This Halloween shall conquer all Halloweens of years past. How exactly? With a celebration as creepy as it is inimitable. For our fifth year we’re setting up shop at The Arts Exchange in Grant Park to bring you the most surreal of celebrations, complete with a building that features a spooky natural amphitheater, experimental music at every turn, roaming performances and an enormous dance party.
What are the sounds coming from the abandoned school on the corner? What lurks at the bottom of the basement stairs? What can make you scream in fear as you run from the sounds that go bump in the night? We’re here to tell you, dear reader, that we’ve got your Halloween plans in the proverbial body bag. Yup, the annual Scoutmob spectacle is returning with a revelry even more disquieting, eerie and shuddersome than ever before. Expect surprises around every corner and spooky sound installations entering the bacchanal with every passing minute. Perhaps your memory needs to be refreshed about last years ghostly gala, or the spaced out bash from the year before that? Halloween 2015 is rattling to life as we explore the macabre setting of the Atlanta Arts Exchange, which was once the Grant Park Elementary school. The school sat vacant for years before the Arts Exchange moved in sometime in the ‘80s and provides the perfectly creepy setting to summon ghosts and demons, and have a heck of a dance party. On the same grounds sits the Atlanta Stockade, an old jail, no doubt teeming with the lost souls of the prisoners interned there. (We can hear the chains rattling from here.) Last year’s party may have transcended through time and space, but this year, well, what we’re trying to say is – we’re going to find out what the noise coming from the basement is.
So what’s this creeptacular all about? You can expect the same level of ghastly immersive experiences as years past, with performances by the South Eastern Magickal Sekt & NWOBHM Appreciation Society, installations by Atlanta's Big Power Couple (a collaboration between IFLY's Mike Stasny and Another Terrible Idea's Erin Michelle Vaiskauckas) including Fly on a Wall dancers, InKyoung Choi Chun, Meptik and Greene Stage Design, ethereal projections by Paige Adair, and dancing by Grace Thornton, immersing you in the Halloween hysteria. Indoors, there’s an old theater and exhibit space that we'll be taking over for sculptures, installations and DJ Chris Devoe providing an appropriate soundtrack for the evening of dancing and reverie, and outdoors lies an old playground space and a natural amphitheater perfect for creepy performances and perhaps a ritual or two. And did we mention the fire sculptures by Incendia and Nameless? The whole space radiates a surreal vibe, sure to conjure sinister specters of all types. We’d be remiss not to talk about what makes any party great- your admission includes two tickets to redeem for libations, which hopefully will give you the liquid courage needed to face the ghastly unknown. Noshes, including Good Food Truck and Dish Dive Pop-Up Food Truck are setting up on site, so you’ll be able to refuel with the most delicious of nourishments - you should keep your strength up for this party, folks.
Now keep in mind, dear reader, this is late October and the show will go on, rain or shine. Performances will be all over the grounds, indoors and out, so dress appropriately and wear shoes that can withstand the threat of the elements.