Anoka Halloween Parade

Photo by Alex Hall.

On October 27th we marched in the Anoka Halloween Parade! It was cool out, but actually perfect weather for our costumes (which are usually overly warm). We had a really terrific turnout, and we won third place as best non-royalty float!

I went as Admiral Ackbar, and had plans to walk in the parade, but I ended up riding in the firetruck. I’m glad I didn’t walk, because I don’t get very much air into the mask and I think I would have eventually passed out. I’m still getting used to what my limits are in that costume – I’m so used to having my face exposed that wearing a mask like this is a huge adjustment.

A bunch of good guys! Photo Credit: Madeline Anderson.

The Resistance! Photo by Amanda Fineran.

Photo by Alex Hall.


SMM’s Social Science: Sci Fi Con

I’m helping! Just kidding, this old fart doesn’t remember shit. Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga. Photo by Alex Hall.

On October 11, the Science Museum of Minnesota had a “Sci Fi Con” event as part of their Social Science series. I volunteered as part of Minnesota Superheroes United, and pretty much spent the evening playing with the exhibits and being a giant goofball. It was a blast!

Most intense game of illuminated poker ever? Costumers: Kris Heding, Mike Bartos, and Paul Haga. Photo by Alex Hall.

Indie band album cover? Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Mike Bartos. Photo by Alex Hall.


Magic tornado!

The news is…not good. Costumers: Paul Haga, John Whitt, and Kris Heding. Photo by Kayla Beckemeyer.

None of us know how to run a newscast. Costumers: Paul Haga, John Whitt, and Kris Heding. Photo by Alex Hall.

Private Wedding


Costumers: Erich Schwab, Jordan West, Mike Giralico, Jennifer McNitt, Ben Marolt, Madeline Anderson, Aaron Weiss, Kris Heding, Porky Shears, and Shtey Short.

On September 22, we made an appearance at a wedding at the Como Zoo! It was a really fun time. We surprised the groom and most of the guests when we appeared after the first dance. As the evening went on, we definitely busted out some wicked dance moves.


Costumer: Erich Schwab.


Hard to eat cupcakes with a helmet. Costumer: Mike Giralico.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s


Costumers: Anita Larson, Ron Larson, Todd Murray, Nick Hickman, Amanda Fineran, Steve Carter, Kris Heding, Alex Hall, Katherine Hickman, Mike Giralico, Michael Tangen, and Eric Hanson. Photo Credit: Amanda Fineran.

On September 15, we attended the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Target Field. There was a really big turnout, which was wonderful. We posed for a lot of photos and had a wonderful time!


St. Paul Saints mascot, Mudonna, came to take a photo with us! Photo Credit: Amanda Fineran.

HopeKids Family Day


Members of the 501st Legion/Rebel Legion/Minnesota Force, Minnesota Superheroes United, and Minnesota Mystery Machine. Photo Credit: Amanda Fineran.

On September 9th, I attended HopeKids Family Day along with Minnesota Superheroes United! This is one of my favorite events to do. The kids have such a fun time (and so do we!)


This is Doug, my new boa constrictor friend. He was so awesome! Photo Credit: Snake Discovery LLC.


“You have a metal arm? That’s awesome, dude!” Costumers: Paul Haga and James Konicki.


The Smoky Eye Brigade. Costumers: Elizabeth Luna, Paul Haga, and Kris Heding.


Costumers: James Konicki, Joshua Pinson, John Whitt, Todd Murray, Paul Haga, Elizabeth Luna, Kris Heding, and Jonathan Palmer. Photo Credit: John Whitt.


Costumers: Todd Murray, Paul Haga, Joshua Pinson, Jonathan Palmer, James Konicki, Kris Heding, John Whitt, and Elizabeth Luna. Photo Credit: Joshua Pinson.


Chillin’ like villains. Or heroes. Or…kind-of-morally-grey. Whatever. Costumers: Todd Murray, Jonathan Palmer, Joshua Pinson, Kris Heding, Elizabeth Luna, John Whitt, James Konicki, and Paul Haga. Photo Credit: John Whitt.


Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival

Minnesota Superheroes United were asked to appear at the IMAX Theater at the Minnesota Zoo for the Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival. I think due to a lot of factors (Labor Day weekend, Renaissance Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Dragon*Con), we just didn’t have volunteers available, so it was just me and Paul standing awkwardly in the IMAX lobby dressed as Scarlet Witch and Winter Soldier. So…we didn’t get any photos of us actually at the event. Whoops.

We did arrive early, though, to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier (because IMAX + 3D = UHHHHMAZING) and that was super fun. After the event, we both took photos of our respective costumes to submit to the MNSU to get “formal” approval – and we both got approved! So, nothing can stop Bucky and Wanda from getting into shenanigans, now.