Wow! What a start to a great season. My first show was in Magna, Utah at their History Days Festival. Being in May, nobody was expecting a Halloween booth popping up and so it gained a ton of attention. People walking by would say, look! Halloween! and laugh, but they still stopped to take a gander. In fact, of the thousands of people that came to the show, I only remember two groups of people that didn’t at least stop to look at what we had. Those two groups must have hated Halloween, so we didn’t need their negativity anyway.
The show definitely had its challenges however. Luckily most of them were in the early morning. Friday night my weather report I have on my phone said no rain until after 10:00 Saturday night. So we were in the clear. The weather app I have is a real interesting one. It boasts of being the most accurate of any of the weather apps. And I guess they are right because they just change their forecast with the weather. “Beautiful Sunny and clear day expected until late tonight. Oh, except that it is going to rain right now”.
So anyway, we woke up to pouring rain Saturday morning. I mean flood the streets pouring rain. We had everything packed up already and got in the van and headed to the show. Shortly after check in, the rain stopped and blue sky starting appearing. There was hope after all.
We got everything out of the van and as the skies cleared, the wind picked up. Two hours later we were still trying to figure out how to keep the booth from blowing away. It was a street festival so we had to rely on weights for tie downs. I had 50lb. metal weights on each corner and the wind started shifting my booth once I got the sides up. In a frantic move, I drove the van between my booth and my neighbor and tied the booth down to the wheels of the van. Several vendors gave up the ghost and packed up and left. One vendor lost their show tent. It was picked up and tumbled down the street with weights still attached. We just about gave up trying to set up when the wind finally settled to a manageable state.
The show had already started and we didn’t have anything set up yet. But we even had a couple of people stop to help us and it was much appreciated to have an extra hand.
So here are a few pics of our booth. We found we didn’t have room for almost half of our stuff. The booth is a bit wind torn, and heavy boxes placed around to add weight to keep things in place, but all in all we were pleased how it ended up. And especially pleased at our success.
After all the rain and wind excitement, people started feeling like it was safe to venture out and they showed up in droves. The day was very successful in many ways. First, I learned how unprepared I was for any situation and it helped me tremendously on what improvements I need to make. Secondly, I met a ton of great, fun people and spent the day mostly laughing and telling stories and talking about what I love, which is Halloween. Thirdly, not knowing what a show like this would be like so early in the season, we ended up selling easily 10 times what we had set for a goal.
It is clear in my mind that more and more people are becoming Halloween lovers. In so many areas of Halloween sales, we are seeing the interest almost double each year.
So now it is time to reflect on everything we learned and prepare for our next summer show.
I have so many new ideas, I am becoming giddy as I get ready to start the projects.
Happy Halloween everyone, I will keep you posted as we prepare for what’s next.