Keen Halloween: Putting the Culture and Creativity Back Into Halloween

keen halloweenIn this episode of HaunTopic Radio we chat with Daniel Davis, the man behind the Keen Halloween Festival and Steam Crow Illustrations, about what the second year of Keen Halloween will bring. We also discuss how Halloween has changed over the years and some ways you can bring the culture back into your Halloween this year.

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Keen Halloween, the all ages classic Halloween festival, encourages attendees to “watch, learn, and get inspired” with informational workshops, a Monster Market featuring local artists and creators, live entertainment, crafts tables and on-site costume advisers.

Event founders Daniel and Dawna Davis of Peoria, AZ are Halloween enthusiasts, known for their Steam Crow brand monster illustrated products – and a passion for spooky art.

“We want to promote the Halloween from our childhood – with handmade decorations, costumes and art, gathering together with friends, and enjoying spooky entertainment and music,” said Daniel. “We couldn’t find an event like this, so we created it. It’s a chance for us to gather together spooky-inspired talent – artists, crafters, teachers and entertainers – who have a love for vintage Halloween.”

Costuming is, of course, a large part of the event. Keen Halloween works to provide a walk-up “Evil Genius” Costume Bar where costuming experts offer troubleshooting advice, tricks and inspiration to bring spooky ideas to life. They will also feature the Iron Skull Costume Challenge, where three teams will have 90-minutes to each create a costume live on stage, from a mystery box of common, household items. “The catch is they won’t know the theme of the costume until they step on stage,” notes Daniel.

Entertainment will feature a variety of odd acts and strange shows, including a live acoustic set by the Tucson-based garage rock band, The Mission Creeps. Bookmans will also be on hand as sponsors of the event along with last year’s hit, the Scarecrow King Photo Booth, where attendees can pose with the Scarecrow King, Marrow Thatch.

Artists including Victor Moreno, Serkworks and Studio Fugazi will be on hand along with vendors that include ZOMs, Fez-O-Rama and Dollipop Cosmetics amongst many others.

Local spooky artists, costumers and entertainers are encouraging Arizonans to embrace vintage Halloween culture – the creative and the macabre – with a kick-off festival this month. Sano Fitness Studio presents the second annual Keen Halloween on September 28 – 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Tickets are $15.30 pre-purchase at , $20 at the door. Single day passes are available for $9.18 pre-purchase, $13 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

For further information please contact Daniel Davis: 480-381-2182,

Find More Keen Halloween Here:

  • Keen Halloween Website
  • Steam Crow Illustrations
  • Keen Halloween on facebook


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