2010-10-29 / Community

Join The RAA For A Frightful Spectacular

The RAA will present Grimm and Scary Tales through Halloween night. The RAA will present Grimm and Scary Tales through Halloween night. “Boo!” is the word from the Rockaway Artists Alliance as they prepare for their Grimm and Scary Tales. The three-day interactive Halloween extravaganza will begin today and continue through the weekend, concluding on Halloween. The annual Halloween exhibit will be open from 6:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m. each night.

They will open the doors to a winding and dark haunted forest maze, all conjured up within the walls of their T-7 gallery building at Fort Tilden. The event is free and open to children of all ages. (Donations are welcomed.) Parking is also free. The likes of Little Bo Creep, the Big Bad Wolf, the Two or Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel and Little Dead Riding Hood will roam the spooky twists and turns in the woods. Sights, sounds, music and special effects will bedazzle visitors and bring to life the Ginger Bread House and Mother Hubbard’s sinister Shoe. Brave souls should not be surprised, according to RAA president Geoff Rawling, to come face to face with an ominous Toll Troll or scuttling spiders or feel the brush of a mysterious large Crow as it soars over their heads.

Noting the “amazing amount of volunteerism,” Rawling describes how 30 to 40 enthusiastic Halloween helpers have been working to bring this dazzling fright to light. With appropriate clangs and bangs and bumps in the night, these haunted hosts have spent weeks constructing, inventing, improvising, imagining and stirring “their own ideas and creativity” into the turning caldron that is the Grimm and Scary Tales extravaganza.

Ghoulish guides, petrifying performers, creepy costumed characters, hidden hands and even live musicians will add to the illusion and breathe it into ghostly life.

Previous Rockaway Artists Alliance events have drawn thousands into the likes of a scary circus, a dank and haunted ship and an Egyptian tomb complete with secret passages, descending ceilings and flying boulders.

Like its predecessors the RAA’s Grimm and Scary Tales promises thrills, chills, spills and haunting fun. For all who dare to enter, a scary time is

guaranteed for all.

The RAA Fort Tilden counterparts, The Rockaway Theatre Company, will be presenting Rockaway CafĂ©: A Little ‘Fright’ Music. Promising an “Evening of musical madness, monsters and mayhem,” this musical, dancing, singing tour de force will be performing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 15 to 31 at the RTC Post Theatre. (Afternoon matinees every Sunday.)

For more information about the Halloween event contact the Rockaway Artists Alliance at 718-474-0861 or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

The RAA works in partnership with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area.

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