Freaks Night Out!

Oglebay Institute is hosting the most wicked Halloween party in Wheeling. The second annual Shadows Ball brings a night of thrills, chills, sideshow, burlesque, costumes and rock ‘n’ roll.

The Shadows Ball takes place from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, one of Wheeling’s grand, historic mansions.

Back by popular demand, Pittsburgh’s Kabarett Vulgare returns to entertain guests with a variety of sideshow acts including glass walking, brain flossing, human blockhead, burlesque, the bed of nails, pain wands, contortion and more. A DJ will provide music throughout the evening, and the dance floor will be open.

A performing arts group based heavily on Weimer era cabaret and the American sideshow tradition, Kabarett Vulgare takes the best of both worlds and delivers a night of performance not soon to be forgotten. Performers include sideshow marvel and boylesque drag queen Lilith DeVille, glass dancer and burlesque performer/educator Macabre Noir, fakir bed of nails oracle Nick Noir and contortionist Zsa Zsa Moon.

Kabarett Vulgare has been making crowds scream with pleasure and pain on stages all over the continental United States since 2009. Awards include: 2012 Pittsburgh Freak of the Year, 2013 Great Southern Exposure Best Variety Entertainer, 2014 Burlypics International Most Daring Act, 2014 Burlypics Pennsylvania overall winner, 2016, Burlypics Pennsylvania Master of Vocals, 2016 Burlypics Pennsylvania Master of Lip Sync.

In additional to entertainment, guests at the Shadows Ball will enjoy food, drink, film screenings playing in the gallery and a judged costume competition with prizes.

Food for the evening is provided by Ye Olde Alpha, and the menu includes: 

∫ Brain Puree (roasted red pepper hummus with grilled pita)

∫ Three Witches Cauldron (spicy pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds)

∫ Bloodied Beets (roasted beets with caramelized onions, goat cheese and balsamic reduction)

∫ Count Guac-ula (chips, salsa and guasacaca)

∫ Texas Chainsaw Pulled Pork (pulled pork with Texas BBQ and spicy slaw)

∫ Graveyard Greens (Mixed green salad with raspberry vinaigrette)

∫ Severed Bat Wings (chicken wings with chipotle BBQ and hot pickles and Ranch dressing);

∫ Steak Shivs (Guadalajara steak skewers with chimichurri sauce)

Costumes required for entry. Open to ages 18 and older only. No entry without appropriate ID.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 304-242-7700.