Masquerade on Trade

There are Halloween costumes, and then there are Halloween costumes in the Arts District ! The final Arts on Sunday Festival for October 2012 is coming up; and, as is customary, will feature a Halloween Costume contest. D.J. Ralph Shaw will spin the tunes…..and I wouldn’t be too surprised if he kicks off the afternoon with MONSTER MASH.  Well, why not ?  It’s a Graveyard Smash.  And for me, IT’S NOT BEACH MUSIC.  Although his song selection will inevitably include a beach music set, I’ll keep singing the Monster Mash in my head in an effort to obliterate that tired old stuff. (Musical opinions expressed here are, of course, merely the opinion of this blogger, who means no disrespect toward the event, the D.J., or the people who like the stuff….I just gotta be me-e-e-e-e.)

As always, the Festival runs 1-5pm on Sunday afternoon.  The 500-600 blocks of Trade Street will be lined with tents and tables displaying an awesome variety of art and craft.  Our favorite mime act will be there as well, maybe even his stilt-walking sidekick. And many of the shops and galleries will be open as well, including Earthbound Arts, Retro Art Ware, Studios at 625, Woodland Moth, Red Dog Gallery, Willy Nilly,Lucky Strike Boutique, The Other Half, Delurk Gallery, and Unleashed Art Center. Sunday Brunch is served at Finnigan’s Wake and 6th and Vine restaurants.

Bring yourself, your family, your dog (in costume, of course), and your evil twin.  Masquerade on Trade will be fun for all and all for fun.  Spooktacularly Booo-tiful.

For more info about this AFAS group event and numerous other programs, go to their website at
Here are some of my favorite costumes from previous incarnations of Masquerade on Trade:

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