The same night we had the horrible shitty hotel rooms, as I may have mentioned somewhere or other, was also our friend Kristina’s birthday thing. A nightclub was having a “Halfway to Halloween” party that weekend, with a costume contest and $666 prize.
I don’t normally enjoy parties, bars or clubs, but this was honestly the best “Halloween” party I’ve ever been to. Contrary to my experience with any other Halloween-based party, nobody came dressed as ketchup or giant babies, I actually didn’t witness anyone get drunk enough to vomit or turn into a violent asshole, and people did more than stand around awkwardly in a half-decorated living room.
I guess it’s not surprising that a gothic BDSM club with a year-round dungeon motif would have some standards when it comes to Halloween, even in the middle of summer.
Most of my photos are impossible to make out, but here’s our friend Dylan in his eight foot tall moss monster costume. Mr. Chiggers, which he’s easily won other costume contests with:
Somehow or other, though, he didn’t even come in third for this one; that went to a band of ninjas, or something, from the Nolan Batman movies (BOOOOOO!!!!!!) while first prize was grabbed by this Oogie Boogie:
It’s a damn good Oogie Boogie and I enjoy Oogie Boogie, but I still can’t believe a towering monster glued together from fresh-picked moss and bark - as a matter of fact crawling with real insects, as an accidental bonus - didn’t get some recognition.
There were an awful lot of Jack Skellingtons but only one was accompanied by a Sally
Jesus was there too though! Jesus totally approves of Halfway to Halloween at the bondage goth club.
My girlfriend Margret with the guy they had stationed at the entrance. The bouncer? I hope he was technically the bouncer.
A photographer uploaded a whole lot of clearer, nicer photos from the same night to his website, http://www.seraphimsphoto.com, that you can see specifically here.
The owner of the club made a kick-ass Frankenstein’s Monster. There’s kind of a Digimon vibe here. I hope that’s not an offensively lame comparison for me to draw.
His wife was a less gruesome but still cool looking Bride-Of.
There was a short “Hieronymus Bosch” fashion show, though this was the most Boschian outfit there.
Another member of the staff, I think.
Skeletor was pretty impressive.
The two armored guys were referred to as “Zombie Hunters.” You can’t tell in the photo that their eyes and seams lit up.
I might actually want to go here again if they have an actual Halloween party on Halloween, which they probably will.