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Southern Cultural Heritage Center planning ‘ghoulish’ events

Halloween is a festive time of year, and to celebrate, the Southern Cultural Heritage Center has planned events to get your ghost on.

The Monster Bash, set for Thursday, Oct. 19, will be held from 7-10 p.m. This is the second time the SCHC has hosted this event.

“We did this two years ago, and in celebration of the SCH Foundation’s 25th anniversary, we decided to bring it back,” SCHF Executive Director Stacey Mahoney said.

The event will include music, food, cocktails and a costume contest.

A DJ was spinning records at the inaugural event, Mahoney said, but this year live music will be offered by The Chill.

“We decided to do it big this year,” she said.

Local restaurants will provide food and guests can enjoy signature cocktails. And for the best costume, one lucky party-goer will win a prize.

“The last time we held the Monster Bash the costumes and makeup were amazing. One person had makeup on like the Day Of The Dead and another came as Beetle Juice,” Mahoney said. “This is a party you don’t want to miss. It’s the best costume party in Vicksburg.”

Tickets are $25 each or $40 for a couple and include one drink ticket and two for a couple. After that, a cash bar will be available.

Tickets for the event are available at the SCHF business office, 1302 Adams St., or on Eventbrite.com.

Also, the purchase of 6-to-8 tickets will reserve a table.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., a Halloween arts and crafts class will be offered for ages four through nine.

This is a hands-on class, Mahoney said, and activities for Crafty Halloween Fun with Lana will include pumpkin decorating, creating a haunted house, making a skeleton and a spooky spider headband. The class will also decorate Halloween cookies and have Halloween snacks. The cost is $35 and space is limited and reservations are required.

The third annual Haunted Halloween Ghost Hunt with Mississippi Paranormal Society will be Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.

The event will kick off with a meet and greet in the SCHC Auditorium. Cocktails will be available and a brief history and overview of the facility will be presented.

Then ghost hunters will divide up into groups with each group being led by someone from the Mississippi Paranormal Society.

The hunt will include all five buildings of the SCHC complex.

And yes, there are ghosts in the buildings, Mahoney said.

“Mississippi Paranormal has come many times to investigate ahead of time,” she said. “They usually come once or twice before the ghost hunt and figure out where all the hot spots are.”

There will be a limited number of tickets available for the hunt, and the cost is $60 and includes one drink ticket.

Rounding out the SCHC’s “A Nightmare on Crawford Street” events is a “Kids in the Kitchen” Halloween Edition.

The class is offered for ages 4 through 12 and will be led by Margie Heltzel.

The cost is $35 and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required.

For more information about any of these events, to make reservations or purchase tickets, call 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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