Monster Day 2022 converges on downtown Greeley again to promote anti-bullying

Each year, Mother Nature offers humans the opportunity to witness the amazing world of animals through their unique migratory journeys. From whales and salmon to monarch butterflies and hummingbirds, it can be awe-inspiring to catch a glimpse of these animals on their annual journeys.

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GREELEY, CO – AUG 20: Children pose for a photo with a monster during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the anti-bullying non-profit organization Don’t Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

At Greeley, well, we have our own kind of migration, and if you haven’t witnessed it yourself, you might not believe it.

The annual Monster Migration takes place in downtown Greeley in August.

As soon as the sun hits the sky marking noon, monsters of all ages, sizes, shapes and species from far and near glide, weave, crawl or crawl out of the dark shadows and into the light to participate in Monster Day along the 8th and 9th Street Squares.

While many of these creatures would never be captured alive in daylight, they do so once a year as a favor to their friends and monster-makers Ed and Marsha Edmunds, owners of Distortions Unlimited.

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 20: The Mutant shakes and sprays water and air as a crowd gathers during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the anti-bullying non-profit organization Don't Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

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GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 20: The Mutant shakes and sprays water and air as a crowd gathers during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the non-profit anti-bullying organization Don’t Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

“I’ve been coming to this for three years,” Aurora’s Seth Williams said. “I love monsters and special effects and Halloween. This event kicks off the fall and spooky season for me. Halloween.

Dressed as horror villain Freddy Krueger, complete with the iconic red and white striped sweater, maroon, floppy hat and razor-embellished glove, Williams excitedly walked down the sidewalk from the 10th Street parking lot to join fellow monster fans.

The highly anticipated annual event is a favorite with people of all ages – and you don’t have to be a monster fan to have a great time on Monster Day.

Attendees can participate in various monster-themed activities, attend painting exhibits, try Monster Day beer and shakes, snack on treats, listen to music, participate in contests, discover inspired vehicles and accessories monsters and more throughout the day.

GREELEY, CO - AUG 20: Participants walk through the event during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the anti-bullying non-profit organization Don't Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer

GREELEY, CO – AUG 20: Participants walk through the event during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the anti-bullying non-profit organization Don’t Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Each year, the Edmunds, the Greeley Downtown Development Authority and other volunteers partner with professional special effects makeup artists, mask and prop makers and a variety of other horror and monsters, as well as to local businesses in and around the plazas, to bring Monster Day to the area.

“We like it so far. I think it’s a good crowd and really nice people,” said Michael Murray, owner of Mile High FX. “We’ve known Ed and Marsha for about 20 years. It’s the first year we’ve been able to attend, and I love the layout. It’s not too crowded; you have room to move around. It’s really well laid out.”

The event not only gives visitors a unique look into the world of monster making, but it also helps raise awareness of the anti-bullying organization Don’t Be A Monster.

GREELEY, CO - AUG 20: A monster walks through the event during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the anti-bullying non-profit organization Don't Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, plenty of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer

GREELEY, CO – AUG 20: A monster walks the event during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the anti-bullying non-profit organization Don’t Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, plenty of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Don’t Be a Monster is a national campaign that travels to schools to speak to students in grades 4-10 about bullying prevention through town halls and free events.

“The mission of Don’t Be A Monster is to educate and empower young people to stand up for themselves and their peers by creating a community where everyone is included, regardless of their differences,” says the non-profit organization website.

To learn more about Don’t Be A Monster, visit www.dontbeamonster.org.

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 20: A roving monster mixes with its static companion during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the anti-bullying non-profit organization Don't Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer

GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 20: A roving monster mixes with its static companion during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. The annual event supports the anti-bullying non-profit organization Don’t Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

In keeping with the tradition of Monster Days past, the Edmunds have created a new mascot for the event – Rex. The bright red painted latex puppet features the dinosaur’s iconic tiny arms and a mouth full of giant, shiny, sharp teeth.

Rex is the sixth mascot created for Monster Day, joining Greeley Gremlin, Chewy, Galaxee, Fang and fellow dinosaur and 2021 mascot Popsicle the Triceratops. Each mascot costs $78 and stands approximately 12 inches tall.

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 20: Mythica Blessyng, left, uses a mirror to show 6-year-old Zayna Holguin, right, her work during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. Blessyng, who does a special effects makeup artist since his teenage years, was a fan-favorite contestant on the first season of the TV show Skin Wars.  The annual event supports the anti-bullying nonprofit Don't Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer

GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 20: Mythica Blessyng, left, uses a mirror to show 6-year-old Zayna Holguin, right, her work during Monster Day 2022 in downtown Greeley on August 20, 2022. Blessyng, who does a special effects makeup artist since his teenage years, was a fan-favorite contestant on the first season of the TV show Skin Wars. The annual event supports the anti-bullying nonprofit Don’t Be A Monster and features creations from Distortions Unlimited, lots of roaming monsters, hearses, games and activities and more. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

The mascots were fan favorites on Monster Day, and many people started collecting the little monsters. Of course, visitors to the annual event have their favorites.

For first-time Monster Day attendee and mascot mom Jess Wynne, buying a Rex of her own was “a no-brainer.”

“Dinosaurs are my favorite, and I think they’re the coolest creatures they make,” Wynne said. “He immediately stood out to me. They’re all awesome, but I think this one is by far the cutest.

GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 06: Rex, this year's Monster Day mascot, is seen during a tour of the Distortions Unlimited studio in Greeley on August 6, 2022. Monster Day is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 of this year.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)
GREELEY, CO – AUG 06: Rex, this year’s Monster Day mascot, is seen during a tour of the Distortions Unlimited studio in Greeley on August 6, 2022. Monster Day is scheduled to run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday August 20 of this year. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

If you missed your chance to collect your very own Rex, or would like to purchase one of the past year’s mascots, you can always do so by placing an order on the Distortions Unlimited website at www. distortionsunlimited.com.

As the sun began to set over the Rocky Mountains on Saturday, Monster Day 2022 came to an end. And, as quickly as they converged on the community, the monsters are gone for another year, leaving monster fans to say a heartfelt goodbye to creepy, creepy creatures…that is, until next year.

For more Monster Day information, including photos and videos from past events, visit www.monsterdaygreeley.com.

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