Ball haunts the Paso Robles Event Center Oct. 26 & 27

Could you venture through darkness among zombies and bone-chilling screams? If you dare, a bloodied guillotine awaits your arrival…
On Oct. 26 and 27, Adelaide Hall at Paso Robles Event Center will be transformed into the coolest bash of its kind on the Central Coast when the Halloween Harvest Costume Ball returns to Paso Robles. This 21-and-over sophisticated jamboree is high on Hollywood-caliber FX, fright, fun — and it benefits a great cause.
Professional props, fog, theatrical lighting and sound-effect systems will set the scene, but costumes are mandatory at this Disneyland for adults, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
“This year, we are accentuating ‘harvest’ with design elements, like straw bales, corn stalks and ‘The Gatekeeper,’ our ominous 20-foot scarecrow,” said Brad Golden, Chief Visioneer. “An entire gallery of torture devices will be inside, complete with a 13-foot guillotine, full-scale torture rack, stockades, and an electric chair — perfect for photo opportunities!”
Food and wine, beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks for purchase will be available. Bonnie’s Kitchen, famous for running Jimmy’s Watering Hole at Mid-State Fair, will feed hungry ghouls and goblins. In addition to general admission tickets, a reserved section ticket nearest the stage offers tableside service and a first glass of wine or beer.
Burning James and the Funky Flames will burn the proverbial house down with dance music on Friday night before Paul Thompson raises the roof again at Saturday night’s Devilish Dance Party.
On both nights, more than $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded among the Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Most Original, Best Couple, and Best Group categories at the Grand Costume Competition.
A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Association of University Women (AAUW). A nationwide nonprofit, AAUW awards grants to empower women in pursuit of higher education. Visit atascadero-ca.aauw.net/about/branch.
“Our creative team works year-round, planning, preparing and building. I’m incredibly passionate about making props and decorations for the costume ball,” Brad said. “I hope others will enjoy right along with me what we’ve created for them!”

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