Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

JACK SKELLINGTON, KING OF HALLOWEEN TOWN, DISCOVERS CHRISTMAS TOWN.

Henry Selick’s 1993 film, produced and co-written by Tim Burton, may have been a box office dud upon its original release but even the briefest of visits into a Hot Topic store will show that the film has finally found its audience. And how! A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is more popular than ever – from theatrical rereleases, tribute albums and merchandising up the wahoo. You’ve seen the film countless times but you’ve never seen it like this before!

From the wonderful music by Danny Elfman to the great gothic design from Burton, A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a classic by all rights and we’re all too happy that the film has found a dedicated fanbase to celebrate the film.

A darkly comic musical, A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS tales the tale of Jack Skellington, a resident of Halloween Town who dreams of something different from the usual pumpkins and things that go bump in the night. After discovering Christmas Town, the focal point for all things wintery, Skellington decides he and his Halloween cohorts are going to take over Christmas. The result is one of the darkest (in a deliciously fun way) holiday movies ever released.

Hocus Pocus and Little Shop of Horrors at the Drive-In

The Family Drive-In Theatre is the only drive-in theatre operating in the Washington DC metro area.

They are a two screen, 64 year old classic, 484 car drive-in theatre with movie sound via the traditional speakers or via stereo sound (through your car radio).

A concession stand offers theatre snacks or full meals. Playground, pet friendly.

Make “magical” memories that last a lifetime!

Details on safety precautions during covid can be found here

Movies shown on screen 1: October 2, 3, 4 — Hocus Pocus with Little Shop of Horrors

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Drive-In

Special Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Event

LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN! Join us for this special one night only screening of the cult classic musical – Rocky Horror Picture Show… this movie is famous for its audience participation, so dress as weird as you want and be ready to shout back at the screen.

We will also have prop bags for sale and those in costume judged with winners getting special Rocky Horror prizes.

Event hosted by: ZACH WALSH

Monster Bash

You don’t want to miss Piccadilly’s 14th Annual Monster Bash!

2 levels of fun. The biggest Halloween party in Winchester!

Trainwreck will be rocking downstairs from 7:30 to 11:30 and 99.3 The Fox will be playing all the hits upstairs with DJ Ophie.

Wear your best costume and enter to win some great prizes.

No cover charge.

History and Hauntings

The history of our Manor House, Valerie Hill, spans two centuries. While her walls don’t talk, the ghosts that haunt her rooms certainly do. Our popular “History & Hauntings” event gives you the opportunity to hear first hand accounts of the activity of our resident ghosts – from the woman in the cellar that calls for help to the spirit of a boy perpetually locked in an attic room.

The evening includes dinner by Village Square Restaurant of Winchester, a glass of wine of your choice, and a detailed tour of our Manor House, focusing on historical fact and documented paranormal activity. This year’s menu by Chef Dan Kalber includes Southern Style Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and fresh bread with butter. Dietary restrictions beyond a vegetarian option cannot be accommodated. This event is for adults 21 and over.

For available dates and to purchase tickets
www.valeriehillwinery.com

Harvest Party and Trunk-or-Treat

Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church AWANA Club is hosting a Kid’s Harvest Party and Trunk-or-Treat.

There will also be hayrides, bounce houses, and games.

All are welcome at this Free event.

Halloween (1978) at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

In 1978, legendary NEW YORKER film critic Pauline Kael reviewed John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN. She had this to say:

“HALLOWEEN has a pitiful, amateurish script (by Carpenter and his producer, Debra Hill). An escaped lunatic wielding a kitchen knife stalks people in a small Midwestern town (Haddonfield, Illinois), and that’s about it. Maybe when a horror film is stripped of everything but dumb scariness — when it isn’t ashamed to revive the stalest device of the genre (the escaped lunatic) — it satisfies part of the audience in a more basic, childish way than sophisticated horror pictures do.”

Kael was right. But the elements that she hated over thirty years ago are the very same elements that we love today.

HALLOWEEN might be dumb, but it’s an idiot-proof prototype for an entire genre. To this day, nothing encapsulates the special feeling of darkness, mood, and total terror quite like the ominous mask of Michael Myers. From Dean Cundey’s flowing, blue-hued photography to Carpenter’s minimalist score, nothing in this movie is misplaced. It’s simple, focused, and always one step ahead of the audience.

There’s no shame in admitting that it’s fun to wallow in fun. Just as Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL changed the landscape of comedy and DIE HARD changed the landscape of action, HALLOWEEN changed the landscape of horror. When you watch this movie, everything is right in the world. Especially in October.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

As the cult of Rocky Horror enters its fourth decade, Alamo Drafthouse’s 21st-century celebration of the daddy (and mommy) of interactive movies has incorporated new breakthroughs, elusive ingredients, and that…SPARK!, which will make the RHPS experience better than ever!

With thrilling props, the most outrageous callbacks, boisterous singing along, and stimulating pre-show games, we want these events to be your ultimate ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – whether this is your 1st or 500th time.

“It’s just a jump to the left…”

11:30 and 11:45pm shows

A portion of the proceeds to benefit ARE! aidsresponseeffort.org

 

Adults-Only Halloween Bash

All ghosts, ghouls, goblins and zombies are invited for an evening of spooky fun at the winery, featuring fresh party beats from BKDJ Paramount and dancing the night away!

Come join us for an evening of wine, Sexi Mexi and fun as you boogie through the night as your alter ego. A glass of Witch’s Brew is included in your ticket. Additional glasses of Witch’s Brew are only $5 – it’s a spooky good deal!

Whatever your wear, make it funky and fabulous. There will be prizes for the best female costume, male costume and best couple’s costume. Costume judging will begin at 10 PM.

$18 a ticket in advance
$25 at the door (if the event is not sold out in advance)

Haunted History Ghost Tour

Prepare yourself for a spine-tingling tour that delves into the mysterious history of Winchester!

Learn of the restless spirits from the Colonial and Civil War eras often seen and heard in the streets and historic buildings of Old Town. Your expert guide weaves a tale of carefully researched history and true ghost stories that will leave you intrigued and hopefully convinced that they are here!

Tour lasts approximately one hour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center.

Cost: $10
Cash or check only.

Limit of 25 participants per tour.

Tour is offered Saturday, October 26; Wednesday, October 30; and Thursday, October 31 at 6pm.

Meet at the intersection of Cork Street and the Loudoun Street Mall.

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