It's the time of frights, when terror abounds along with the possibility of zombies rising from the grave to do a little dancing. It's Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31, followed by Day of the Dead on Sunday, Nov. 1, and there's plenty to do in the Prescott area, from movies to celebrations.
On Oct. 31, head over to El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin St., from 5 to 7 p.m. for Nightmare on Goodwin Street, where the trailer for the first horror film produced entirely in Yavapai County, "Witch Child," will show at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. The excitement is as potent as a witch's brew for director and producer Andrew Johnson-Schmit.
"We are past panic and we are approaching exultation," he said, noting that the trailer's music composer's computer recently died, with the trailer on it. "It's really exciting, especially because the first peek at this is the trailer. We've shoved everything into it ... a lot of action, thrills and chills."
Seeing the trailer is a great way to begin the Halloween festivities for lovers of scary movies, Johnson-Schmit said. In between the trailers, there will be scenes from other horror films. Admission to the event is $25 and it includes special tapas and a cocktail called La Bruja, or a mocktail called The Casper. There's also a 50/50 raffle.
But the "Witch Child" trailer isn't the only cinematic Halloween event going on.
The Prescott Film Festival is showing "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," the 1920 silent film starring John Barrymore, with live musical accompaniment from Jonathan Best. However, the original film score won't be used, festival Executive Director Helen Stephenson said. Best will improvise the whole thing and play along with the tone and feel of the audience.
"We're delighted to have what made John Barrymore a star," Stephenson said, adding that way back when, going to the theater was an event where people dressed up. In that spirit, she said "people choose to come in costume."
The screening starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Tickets, which are $12 for general admission and $6 for students with ID and Yavapai College staff, are available at the door.
Other Halloween events include the Halloween Happening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Highlands Center, 1375 S. Walker Road; the Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch at courthouse plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (see Page 4 for details); and the Halloween Fiesta at the Raven Café, 142 N. Cortez St. for adults 21 and older, at 8 p.m., also on Saturday.
On Nov. 1, the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., is having its annual free Day of the Dead celebration beginning at 11 a.m. (see Page 4 for details). The Dia de los Muertos 5k Community Fun Run, starting at Brownlow Trailhead, 1300 Commerce Drive., also begins at 11 a.m. To register, visit www.latierracommunityschool.org.
Lonesome Valley Playhouse is showing live performances of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Prescott Valley Entertainment District on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, with encore performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Tickets, $15, are available online at www.rockyhorrorpvpa.brownpapertickets.com.
By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.