Halloween fun and creativity in Balboa Park!

Kids at Halloween Family Day in Balboa Park color Dia de los Muertos skulls.
Kids at Halloween Family Day in Balboa Park color Dia de los Muertos skulls.

Today was Halloween Family Day in Balboa Park!

A lively crowd filled the park, roaming about in fun costumes, trick-or-treating, eating yummy food truck offerings, and enjoying all sorts of entertainment. But the coolest part of the event, in my opinion, was the opportunity to create all sorts of colorful Halloween art!

Many families filled El Prado during Balboa Park's fun Halloween Family Day.
Many families filled El Prado during Balboa Park’s annual Halloween Family Day.
The Timken Museum of Art had a table that helped kids learn how to make some cool Halloween artwork.
The Timken Museum of Art had a table that helped kids learn how to make some cool Halloween artwork.
A scary hand print and nearby smiling pumpkin treat.
A scary hand print and nearby smiling pumpkin treat.
A panda and his pals were providing music in the Plaza de Panama. People in Halloween costumes look on.
A panda and his pals were providing music in the Plaza de Panama. Young and old in Halloween costumes look on.
Decals were being applied to trick-or-treat bags in Spanish Village Art Center.
Decals were being applied to trick-or-treat bags in Spanish Village Art Center.
Anyone at the Japanese Friendship Garden could make a cool spider sucker holder using craftily bent black pipe cleaners.
Anyone at the Japanese Friendship Garden could make a cool spider sucker holder using craftily bent black pipe cleaners.
More fun Halloween coloring at the International Cottages table on El Prado.
More fun Halloween coloring at the International Cottages table on El Prado.
Flesh-eating plants displayed by the San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society appeared even scarier than usual!
Flesh-eating plants displayed by the San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society appeared even scarier than usual!
The San Diego Public Library was at the annual event promoting reading. Something a bit spooky might be perfect today.
The San Diego Public Library was at the annual event promoting reading. Something a bit spooky might be perfect today.
Even the Balboa Park electriquettes were dressed up for the occasion!
Even the Balboa Park electriquettes were dressed up for the occasion!
Making bats at the San Diego Natural History Museum table.
Making bats at the San Diego Natural History Museum table.
A beautiful glass pumpkin, that was made by the glassblowers of Spanish Village.
A beautiful glass pumpkin, that was made by the glassblowers of Spanish Village.
Kids learn how to sculpt in Spanish Village during Halloween Family Day.
Kids learn how to sculpt in Spanish Village during Halloween Family Day.
Yikes! That's really creepy!
Yikes! That’s really creepy!

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Six creepy Halloween faces in shop windows.

This morning I walked past a variety of small shops in Hillcrest. Several had placed mannequins dressed up for Halloween in their windows. On a whim I took photos.

When I goofed around a bit this evening editing the images, concentrating on the creepy faces, I managed to terrify myself.

Now it’s your turn!

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The Walking Dead eat fans at 2017 Comic-Con!

A hungry zombie eyes dinner at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con . . . and it's me!
A hungry zombie eyes dinner at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con . . . and it’s me!

If you are nervous or squeamish, don’t look at these photos or read the captions. I’m warning you. It’s all quite gruesome.

The events you are about to witness happened today at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. Some of the fans were completely unprepared for what happened…

Everyone was having a great time at Comic-Con. I was just wandering about, not paying very close attention.
Everyone was having a great time at Comic-Con. I was just wandering about, not paying very close attention.
That place looks cool. I'll go check that out. I wonder what they mean by Deadquarters?
That place looks cool. I’ll go check that out. I wonder what they mean by Deadquarters?
They've got a nice lounge! Awesome! My feet are tired!
They’ve got a nice lounge! Awesome! My feet are tired!
Let's all sit here and watch AMC's show Walking Dead. How entertaining and relaxing.
Let’s all sit here and watch AMC’s show The Walking Dead. How entertaining and relaxing.
Oh, wow! They've got pinball, too! This place rocks!
Oh, wow! They’ve got pinball, too! This place rocks!
A lady suddenly screamed and started running! Huh? What happened?
A lady suddenly screamed and started running! Huh? What happened?
Oh my gosh. That door says Dead Inside, and some hands are trying to open it from the inside.
Oh my gosh. That door says Dead Inside, and some hands are trying to open it from the inside.
Oh my goodness! They've got zombies loose in here! Where'd they come from.
Oh my goodness! They’ve got zombies loose in here! Where’d they come from.
Thank goodness this one doesn't seem to see me.
Thank goodness this one doesn’t seem to see me.
But this one does!
But this one does!
Get away from me! Seriously, I probably don't taste all that good!
Get away from me! I probably don’t taste all that good!
The Walking Dead Encounter! I wish I'd seen that sooner. Maybe some caffeine from a Mountain Dew will help me escape...
The Walking Dead Encounter! I wish I’d seen that sooner. Maybe some caffeine from a Mountain Dew will help me escape . . .
I see people are learning fighting skills to fend off these roving zombies.
I see fans of The Walking Dead are learning fighting skills to fend off these hungry zombies.
A tiny version of Deadpool was swinging a bat wrapped with barbed wire. I think he nailed a couple zombies.
A tiny version of Deadpool was swinging a bat wrapped with barbed wire. I think he nailed a couple zombies.
Over here, quick! Help! Where's that little superhero?
Over here, quick! Help! Where’s that little superhero?
Nobody seems to take these zombies very seriously. Watch out, people! They appear to be hungry!
Nobody seems to take these zombies very seriously. Watch out, people! They actually appear to be hungry!
Told you so!
Told you so!

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Comic-Con prepares for a zombie apocalypse!

The first of the walking dead have arrived in San Diego for 2017 Comic-Con. Fortunately, this guy was able to jump out of a hungry zombie's grasp just in time.
The first of the Walking Dead have arrived in San Diego for 2017 Comic-Con. Fortunately, this guy was able to jump out of a hungry zombie’s grasp just in time.

Workers at AMC’s Deadquarters on MLK Promenade are busy preparing for a zombie apocalypse! A small army of walking dead will be attending 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, and we’d like these hungry zombies to feel right at home.

As I walked around downtown this morning taking photos, it appeared to me that some of the living dead have already arrived!

In anticipation of rampaging zombies, workers at AMC's Deadquarters on MLK Promendade are applying dirt up the shabby furniture.
In anticipation of rampaging zombies, workers at AMC’s Deadquarters on MLK Promenade are applying stains to the shabby furniture.
This worker is busy applying blood to a file cabinet. Because the walking dead like to feel welcome when they gather around old, dilapidated junk.
This worker is busy applying blood to a file cabinet. Because gory zombies like to feel at home when they gather around old, dilapidated junk.
A lot of work is required to prepare for your average zombie apocalypse.
A lot of work is required to prepare for your average zombie apocalypse.
I saw this bloody Derry High School bus in the Petco Interactive Zone. Looks to me like it already brought in some zombies. They might be walking around San Diego right now...
I saw this bloody-looking Derry High School bus in the Petco Interactive Zone. Looks to me like it already brought in a few zombies. They might be walking around San Diego right now…

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Dreamlike street art in Normal Heights.

Arresting street art in Normal Heights. A snarling wolf.
Arresting street art in Normal Heights. A snarling wolf.

Dreams seem to have materialized on a cluster of electrical boxes at the corner of Felton Street and Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.

Some of the street art is tranquil and crystal-like. Some of the images are like visions from a nightmare. Others are fantastically distorted–almost but not quite human!

Take a look–if you dare!

A nightmarish skull.
A nightmarish skull.
More skulls include an upside-down peace sign--sometimes a symbol of death.
More skulls include an upside-down peace sign–sometimes a symbol of death.
A wraithlike figure seems to be in pain.
A wraith-like figure seems to be in pain.
Hands and fingers create an eerie seemingly inhuman skull.
Hands and fingers create an eerie, seemingly inhuman skull.
An abstract flower has a peace sign right-side-up. Perhaps an affirmation of life.
An abstract flower has a peace sign right-side-up. Perhaps an affirmation of life.
Colorful designs like snowflakes on an electrical box seem like visions in a beautiful dream.
Colorful designs like snowflakes on an electrical box appear to be visions in a beautiful dream.
Someone peers at the stars.
Someone peers at the stars.
Perhaps life is but a dream. A woman seems to grow from something odd but elemental.
Perhaps life is but a dream. A woman seems to grow from something swirling and elemental.
Crazily distorted faces.
Crazily distorted faces.
Many human expressions, but completely unreal. I think I've seen these weird creatures in some of my dreams.
Many human expressions–but fantastic and weird. I believe I’ve seen creatures like these in my dreams.
Who is that in the middle? Perhaps you or me.
Who is that in the middle? Perhaps you or me.

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Funny, scary faces in downtown as Halloween nears!

Scary skulls on mannequins in a Gaslamp shop window. Halloween must be approaching!
Scary skulls on mannequins, gazing out from a Gaslamp shop window. Halloween must be approaching!

I was frightened out of my wits (and amused) this morning during my walk through the Gaslamp Quarter. Halloween must be coming to downtown San Diego!

For Halloween, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have become skeletons in this store window. Does anyone need a costume? Trick or treat!
For Halloween, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have become skeletons in this store window. Does anyone need a costume? Trick or treat!
And here we have some happy scarecrows and a pumpkin. Autumn has come to downtown San Diego!
And here we have some happy scarecrows and a pumpkin. Autumn has come to downtown San Diego!

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Zombies gather in park, prepare to attack city.

Saturday evening, an army of zombies was spotted gathering in San Diego's Children's Park, getting ready to attack innocent humans attending 2016 Comic-Con.
Saturday evening, an army of zombies was spotted gathering in San Diego’s Children’s Park, getting ready to attack thousands of innocent humans attending 2016 Comic-Con.

I made it out alive. As you’ll see–just barely.

The 2016 San Diego Comic-Con zombie walk featured a huge army of bloodthirsty undead. They gathered in Children’s Park this evening and prepared to attack innocent humans hanging around San Diego’s nearby Gaslamp Quarter. I got away before the carnage began.

I was quickly reminded that I was living meat, so I kept a very careful distance. And I prayed these were slow zombies.
I was quickly reminded that I was living meat, so I kept a very careful distance. And I prayed these were slow zombies.
The undead kept gravitating toward the city park. Where they came from, I don't know. But they were on a mission. They planned to swarm into the nearby Gaslamp Quarter, where it was dinnertime and they could feast on innocent diners.
The undead kept gravitating toward the city park. Where they came from, I don’t know. They were on a mission. They planned to swarm into the nearby Gaslamp Quarter, where it was dinnertime and they could feast on innocent diners.
Many of these walking dead appeared to be in a rather state of poor health. Why did they keep eyeing me?
Many of these walking dead appeared to be in a rather poor state of health. Why did they keep eyeing me?
Goodness! Even a magical woodland fairy succumbed to the zombie plaque. I'm not sure why I'm hanging around.
Goodness! Even a magical woodland fairy succumbed to the zombie plague. I’m not sure why I’m hanging around.
Oh, horrors! Trump and Hillary have both become zombies! I guess we're all doomed no matter what.
Oh, horrors! Trump and Hillary have both become zombies! I guess we’re all doomed no matter what.
I've seen this gruesome dude before. I think I have a photo of him on my blog from another zombie walk. I guess the undead never die.
I’ve seen this gruesome dude before. I think I have a photo of him on my blog from another San Diego zombie walk. I guess the undead really never die.
This guy could use a moist towelette and very large bandage.
This guy could use a moist towelette and very large bandage.
How sweet. Mom zombie and son zombie are going to join the coming rampage. Family time together is heartwarming and wonderful.
How sweet. Mom zombie and son zombie are going to join the coming rampage. Family time together is so heartwarming and wonderful.
Unless, of course, Mom takes a bite of her unsuspecting son. I guess she couldn't wait to devour normal human flesh.
Unless, of course, Mom zombie takes a bite of her undead son. I guess she couldn’t wait to seek out normal human flesh.
This must be the hippest, best dressed zombie I ever saw. A hostess might be tricked and let him into one of those more fancy restaurants in the Gaslamp.
This must be the hippest, best dressed zombie I ever saw. A hostess might be tricked and let him into one of those more fancy restaurants in the Gaslamp.
When you're a zombie, and you want to video the coming carnage, what do you do? You jam a GoPro directly into your skull. Just keep the lens clean.
When you’re a zombie, and you want to video the coming carnage, what do you do? You jam a GoPro directly into your bloody skull. Just keep the lens clean.
I don't think plastic surgery will fix that.
I don’t think plastic surgery will fix that.
The zombies listened (to the best of their ability) as the plan of attack was laid before them. The city's living residents seemed doomed. I thought it wise at this point to discretely walk away.
The zombies listened (to the best of their ability) as the plan of attack was laid before them. The city’s living residents seemed completely doomed. I thought it wise at this point to discretely walk away.
Oh, no! Too late!
Oh, no! Too late!

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