Halloween Harvest Costume Ball is Oct. 26 and 27 at Event Center

Brad Golden, Chief Visioneer, reacts to seeing the Gatekeeper, a giant 20-foot-tall scarecrow. (Contributed photo)

The Halloween Harvest Costume Ball is a professional, upscale production with an electrifying dance party, food, beverages, and a Grand Costume Competition, all beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27 at Adelaide Hall at the Paso Robles Event Center.

Brad Golden, Chief Visioneer, will immerse guests into a mysterious and interactive Halloween experience, replete with Hollywood-caliber props, theatrical lighting, eerie fog and special effects. Chilling sounds will make spines tingle as hungry zombies are unleashed to prey upon unsuspecting arrivals.

“I wanted to create something amazing that simply doesn’t exist here on the Central Coast. Think of it as Disneyland for adults,” said Golden, who produces the costume ball with his wife Jennifer, Costuming and Prop Master, Dianne Coppenger, their creative team, friends and volunteers. “To visualize a design concept, build it from scratch, and bring our art to life is the greatest gift we can bring our guests! This is a high-end Halloween production like no other on the Central Coast.”

The inaugural costume ball was held at Tooth & Nail Winery castle, in Paso Robles with hundreds of guests — both locally and from out of the area with some as far from out of state.

“Most adults love Halloween and getting into costume. It really taps into the child in us and our first costume ball in 2017 was a great example. People went all out — the costumes were amazing,” Golden said.

Professional portraiture is available upon entry as people walk through the legs of “The Gatekeeper,” a giant, 20-foot-tall menacing scarecrow. Once inside, a variety of props, decorations and torture devices await, perfect for candid photo opportunities.

Burning James and the Funky Flames “burn the proverbial house down” with dance music on Friday night before Paul Thompson raises the roof again on Saturday night at the Devilish Dance Party.

A variety of food, including barbecue pork tacos, tri-tip sandwiches, cowboy burgers, barbecue chicken wraps, vegan roasted vegetable wraps, garlic fries, regular fries, and Halloween-themed desserts will be available for purchase along with a full bar with a selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.

On both nights, audiences can tilt the Applause-O-Meter at the Grand Costume Competition. From 7 to 9 p.m., judges will handpick semifinalists to compete onstage in six categories, including “Scariest,” “Funniest,” “Sexiest,” “Most Original,” “Best Couple,” and “Best Group.” Lucky finalists with the highest decibel scores for audience cheers and applause will win a $100 cash prizes awarded in each category.

Without exception, costumes are required for this for adult party, so dress to impress the judges. Visit www.HalloweenHarvestCostumeBall.com for details.

A drop-off and pick-up point designated for Uber and Lyft transportation near the entrance to Paso Robles Event Center will make it quick and convenient to access an array of nearby hotel options. Adjacent parking for private vehicles is $5 per vehicle. RV campsites are available for purchase with hookups available on a first-come, first served basis.

There are a limited number of campsites available at the fairgrounds and hookups are not guaranteed. First-come, first-served. It’s required that you arrive between 3 to 7 p.m. Arrivals after 7 p.m. will not receive accommodations.

Tickets for General Admission is $45. General Admission with Reserved Seating for $70 includes entry, roundtable seating near the stage and dance floor, the first glass of wine/beer, and tableside service all night. For both nights, General Admission Weekend Passes are just $80 or Reserved Seating Weekend Pass admission for $125. Campsite Admission is $50 or $90 for a Campsite Weekend Pass with hookups, as available.

Halloween Harvest Costume Ball sponsors include Adelaide Inn, Central Coast Party Helpers, Central Coast LIVE! Events, The Vreamery and Epic Entertainment. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the North SLO County chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW), which awards grants to help empower area women toward attainment of higher education.


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