3rd Annual Moonlight Madness will be spook-tacular time for all

By Paige Nash

The Farm of Cultural Crossroads will be celebrating Halloween in a big way this year. The Third Annual Moonlight Madness will be taking place on October 15. 

Moonlight Madness is a spin-off of the former “Moon over Minden” event that featured a haunted hayride along with many other creepy activities.

“After several years of not having a Halloween event, we decided it was time to get spooky again,” said Brandi Cade, Cultural Crossroads Director.  

This Halloween celebration will feature an art competition. The competition will be split into three different age categories: Little Gremlins (6-12), Teen Wolves (13-18), and Crypt Keepers (18+).  Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each age group. 

The participating artists are allowed to enter two non-judged entries and two judged entries. The deadline for submissions is 3:30 p.m. October 10.  

The entry fee is $15 per judged entry. Non-judged entries can be submitted free of charge. This will also serve as an opportunity for the artists to sell their work, keeping 100 percent of the profits, if they so choose. All unsold submissions must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. November 3 or will be become property of Cultural Crossroads. 

There will be a gallery made up of the submissions at the Cultural Crossroads studio that will be open for public viewing during the Makers Mark Fair that will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, with a reception and awards ceremony taking place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

“We wanted to give local artists, young and old, a reason to create something to celebrate the holiday and make it an immersive experience for the guests who come to view the gallery of artwork, and that’s how the free haunted house came to be,” said Cade.  

The Farm will be transformed into a haunted house and will open directly after the reception and is open and free to the public until 10 p.m. 

Cade said, “We make it as creepy as we can while still keeping it kid-friendly for the little ones.” 

The Third Annual Moonlight Madness event is being made possible this year by many volunteers and sponsorships from R&V Works, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Minden, & Harper Motors.