By Olivia Haveron
It’s Spooky Season and what’s scarier than a global pandemic? This Halloween’s might look a little different this year with the COVID-19 Pandemic taking over our lives: some of us might be trick or treating (safely), while some of us might be dressing up for our own enjoyment and watching scary movies. Either way scary films will never fail us and there are many options this year to spook us more than the virus. Leigh Scheps lists off the large variety of Halloween livestreams and films to keep the spooky season festive all week long.
On Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30 PM, A Killer (Slumber) Party will bring the viral murder mystery series to your couch. Hosted by Katherine Steele and Michael James Scott, the live-stream virtual bash will be part watch party, part behind-the-scenes, and “ALL RIDICULOUS.” Kat and Michael will be spilling their favorite episodes from Broadway’s virtual hit and musical A Killer Party, while receiving insider info and watching the hit murder mystery alongside the audience. In addition, there will be never before seen footage from the series. Starting at $9.99, viewers can get an entry into “the most exclusive (killer) slumber party in October” and many other scary surprises.
Also on October 28, Halloween is Not Cancelled hosted by Freestyle Love Supreme’s Anthony Veneziale. The monster mash variety show consists a one-night-only Halloween benefit that includes a costume contest, makeup and treats: everything that makes up the spirit of Halloween. Appearances will be made by Nate Bales Broadway (baker of Broadway-themed treats), Linda Cho (Costume Designer), American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo, and many more stars of the stage. The show is free to stream and every donation goes directly to The Actors Fund.
Thursday, October 29 will see I Put A Spell On You: The Sanderson Sisters Break the Internet hit the screen. While usually performed at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the spoof and tribute of the cult classic Hocus Pocus will move online for this year, including “larger than life performances and choreography, over-the-top costumes and makeup, unmatched production value and a healthy dose of Broadway,” and we all need a little Broadway right now. This year, the Sanderson Sisters will recruit some of pop culture’s most iconic villains to fulfill their devious plot. All donations will be accepted for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Don’t worry the children won’t be left out on Halloween either with Broadway Halloween Bash for Kidz. On October 31, kids can grab their favorite Broadway-themed costume for an afternoon of Halloween spooks before a night of tricks and treats. Hosted by Jelani Remy and Daniel Marandola, the show works as a safe place for kids, especially if trick-or-treating is cancelled in their own hometowns this year. With tickets starting at $25, the show will feature appearances and performances from Broadway’s big stars, and families will be able to receive pre-made bags of treats.
Finally, The Nightmare Before Christmas will get a “spooktacular reimagination” starring James Monroe Iglehart and other Broadway stars. The benefit concert will feature songs of the Tim Burton will be available to stream for 24 hours beginning on October 31 at 7PM, with all funds, $4.99 to stream, going towards The Actors Fund and the Lymphoma Research Foundation Monroe Iglehart said in a statement “We are extremely grateful to Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, and the Disney Music Group for allowing us the opportunity to bring our concert to everyone this Halloween.”
This Halloween might look different than in years past, but we can look to Broadway to bring us spooky and sweet treats this year, we’ve already had enough tricks this year. We can sit on our couches and eat candy this week to keep the spirits alive during these spooky times. From murder mystery to kid costume and dance parties, the Halloween spirit will rise from the grave through the screens instead of the screams.