Carnevil Fotofocus Haunted Halloween Party

By Stefanie Kremer for CityBeat

Meet a young girl in a blue dress with matted hair and no eyes as she carries a round object. Have a close encounter with a young boy carrying a leather ball. Feel the touch and tug of other spirits and the mysterious cold spots throughout the 200-year-old building. These spirits that have been investigated and confirmed by ghost-hunters including Project Paranormal don't want to leave the four-story brick mansion in Newport known as the Thompson House.

With a performance by local indie band DAAP Girls, a Cin City Burlesque performance by Cara Mello, Dante's Gypsy Circus, Self-Diploma's DJ ETrayn, fortune tellers, a Framestar Photo Booth, costume contests and a self-guided tour of the mansion on Saturday evening, you won't want to leave either. Dress in your Halloween best and enter at your own risk to celebrate FotoFocus, a month-long biennial celebration spotlighting independently programmed exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art. $40 early admission at 8 p.m. with VIP access and drink specials or $20 late admission at 10 p.m. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Thompson House, 23 E. Third St. Newport. cincinnatiarts.org.

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