Last weekend I went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Bristol, Wisconsin. Every year, people attend the faire in spooky outfits and I try to get photos of them. There weren't too many spooky people this year, but the ones I did see did not disappoint! I don't know what the lady above was supposed to be, but she was loud. She was ranting and raving next to the people waiting in a long food line. I had to get in that line just to get this picture!
There are always some people in Steampunk outfits each year. I know these outfits have nothing to do with the Renaissance, but they're still cool. I love the bustle on this woman's skirt. Here's a closer look at her:
I just love when people pretend they don't see me taking a picture while they pose for it. :)
This one is of me trying on tiny hats. This photo can technically make it into this post, because there are little skulls on the hat. Also, I look like one of Dr. Frankenfurter's party guests with the hat and sunglasses combo!
Of course I had to share this witch! If you look closely at her, you can see some fun costume details. Note the bird skull on her hat as well as her metal finger accessory. Also, if you look behind her you'll see a woman with some kind of animal tail. There were a lot of people walking around with tails stuck to their butts!
This couple cracks me up! I love how the goth chick is sunning herself on that bench. Be sure to enlarge the pictures of this guy because there are so many details to his outfit. Note the very real knife tucked along his boot. Our Ren Faire does state that no concealed weapons are allowed, but I guess semi-concealed ones are ok? There are so many swords, and axes there that it is amazing there aren't any injuries. I take that back. I was accidentally jabbed with two different swords in the crowd! One of them was made from wood, but those things are still sharp. Ouch.
Oh, there's one more thing I love about the above picture: the man in the Hawaiian shirt who is standing in the background.
Next I got a close up of just the guy. He was turning towards me, and I caught such a great expression! I had to crop in closer so you can see more of his face:
I hadn't realized that he had these contacts in as I started to take the picture. The reason he's smirking is because I jumped as he turned to make eye contact with me! I was referring to him as the "Evil Seth Green" for the rest of the day. :) Isn't that an awesome bat on his shoulder? Even his furry accessory has evil, red eyes!
This is just a standard pile of bones. I think that's a foot at the bottom? Or a really funky hand. Anyway, since I didn't have this blog in 2010, you wouldn't have seen my photos from last year. So, here are a few favorite spooky shots from last year's Ren Faire:
I think these two were brothers? One was definitely more friendly as I recall...
A drummer and a Plague Doctor! Those who are familiar with Venetian masks will recognize this:
He may be weird looking, but he sure is friendly!
More Steampunk goodness! How awesome is this skeletal bat hat? There are lots of Steampunk and Pirate accessories available at Ren Faire. Even if none of this is true to the time period, everyone loves Steampunk and pirates!
The perfect model for this creepy armor!
I hope you enjoyed these photos. It's always fun to go to Ren Faire and do lots of people watching!
If you would like to explore some real frightening English history, visit The Tower of London. I was there about 10 years ago and still remember the scary stories and giant Ravens walking around! Here's a virtual tour for you: