Off we go to where ghouls and those dressed all in black come to shop and hang out. Yes, it’s time for Bats Day Black Market hosted by Noah Korda annually at the Double Tree Hotel in Anaheim.
Ghoulish music pumps throughout the ballroom where vendors display their unique creations anticipating a creepy fun day ahead. This years vendors included those we have seen in years past as well as some new ones in the mix too. Roaming the aisles you will find a variety of items from art, candy, clothing, jewelry and a variety of one of a kind treats. I was however on a specific mission, to find and acquire sweets from The Poisoned Apples. If you have not had their caramel apples which are delicious, but also the candies which are scrumptious, you are totally missing out. Corsets, skirts and dresses in every shade of black were sprinkled amongst the pendants, earrings and necklaces. Vibrant t-Shirts from Appalling Apparel and sparkly notions from Madame Zombie FX enticed us . Putting together a new outfit would be a snap within this room.
Artistry comes in all forms and every variable was displayed here. Bat in the Belfry had a Beast drawing I just could not pass up. Abracadaver Productions showcased batty sculptures. LovStruk constructed goodies based on some well-known icons such as Lydia from Beetlejuice. It All Started With A Skull designed patches from various Disney Classics. Beauty and the Beast will never look the same.
A trend out in the world is Escape Rooms. Crossroads Escape Games in Anaheim were there inviting one and all to come and check out their escape room. Midsummer Scream the premiere Halloween Festival, was spreading the word that they would be back at the Long Beach Convention Center for year #2 this July. Coven FX were literally transforming a sly devil before our eyes. Horror Buzz, one of the Sponsors, were announcing their upcoming VIP Events. These events are haunt centric and at various venues with exclusive perks that attendees will experience nowhere else. Raffles tickets were sold giving all a chance to win some prizes from the vendors in the room. Sweet!
Of course what would a Black Market be without people dressed in black! Young and old, Goth and Ghoulie and even just dressed all in black. No matter where you looked it was a sea of black. If you were wearing any other color than black you would have been easily spotted. It is always fun to see all of the unique styles.
Saturday’s Black Market precedes Bats Day in the Fun Park which has been going on since 1999. This is an annual visit to Disneyland, CA that draws thousands of attendees for the unofficial “Goth Day” at the park. Goth, Vampire, Steam Punk and even just good old black is the typical attire you would see at the park on this day. If you missed this year’s events, don’t worry 2018 will be here before you know it and so will Bats Day Black Market.
Renee lives in a small suburb of Los Angeles with her husband. Each day she crosses the border into Orange County to go to her desk at a large HR outsourcing company. If you catch her in an elevator, she will usually check out your shoes and wonder where you got them. Renee enjoys most things Halloween, taking photos everywhere she goes, bouncing around theme parks and listening to her rock music at very high decibels. FOLLOW @rcsbelle on Twitter FOLLOW her blog: https://rcsbelle.wordpress.com