Egyptian Theatre to host Spooktacular


Patrick Murphy

The main entrance of the Egyptian theater, pictured in fall 2020, located at 135 N. 2nd St in DeKalb.

By Kennedy Jones

The Egyptian Theatre and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Spooktacular event, 3 p.m. Oct. 21.

Spooktacular will happen in two parts: Trick-or-Treating and a Halloween movie night.

Trick-or-Treating, the first part of the event, will happen underneath the Egyptian Theatre marquee, 135 N. Second St. from 3 to 6 p.m. It is a free event hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, 130 W. Lincoln Highway Suite 200.

Kids will receive a prepackaged bag of candy, and parents will receive a bag put together by the downtown merchants. Pictures that families take throughout the event can be submitted to a costume contest on the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, according to the commerce’s website.

“We’ll have social distant lines where you can have your family take pictures in costume underneath the marquee,” Jeanine Holcomb, the Egyptian Theatre’s communication director, said. 

The second part of the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the Egyptian Theatre, where attendees can watch the Disney film “Hocus Pocus.” If guests want to watch the film, they will need to purchase tickets ahead of time. Tickets for the adults are $15 and children 12 years old and under are $12, according to the Egyptian Theatre’s website. There are a limited amount of tickets in order to maintain COVID-19 precautions, Holcomb said. 

Masks are required inside the theater. The staff has been working with the local health officials to make sure that the spacing of the seats are within the guidelines, said Holcomb.

“We are also taking extra precaution, sanitizing more, deep-cleaning more, having our volunteers and staff members wash their hands more.” Holcomb said.

The theater wants to make sure extra steps are taken to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience inside the theater, Holcomb said.