In the world of local Academy Award-winning short film maker, artist and author William Joyce, kids rule. After all, he is the “Guardian of Childhood,” the flyer of Fantastic Books, the collector of “Brave Good Bugs” and the writer of Rolie Polie Olie.  With Joyce, holidays also rule, especially Halloween, so who better to orchestrate the most tremendous Trick or Treat to date than the eerily enchanting, ghoulishly graphic and frighteningly fantastical William Joyce!

Joyce’s Halloween creations are not simply scary stories, but a collection of stupendous spiders, spine tingling skeletons, spooky skulls, and generally scary stuff from his Halloween parties that Martha Stewart featured on her show. On Friday, October 13 the Shreveport Regional Arts Council will unveil a Halloween extravaganza that transforms artspace at 708 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport into a House of Joycean horrors. Ghouls, goblins, and ghosts will give you a sneak peak into two hauntingly hallowed exhibitions during an opening night party with “Boo Bites” and live entertainment, all for a $10 admission fee and a cash bar.

“I always thought when I was a kid that holidays—especially Halloween—should be bigger. You should make a big deal out of
holidays because they don’t happen very often. So when I got old enough and had enough money, I decided that I would just do Halloween and other holidays the way I wished they had been done when I was a kid,” said William Joyce. “Now the
Shreveport Regional Arts Council has given me the chance to share my Halloween collection with everyone. And what better way to do it than to create vignettes at artspace. The show will be a perfect start to a month of hobgoblins, skeletons and lots of “BOO!,” added Joyce.

“William Joyce’s Halloween collection of bats, skeletons, artworks, and thousands of creepy – but friendly- spiders, including his famous giant lawn arachnid will weave a web of Halloween Magic in artspace from October 13 to November 4,” said SRAC Executive Director Pam Atchison. “It will also be a frighteningly fun place to host your very own William Joyce style Halloween Carnival, Homecoming Celebration and Fall Festival, and will be available for rentals. Wouldn’t it be scary, if someone beat you to booking the best date for your monster bash?” added Atchison.

Throughout the five weeks of the exhibition, ghost stories will be told on the spooky performance stage and eerie live music can be heard! Pumpkin carving and painting as well as face and body painting by professional artists will be featured Halloween activities to get you ready for Pumpkin Shine or the Halloween Costume Party of the Century!

Adding to the macabre atmosphere, 65 local artists’ who toured the 100-year-old Forest Park Cemetery with historian John Andrew Prime will display their works in an exhibition entitled, “InGraved,” opening upstairs in CoolSpace at artspace beginning Saturday, October 14. This exhibition will include the visual, literary and performance work of Northwest Louisiana artists inspired by the history and scenes of the 100-year-old Forest Park Cemetery.

William Joyce himself will be a guest at the fabulously freaky Friday October the 13th gala of ghastly proportions at artspace from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join Bill at the party and get a taste of how “Horribly Halloweenie” the five weeks of his exhibition are going to be. Don’t be afraid! Come out and party with Joyce as we unveil the gist of his juicy Joycean imagination.