Keep Kansas City Weird: Edgar Allen Poe Rock Party At Union Hill Cemetery

This town takes Halloween seriously . . . Here is one of many examples of locals going above and beyond in order to share macabre offerings amid the scary season . . .

"A small crowd gathered Saturday evening, sitting on blankets and folding chairs at sunset on a hillside in Union Cemetery. The trees were tinged with orange and red as actor R.H. Wilhoit stepped out onto a grassy field between the graves to recite the work of American horror master Edgar Allen Poe.

"Though he didn't break character until the end of the show, Wilhoit said performing Poe’s works in Missouri’s oldest public cemetery adds an eerie layer to each performance."

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Edgar Allan Poe's macabre masterpieces find a home in Kansas City's historic cemetery

To start the Halloween season, The Coterie Theater is bringing Gothic horror performances back to Union Cemetery, the state's oldest public graveyard and the final resting place of many Kansas City founders.