HallowEast, Charleston's Halloween celebration, makes spooky return this weekend


    HallowEast, Charleston's annual Halloween celebration returns Friday and Saturday, with a number of activities. (WCHS/WVAH File Photo)

    HallowEast, Charleston’s annual Halloween celebration on the East End, is back this weekend with lots of frightening fun.

    On Friday, Oct. 26, the horror-themed art show ArtMares runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Outta Time Escape Rooms at 1422 Washington St. E., according to information posted on the organizer's website.

    More than 80 pieces of artwork from more than 40 local artists will be on display for the free event. Donations will be accepted. Live music will be provided by Spencer Elliott.

    Later that evening, the Friday Night Freak Show opens at Appalachian Power Park with the showing of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Doors open at 8 p.m., and the movie begins at 9 p.m. Admission is free, and seating will be in the stands. Prop bags and concessions are available for purchase. No outside food or drink permitted.

    HallowEast fun continues Saturday with a Kids Costume Contest from noon to 1 p.m. in the sculpture garden at the Clay Center. The event is free, and children ages 1-12 can participate. Admission to the museum is not included and can be purchased along with tickets for the pumpkin drop.

    Meanwhile, the featured event of HallowEast – the Costume Crawl – runs from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday on Washington Street East and various locations. Registration will be available at Starlings Coffee & Provisions at 1599 Washington St. E. Tickets also may be purchased online here.

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    Costume Crawl tickets are $25 and include specials at seven East End bars, a T-shirt, coozie, glow sticks, entry into the Crawl for the Crown costume contest and access to the Glow Party.

    From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Coach Kidd from Electric 102.7FM will be playing spooky music.

    The Crawl for the Crown costume contest takes place from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Live music cranks up from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. when Mike Wiseman and Tim Hoover take the stage.

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