FRIGHT LIFE: A Halloween Round-Up 

We'll help you sift through the 80-plus events

There are more than 80 events in our Fright Life halloween calendar, and unless you can clone 79 extra versions of yourself before Friday, you probably won't make it to all of them. Or half of them. Or even a third of them, unless you don't plan on sleeping at all until Monday's over. So we figured we'd help you sift through some of the parties, festivals, and whatnot.

Halloween is supposed to be scary, but many of us are too busy planning our topical pop-culture reference-based costumes to remember that. Get one last fright in the Ghost Ship USS Yorktown, Scene Shop of Horrors, or North Charleston's Ghost Walk.

If you're in need of something family-friendly, our top pick is Halloween in the BOOroughs, a parade and party in Cannonborough-Elliotborough. You can take the kids trick-or-treating on Friday at Trick-or-Treat in the Park or on the real Halloween in Avondale at the Halloween Sidewalk Party.

If you're a fan of the arts, try the CIFF Horror Shorts Screening or Thriller: A Monster Mashup.

I read a statistic yesterday about how people spent hundreds of millions of dollars on pet costumes last year. Admit it, you're one of them. If you are, take your dog-turned-pterodactyl to Towne Centre's Pet Costume Contest or the Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest and Art Show at California Dreaming.

But let's not forget that this is the holiday where adults get to act like children. Children who drink alcohol and dress a little more controversially. Our faves? The Tin Roof Chainsaw Massacre, the Zombie Halloween Show at Eye Level Art, Nightmare on Ann Street at the Music Farm, and the Taco Boy Halloween Party. We also like the Halloween Party and Skaraoke Contest at Island Bar and Grill, where you'll be judged both on your costume and your singing abilities.

If you've got energy left, and if your costume isn't trashed yet, head out on Monday to Mellow Mushroom's Cirque de Noir, Nightmare on the Harbor, the Addams Family Dance Party at the Tin Roof, or Big John's Fantasy Fest. Who cares if you have to work on Tuesday. Halloween comes but once a year, kids.

And if none of this piques your interest, there's plenty more where that came from. Check out our complete Halloween event listings for Charleston.

There's also a mobile version you can view on your iPhone/Android/Blackberry.


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