The Monster Mash for Literacy Bash IV

We just keep getting bigger and better.

This year's Monster Mash for Literacy Bash was the best one yet.

For those who are scratching their heads and wondering what I'm on about , every year the
Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers hosts a Halloween party/fundraiser. Our first was somewhat sparsely attended, mostly group members and their families, and was held in the community center of one of the member's condos. After that we moved through a succession of bars. Each year our attendance has increased. Each year we've raised more money for charity.

Yes, you read that right. The reason the word "Literacy" is in the name is because while we all enjoy a good time, the real reason we get together is to raise money for the
Dominican and Siena Literacy Organizations. We do this via ticket sales, a 50/50 raffle, and a Chinese auction filled with amazing prizes. This year's auction included autographed books from Dean Koontz, Bentley Little, and Cherie Priest, artwork donated by Amber Guffey, products from Lush and Vintners, gift certificates from Essential Massage, TCBY, and our generous hosts Dick O' Dow's.

What would a Halloween party be without a costume contest, right? As per our tradition, attendees voted in five categories: Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Most Original, and Best Overall.
Peggy Christie (dressed as a nurse from the Silent Hill video games) took scariest, Steven Jensen (Zombie Jesus) won funniest (and would have taken most sacrilegious id we had such a category. MontiLee Stormer (Red from a Red Riding Hood game that never made it to production) won sexiest (again), and Jamie Hill, who came as his own Facebook page* won both Original and Overall.

The venue was outstanding. Dick O'Dow's staff was wonderful, they put up with a bunch of crazy people in crazy costumes, had no problem with letting our DJ take over their stage and sound system. Over all it was a great place. I hope that we have found a forever home for our party.

Of course what really makes any evening out is the people who you spend it with. A number of people from work attended. I was happy and more than a little amazed. I am very appreciative.

It was a great evening that I got to spend with some of my favorite people.

The fact that the Mrs and I won a bunch of stuff in the auction didn't hurt either.

*Rightly so. The costume, which you can see when I finally get my pictures posted here, consisted of a dry erase board which allowed other people to actually post to his "Wall." He also had a friends list running down one side which had the actual avatars of various people at the party.