Since it’s possible to already buy Christmas stuff at most major retailers, then it should be perfectly OK to start celebrating Halloween 10 days out. (And while we’re at it, let’s do a couple of Thanksgivings before the real Thanksgiving too).

The Lowcountry’s biggest Halloween party is Skinful, which is taking place in the woods behind the Brick House Kitchen again this year. Unfortunately, it’s not BYOB, so you might want to consider VIP tickets or bringing lots of cash.

The Halloween Howler Bar Crawl will also be a costumed night of debauchery. There’s tamer fare this weekend too, like the Scene Shop of Horrors, St. Paul’s Academy Halloween Extravaganza, the Stone Carving Demo and Unitarian Graveyard Tour, HALOS Haunted Halloween Bash, and the Evening of Fright. Ongoing events include Boone Hall Fright Nights, Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, Ghosts of the South Tour, Legare Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze, McMahon Playground Haunted House, Scary’um Aquarium, and the West Farm Corn Maze.

Now that it’s kind of cold out, it means your pumpkin will stay nice and fresh until Oct. 31. Local Coffee Bar is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza, and they’ll provide the necessary tools.

Music and food. There’s really nothing else I need more in the world, and Zac Brown is a man after my own heart with his Southern Ground Music & Food Festival.

Geeks unite at the third BarCampCHS. And I’m saying “geeks” as a term of endearment. I’m a total geek, just in a different way.

It seems like the weekend of neighborhood arts festivals. Folly Beach has its Festival of the Arts (along with Follypalooza) and North Charleston has Parktoberfest.

The Charleston Concert Association opens their 75th season with MOMIX: Botanica and the Botanical Bash: A Garden Gala.

Everyone’s got some kind of 80s costume in their closet. Wear it to the Bohicket ’80s Birthday Bash.

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic comes to the North Charleston Coliseum. I saw Aladdin on Ice once, but this will give you more bang for your buck.

In my mind, Dogtoberfest beats Oktoberfest any day.

Help raise money for cancer at Chai’s Pink Party or Stand Up to Cancer.

The smell of freshly roasted oysters will be obvious near the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed as East Cooper Ducks Unlimited hosts their Fall SEWE Soiree. To some, that smell is delicious. To me, it’s pretty gross.  

Who says kids these days don’t care about anything? Some CofC students will clean up downtown during the Dash for Trash.

Take the Folly Beach Challenge, or Walk to End Alzheimer’s, or there’s the Avondale 5K.

Jason Groce, Dusty Slay, and Derek Humphrey are Friends with Benefits. Does that mean they’ll makeout on stage? You’ll have to go the Theatre 99 to find out. The comedy venue also has Blast Off?, Improv Smackdown, and Improv Riot shows. On Sunday, Groce will be a the Tin Roof hosting an open mic comedy night.

The College of Charleston will present the Best of Rogers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Charleston has another show, and the Afrizo choir from Kenya will perform.

Spoiler alert: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the same person. Sorry. Don’t let that stop you from seeing Footlights’ performance, though. There’s also Dracula, I Ought to Be in Pictures, The Rocky Horror Show, and Strangers on a Train: The Radio Play.

Charleston Museum hosts its Family Picnic.

The Halsey hosts the opening of Migrant Universe and Multiverse, while nearby Redux has Picturesque Evacuation Ploy. Treat it like a very, very tiny art walk. Dustin K. Ryan has work up at the Real Estate Studio, and the Mill has the Dead of Night Art Show.

Viva Italia at the Cinema Italiano: Southern Perspectives film festival. Or go French with L’arnacoeur (Heartbreaker). Or just stick to English with General Orders No. 9 or the Community Cinema Series screening Deaf Jam.

Feel the spirit with Reverend Horton Heat.

And Polly’s Diamond Dash returns on Sunday. Don’t get too competitive and crazy now.