Comic con, a book signing and Fright Night – Hello October!

A lot has happened since I last wrote, I went to my first Lego show at the Steam Museum in Swindon and saw a Lego robot wars fight. All the Lego models on display were custom designs, no kits in sight. I was amazed by the size of the show and the models themselves. 

One of my favourites!

Another first for me was crewing at Gloucester Comic con, my first time crewing at any convention. It was a great experience. Tiring, yes but I have a lot of fond memories and got to see what things were like from the otherside… I would definitely crew again in future.

View from the balcony

I met Tom Fletcher (of Mcfly) at a book signing for copies of his new book the Christmas-saurus, they gave us giant crumpets as gifts (a theme in the book), we had photos with Tom and I got to spend time with my sister and get to know her partners family a little bit. 

Ryan celebrated his birthday (yesterday in fact) – we went out for a meal at a new restaurant that opened up in town and I baked him a cake (more on that soon). The weekend before we went to Thorpe Park for their Fright Night event and on Tuesday we’re going to see Josh Widdecombe’s comedy show.

Fright Night was a lot of fun. We went with two friends or ours and although we didn’t get to do on the rides as much as we’d hoped to (or as much as we got to last year), we did get to go on all but one of them. There were constant ride issues or break downs the whole time we were there, the weather (heavy rain in the morning) played a part in that.

Swarm ride

One of the highlights of Fright Night are the scare mazes which are mostly filmed after horror movies and this year we got to go around all 5 of them. Also the opportunity to go on the rides in the dark – we only managed one night ride this year which was Stealth which is 205ft in the air, reaches 4.5 G-force and goes 0-80mph in less than 2 seconds. I love the ride!

Stealth

The mazes this year were Cabin in the Woods (which is still one of my favourites), The Big Top (a maze full of undead clowns), Saw: Alive, Blair Witch and Platform 15 which was new for this year and involved a haunted railroad. It was my favourite maze this year.

Unfortunately to keep things secret and not to spoil it for other attendees you’re not permitted to take photos or videos inside the scare mazes, so I took photos of the outside  (mostly sign posts like the one above).

We did have a professional photo taken at the beginning of Saw: Alive, which I bought a copy of – see below. 🙂

The only disappointing part of the Fright Night events are some attendees causing trouble and even starting fights! It may put us off attending again in future.

Later on this month and coming in to November we have some family activities planned and some run up to Christmas traditions.

October is one of my favourite times of year. I love Autumn. Sunsets, leaves changing colour, cooler weather, “fall fashion” and of course Halloween. 

For Halloween this year my parents, Ryan and I are going to a local Halloween party as characters from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is sure to be a good night. Ryan drew the short straw and will be Frank N Ferter for the evening. 

We’re also planning on attending a fireworks display this year which will be my first one since leaving college (in 2006) – 10 years ago!

What are some of your favourite things to do this time of year? Any family traditions?