A Very Solvang Halloween

Will you discover "The Curse of Skull Mountain" at the Solvang Festival Theater?

THAT SOLVANG SPARKLE, the quintessential twinkle we often associate with one of the country's most Christmas-tastic towns, takes on a more atmospheric glow around the end of October. You might even describe it as the kind of glow that emits from a jack o'lantern, the flickering of a small candle inside a gourd. That's because the Danish village pauses each year to find its Halloween spirit, and it doesn't look far. That's because the Solvang Festival Theater regularly puts on a production that summons some of the spookiness of the occasion, while outside a Street Fest welcomes revelers in costume. The 2017 production is on for Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31 and its name? Beware...

"THE CURSE OF SKULL MOUNTAIN": Prepare to face "(t)wo terror-ific nights through abandoned gold and silvermines, a miner camp, the Old West town, and more." The production gets a bit kid-friendlier earlier on each evening, from 6 to 6:30, so keep that in mind if you have tots in tow. An adult ticket is $11, a ticket for a child ages 13 and under is $9, but do arrive with a bit of extra cash as food will be for sale at the Street Fest outside. If you do prefer Solvang's sparkle to that pumpkin-y glow, hang tight:

JULEFEST... is jingling this way, with its the popular tree lighting starting the celebrations off on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

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