Party Like It’s 1849
Masquerade of the Red Death
If your ideal Halloween party involves bowls of candy corn, lightly spiked cider and pumpkin-and-cornstalk decor — then this party is not for you. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “Masque of the Red Death,” the Crofoot in Pontiac presents the Masquerade of the Red Death, a dark 19th century live re-creation of Poe’s classic gothic tale of a decadent masquerade ball. Poe himself describes that party as “voluptuous,” and this night’s list of performing acts should dazzle the senses, including post-industrial and psychobilly shows, burlesque, belly dancing, fire performers, magic, hypnosis, psychics, tarot and palm readings, mentalism, aerialists, side shows, roving performers and more. For diehard Poe fans, actors will perform scenes from the story, transporting partygoers to specific scenes in the text. Colored light will set the scene for each room in Prince Prospero’s multicolored castle. In conjunction with all things 19th century, a midnight absinthe tasting will play into the ritual of the green fairy, and if guests last until 1 a.m., they’ll cross paths with the Red Death. What will happen after that is shrouded in mystery, tantalizing guests to speculate upon what horrors await. There are two important rules; masquerade attire must be worn, and the color red is absolutely forbidden.
The Masquerade of the Red Death will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26, at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. For tickets, see MasqueradeOfTheRedDeath.com