How To Survive Escape Psycho Circus

Attending a music festival is a rite of passage; after an amazing weekend at a Halloween themed festival, it makes sense why everyone should attend at least one music festival in their life.

On the weekend of October 26 & 27th, the National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino hosted another year of Insomniac’s Escape Psycho Circus! DJs from the EDM music scene such as Seven Lions, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Galantis, KSHMR, Diplo, and more, performed over the weekend for attendees.

Escape Psycho Circus is a 2-day music festival that occurs the weekend before Halloween, which is considered to be North America’s largest Halloween Electronic Dance Music Festival & Freak-show. At this music festival, there were 4 stages that you could go to watch your favorite artist, including the Slaughterhouse, Ghoul’s Graveyard, The Chopping Block, and Cannibal’s Tea Party. There were performers spread throughout the festival grounds in order to bring a stronger ambiance of Halloween to all attendees, as well as an interactive section known as the Asylum, for those who are brave enough to enter.

Crowd picture during KSHMR’s set

Being a first timer for Escape Psycho Circus & music festivals in general, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve only had very few experiences from past concerts I’ve attended throughout the year, but never an event this huge. I’ll start off with a few tips that helped me enjoy the 2-day experience

1. Bring a Camelbak

This may seem like common sense, especially since everyone gets thirsty at any concert, but Camelbaks were a lifesaver. I love drinking water throughout any event so I feel like this was worth purchasing for myself, especially if it can hold more than 2L of water. Depending on the amount your Camelbak can hold, it means less time to refill your backpack and more time to watch your favorite sets for the night.

2. Bring as little as possible

As someone who tends to over-pack for a 2-day trip away from home, this was a tip I took advantage of when heading out to the festival. Only bring the necessities you need for that night. In my case, I only needed a portable charger, hand fan, ID, debit card (for purchases), and a small towel to soak up any sweat from my face. The reason I say this is because your small Camelbak, fanny pack, or small backpack cannot fit more so try to take as little as possible.

3. Always bring a portable charger

There is nothing like going to an event to take squad pictures or videos of your favorite set in the background, and your phone dies. It’s always best to charge your phone to 100% before you leave and always have a portable ready for when you run low on trying to meet up with your lost friends.

4. Bring a totem pole

This tip is vital. I always have experience losing my friends within the crowd of a typical concert. However, if you lose your friends at a music festival as huge as Escape Psycho Circus, you are honestly doing it wrong. It will be very difficult to find them, especially considering the NOS events center has no service once inside the venue. By creating a totem with a symbol, sign, or meme on a 5-8 ft pole, you are able to find your friends with your distinct totem. Plus, this allows for groups to be very creative in how they decorate it.

5. Go with a friend who has gone before

It is best to attend your first music festival with someone who has experienced at the same venue or Insomniac themed events. I was lucky I invited my close friend to show me around & determine a meet up spot in the case that something happens. With that said, it allows for you to explore the festival grounds with someone who can help you find the next stage to go to.

Ferris Wheel featured within festival grounds

Besides these steps, I also have some small lessons for those who are either inexperienced or concerned about any fears.

If you are HIGHLY claustrophobic or develop anxiety attacks from being in crowds, please sit/stand within a safe distance. I discovered over that weekend that I have claustrophobia from being unable to breathe in crowds with little to no room, so I had to step out for one set. Honestly, I believe the main factor could also be the anxiety one develops from their first music festival. But remain cautious.

Remain respectful to everyone attending. We’re all here for the same reason: to watch our favorite DJs and spend time with our friends. Unfortunately, I came across several attendees who were disrespectful by inciting violence & preventing others from enjoying their experience. Don’t be that person in your group who ruins everything for others because you decided to push impolitely through the crowd; most attendees would be glad to help you through. Also, if you are trying to stay with your group by holding onto each other, please do not be the reason you separate their group because you couldn’t remain patient for 1 minute.

Set a budget for purchases inside the festival. I personally love to purchase one item from the merchandise tent at every concert I attend, so I set a budget aside for food, drinks, and merchandise before entering the festival. It’s best to avoid purchasing too many alcoholic drinks (for those who are 21+) due to ridiculous pricing. Also, try not to purchase snacks that you can get back home for a much lower price, especially if you are traveling from another country, city, or state.

Honestly, live in the moment. This lesson goes out to those who are considering attending their first music festival or will be attending one soon. As much as it’s great to take videos & pictures throughout a DJs set, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. I decided to opt out from recording too often & took my group photos beforehand to avoid wasting time. Living the whole experience without having your phone attached to your hands the entire time makes it all worthwhile. Listening to my favorite DJs with my closest friends helped me enjoy my weekend away from home; it’s almost as if attending was my ESCAPE from reality (haha, sorry!).

Overall, I don’t regret attending Escape Psycho Circus because it has prepared me for future music festivals. I understand a majority of festivals can become pricey overtime or have specific artists you may be interested in, but if you are ever given the opportunity to attend one, do it! Though, if you are experiencing FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) & impulsively purchase a ticket, just be cautious of your schedule. Watch out with becoming addicted to music festivals, it’s a hard addiction to beat; I should know!

Written by: Sofia Gomez

Halloween movie #tbt (90’s kids only)

With Halloween just around the corner (literally. It’s tomorrow), I thought I thought I’d compile a list of the classic Throwback  movies us 90’s kids used to look forward to watching every Halloween. Some things never change, because I still can’t go through Halloween season without watching at least half of this list. Maybe I’m too festive, or maybe I’m just too attached. The world will never know.

Some of these movies still air every Halloween season on Disney channel, and there are some that scarred me as a child and are now the reason I am afraid of clowns. Regardless, Halloween wouldn’t have been the same without them! Take a look at this #tbt movie list to get into the Halloween spirit.

1. It

Introducing the movie that started my fear of clowns: Steven King’s It. Though I watched this movie recently and I realized how bad the scary effects were, growing up this movie petrified me. I treated the title of this movie like how every one in the Harry Potter world felt about “he who must not be named.” No one could ever utter the words, “it” or “Pennywise” around me without me freaking out. I’ve gotten a little better with that, but it was only a fifteen year recovery process. No big deal.

2. Hocus Pocus

Anyone who was born in the 90’s and has never seen Hocus Pocus is either lying or has had an unfortunate upbringing. In my opinion this is the one of the most iconic Halloween movies EVER. This movie has it all: a teen romance, villainous witches, a suspenseful plot, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Yet another Disney film has made it on the list. But how could Jack Skellington not get some recognition? This has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time, and a film I watch from Halloween season all the way up to New Year’s. It has that “holiday spirit” element that keeps you counting down the days to Christmas even when it’s October. Sandy Claws may not be a fan, but Nightmare Before Christmas has remained popular with the fans since 1993.

4. Halloweentown

Who doesn’t enjoy the classic Disney Channel movie Halloweentown? I definitely wished I was fortunate enough to have a grandmother who passed down her witch powers down to me like Marnie Piper (I still love you though, Gma!). This is another Disney flick that you just can’t not watch! Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus are definitely a duo worth watching in a Halloween marathon!

5. Saw

Last but not least, a movie that is actually gory compared to the aforementioned flicks: Saw. I know it was released in 2004, but I had to put it on the list! I am a big fan of all movies that are scary, gory, and a psychological thriller. I actually mentioned this on our Tuesday broadcast of What’s Brewing with Anna and Janine (Tuesdays at 11 am). People have this negative view of Jigsaw and think he’s this horrible person, but I think otherwise! He was just trying to teach ungrateful people to appreciate their lives and live them to the fullest. I do admit, he went about it the wrong way, but hey– nobody’s perfect!

 

I hope you enjoyed this list of #tbt Halloween flicks! Happy Halloween everyone– stay safe!

Five not-so-basic costume ideas

Halloween is a time to get creative with what you’re going to wear, especially if you’re celebrating at SDSU– but we all know those guys who are going to dress up as a banana, a tourist, and a Greek God. Or for the ladies, a Risky Business tribute, a sexy cat, devil, or bee. Yes, somehow, a little busy bee has been morphed into a sexy costume. But I’m not judging! As a freshman, I threw on a tie-dye shirt, a flower headband, and some round sunnies and called myself a hippie along with half the girls in my dorm. Last minute plans call for last minute costumes!

Halloween is a week away, so there’s no excuse for the basics! Anything these days can be adorned as a costume, whether it’s a TV show, a popular or classic box-office flick, and even the trendiest Twitter memes. Still have no idea what you’re going to be? No problem! Check out my five quick but not-so-basic costumes for guys, girls, and groups.

1. Maleficent

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Bless Angelina Jolie and her rendition of the classic villainess. Why not pay her a tribute? This is an easy costume. Throw on a little black dress, a black cape, make or buy some trademark Maleficent horns, and swipe on some red lipstick. Pop in some electric green contacts and sculpt those cheekbones for the full effect!

2. The Brawny paper towel guy

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Guys, I have yet to see this one, and it’s super quick. Throw on a red flannel, some faded jeans, a brown leather belt, gel back that hair and flash your best commercial-ready smile. At first glance, one might think you’re a lumberjack, but that’s why you have the paper towel roll with the famous Brawny man on it! It also comes in handy for some quick, absorbent clean ups.

3 . The “But that’s none of my business” Twitter meme

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This meme took over Twitter for months, and I have to say I didn’t get tired of it. Kermit the Frog is a very popular character, so it will be easy to find a shirt or tank with him on it. To get more into the Halloween spirit, check out legitimate costumes with Kermit on it! It’s near Halloween so they should be on sale, and since this costume isn’t the most popular request, it shouldn’t be too expensive to begin with. After you find your frog attire of choice, buy a cheap mug and write, “But that’s none of my business” on it in permanent marker or puff paint! Get ready for some amazing photo bombing opportunities.

4. Bob’s Burgers Cast

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All riigggght! Let’s get started with the family that’s taking over FOX (or Netflix, if that’s how you found out about the Belcher’s like I did). Bobs, all you have to do is grow a mustache (or buy one), wear a white shirt, a white apron, and some jeans. Lindas, throw on a red shirt, jeans, and some red-frame glasses. Genes, a yellow shirt and some jean shorts will do. Louises, find a pink beanie (preferably with bunny ears, but I’m not picky), and a long green shirt. Finally, the Tinas: sport a classy yellow barrette, some black-frame glasses, a light blue shirt, dark blue skirt, and white knee high socks. Carry a tray of burger sliders for extra brownie points.

5. Characters from Frozen

As one of the top grossing films of 2014, along with a seemingly catchy song that we just can’t seem to let go, let’s face it: you knew this was going to be here. Go as just one character or go with your friends as the whole ensemble– either way they’re super easy costumes! There’s no need to buy an official coronation gown. Try Disneybound-ing it! For Elsa, an easy recognizable fix is to braid your hair into a french braid, find an icy-blue dress (or tank and skirt combo), buy a cheap tiara– and there you have it! For Anna, some low-pigtails, a black tank top, a blue skirt, a maroon accent and some boots will do the trick! For Kristoff, it’s even easier: a grey shirt, some jeans, brown shoes and a brown beanie. As for Hans, a blue shirt, a white jacket, dark jeans, and black shoes should do the trick. Lastly…Olaf! A white tee or tank with three large, black dots glued or painted on, along with a white beanie or headband with black pipe cleaners on the top is enough. Go the extra mile and wear a orange paper nose for maximum awesome points.

Have fun creating these costumes or your own! Happy Halloween, and remember to stay classy and safe, San Diego.


1. “Maleficent Film Poster” by Global Panorama is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

3. “Kermit The Frog” by Eva Rinaldi is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

4. “Bob’s Burgers (Winter)” by Martinez Julian is licensed under CC BY 2.0

5. “Anna and Elsa introduce the movie” by Loren Javier is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0