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Fire Dancers at GLFF 2011

on June 10, 2011 - 8:20am


Friday morning blog posts should be fun and get you in the mood for the weekend. I think perhaps this set of photographs might achieve that.

I've shown you pictures of homemade ghoulies and static displays from Great Lakes Fright Fest, so now it's time to give you some shots of living, dancing (and in this case, fire-taming) creatures.

After the werewolf wedding, before the haunted house opened, people were treated to a show of fire being manipulated at the end of chains, on hoops or old fashioned torches.

It was grand. Of course, I'm a sucker for fire in general and often zone out to its devilish dance of flames.

Dave the Dead even stepped up and volunteered to have fiery chains wrapped around his wrists.

I'll be putting together pictures of the werewolf wedding soon. In the meantime, I hope these images inspire some gleefully gruesome thoughts for the weekend to come.

Great Lakes Fright Fest 2011

on June 7, 2011 - 7:56am


I'm back from a weekend spent in Petersburg, Michigan where I attended the Great Lakes Fright Fest.

I'll be sharing photos taken around the park during my visit, but first I thought I'd post ones taken from our little piece of Halloween heaven. I was lucky enough to be invited to stay in the camper belonging to Dave the Dead, a friend and fellow artist; caretaker of The Shadow Farm.

Over the years I've seen many photographs of Dave's work, but I hadn't been fortunate to see any of his large sculptures in person. This weekend not only did I get to see them, I had them outside my front door.

Great Lakes Fright Fest - June 3, 4, 5 2011

on May 30, 2011 - 1:25pm

While all of you south of the border are finishing up your long weekend, and Canadians are dreaming of what they did last weekend, I'm looking ahead to next Friday, June 3rd. It's the annual Great Lakes Fright Fest taking place in Petersburg, Michigan at Totem Pole Park.

A large group of haunters descend on the campground, decorate their campers and tents, and spend all day Saturday sharing ideas as they participate in workshops.

The cost? Free if you're staying over at the campground (you just pay for the campground spot you rent). If you aren't camping, it's $3.50 (the cost of a fancy coffee). They just ask you bring food donations to share during potluck meals and canned goods to give to charity.

Dave the Dead wanted to have something to set apart his campground display from all the rest, so I'll be attending solely to provide him with a Canadian decorative addition, stomping around his ghouls with a hockey stick.