Skeletons, witches and corpse brides are just a few things you will encounter if you come out to this interesting event which apparently has been around for about 15 years. From what I understand, this small-town, annual, early-October party grew unexpectedly from a small merchant-run event to the wild costume extravaganza that it is today.
Ive actually never seen anything quite like it. If you attend without a costume, you will definitely be in the minority. There are more people dressed up than not, and everything kind of happens outdoors.
There is no real indoor party…..I guess you could say that the central celebration zone consists of the sidewalks and shut-down streets of the Mill Race Village area of Mt Holly, NJ. After you’ve had a fill of the endless parade of costumed adults on the street, you could decide if you wanted to hang out in a beer tent, check out a local shop, restaurant or even chat with some on-scene paranormal investigators. Most local businesses keep their doors open to take advantage of the unusually massive crowd. Many shops embrace the spirit of the holiday with their own modest (or excessive at times) decorations.
For the most part we stuck to the outdoor scene although I was curious to investigate the Robin’s Nest Restaurant.
This restaurant is reportedly haunted, and really plays up the Halloween theme. As we walked along one of the streets, we came across a fire performer who did some daring maneuvers with various batons, palm torches and fiery hoop.
Aside from gawking at the costumed attendees, there is lots to see and do outside as various vendors, food trucks and performers line the streets.
The Witches Ball website mentions that this event is more for adults than for kids, and that some of the costumes can be on the revealing side. I guess from that description, one could picture a Mardi Gras experience, but it is pretty far from it. Sure, there is some cleavage here and there, but it is appropriately in-line with a classic medieval, gothic or renaissance type of image. In other words….no slutty witches or boob-flashing.
Its almost like a First Friday on steroids, and I get the impression there would have been way more attendees and vendors there if not for the steady all-day rain. I think its a great idea to have this sort of thing early in the month of October. I think there should be more of these all throughout the month, not just parties on Halloween alone.