It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I attended my first MASK-FEST. Back then it took place during the Spring Horrorhound Weekend and the other Terror Dave from Rhode Island was able to join me. In fact it was getting together for these events that eventually evolved into our annual road trips. The 2011 event was where it all began and David not only bought me my first mask there, but also taught me a lot about the industry itself. Up until that time, I thought masks were just those mass produced things you’d see at Wal-Mart during the Halloween season. I had no idea what amazing companies and skilled artists were out there, nor the intoxicating smell of latex and joy of displaying them year round. Over the years things gradually changed from me focusing more on the celebrities and Horrorhound aspect of the convention and almost entirely on the mask portion. I even love how it’s in September now instead of March as it really gets me geared up for Halloween. It reminds me of how excited I’d be as a kid when the department stores released their Christmas catalogues. Now that I much prefer the fun Halloween season versus the consumer driven stress of Christmas, MASK-FEST is every bit the kick-off that those old Sears or JC Penny’s catalogues were for the latter.
Last year I attended and took a lot of photos but, before getting a chance to post anything, got caught up in my busy October schedule of events while trying to keep up with my favorite Horror Host, Svengoolie. Once the season ended and the holidays were in full swing, I felt that coverage of MASK-FEST would seem less impactful. So I decided to wait until now and post groups of photos as a countdown to the new event. So remember that these photos are from 2015 and not what you’ll see this year if you’re lucky enough to attend. If you’re on the fence, maybe this will encourage you to get out there – MASK-FEST 2016 will be in Indianapolis on the weekend of September 9th.
Alright, enough of me yammering. Let’s look a some masks, shall we?
More MASK-FEST Next Friday!