We’ve been writing about fall since September without actually experiencing any real autumnal weather. Well, it’s finally here and just in time to match the carved pumpkin, cider-sipping attitude we’re fully embracing.

Friday Move over Beethoven and celebrate black classical composers at the Colour of Music Festival.

For a different musical experience, CofC wraps up Diversity Week with a reggae performance at the Cistern.

For most people, birds are just a part of nature that pose no threat or danger. For others, they’re terrifying beasts that make people cower in fear. Find out where you stand at PURE Theatre’s The Birds, playing on Friday and Saturday.

Listen to some killer live music at the Royal American when Rachel Kate with Stagbriar and Mason Jar Menagerie take the stage.

Now for your pre-Halloween festivities. Pick up a cheap, slightly used costume at the ReTrend Swap at the Tin Roof.

Recovery Room kicks off its nightly celebrations leading up to Oct. 31. We hear the Grand Ma girls will be in attendance too.

Take over the Market at the Halloween Howler Pub Crawl.

Or get your fright on at Boone Hall’s Fright Nights.

Saturday Pick up some new moves at the Charleston International Dance Festival that showcases African and Arabic dancers.

Head to North Charleston for the Harvest Festival and Block Party to really get you feeling all sorts of fall.

Saturday’s a big night for ghoulish celebrations. Start your day with the rUNdead 5K and escape all the Zombies.

If you’re not in the mood for running, you can always paddle away from scary beasts at the Super Scary SUP Race.

O’Malley‘s is hosting a costume contest with some pretty stellar cash prizes. Tattooed Moose has the Halloween Extravaganza with Hymn for Her also has a costume contest. This one has different rounds and requires audience participant — and probably a lot of beer.

Free beer is usually enough to drag us anywhere. Thankfully this time we won’t need to be dragged, in fact we’ll go willingly and perhaps even skip to Southern Season’s Great Pumpkin Fall Festival. We can’t promise that we won’t try to buy the whole chocolate aisle.

Carve a free gourd and listen to some Iraqi metal music at Monster Music’s Second Annual Pumpkin Classic.

And of course it’s the traveling circus of Halloween, otherwise known as Skinful. Try to get a glimpse of Flavor Flav while watching the acrobats and crazy costumes. The Silent Disco is an added bonus.

Sunday Fried chicken can have healing powers. It’s a magical combination of deliciousness that manages to warm and heal your soul. Feast on it while you help the Charleston Museum raise some monies at the annual family picnic.

Another kind of food with mystical capabilities? Home-cooked Italian deliciousness. Have Sunday dinner at Butcher & Bee and let Nonna serve you a plate of love. Or pasta. It’s the same thing, right?

Take your little ones to Creative Spark’s Royal Fairytale Ball.

Wrap up your spooktastic weekend with a horror movie night at Mad River. There’ll be free popcorn for you to spill as you jump out of your seat when the silly girl goes into the basement alone. WIll they ever learn? 

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