Family-friendly Halloween movie party

Mr. Moribund is known by day as W.J. Walton. He’s a 50-year-old retail supervisor and father of two from Harrington.

He knows he’s weird.

“I don’t know why I like scary movies so much. I’m just a freak,” he laughed.

Mr. Moribund’s Theatre of Terror is in the style of old horror-comedy TV shows like Elvira’s Movie Macabre and Dr. Shock’s Scream-In.

“I just always thought it was really cool,” Walton said. “Being a TV horror host is something I dreamt of as a kid.”

Walton may be a little bit of a freak, but he’s also a very kind and compassionate guy who plays father figure for a lot of kids who might also be freaky. Several join him onstage in the Theatre of Terror, as characters like Cadavera the Clown and Scorpia the Human-scorpion Hybrid. They perform comedy sketches and, occasionally, kids with other talents, like singing or playing an instrument, join them.

On Friday and Saturday the Riverfront Theatre in Milford will host Walton and his gang of kooky monsters with their music and comedy sketches before, during and after a 3D showing of “The Creature From The Black Lagoon.”

It’s family-friendly– no profanity or gratuitous gore.

“The movies we show are from the ‘50s and ‘60s, so they don’t really scare the kids anymore,” Walton said. “The crowd thought “The Tingler” was hilarious. We were afraid the movie was funnier than we were!”

“The Tingler” was the first movie Walton chose for Mr. Moribund’s Theatre of Terror, in 2015. About 60 people were there, and the show has only grown in popularity. This year, a summer show was added.

Admission is $5. All proceeds benefit the Riverfront Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 both nights. For more, check out Mr. Moribund’s Theatre of Terror on Facebook.