Chelsea’s Local IScream Social: Halloween Fun For All Ages


The IScream social is for Halloween lovers of all ages. Developed by Katy Tinsley, this event is a great way for the community of Chelsea to get together for a widely celebrated holiday.

The IScream social will include fun activities at Chelsea’s Palmer Commons on Saturday, October 30th, from 10 am-3 pm overlapping with the Chelsea Farmers Market. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Witches, ghosts, ghouls, and all other traditional Halloween spectors are all welcome.

Crafts and activities at the social will include, Witchcrafts: various craft projects like Halloween buntings and pumpkin painting; a Trick-or-Treat Plinko game when participants play Plinko to see if they get a trick or a treat; Art Darts, a magnetic dartboard with art print prizes (send your Halloween/spooky digital art to [email protected]); The Ghoulery, a spooky art gallery curated by High School Seniors Kendall Spink and Stella Moore, and more. There will also be a costume contest, ice cream, and a haunted free library.

“I’ve always loved Halloween and when I was growing up in Chelsea my neighborhood always had a big Halloween party,” Tinsley said. “Now that I’m back living in my hometown I wanted to do something for my neighbors that would be fun!”

Tinsley had moved to be a wedding event planner for several years in Seattle where she coordinated over 50 weddings. Always moving towards the next adventure, Tinsley began managing the largest art market in New Orleans in the last three years, for which she threw special parties for holidays like Halloween.

“My role in the social is ‘Head Witch in Charge’,” Tinsley said. “I am coordinating the volunteers, building a lot of the games and decor, finding and buying supplies, spreading the word, and making connections with potential collaborators.”

In preparation for the IScream social, there will be a workday on October 23 from 11 am-2 pm at the Chelsea Palmer Commons to make decorations and paint signs; anyone who is interested is welcome to help.

“Chelsea is full of resources including money and supplies, but also talent, skills, ideas, and willing volunteers,” Tinsley said. “I want to experiment with what we can make happen with a little bit of community organizing- what opportunities we can create and what experiences we can share as a community.”

If anyone is interested in contributing to this event, Katy is looking for:

  • Committed long-haul volunteers to help with planning, coordinating, creating.
  • Creative youth with ideas and enthusiasm.

Supplies Needed (Donations/Lending):

  • Decorations: lots of black tablecloths/sheets/fabric, bottles, jars, skeletons, creatures, anything classic Halloween
  • Pop-up-tents, folding tables
  • Scary books (goosebumps, ghost stories)
  • On-theme prize items for games
  • Money for candy and ice cream

Contact Katy Tinsley at [email protected] or find her at the Chelsea Farmer’s Market on Saturdays at the Palmer Commons in Chelsea.