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Soiree Spooktakular is back again at the Prom Center, Oct. 29

Among some of the more creepy costumes worn at the Soiree Spooktakular are some pretty kooky ones, including a local gent who last year dressed up as 'Velvet Elvis. Photo courtesy Woodbury Community Foundation.

If you're into Halloween and helping the community there is only one place to be Friday, Oct. 29 at precisely 6:13 p.m. - the third annual Soiree Spooktakular at the Prom Center in Oakdale.

That's the message event organizers at the Woodbury Community Foundation have been broadcasting the last several weeks as the non-profit organization prepares for its biggest fundraiser of the year.

And the big news this year? One-hundred percent of proceeds generated from the Spooktakular will go toward the mission of the Woodbury Community Foundation - providing grants for non-profit organizations in Woodbury, said Alisa Rabin Bell, executive director for the WCF.

"In the past the proceeds from the event have all gone towards operations, so we're pretty excited to be at this point," Rabin Bell said. "It's been the goal all along to create partnerships and help fund community-centered initiatives in and around Woodbury."

The WCF was launched in 2008 by several community members who felt the city's growth was such that establishment of an organization to promote philanthropy and a culture of giving was in high order.

The organization began creating several events and programs throughout the last few years to generate awareness and dollars for the organization. The Soiree Spooktakular is one such that has caught on and continues to grow, Rabin Bell said.

"We're hoping for 200 people this year," she said. "Every year we change something a little bit, but the main theme stays the same. It's a great chance to come in costume and celebrate with friends."

This year's Spooktakular will include heavy hors d'ouerves, a silent auction and a dance.

Rabin Bell said she expects a cavalcade of creepy and kooky costumes as well.

"Last year I think one of the favorites was a fellow who came dressed as a 'Velvet Elvis,' with a big eisel and red velvet picture frame," she said. "It was hilarious."

Many noted community members are expected to arrive in costume, but Rabin Bell said dressing up is not required.

"Everyone who dresses up has a great time, but if you don't like to do that, it's fun just to see everyone else in costume," she said.

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