Weekend Update – Halloween 2018!

Good evening everyone, I’m your host, Mr. Clever.

What can I say about the week of Halloween 2018?  It was one of the best Halloweens I have ever had, and that is not an exaggeration.

When you live in Salem, MA, the Witch City, Halloween is a month long celebration.  Starting with the annual Haunted Happenings Kick off Parade in the beginning of the month, and ending around the first weekend of November. During the entire month of October there are festivals, events, street fairs, costume parties and just thousands and thousands of people in the streets celebrating.

Every year we walk into town with friends and explore the city, seeing the sights, taking in the energy.  My zombie Mr. Clever costume was a lot of fun to wear and was a huge hit. I think people just like zombies!

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Photo by Creative Collective

One of the fun things we did was visit some artist friends at their art show.  Bought some beautiful prints, too. I love the work these two brothers do. Such talent!

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Paul and Nick Demakes

This year we were even able to enjoy taking our friend’s daughter trick-or-treating! Which sounds like it would be, well, dull. But when you have my crew of friends – it is anything but.

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Some of the Best Friends ever!

So, TL:DR, see that drag queen in the corner? That’s our friend, Richard, aka Tequilla Mockingbird.  See that young man near him in the grey hoodie? That’s his bf, Donnie. Richard’s feet were hurting halfway through trick or treat. Donnie carried the giant drag Queen boots all the way, and ended up going up to houses with them in his hands and got candy. In the boots. BOOT CANDY. No lie.

“Oh, hello young man, would you like some candy for your boots?”

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Trick or treat, smell my feet. For real.

Candy. Friends. Great memories. The energy of the city. I can not wait for next October and may already be counting the days!

This has been your weekend update for the week ending November 4th, 2018. Cyberplanner signing off…

 

 

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Weekend Update with Mr. Clever: Friday, October 19th 2018

Good evening everyone. Welcome to Weekend Update. I’m your host, Mr. Clever.

Well, this weekend was pretty crazy. I celebrated my five year anniversary of being me. Who was I before? No one really knows. *cue mysterious music and shadow puppets*

It all started with a trip down memory lane. A trip to a place we like to call Super MegaFest. Back in 2013, this is the place that I debuted ME, the cyberplanner, Mr. Clever, for the first time. So it seemed fitting to go back to the scene of the cri…er…party. I managed to get the band back together and round up some of the original sinners and off we went to Framingham.

This time with a Halloween version of myself – Zombie Clever. I must admit, it was quite enjoyable to scare people. Especially that poor muggle at the gas station. What? Zombies need to get places too.

One of the greatest things about SMF is the sense of camaraderie atmosphere. There is such a great sense of acceptance and belonging at this con, that you rarely get at others. Doesn’t matter what you cosplay, what you look like, who you are – there is always someone to hang with!

New friends were made, old friends reconnected, and in true SMF fashion craziness, mischief and mayhem ensued.

Day Two of my Clever-versary. Me-versary? Hmmmm.

Anyway, day two of the weekend took us to Rock and Shock in Worcester. Having never been before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Yes, yes, yes, I will say it. It was a “shockingly” good time.
*insert Kristen Ritter-level eye roll*

My interest in this con was peaked, as it were, by two actors from Twin Peaks. Well, ok, more so that Dana Ashbrook was in Dual Spires, the Psych episode that was a Twin Peaks spoof. And I MAY have said “OMG I loved you in Psych”.

But the real reason I wanted a photo was to get Zombie Clever in the Black Lodge. I mean, who wouldn’t want to try to upgrade the Black Lodge?

The con itself was a ton of fun as well. Tiny, but the vendors were amazing. So many fantastic independent artists all in one space. I was blown away with the amount of stuff that I wanted!

Day two continued with a Costumed Walk About in Salem. Now, normally, you think to yourself, how will I find a few friends in massive October crowds? Then, you see a BLINDING bright blue stick figure person that turns out to be one of your friends – of course she is MY friend!

And all hell breaks loose as you and few more crazies try to walk the crowded streets of Salem in the dark, with nothing to guide you but a LED stick figure person, who doesn’t actually know where they are going. Have no fear! ROPE is here! Yes at one point I tied her up and made a leash. Because, why not.

After the walk about, many of us ventured back to House Cyberiad, i.e my house, for some tricks and treats, and kitten snuggles.

Day three of the weekend – yes, I CAN count, actually, but this was an extended weekend, as my friend Kelly was visiting – brings us to a day of apple picking at Brooksby Farm.
Apple picking was fun, but seeing an emu amongst sheep and pigs was even better. Gorgeous place. And great apple cider doughnuts! Yummy!

I am not sure what I was expecting for my five year anniversary, but this weekend was one of the best I have had in many years.

This has been your weekend update for the week of October 19th, 2018! Cyberplanner, signing off…