Something weird happened on the Atlanta BeltLine. Something very weird.
Giant monster puppets began congregating at the Stumpery Garden on October 28 at dusk. Some had big teeth. Others had big claws. There were monsters that were all eyes and monsters that looked like scrappy, rabid dogs. Larger-than-life skeletons and haunted trees, creepy jack-in-the-boxes, and odd, horned things, their shapes and sizes were limited only by imagination or maybe just the availability of cardboard.
This haunting processional pop-up was created and led by Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons. Magical puppet monsters rambled down the Eastside Trail near Memorial Drive to the musical beats of the Black Sheep Ensemble, passing out special treats to those they encountered.
Community members dressed for Halloween (or not) joined in the fun as the procession headed down to Wylie Street, pausing only for a music set or a friendly encounter with some passersby. Intimate, unexpected, and loads of fun, this pop-up Halloween ramble foretells things to come.
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