Enter ... if you dare
Randall Theatre Company will conjure up ghastly scenes and ghoulish sights during its annual Shriektoberfest. This year's frightfest includes a Halloween carnival, a traditional haunted house ... and seances with spirit medium Victoria Wayne.
These eerie amusements will be offered from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, and from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, Oct. 26-31, at the community theater, 10 E. Third St., Medford.
Stimulate your senses at the Midway of the Macabre in the vacant lot across from the theater. The festive 1920s-themed carnival will be hosted by drama students from Eagle Point High School.
About 40 students have created spooky games of chance similar to bean-bag throws and ringtosses, such as the Twisted Tea Toss (toss miniature skulls into teacups), Deadly Darts (fake blood bursts from these balloons), Break the Heart (toss heart-shaped balls at stacks of bones), Digging for Bones (sift through dirt in a coffin), the Head Toss and a dunk tank.
The games are a little twisted but appropriate for all ages, assures Julia Cuppy, a drama teacher at EPHS. Prizes include candy, glow sticks and Halloween favors.
Then step inside the theater and into a haunted house. Dr. Rutherford Maximillion III of Mysterium University comes out of the woodwork again this year to demonstrate his newest creepy discovery — the Obelisk of Dimensions. This artifact is rumored to be the source of every act of destruction known to man. According to Maximillion, the obelisk's energy causes rifts between dimensions, and he and his students from Mysterium U are working to harness its deep, dark secrets.
Visit spiritualist Wayne, aka Victoria the Enchantress, and communicate with spirits of dead loved ones. Wayne will attempt to receive messages from the other side every hour starting at 7 p.m.
Wayne's potions, spells and powers were passed down to her from her mother, Shirlee.
"She used to hold seances at the dining room table when I was a little girl," says Wayne, who is based in Las Vegas. Wayne has held seances at the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas and at private parties.
"I have a strong, intuitive sense of connection with my mother," Wayne says. "Maybe that's the gateway for other people who loved someone and lost them. I get nonbelievers and believers. I think the nonbelievers have fun, and the believers walk away inspired."
Top off your amusement with the 1960 film "Horror Hotel," starring Christopher Lee ("Lord of the Rings," "Star Wars," "Dracula") at 11 p.m. in the theater. "Horror Hotel" will be shown Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, and "Night of the Living Dead," the 1968 black-and-white cult film directed by George A. Romero, will be presented Wednesday through Monday, Oct. 26-31. Tickets for the movies are $5.
Tickets to the haunted house cost $9, tickets to a seance cost $6 and combo tickets cost $12. All tickets include 10 carnival tickets. EPHS will be collecting donations for ACCESS Inc. Bring two canned food items and receive two carnival tickets.
Discounted advance tickets are available at Magic Man in the Bear Creek Plaza off Biddle Road.
See www.randalltheatre.com for more.