MOORESVILLE – Think of your typical Halloween party – bowls of candy, a few jack-o’-lanterns and maybe some “Monster Mash” playing in the background.
Arts After Dark, the first Halloween party thrown by Mooresville Arts, will be much more, Mooresville Arts president Jessica DeHart said.
“Sure, we will have music and dancing, a cash bar with wine and craft beer, and plenty of snacks and costume contests,” DeHart said. “But we will also have psychic readings, a silent auction, and of course, the body painting component.”
Body painting is one of the reasons DeHart and her team members wanted to venture into Halloween party hosting – it’s a “different kind of art form” the organization hasn’t explored before, she said.
“It made perfect sense to combine the body painting aspect with a Halloween party, which is another event we were interested in bringing to downtown Mooresville,” DeHart said.
Artists from Charlotte Body Art will start the evening off with a face painting demonstration on Commissioner Bobby Compton and then move on to a body painting demonstration on a professional model.
“She will be painted head to toe and in a mysterious celestial theme!” DeHart said.
Mooresville Arts has tried to weave “all things Halloween and art” into the event, including a silent auction featuring original artwork from Mooresville Arts members.
“Mooresville Arts wants to offer a new kind of Halloween party to the local community,” she said.
The party will be an adults-only event, with tickets starting at $10 and going up to a $55 package, which would include a ticket, two drinks and a psychic reading.
“Our hope is that party attendees have a really fun and unique experience at the Art after Dark Costume Party,” DeHart said. “Our goal with this event is to offer everything Halloween, and more, to our guests.”
The spooky event will be a fundraiser for the nonprofit’s ongoing effort to renovate its warehouse space, which does not have HVAC or insulation.
“We have been successful thus far in raising money to go towards this very meaningful project, and the Art after Dark Costume Party should aid further in our fundraising efforts,” DeHart said.
As of now, Mooresville Arts has raised $40,000 of its $50,000 goal, through an anonymous $25,000 donation and an ongoing matching campaign. All proceeds from Arts After Dark go toward the renovation.
But DeHart said the event is more than a fundraiser – it’s a chance to “bring a celebration to downtown Mooresville.”
“We are really excited to offer this event to the downtown Mooresville community and hope to grow this into a Halloween tradition for years to come!” DeHart said.