Creepy clowns, ghosts and demons in a park!

Legions of creepy clowns, ghosts, demons and undead are slowly gathering in a popular city park. I photographed them lurking among shadowy trees and spooky buildings, waiting to terrify nice, innocent, completely unsuspecting people who happened to be walking down the park trail!

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As you might have guessed, this morning I took a stroll around the perimeter of The Haunted Trail, which is being built once again in the southwest corner of Balboa Park for Halloween!

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Top Gun House in Oceanside to be restored.

Photo from across North Pacific Street in Oceanside of the famous Top Gun house, an historical landmark that will be restored.
Photo from across North Pacific Street in Oceanside of the famous Top Gun House, an historical landmark that will be restored.

Today I headed up the coast to enjoy a walk around Oceanside.

During my small adventure I paused to look at Oceanside’s famous Top Gun House, which is located at the corner of North Pacific Street and Seagaze Drive. It’s the small beach house in the popular 1986 movie where Maverick ate dinner with his love interest Charlie.

A nearby sign provided some information about the house’s historical significance and planned restoration:

“Built in 1887 by Dr. Henry Graves as a vacation home, the Graves House is an ocean front Queen Anne Cottage and is now the “last best” existing such house in San Diego County, as recognized by SOHO (the Save Our Heritage Organization).

The house is best known by most people as the “Top Gun House” because of its prominent role in the movie of the same name. Scenes between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis were filmed here in 1985 and the popular movie was released in 1986.

Complete house restoration pending hotel development on this site.

Oceanside Historical Society.”

I spoke with a friendly Downtown Ambassador of MainStreet Oceanside at an information table by the foot of the Oceanside Pier, and she said there are plans to not only restore “Charlie’s House”, but to move it one block north, nearer the pier. That valuable oceanfront lot is also awaiting development.

The Top Gun beach house sits in a corner of a large empty lot that is awaiting development. A hotel will be built here, a block from the Oceanside Pier.
The Top Gun House sits in a corner of a large empty lot that is awaiting development. A hotel will be built here, a block from the Oceanside Pier.
A sign near the Top Gun house provides information for curious people walking past.
A sign near the Top Gun House provides information for curious people walking past.
On the front of the house is a classic Top Gun poster and a vintage photo of the house as it once looked, over a century ago.
On the front of the house is a classic Top Gun poster and a vintage photo of the house as it once looked, long ago.
Photo of the south side of the small Queen Anne style cottage.
Photo of the south side of the small Queen Anne style cottage.
The famous Top Gun beach house will be restored and enjoyed by the local community and the movie's many fans for years to come.
The famous Top Gun House will be restored and enjoyed by the local community and the movie’s many fans for years to come.

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Lovely cultists, Sharkzilla feedings at Comic-Con!

Sharkzilla has taken another bite of a surfboard at The Experience during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!
Sharkzilla has taken another bite of a surfboard at The Experience during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

As you will see, I had quite an experience at The Experience late this morning. This free public attraction is one of many offsites found around downtown during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

The very moment you enter, prepare to be mesmerized…

Looking down at The Experience in Petco Park's Lexus Premier Lot from the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge.
Looking down at The Experience in Petco Park’s Lexus Premier Lot from the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge.
People stream into the fun Comic-Con offsite.
People stream into the fun, free to the public Comic-Con offsite.
Near the entrance, buses from hotels around the city drop off a motley group of Comic-Con attendees.
Near the entrance, buses from hotels around the city drop off a motley group of Comic-Con attendees.
Shark fins bob past the big stage at The Experience.
Shark fins bob past the big stage at The Experience.
People relax and watch a demo video game up on a big screen.
People relax and watch a demo video game up on a big screen.
Shortly after I arrive, three lovely, sweet, irresistible ladies with Sacred Lies prepare to encircle me with their scarfs.
Shortly after I arrive, three lovely, sweet, irresistible ladies with Sacred Lies prepare to encircle me with their scarfs.
Hello! Sign me up for your cult, or whatever it is!
I’m encircled! Hello! Sign me up for your cult, or whatever it is!
I spotted Pac-Gentleman again, near Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That seems a lot of marshmallow for a gentleman to waka-waka-waka gobble all at once.
I spotted Pac-Gentleman again, near Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That seems a lot of marshmallow for a gentleman to waka-waka-waka gobble all at once.
But I could easily gobble a few free scoops of DC Super Hero Ice Cream!
But I could probably digest a few free scoops of DC Super Hero Ice Cream!
At the Cloak and Dagger activation, this nice lady seemed about ready to give a sermon.
At the Cloak and Dagger activation, this nice lady seemed about ready to dazzle me with a sermon.
People who line up at Ghostbusters World can have their photo taken next to the original ECTO-1 from the movies.
People who line up at Ghostbusters World can have their photo taken next to the original ECTO-1 from the movies.
Hopefully Hulk doesn't become too angry when you get your group hug at the Marvel activation.
Hopefully Hulk doesn’t become too angry when you get your group hug at the Marvel Avengers activation.
The Impractical Jokers had a food truck serving Scoopski Potatoes.
The Impractical Jokers had a food truck serving Scoopski Potatoes.
I believe people could get free samples of Shin Black Noodle Soup, but I didn't check it out.
I believe people could get free samples of Shin Black Noodle Soup, but I didn’t check it out.
Project Blue Book had a Top Secret tent but with my sketchy background, I don't have clearance, so I averted my eyes.
Project Blue Book had a Top Secret tent. With my sketchy background, I don’t have clearance, so I averted my eyes.
A huge cool sculpture at the Guild Wars 2 activation.
A huge cool sculpture at the Guild Wars 2 activation.
Discovery Channel celebrates Shark Week with an enormous life-size Megalodon named Sharkzilla.
Discovery Channel celebrates Shark Week with an enormous life-size mechanical Megalodon named Sharkzilla.
I arrived in time for a Sharkzilla feeding. The huge shark is going to chomp on a wooden pallet!
I arrived in time for a Sharkzilla feeding. The huge hungry shark is going to chomp on a wooden pallet!
Personally, I find pallets to be unpalatable.
Personally, I find pallets to be unpalatable.
Maybe a surfboard tastes better.
Maybe a surfboard tastes better.
I remember having something like this done when I was a kid and got my braces.
I remember having something like this done when I was a kid and got my braces.
Some tasty bloody zombies that will be fed to Sharkzilla later in the day.
Some tasty bloody zombies that will be fed to Sharkzilla later in the day.

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The Syfy fan awards, cosplay, and craziness!

A fan at 2018 Comic-Con receives an award from Syfy in the Gaslamp on Saturday afternoon!
A fan at 2018 Comic-Con receives an award from Syfy in the Gaslamp on Saturday afternoon!

Breaking News!

I was going to post photos from my late morning walk through The Experience at 2018 Comic-Con, but an unforeseen event this afternoon has disrupted my plans!

In the mid-afternoon Syfy arrived in the Gaslamp Quarter to award medals to winners of their fan art competition, and . . . you’ll have to see what happened! Read the captions!

On Saturday at 2018 Comic-Con, the craziness gets underway.
On Saturday afternoon at 2018 Comic-Con, the craziness gets underway.
Waiting for a trolley with a shark fin hat.
Waiting for a trolley with a shark fin hat.
Bumblebee had a tough time squeezing into this trolley, but made it!
Bumblebee had a tough time squeezing into this trolley, but made it!
Pikachu was making a new friend.
Pikachu was making a new friend.
Someone appeared to be really hungry.
Someone appeared to be really hungry.
What planet is this? What's going on here?
What planet is this? What’s going on here?
It seems to be a planet that's packed with crazy Comic-Con fans!
It seems to be a planet that’s packed with crazy, fun-loving Comic-Con fans!
I don't know if these guys were making a political statement, or just looking a bit silly.
I don’t know if these guys were making a political statement, or just looking a bit silly.
Speaking of silly, here's a fantastic Batman photo op!
Speaking of silly, here’s a super fantastic Batman photo op!
Where did he come from? I barely got away in time.
Where did he come from? I barely got away in time.
Everyone's a kid during Comic-Con.
Everyone’s a kid during Comic-Con.
Everyone likes posing with superheroes.
Everyone likes posing with superheroes.
Kids liked this colorful robot.
Kids liked this colorful robot.
Will these guys pose for a group cosplay photo?
Will these guys pose for a group cosplay photo?
Of course! It's Comic-Con!
Of course! It’s Comic-Con!
This guy clearly has issues.
This guy clearly has issues.
It's a Comic-Con exclusive life-size Star Trek Barbee, mint in box!
It’s a Comic-Con exclusive life-size Star Trek Barbee, mint in box!
A great Ming the Merciless cosplay!
A great Ming the Merciless cosplay!
Aquaman is being pursued by a toothy sea creature.
Aquaman is being pursued by a toothy sea creature.
Someone went to the Gaslamp Quarter for a martini, and look what they saw.
Someone went to the Gaslamp Quarter for a martini, and look what they saw.
I see Other Mother in front of LAIKA LIVE San Diego!
I see Other Mother in front of LAIKA LIVE San Diego!
And here's Logan in padding. Perhaps his healing factor isn't what it used to be.
And here’s Logan in padding. Perhaps his healing factor isn’t what it used to be.
Instead of breaking Batman's back, Bane goes after the neck of an innocent bystander.
Instead of breaking Batman’s back, Bane goes after the neck of an innocent bystander.
Look what's coming down Fifth Avenue! It's the Syfy Fan Creator Award show for Comic-Con 2018!
Look what’s coming down Fifth Avenue! It’s the Syfy Fan Creator Award show for Comic-Con 2018!
The Syfy drum line gets the crowd in an even more excited mood.
The Syfy drum line gets the crowd in an even more excited mood.
Time for another selfie.
Time for another selfie.
A Syfy fan who made some super cool art gets a medal, then speaks a few words to the gathered crowd.
A Syfy fan who made some super cool art gets a medal, then speaks a few words to the gathered crowd.
Everyone's having a great--if wacky--time.
Everyone’s having a great–if wacky–time.
The Syfy band played the theme from Ghostbusters. A kid wearing a Ghostbusters t-shirt receives a medal and a high five!
The Syfy band played the theme from Ghostbusters. A kid wearing a Ghostbusters t-shirt receives a medal and a high five!
Let the insanity resume.
Let sheer insanity resume.
Deadpool makes some gyrating moves.
Deadpool makes some gyrating moves.
Apparently his dance worked. He attracted a unicorn!
Apparently his dance worked. He attracted a rainbow unicorn!
Members of the Justice League has descended into the Gaslamp Quarter. Have no fear.
Members of the Justice League of America have descended into the Gaslamp Quarter. Have no fear, good citizens!
Another photo that says it all.
Another photo that says it all.
A fuzzy pic. I feel fortunate that I took if from a safe distance.
A fuzzy pic. I feel fortunate that I took if from a safe distance.
Super-tall-Spock coolly analyzes the situation.
Super-tall-Spock coolly analyzes the situation.
While Captain Kirk is with the ladies.
While Captain Kirk is with the ladies.
More fun, creative, absurd cosplay.
More fun, creative, absurd cosplay.
Yes, it seems everyone is little off their rocker this afternoon.
Yes, it seems everyone is little off their rocker this afternoon.
Another day at Comic-Con.
Another day at Comic-Con.
Another Saturday afternoon, that is.
Another Saturday afternoon, that is.
The Guardians of the Galaxy have arrived to help guard the Gaslamp Quarter for a bit.
The Guardians of the Galaxy have arrived to help guard the Gaslamp Quarter for a bit.
Yes, the full tilt craziness has just begun.
Yes, the full tilt craziness has just begun.
Here come some fast food superheroes. First up are McDonalds and Wendys.
Here come some fast food superheroes. First up are McDonalds and Wendys.
Grimace is a big time superhero.
I bet you didn’t know Grimace is a big time purple superhero.
Jack in the Box casts his taco spell on me, making my head spin.
Jack in the Box casts his taco spell on me, making my head spin.
Panda Express and KFC complete the Legion of Indigestion.
Panda Express and KFC complete the Legion of Indigestion.
If you bite one of those apples, you'll get worse than indigestion!
If you bite one of those apples, you’ll get worse than indigestion!
Everything is returning to normal. Good old Wonder Woman and Superman are coming down Fifth Avenue.
Everything is returning to normal. Good old Wonder Woman and Superman are coming down Fifth Avenue.
And these guys, too.
And these guys, too.
She-Ra and her pal have things under control.
She-Ra and her pal have things under control.

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Cosplay and magic at 2018 Comic-Con!

Cosplay and magic fill the area behind the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con!
Cosplay and magic fill the area behind the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con!

Late this morning I enjoyed Comic-Con by walking behind the San Diego Convention Center, then through The Experience by Petco Park. This first batch of fun photos is from the area behind the convention center.

As usual, I encountered a bunch of super creative cosplay and magic at every turn!

A Star Wars stormtropper holds a humorous sign. Support the Troops.
A Star Wars stormtropper holds a humorous sign. Support the Troops.
Long morning lines wrapped this way and that, but nobody seemed to mind.
Long morning lines wrapped this way and that, but nobody seemed to mind.
Cedric Diggory cosplay. An early glimpse of magic.
Cedric Diggory cosplay. An early glimpse of magic.
Some cosplay pooches are part of the big spectacle.
Some cosplay pooches are part of the big spectacle.
These Wonder Women made cool skirts out of old Justice League swag bags!
These Wonder Women made cool superhero skirts out of old Justice League swag bags!
Good thing Nick Fury called Captain Marvel. Here she comes now to save the day!
Good thing Nick Fury called Captain Marvel. Here she comes now to save the day!
These zombies paused for a photo at the foot of the steps up to the convention center.
These zombies paused for a photo at the foot of the steps up to the convention center.
I was told this cosplay is Bird Person.
I was told this cosplay is Bird Person.
Check out this awesome cosplay! It's Fire Archangel Velajuel, a Summoners War Sky Arena Monster.
Check out this awesome cosplay! It’s Fire Archangel Velajuel, a Summoners War Sky Arena Monster.
I was told this funny cosplay is Pac-Gentleman.
I was told this funny cosplay is Pac-Gentleman.
Lots of visitors to 2018 Comic-Con were checking out the Bandai Dragon Ball activation.
Lots of visitors to 2018 Comic-Con were checking out the Bandai Dragon Ball activation.
Vegeta cosplay.
Vegeta cosplay.
Mario and Luigi prepare for battle.
Mario and Luigi prepare for battle.
I was told this cosplay is Radioactive Man.
I was told this cosplay is Radioactive Man.
That's my kind of superhero. One who brings ice cream! Who needs a utility belt?
That’s my kind of superhero. One who brings ice cream! Who needs a utility belt?
Cyclops was good enough not to remove his visor.
Cyclops was good enough not to remove his visor. The ice cream might melt.
Cosplay of some Mad Max post-apocalyptic characters.
Amazing cosplay of some Mad Max post-apocalyptic characters.
Hopefully Kylo Ren does me in before I have to witness one of his temper tantrums.
Hopefully Kylo Ren does me in before I have to witness another one of his ridiculous temper tantrums.
At the FOX activation for The Passage, a scientist in a white lab jacket shows the first human to be resistant to all known diseases. Unfortunately he has to drink blood.
At the FOX activation for The Passage, a scientist in a white lab jacket shows me the first human to be resistant to all known diseases. Unfortunately he has to drink human blood.
Rorschach cosplay. Somehow he could make the inkblot on his mask change appearance.
Rorschach cosplay. Somehow using his lips he could make the inkblot on his mask change appearance.
Some poor guy is caught between a fight between Peter Griffin and Ernie the Giant Chicken.
Some poor guy is caught between a fight between Peter Griffin and Ernie the Giant Chicken.
A look at the FXhibition area near the Hilton Bayfront, behind the San Diego Convention Center.
A look at the FXhibition area near the Hilton Bayfront, behind the San Diego Convention Center.
Another look. It's late Saturday morning at 2018 Comic-Con.
Another look. It’s late Saturday morning at 2018 Comic-Con.
People place their heads in Archer character cubes for an unusual photo opportunity.
People place their heads in Archer character cubes for an unusual photo opportunity.
Here's Camp Paddy's outhouse.
Here’s Camp Paddy’s outhouse.
Now that's one very bizarre photograph being taken.
Now that’s one very bizarre photograph being taken.
Zatanna cosplay. Magic is her specialty.
Zatanna cosplay. Magic is her specialty.
She must have waved her magic wand, because there's wonderful cosplay all over the place!
She must have waved her magic wand, because there’s wonderful cosplay all over the place!
A cool FX guy poses beside a Mayans MC motorcycle for my camera.
A cool FX guy poses beside a Mayans MC motorcycle for my camera.
Mera blinked. Must be all that dry air outside of the water.
Mera blinked. Must be all that dry air above the water.
Chillin' at the FXhibition.
Chillin’ at the FXhibition.
Magicians perform, delighting young and old alike. There's endless magic at Comic-Con!
Magicians perform, delighting young and old alike. There’s endless magic at Comic-Con!

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Fun, creative cosplay photos from Comic-Con!

Electro cosplay.
Electro cosplay.

I got some more photographs of fun, very creative cosplay outside of San Diego Comic-Con today!

Here they are! Enjoy!

Sora cosplay from Kingdom Hearts.
Sora cosplay from Kingdom Hearts.
A steampunk cosplay.
A steampunk cosplay.
Loki and Thor cosplay. That weapon looks like the one Thor used on Sakaar fighting Hulk.
Loki and Thor cosplay. That weapon looks like the one Thor used on Sakaar fighting Hulk.
Cosplay of Demon Worker from Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.
Cosplay of Demon Worker from Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.
Batman grins. I'm not sure about the cosplay next to him.
Batman grins. I’m not sure about the cosplay next to him.
The Avengers' Quinjet must be out of action. Here comes Spiderman, Captain America and Black Widow on scooters!
The Avengers’ quinjet must be out of action. Here come Spiderman, Captain America and Black Widow on scooters!
Cosplay of Haru from The Cat Returns.
Cosplay of Haru from The Cat Returns.
A disco Darth Vader with flashy clothes and an Afro.
A disco Darth Vader with flashy clothes and an Afro.
I was told this is Super Fan!
I was told this is Super Fan!
Cosplay of Kevin from Up!
Cosplay of Kevin from Up!
Harley Quinn got off her scooter for a photo!
Harley Quinn got off her scooter for a photo!
Halo cosplay by a happy family at Comic-Con!
Halo cosplay by a happy family at Comic-Con!
Halo family poses with a Star Wars stormtrooper.
Halo family poses with a Star Wars stormtrooper.
I hope Bane realizes the Grim Reaper is nearby. I don't believe the drug Venom makes him immortal.
I hope Bane realizes the Grim Reaper is nearby. I don’t believe the drug Venom makes him immortal.
Here's another Harley!
Here’s another Harley!
Cosplay of Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish from Game of Thrones.
Cosplay of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish from Game of Thrones.
Captain America and Wolverine cosplay.
Captain America and Wolverine cosplay.
These might be garden gnomes, but I really don't know.
These might be garden gnomes, but I really don’t know. UPDATE! I learned they are, indeed, garden gnomes!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard cosplay. Ready to take the photo? Make it so.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard cosplay. Ready to take the photo? Make it so.
It's another Harley! I think this one is teasing me! I hope Joker doesn't find out.
It’s another Harley! I think this one is teasing me! I hope Joker doesn’t find out.
Cosplay of Negan of The Walking Dead.
Cosplay of Negan of The Walking Dead.
I don't recognize this cosplay. Leave a comment if you know!
I don’t recognize this cosplay. UPDATE! It finally occurred to me. It’s a Harry Potter Death Eater! I believe that’s the mask of Lucius Malfoy.
Cosplays of Gamzee Makara and Nepeta Leijon from Homestuck.
Cosplays of Gamzee Makara and Nepeta Leijon from Homestuck.
Umbrella Corporation cosplay from Resident Evil.
Umbrella Corporation cosplay from Resident Evil.
Boba Fett cosplay.
Boba Fett cosplay.
Yikes! Looks like these guys were caught in another Sharknado.
Yikes! Looks like these guys were caught in another Sharknado.
Judge Dredd and Judge Death cosplay.
Judge Dredd and Judge Death cosplay.

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Future technology showcased at 2018 Comic-Con!

Visitors to the Future Tech Live! exhibition at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con have fun making a cool 3-D video courtesy of the Overwatch Payload Tour.
Visitors to the Future Tech Live! exhibition at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con have fun making a dynamic 3-D video courtesy of the Overwatch Payload Tour.

Anyone attending 2018 San Diego Comic-Con who loves gaming, augmented and virtual reality, and the very latest in cool technology should definitely head over to the Omni Hotel to check out Future Tech Live!

You’ll discover a wide variety of exhibitors demonstrating all sorts of innovations. There are augmented and virtual reality products, and visitors can experience the latest in eye-popping video game play. There are innovative robots, some amazing art, and several opportunities to learn about cryptocurrency and using the blockchain to buy and sell video games and make in-game purchases. There’s even a Bitcoin ATM!

You’ll also find a couple of friendly scientists who are ready to answer any sort of scientific question, plus some fascinating exhibits by UC San Diego. And if you work up an appetite, grab some free treats, courtesy of 7-Eleven!

These photos provide a sample of what you’ll find!

(Unlike last year, when the exhibition was called the Futurism & Tech Pavilion, in 2018 you’ll need a Comic-Con badge to gain entry.)

Future Tech Live! can be found in the Omni Hotel, across from the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con.
Future Tech Live! can be found in the Omni Hotel, across from the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con.
Multiple players enjoy a team gaming experience inside a Hologate virtual reality system.
Multiple players enjoy a team gaming experience inside an incredible Hologate virtual reality system.
Ozobot showcases Evo, a robot that is controlled with magic markers or stickers!
Ozobot showcases Evo, a robot that is controlled with magic markers or stickers!
Evo follows drawn lines and turns depending upon color sequences that it detects.
Evo follows drawn lines and turns depending upon color sequences that it detects. It’s a fun and visually creative way to teach coding concepts to kids.
Eric Ninaltowski shows some of the super cool pop culture art that he has created.
Eric Ninaltowski is showing some of the super cool pop culture art that he has created.
Someone engages in an augmented reality lightsaber battle courtesy of Star Wars Jedi Challenges by Lenovo.
A visitor to Future Tech Live! engages in an augmented reality lightsaber battle courtesy of Star Wars Jedi Challenges by Lenovo.
A friendly guy representing Stimuli VR demonstrates glasses that convert almost any smart phone into a virtual reality device!
A friendly guy representing Stimuli VR demonstrates amazing glasses that convert almost any smart phone into a virtual reality device!

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