Everything from horror themed treats and soaps to macabre jewelry and art were on display at the Grave Harvest convention at The Hotel Fullerton on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Attendees dressed in their best morbid and spooky attire filled the convention rooms, to browse the various booths containing handmade goods from the vendors, and to attend presentations demonstrating how to make skeletons and headpieces.
Brandi McGinnis attended the event for the first time and said she would return again. “I think it’s very welcoming,” McGinnis said. “It’s perfect if you wanna come shop for macabre stuff for Halloween.”
Alex Montoya attended the event as a vendor selling shirts which depict infamous people as zombies being killed. His best selling shirt is one that depicts Donald Trump as a zombie about to be hit by a woman charging at him with the end of a flagpole. Other shirts depict a Nazi about to be struck by a baseball bat and Osama bin Laden being beheaded.
“I know everybody,” Montoya said of the other vendors at the event. “Kinda like a big family.”
Blood and Teeth, a father son duo, sold handmade sculptures out of clay along with drawings. John Hayward and his son Derek Hayward have been in business for seven years. Derek says that he “loves video games and everything horror so I mash them up.”
That could be seen in his drawings of video game characters like Sonic and Crash Bandicoot that take on a sinister and gory form.
This is the Haywards second time to Grave Harvest. “It’s a dedicated crowd,” said the older Hayward.
For information on the vendors that attended and how you can get your hands on their merchandise please visit their website.