Weekend Round-up: Afternoon of the Living Dead 

The best events in Charleston Oct. 19-21

This weekend we've got you set up with zombies, zines, a burlesque show, and Ticklebuddy the Clown (you're welcome). Yep, that's right, more Halloween events. But, hey, it's the best holiday of the year (in our non-biased journalistic opinion) and we're going to do this Fright Life thing until the good month of October is up.

Friday. Time to see Halloween on stage. Consider Dead of the Night at PURE Theatre. A show of monsters, phantoms and a poet, this tale will come to life with twists and turns in this "supernatural psychedelic rock opera." Hear the tales of the prince of Halloween himself, Edgar Allen Poe, at Charleston Stage's Nevermore or see the classic Dracula by the Charleston Ballet Theatre. Tonight is also both your first and penultimate chance to catch Halloween in the Swamp at Cypress Gardens.

Saturday. Get creatively inspired at the first-ever Southeast Zine Fest at Redux. You can browse the creations of local and regional zine makers, and even contribute to the communal zine that'll be distributed after the event. Brush up on your carving skills with our pumpkin carving tips before heading to the Monster Music Pumpkin Classic. If you're not game for the carving contest, don your best Halloween getup for the costume contest and bring some donations for the food drive for the Lowcountry Food Bank while you're at it. Tonight at the Mill, burlesque dancer Dolly Dee will host a space-themed show with d'Katzmeow Carmichael, Cherry Von Bomb and Skye Paige.

Families looking for some fun Saturday should check out St. Paul's Academy Halloween Extravaganza for both a kids' and adults' haunted house, hayride, paintball and a rock wall. Take advantage of the mild weather forecast at Halloween in the BOOroughs hosted on FUEL's patio and celebrating Sidewalk Chalk. Ticklebuddy the Clown is throwing his/her (we're not quite sure) Halloween Party at the Village Branch Library.

Sunday. Attend the Zombie Makeup Class hosted by SpaceCraft Studios. Then, once you look like the brains-eating dead, head straight from there to join the Charleston Zombie Walk as they wreak havoc and raise funds for MUSC's Pulmonary Hypertension Program and Camp Happy Days. Afterwards, spend the rest of the day scrubbing your face clean, unless you want to terrorize your neighbors.


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