PARTY | Captain Planet would be a fitting costume
Halloween is all about excess and fantasy, but you can avoid that morning-after guilt (or at least some of it) by going to LEEP’s Costumes for a Cause party. You’ll be able to dress up in your creepiest/craziest/sluttiest get-up, drink and eat to your heart’s content, and dance the night away still knowing that you’re doing your part to help the environment. This spook-tacular bash, sponsored by Lowcountry Environmental Education Programs, is a zero waste event, meaning everything from the invitations to linens to the food is recyclable, reusable, or compostable. College of Charleston art professor and sculptor Jarod Charzewski, along with his studio art students, will be designing art for the event made entirely of found, recycled, and recyclable objects. The pieces will be up for bid in a silent auction, which includes other treats like dinner for two at Wentworth Grill, a spa package from Spa Adagio, and a 90-minute consultation with a landscape artist from Down to Earth in Mt. Pleasant. You’ll also enjoy live music and a celebrity-judged costume contest, with the winner taking home a night at the swanky Renaissance Hotel. —Erica Jackson Sat., Oct. 27, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $35/person, $60/couple, 1-800-7DAY-OAK, www.scleep.org. 10 Storehouse Row, 2120 Noisette Blvd., North Charleston.
Fish or Treat - The South Carolina Aquarium becomes a ghoulish playground as kids trick or treat among the aquatic animals. Toddlers and big kids show off their get-ups during the costume contest that starts the evening and go on to boogie and play at the Monster Mash Dance Party. Look out for the costumed divers swimming in the Great Ocean Tank and take a minute to listen to the scary ghost stories. Surprises (think bean bag tosses, spin-the-wheel games, and a fortune teller) come along with the edible goodies at the exhibits-turned-treat-stations. Fish or Treat falls on the day before Halloween so families don’t have to sacrifice the traditional neighborhood trick-or-treat experience. Call ahead for reservations because this annual event usually sells out. —Rachel Ward Tues. Oct. 30, 5-7:30 p.m. $5/members, $8/non-members, (843) 577-FISH. S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. (843) 720-1990, www.scaquarium.org.
PARTY | Heebie Jeebies, CBGB style
In the tradition of All Hallow’s Eve, a favorite local establishment will be transformed into a ’70s/’80s NYC nightclub on Halloween night, velvet rope and all. It’s been one of the biggest bashes in town for the past seven years, but this is the first time it’s heading in a punk-flavored direction, and it’s sure to be a stand-out event. The night features performances by Sol Driven Train and a special appearance by Captain Morgan and the Morganettes from 10-11:30 p.m. (free Captain drinks). Upstairs in the VIP lounge (call 571-332-4194 for details) rock out to DJ j (formerly Shug) and enjoy table and bottle service. Halloween will most definitely rock. —Erica Jackson Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5/women 21+ $15/men 21+ $20/18-20 after 11:30 p.m., (843) 723-7374, www.halloweenwillrock.com
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