Milton, Pennsylvania — Take a walk on the dark side this February…
The Dark Arts & Oddity Festival in Milton is open to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into their macabre and fantastical interests, including vampires.
Performance arts company and event venue Reign of Terror Entertainment is hosting the first-ever Dark Arts & Oddities Festival. The Shoe Factory, 700 Hepburn St., Milton, Pennsylvania
Greg Carl, owner of Reign of Terror Entertainment, said:
These vendors include Madame Zora’s Creepy Creations & Mystical Readings, Wandering Winds, Lancaster Wax Co., Murphy’s Curious Goods and Funky Hippie Soap Co. Big Chee is his one of the participating food trucks.
The festival is the predecessor to two events taking place at the Shoe Factory on Saturday nights, Vampire’s Feast and Winter Undead: Vampire’s Masquerade (for festival-goers ages 21 and up) featuring gothic bands, Featuring DJs, fire performers and unique artists. A decadent Vampire Ball performance artist.
The vampire feast, where guests sit around a 48-foot-long sumptuous table adorned with crystal candlesticks, Gothic vampire decorations, red and black roses, candles, flowers, skulls, and vampire drinks, will take place the next day. Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The festival ends.
For an inside look at last year’s feast, check out this video by Steve Gibson.
Carl, who hails from the Milton area and works as a day laborer as an industrial electrician, said he began his path to Rain of Terror entertainment many years ago when he built a Halloween hangout in his yard. “It was a massive, crazy trick-or-treating situation. There were so many people and the streets were almost closed,” he said.
When the opportunity arose to rent a space on the third floor of a shoe factory built in 1907, he jumped at it. “We thought we could host some events in this space,” Karl said. He also uses the space for weddings and special occasions under the company name Aerea Premium Event Spaces.
“After five years of doing Halloween events, we thought about doing something around Valentine’s Day. Finally, we wanted to keep the branding going and settled on the vampire-themed Undead of Winter. ”
He sold out the entire table at $100 to $120 per head.
This year, Lewisburg-based caterer Feast of Flavor Catering will be serving up “excellent” meals. The meal begins with a signature ‘fire and sulfur’ dinner roll and roasted red pepper gouda soup. Main courses are hand-carved roasted prime rib with auge and bruschetta chicken with fresh garlic parmesan green beans and roasted red potatoes.
Playing With Sugar offers a dessert with the perfect vampire aesthetic – a gothic-themed red and black multi-layered cake.
The night ends with a vampire masquerade: winter undead from 8pm to 12am
A musical performance by Vampires Everywhere! Observe the 93rd, DJ OmegaTelik, and DJ Mighty Mike Saga. Masquerade ball-goers can also expect performances from Caspaira Acula, Mxtress Lillith and Shannon Sexton.
Even if you have an admission ticket, people in plain clothes will be kicked out at the door. So if you plan to go, be sure to dress to impress. Suggested: All-black clothing to match the darker vampire aesthetic. Deep reds and dark reds with Victorian and Gothic era themes, such as long flowing gowns, cloaks, canes, and top hats to match traditional masquerade masks. It is highly recommended to wear black clothes.
Festival ticket prices vary depending on the event you plan to attend. Admission to the festival is $5 unless you also have an Undead of Winter ticket. Admission to the festival is included if you plan to attend the masquerade ball on Saturday night.
Vampire Masquerade Ball tickets range from $50 to $125 when purchased in advance. The $50 minimum increases to $75 when you wait to pay at your doorstep.
For festival details and content, visit the Dark Arts & Oddity Festival event page on Facebook.