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Escape Halloween: What it was like inside Insomniac’s creepy dance party

Angels, devils, superheroes, villains, monsters and humans put their differences aside to dance under the moonlight on the first day of Insomniac’s Escape Halloween on Friday, Oct. 28.

The two-day festival, which takes place at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, offered carnival rides and showcased four stages, each seemingly more dastardly than the next. The psycho circus theme brought out the freaks, and the events in Crazy Town, the festival’s central gathering spot, provoked an uneasy feeling of insanity.

Alejandro de Leon, 25, of Victorville, has attended Escape three times and said he plans to return next year.

“This is for sure my favorite festival,” she commented. “I’m a fan of Halloween, and I live for some heavy bass music.”

The festival’s four stages were full of fire effects, each with its unique dreadful theme and several EDM artists. The Grim stage looked like a massive altar with an ancient skeleton draped in a sheet that moved its arms alongside screens displaying skulls with lightning during the performances of Marshmello, Alesso and Derro B2B Valentino Khan.

The Feeding Grounds stage consisted of thick, white webs all along the ceiling with giant hungry spiders at its core. Another spider-like creature and monsters danced along with the heavy bass sets of acts such as Shiverz, The Prototypes and Wooli.

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The Sanitarium stage had an old brick background with eerie writing on the walls. The screens on the stage displayed patients in hallways with white straitjackets struggling to break free, while the crowds roared to the music of Sound Rush, DJ Anime and Sub Zero Project.

The Sewer District, a stage made up of graffitied shipping containers, provided enough space for the monsters to mash along with Meduza, Eli Brown and Anna.

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