Night of Fear Festival 2015
You have probably seen this event posted/promoted on all my social media & websites, you may have even seen it in the news: Global, CBC, City TV, The Edmonton Sun, The St. Albert Gazette & other social media pages all throughout October.
It was an interesting event, there were many vendors: Halloween fashions, artists, bone throwing & tarot card readings, tea vendors & so much more; there was also a panel on stage with some speakers and demos – I was one of the panelists for both days giving tips and tricks on some special fx make up & face painting – there was a Michael Jackson impersonator, costume contests, special guests and a couple of local authors; one Author by the name of Erika Knudsen, who’s books I started reading waaaaay back in high school (2004-2006) & bought from a local hair salon in our small town that she actually managed and probably cut my hair too lol small world!!
I did not realize I met her earlier this past October while she was helping make up some zombies for the Zombie Flash Mob & Walk we did throughout Kingsway Mall October 10th. It was not until I was invited to like a Facebook page from the Festival page, which was her Author Page, that I finally put two and two together and messaged her on Facebook (we were chatting in a large Facebook conversation with other people involved in the press releases & festival before this) & told her how long I have had the books: “Beyond the Threshold of Death” & “Resurrected” from her Vampire Saga. Knowing she would also be working & speaking at the festival, I brought both of my books for her to sign & planned on purchasing the final book in the series, the version I have of “Beyond the Threshold of Death” is one of the first sets she published – we both had a moment, her of nostalgia and me a bit of fan girl moment lol – she informed me that she actually re-released the first book and it has added content…not going to lie, I will probably purchase the first book again to read the new content…but at the moment only one book was in my budget, so I completed my collection with the third & final book of the series,entitled “Monarchy of blood”. Erika also has a new series started called Azamaté Chronicles: “Awakened” & “Darkness” about witches, a dark family secret and a small crossover from her Vampire Sage. If you are interested in Erika Knudsen’s work and want to purchase or read more about her books click here: Eris Publishing
It turns out there was another author there by the name of A.D. Ryan, my sister bought me their book “Blood Moon” about werewolves & homicide. She bought it at Night of Fear Fest thinking it was the same author I got my books signed by lol the thought was there 🙂 and I am very excited to read this book as well!
I met some interesting people while vending there, one man in particular I painted into a zombie, he & his wife were food vendors. He has a very colorful background and many interesting stories about his life that were enjoyable to listen to. He was promoting my booth & trying to get more business my way, their food was very delicious & is what we ate both days lol
My younger sister Marie helped me out a lot with this booth, she ran out and got me some more halloween decorations, bought an extra box of candy just in case & helped me set up and run my booth. The second Day Marie also came to help again, as did my good friend Hilary, they both helped me run my booth, take down all the decorations and load up my truck. Thanks to them everything ran a lot faster & smoother!! I am very grateful & happy to have such awesome help with these venues!
I dressed up in two different costumes for both days & painted my sister as Two Face from the Batman cartoons. Day one I was Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, Day two I was Jack Skellington & my friend Hilary was Sally 🙂 It is always interesting and fun to see all the decorations & costumes as Halloween is my Christmas lol my favorite time of the year!!
Unfortunately the event was not as busy as we were all hoping it would be; I did not have any customers the first day & did not make my table rent; however, the planner of the event offered to give me a free table next year & was very appreciative of the things I did to help out at the event, etc.
With all the awesome press this event got many vendors were surprised it was not busier, however there were other Halloween events happening on Friday night & Saturday; more well known events that have been occurring annually for many years so there was some fierce competition the event was up against. That being said, my body art business got a lot of media coverage which is good & a fair amount of business cards were taken so hopefully business increases for next Halloween & throughout the year for venues/parties. The planner of the event also offered to give me a free table for next year’s event, so I am pretty excited for next years event & how it will evolve for its 3rd year.
Thank you for reading 🙂