Bristol Press: Carousel Museum to host Zombie Ball

BRISTOL – The New England Carousel Museum and the Professional Young Visionaries of Tomorrow (PYVOT) are preparing for the second annual Zombie Ball to celebrate the Halloween season.

The BYOB event encourages anyone of legal drinking age to dress up in their favorite, scariest costume. Zombie costumes are highly encouraged but any costume is welcomed.

This year, the event is organized by PYVOT, a group that provides opportunities for the next generation of business and community leaders to network, share experiences and have a strong voice in constructing the environment around them.

Morgan Urgo, museum manager, said, “PYVOT is partnering with the museum” and a committee was created to oversee the event that is a mix of members from each group.

“PYVOT helped expand the idea pool,” Urgo said. “They are the perfect group of who we want to reach out to.”

Michael Prentiss, co-chairman of PYVOT, explained that the group “is always looking for opportunities to get involved with the local community and make Bristol a better place to work, live and play.

“Members were familiar with the New England Carousel Museum event, the Zombie Ball, and suggested we collaborate with them,” he said. “Being a board member” of the Carousel Museum, “I reached out to Louise DeMars [executive director of the museum] and Morgan Urgo, and they welcomed PYVOT’s suggestions with open arms.”

The group’s members then sat down with the museum and “ideas started coming together very quickly,” he said. “One exciting new twist is that the event is going to hold a Coney Island Freak Show,” which is slated for 8 p.m. in honor of the exhibit INK: The History and Ritual of Tattoo & Body Art that was recently held at the museum.

Urgo noted that Onyx Moonshine and Firefly Brewery have donated to the event, and DuPont Funeral Home is sponsoring it. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and zombie.

“It’s a great place to have a creative costume and we encourage people to get really creative,” Urgo said. When the clock strikes midnight, a toast will be held, but snacks, candy and local fare will be available throughout the night and there will also be tarot card readings, photos with Leo the lion and henna tattoos. Some food and activities will require a small additional fee.

The event is slated for Oct. 27 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave. Admission to the event is $20 per person or $25 at the door. Tables of eight may be reserved in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets call 860-585-5411 or visit

Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at or at 860-973-5088.

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