- $12.50 for admission for one to Fashionably Undead Bash: ’90s Nightmare ($25 value)
- $25 for admission for two ($50 value)
On Saturday, October 17, at 9 p.m., horror fiends and ‘90 nostalgists let loose at a prom where the corsages and boutonnieres are appropriately blood-splattered, slow dances get even slower because the dancers are zombies, and—scariest of all—acid-washed jeans are back in vogue. At the Fashionably Undead Prom: ’90s Nightmare, revelers decked out in their favorite flannel, babydoll dresses, and Lisa Frank tattoos get their groove with ’90s dance tunes, share photo booth snapshots with their top crushes, enjoy horror-themed drink specials, partake in costume contests, and compete for the crown of terrifying prom king or queen. Admission also includes entry to the EMP exhibit, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film. featuring artifacts such as the actual ax used in The Shining. For those in need of horror/’90s hybrid costume ideas, feel free to try suggestions such as werewolf grunge rocker, Evil Steve Urkle, a pulseless cast of Clueless, or a zombie Wayne and Garth.
EMP Museum is a tribute to cultural icons as well as a breeding ground for the next generation of musicians and societal shapers. Here, attendees don’t just stand before exhibits that explore Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana but throw down their own musical chops in interactive exhibits such as Sound Lab, where they riff on an electric guitar, bang on drums, and tweak acoustics behind a mixing console. On Stage also gets guests to grip instruments—but under the hot lights of the stage, where they can pretend to entertain legions of fans or accompany their nephew’s birthday party.
The museum also curates rotating exhibits that celebrate modern cultural achievements. These have showcased the impact of Nirvana’s career alongside historic artifacts as diverse as Hendrix's Electric Lady mixing console and Marty's hoverboard from Back to the Future II. As home to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the museum also spotlights luminaries such as Ray Bradbury and Steven Spielberg, who have shaped a generation’s imagination while warning people about the perils of suppressing ingenuity, ideas, and viewpoints.
All of the educational programming and special events unfold inside the architectural jewel that is the EMP Museum. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, the building’s 3,000 stainless-steel panels shimmer and seemingly swing through the air. This fluidity, which can alter its appearance depending on the time of day and light conditions, is about “reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving,” as the museum’s website states.