Halloween vendors pop-up with spooky crafts and more

Giana Froio
Staff Writer

Art’s Sideshow, a family-owned horror gallery and store in Montclair, hosted a pop-up event with over 25 spooky-themed vendors Saturday in the parking lot outside the store.

Art’s Sideshow, at 5484 Moreno St., was established in 2016 by Art Cordova. A lifetime horror fan, Cordova started to collect life-size horror props. His collection grew so large that there was not enough room left in his garage to store his array of characters. The gallery opened last year, and is open year-round.

Among the vendors were Jane Gonzalez, owner of Jane’s Earful Creation. Gonzalez originally started by making custom Mickey Mouse ears. Today her spooky creations include “deadly coffins,”  resin trays shaped like coffins, each with a unique design. Some designs on display were of serial killers, Tim Curry’s, Frank-N-Furter from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the 1998 television series “Charmed.”

Gonzalez’s work can be found on her Instagram page @janesearfulcreations.

A Fluffy Mini Bites tent offered mini-pancakes covered in chocolate sauce and graham crackers, where Marcia Pineda stood speaking to customers.  

Also at the event was Marcia Pineda, who started her business, Spook Your Birdhouse, just a year ago. It features horror-themed birdhouses. She started making them for herself, friends and family, then her business blossomed.

Her favorite items are horror dioramas. Each diorama is contained in a wooden frame. She stArt’s by making a decision on what inspires her at the moment, using whatever she has on hand to create her art. 

“It is a creative outlet,” Pineda said. “If I’m stressed out, this believe it or not it, calms me down.”

Pineda’s work can be found on her Instagram page @spookymama13.

“This is literally the best thing I have ever seen,” said Angel Cazares, a life-long horror fan, who attended the event – specifically to see Pineda’s work. 

“My friend had this little birdhouse and I wanted one so bad,” they said while trying to decide which house to take home. 

A life-sized Frankenstein and his bride guarded the entrance to Art’s Sideshow, where a wide range of masks, accessories and museum tour tickets could be purchased. Glass merchandise cabinets lined the back wall, showcasing movies like “Ghostbusters,” “The Shining,” “Casper” and many more. Gizmo and Stripe and the rest of the Gremlins sat on top of the cabinets looking down at the patrons. 

Made By Cristalinda is a size-inclusive shop started by Cristal Perez during the COVID-19 pandemic. A plus-sized woman, Perez struggled to mask due to the one-size-fits-all mask. She took it upon herself to fix the issue and used her sewing skills to make masks that fit comfortably. 

As time went on, the need for masks grew less and less and Perez decided to make other items that were not always made to include plus-size people. 

“A lot of these events are amazing, but a lot of them cater to the average person and I am not the average person,” she said. 

Along with standard sizing, Perez also makes plus-size headbands, bucket hats, and “grown-up” stash scrunchies, a hair tie with a pocket to hold items on the go. Perez’s scrunchies are designed to fit an ID and debit card while not being too tight or uncomfortable while wearing on your wrist. Perez strives to bring inclusivity to the spooky and anime communities through her sewing. 

“Invest in things like walls, and weights and a good attitude most importantly,” Perez says to new artists. “It’s all on you and what you bring to the community.” 

Perez’s work can be found on her Instagram page @madebycristalinda.

Giana Froio can be reached at giana.froio@laverne.edu.

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