When we interviewed the incomparable Elvira Mistress of the Dark aka Cassandra Peterson last year, she admitted she was impressed by her career longevity and relevance. The secret to her success (besides a contract with Satan)? “It has to do with Halloween,” she told us. “I’ve been riding Halloween’s coattails for years. The horror genre has grown tremendously since I created Elvira, but somehow I keep getting gigs year after year.”
One of her most prominent annual gigs has been with Knott’s Scary Farm, one of the largest Halloween-themed events of the fall season. She had her first string of gigs there back in 1981 and featured prominently until 2001. After a hiatus during which the park pursued a more family-friendly atmosphere and crowd, she returned to Knott’s last year, where she appeared for a week straight with Elvira’s Danse Macabre.
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If you missed her in last year, you’ll definitely want to catch her this year, because 2017 will be Elvira’s final year with Knott’s. The announcement came at this weekend’s Midsummer Scream convention in Long Beach and was followed with an official Tweet.
— Knott's Scary Farm (@knottsscaryfarm) July 29, 2017
The Mistress of the Dark is back at #ScaryFarm for her final season. Elvira will perform nightly in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre.
Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, graces the Knott’s Scary Farm stage for the final time this year! Elvira goes out with a bang in a spectacular all-new show! The one of a kind performance will transport guests to spooky world full of music, dance, and humor. Don’t miss your last chance to pay your respects to the Queen of Halloween at Knott’s Scary Farm! (Source)
So does this mean Elvira is eyeing retirement? Again, I refer back to our interview from last October. Sher told us: “Every decade I say I’m going to retire, so I don’t know. I said I’d quit when I turned 40, and then I said I’d quit when I’m 50, and now… But I won’t ever completely retire. I love it so much. And I’ve got other stuff in the works like an Elvira animation project, and my autobiography.”
One way or another, we need Elvira in our lives, am I right?
Check out some highlights from last year’s Danse Macabre below.
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