Honestly, there’s not too much going on this weekend. It’s a good one just to stay in, maybe clean out the gutters… OK, we’re lying. It’s Halloween weekend, which in Charleston is treated with the fervor of the biggest religious holidays — except it’s a lot more fun. We’ve already chosen our favorite events in City Paper‘s print edition, like the Dark Arts Ball and Trick-or-Treating in Cannon/Elliotborough. We’ve also rounded up the best parties in town, along with the most buzz-worthy music gigs. Whether you’re downtown or in the ’burbs, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a place to do the monster mash. See our full Fright Life calendar for all the listings.

But wait, there’s more going on than Halloween stuff. For instance, the Coastal Carolina Fair is in town. Music + rides + funnel cakes = a good time for everyone.

It might not feel like fall, but it is officially the season — you can tell by all the oyster roasts. Masters Studios is hosting one, there’s the S.C. Memorial Reef Oyster Roast at The Island House, the School of the Arts hosts their roast/fundraiser with live music at Bowens Island, and the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood Association takes over beautiful Lowndes Grove plantation for their roast. All of these events are on Sunday.

Feeling suave? Head to the Memminger Friday and Saturday for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s performance of songs from James Bond. On Friday, the College of Charleston Opera opens its 2009-2010 season with the Broadway revue, I Can Do Without You. Then on Sunday, Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes Museum of Art partner for an afternoon of opera in the Gibbes rotunda.

There’s more stuff you can check out in our full events calendar, but for the most part Halloween is where it’s at. If you don’t like it, then maybe you should stay in all weekend.


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