by Terry Rogers
UPDATE: Because of predicted inclement weather, the organizers decided to postpone the event to Sunday, November 1. Because Daylight Savings Time ends next weekend, the gates will open at 2 PM rather than 3 PM.
Rob Waters of WfilmsMedia recently put together “Jaws Fest” at Hudson Fields, an event that was a huge success. When many communities began cancelling Halloween events, such as trick-or-treat, Sea Witch and more, Waters felt that a Halloween-themed experience similar to Jaws Fest might be a good idea. The result is “This is Halloween,” which is planned for Sunday, November 1.
“Think of it like a small music festival,” Waters said. “You spend the day sitting on blankets or in chairs listening to different bands, eating food and hanging out with family. At the end of the night, there is a headliner band. Well, it is kind of like that but instead of a headliner band, we are showing movies on a big screen outdoors. Jaws Fest seemed to fill the void that people were missing after the shutdown. People want to get out and see other people.
The event is a fundraiser for Beebe Hospital and is free to the public. Sponsorships are covering the costs so that families can enjoy the celebration which starts at 2 PM with a costume parade planned for 4 PM.
“We will have “trunk-or-treat” stations set up around the field so that kids can dress in costume and get that trick-or-treat experience,” Waters said. “Then, at 4 PM, we are hoping to have a costume parade around the space. Not sure about the logistics in that, but we are going to attempt it. At dusk, we will show “Nightmare Before Christmas,” which is a family-friendly movie. There will be a 20-minute intermission so families with very young children can head out before a showing of the original “Halloween” movie from the 1980s.”
There will be four food trucks and Revelation Brewing is creating a special beer specifically for the event. Brimming Horn Meadery will be there along with Beach Time Distilling and Nassau Vineyards. There will also be a live band, “Hope for Success,” at the festival.
“We are working with Beebe to make everything safe,” Waters said. “Everyone is required to wear a mask to enter the grounds. We are marking 10-foot circles around the field that we are calling pods. When people arrive, they will be escorted to their pod where they can remove their masks as long as they remain in that pod. If they leave to get a drink, food or something else, they must have their mask on. This is a rain or shine event, so be sure to bring umbrellas, jackets and anything else you may need should we have a shower. Right now, the weather is looking good.”
For more information about “This is Halloween,” visit the Revival House Theatre website at www.revivalhousetheatre.com.