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Havin’ A “Ball” At The Arb

Vampire Ball

“Vampires pretending to be humans pretending to be vampires … How avant-garde!”

The Northland Arboretum invites you to the Vampire Ball on Saturday, October 26th, 7 pm to midnight. The Arboretum is famous for their scary Haunted Trail, but the Vampire Ball brings Halloween to the 21+ crowd. Vampires have long been part of the spookier side of Halloween. With their aversion to light, sparkling skin, sharp fangs, and dramatic all-black fashion sense, these strange creatures can live forever and are feared for plenty of reasons, including, of course, their thirst for blood. (Is your spine tingling yet?)

“The Vampire Ball is a new fundraising effort for the Arboretum,” said Vicki Foss, Executive Director of the Northland Arboretum.  “The Haunted Trail is so fun for families and kids of all ages, but we want to capture some of the dark side of the holiday for the adults, 21+, in our community.”

Included with purchase of your ticket, two drink tickets from the Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar, hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Mike, a local favorite band “Lolah” will be providing the music with local celebrity “Wild Bill Satre” from B93.3 Radio’s Morning Show emceeing the festivities between sets, games and more.

For the Vampire Ball the rock band Lolah took a selfie in the mirror. It didn’t work.

“Costumes are expected” said Foss.  “You don’t have to be a vampire, but we do want everyone to get into the spirit of things.” Costume contest, trivia, and dance-offs are planned for the event. 

Ticket prices are $50/person and will be available at the door.  Advanced tickets, are available at the Visitors Center, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 and on the web at or by the event link on Facebook.  Guest space is limited, reserve your tickets today.

If you would like more information about this event or about the Northland Arboretum, please contact Vicki Foss, Executive Director at 829-8770 or by email at