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Halloween convention X-Spo to spook Spokane this weekend

From left: Cosplayers Bristol Grunstrom as Chucky, Taelar Rogers as Jason, Ursula Delgado as Eren, Kaylee Rogers as Freddy and Daytona Grundstrom as Jigsaw pose for a photo on the final day of the 2019 Lilac City Comicon on June 2 at the Spokane Convention Center. The convention's founder will host X-Spo, a Halloween-themed con this weekend. Libby Kamrowski/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW.  (Libby Kamrowski)

A comic convention this weekend will bring a spooky twist.

The first annual Halloween X-Spo at the Spokane Convention Center is a chance to test out a Halloween costume or find a new one before Oct. 31, while checking out Halloween-themed panels, decorations and over 100 exhibitors.

X-Spo is a spinoff of Lilac City Comicon.

“I was always interested, but I was playing it cautious, waiting for the right time,” said organizer Nathan O’Brien, founder of Lilac City Entertainment.

Spokane’s pop-culture convention since 2007 has grown “by leaps and bounds” as pandemic restrictions lifted the last few years.

The Halloween idea has come up in conversations with guests and vendors as a possible compliment to the June event. With the comic convention’s growing popularity, O’Brien decided it’s a good time to expand.

X-Spo replaces Lake City Comicon, which was a smaller, one-day event in Coeur d’Alene from 2018 to 2022.

The goal of Halloween X-Spo is to create an affordable all-ages event to enjoy, O’Brien said.

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest, an event sponsor, will unload its racks in a large pop-up costume shop on the ballroom floor. Cosplay is encouraged, with costume contests for adults Saturday night and kids Sunday afternoon.

Guest actors from horror shows will join a lineup of instructional and entertaining Halloween panels.

The conventions will also feature spooky photo booths, tarot card readings, creature makeup demos and local artists.

Bring nonperishable food donations for Our Place Community Outreach, benefiting the West Central neighborhood, for free raffle tickets.

James Hanlon's reporting for The Spokesman-Review is funded in part by Report for America and by members of the Spokane community. This story can be republished by other organizations for free under a Creative Commons license. For more information on this, please contact our newspaper’s managing editor.