An Orioles playoff game and a Stevie Nicks and Billy Joel stadium concert didn’t stop the World Oddities Expo from taking Baltimore by spooky storm Saturday. Patrons at the Baltimore Convention Center enjoyed small mammal taxidermy workshops, butterfly-pinning lessons, tattooing and wild performances.

The expo is a traveling event that spans multiple cities and features local artists selling their handmade crafts, resident experts on intriguing topics and a mysterious freak show — so mysterious it was kept under wraps from our photographer.

Divya Anantharaman, right, assists Kimmy Cawthon in a taxidermy workshop during the World Oddities Expo. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
People participate in a butterfly pinning workshop during the 2023 World Oddities Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD on October 07, 2023.
People participate in a butterfly-pinning workshop. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Butterflies are pinned during a workshop. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Mia Gentile takes a photo of Cynthia Maldonado during the 2023 World Oddities Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Attendees dressed as Krampus for the expo. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Myrissa McAndrews does a live painting during the expo. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Myrissa McAndrews does a live painting during the 2023 World Oddities Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD on October 07, 2023
Myrissa McAndrews works on a live painting. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Adri Herrera, left, and Jazzy Flores look over items including a giraffe skull at the Products of the Wild booth. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Ashley Rodriguez gets some ink done during the expo from Lainey Shruell of Red and Blue Tattoo. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Attendees cheer as Kathryn Carr finishes her performance. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Krystal Younglove and Brynna Raine look on as Kathryn Carr practices a trick before a performance at the expo. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)

Kaitlin Newman is a photojournalist specializing in multimedia coverage. Her main areas of focus are politics, conflict, feature and breaking news. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from Towson University, which is where she is also the professor of photojournalism.

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