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Spookadelic Ball to bring family fun

Dan Bischoff, Of the Record Staff

Tim Wray is taking his Spookedelic Ball back to its roots.

"In the past we’ve done the balls on Main Street," Wray said. "This year, we are going back to a locals’ party feel. It’s for all ages, and an earlier start time so people that have kids can come out and enjoy it."

The Spookedelic Ball, featuring Fat Paw and special guests Stage Fright (A-Frame and Wisebird members) will take place Oct. 31, Halloween, from 6:30 p.m. until around 2 a.m. at the Prospector Theater at the Prospector Square Lodge. Admission includes food provided by Kumbayah Kitchens and costume contests. There will be a cash bar and cash prizes for costume winners.

Wray said a lot of people have been asking him to go back to a party for all ages. The last family-friendly Spookadelic Ball he organized took place about five years ago. Ever since, it’s been at a bar or nightclub.

"(Wray) came to me a couple months ago and said he wanted to change the nature of it, and not do it in a bar or a club, so they feel like they are coming to an event," said Randy Barton, the founder of Mountain Town Stages.

This is the first time Wray has teamed up with Mountain Town Stages to organize the event.

"They just have always been really great with the community," Wray said. "I’ve always respected the work they’ve done, so I though it would be a good idea to include them for local feel."

Wray has played in many Mountain Town Stages events and Barton was pleased to jump in with this one.

"It’s now our event featuring him," Barton said. "It’s a real nice event."

The event is geared toward the whole family, but later in the evening, it will still continue its adult party.

"It will give people a chance to boogie-down with your kids," Wray said. "Everyone who went to it before now has kids and they want to bring them. Later on, it will be more of a late-night party."

Mountain Town Stages regularly organizes music events and fundraiser concerts and parties for the community, but this is a first for a holiday.

"As a group, we’ve always wanted to do more holiday events," Barton said. "We really wanted to create a traditional Halloween festival every year that’s based on music first of all. This is the only one that allows families to be part of a costume celebration that’s not trick-or-treating. This is a brand new event for us to do."

According to Barton, this should be a healthy event for kids, considering the holiday.

"We want it to be a two-part event and more of a family event where people can come for real food instead of candy all night. We are putting together real nice food and 12-and-under eat for free." Barton said. "It’s all food that Kumbayah Kitchens is doing. They’re doing macaroni and cheese, portabello mushrooms, hot dogs on orange buns, it will all be spooky Halloween theme food where people can enjoy it."

The room will be decorated and prepared for a Halloween event. There will also be various unique awards with a Halloween theme. It’s an event that Barton said, families won’t want to miss.

"It’s just going to be really fun," Barton said. "We’re going to light it up, there will be a costume contest for kids and prizes and costume contest for adults in the evening. We might have awards for biggest bag of candy.

Barton understands some families’ reluctance to go based on the fact it is a school night.

"I know it’s a school night, but it’s Halloween," Barton said. "Families can bring their kids for enjoyment in a nice contained area."

As usual, Barton has recruited talented musicians to entertain the crowds. A-Frame and Wisebird members will join together as a group called Stagefright. Wray is excited about the musical potential.

"We really haven’t played with them," Wray said. "It’s a new gig for them. It will be a great night of music."

For the 13th Spookedelic Ball, Wray and Barton have high expectations.

"This should be a great year for it," Barton said. "It will be a lot of fun."

The 13th annual Spookedelic Ball will feature Fat Paw and special guests Stage Fright (A-Frame and Wisebird members). The event will take place Halloween evening from 6:30 p.m. until around 2 a.m. at the Prospector Theater at the Prospector Square Lodge. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and kids under 12 are admitted free. After 11 p.m. it’s $15 per person and does not include food. No one under 12 will be admitted after 10 p.m. Admission includes food provided by Kumbayah Kitchens and costume contests. There will be a cash bar and cash prizes for costume winners. Tickets are available at Orion’s Music, Prospector Square Lodge, SmithsTix outlets and through Mountain Town Stages. For more information, call 901-SONG.


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