Fifty years ago, the world was introduced to a new soap opera. It examined the lives and emotional relationships between your classic drama filled Collins family members living beautiful Collinsport, Maine. Oh, did we mention one of the family members is a vampire? Talk about your crazy cousin.
Dark Shadows debuted June 27, 1966 and ran through April 2, 1971, for 1,225 episodes. The Gothic show became a cult classic and attracted 20 million housewives and teenagers, with story lines that featured ghosts, werewolves, zombies, and a parallel universe to name a few. To help with the dwindling ratings, the show introduced Barnabas Collins, a 175-year-old vampire in search of new blood and his lost love for what was originally to be a 13 week run. Due to his popularity and the increase in viewership, he remained on the show.
On October 29th, a dozen of Dark Shadows stars and production personnel will come together for the Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Halloween in Hollywood. Guests include Lara Parker (Angelique), John Karlen (Willie Loomis), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), Roger Davis (Peter Bradford), Nancy Barrett (Carolyn Stoddard), and James Storm (Gerard) to name a few.
The event will allow fans to meet and greet the actors, receive complimentary autographs, question and answer sessions, performances from the stars, and rare video screenings. They will also be celebrating Lara Parkers new book, Dark Shadows – The Heiress of Collinwood which will be released in November.
Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Halloween in Hollywood starts at 12 noon on Saturday, October 29th and will run till 12 midnight at the Woman’s Club of Hollywood, 1749 N. La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at http://www.darkshadowsfestival.com/