Freeloaders: Bye-bye Halloween, Hello Staches 

The week's best freebies: Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Hey freeloaders, today's the day we've all been celebrating ... for like the last two weeks, judging by all the Halloween parties that have been thrown around town. Well, this is your last chance to get your jack o' lantern on.

MONDAY. Spend all your money on that authentic Gaddafhi costume? Spend Halloween with the rest of the freeloaders tonight. Isle of Palms is having a Halloween carnival complete with face painting, jump castles, and balloon animals. The Recovery Room is having a costume contest tonight to wrap up their Hole-in-the-Wall Horror Weekend.

TUESDAY. Movember officially begins. To celebrate, Griffon is hosting a 'Stache Bash, with contests for the most awesome facial hair, live music, and all the beer and bar food you can slide under that moustache.

WEDNESDAY. Animal portraiture is celebrated with The Europeans Are Coming, a 10th Anniversary show at Dog and Horse Fine Art.

THURSDAY. Shrimp are a big deal in Charleston, much bigger than their size lets on. Locals will put restaurants to the test at Big Shrimp'n at Alhambra Hall to see who makes the best shrimp in town. It's free, but you'll have to pay a dollar for samples. Roberto Coin is revealing a new necklace featuring the Charleston Waterkeeper logo. They're hosting a party about it in the store, with hors d'oeuvres, wine, and proseco.

FRIDAY. Albert Handell and Clayton J. Beck III will reveal their new exhibit with an opening reception at M Gallery. Art of Sykes is opening up in Goose Creek. They'll have sculpture and jewelry exhibits as a part of their opening celebration. Fortunate is Robert Lange Studios' newest exhibit. Peruse the work of artists from across the country who used fortune cookie messages as their pieces' inspiration.

SATURDAY. If you're too broke for art classes, take a notepad to Redux. They'll have an open studio all afternoon so you can see the artists in action. Harvest Fest at Mullet Hall will have bluegrass music, pumpkin decorating, penny diving, and lasso demonstrations. Monster Music and Movies is hosting a food drive. For every non-perishable item you donate, get $1 off of CDs or DVDs. They'll have live music throughout the day with performances by Tyler Boone, Corey Webb, and Run Dan Run.

SUNDAY. Round up the weekend at Holiday Maker's Market, where they'll have locally made crafts for sale, food trucks, locally brewed beer, and live music.


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