AUSTIN, Texas — Austin horror enthusiasts can get a thrill at the annual Horror for the Holidays (HFTH) at the Travis County Exposition Center.
- Event is a Christmas horror bazaar
- Blood Over Texas puts on the event
- Marketplace for local horror genre vendors
Blood Over Texas puts on the event, which can be described as a Christmas horror bazaar.
Bunny Voodoo launched Blood Over Texas in 2011.
“I was in a horror dance troupe and I couldn’t find a way to reach horror fans,” said Voodoo. “So I was like I need do some kind of like horror hub.”
Artist Amanda Lee of Grimsical stands with her work at the Travis County Exposition Center on Nov. 23, 2019 (Spectrum News)
Blood Over Texas started out as a membership-based community group, but it now focuses exclusively on producing horror events.
Voodoo says HFTH was born out of the need for a holiday market for hardcore horror fans.
Photo of a framed eye by Kaijuju Designs at the Travis County Exposition Center on Nov. 23, 2019 (Spectrum News)
“Horror for the Holidays started because I would go to these Christmas holiday bazaars and they were fun but I’d never find anything that I wanted to buy. And I’ve gone to horror conventions a lot and the vendor section was always really cool.”
The group’s first HFTH was held at the Spider House ballroom. Due to increased interest from shoppers and vendors, the market eventually moved to the Travis County Exposition Center.
Artist Stacey Miller (right) of Kaijuju Designs stands with her work at the Travis County Exposition Center on Nov. 23, 2019 (Spectrum News)
“To me it means there are people out there that are local artists that specialize in the genre that only get any kind of attention during Halloween, but you know we live this all year-round. So it was really exciting for people in this genre to come enjoy it just like everybody would enjoy their holidays. Now they get to enjoy it as a horror fan holiday.”
The last chance to catch this year’s HFTH is Sunday, November 24, 12 – 5 p.m.