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Think you can solve the mystery at Skull Manor? Get into costume and into the Halloween spirit Saturday, Oct. 14, as the Artesia Community Theatre hosts “Murder at Skull Manor,” a mystery theatre and costume ball.

Skull Manor is an old estate in the heart of Spider City, known for its captivating architecture, mysterious ambiance, and unspeakable history.

The townspeople have been scurrying about preparing for the manor’s annual costume ball and the night of great food, inspiring conversation, and, of course, outrageous gossip is provides.

This has been a daunting year of dissension and discord among many of the residents of Spider City. Rumors of blackmail, thievery, and scandalous controversies have been circulating throughout the grapevines, but there’s hope everyone can put aside their differences for a night of fun; if not, there may be misfortune on the horizon.

This is where the story begins.

“Murder at Skull Manor” will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Those wishing to participate are asked to RSVP to act88210@yahoo.com or Linda VanDerVeen, 703-7766, in order to be assigned a character.

Snacks will be served, and a silent auction fundraiser will be held. The event is free to ACT members; non-members may join at the door or provide a minimum donation of $10 to participate.

Costumes are encouraged, and those lacking an outfit may find what they’re looking for during the Artesia Arts Council’s costume sale from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the OPAC.