MUSIC — A fly way to hell
Chord and Pedal's Night of the Damned
Sat. Oct. 28
301 King St.
Finally, after three years of spreading warmth and cheer with the annual Chord and Pedal December happenings, the time has come to forget all that holiday spirit stuff and get serious about self-decoration as the music collective's Night of the Damned kicks off an extended Halloween weekend. This year it's not just four, but five long days (Fri. through Tues.) of costume contests, candy, and scantily-clad undergrads swarming the streets, and C&P's assembled quite a lineup for the inaugural event. Three entirely different local bands — Scary Ann Hearse and the Gun Street Ghouls (think Cary Ann Hearst and the Gun Street Girls), The Spoox (The Specs), and Boo Carson (Bill Carson) — will smother the stage in sinister songs as they each rattle bones with Halloween-y sets and some top-secret guests. Cash will be doled out to the attendee with the best costume, and Cumberland's will be awash with candy. Sweet, sweet, and sweet.
COMEDY — Vampires suck at life
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
Oct. 25, 28, 30, 31 at 8 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 28 at 10 p.m.
280 Meeting St.
Former Jump musician Matt Bivins is going to be a busy man this week. Not only is he performing in Cabaret Kiki's two Halloween-themed Theatre 99 shows on Fri. Oct. 27 (see pg. 50), he's also appearing in the same venue's new production of Charles Busch's famously campy Vampire Lesbians of Sodom this week and next — so he may want to stock up on eyeliner. First produced in collaboration with Sunhead Productions last October, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two seductive bloodsuckers whose bitter rivalry endures for 2,000 years, with stops along the way in 1920s Hollywood and modern-day Las Vegas. "It's a 70-minute scripted show that spans a couple of millennia," says director Steve Lepre, "written by Charles Busch, who wrote Psycho Beach Party and Die, Mommy, Die. It starts in ancient Sodom and ends up in Las Vegas. It's about a succubus and her creation, who battle it out through history." The cast of local performers and Theatre 99 stalwarts include Libby Campbell Turner and Sean Sullivan as the Vampire Lesbians. The comedic ensemble is rounded out with Matt Bivins, Greg Tavares, Brandy Sullivan, Joanna Katz, and Lepre himself. "With the way things are in the world right now, we all need a little bawdy camp humor," says Lepre. "If you have no issues with cheap humor, burlesque, divas catfighting, men in high heels, lip-synching as a fine art, and foul language, you'll have a great time." —Patrick Sharbaugh WED, SAT, MON-TUES
FILM — Field of nightmares
Movies in Marion Square
Thurs. Oct. 26
577-5304 ext. 140
What better way to get into the spirit of Halloween than watching spooky films in a shadowy field? The City Paper closes out its fall outdoor movie series with a special Halloween edition of Movies in Marion Square — a double feature of master of OK-for-kids horror Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Beetlejuice. Beer, wine, food, and other drinks will be available for purchase at prices far cheaper than the movie theatres (and there's alcohol!), so come on down and bring a date. A costume contest will take place prior to the films, but this is a family-friendly event, so girls, you may want to leave that dominatrix outfit at home. —Christy Robertson THURSDAY
FOR BOILS & GHOULS
Parent Tot Science Time - Pumpkin Playmates – The James Island County Park invites children (ages 3-5) and their parents to learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin and make their own special pumpkin creation to take home. Wed. Oct. 25, 3-4 p.m. $5. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. 795-4386. www.ccprc.com
Halloween Craft Day – Get crafty for Halloween at Tiedemann Park downtown! Children ages 4-10 must be accompanied by an adult. Thurs. Oct. 26, 4-5:30 p.m. $2/per child. 965-4002. www.charlestoncity.info/recreation
Halloween Fun – Make a mask and other Halloween crafts. Park West Rec. Complex. Mt. Pleasant Fri. Oct. 27, 10-11 a.m. $12 resident, $17 nonresident. 849-2061.
Trick or Treat in a Trunk – Come to the park for trick or treating, games, pumpkins, a children's costume contest, a dog costume contest, prizes, and fun! Fri. Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m. Free. Hampton Park. 724-7336. www.charlestoncity.info/recreation
Dolittle's Howl-O-Ween – All three Dolittle's (West Ashley, Summerville, and Mt. Pleasant) host the eighth annual event, with a photographer taking pictures of your costumed pet, plus games, prizes, discounts, a costume contest, and more. Sat. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.dolittles.com
Culinary Kids Halloween Party – Earth Fare invites children to scare up some fun at Earth Fare's Halloween Party which includes delicious treats, a scavenger hunt, and a costume parade. Sat. Oct. 28, 11 a.m. Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road. 769-4800.
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry Petite Carnival – Dress in your silliest costume and eat sweet treats, enjoy face painting, and paint tiny pumpkins in the lobby. Sat. Oct. 28, 2 p.m. $7, children under 1 free. Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St. 853-8962. www.explorecml.org
Culinary Kids Halloween Party - Mt. Pleasant – Earth Fare invites children to scare up some fun at Earth Fare's Halloween Party which includes delicious treats, a scavenger hunt, and a costume parade Sat. Oct. 28, 2 p.m. Earth Fare, Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre. 284-0240.
Halloween Boo-fest! – Come hear Halloween stories ranging from the sort-of-scary to the not-so-very-scary-at-all. Afterwards, make and take a crafty trick and enjoy a nice treat. Sat. Oct. 28, 2 p.m. Charleston County Public Library (Main Branch), 68 Calhoun St. 805-6930. www.ccpl.org
Halloween in the Old Village – The Mt. Pleasant Rec Dept. puts on a ghoulish Halloween celebration. Kids (2-5 yrs old) can collect goodies behind every trick or treat door and participate in games and face painting. Costume parade starts at 1:30 pm. Mon. Oct. 30, 12-2 p.m. Free. The Darby Building, 302 Pitt St. 849-2061.
Fish or Treat! – Dress in your most creative costume to join the aquatic creatures at the Aquarium for "fish or treat" throughout the Aquarium, a monster mash dance party, games and prizes, and a costume contest. Reservations recommended. Mon. Oct. 30, 5-7:30 p.m. and Tues. Oct. 31, 5-7:30 p.m. $8, $5/Aquarium members. S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. 577-FISH (3474). www.scaquarium.org
Second Annual CCPL Trick-or-Treat – Trick-or-Treat your way through the library and enjoy some special Halloween fun! Be sure to wear your most spook-tacular costume. Tues. Oct. 31, 3-8 p.m. Charleston County Public Library (Main Branch), 68 Calhoun St. 805-6930. www.ccpl.org
Just Fresh Safe Halloween – Just Fresh Bakery Café and Market presents safe, fun, and fresh festivities including cookie decorating, face painting, and Halloween games at the Just Fresh Mt. Pleasant locations. Locations include The Shoppes at Seaside Farms, 1968 Riviera Drive and Belle Hall Shopping Center, 625 Long Point Road. Tues. Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. 881-9600. www.justfresh.com
Halloween Carnival – The Isle of Palms Recreation Department hosts the annual Halloween Carnival. The festival features costume contests, carnival games, jump castles, mad science demonstrations, face painting, free candy, prizes, and more. Tues. Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. Free. IOP Recreation Center, 28th Ave. IOP. 886-8294. www.iop.net
Scarecrows on the Square – See more than 50 creative scarecrows made by families, schools, and businesses in the Town Square in Summerville. On view through Oct. 31. 873-8535. www.visitsummerville.com
•DARE TO BE SCARED
Pumpkin Patch and Pirate's Quest Corn Maze – Boone Hall starts Halloween with a corn maze designed by Adrian Fisher, who currently holds the record for the largest corn maze ever created. The six-acre maze, which features bridges and pirate clues, takes about an hour to get through and is open along with the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch. Each Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 12-6 p.m. Through Oct. 31. Pumpkin Patch admission only: $3; Combo ticket (Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze): $8, $5/children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road. 884-4371. www.boonehallplantation.com
The Haunted Jail Tour – Take a bone-chilling tour of Charleston's most haunted building, the Old City Jail, which operated for 139 years, housing pirates, Union POWs, slaves, and notorious serial killers. Not for the easily frightened. Through Oct. 31, 7, 8, 9 & 10 p.m. $11. 722-8687. www.bulldogtours.com
Howl-O-Ween Fright Nights – Boone Hall Plantation is holding the scariest haunted house and hayride. Tour through the Carnival of Carnage tent and The Body Farm haunted one mile hayride into the woods of Boone Hall. Fri. and Sat. Dark-Midnight, all other nights Dark-10pm. Through Oct. 31. $8, $10 and both for $16. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road. 884-4371. www.boonehallplantation.com
Wild Wing Pumpkin Carving Contests – All three Charleston-area Wild Wing Cafes host pumpkin carving contests in anticipation of Halloween, with cash prizes for the best end results. N. Charleston - Wed. Oct. 25, 7 pm; Downtown - Wed. Oct. 25, 9 pm; Mt. Pleasant - Fri. Oct. 27, 8 pm. Wed. Oct. 25 and Fri. Oct. 27.
Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe, the Final Mystery – Charleston Stage presents Nevermore!, a spine-tingling tale based on Edgar Allan Poe's time in the Lowcountry. See review in Arts, pg. 62. Each Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. Wed. Oct. 25, 8 p.m. and Sun. Oct. 29, 3 p.m. Through Nov. 4. $10-$25. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. 577-7183. www.charlestonstage.com
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom – See City Pick, at left.
Movies in Marion Square Doubleheader – See City Pick, below right.
Wine Masquerade Ball – In the spirit of Halloween, guests are invited to don a mask and partake in a "blind" wine tasting. The night will also feature a cheese demonstration, masquerade music by DJ James Belk, a display of pumpkins hand-carved by local artists, and several wines selected by Matt McKeown of the Charleston Wine Traveler. McKeown will also provide instruction on how to smell, taste, and drink the wines, with prizes for guests who correctly identify the type of wine. Thurs. Oct. 26. $20. Robert Lange Studios, 151 E. Bay St. 607-9463. www.charlestonwinetraveler.com
Horror Films – Tuesday and Thursday free screenings of early German horror films. Brief intros and museum displays put movies in context. Oct 26, 7:30 pm: Nosferatu, the classic Dracula story. Free. John Rivers Communications Museum, 58 George St. 953-5810.
Legare Farms Original Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – The month-long festivities at Legare Farms include a seven-acre corn maze with five bridges, plus a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a mini-maze, bird watching, a playground, and more. Each Fri. 4-10 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun. 1-6 p.m. Through Oct. 29. $1, call to inquire about special group rates. Legare Farms, 2620 Hanscombe Point Road. 559-0788. www.charlestoncornmaze.com
West Farm Corn Maze – The West family have created a six-acre corn maze with over three miles of trails in the shape of S.C. Other activities include a farm zoo, hayrides, pumpkin patch, scarecrow alley, apple slingshot, and more. Each Fri. 5-10 p.m. Sat. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 2-10 p.m. Through Oct. 31. $7, $4 (ages 3-11), free for children under 3. West Farm, 2641 Cooper Store Road. 688-5453. www.westfarmcornmaze.com
Boo in the Swamp – The second annual Boo in the Swamp features a haunted, educational Halloween tour into Four Holes Swamp. Fri. Oct. 27, 6:30-9 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 28, 6:30-9 p.m. $10, $6 for ages 6-18. Audubon Sactuary at Francis Beidler Forest, Hwy. 178, Francis Beidler Forest Road. 843-462-2150.
Halloween in the Swamp – Activities include a haunted boat ride, haunted walking trail, marshmallow roast, kids' fun house, campfires, storytelling, and music. Haunted events not recommended for young children. Last ticket sold at 9 pm each night. Fri. Oct. 27, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 28, 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10/adults, $5/children ages 6-12. Cypress Gardens, Cypress Gardens Road. 553-0515. www.cypressgardens.info
Ghostly Tide Tales on the Beach – The Isle of Palms Recreation Department presents Ghostly Tide Tales on the Beach. The event takes place on the beach at 28th avenue. Parking is available at the Recreation Center located at 24 28th Avenue. Sat. Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. 886-8294. www.iop.net
Haunted Hayride – The third annual Haunted Hayride takes riders through the woods. Other activities include a jump castle, a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, and face painting. Sat. Oct. 28, 7-9:30 p.m. $4 adv. $5 day of. Dogwood Park, Liberty Hall Road. 569-4242. www.goosecreekrecreation.com
Summerville Ghost Walk and Harvest Moon Hayride – Enjoy ghost stories at various downtown locations and a hayride through darkened streets accompanied by music and ghost stories. Evening begins in the Summerville Town Square. Sun. Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. 821-7260. www.visitsummerville.com
Halloween Beer Dinner – Carolina's is hosting a Halloween Beer Dinner with RSVP required and costumes optional. Mon. Oct. 30, 7 p.m. $65/person + tax and gratuity. Carolina's, 10 Exchange St. 724-3800. www.carolinasrestaurant.com
Puppy Parade – Well behaved dogs of all ages and their owners are welcome to participate in the 3rd Annual Halloween Puppy Parade which includes a prize for the best costume. Participants to meet at the Rivers Bend Condos pool (61 & Colony Dr.) in West Ashley and will then circle the block. Tues. Oct. 31, 5 p.m.
Red's Pet Masquerade Parade – Bring your pet out to Red's on Halloween for a chance to win cash and prizes in the Pet/Owner Look-a-Like and Best Overall Costume competitions, plus enjoy drink specials. Tues. Oct. 31. Red's Ice House, 98 Church St. 388-0003.
•SLUTTY COSTUMES OPTIONAL
Sandlapper Real Estate Group's 2nd Annual Halloween Bash – The 2nd Annual Halloween Bash features a costume contest with many fabulous prizes up for grabs. An invitation is required. For more information call Casey Hall at 225-6001. Thurs. Oct. 26, 7-11 p.m. Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road.
Halloween Double Presentation – Local funk/jam band Love Butter tackle the Police's Zenyatta Mondatta and Michael Jackson's Thriller – front to back. Fri. Oct. 27, 9 p.m. Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Rd. 225-RIBS, 343-2147. www.hometeambbq.com
Halloween Extravaganza Weekend – Enjoy live music, prize giveaways, and drink specials ($4 Mandarin bombs, $2 mystery beer bobs, $1 draft beer) all three nights of the pre-Halloween weekend. Planet Follywood, 32-A Center St. 588-7380.
Spook-u-lele – Barrier Island Surf Shop presents Spook-u-lele with the V-Tones and Sol Driven Train. Fri. Oct. 27, 9 p.m. $10. Barrier Island Surf & Supply, 2013 Folly Rd. 795-4545. www.myspace.com/barrier_islands
All Hallows Eve Masque – CAST presents the second annual Low Country All Hallows Eve Masque complete with costume contests, live music, food, alcohol, Tarot readings, and more. Sat. Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. $30/advance purchase $35. Radisson Airport Hotel, 5991 Rivers Ave. ww.lowcountrycast.org
B92 Mystery Halloween Contest – Call into B92 during the day on Sat. Oct. 28 for clues to win $500 in prizes, then come to The Living Room and party with DJ Mike Kruz. On Halloween night, ladies get in free and can dance to the grooves of DJ Moo Moo. The Living Room, 54 John St. 965-5254.
Chord & Pedal's Night of the Damned – See City Pick, above.
Costume Party – The Pickled Parrot celebrates their second anniversary with a Halloween costume contest. Music by Len Hunter and the Rips. Sat. Oct. 28. Pickled Parrot, 8780 Rivers Ave. 377-1517.
Halloween Bash – Madra Rua throws a party with a raffle, door prizes, giveaways, and a costume contest (will be judged at 11 pm). Sat. Oct. 28, 8 pm. Madra Rua, 1034 E. Montague Ave. SATURDAY
Halloween Bash – The Solar Circus perform. Sat. Oct. 28. Charleston Beer Works, 468 King St. 577-5885.
Halloween Costume Party and Contest – Best costume wins $100 cash prize, other prizes throughout the night. Sat. Oct. 28. Sapphire's, 203 N. Goose Creek Blvd. 553-0030. SATURDAY
Halloween Dance – Light, which features Charleston's only illuminated dance floor, is holding a Halloween dance. The event features prizes and giveaways. Sat. Oct. 28. $5 cover. Light, 213-C East Bay St. 722-1311.
Halloween Party – The John Congdon band plays rock and boogie tunes. Sat. Oct. 28. Charlestowne Rhythm & Blues, 1970 Ashley River Rd. 556-6340.
Hallowing – All three Wild Wing Cafes will host three of the most spooktacular Halloween bashes Charleston has ever seen with costume contests, food, drink specials, fun, and cash and prizes. Downtown: Pirates of the Wing (Curse of the Market); Mt. Pleasant: House of Zombies (Night of the Living Dead); N. Charleston: Heaven & Hell Bash. Sat. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Downtown 722-WING, Mt. Pleasant 971-WING, N.Charleston 818-WING. www.wildwingcafe.com
Hobgoblin Gala – The Map Room teams up with 98X and The Bridge for a Hobgoblin Gala with music by Inside Straight, a costume contest, and drink specials. Sat. Oct. 28. The Map Room, 1650 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 769-6336. www.themaproom.net
Lowcountry Monsters Ball – The Charleston Jaycees present the 2nd annual Monsters Ball to benefit the Food Bank and the Jaycees Camp Hope. Live music from Two 3 Ways and DJ beats from the Electric Company. Food from Mellow Mushroom, Sticky Fingers, Kickin Chicken, Saffron, and Market Street Deli. Free beer and wine. $1 liquor drinks. Costume contest. Afterparty at Mellow Mushroom. Purchase online at etix. Sat. Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $40, $30 for Jaycees. Knights of Columbus, 3rd Floor Cellar Ballroom, 143 Calhoun St. 607-0842. www.lowcountrymonstersball.com
Nightmare on Calhoun Street – The Gaillard Auditorium hosts Nightmare on Calhoun Street, the city's largest Halloween Party. The event features four live performances from the Charleston Ballet Theater, Quiana Parler, DJ Wendell, and more, plus two costume contests with $12,000 in cash and prizes. Very limited VIP Big Top tents; balcony VIPs are officially sold out. Sat. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Advance tickets: $20/ages 21+, $30/ages 18-20; Week of event: $30/ages 21+, $40/ages 18-20. Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun Street. (866) 744-3995.
Stage Fright Costume Kickball – The College of Charleston's Centre Stage company gets creative with a Costume Kickball game at Moultrie Field. Sat. Oct. 28, 4 p.m. $3, $10 for two-week stage fright pass. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stage Fright Haunted House – A haunted house created by the College of Chareston's Centre Stage company. Sat. Oct. 28, 12 a.m. $3, $10 for two-week Stage Fright pass. Theatre 220, 54 St. Philip St. email@example.com
Stage Fright Monster Ball – The College of Charleston's Centre Stage company hosts a costume dance. Sat. Oct. 28, 7 p.m. $3, $10 for a two-week Stage Fright pass. Theatre 220, 54 St. Philip St. firstname.lastname@example.org
Strike Zone – Music from The Cool and a costume contest with a $100 grand prize and lots of drink specials. Sat. Oct. 28. The Strike Zone, 10015 Dorchester Road. 367-2200.
Maybank Music Festival – A Halloween bash with a costume contest and live music from Black Eyed Susan, Sol Driven Train, and Live Oak. All proceeds go to Florence Crittenton Programs of SC. Sun. Oct. 29. $12. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. 571-4343. www.charlestonpourhouse.com
96 Wave Lingerie Ball – What happens at the ball, stays at the ball. The only way in is to win free tickets by listening to 96 Wave. Tues. Oct. 31. City Bar, 5 Faber St. 577-7383.
The Brick's 5th Anniversary Halloween Bash – "Charleston's ballsiest costume party" with party favors and music by Almost Steve. Tues. Oct. 31, 10 p.m. The Brick, 213-B E. Bay St. 720-7788.
DJ Dance Party – Halloween night dance party. Tues. Oct. 31. The Map Room, 1650 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 769-6336. www.themaproom.net
Halloween Freak Fest – Benevento Russo Duo return for a new tradition performing on Halloween at the Music Farm. Tues. Oct. 31. $12. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. 853-3276. www.musicfarm.com
Halloween in Hollywood – Dress as your favorite Hollywood celebrity at Mellow Mushroom's costume party featuring live music from Southern rock/reggae/funk group Sol Driven Train. Tues. Oct. 31. Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St. 723-7374.
Halloween Party at Frankie Biggs – Come out for a Halloween Party featuring a costume contest, specials, and $500 in cash and prizes. Tues. Oct. 31. Free. Frankie Biggs Sports Grill, 1175 Folly Road. 225-4030.
Horns & Halos – The velvet lounge of upper King Street will be transformed into a sexy Heaven and sultry Hell. Julio Cotto will be painting bodies and Taylor "Walking Dead" Massey will be spinning ghoulish beats. $300 to sexiest costume. Tues. Oct. 31. Torch, 545 King St. 723-9333.
O'Malley's Wicked Sexy Halloween – Hosted by Black Eyed Susan, with goodie bags of tricks and treats and a best and sexiest costume contest with over $500 in cash and prizes. Tues. Oct. 31. O'Malley's Bar and Grille, 549 King St. 805-5000. TUESDAY
Sleaze-Z-Top – The Stiff Joints transform into ZZ Top for a Halloween tribute to the Texas power trio. Tues. Oct. 31. Art's Bar & Grill, 413 Coleman Blvd. 849-3040. www.artsbardandgrill.com
Snapper Jack's Bash – Big J. Hosaphat perform blues-rock and psycho classics during a Halloween bash. Tues. Oct. 31. Snapper Jack's, 14 Center St. 588-2060.
Wet Willie's Halloween 2006 – Spinning by DJ Amos, classic horror movies, and a variety of drink specials. Tues. Oct. 31. Free. Wet Willie's, 209 East Bay St. 853-5650.
Wicked Little Halloween Party – Vickery's is holding a costume contest with $1,000 for first place, $500 for second, and $250 for third. The event starts at 7:30 pm and the costume contest starts at 11pm and is limited to 75 participants, so come early to register. It's 21 and over and will include music by Electric Company and DJ Moo Moo, cash bar only. Tues. Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Vickery's Bar and Grill, 15 Beaufain St. 577-5300. www.vickerysbarandgrill.com