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Nightmare on Block Street

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Spooky season is getting an early start in Fayetteville again this year. For the second straight year, the folks behind Pinpoint Fayetteville will transform their space into a Halloween wonderland called “Nightmare of Block Street” for the entire month of October.

Pinpoint is closed this week while owner Bo Counts and his team convert the basement space below Block Avenue with truckloads of Halloween decor. Once it reopens on Friday, Sept. 30, Pinpoint will be in full costume, complete with a new seasonal menu of creepy, themed cocktails.

Counts, of course, has a history of going big for Halloween in Fayetteville. Also known as local DJ Beat Bachs, he has been throwing some of the biggest Halloween parties in town for more than a decade.

Last year, the party became too big to be contained in a single evening, as Nightmare on Block Street became a month-long celebration instead of a single-night event. This year, it will be too large to be contained in a single space, as Counts has planned events at multiple venues.


Photo: Courtesy, Pinpoint Fayetteville

Counts has leased out the space formerly home to Nines Alley to host a haunted alleyway theatre experience called Conjuring & Other Sins.

From the description of the show:

Guests will experience cursed artifacts, belligerent spirits, and a thrilling encounter with a genuine famous haunted doll. Ultimately, we’ll speak with ghosts “beyond the veil” and hear their chilling responses.

Pinpoint also plans to partner with Arkansas Cinema and Creative Spaces on Mount Sequoyah to host horror film screenings at Mount Sequoyah Center next month. A screening of the locally-produced film “Door in the Woods: by Fayetteville filmmaker Chase Goforth is set for Oct. 5, and the group will show local filmmaker Tyler Horne’s short film “Flight” and Arkansas filmmakers Jordan Wayne Long and Tara Perry’s feature film, “Ghosts of the Ozarks” on Oct. 12.

Also next month, they will partner with Ballet Arkansas of Little Rock to bring their performances of Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Fayetteville Public Library Oct. 14-15.

An October blood drive is in the works as well, and details on that will be announced shortly.

For a bit more information, including photos of past events, visit nightmareonblockstreet.com.

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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