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GeekView Attends Modesto’s SpookyCon

GeekView Attends Modesto’s SpookyCon
by Alan Falconer

Among the fun haunts and frights that took place through the Halloween season last month, The Clarion Inn on Sisk in Modesto played host on October 14th to Spooky Con, a convention that featured artists, entertainers, and vendors from near and far in celebration of all things horror. Modesto’s own Higbee Productions made its presence frightfully known with a haunted house attraction located in the main convention room, which produced such startling sounds from inside that even passersby would jump in surprise! Monsters in Modesto was also on site to paint the faces of attendees who would rather do some scaring than be scared, and fans of gory horror films had the opportunity to meet and greet “House of 1000 Corpses” star Robert Mukes, Spooky Con’s guest of honor. And while the 6’10” actor certainly cuts an imposing figure, Mukes was all too happy to sign autographs and chat with fans.

The main event of Spooky Con, however, was easily the cosplay contest. Attendees and contestants alike gathered at the poolside courtyard to watch cosplayers of all ages and types show off their outfits for the judges, who included Redd of CreepsCreations, Drake Winter of MCH Cosplay, and April Victorine of Hope It Holds Cosplay and Props. (That last name sound familiar? You may know her as the Bride of Frankenstein on October’s cover!) From killer clowns and video game stars to superheroes and eccentric monsters, Modesto’s cosplayers were out in full force to entertain the crowd and win prizes while emcee Alison Alva, aka DeadPurple7, kept things moving along with wit and charm.

Spooky Con itself was a new venture for Ohana Comic Con, who are more well known for their anime, comic, and toy conventions throughout California. But despite Spooky Con’s small size in comparison to their other events, the turnout and enthusiasm from attendees was hopefully enough for it to return bigger and better next year. And should Spooky Con emerge again from the shadows in 2019, it will be a welcome addition to the other yearly Halloween events in the Central Valley.

And to find other Ohana Comic Con events for the rest of 2018, check out their events schedule at Facebook.com/TurlockComicCon.

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About the Author:

Alan Falconer is a native of Modesto and has been a geek pretty much since day one, so it's rather fortunate that his articles can typically be found in the GeekView section of ModestoView. When he's not exploring the nerdy side of the Central Valley, you can also find him gaming on Twitch.tv/Prof_Falconer.