Halloween season headliner Burton Ball reveals pandemic-era plans for the San Antonio tradition


The Burton Ball will be a multi-day drive-thru experience this year to keep the tradition going while ensuring safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to online details.

The Burton Ball will be a multi-day drive-thru experience this year to keep the tradition going while ensuring safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to online details.

Photo: B. Kay Richter

The Burton Ball will be a multi-day drive-thru experience this year to keep the tradition going while ensuring safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to online details.

The Burton Ball will be a multi-day drive-thru experience this year to keep the tradition going while ensuring safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to online details.

Photo: B. Kay Richter

Halloween season headliner Burton Ball reveals pandemic-era plans for the San Antonio tradition

San Antonio organizers are on the ball making pandemic-era plans for the Halloween season.

The Burton Ball will be a multi-day drive-thru experience this year to keep the tradition going while ensuring safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to online details.

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Normally, the event brings in crowds of people celebrating the fantasy world of filmmaker Tim Burton. The ball has taken place at a variety of venues over the years since its inception at the bygone Korova. This year, from Oct. 9-11,  guests will party from the safety of their cars at a drive-thru at Trader’s Village.

“For a decade now, we annually celebrate all things TIM BURTON and have watched our spooky little party morph into one of the most highly anticipated events of the season and with a little bit of creativity, we will carry on this October,” organizers said online.

While the 2020 installment will undergo a major modification because of the pandemic, it will still have all the “ambiance” of before, the online event page says.

Other groups, like the San Antonio Zoo and even a local strip club, have found success in offering drive-thru experiences. However, the model was not feasible for larger scale events like Fiesta or Wurstfest in New Braunfels, which that bring out thousands but were canceled in 2020.

Burton Ball activities like the costume contest are still happening. Contest participants can submit their looks online starting Sept. 1. Fans can also start shopping vendors and artists online that day. They will then be able to pick up their items after completing the Burton Ball drive-thru or choose to have them shipped.

Admission will be sold in advance, by the carload, for $25, If available, general admission will be $30 per car at the gate. VIP experiences, which come with a merchandise bundle,  are $100 per car.

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com | mmendoza@mysa.com | @maddyskye