So…I have to talk about Strankenstein’s Zombie Prom.
I had actually heard about the event several years ago, but didn’t have a date…and also probably had to work, knowing me. Now I not only had a date, but he was the self-proclaimed “zombie king” (haha, no really, his email name says that…) so Allyn and I decided to go. The creators of the event have been doing this particular event for a long time and it’s for a great cause–juvenile diabetes research. Since I had my Legionary costume, I had the bright (you’ll get it in a second) idea to be a Glowing One.
We started brainstorming for how to pull this off (and there were a lot of things we didn’t get to do due to time constraints, which makes me desperately wish there was a do-over.) Sometimes I despise working midnight to noon on Saturday because it kills my mood and any creativity I would’ve had. I knew I wanted to go full bald cap, which excited Allyn not only because he’d get to learn a new technique but also I’m pretty sure he has a thing for the Vin Diesel look. UV paint was applied on top of the regular body paint and it looked REALLY cool under a black light, which I sadly didn’t take any photos of. We did some eye socket sculpting and not much else, but according to everyone it looked really cool. I just wish we would have had more time, but I can’t complain about how I looked with the time constraint given.
Unfortunately, the above was one of the only photos I took of him–his contacts and the blood REALLY brought Slink to life in a way that was almost supernatural. I swear Allyn and I would make terrible full-time bloggers because we NEVER remember to take a lot of photos at any event we go to. It’s a dilemma because I want them to look back on and I enjoy showing off our cool escapades, especially for Ender when he gets older and thinks we’re boring slobs, but I also hate seeing people walk around with phones and cameras glued to their eyeballs, so I make a point of NOT overdoing it on the social media aspect of outings. Like I say, we’d fail as bloggers.
I will say this, I was VERY impressed with the venue, setup, and all the work that was put into this event. I almost wish we would have hired a babysitter for poor Ender–he was sick and was not feeling any of it–so most of our time was spent attending to him. But there was a live band, which I usually hate because live bands and cover bands tend to sound like nails on a chalkboard, but these guys sounded FANTASTIC. Very talented! There were booths and spooky decor and a great dining setup and everything your heart could desire, all at Ogden’s beautiful and historic Union Station. I really loathe driving to Ogden but sometimes it’s worth it. This was one of those times. Like I mentioned the event is for a great cause and I am so happy we went.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE.
We entered the contest for “Zombie King and Queen” and WON! I never win anything. I think I won 7 dollars on a scratch lottery ticket as a kid and that’s it. I NEVER win! But we won and we won as a team, and I was and am still blown away by the gorgeous flowers and tiara and plaques that we got to take. I’ll probably post a photo once they’re all set up in our newly rearranged bedroom, but wow. I felt so special even though I was a gross rotten radioactive corpse. The judges said that they chose us because of the work we put in and how well we worked as a team and I got all choked up because Allyn and I are nothing if not a good creative team. Creating and making things and showing our love for the gory, weird, gross, beautiful and anything in between is what brought us together in the first place. It felt so fantastic and humbling to be recognized by others for our passion.
The organizers posted a video highlighting a lot of the event, click below to watch that. And a huge thanks to everyone who helped–Derik and Niki for helping with Ender, the organizers who put on an amazing event, and most of all Allyn, the newly crowned ZOMBIE KING!