Winter is coming: Halloween house party puts ‘Fun’ in FUNdraiser

Published 12:01 am Thursday, October 31, 2019

NATCHEZ — Fire and ice is a theme of the popular HBO television series “Game of Thrones,” and that theme is the inspiration for the third annual PURRfectly Spooktacular HOWLoween PAWS Event from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Every year for the past three years, the family of Dr. Geoff Flattmann has opened the doors to their house at 1046 U.S. 61 South for the party that raises money for the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society.

For the second straight year James Kennedy of the Bravo television show “Vanderpump Rules” will be the live DJ for the party.
Last year’s event brought out approximately 200 people, Geoff Flattmann said.

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After the party, Lisa Flattmann said, James Kennedy, said, “I’ll see you next year.”

“That means he’s coming back,” Lisa said.

Geoff said the party started out when Lisa began hosting a jewelry party for women several years back but then the event quickly evolved into a Halloween party.
“This will be the third year in that the format,” Geoff said. “It has been a successful fundraiser for the Humane Society. It is kind of her (Lisa’s) baby.”
Every dollar collected at the event goes to the humane society, Geoff said.

“The generosity and willingness of people in community to donate to the cause is amazing,” Geoff said.

Lisa said she enjoys hosting the party each year and she begins planning the next theme even before she is through creating the current theme and transforming her house into a Halloween party venue.

“What makes this exciting at least from our vantage point is that I simply adore Halloween and all of the festivities that go with it and every year,” Lisa said. “I’ve been transforming the house into different themes to invite people to come and tour.”

Lisa said she strives to make the event fun each year and uses the hash tag “#notaboringFUNdraiser” on social media to promote the event.

“I do ‘Fun’ in capital letters, because I want it to be the kind of thing that people look forward to every year, and it is about raising awareness for a cause, which is the shelter,” Lisa said. “If I can bring those two passions of mine together then I have ultimately met my goal to bring happiness and enjoyment to this time of year to the cause.”

Lisa said she hopes this year’s theme of Fire and Ice will have some surprises for visitors.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person, which includes food. The party is for people 15 years old and older and tickets can be purchased at the shelter 601-442-4001. Armbands are provided for anyone under the age of 21.