8th Annual Tim Burton Ball

My First Visit to San Antonio’s Annual Tim Burton Ball

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Gomez

This month, I discovered my hometown, San Antonio carries out an annual Tim Burton Ball where folks all around can come dressed in their best cooky, Tim Burton inspired attire. Once I heard about this, I knew I had to go and wear my last year Halloween costume. Now I have to admit I’m not the biggest Tim Burton fan even though I have seen about 80% of his movies thanks to my friends growing up, but I definitely respect him as an artist and creator. I’ve always been a fan of his style, but I’m a bit of a chicken so thats the only reason why his movies aren’t my absolute fav. Don’t bite my head off, please.

One of my favorite movies of his though is Beetlejuice so it comes to no surprise I would pick it as inspiration for my costume. I wore a matching two piece with crop top and skater girl skirt with the iconic Beetlejuice black and white stripes with sandworm print. For my accessories, I wore faux tunnel sandworm earrings, a metal sandworm necklace, fishnet tights, and a recently deaseased book crossbody bag. My outfit and accessories including crossbody bag were all purchased from Hot Topic. My top and skirt from Hot Topic were purchased last year so it is no longer available, however Hot Topic did come out with more sandworm and Beetlejuice inspired merch this year. You can check their merch out right here. I also did my makeup using a Beetlejuice eyeshadow palette also sold at Hot Topic.

There were different activities and events held at the Ball including a costume contest, Tim Burton merchandise sale, merchants selling their own art and products, food, bar, and dancing. I was definitely interested in the costume contest, but I knew it was a very slim chance of winning. I mean there was some huge fanatics there playing hard ball; very fantastic costumes. Everywhere I looked, I was so impressed with the work and creativity people put into it. I was able to get some photos in with my fellow Beetlejuice peers, but their were costumes from all across Tim Burton films such as Alice in Wonderland, Batman, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. I was there to have fun with other “weirdos” like me and see everything the Ball had to offer.

For most of the night, I walked around mingling with other guests and exploring the club. There was so much to do in every corner I turned because the club itself had about three large rooms with activities. They also had screens around in each room playing Tim Burton movies all night long. My favorite part was the room with local merchants selling their own products ranging from clothing, accessories, and original artwork. I was able to pick up some pieces for myself. I purchased three small art pieces with illustrations of Princess Jasmine, Edward Scissorhands, and a raven representing Ravenclaw from Harry Potter. I also bought a larger illustration of Lydia and Beetlejuice as well as buttons for my collection I keep on my purse. I love buying items from smaller businesses where I can support local artists and receive some nice original pieces. I collect all different kinds of “nerdy” clothes and items, but when I make these purchases, I really try to look at how original and creative these items are. I’m not a huge fan of buying something that just has a logo on it from a pop culture reference. I like it to be a little outside of the box at least.

The last part of my night was the costume contest. Dun, dun, dun! I was so nervous an dry stomach was in knots, plus it didn’t help that the bartender tried to get me to lit by this point by pouring a half a bottle of rum in my coke. Needless to say, I haven’t drank since this night and don’t plan on it for a really long time. Anyways, the competition was really stiff and large with over 50 contestants participating. They ended up splitting us into groups since we couldn’t all fit onto stage at once. They called me up and all I kept thinking was just remember your name and you will be fine. I walked across the stage told them my name and character and it was done. Phew! I just thought; wow I really just did that. Of course, I didn’t win my round, but it was a really fun experience that I would love to have again. After the contest, I got my little intoxicated butt home. Again, not drinking again for a long long time. It really was quite the night.

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Uh oh.


Thanks for reading about my night and experience with the Tim Burton Ball. I highly recommend that in whatever town you’re in to see if their is a similar festival or try going out to a new event this Halloween season that you never thought to try before. What is a fun Halloween event you like to go to? Do you have any fun Halloween traditions? What is your favorite Tim Burton film? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like and subscribe to get notified of new posts. This post will be apart of the October contest and giveaway. However since this post if full of Beetlejuices, there will be no “hidden” Beetlejuice figure. All photos of me as Beetlejuice will count towards the contest. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then I have some news for you silly. Check out my post right here to find out about my giveaway this month. Until next time my Bombshells, Bye!

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