Preview: Halloween 2015
photos courtesy of businesses/festivals represented
Mobilians gearing up for the Halloween weekend need not look far for spooky festivities. There are a plethora of parties, contests, and events at a number of area businesses which promise to bring out masses of walkers to flood Dauphin Street. Here is a shortlist of some of the best:
The Blind Mule has a slew of bands this weekend to attract the local music scene. Oct 30, Southsounds veterans Black Titan will anchor a lineup with Face on Mars, and Dark Star Coven. Oct 31 is Hallerween, which features The Hallers, Pompeii Day, and The Red Right Hands in what is widely reported to be the local act’s final appearance. Doors open both nights at 9 p.m. with music at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 for 21 and up, and $10 for 18-21.
Manci’s Antique Club at 1715 Main Street Daphne, Ala. will feature local Mobile act PEEK Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. Those on the other side of the bay can enjoy Chris and Timmy from PEEK at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club Oct 31 starting at 7:30 p.m. Callaghan’s is located at 916 Charleston St, Mobile, Ala.
The Hungry Owl will feature pet, child, and adult costume contests for “Howl-o-ween” day at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. respectively. Doors open at 11 a.m. at the WeMo business, and there will also be vendors and live music for guests on the Growler Stage. Additionally, there will be real living owls from a local shelter for animal lovers.
Hayley’s Bar at 278 Dauphin Street will host Artmart featuring local artists from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Then, their Halloween Carnival will continue into the night featuring a midnight costume contest. First prize is $200, and second is a $50 Hayley’s gift certificate.
Alchemy Tavern is throwing a Halloween Party downtown starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover for this 21 and up event, and patrons can expect the same great drink selection and prices the business is known for.
The Merry Widow only just recently opened on 51 S Conception St as a special event venue. The new location will host its first ever free event on Oct. 31. Guests are invited to wear their best costumes out on the floor for The Monster Mash Dance Party, beginning at 9 p.m.
Mobilians itching for the road also had their choice of two different music festivals on the Gulf Coast. Voodoo Music Experience Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 in New Orleans, La. is headlined by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, and Slash. Other acts include Zac Brown Band, Florence + The Machine, DeadMau5, Modest Mouse, Jane’s Addiction, Public Image LTD, Girl Talk, Dumpstaphunk, Peaches, Fishbone, and more.
The other direction on I-10 in Live Oak, Fla., Suwannee Hulaween with offer an entire weekend of music with forest camping included. With the likes of String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights, Odesza, Primus, Slightly Stupid, Griz, Lettuce, STS9, Papadosio, the Floozies, Elephant Revival, and many more, fans will have plenty to occupy themselves. If last year is any indication, there will be lots of costumes, artwork, themed sets, and surprises.
Wherever one ends up spending their Halloween, the important thing is to do it safely. Having a designated zombie, taxi, or uber can go a long way towards improving the outcome of a great weekend. After all, most people would prefer a treat to a trick any day.
~Find more info about the events above using the links below~