Fright Night ball promises so much fun, it’s scary |

Fright Night ball promises so much fun, it’s scary

The spookiest night of the year is almost upon us, and there are a lot of fun things to choose from for the occasion.

The Fright Night Costume Ball in Nevada City at Miners Foundry is one of the best parties around. It takes place Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 8 p.m.. The costumes are extremely creative – come as your alter ego, if you dare – and winners receive some interesting prizes. The food is great and is from Asia. A no-host bar provides the beverages you love to imbibe. And the entertainment, as well as what’s provided serendipitously by partiers, consists of musicians (the dance band The Sols and Flamenco guitarist Gopal Slavonic), belly dancers, tarot readers and good old-fashioned sword fights (scary, indeed).

Fright Night is a 16-year tradition that was started, says Gretchen Bond, executive director of the foundry, “in the early ’90s by KVMR as a fundraiser for KVMR. KVMR started out in the foundry and “VM” stands for Victorian Museum. After many years, KVMR stopped and Foothill Theatre Company produced it for a year or so, and then the Foundry took it on. People come from out of town, planning their weekends around the event.”

Expect to party with around 500 fellow carousers – only 21 and over, remember.

In years gone by, net proceeds usually total about $5,000, says Bond, and they go to support local nonprofits when they want to rent the foundry for their events.

Tickets for $20 are available in advance at Record Connection, Yabobo, BriarPatch and the Miners Foundry; they are $25 at the door. Contact the foundry at (530) 265-5040 or go online at for more information.

One last thing: In past years the Phantom has shown up at the midnight. “That hasn’t happened for a long time, but it was always an anticipated event,” Bond says. “I’m hoping he will return one year.”

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