What is the spooktacular bash? It’s centered around the code department wanting to make the public
aware of different code violations that occur frequently. This is way to educate
the community about what the Code Department does: when they look for, what are
code violations, how can one get them and how can one alleviate them.
One is tall grass, another is hoarding, and the third would be infestation. So the Spooktacular Bash
allows everyone to see what those things look like in a fun way. So we
decided to make a haunted house as it were that also informs the public of
what violations look like and how terrifying and dangerous they can be, if
you let it get to a certain limit. And so it allows people to have a good time and
see these things and walk away with a little bit of knowledge when they
leave here. I thought last year after we had pumpkin carving one weekend, and we had Spooktacular another day, I thought why don’t we merge this together and
make this be one big Spooktacular pumpkin carving. So I have this vision of the dock
area being the front yard and then as they walk into the theatre from the dock
it will be like a living room into a kitchen area that will see the
infestation and the hoarding and outside will be the tall grass violations,
branches broken, things like that… and so they’ll get to walk through and see it close-up. And we’ll have some spooky stuff too. With all the violations in the haunted
house and then you get to carve your pumpkin on the way out the door…
what an awesome partnership and I’m so excited that we get a chance to do this
with Code. I think it’s going to be another hit and I think it’ll be an
annual thing that we’ll do for years to come. We want to be a place for performing
artists, a comfortable place. I grew up in this neighborhood
[near a] church that’s visible from the front door of the Carver. I’ve been coming here
my entire life as well as the Library and the Museum. I came to the Carver as a
little girl – to the museum, to the library I went to Kealing Middle School.
It means a place where you can be expressive, a place where this town’s history and
the history of people beyond this town is represented. So I have grown up and
seen so much of East Austin and so many of the changes. Some of those changes have been sad.
Some of them, perhaps one may say they’re good. But the Carver represents stories of
long ago, it represents stories of today… It means that if you need a place to
perform or be creative, the Carver is always that place that gives black
people my age and any age that opportunity to showcase those talents.
And I think, you know, this theater is is versatile. We don’t only have performing
arts, we’ve had panel discussions, we’ve had films… and we have had some very
tough conversations in that space which I think is important. I think the Carver
offers that that space where you can have hard conversations, in an educated
fashion, so that people can express their feelings, their fears, their dreams.
They have so many programs where your artistry, your visual art, your
performance art can be on display for the community and I think that’s amazing.
What do we hope to leave the visitors with? Information on what the violations
look like but also how to take care of them: where do you get rid of certain
materials like batteries or your computer, things you shouldn’t just put it a
dumpster… whether or not you should have tires just out – like, I didn’t even
know that you should not leave tires out you know to even play in because they
collect water and mosquitoes get in there and that breed disease, so just how
to get rid of these violations and [how] to avoid them, and where you go in your city and your
area to make that happen. It is really a beacon of the contributions that African Americans
have made to not only Austin but to Texas. If we don’t tell our story, nobody will.
Come out and see us October 26 for the Spooktacular Bash, pumpkin carving
on the dock as well! I won’t just say I hope you come out, I know you will come
out to join us on October 26 from 11 to 2* o’clock to enjoy our Spooktacular Bash
and our pumpkin carving right here at the George Washington Carver Museum and
Cultural Center. And, of course, of course, we want everyone to have fun:
Spooktacular is all about fun.