback to this idea is the fact that Uncle Sam’s hat is traditionally rather tall.  Extra height will only make it a bit more challenging to get in and out of buildings.

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Robot/Mechanized Suit

I’ve noticed that it’s quite common for folks at zombie walks to not only dress up as the living dead but also as police & military members who have come to fight off the waves of zombies.

An acquaintance of mine and fellow stilter portrays Iron Techtron.  This fantastic costume is part robot and part Hokie-bird (the mascot for Virginia Tech).  I’ve been following him for years and he really puts on quite a show.

This got me thinking.  If there were to be a zombie outbreak and the infection spread slowly enough, wouldn’t it be feasible to create a robot or mechanized suit to help fight off the zombie menace?

Zombies wouldn’t have any natural attraction to a hunk of moving metal so a mechanized unit could walk among them unmolested.  This would facilitate recon and assault.

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Well, that’s what I’m looking at.  What do you folks think?  In your opinion, which direction do you think I should take?  Please leave a comment below.  I’d appreciate any input that you care to give.  Thank you for reading.

Zombie Walk Columbus 2012 (UPDATED)

Zombie Walk Columbus 2012 will take place in Columbus, OH on Saturday May 12th.  The event will be started at Goodale Park.

Since I’ve received a number of questions regarding the event, I wanted to pass along as much information as I can.  However, please be aware that I am in no way affiliated with the event.  For the most up to date and reliable information, check out the official Zombie Walk Columbus 2012 Facebook Page.

There is no cost to take part in the walk and it is not necessary to register.  However, organizers are requesting that folks bring at least 2 canned food items for donation.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  (Canned goods may also be dropped off at Rendezvous Hair & Evolved BodyArt).

Need a little help getting “zombified”?  Rendezvous Hair will have 5 professional special FX makeup artists on hand for the day of the event.  Stop in from 10am-3pm and get an undead makeover.  No appointment necessary.  Prices start at $10.

I will be on hand, either in my monster suit (“monsters supporting zombies”) or my new “Biohazard Recon Scout” armor.  Either way, if you happen to see me, please introduce yourself.  I love making new zombie friends.

Have a Twitter account and a smart phone?  You can follow me at @monsterforrent.  I will be arriving on scene early and will be tweeting as much information as I can regarding parking, weather, and anything else which may be of use.

I will continue to post updates as I see them.  However, I would encourage anyone interested in the event to forward their questions to the Official Zombie Walk Columbus 2012 Facebook page.

HighBall Halloween 2011 Columbus, OH

On Friday evening, I ventured to the Short North district of Columbus, OH.  My destination was the annual HighBall Halloween street party.

A cross between Carnivale and Mardi Gras, with a pinch of Halloween, the event was rocking!

HighBall has become one of the most anticipated and talked-about events in the Midwest.  The key to its success has been its focus on “celebrating the art of design”.  The signature of Highball is a dramatic runway/stage built on the street, under the iconic Short North arches.

Competitions spotlighted the creative talents of both professionals and amateurs.  Finalists strutted their stuff in front of over 20,ooo cheering revelers.

I logged in over 7 miles (on the stilts) over the course of the evening.  Needless to say, I’m wondering whether I’ll even be able to walk by the time Monday comes.

I have included some of my favorite pictures from the evening here.  You may access the full album on my Facebook page.  If you happened to be at the event, please feel free to tag yourself in the pics and use them as you wish.