By: Renee Grant

For the past 21 years, Elvira, the mistress of the dark, has been headlining Halloween performances at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Today’s (October 31, 2017) will be her last.

Elvira, born Cassandra Peterson, began her career as the campy comedienne, hosting a late night horror movie showcase. “When I got the call, and then I got the job, I wasn’t that excited. It was for local TV and wasn’t paying very much at all – $300 a week before taxes,” she tells The Gazette.

That show lead Elvira to a 36-year career as a dancer, singer, actress, and of course, the Mistress of the Dark.

“I just decided that, you know, doing live shows is really difficult and it takes up a big chunk of time every year,” the 66-year-old Peterson says.

Although Elvira will be retiring from the stage, she will still be working on other projects, including her memoir, an animated series, and a possible television show.

Would you like to see the iconic Elvira back on television?


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