Freeloaders: The cultured vampire 

The week's best freebies, Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Free candy isn’t enough for Halloween-loving freeloaders, we know. Here’s a roundup of the holiday-themed freebies through the holiday. After Wednesday, ring in November with about a billion free art openings and festivals.

Monday. Kick off the week with Tin Roof’s Movie Night, Halloween Edition. Get some sports action at Maroon Madness with CofC basketball, where the City Paper will be helping to throw a spooktacular season kickoff. Wear your best costume and be prepared for slam-dunk contests, trick-or-treating with CofC athletes, food, prizes and more. Afterwards, join the CP staff for the after-party at CO restaurant for even more prize giveaways and food & drink specials.

Tuesday. At the College of Charleston’s Ghost Tour, student tour guides will tell creepy stories of ghosts and goblins from college’s 242-year history. It’s free, but advance registration is required. If you're just ready for Halloween to be over already, listen to a discussion by political science professor, Dr. Jack Porter, on The Legality of Force in International Politics.

Wednesday. Finally, the big day! Head to Lowcountry Bistro’s Vampires and Zombies Halloween Party for drinks, treats, contests, and prizes. Cocktail Club will be hosting a costume contest, too, and best guy and girl costumes will each get a $100 bar tab. Families can enjoy the Halloween Carnival at the IOP Recreation Center. Also, master carver James David Gillespie will discuss 18th century style slate cutting of colonial gravestones.

Thursday. Distract yourself from post-Halloween depression by doing something productive. You could go to the Sierra Club Robert Lunz Group for a lecture on Permaculture in Charleston. Or, try the Business Education Strategy Tactics networking event.

Friday. Visit Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier for the father-daughter duo Jim Stertz and Sarah Stertz’s painting exhibit. Gaze at more fine art at First Fridays on Broad then visit The Break Room for Art Uncorked, a showcase of Wesley Carter’s art and apparel.

Saturday. The Gibbes Museum of Art presents the Art on Paper Fair where Charleston’s fine art dealers will showcase prints, drawings, photographs and more. It's part of the Greater Charleston Fine Art Festival for art of every medium by artists from over 20 states and overseas. Celebrate the Historic Charleston Foundation’s 65th Anniversary with free admission to its museum houses and free activities with prizes.

Sunday. First Sunday means it’s time for the Maker’s Market. See what’s new from local artisans, enjoy live music, and graze the local food trucks.


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