The Hot Springs Pride Alliance will host the second Halloween Spooktacular event tonight, with a “Sideshow” theme inspired by the fourth season of “American Horror Story” titled “Freak Show.”
“It’s kind of a tongue and cheek play on, you know, an old 1940s, 1920s carnival,” Scot Key, the social coordinator for the Pride Alliance, said. “It’s going to be decorated really in theme, and we’ve got some sideshow acts that will be interspersed throughout the night.”
The sideshow acts will include Madam Zara as an “insult mystic,” Key said, as well as more roaming interactive sideshow acts. “Local celebrity” Dixie Love will also perform during the event.
The event will also feature a costume contest, midway-inspired treats and dancing, he said.
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Held at Whittington Place, 301 Whittington Ave., from 8 p.m. to midnight, the fundraising event will raise money to benefit the Tuggle Clinic: AIDS Resource Center, the only nonprofit medical clinic for HIV and AIDS treatment in the county, according to a news release.
“It’s a great cause,” Key said. “And one that’s probably underfunded. And we had such a great turnout in 2019, prior to the pandemic, of course, we were able to donate over $5,000 to the Shelby Tuggle Clinic.
“That is kind of like our partner charity in town that we like to raise funds for because it speaks to our community, in specific, in a lot of ways. I mean, it’s not just a disease that affects solely our community, but historically, it’s been a disease of our community that, although it’s under control, is still happening.”
The first Halloween Spooktacular the Pride Alliance hosted was in 2019, and then the event had to take a break during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
“But this year, we’re coming back in full force, and it’s gonna be a great party,” Key said.
For those 21 and older, tickets are available online at hotspringspride.org for $45 for general admission and $75 for VIP table seating. Pride Alliance members receive a discount of $5 off. Both tickets will come with refreshments and “fairway-inspired treats,” the organization’s website says.
“I think that it gives us an opportunity to reach out to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies and say ‘Thank you,'” Key said.
“Give us some visibility in the community, and let people know that we are here and we are doing good things.
“That we are a part of the community, and we’re a proud part of the community. And all the while, helping a very charitable cause, a very important cause,” he said.
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