Ghosts of Summer
A Convention for Halloween Lovers
Ghosts of Summer is led by a small group of friends in Portland, OR with combined histories of work in theatre, music, visual arts, event producing, and teaching. We began this project out of love for the Halloween season’s celebrations and a desire to bring all creators, patrons, and enthusiasts in the Portland area under one roof.
We are inspired by the success of and encouragement from an array of similarly focused conventions across the US, as well as the impact of community driven markets that promote and connect local businesses with large audiences.
We are POC, neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, and pumpkin-spice inclusive.
Lilo Alfaro - Executive Director
Lilo (lee-loh, she/they) is an organizational development & culture consultant, event producer, AEA stage manager, and co-director of the Ghosts of Summer Halloween Convention in Portland, OR. Lilo enjoys challenging puzzles and asking "why" with the tenacity of a toddler who has just learned the word. In her spare time, she sings and dances for no one in particular, plays an 11-year-old half-orc in a running D&D campaign, and opens their home to a community of friends.
Matthew Capurro - Program Director
Matthew is a Portland based composer and board game designer. At the age of 11, he was told he was too old to trick-or-treat anymore. That year he set up a display on his parents' porch and sat out all night to spook the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. It seems he never could get too old for Halloween. Nowadays he hosts an annual Halloween party with ever changing themes and builds mini-haunts on his front lawn.
Hannah Complin - Art Director
Hannah Complin's illustration career began in kindergarten, when she discovered that if she drew the Ninja Turtles, other kids would give her quarters for her drawings. She has been creating things for fun and money ever since.
Today she is making a name for herself in watercolor and ink illustration with her own projects "Cats in Disguise" and "The Deadliest Animals on Earth". She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, 2 cats, and a Corgi named Sonja.