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Theater has second take on outdoor spookiness


October 22, 2021

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The stage is set again for an outdoor Halloween Spooktacular behind the Encore Performing Arts Center, home to County Seat Theater off Minnesota Highway 33 in Cloquet.

Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic drove the County Seat Theater Company's annual Halloween show outdoors. With rave reviews, the theater will offer a parking lot show again this year. The Halloween Spooktacular will take place on three evenings, Oct. 28-30, in the back parking lot of the Cloquet theater.

It's a two-part offering: The night begins with a drive-thru haunt down Spooktacular Alley beginning at 6:30 p.m. Spectators will view entertaining and spooky scenes from the safety of a car while listening to recorded ghost stories told by actors on a car radio frequency.

Once parked, audience members can partake in a number of events in the back lot, including concessions, goodie bags for kids, free hot chocolate, a silent movie and various Halloween activities. The evening will conclude with a 25-minute Halloween variety show on the outdoor stage at 7:30 p.m.

This year the theater is encouraging families, businesses or groups to participate in the Spooktacular Alley by creating a haunted area and providing ghouls 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There are 12 spaces available for haunting. Currently the Reach Mentoring group and a few individual families have signed up. Contact general manager Joel Soukkala at 218-451-0715 to get involved. Cash and prizes will be awarded.

The event is family friendly and open to the public. There is limited parking available, so reserving a parking spot is recommended. Call the box office at 218-878-0071. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per car. Proceeds will go toward the theater's pandemic relief fund.

Editor's note: This story was updated to change the number of shows after the Wednesday night event was cancelled.


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