Feminist Fright Fest

Throughout October, Emily Taylor Center provides a platform for horror creatives who are women, femmes, and people of marginalized gender identities; explores the horror genre through an intersectional feminist lens; and offers Halloween-themed community events with a feminist bent. 

Upcoming Events

Spooky Sextival

As part of Feminist Fright Fest, the Emily Taylor Center and Students United for Reproductive & Gender Equity collaborate with campus and community partners to host Spooky Sextival, our sexual health fair and costume party featuring live music. The purpose of Spooky Sextival is to promote comprehensive sex education that is feminist, queer and trans-inclusive, consent-based, and pleasure positive as well as to distribute free safer sex and contraceptive resources. In addition, Spooky Sextival advances the Emily Taylor Center's Femme Frequencies initiative, which works to amplify the creativity of women, femmes, and musicians of marginalized genders while building a feminist community around the joy of sharing music.

Share Your Work

Through Feminist Fright Fest, we provide horror creatives at KU and in the Lawrence-KC horror community with opportunities to share and discuss their work in a public forum. We are especially interested in showcasing student work and are open to explorations of the genre through a variety of media, including but not limited to film. If you are interested in sharing your work through a Feminist Fright Fest event, please email us at emilytaylorcenter@ku.edu to discuss potential collaborations.

Follow Us on Instagram

Please follow @feministfrightfest to keep up-to-date with our schedule of programming and film screenings.

Tricks & Treats

A Feminist Fright Fest 2023 collaborative mixtape in celebration of Halloween, featuring songs performed by women and femme musicians and chosen by members of the Emily Taylor Center's Femme Frequencies community.

Season of the Witch

A collaborative Femme Frequencies mixtape made to complement Feminist Fright Fest 2022. Season of the Witch is comprised of songs about magic and witchcraft that feature women and femme musicians.

Horror & Gender Collaborative Zine Project

The fourth annual Feminist Fright Fest's collaborative zine project and event program compiled in 2021.

Quarantine Edition: 2020 Video Series

Watch a playlist of our Feminist Fright Fest 2020 videos, including a live podcast episode, horror short, video essays, and director interviews.

News Coverage

Read The Pitch's coverage of our third annual festival ― "KU Feminist Fright Fest goes online for 2020 event" by KU alum Jo Sabus '20.

For more on our 2019 festival, see Nick Spacek's article in The Pitch ― "Feminist Fright Fest looks at horror from another perspective."