The most fun time ever had at Children’s Fairyland may not have been your seven-year-old birthday party, or any other party thrown there by someone between the ages of five and eleven. The best party hosted on those magical grounds may turn out to be this year’s annual fundraiser. To look at the pictures is to wonder if these folks had been waiting for a costume party just like this ever since they first decided they’d conquered their fears of the villains that terrorized their young imaginations. Check it out.

All photography by Richard Haick

An evil time was had by all!

“After 18 years of sweet-themed gala events, Children’s Fairyland is going dark.”

Children’s Fairyland Executive Director C.J. Hirschfield and her daughter Micah McKechnie

Children’s Fairyland Executive Director C.J. Hirschfield and her daughter Micah McKechnie.

“This year we celebrate the witches, the ogres and all the other baddies without whom fairy tales would be …meh.”

Annette Kevranian, whose Method 42 Productions will be re-imagining Fairyland’s Billy Goats Gruff set in 2014

Annette Kevranian, whose Method 42 Productions will be re-imagining Fairyland’s Billy Goats Gruff set in 2014.

“It’s a Villain-thropic evening. Your attendance? Mandatory.”

Ryan Justis ‘ Ursula was a real hit

Ryan Justis’ “Ursula” was a real hit.

“The date: Thursday, June 5. The time: When dark shadows fall. The scene: Chill, ill, and dressed to kill.”

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Chabot Space and Science Center’s Stephanie Casenza, Melissa Russo and Autumn King surround former Oakland City Councilmember and City Attorney John Russo.

“Scary costumes. Shivery music. Spine-tingling performances. Food to die for.”

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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and friends enjoy Fairyland’s annual gala.

“Definitely not for children. And definitely not to be missed.”

Katie Markstein and Fairyland board member John Mardikian

Katie Markstein and Fairyland board member John Mardikian.

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