What a magnificent event it was.
There were vendors, workshops, roundtable discussions, classes, 3 haunts to visit and a costumed social. With so many choices it was difficult choose amid the incredible offerings.
Friday started out with Key note speaker Tom Devlin, owner of 1313 FrightZone and Cast member of the hit SyFy show Face Off. His career so far has includes special makeup effects artist, prosthetics designer and makeup supervisor on films including Red Dragon, Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), Club Dread, KillJoy 3, Dare Deviland ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction and working at Universal Studios.
Next up was “Haunt Safety with dangerous demonstrations” presented by Jay Herzmark. I got the giggles when the young man signing the class was traumatized by the ignition behind him but recovered quickly while the class enjoyed the Pickel light demo.
Best Tips: PPE-Personal Protection Equipment USE IT.
Then it was off to “Creep from Crap” lead by the master mind David Helphry/FrightTown. They taught us how to embrace our thrifty side in creating props.
Best Tips: Design Master Spray Stain/Michaels, Great Stuff-Gaps & Cracks/Lowes, Helmitin Adhesive/Harbor Freight and Acetone to eat away at Great Stuff.
After a tasty dinner it was off to Portland to visit Henry Miller’s haunt “Scream at the Beach” to see what ghastly creation he had come up with for this year’s event.
Zipping back to Nightmare Factory we caught the show and then admittance to a lights on/back stage romp through the haunt.
Saturday I was treated to the Wolfe Brothers Brush & Sponge make up class courtesy of Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds. Brian Wolfe’s’ superior skills makes it all look so easy has he lead us through the ins & outs of facial structure, shading and face paint applied with brush/sponge. I caught a quick BBQ lunch (YUMMMY, thanks Ed!) in the Boys Dorm before finishing off the class with a group shot and face painting by Brian Wolfe.
Best Tips: Cut round sponges in ½, using 1 side to apply and the other side to blend.
EVILFIRELIZARD.COM-best prices on Wolfe paint-tell them Brian sent you. Burple=brown mixed with purple-love it/use it! All lines to thin/thick/thin moving the brush before you touch the skin.
We had just time enough to catch some tasty tacos at San Diego Taco Shop before cruising down to Springfield to catch the tour of Hysteria City where they had 2 of the haunts open for a walk through. Hitting AJ’s for the “After Party” hosted by Haunted Night was a fitting end to the night.
Sunday morning I was able to chat with Raymond from 13th Door before slithering onto the “Designing your sets in Grayscale” class lead by Robyn Burns/Ethreal Fx.
Next up was the “Fog Fundamentals and Care” class hosted by Froggy’s Fog were I learn the difference between the types of fog juice, machines, basic cleaning, heavy duty repair cleaning and how to make my own fog chiller that will actually work!
Best Tips: Shake juice before using, Never Ever use tap water in machines (only use Distilled water or Deionizer water), Buy cheap 1k watts & replace.
Of course there was the usual smoozing with Ken, Bernice & Vicki Franklin /Face FX-Grex Airbrush, Chainsaw /Shot in the Dark, the Josal’s/Kitsap Haunted Fairground and all the new haunters I met along the way and hitting the show floor to score a Kryolan UV Cream wheel (bright colors that will glow under black light) a SacFX Studios bite mold (for use with GelFX), Nick & Brian Wolfe’s Scary Faces book and MAJOR SCORE-order the 1st produced “Teddy made ME” ½ face mask from 1313 Fright Zone signed by Tom Devlin.
Next year WCHC will move to a larger venue to accommodate its growth and popularity amongst us Westies so I hope to see you there.
Bugs n hisses…..Furby
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