Freeloaders: Halloweek edition 

Free events for the week of Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

Remember when you were little and all you had to do to get free candy was dress up and knock on a stranger's door? It's crazy how that doesn't work anymore. Check out our roundup of free events this week, and let us know how adult trick-or-treating goes.


Today's the last day for free adoptions at Charleston Animal Society. All dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens are free through the end of the day today, and what would be better than cuddling up to a furry friend as the days start to get colder?

Portraits Innovations is photographing kids in Halloween costumes for free today from 4-6 p.m. and you can choose to enter them into a contest for the chance to win $5,000. You'll take home a 5x7 portrait and three digital copies of your little minion to share with your family.

Local music industry leaders are talking today at 6:30 p.m. on CofC's campus as a part of their "In the Mix" series, this one being called Media in Music.

BYOP, or bring $5 to the Recovery Room for a pumpkin-carving contest, in which the winner will be crowned the Pumpking.


Palmetto Brewing is having an open mic night, hosted by Jaybird and Hambone, where you can get up on stage and perform whatever you want, a poem, karaoke, an original song, it's up to you.

Take a long lunch to go to the Make it Your Business Seminar, from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Johns Island. You'll learn all about franchising, pros and cons, strategies, and legalities.

This is the last week that Dog & Horse Fine Art and Portraiture's exhibit, A Perfect Reality by Kathryn Freeman will be on view, a collection that features dog-themed realism.

High Cotton hosts James Slater Trio at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and the show is free, so if you like jazz, check it out.


Wine Wednesday and cheese, anyone? Judy Schad is offering free samples of her goat cheese at goat. sheep. cow. from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and then from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The Junction Kitchen and Provisions is hosting a wine tasting of seven different wines. If you choose to buy a bottle, part of the proceeds will go to the Lowcountry Food Bank, as well as any canned or boxed food you want to bring along to donate.

The indie rock and funk band, Outervention is playing at the Surf Bar from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Folly.

This is the first night of the Sound + Light Warehouse Installation, a post-modern art collection by Craig Colorusso at Touchstone TV in North Charleston. The exhibit will be open for only six days from 12-6 p.m. each day.


The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department is hosting an early Halloween celebration for kids ages two to five in the Old Village. There will be games, crafts, face painting, pony rides, and a magic show from 12-1:30 p.m.

Poe's Tavern is having a pumpkin-carving contest, where they provide the pumpkins and you provide the talent. The winner will get a $100 gift card and the runner up will get a $75 gift card.

KyL Cobb is hosting a paranormal class about the science and myths behind the supernatural at the St. Andrew's Regional Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Diversely Geek is having a movie night and offering last minute costume help, including a sewing machine, from 6-9 p.m.


Warehouse is hosting a Halloween party both Friday and Saturday starting at 4 p.m., with DJ Rehab on music, COAST on tap takeover, and High Wire on whiskey takeover.

Butter is performing at Elliotbourough Mini Bar from 8-11 p.m. for free.

Trident Tech's downtown campus is hosting a safety awareness fair just in time for Halloween, reminding everyone to stay safe with safety tips and tricks.

East Cooper Baptist Church is hosting an early Halloween for the kids in the Mt. Pleasant area, with early trick or treating, inflatables, a balloon artist, and more.


Avondale hosts a bar crawl called Crawl with the Creeps, including a costume contest where the winner will get a gift certificate to Gene's Halfbrau, where the crawl will start.

The Shelter is hosting an Oscar-themed Halloween where if you dress up as a character from any Oscar-winning movie, you could win $300, $100, or $50 at The Shelter. Free to attend, but there will be $4 drink specials, and Return of the Mac is playing live music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Tattooed Moose is hosting a Halloween party where there will be a gravy chugging contest. Is this a pregame for Thanksgiving? If so, we're in.

Looking for a more refined, but still creepy Halloween? The Circular Congregational Church is practicing the ancient art of harp singing from 2-4 p.m.

IOP is having a Halloween Carnival for the kids from 5-7 p.m. with a costume contest, face painting, jump castles, candy and more.

The Avery Research Center is turning 150 and they're hosting a reception to celebrate the history of the building, having been the Avery Normal Institute from 1865-1954, and the Avery Research Center owned by the College of Charleston since 1985.

Halloween parties are all over the place! In Mt. Pleasant, The Black Sheep is having the High Society Hip Hop Hit Parade perform at 9 p.m., on Folly Beach, Planet Follywood is having a costume contest with live music from Don't Mess with the Tiger at 9 p.m., and in North Charleston, The Sparrow is having a costume contest for those dressed as their favorite dead celebrity with Charleston's Action City Blackout performing followed by Counterpunch, starting at 9 p.m.


After a fun-filled Halloween, everyone's going to look like zombies going out for brunch. Check out the Farmer's Market behind the Pour House Deck for some fresh, local eats.

If you still have it in you, Básico is hosting a Day of the Dead celebration, complete with sugar skull face painting.

Deborah Sisco's exhibit Pieces of Me opens at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery as their featured artist of the month.


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