Scares aplenty await those brave enough to attend the sixth annual Hammond Horror Festival, event organizers said.

Scheduled for Oct. 14-16 in and around downtown Hammond, the festival will feature activities including a masquerade showcase, screenings of independent horror films and an original theatrical performance.

This year, it also functions as a fundraising opportunity for the American Cancer Society’s Tangipahoa Relay for Life and for donations to aid in flood recovery efforts.

The festivities are under the artistic direction of Taylor McLellan and James Winter, who created the concept as a way for local artists to get their work shown and to offer alternative entertainment in the community.

“The goal is to give the community a unique experience,” McLellan said. “Hammond should come out to support the local art scene, and be entertained by something more than your iPhone.”

The first night features “A Macabre Showcase” at the Gnarly Barley Brewing Company, 1709 Corbin Road, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 per person. The showcase replaces the masquerade ball of years past. Also gone this year is the zombie fashion show.

The showcase includes a performance by the La LA Tribal Belly Dance Troupe in honor of the 30th anniversary of the film “Labyrinth,” along with added performances by Lightwire Theatre and the Wicked Little Voodoo Dolls, a news release said. It also will feature a horror-themed local arts market.

The second day of the festival includes the theatrical production “7 Tales from the Labyrinth,” a series of seven 10-minute plays written, designed and directed all within the span of one day. It is sponsored by the Southeastern Louisiana University campus theater honor society Alpha Psi Omega. The theme for the theater festival this year will be based on the idea of a labyrinth, the release said.

Tickets for “7 Tales from the Labyrinth” are $7 each at the Pottle Auditorium on the university’s main campus. The box office opens at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

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