Halloween events set for weekend
HUNTINGTON -- You and your girlfriends have built a cardboard binder and you're all stuffed in it.
You've got on so much Zombie makeup you could now pass for a cast member of "The Walking Dead."
Or you've spent all of fall not going to class but staying in the dorm sewing a furry, full-size Marco costume.
Have we got the weekend for you.
Here's a look at a slew of incoming costume parties in the Tri-State and where you can get your paws on some of that sweet costume party madness and cash money prizes.
It's a 'Freek' out
A protege of legendary funkmeister Bootsy Collins, Cincinnati's Chris Sherman, known as Freekbass, has kept booties shaking from coast to coast with his funkalicious bass-slathered grooves.
This is the sixth year for Freektacular, Freekbass' epic Halloween dance party at the V Club, 741 6th Ave. Tasty local rock trio, Deadbeats and Barkers open up this costume party that features $100 prices for best costume and $50 bar tab for second place.
The art of costuming
Marshall University's School of Art Design gets the early party started from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday with a Halloween Costume Party at Gallery 842, 842 4th Ave. There will be dancing, snacks and prizes for costumes. Judging starts at 8 p.m.
Categories include: Most Funny, Most Scary, Most Creative/Artistic (come on art students) and Best Couple/Group.
Bartering for crazy costumes
Every day is Halloween the campy Eastern Kentucky string band, BloodRoots Barter. Hailing out of Hyden, Ky., the four-piece band's "American Mountain Macabre" stage set is adorned with fox and bobcat furs, baby doll parts and mannequin heads with turkey feather headdresses.
The campy Americana quartet will be kicking off The Empty Glass' week-long Halloween celebration with a concert and costume party at 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in Charleston.
A not so silent night
Started as a street band of college-age musicians in 2009, Qiet has brought its own flavor to such gigs as half-time of the Chemical Valley Rollergirls roller derby game in Charleston, funky festivals from Poor Fest to The Farm Party to putting their own twist on "The Wizard of Oz."
The carnivalesque band that's always playing dress-up, hosts Qiet's Halloween Hootenanny set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena's Ballroom. The costume contest will pay out $300 in cash to winners.
Cover is $5 and it is ages 21 and up. Go online at http://qietmusic.com.
An eerie night
A Halloween costumed concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 11th St., with the costumed choir is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Enjoy Halloween-themed music from such shows as "Lil Shop of Horrors," and "Harry Potter." Organist Mark Smith and a small combo (drums and bass) accompany the group.
The concert is free. Folks are encouraged to wear (tasteful) Halloween attire.
'Night Of The Living Dead'/'Rocky Horror' invade southern Ohio
DownHome Decadence, the regionally-based, nationally-known Rocky shadowcast, teams up with Wheelersburg Cinema, Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg, Ohio, for a Sci-Fi double feature of the George Romero masterpiece, "Night Of The Living Dead" topped with a midnight showing of the #1 cult movie of all time, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
The movie night starts at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $5. There will be a free audience survival kit included. There's a costume contest and, of course, a live shadow cast performance to accompany on-screen action.
Go online at www.facebook.com/rhpswv for more info.
Ashland does the 'Time Warp' again
The Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., will kick up the camp and the costumes at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, as it hosts a Halloween night showing of the cult classic movie, "Rocky Horror Picture Show." The audience is encouraged to come dressed in Rocky-esque attire. Call 606-324-3175 for more info.
Rolling in the creep
Don't put that costume away just yet, The Jewel City Roller Girls keep that Halloween vibe rolling around the track as they're are hosting a Halloween Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Skateland, 4430 Altizer Ave., in Huntington.
There will be food and roller skating and prizes awarded for best costumes, judged by the Jewel City Rollergirls. Cost is $5 (includes skate rentals) for this all-ages event.
The Roller Girls also have a recruiting night at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 as well. Go online at www.jewelcityrollergirlz.com/ for more info.
V's got the 'Beat'
The Demon Beat, the raucous Shepherdstown trio that just played at the Huntington Music and Arts Festival is back in Huntington.
The group is hooking up with two other stellar West Virginia rock acts, AC30 (Bud Carroll's unit) and Farnsworth, which just put out a new CD, for a Halloween show set for 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Cost is $7 for 18 and up. There's a $100 prize for best costume $50 bar tab for 2nd place.
HallowEast Costume Crawl
Presented by Magic Makers Costumes, Charleston's East End is popping with a HallowEast Costume Crawl that runs 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Bluegrass Kitchen, Little India Lounge, Tricky Fish, The Red Carpet Lounge, and the Empty Glass in Charleston's East End.
Your $15 ticket gives you access to the party on the street, featuring live music, a beer truck and other amusements. The two best costumes will receive a $500 cash prize.
Tickets at each Pub Crawl venue and Magic Makers Costumes (1588 Washington St., East) are $15 at door ($20, present receipt from Magic Makers and receive $5 off). Zombies: $15.
Before the costumed pub crawl there will be a Zombie Walk that will gather up at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at the Moxxee Coffee parking lot on the corner of Lee and Morris streets.
Go online at www.halloweast.com for a complete schedule of events including the ArtMares, horror-themed art show.
Trickem and Treatem
Probably the largest local costume contest bounty, $1,000 goes to the best costume at Sound Factory's 11th Annual Trickem & Treatem Halloween Dance Party with DJ Tugg set for 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Charleston.
The first place winner will receive $1,000. There will be other prizes for second and third place.
The Sound Factory is located at 812 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston.
Cover is $5.
Camping out contests
Two Kentucky state parks have saved their camper Halloween bashes until this weekend. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup, Ky., hosts its second weekend of fun, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27. There will be a Chili Friday and on Saturday, (Oct. 27) scavenger hunts, hayrides, costume contest, pumpkin carving, site decorating contests and trick-or-treating. Call 606-473-7324.
Further down U.S. 23, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, in Prestonsburg, Ky., has a double shot of Halloween fun with its Haunted Campground on Oct. 26-27, as well as the park's haunted hay ride. Join naturalists for a ghost hunt. Other activities include a costume contest, camper decoration contest and more. Call 1-800-325-0142 or email at email@example.com.
A 'Legion' of fun
The American Legion Post 139, located at 1207 Main St., Milton, hosts its Halloween party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be contests for best and worst costume as well as live music with the Stone Country Band at 8 p.m. Raffle drawings begin at 10 p.m. For tickets, call Dreama at 304-730-0018.
Logan ZombieFest at Chief Logan State Park
Logan ZombieFest takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27. Registration is at noon with the lineup and walk at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 (proceeds got to the Huntington Area Food Bank) and include participation in the Zombie Walk, Thriller Dance Party, Costume Contest, concert and prize drawings. Rules, concert information and ticket information are online at www.zombiefest.com.
A zombie walk is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes.
An early haunt
You can hit this early party as the Halloween Spooktacular, located at Lincoln County Memorial Fairgrounds on W.Va. 3 at Trace Creek Road, east of Hamlin, is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be prizes for most original, prettiest, scariest and best costumes. Hayrides and games will be offered with free hot dogs and soda for kids. Admission is one bag of candy.
A dead end street party
The dead end side of Everett Street in Guyandotte will be alive with the freaks of Halloween as a street party is set for 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. The event will feature prizes for costume contests, a UWA wrestling show, inflatables, music and dance competitions, games, food, candy and more. Huntington Paranormal Investigators will be on hand, and Gotcha Photography will have a fall setting for portraits. If you have questions or would like to donate, call Angela at 304-416-1955.