Halloween events take over the town

A number of events held over the next week include pumpkin carving contests.

As I’ve made no secret for my love of fall and everything that comes with it, Halloween is undoubtedly my favorite aspect.

That being said, I’ve decided to break format a bit this week to bring you a round-up of the numerous Halloween-themed events happening this weekend and beyond.

What: The Charleston Riverdogs and Halloween Express will host a costume party with live entertainment, special food and drinks, and more. The Blood Thirsty Thursday will feature $1 beer, Sangria Witches Brew, limited-edition Pumpkin Beer Shakes and specialty food items including mummified hot dogs and other themed concession items. DJ Natty Heavy will be spinning spooky tunes and the winner of the costume contest will go home with $1,000 cash. The American Red Cross and Dracula will be on-site for a blood drive from noon-5 p.m.

When: 7-10 p.m. Today

Where: Ashley View Pub, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St.

Price: $5 in advance, $10 at the door

More info: 577-3647 or www.rileyparkevents.com

What: Chamber Music Charleston, an organization that aims to expose all ages to chamber music, is putting on a special kids-themed show featuring Halloween music. During the show, audience members will learn about the instruments of a brass quintet as they listen to favorite Halloween stories come to life through music, artwork and narration. Attendees are invited to dress in their favorite costume and “take part in the Wild Rumpus.”

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Charleston Museum Auditorium, 360 Meeting St.

Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-16, kids 3 and under get in free

More info: 763-4941, www.chambermusiccharleston.org

What: This event will feature games, crafts, trick-or-treating, a climbing wall, pony rides, a costume contest and more at this family-friendly Halloween event.

When: 4-6 p.m. Friday

Where: Hampton Park, Mary Murray Drive

Price: Free

More info: 724-7327

What: The town of Edisto Beach is hosting its fourth annual kid-friendly Halloween event, which will feature free hot dogs and S’Mores, a costume contest, cake walk, games and more. Table‐to‐table trick‐or‐treating will be part of the fun.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Bay Creek Park, 3706 Dock Site Road, Edisto Beach

Price: Free

More info: 869-2505, www.townofedistobeach.com

What: The popular Wannamaker Movie Night series continues this fall with a special Halloween edition featuring an outdoor showing of “Monsters, Inc.” The family-friendly Pixar film offers a look into the world of monsters and follows the antics of everyone’s favorites, Mike Wazowski and Sulley Sullivan.

When: 6:35 p.m. Friday

Where: Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston

Price: $1

More Info: 795-4386, www.ccprc.com

What: The Isle of Palms Recreation Department is gearing up for Halloween with ghost stories on the beach. The family-friendly event will include ghost and pirate stories of the Lowcountry told by storytelling Eric Lavender and S’Mores by a camp fire. Attendees should bring chairs or blankets.

When: 7-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Isle of Palms Recreation Department, 24 28th Ave.

Price: Free

More info: 886-8294, www.iop.net

What: Break out your best costume for the eighth annual Halloween Howler Bar Crawl. While costumes aren’t required, organizers warn up-front that those not wearing a costume will be “ridiculed.” Participants in the crawl include Mad River Bar & Grille, Wild Wing Cafe, Market Street Saloon, Wasabi, Tsunami and Mac’s Place. Each venue will hold a separate costume contest and feature drink specials.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Check-in is at Wild Wing Cafe, 36 N. Market St.

Price: $10

More info: CarolinaNightlife.com

What: American Biker will host a Halloween Biker Bash complete with food, vendors, a bike show, bikini bike wash and more.

When: Noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: American Biker, 679 Treeland Drive, Ladson

Price: Free

More info: www.americanbikerofcharleston.com

What: Soundwave Music & Movies will be giving away free comics at this event that’s practiced worldwide. And as comics aren’t just for superheroes, this event will feature themes ranging from horror, paranormal, sci-fi and spooky twists on traditional super-hero books. The family-friendly event will feature local guest artists Albert Capitan and Dexter Blanding along with local costume specialist Christa Elrod. The shop’s annual Halloween Party begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a costume contest.

When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Soundwave Music & Movies, 2139-B N. Main St., Summerville

Price: Free

More info: 821-8810, www.halloweencomicfest.com

What: Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is opening up stores to little ghosts and ghouls so that they can trick or treat at stores throughout the area. Events will include a Pet Costume Contest at 1 p.m. at Hairy Winston Pet Boutique, hayrides, face painters, pumpkin painting, local artisans, food vendors, a farmers market with fall crops and more.

When: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

Price: Free; Pet Costume Contest registration is $10

What: Live entertainment, games, pumpkin decorating, food samples, free beer and more will benefit the Share the Food Foundation. The Great Pumpkin Fall Festival will include a Best Carved Pumpkin contest, pumpkin decorating, Spooky Bingo and Witch Hat Ring Toss, a costume contest, free beer, face painting and a make-your-own caramel apple station.

When: 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: Free

More info: 416-3951, www.southernseason.com

What: Monster Music will host this second annual Halloween event complete with pumpkin carving, live music, a costume contest judged by local celebrities and more. Participants will be provided pumpkins free of charge but must sign up in advance and bring their own carving tools. Anyone may participate in the costume contest and there are separate categories for adults and children. The headlining music act is Acrassicauda, a heavy metal band from Iraq featured in the 2008 documentary “Heavy Metal in Baghdad.” The Dig Rig will be on-site serving food and beverages.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Monster Music and Movies, 946 Orleans Road, West Ashley

Price: Free

More info: 571-4657, www.monstermusicsc.com

What: After weeks of back-and-forth trying to nail down a venue, this adult-only party has again landed on James Island. The party will be hosted by rapper and TV personality Flavor Flav and will include musical performances by Ozomatli, Dirt Nasty, Blowfly, Cee Know the Doodle Bug of The Digable Planets with the CFO band and The Dubplates featuring Zumjay. In addition, there will be DJs, circus acts, burlesque pole dancing, belly dancers, live art, video mapping and a laser light show. Due to a noise ordinance, a silent disco will be held from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Guests will be limited and coolers will be welcome. The event benefits the Tanzania Education Foundation and Keepers of the Wild.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday-2 a.m. Sunday

Where: Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road, James Island

Price: $100

More info: www.skinfulhalloween.com

What: Rising Expeditioners, a group that provides school supplies, mentoring and scholarships to kids in need, will host a fundraiser Halloween party with games, a hayride, costume contest and more.

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ravenel Community Hall, 5700 Conner St.

Price: Free

More info: www.rising-expeditioners.us

What: There will be guided ghost walks, hayrides, food vendors, carnival games and more to benefit the Summerville School Supply Fund.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hutchinson Square, 150 S. Main St., Summerville

Price: $4 advance, $6 at the gate

More info: www.summervillejsl.com

What: The city of North Charleston will host the inaugural Harvest Festival & Block Party featuring live musical performances, art and craft booths, costume contests and children’s activities. The family-friendly event will feature live music by The Local Honeys and performances by other local arts groups; a Kid’s Zone with ghost stories by the Backporch Storytellers, a student art exhibit, craft activities, carnival games, face painting and inflatables; a street dance with “festive” tunes by The V-Tones; a costume contests for children, adults and pets with prizes in several categories; and more. Proceeds from the costume contest will benefit the Charleston Animal Society, which will be on hand with pets available for adoption.

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Old Village, East Montague Avenue, North Charleston

Price: Free; the costume contest entry fee is $5

More info: 740-5854, www.northcharleston.org

What: A Costume Challenge hosted by Lily Slay will have the audience choose their top four favorites to compete in a “last man standing” challenge featuring various events. Prizes will be awarded. The party will also include live music by Hymn For Her and a late-night dance party.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tattooed Moose, 1137 Morrison Drive

Price: Free

What: A Halloween Costume Party with the Hed Shop Boys.

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sand Dollar Social Club, 7 Center St., Folly Beach

What: This “safe, fun and not-so-scary” alternative to going door-to-door will have participants instead going trunk to trunk. All attending adults are encouraged to decorate their car trunk and hand out treats. Prizes will go to the best decorated cars. Dinner will include hot dogs, chips and soda. In addition to “trunk-or-treating,” the event will include Halloween games and more.

When: Sunday

Where: Bethany United Methodist Church, 1853 Maybank Highway, James Island

Price: Free

More info: 795-3527

What: The Summerville Shag Club will have dancing, a costume contest, refreshments and more.

When: 7-10 p.m. Monday

Where: Summerville Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd.

Price: Free

More info: 214-0242, www.summervilleshaggers.com

What: Grant Show, making his debut in ballet theatre as the Columbia City Ballet’s Count Dracula, is best known for his role on Fox’s “Melrose Place.” This award-winning alternative Halloween ballet has a rock/jazz musical score.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: $45-15

More info: www.columbiacityballet.com/production/dracula

What: “A Halloween Tribute to the Music of The Band” with special guests Mike Quinn, Zach Hudson and more.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway

Price: $5

More info: 571-4343

What: Mount Pleasant families are invited to bring their kids ages 2-5 out for some early fun. Trick-or-treating, themed games and crafts will be held in the building, while a jump castle and pony rides will be available outdoors. Attendees can also have their faces painted, watch a magic show and go aboard a fire truck to visit members of the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.

When: Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday

Where: G.M. Darby Building, 302 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant

Price: Free

More info: 849-2061

What: There will be Halloween-themed food and drinks, live music and more. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center, 4875 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston

Price: Free

More info: 566-7300, www.aloftcharlestonairport.com