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Johnny Depp focus of Norwalk Halloween haunted house at SoNo mall

Starting next weekend, the Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts will hold a haunted house in The SoNo Collection mall parking lot. The 30-minute tours, which begin Oct. 14 and continue on weekends until 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 defamation lawsuit against his former wife, Amber Heard.

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

“No actor has created more larger-than-life characters than Johnny Depp. As a performance-based college, it felt like a natural fit. With our incredible team, every year we make a custom built haunted maze from scratch to fit the theme.”

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the tours of the haunted house will be held on level 1.5 of the garage, the  said. Last year was the conservatory’s first haunted house. On the weekend of Halloween, the haunted house will take place Friday through Tuesday, Nov. 1, according to the conservatory

The house operates from 7 to 11:30 p.m. and closes at 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, according to the website. Standard tickets cost $25, but VIP tickets are offered for $40. Ticket proceeds support the conservatory and funding 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 Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29.

Tours are held at the Mill Hill Historic Park from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and throughout the day Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. Each tour is 90 minutes. 

An extended tour will be offered for the first time this year at 9:30 p.m. in which attendees will, “Visit the Old Norwalk Jail, the site of a 19th Century death, and the graveyard and hear chilling tales in all three locations,” according to the society. 

The event includes a candle-lit tour through the Mill Hill graveyard, where “ghostly entities are waiting to share their true stories of death, murder, insanity and destruction.”

Stories shared during the tour are factual and based on Norwalk’s history, according to the society. 

Before Oct. 20, tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children up to 12. Beginning Oct. 21, the prices rise to $20 and $18 for adults and children, respectively. 

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

‘Witch Perfect’

On Sunday, a Hocus Pocus-themed drag show will be performed at the city’s gay club, Troupe429, according to club owner Casey Fitzpatrick. The show, titled “Witch Perfect,” will return to Norwalk for the third year. The 6 and 9 p.m. showings have been sold out, according to the club.

“We are very excited to bring back Tina Burner’s magical production of ‘Witch Perfect’ after two years of sold-out shows,” Fitzpatrick said. “This year, the show features 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 part of the Troupe429 family.”

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 movie, the queens perform “I Put a Spell on You!”

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

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

On Oct. 29, Troupe429 will host its annual Halloween party, with drag performances and costume contests with prizes. The club is open to anyone 21 or older and no cover will be charged.

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