Like a lot of places, Sullivan’s Island capitalizes on Edgar Allen Poe’s brief stay there — the King of Creepy was stationed at Fort Moultrie for a year in the early 1800s. Some say his time on the island inspired many of his earliest, most popular works, and every year around Halloween, Creative Spark Center for the Arts pays homage to Poe.
The performance art event is set within the labyrinthine passageways of the historic fort, with local actors from Contemporary Theater Lab performing vignettes with special effects from Wonderworlds. If you’ve been to the event before, don’t write it off this year — you can expect all-new performances from dancers from Robert Ivey Ballet, a fire eater, a gothic dancing geisha, and more.
The performance is followed by a reception with party favors and refreshments from Poe’s Tavern along with musical entertainment from Cary Ann Hearst and friends. Guests will also learn a dance from Poe’s “The Masque of Red Death.” Spring for VIP tickets and you’ll be able to enjoy pre-show cocktails at Mugdock Castle, just a short walk from the fort.
While the event may be disturbing for young children, they don’t have to miss out — the Fort Auditorium will host a presentation about Poe’s work on Friday at 7 p.m. ($5/child). If it’s a dark and stormy night, be sure to bring an umbrella for this rain or shine event. —Erica Jackson