LEGOLAND Attempts to Set Vampire Record
And we thought Vampire Weekend was just a noisy, New York band with a Goth-sounding name. It turns out that LEGOLAND California Resort took the concept of â€śvampire weekendâ€ť a little further to the surreal with a special event that was trying to set a world record â€“ not that I knew there was actually a record for the most vampires in one place.
Well, not real vampires of course. That would be silly, because we all know that vampires donâ€™t exist, and if they did, they probably couldnâ€™t come out during the day anyway!
â€śWe need YOU, parents and kids, to come to LEGOLAND California Resort dressed as a vampire on October 4 to help us break the World Record for the Most Vampires in one place at one time,â€ť the company announced last week. â€śAll kids dressed as a vampire and participate in the World Record attempt on Friday, October 4th will receive a FREE one-day child ticket to return to LEGOLAND California between October 5 and October 31st. All participants dressed as vampires (adults and children) will be entered into our raffle to win a family four-pack of tickets and a $100 LEGOLAND gift card.â€ť
In other words, this was promotional event to get people to come to the park during, what could be, just a slow autumn day. But it does sound like a fun event at least!
However, LEGOLAND California Resort does have some very specific opinions â€“ and hence criteria â€“ on what it deems a vampire. Showing up with pale skin with diamond glitter, coiffed hair or a generally pouty look (like the vampires in Twilight) wouldnt count. Nor would showing up in a t-shirt or leather jacket (like True Blood) be considered acceptable.
These modern takes on vampires are not acceptable.
What defines being â€śdressed as a vampireâ€ť? According to the conditions, men and boys must don a black cape, black trousers, white shirt, vest – black, gray, or red are acceptable â€“ neck frill or neck tie – black, gray, or red again acceptable – black shoes and vampire teeth. In other words, youâ€™re going to need to look more like Grandpa Munster than Bill Compton or Edward Cullen.
Women and girls get to go a little more â€śGothâ€ť but not exactly Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. This is, apparently, a â€śfamily gathering.â€ť So ladies, that means black or red dress, dark eye makeup, red lips, black shoes, vampire teeth. But we assume most Goth Girls would probably have been accepted.
Of course, we donâ€™t expect most Goths to appreciate the whole vampire thing.
While South Parkâ€™s Goth Kids would probably have been welcome, we imagine theyâ€™d find this whole thing to be way too conformist.
The vampire record-setting day was also just part of the parkâ€™s October celebrations for Halloween: which include a 10-foot Lord Vampyre LEGO model and live entertainment- including â€śMail Order Monstersâ€ť and members of the â€śBoo Crew,â€ť featuring stilt-walking vampires and tap dancing skeletons.
While this reporter doesnâ€™t so much mind that it is going for the traditional Bella Lugosi/Christopher Lee take on Dracula, I am left to wonder whether Oktoberfest doesnâ€™t really end up short changed as we turn Halloween into a month-long celebration.
Personally, drunken Germans in short pants are a whole lot scarier than vampires any day of the week!
Image Credit: LEGO Group