When Black Cats Prowl…

Obviously things are different this Halloween season as a result of COVID-19, and Halloween is big business here in Southern California. Typically all of the amusement parks have special events, rural areas become autumnal havens full of pumpkins and apples, while LA has its very own Haunted Hayride, and even local homes do their own “haunted house” experiences. Oh, and even in the off season there are conventions like Midsummer Scream and Scare LA. Like I said, Halloween and horror in general is big business here. As many of the usual events have been cancelled, Patrick and I looked to some of the creative “drive-thru” experiences, and recently attended the Urban Legends experience at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Even though we were just going to be sitting in our car, it felt like a good excuse to throw on a casual Halloween inspired outfit, so we snapped a few photos at home before heading out.

Myself, wearing an orange cardigan over a black t-shirt with a black and white illustration of black cats running around a fire that has spooky ghost cats rising from it, and black jeans.

Close-up of my brooch, a black cat stands on a fence against a yellow moon.

Myself, wearing an orange cardigan over a black t-shirt with a black and white illustration of black cats running around a fire that has spooky ghost cats rising from it, and black jeans.

Close-up of my shirt, a black and white illustration of black cats running around a fire that has spooky ghost cats rising from it.

Myself, wearing an orange cardigan over a black t-shirt with a black and white illustration of black cats running around a fire that has spooky ghost cats rising from it, and black jeans.

Myself, wearing an orange cardigan over a black t-shirt with a black and white illustration of black cats running around a fire that has spooky ghost cats rising from it, and black jeans.

Close-up of my purse, a black and white image of an owl sitting on a branch against a full moon.

Myself, wearing an orange cardigan over a black t-shirt with a black and white illustration of black cats running around a fire that has spooky ghost cats rising from it, and black jeans, on my face a green mask that covers my nose and mouth and features cartoon version of Ash from Evil Dead and the Book of the Dead.

Myself, wearing an orange cardigan over a black t-shirt with a black and white illustration of black cats running around a fire that has spooky ghost cats rising from it, and black jeans.

The event consisted of a series of areas where groups of cars drove, parked, turned off their engines, and then experienced scenes play out with mild and distanced interaction, including a drive-in movie theatre operated by cannibals, a killer clown carnival, woods with a monster hunting campers, a ghostly mine, and Bloody Mary cult. Overall, the experience was well organized, although a little lackluster, but felt very safe. Attendees were encouraged to have their windows down, but if your window was down, you were required to wear a mask. All of the actors and safety attendants were masked, and they did get creative with the masks. This is just one of several Halloween drive-thru experiences around us, and there are family-friendly ones that even include trick-or-treating. One we will for sure be attending is the Anaheim Halloween Parade drive-thru experience happening later this month.

Myself, wearing an orange cardigan over a black t-shirt with a black and white illustration of black cats running around a fire that has spooky ghost cats rising from it, and black jeans, on my face a green mask that covers my nose and mouth and features cartoon version of Ash from Evil Dead and the Book of the Dead.

How has COVID-19 impacted your October plans? Are there any drive-thru type experiences where you are?

Outfit
Evil Dead Mask: Made by me using fabric from Spoonflower
Sweater: Thrifted
Brooch: Match Accessories
Shirt: “Campfire Tales” by Cat Mallard via Threadless
Jeans: Hollywood Babylon, Portland, Oregon
Penny Loafers: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: D23 Expo

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