BY SUZANNAH COUCH
Grab your family, a bag of candy and some decorations for your car and head to the Indiana RedBarn on Saturday for a free night of candy, rock ‘n’ roll and homegrown horror.
Beginning at 7 p.m., all are invited to participate in a trunk and treat until 8:30 p.m.
“This is not limited to little kids. If you are a grownup and feel like you want to come out and get some candy for Halloween, we want you to come out and get some candy,” said Douglas Talley, owner and operator of Indiana RedBarn.
A prize will be awarded for best decorated car, Talley said.
“We’re hoping people who want to participate will get there a little early, get their parking spot and get all set up. We’ll be there all afternoon,” he said.
Beginning around 8:30 p.m., Mama’s Headache, a Columbus high school band, will take the stage.
Members range in age from 14 to 16 years old, but their musical influences go back to the 1980s — Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper are just a few, according to the band’s Facebook page.
“They came in and saw the stage and of course they wanted to play on it. We figured that would be a great time for it,” Talley said.
Then around 9:45 p.m., an outdoor viewing of the independent horror film “Gnawbone,” directed by Indiana residents Darrin Means and James Thompson, will start. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
The film is a throwback to ‘80s horror films with current filmmaking techniques. The tagline for the movie is, “Sometimes the things you fear are in your head; sometimes they’re in the woods,” the movie’s Facebook page says.
“Gnawbone” is about a boy who witnesses “something” take the life of his grandfather. The boy believes the traumatic event created a false memory and a psychologist encourages him to go back into the woods, to the site of his grandfather’s death, to face his fears.
“It’s a horror movie — it’s got blood and it’s got fear,” Talley said.
“Gnawbone” was filmed in Indiana. It will premiere Oct. 21 in Madison, followed by its Nashville debut Oct. 29.
Talley took over operation of the RedBarn in June. The site began hosting three concerts a weekend in August.
Indiana RedBarn leaders decided to host a Halloween event as a way to give back to the community, give a high school band a place to play and get to know the community better, Talley said.
“Just make it an open night to try and get people out so that they realize that we’re doing things over at the RedBarn again,” Talley said.
“We just really encourage people to come out and have a good time that night.”