If you’ve been too scared to commit to a plan for Halloween, we’ve got you covered. With blood. Kidding! Get it?! It was a Halloween joke. Okay, moving on….

On Saturday October 31st, 2015, the Arlene Francis Center is hosting their third annual All Hallow’s Eve extravaganza. A spooky, zombie-filled event at this multi-roomed venue means there’s potential for freaky surprises around every corner, ahhhhhh! As if that weren’t enough to get you dusting off that Sexy Hamburger costume, this year’s bash is being co-produced by Sonoma County’s premiere vaudeville collective, the North Bay Cabaret, and hosted by local impresario Jake Ward. Jake Ward, Santa Rosa’s dangerous darling, has once again summoned his otherworldly gift of bringing together eerily exceptional local artists and performers and phenomenal, far-reaching acts from all over the Bay Area to create this seductively sinister celebration of all things wicked and wondrous.

marc pederson (1)There will be no shortage of elaborate decor, handmade props, painted scenes to make you shiver and projection art based on films of the 1920’s German expressionism movement. The sheer range of musical talent gathering like lost souls on the AFC stage is phenomenal. From post-apocalyptic vagabond acoustic, to dark edge demonic metal, to an upbeat interdimensional Oingo-Boingo all-female cover band – these are just on the main stage! For a lower-key musical faire the “Cage Stage” outside will be featuring local musicians including Santa Rosa’s own Corner Store Kids and a solo performance by Sebastian of The Highway Poets, among others. Inside the Arlene Francis cafe you’ll find a wicked dance party, with local DJ’s Brycon, Tony Manfre, Aspect McCarthy (of Jazz Mafia), and Shifty Shey taking turns spinning webs–er, vinyl.

All of this will be black-peppered with hypnotic belly dancing, cryptic goth comedy, frankenstein-inspired burlesque, aerial trapeze bodywork by Santa Rosa’s Quenby D. Trapeze, circus sideshow pain, and more. This will truly be an event for all of the senses.

quenby (1)Everybody knows that no Halloween whirlwind is complete without a few basic creepy crawlies and macabre elements; needless to say, the Arlene Francis Center has got them. Santa Rosa’s own Giant Insect Zoo, tarot readings, themed photo booths, live exotic insects and snakes and the All Hallow’s Eve signature feature: $5 Funerals. To help you get through the horrors, beverages from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Iron Horse Cellars will be available for purchase, as well as a special “not at all made from body parts” catered food menu.

Doors open for “All Hallow’s Eve 3” on Saturday, October 31st at 7pm with entertainment beginning at 8pm. Pre-sale tickets are $10 online at allhallowseve3.brownpapertickets.com or at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa. If you’d like to buy tickets at the door, do yourself a favor and wear a costume. I once arrived at a Halloween party in my plainclothes and it was awkward, to say the least. Plus, you’ll get into the event for $10, as opposed to the $15 door fee for non-costumed attendees. Event is 18+ for entry. Arlene Francis Center 99 Sixth St. Santa Rosa, CA.