(Originally published in The Chronicle on Nov. 4 2014 and online at http://chronicle.durhamcollege.ca/?p=2669)
Downtown Oshawa was home to costumes six days before Halloween. Worlds Collide in Oshawa hosted Halloween ComicFest.
This was Halloween ComicFest’s third year. It runs throughout North America the Saturday before Halloween. Free comics, candy and costume contests filled the day.
“The goal of Halloween ComicFest is to get more fans into their local comic shop to become devoted comic readers who visit their local comic shop each week to get new releases,” said Deborah Moreland, public relations and marketing associate of Diamond Comic Distributors.
The free comics available for ComicFest goers were all Halloween-related. Some were full sized such as Afterlife with Archie #1, Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire and Scooby Doo Team Up #1 Featuring Batman. There were also mini – comics available that included Angry Birds Comics and Vamplets: The Undead Pet Society.
Free comics and candy were given out through the day but they weren’t everyone’s favourite part.
“I like seeing people in the costumes. I like costumes they’re fun,” said Tim Simms owner of Worlds Collide.
He wasn’t the only one who preferred the costumes this year.
“Last year it was the comics but seeing people in costumes is my favourite part of ComicFest,” said Austin Kirby who was dressed as Marshal Lee Vampire King from Adventure Time.
Costumes were the biggest but not the only reason people came to Halloween ComicFest.
“ This is my local shop,” said Jason McGray who was dressed as Grifter from DC Universe. “We thought we would come out and support Halloween ComicFest by coming here and spending some time here dressed up.”
The next Free Comic Book Day on May 2.