Freeloaders: Freaky free fun-filled frights 

Events for the week of Mon. Oct. 23-29

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In college, Halloween was a week-long holiday, a marathon of tights and tutus and orange-colored shots. Now that we're all (mostly) grown up, the week leading up to the spookiest day of the year doesn't have to involve face paint or late nights or long forsaken hot pink wigs (RIP). This week, don your kitty ears or your pumpkin T-shirt and enjoy some free workouts, lectures, and all things Halloween-y. Wigs still encouraged.

Monday

Start you week off on the right foot at this James Island Group Run beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Terrace Theater.

Take yoga with Melanie at the new O2 Fitness on James Island at 6:30 p.m. β€” first class is free.

Get in some free cardio and strength training at Hampton Park starting at 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday

Artist and filmmaker Chris Jordan gives a public lecture, "Encountering the Albatross",  at the Sottile Theater starting at 7 p.m. The lecture is in conjunction with the Halsey and the S.C. Aquarium's SEA CHANGE project, a series of exhibitions and programs presented raise awareness of our plastic waste problem.

Stand-up comedy open mic at Cutty's Elliotborough starts at 7:30 p.m. β€” ghost stories are also acceptable.

Check out the grand opening of Hermosa Jewelry in Mt. Pleasant at this ribbon cutting starting at 11:15 a.m.; light snacks and coffee will be served.

Join So Exquisite Charleston Magazine at Andolini's in West Ashley for an open mic open to musicians and other talented people from around the Lowcountry starting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday

Get in the spooky spirit with An Evening of Ghost Stories at Elliotborough Mini Bar starting at 6 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m., mingle with fellow creatives at this CreativeMornings Charleston hoppy hour on the Revelry rooftop.

Get dressed up early for this pre Halloween Trunk-or-Treat party at Summerville's Northwood Church. Starting at 6 p.m. enjoy food trucks, candy, games and amazing activities for the whole family.

Check out the new spot for Red Rose Vintage's pop-up on King St. β€” they'll be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 424 King St.

Michelle Gottfried from Charleston Power Yoga teaches a complimentary rooftop class at Restoration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Thursday

From 6 to 8 p.m. at East Bay Deli on Savannah Hwy. kids eat free with the purchase of one adult meal β€” there will also be face painting and a costume contest.

Once upon a midnight dreary, Flowertown Players and Free Verse Festival decided to host this toast to Edgar Allen Poe at Fabulon Center for the Arts. Starting at 8 p.m., listen to dramatic retellings of A Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Pit and the Pendulum.

Bring the little ones to Halloween in the Old Village from noon to 1:30 p.m. for jump castles, face painting, crafts, and refreshments.

Take part in Poe's Tavern annual pumpkin carving contest from 5 to 9 p.m.; some pumpkin carving kits will be provided but feel free to bring your own special kits. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners.

Carolina One Long Point Road hosts their annual Halloween Carnival from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  There will be a petting zoo, jump castle, balloon animals, carnival games, prizes, and more. 

Friday

This annual family friendly event at St. Andrew's Gym on Playground Road starts at 5:30 p.m. There will be carnival games, prizes, and a special area for the kids three and under. Bring your own trick or treat bag, or purchase one at the door. Haunted hayride is $1 per person.

Smoke BBQ in Mt. Pleasant hosts a Palmetto Brew BBQ Jam starting at 7 p.m.; listen to The Green Thieves, Sounds of SAND, and Whitt Burn & Steamroller.

Join the fun folks at Snafu Brewing for a Halloween costume party from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Moncks Corner Halloween Festival starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs from downtown Moncks Corner along Main Street from Carolina Avenue to Railroad Avenue. There will be a costume contest taking place in Unity Park for children 8 and under; Street & Treat booths will line Main Street, as well as Railroad Avenue.

From 7 to 9 p.m. at Holy Cow Yoga, join others in a Reiki share, also known as Reiki circle or exchange, a gathering of like-minded Reiki believers who participate in group healing treatments on each other. 

Saturday

From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Frothy Beard's Halloween party promises great beer, killer pizza, live music, costume contests and a "ghoulish good time." There will also be a 5:30 p.m. pet costume contest and a 9:00 p.m. contest for Best Finn, mermaid, couple, and costume overall. 

From 6 to 10 p.m. the City of Hanahan hosts their annual Trunk or Treat; this year they'll be having a movie in the park showing Hocus Pocus.

Listen to Grace Joyner and Joe Chang at Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl starting at 8 p.m. 

Daniel Island Grille hosts a costume contest from 8 p.m. on, with prizes award to best dressed pet, best dressed couple, and best dressed overall.

Seanachai hosts a Pulp Fiction themed karaoke Halloween party starting at 8 p.m.

Bring your doggos to The Barrel for some live music by Asheville-based folk/Americana band Letters to Abigail and eats from Rebel Taqueria.

Sunday

Our fave spot for low-key Sunday hangs and uber strong screwdrivers, The Pour House Sunday Brunch Farmers Market, is amping the fun up a notch in advance of Halloween. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the usual food trucks, music, and vendors, plus a marshmallow roast, costume contest, face painting, and prizes.

Take in the tunes of Sufferin' Moses at the Tattooed Moose on Johns Island starting at 3 p.m.

Dress up your furry friends for The Barrel's second annual pet costume contest from 3 to 8 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 2 pm. scoop up fresh produce, great buys from local vendors, and super deals on home goods at Celadon's Sunday Warehouse sale.

West Ashley's Sunday Farmers Market offers live music, tons of vendors, and free jump castles from noon to 4 p.m.

Get a free intro to salsa dancing at Holy City Salsa from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

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