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Published on January 4th, 2016 | by Melissa Tees

Random Fandom Night: Supernatural

Whether you are in it for the scary creatures, the humor, or the oh-so-pretty actors, the Supernatural fandom is definitely one of the largest. At the first Random Fandom Night we hosted, all of our teens begged for Supernatural and this February their little fangirl/boy dreams will come true. If you are interested in running a similar event, here is our game plan for the night.

Marketing

Our marketing plan consists of flyers, a display at the circulation desk, and an email announcement. Our e-blast emails are sent out the week of our event. Below is an example of one of the flyer options that we have.

supernatural-event-flyer

 

For marketing, I would definitely encourage the use of goofy pictures from the web. The Supernatural Fandom is full of creative folks who have taken their own spin on the show. Just make sure to give them credit for their work if you use it.

Hunting Trip

For the main entertainment portion of the evening, I planned a scavenger hunt around the library. Each of the clues consists of a description of the movie or book’s main plot points or characters. I italicized key phrases in the clues so that the kiddos could look it up via our catalog or Google if they didn’t know what book or movie they were tasked to find. This is a neat way to get the teens to practice using the catalog and become more familiar with the layout of the library. Many of the clues were hidden in the YA book section so that they could scope out potential reads along the way. The first group or person to complete their hunt wins a prize. Due to our limited budget, we are going with candy but feel free to get creative with prizes of your own.

To add to the awesome, our plan is to turn off the lights in the library so that they go through the hunt in the dark. We have emergency lights, so it doesn’t get to the point where you can’t see. If you want to go dark and are worried about being able to see, consider asking the participants to bring flashlights or leaving some lights on.

My Scavenger List: [Supernatural Hunting Scavenger Hunt]

My Scavenger Hunt Cards: [Attached cards]

 

Shopping List:

  • Scavenger Hunt Slips
  • Prize

Activity Costs:

 

“Salt and Burn”  Craft

salt-and-burn-necklace

Image from soupybeans.com

This craft can be made into a necklace, bracelet or keychain. This craft is a simplified version of the necklace made by Soupy Beans.

Soupy Beans’ Salt & Burn Necklace

http://soupybeans.com/2015/09/10/diy-supernatural-salt-burn-necklace

Shopping List:

  • Miniature Bottles with Cork Stoppers
  • Salt (rock salt is suggested to prevent the salt from covering up the match
  • Matchsticks
  • Small Eyelet Screws
  • Necklace, bracelet or keychain attachment
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Uncork the miniature bottle. Screw the eyelet screw into the top of the cork. Be careful not to be too rough with the cork or it could become damaged. Set the cork and the bottle aside.
  2. Take your match and cut it down so that it will fit into the bottle. Make sure to include room for the cork in the bottle.
  3. Place the cork in the bottle and fill the rest of the bottle up with salk. Make sure to keep the match along the side of the bottle or it will become covered up with the salt.
  4. Replace the cork into the top of the bottle firmly.
  5. String ribbon/cord through the eyelet screw (necklace and bracelet options) or attach keyring to screw

 

Activity Costs:

  • Miniature Bottles with Cork Stoppers: $6.99 (20 0.5ml bottles – Amazon)
  • Ice Cream Salt: $1.58 ( 4lbs – Walmart)
  • Matchsticks : $1.74 (pack of 40 – Walmart)
  • Small Eyelet Screws: $2.95 (pack of 100 – Walmart)
  • Spool of Cord: $6.80 (100 yards – Walmart)
  • Keyrings: $8.03 (pack of 60 – Walmart)

 

dean-piePie

An evening of hunting would not be complete without Dean’s favorite dessert: pie.

When fulfilling all of your pie dreams, you have a couple options:

  • Store Bought

This is by far the easiest route. If you go into any grocery store, you can pick up one of these bad boys for under $10. And frozen pies are even cheaper. You are looking at $4.97 for a Marie Callender’s Apple Pie at Walmart.

 

Note: Some frozen pies, such as the apple pie, require baking before they can be served. Make sure that you check whether the pie you select is a thaw-and-serve or a bake-and serve when making your plan.

 

  • Home Made

For the bakers out there, feel free to put your skills to spruce things up a bit. The Food Network has a recipe which is quite tasty and I have included a link below.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/apple-pie-recipe.html

This is a more expensive and time consuming option.

  • DIY Pie

If you want to turn the pie making into an activity, there is a bake-free method. This process has three steps.

  1. Scoop your filling into the pre-made graham cracker crust.
  2. Add whipped topping
  3. Devour

 

DIY Pie Shopping List & Costs:

  • Individual graham cracker pie crusts: $1.78 (pack of 6 – Walmart)
  • Pie fillings: $2.98 (21 oz can – Walmart)
  • Whipped topping: $0.94 (8 oz – Walmart)

 

 

Your shopping list and cost will vary based on your which route you want to go with your pie. Don’t forget utensils and plates!

 

Basking in the Awesomeness of the Show

If you need another activity for your night, never underestimate how fun watching your favorite episodes of the show can be.

My personal favorites are:

  • “Pilot” Season 1
  • “Bad Day at Black Rock” (Season 3)
  • “Mystery Spot” (Season 3)
  • “The Monster at the End of this Book” (Season 4)
  • “Changing Channels” (Season 5)
  • “The French Mistake” (Season 6)
  • “Fan Fiction” (Season 10)

Shopping List:

  • Supernatural episode – can be rented off Amazon or watched on Netflix

Activity Cost:

  • $2.99 (HD) or $1.99 (SD) per episode on Amazon Video

If you have any suggestions or comments, give me shout at sirenscostuming@gmail.com!


About the Author

Melissa Tees currently works as a Library Clerk in the Youth Department of the Southlake Public Library, where she constantly tries to incorporate her love of all things geeky into all the things. While earning her MLIS at UNT, Melissa spend the majority of her free time and money on cosplay. If there is ever an excuse to put on a costume, she will take it. Melissa's favorite fandoms include the almighty Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Firefly, and anything with Harley Quinn. If you want to chat her up, you can contact her at sirenscostuming@gmail.com.



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