Additional stops are needed at this year's Monster Bash, slated for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 22, in German Village.
Additional stops are needed at this year’s Monster Bash, slated for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 22, in German Village.
Adrianne Mellen Ramstack, chair of the fifth annual event, said virtually anyone can volunteer to host a stop on or near the route along East Beck Street.
So far, 10 hosts have signed up. Ramstack said another 10 would be welcome. About 300 people are expected to attend the event.
The actual trick-or-treat portion of the evening will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Everything from adult beverages to light snacks will be offered, she said.
Creativity is encouraged, Ramstack said. Last year, a woman dressed as a creepy old lady dished out chicken noodle soup from a big pot, which she called “the fountain of youth,” Ramstack said.
“We are happy for the hosts to provide whatever they want their trick or treat to be,” she said.
Costumes are a big deal, too. A party and costume contest will be held from 9:30 p.m. to midnight at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of three categories: best group, scariest and most creative.
As a new feature this year, a beer truck and tables will be placed outside the Meeting Haus.
“It will be a sort of quieter area for people who want to have a moment and take a break from the party,” Ramstack said. “It was a way for us to include more people.”
Participants in the Monster Bash, a fundraiser for the German Village Society, must be at least 21 years old. Tickets, available at germanvillage.com, are $50 for GVS members and $65 for others.VIP tickets, which include a special bar area at the reception, are $85. Only 50 will be sold.
Also new this year, an after-party celebration will continue until the early morning hours at T. Murray’s Bar and Kitchen, 560 S. High St.
Mike Yarbrough, president of the German Village Society board of trustees, called the bash a “great community party.”
“What could be more fun than adult trick-or-treating?” he said. “This is a great opportunity to show and enjoy the diversity of the community and find many, many ways to have fun.”
Patrons must retrieve wristbands from the Meeting Haus on Oct. 22, the day of the event, and present them at each stop, Ramstack said. The route will follow no particular order.
Those interested in hosting a party can contact Ramstack at firstname.lastname@example.org.