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Lovers of all things horror gathered at Grave Harvest

Everything from horror themed treats and soaps to macabre jewelry and art were on display at the Grave Harvest convention at The Hotel Fullerton on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Grave Harvest banner
A banner welcomes attendees to the event Photo credit: Madison Smith

Attendees dressed in their best morbid and spooky attire filled the convention rooms, to browse the various booths containing handmade goods from the vendors, and to attend presentations demonstrating how to make skeletons and headpieces.

Brandi McGinnis attended the event for the first time and said she would return again. “I think it’s very welcoming,” McGinnis said. “It’s perfect if you wanna come shop for macabre stuff for Halloween.”

Alex Montoya attended the event as a vendor selling shirts which depict infamous people as zombies being killed. His best selling shirt is one that depicts Donald Trump as a zombie about to be hit by a woman charging at him with the end of a flagpole. Other shirts depict a Nazi about to be struck by a baseball bat and Osama bin Laden being beheaded.

Alex Montoya
Alex Montoya stands in front of his shirts available for purchase Photo credit: Madison Smith

“I know everybody,” Montoya said of the other vendors at the event. “Kinda like a big family.”

Blood and Teeth, a father son duo, sold handmade sculptures out of clay along with drawings. John Hayward and his son Derek Hayward have been in business for seven years. Derek says that he “loves video games and everything horror so I mash them up.”

That could be seen in his drawings of video game characters like Sonic and Crash Bandicoot that take on a sinister and gory form.

Blood and Teeth
Derek and John Hayward sold horror themed drawings and sculptures Photo credit: Madison Smith

This is the Haywards second time to Grave Harvest. “It’s a dedicated crowd,” said the older Hayward.

Derek Hayward artwork
Derek Haywards artwork is inspired by video games and has a morbid bent to it Photo credit: Madison Smith

For information on the vendors that attended and how you can get your hands on their merchandise please visit their website.