With bloody linens, dismembered fingers and decapitated heads decorating the Gadsby Community Hall, the Saturday, Oct. 29 event was very much in the spirit for the first adult Halloween Party.
The fortunately fake decorations added a spooky atmosphere to the inaugural costume party.
Dan Tuck, vice-president of the Gadsby Community Hall association, was one of several members setting up the hall for the evening’s event.
“We’re going to dance and play some games,” Tuck said, noting that the adult party had put the local cab company on notice to ensure there were no impaired drivers leaving the event.
It’s the first time in recent years that a Halloween party had graced the hall, and was one of several new projects embarked upon by the new hall association.
“All the young people have taken over the hall association,” Tuck said. “All of our parents have stepped down, and it’s up to us to keep going.”
It’s been about two years since the community’s younger generation took over care of the hall and the activities held within, but in those two years, they have not been shy about trying new things.
“This is the first halloween dance we’ve done,” Tuck admitted. “But we did a St. Patrick’s Day dance last spring, and we were impressed with the turnout.”
That successful event led the committee to decide upon a Halloween party, but the event, which unintentionally conflicted with several other Halloween events, had smaller numbers than the organizers had hoped.
For the people who came, the party was a blast, Tuck said.
“Everyone showed up in costume, they danced and played games and had a great time,” he said.
The highlight of the costumes were United States presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“They had very great outfits,” he said. “It was hilarious — especially since both were men.”
Music was provided by DJs “Radioactive Man” Jamie Muhlbach and “Hansel” Jeff Simon. The duo kept the tunes spinning all night, ranging from rock’n’roll to top 40 hits.
Snacks were out on every decorated table, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages kept party-goers hydrated.
With the low attendance, the association has a tough decision ahead of them. Will the event return next October, or was this costumed event a one-off?
“We’ll have to decide,” Tuck said on Monday. “Maybe we’ll hold it again and try to not have as many conflicts.”