Another doll convention has come and gone. This past weekend, Oct. 18-20, 2013, I attended the Wilde Halloween convention in Tysons Corner, VA, just outside Washington, DC. Once again, Dad accompanied me (and by accompanied, I mean he drove me), though this time he was not attending the convention; he was just along for the ride. We started the trip on Thursday at 3 a.m. Tennessee time. (Ugh! So early!) We only encountered one major snafu, a multi-car pile-up that stopped traffic dead on the interstate for over half an hour. At 6 a.m. In the dark. But afterwards, it was mostly smooth sailing…
…Until we hit DC traffic! Holy cow! I never want to experience that again!
We managed the trip in 11 hours, delays and all, and checked into the lovely Sheraton Premiere around 3 p.m. Washington time. We found our room on the third floor, after walking half a mile to the elevator! (Afterwards, we found the staircase was right close to the lobby and eschewed the elevator for the rest of the weekend.) Amelia immediately set about exploring the room.
I met up with Thomas (@frozendragon01) after he got in from sightseeing Washington, something Dad and I weren’t about to do in that traffic, and we all had dinner together in the hotel restaurant. So nice to be with friends! Afterwards, there wasn’t much to do but watch a little TV and get ready for the big first day of convention ahead!
I had a bit of a leisurely morning Friday, as I didn’t have to be anywhere until noon. This year, I volunteered to help out with the convention, so I met up with Thomas a little before noon and we headed to the raffle room to help set up. What an experience, seeing the convention from the “other” side! There were so many beautiful dolls being given away during the raffle, we all felt like kids in a candy store opening up all the boxes. The room was a little small for all the wonderful dollies, but we made do. All in all, it took a little over an hour to open all the boxes and organize the dolls into categories. But I had tons of fun helping out! It’s something I hope to do it again someday.
Lunch was a quick cracker snack in the hotel room before registration got underway at 2 p.m. The convention bag was so, so cute and Halloween themed! Inside were the usual convention information packet, name tag and lanyard, pin, a witch-shaped pen and two outfit pieces for Ellowyne! I got the Pulled Together Leopard Skirt and the Pulled Together Cross-Dyed Skirt, neither of which I had! Score!
The volunteer meeting was next, and after all the announcements, we were all presented with a thank-you doll, a Does This Make Me Look Too Happy? Ellowyne, which again I had wanted but did not have. I was super impressed that all the volunteers got a doll as a thank-you. I would have been happy to help just to help!
Dad, Thomas and I ventured outside the hotel for dinner, at a place called Noodles and Company. I’d heard of it, but had never seen one. I had some kind of Japanese pan fried noodles which were so yummy! But I couldn’t fill up too much, because there was a dessert event awaiting us that evening.
“Amelia’s Trick or Treat” event was held at 7 p.m. The centerpiece was too cute! Little zombie-fied Amelia and Hamish! I was sorely tempted, as I do love Amelia, but decided to pass for the moment, so as to see what else the weekend had in store.
The table gift was The Witch’s Chapeaux, a delightful witch’s hat for Ellowyne! Dessert was an ice cream sundae bar with cookies and brownies, which was delish. Thomas was our table host, and we had a great table this year! Luckily there were only 8 people at our table, because it would have been a bit crowded with 10.
Door prizes were given away and a “Trick or Treat” game was played. Contestants were chosen by number and table number to play. A wheel was spun and if the person landed on “treat,” they got to pick a free doll! However, if they landed on “trick,” they had to answer a trivia question or perform a trick. So much fun! There was also a costume contest. So much talent was put into the costumes! I had a hard time deciding which ones to vote for!
After the event ended, Thomas and I helped out some in the raffle room and picked up our own tickets. Afterwards, it was time to head back to the ballroom for “The WItching Hour” event, in which the Wilde fall line was shown and Mr. Tonner answered some questions. By the time it was over, the midnight hour was upon us and I knew the next day would start super early, with the opening of the Wilde sales room, so it was bed time for me and Amelia!