Stuart’s Opera House Presents Evening of Halloween Fun

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Stuart’s Opera House will host its second annual Fright Night tonight in Nelsonville.

Fright Night unofficially kicked off last night with a screening of the German expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Considered a defining film in the horror genre, The Athena Cinema in uptown Athens presented the film with a live orchestra, scored by Stuart’s own instructor Michael Butler.

Friday’s activities on location at Stuart’s will feature fun suitable for all ages.

“We have costume contests for kids, teens, and adults. To appeal to our younger audience, we’ll have face painting and bobbing for apples, and Amy King, a local librarian, will be telling a story on our stage,” said Ellie Dudding, Stuart’s administrative assistant. There’s also a photo booth, a magician, and a walking tour of the Fort St. Cemetery in Nelsonville that will appeal to all ages.”

Costume contests will be divided into age subsets of children, teens, and adults with cash prizes for the top three places in each category. Official rules details that costumes must be home made, authentic, creative and non-offensive.

Fright Night will also present an alternative opportunity for the many visitors in the region for Halloween weekend. For those who many be looking for a family friendly alternative to the annual block party, Fright Night may prove a safe and enjoyable option.

“This event is in conjunction with Nelsonville’s Final Friday, which always brings a great draw to Nelsonville, but I think this event primarily serves as a community Halloween party,” said Dudding. “It’s an opportunity for the community to gather and visit with each other and celebrate together. We strive to provide quality arts experiences for our community and at this event there will be magic, storytelling and the costume contest is an opportunity for members of our community to make something and show it off which is really fun.”

All of tonight’s events are free and kick off at 6 p.m.