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A ghost to attend this year’s Witches Ball

Photo Courtesy of Chuck Alaimo

blog by Morgan Culhane  • 

The Witches Ball will return for its second Halloween in Buffalo. The glam-to-ghoul costume party will run from 8 p.m. Oct. 31 to 1 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Hotel at The Lafayette, 391 Washington St.

This year’s theme plays on the tale of a ghost of a local witch. “The Rose of the Witch of the West Side” is said to have wandered Hertel Avenue and given out roses to newborns who then suffered from inexplicable ailments. Watch out! The ghost of this witch will supposedly be captured and then released during the ball.

Besides capturing ghosts, the night will include music, art, dancers and Halloween festivities.

After Hours, a cabaret band, will be playing its versions of popular songs, while DJ Sunglasses Mike, a popular electronic dance music DJ, will be spinning.

Also, there will be a variety of dancers performing, including the Flueron Rouge belly dancers, Eye Candy burlesque and thriller dancers from David De Marie Dance Studio. Curator Mark Madden and macabre artists will be having a gallery showing in the Auto Club Room.

Beyond music, dance and art, there will be some more traditional Halloween activities. People looking for a good scare will enjoy Terror Technologies, which incorporates an electric chair, zombies and coffins to a frightful experience. Mason Winfield will also present All Soul’s Night Faire, with henna, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, séance circles, tea leaves, mental mediums, astrology and palm readings.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Wash Project, an outlet to create and engage in music, art and literacy and a neighborhood access point for information about community services and cultural opportunities.

Go all out when putting together your costume for this event because cash prizes will be given. Prizes will be awarded for the best overall costume, sexiest guy and girl, and the best steampunk, couture inspired by the Victorian Era, costume.

Steampunk Costume

This is a 21-and-over event. Tickets are $25 pre-sale or $30 at the door; to buy tickets visit http://tinyurl.com/witchesball2013.

For more information about the event, visit their Facebook page.

(Header photo courtesy of Chuck Alaimo from last year’s event—see the whole gallery here).

TAGGED: downtown, halloween, hotel lafayette, steampunk, witches ball

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