Johnny Depp Focuses on Norwalk Halloween Haunted House


NORWALK — From drag queen witches to haunted houses, a number of Halloween-themed events are about to begin.

Starting next weekend, the Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts will host a haunted house in the parking lot of The SoNo Collection mall. The 30-minute tours, which begin Oct. 14 and continue on weekends through the end of the month, will feature a Johnny Depp theme.

“Into the Depp” will be an ode to the actor, who has made headlines in recent months for his libel lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

“The theme was inspired by the theatrical elements of Depp’s career characters,” said Julia Orosz, director of operations for the conservatory.

“No actor has created larger than life characters than Johnny Depp. As a performance-based university, it felt natural. Together with our incredible team, each year we create a bespoke haunted maze from scratch to match the theme.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, visits to the haunted house will take place on level 1.5 of the garage, it is specified. Last year it was the conservatory’s first haunted house. Halloween weekend, the haunted house will take place from Friday to Tuesday, November 1, according to the conservatory.

The house is open from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and closes at 12:30 a.m. on October 31 and November 1, according to the website. Standard tickets are $25, but VIP tickets are available for $40. Proceeds from the tickets support the conservatory and fund its scholarships, Orosz said.

“Haunting at Mill Hill”

The Norwalk Historical Society’s annual “Haunting at Mill Hill” cemetery tours will return this month, according to the Historical Society. Tours will be offered on October 21, 22, 28 and 29.

Tours are at Mill Hill Historic Park from 8-9:30 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday from 5 p.m. Each visit lasts 90 minutes.

An extended tour will be offered for the first time this year at 9.30pm during which attendees can “Visit Old Norwalk Gaol, the site of a 19th century death, and the cemetery and hear scary stories at all three locations”. depending on the company.

The event includes a candlelit tour through Mill Hill Cemetery, where “ghostly entities wait to share their true stories of death, murder, madness and destruction”.

The stories shared during the tour are factual and based on Norwalk’s history, according to the company.

Before October 20, tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children up to 12 years old. Starting October 21, prices go up to $20 and $18 for adults and children, respectively.

Extended tour tickets cost $22 for adults and $18 for children until October 20 and $25 and $20, respectively, after October 21.

“Perfect Witch”

On Sunday, a Hocus Pocus-themed drag show will be performed at the town’s gay club, Troupe429, according to club owner Casey Fitzpatrick. The show, titled “Witch Perfect,” will return to Norwalk for the third year. There are 20 tickets left for the 6 p.m. show, however, the 9 p.m. show is sold out, according to the club.

“We are very excited to bring back the magical production of Tina Burner’s ‘Witch Perfect’ after two years of sold-out shows,” said Fitzpatrick. “This year the show introduces two new cast members, adding RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Scarlet Envy and Alexis Michelle who have both performed on our stage in the past, and we consider them part of the family. Troop429.”

The show features songs from pop stars including Madonna, Britney Spears and Cher, Disney classics “Little Mermaid” and “Lion King” and Broadway tunes from “Gypsy” and “Wicked.” As in the film, the queens perform “I Put a Spell on You!”

Troupe429’s show is the production’s season premiere, Burner said. The group will then perform in North America for the remainder of October.

“Witch Perfect ticket holders can expect a clever and entertaining comedy parody with orchestrations and live vocals based on one of the most beloved Halloween movies of all time,” Burner said. “The characters may look familiar to you, but the production will present them to you in a way you’ve never seen them before.”

On October 29, Troupe429 will hold its annual Halloween party, featuring drag performances and costume contests with prizes. The club is open to anyone 21 years of age or older and no cover will be charged.

Abigail Brone can be contacted at [email protected]é


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