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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Halfoween Cleveland 2013 – Halfway to Halloween Party

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Dust off the cobwebs Halloween fans!  Crawl out of your crypts, rise from your graves, and tighten your electrodes, because it’s time to party!

On Saturday, April 27th, the dead will walk the streets of downtown Cleveland.  This inaugural Halfoween event will be a 3 bar crawl in the warehouse district of downtown Cleveland. The event will be free, with drink specials for those in costume.  A costume contest will be held with sponsored prizes for a number of categories.

You only get so many chances in life to celebrate Halloween.  It’s time to suit up and get your butts out there.  More information may be found on their Facebook page.  I’ll see you there!

How do YOU know when it’s Halloween

Every year at about this time, I get very excited because it’s clearly “Halloween season”.  The weather is changing, leaves are falling, Halloween merchandise is everywhere, and just about every community has its share of decorations.  Conversely, November 1st rolls around and *poof*, it’s all over.

During that span, it would seem that there would be a time when everyone (or at least those who chose to) would be celebrating at the same time.  I mean, the obvious answer here is “Hey Monster, it’s Halloween on the 31st!  You know, on Halloween!”

Sure, technically Halloween is the 31st but aside from the young trick-or-treaters, and I suppose the home haunters, I suspect that Halloween night is pretty quiet for most folks.

So there you have it.  How do you know when it’s Halloween for you?  Is there a particular event that you partake in each year which really seals the deal for you?  Is there some “can’t miss” activity, after which you know you can safely pack up the black & orange for another year?

Unfortunately, I can’t say that I have one.  I’m a total Halloween nut, I take in literally every Halloween event that I can find, but I always find myself disappointed on November first.  It’s as if I fell asleep at 9pm on New Year’s Eve and missed the midnight celebration.

Tomorrow I’ll go into some detail about what would be ideal for me and the closest that I’ve managed to come.  For now, I’d love to hear what you folks think.

A Monster reflects on Halloween

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There’s something about “Halloween people”.  If you are one, you probably know what I mean.  We’re a special breed.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re all still individuals but there are common threads whether you’re a crafter, home-haunter, horror movie fan, or whatever.

Unlike other groups, like say bikers or investment bankers, we largely sit dormant and undetectable for most of the year.  Then, we catch a glimpse of orange & black or feel the days getting shorter and all of a sudden, our inner ghosts and goblins come out with a passion.

That passion can manifest itself in any number of ways.  The common thread is that it’s generally good-spirited.  For a holiday that revolves around monsters, scares, and things that go bump in the night, it’s a pretty friendly and social affair.

Sure, we gives gifts for Christmas but on Halloween we give treats to complete strangers.  How cool is that?  A case could be made that the whole shebang is about others.  I’m sure that people enjoy carving pumpkins, making costumes, and decorating their home.  However, how fun would any of these  activities be if nobody saw them but you?  It’s all about sharing the fun.

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you are one of the “Halloween people”.  You probably have friends who listen to you each year, as you regale them with stories of your Halloween activities.  They probably get a big smile on their face, tell you that they think that it sounds like fun, and then promptly get sucked back into their humdrum life.

This year I encourage you to push the  envelope with some of these people.  You know how much fun you have every year, don’t your friends and relatives deserve a taste?  I’m not suggesting that you try to talk your next-door neighbor into building a corn maze in his backyard.  However, if you could get someone to carve a pumpkin with their kids, sit and watch a horror movie marathon with you, or take in a haunted attraction, I bet they’d never forget it.

Halloween is the one precious time of the year when we can all be kids again and enjoy a bit of fantasy.  Everybody could use a bit of that.  Besides, memories made while wearing a costume just last longer.

 

Ben Cooper Costumes

     October is finally here and Halloween will be upon us before we know it.  I believe I started seeing the first Halloween items in the stores during the last week of July.  I’m not going to take up any space here to debate whether or not that’s too early.  Instead, I’d like to take you back to a fond Halloween memory of mine from the past.

     I’m 41 years old.  To save you all the math, that put me at prime trick-or-treating age during the late 1970s.  While that certainly wasn’t ages ago, I imagine it will be well before a number of you were born.

     Back then you didn’t see any signs of Halloween until you were within the month of October.  As a kid, I knew it was coming but there was one sure sign that I always looked for.  I would accompany my father to Dox Drug Store in Rochester, NY.  Normally, this would be in hopes of getting a comic book, candy bar, or perhaps some oddity like Mexican Jumping Beans (which were often on display next to the register).  In October, however, I was looking for the Ben Cooper Costumes display.

     Every year, without fail, the entire front of the store would be taken up with a wall of colorful boxes.  Masks depicting the likeness of the most popular characters of the day peered out through cellophane windows in each.   I’m sure you’ve seen them before, even if you’re younger.  They were the ones with the inexpensive plastic masks, held onto your head with an elastic band and included vinyl smocks to wear.

     Ironically enough, my mother always made my costumes by hand.  However the sight of the Ben Cooper Costume display told me that without a doubt, my favorite holiday was right around the corner.

     I’ve been tinkering with this blog for a couple of months now and have crossed paths with a lot of you folks in the process.  I guess for me, this is my new sign that Halloween is fast approaching.

     Do you remember these costumes?  Do you have any special memories which always signified the beginning of the Halloween season?  If so, please leave me a little comment below.

     Finally, I wanted to mention that I’ve joined the 2011 Countdown to Halloween.  Click here to find some other fantastic Halloween blogs.

2011 Columbus, OH Trick-or-Treat times

     This is the first time I’ve lived in a community where trick-or-treating was sometimes held on a day other than the 31st.  This year however, it appears that activities will be held on Monday the 31st (as they should be).

Local Trick-or-Treat Times:

Bexley: October 31st  5:30-7:30pm

Canal Winchester: October 31st  5:30-7:30pm

Dublin: October 31st  6-8pm

Gahanna: October 31st  6-8pm

Grove City: October 31st  6-8pm

Hilliard: October 31st  6-8pm

New Albany: October 31st  6-8pm

Powell: October 31st  6-8pm

Upper Arlington: October 31st  6-8pm

2011 High Ball Halloween: Masquerade On High

     One of the most talked about and highly anticipated Halloween events in the Midwest, Columbus’ wildly popular Highball: Masquerade on High celebrates the art of design and masquerade. The signature focal point of HighBall is a dramatic runway/stage built on the street under the iconic glowing Short North arches.

     2011 HighBall Halloween: Masquerade On High takes place Friday, October 28, 2011 starting at 5 p.m. The wild street party takes place in the Short North Arts District on High Street at the intersection of Fifth Ave. This celebration of the fabulous side of Halloween, the art of design and the masquerade will feature a dazzling 60-foot outdoor runway under the iconic lighted Short North arches. With attendance topping 20,000, general admission is just $5 at the gate. VIP packages, including parking, private bar, backstage pass, preferred runway/stage seating are available via advance purchase at http://www.HighBallHalloween.com for $65.

     Highball features over-the-top masquerade competitions that spotlight the creative talents of both professional designers and amateurs alike. Finalists strut their stuff on stage before 20,000 cheering revelers. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be awarded in several categories. This year, HighBall’s themes will add new twists to the design challenge. A real-time Costume Couture Fashion Showdown is a professional designer competition. The HighBall Costume Contest for the general public awards prizes in each of five competition categories:

– Most Radiant – costume features LED, laser, UV reactive or other glow accessories
– Best Transformation – costume transforms from one look to another
– Most Fabulous – an outrageously gorgeous costume
– Best Extreme Face Painting – beyond basic clown makeup!
– Best B-Movie Ensemble – a group category paying homage to the campiest of the campy 

     Other event features include: DJs, dancers, live stage performances, theatrical numbers, giant body puppets, light shows, real-time UV mural painting and the Dogtober Howl-o-Ween Canine Contest.

     Highball event information is available at www.highballhalloween.com. Complete travel information, including details on lodging, dining and attractions in Columbus and is available at www.ExperienceColumbus.com or by calling 1-866-397-2657 (1-866-EXP-COLS). The website offers on-line booking at more than 125 hotels.

Fright Night 5K Run

     More Columbus Halloween Fun…BOO! Join hundreds of ghosts and goblins at the 3rd Annual Fright Nite 5K on Saturday, October 29th at 8:00pm. You’re sure to enjoy this unusual night of ghoulish exercise as you run (or walk) past haunted graveyards leading to the ghostly cart trails and specially illuminated Gahanna Golf Course. You will run along the well paved cart paths and return back to the beautiful Creekside Park and Plaza Old Gahanna for a little post race food and beverage at Signatures (94 Mill Street) directly across from the finish line. No wimps or scaredy cats!

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 8PM
Location: Creekside Park and Plaza on Mill Street in Old Gahanna. Take the 62 exit off 270.
Information: Visit their website for registration information and more.

Lorain County Food Drive & Zombie Walk

    

     Looks like the zombie invasion has reached Ohio!  This Saturday (September 10, 2011) the living dead will descend on Amherst, Ohio to shamble the streets and help support the Second Harvest Food Bank.

     The Life Share Blood Mobile will also be on hand, running a “vaccination zone”, accepting blood donations.

     A Zombie walk is where people come together to donate, dress in full zombie makeup, and walk like zombies throughout a town. The zombie walk is for zombies of all ages and is family friendly as well as for the older crowd; they encourage participation from anyone who is interested in letting go of reality for a couple of hours and having a great time for a great cause.

     Church Street Bar and Grill (300 Church St. Amherst, OH) is the prime location for registration, food donation, and make-up application for participating zombies who need assistance.

     Admission: $5.00 plus 2 non-perishable food items
     Walk Starts Promptly at 3:00PM

     Although they encourage folks to arrive in full make-up, they will have several FX Make-up & air brush Artists available starting at 11:00am for an additional fee of $5.00 for those Zombies needing assistance. Make-up application will be held on the outdoor patio @ Church Street Bar & Grill.  Make-up application starts at 11:00am thru 2pm.

     During the Walk, all participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies, lurching, shambling, dragging limbs and communicating only in a zombie-like manner (such as grunting, groaning, moaning and slurred calls for “brains”.)  Some participants occasionally dress up as soldiers who are called in to contain the outbreak, or survivors who are trying to defend themselves from the onslaught of the zombie horde.  It’s a great fun afternoon while raising awareness for the community and local charity.

More information is available here:  http://www.facebook.com/loraincountyzombiewalk?sk=info

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     I’d really love to go support these folks.  I wonder if I’d dare pop up at this.  Frankenstein’s monster isn’t exactly a zombie but it seems like all reanimated dead guys should get along, doesn’t it?  Have any of you folks ever been a part of a zombie walk?  Do you think they’d take kindly to a 9′ tall monster?

What is your favorite type of Halloween candy?

    

     A couple of weeks ago, I wrote what turned out to be a slightly controversial post about candy corn.  I truly had no idea that there were fans of the stuff out there.  Well, they let their voices be heard and I stand corrected.

     This time I’m going to play it safe.  What is your favorite type of Halloween candy?  Is it something that’s available year round or only for Halloween?  Do you secretly hope for rain so the trick-or-treaters won’t get your stash?

     For myself, I guess I’d have to go with Reese’s pumpkins.  They’re pretty hard to beat.  However, I’m also fond of a wide range of stuff which you generally only see around Halloween.  Bit-O-Honey, Mary Janes, & those little flavored Tootsie Rolls are all quite nice and pretty hard to come by during other times of the year.

     Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.