Skinful Halloween forced to relocate

Locals in Meggett and Edisto have put up opposition to the adult costume bash

Posted by Paul Bowers on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Skinful Halloween 2012 took place at Brick House Kitchen on James Island. This year, the location is up in the air. - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTO
  • Jonathan Boncek file photo
  • Skinful Halloween 2012 took place at Brick House Kitchen on James Island. This year, the location is up in the air.

After meeting local opposition in two towns, Skinful Halloween is looking for a place to land. Organizers of the Oct. 26 event are expected to make an announcement about a venue on Monday.

The annual party, which this year will feature burlesque pole dancing, busloads of grown-ups in costumes, and big-name musical acts including Flavor Flav and Blowfly, has previously taken place at the Brick House Kitchen on James Island, but event organizer David "Big Hair" Brisacher says he started looking for a new venue after Charleston County enacted more restrictive noise ordinances. (Disclosure: Skinful Halloween advertises in the City Paper, and the City Paper is handling the ticketing for the event.)

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This year, the party was initially slated to take place on a 70-acre farm in the tiny town of Meggett, S.C. Brisacher says he got the required event permit from the county, but when members of the community started working on the appeal process for the license, he decided to look for a new venue.

Plan B is a secluded historic plantation on hundreds of acres on Edisto Island, but the natives are restless there, too. Bud Skidmore, former president of the Edisto Island Community Association, says he got word from a friend in county government when Skinful applied for the event permit, and when he looked at the event's website, he was "very shocked" at the images, the pole dancing, and "the nature of the talent they had lined up." Skidmore says a few community members have talked about appealing the license for the event, which is now 15 days away.

"We're basically a family destination and a retirement community," Skidmore says. "Quiet is our middle name."

Brisacher says he has a Plan C, but he will wait until Monday to hear from the opposition and make an announcement about Skinful's new location.

"People have no idea the battle it's been to have consensual adults getting together in costume and partying," Brisacher says.

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It is hard to believe putting on an event like this is this hard in an area with 500 thousand people and a major tourism industry.

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on October 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

they want us to stop the music etc @ 11/12...And Skinful is just getting started at that time..

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Posted by Angela Marie Odom on October 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

why do the organizers always stress the fact that attendees are "consensual" or "consenting"-- is the whole thing a giant orgy?

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Posted by JFrank on October 11, 2013 at 8:17 PM

It is an adult costume party. Some costumes are more revealing than others. Some are painted on. If you don't want to see that, don't go. More space for me.

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Posted by Clara Bella on October 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

No more fun of any kind!

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on October 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I've never been to a concert that went past midnight. This is an all night rave party. Burning Man is way is way out in the desert for a reason. Edisto Island is unincorporated part of Charleston County, but I think any loud concert should be over by about midnight, more like Bonnaroo. I know people want to have fun, but something like this could get out of hand also, and be a risk to some attendees who might be vulnerable, as the trend for crowds like this have gotten worse and worse, as there are bad apples.

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Posted by John Cecil on October 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Flavor Flav? A big name musical act? Dude, that was in the 1980s. Now if Chuck D was to get on stage with him once again then I would def show up....even with all the Drunkie McDrunkalot amateurs at skinful.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on October 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Does this attract a lot of creepy pervs and complete degenerates? Looks like it probably would.

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Posted by John Cecil on October 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Not welcome in the Town of James Island? Seems like a most appropriate venue for a Halloween bash. James Island is virtually a ghost town when it comes to addressing the considerable violations of town ordinances that occur daily. It seems to busy itself with creating new laws it is powerless to enforce. And Edisto Island is a poor choice. It is on the backside of nowhere and too many patrons might get lost. Somewhere in the Ladson area would really be ideal. At the center of 6 population centers with Interstate close by. Maybe the fairgrounds area?

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Posted by Justsaying on October 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I'm a successful small business owner, former enlisted military and government contractor so any drugs outside of a massive addiction to caffeine was not an option. I've also been to Skinful a few times and happen to enjoy entertainment in my hard earned off time that does not involved having to be at home watching wheel of fortune late night because the whole city operates under noise ordinances akin to a retirement home. Maybe that makes me a fucking degenerate druggie although I think I would have to fire all my employees and stop paying taxes while living in a hammock on folly beach somewhere to come closer to fitting that over-reached stereotype.

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Posted by Michael Waters on October 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Justsaying, I agree, and don't see people driving out that far down those rural roads and camping out for something like this. The late night partiers stay closer to the city, and major roads and highways. I don't think girls would feel safe camping out in the woods after something like this. It might be cool for a year or two but with images like that, it would attract undesirables and predators. You read about some bad things at some concerts in recent years.

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Posted by John Cecil on October 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM

This party is too big for Charleston to handle. It is byob and they don't check to see If people are ok to drive before letting them go. A person was killed by a drunk driver leaving the party. That should have forced them to change the way they do things. Personally I think the party is raunchy and there are too many things that go on there that shouldn't be allowed in our city. We can have a party that isnt endangering other people and that is still fun but tasteful. With all the problems they are having it is clear that they need to change it up a bit.

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Posted by Leslivicious on October 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Perfect example of how weird life in South Carolina is: everybody is either Joe-Jesus-Junior and painfully "proper", or batshit-crazy-hedonistic. Actually these are usually the same people, so I'm surprised there's a clash.

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Posted by TheGoyWonder on October 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I'm on James Island and never had a problem with Brick House events. I was pulling for them. Did it bother the neighbors over there? I didn't know they have a curfew? Is that in the Town of James Island? I'm on the other side of the island and everything closes at midnight because no one goes out past that, so it's really a quiet neighborhood area. I really don't think people would have driven that far out, especially to Edisto. This is a Halloween freak show and people want the option to call a cab and go home. It seemed well organized but moving it out to the country creates other problems. I've also attended concerts and events all over the country and if anything some of the party goers around here are the ones who are naive about the kind of people you might start attracting from elsewhere.

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