This year, the entertainment includes a vast assortment of burlesque performers, Satori Circus, the Detroit Party Marching Band, and the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra. Last weekend's epic Friday the 13th (of October) gala has come and gone, but you can still get into the gala on October 20, and the main event production on October 21. The Gala includes an open bar, valet parking, strolling dinner, the Ghost Train ride and an ice cream parlor. The main event experience has a cash bar and food-for-purchase, with eight stories of “endless curiosities, shows, roaming performers, and unexpected delights around every corner.” There’s also the Dirty Devil’s Peepshow and twenty different musical acts in the main ballroom.
While the gala is a huge splurge at $260, it’s truly a Detroit original, and should be experienced at least once, either in this life, or the (very spooky) next one. If you want the spectacle but can live without the open bar, ice cream, and lavish strolling dinner, the main event Saturdays are a bit more reasonable at $95.