It’s a dreary, rainy day here on Cape Cod (the first in a while so I can’t actually complain) but it puts fall front and center on the brain. These sweet, sweet days of September will soon give way to October. And that means one thing: Halloween! Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday. The costumes, the dressing up, being goofy, the fantasy, the absence of any gift giving requirements, the candy. Love, love, love, all the way around.
Salem, Massachusetts currently stands as New England’s perennial “Halloween” town of choice. And make no mistake, Salem is pretty awesome. However, over the past few years, Ptown has started to gain attention as a Halloween destination. It is such a perfect fit for a town that loves a good party (especially a dress up party!). With equal doses of creativity, history, eccentricity, and all around joy, Ptown definitely has the right Halloween spirit.
This year, I am biding my time for “Dead Silence” a horror theater attraction coming to the Art House in October (Oct 8 – 31 to be exact). Last year’s inaugural haunted experience was such a success that the production team of David Flowers Productions (run by David Mazochi) and Michael Soldier are returning for an encore. These two are seasoned pros and the sets, the costumes—the entire production is over the top. “It is a community event with over 60 volunteers working on the project from start to finish,” explains Mazochi. “It features an original story about Provincetown based on some real facts and twisted folklore.”
This is not just any old haunted house. Best described as an immersive story, visitors engage and become participants as the plot unfolds. “The best part is seeing how people react to the immersive part of the event,” says Mazochi. “Everyone seems to react differently. Some get super involved in the stories others get super scared and withdrawn. It’s fascinating to watch.”
This year’s production entitled “The Disease of Astonishment” comes to life in an ancient witches’ burial ground. It’s all in good (scary) fun and you can be as passive as you want. No one’s going to force you to participate.
All funds from sponsors and ticket sales go to the Provincetown Public Library. Mazochi recommends making reservations. “It’s fun to experience it with people you love going on an adventure with,” he says.