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On the Town: In Magnolia Park adjacent, Dark Delicacies welcomes the holidays in its own ghoulish way

Rachel Buckman, left, was joined by her daughter, 8-year-old, Sophie, who attends Roosevelt Elementary School, to meet Krampus, portrayed by Bill Rude, at Dark Delicacies in Burbank.
(David Laurell)

This past Friday, for the 31st time, Burbankers gathered in the city’s Magnolia Park area, on Magnolia Boulevard, from Hollywood Way to Florence Street, to ring in the 2019 holiday season.

This annual nine-block event, billed as Holiday in the Park, is the perfect way for local residents to get into the spirit of the season with holiday-themed activities and music as well as food, vintage cars, vendors and merchants who invite folks in to see their festively decorated businesses.

While this Burbank tradition is always merry and bright, at Dark Delicacies, just off Magnolia and down Hollywood Way, things were hauntingly chilling and dark, just the way fans of horror, sci-fi, the paranormal and all manner of the macabre like it.

Dark Delicacies, which offers books, clothing, jewelry, and memorabilia that appeals to the horror-loving community, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Burbank this month. It’s owned by award-winning horror author and journalist Del Howison and his wife, Sue.


“I hear Santa Claus is making an appearance over on Magnolia Boulevard tonight,” Del Howison said with a shrug.

“But the really cool kids are coming here to meet and get their pictures taken with Santa Claws, Santa Jack from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ and Krampus, the half-goat-half-demon who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved,” he added with a laugh.

Brad Buckman, who owns the photography studio next to Dark Delicacies, partnered with the Howisons to make the event possible by providing his studio for a fundraising event last week.

Others who assisted in the ghoulish holiday celebration included Rachel and Sophie Buckman, Cici Rude, Hollywood costumer Sean Elliott, who brought Santa Claws to life as well as actor and costumer Will Brattain in the role of Santa Jack and artist Bill Rude, who took on the persona of Krampus.


Dark Delicacies is located at 822 N. Hollywood Way.

For more information about the store’s always full slate of celebrity signing events and fundraisers, call (818) 556-6660 or visit

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