Stonington Spooktacular and Opera House Arts

OHA Offers Virtual Costume Parade As Part of Town Spooktacular

Interested participants asked to upload one minute videos by October 28.

Opera House Arts’ (OHA) Community Advisory Board (CAB) is sponsoring a virtual Halloween costume parade as part of this year’s annual Spooktacular events for children of all ages celebrating the Halloween season.

All ages of students are invited to create a short video, no more than 60 seconds, of themselves in their costumes and upload it to OHA by October 28 at the link below.

OHA’s Media and Technology Associate, Tyler Walker, will edit these clips into a film to be shown online with special screenings at Deer Run, the Island Nursing Home, and other locations over Halloween weekend. It will also be available free on demand on OHA’s YouTube channel.
In addition to parading their costumes for the camera (a cel phone video is just fine!), students are encouraged to also choose a spooky poem and recite it. The Opera House is looking forward to continuing its annual spring partnership with the schools and its annual Voice2Voice poetry program this spring. A list of spooky poems is available here or from your local librarian!
OHA’s CAB member Melissa Jones-Bayley, who initiated this program as a way to advance and make visible students’ creativity during this time of social isolation, also encourages students to stand up and tell a joke in their costume if they do not wish to recite a poem.

“This Halloween we want to put you in your very own spotlight!” Melissa said. “Things are a bit different these days but that doesn't mean you can't still SHINE and SCARE or SURPRISE your fellow community members. So let's gather virtually and share our SPOOKY or SILLY SPIRITS with one another.”

OPERA HOUSE ARTS' COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD is a great way to get involved in the many activities and programs at the Opera House. Volunteers are always needed to care for the historic building and its gardens, at the heart of our communities for more than 100 years and on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as for special events like this year’s Spooktacular, costumes, backstage, etc. Interested in joining this nearly 20-year-old community group? Let us know at the Opera House office at or by calling 367-2788.
Questions can be addressed by calling the Opera House box office at 207-367-2788.