Written by Aaron-Michael Fox.
With the second and final Friday the 13th of 2023 falling during spooky season today, there is one thing on many Huntingtonians’ minds: Halloween. So here is a look at what’s coming up in downtown Huntington for the season.
The Halloween season festivities kick off tonight, October 13, with a screening of “Night of the Living Dead” at the Foundry Theatre in City Hall. The film starts at 7 p.m., tickets are $10, and attendees are encouraged to wear their best zombie costume. Get tickets HERE.
Next up, on Saturday night, October 21, there is “A Haunted Evening at the Library Gala 2023” at the Downtown Branch of the Cabell County Library.
The library can be spooky after hours so make sure you are prepared to dance the night away in your costume or cocktail attire of choice. This fabulous evening will feature great food drinks a live DJ dancing entertainment and decorations to die for. It will certainly be a night to remember!
The deadline for ordering tickets for the Library Gala is Oct 16 by calling 304-528-5700 or online at https://allevents.in/huntington/a-haunted-evening-at-the-library-gala-2023/80003389598576
The next Friday, Oct. 27, will feature the City of Huntington’s annual “Safe Trick-or-Treat” at the Mountain Health Arena from 6-9 p.m. The event is free and the City is actively seeking candy vendors to participate. Those interested in becoming a vendor to pass out candy can register HERE:
After the Safe Trick-or-Treat, from 7 p.m.–Midnight on Oct. 27 will be the third annual “Voodoo Fest” at Heritage Station hosted by Taps at Heritage and Gumbo Stop Café. There will be drink specials, music, a dance party with fire dancers, and a costume contest. $5 cover.
In Kenova, the wold-famous Griffith Pumpkin House opens for the 2023 season at sundown on October 27. The pumpkin house will remain on display to the public through November 2, 2023. No admission charge.
Saturday, October 28 features the Greater Huntington Parks & Recreation District’s annual “Candy Crane Drop” where they will drop hundreds of pounds of candy from a crane at Ritter Park. The drop for kids 5 and under starts at noon, ages 6-12 at 12:30, and there will be an all-inclusive candy drop at 1 p.m. The event concludes at 2 p.m. Entry is free but other things such as face-painting may cost extra.
On Saturday night, from 6-10 p.m., there will be a Halloween Costume Party at Sip Downtown Brasserie on the 300 block of 9th Street. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Funniest Costume, and Scariest Costume. DJ Chris Cendana will be spinning music all night.
Also on Saturday, the 28th, BOOTS Spirits & Feed at 411 9th Street, will be hosting their annual Halloween Party featuring prize giveaways and specialty cocktails. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. and guests are encouraged to wear a costume.
Again on Saturday, Oct. 28, there is the Localization Afterparty at The Loud on 6th Avenue. Featuring Jim Polak, Randy, Chocolate 4-Wheeler, and The Long Lost Somethins on the main stage. And, to keep the party going, they are staggering smaller sets on the patio this year featuring Glass Diaper, Mammoth Cave II, and a Halloween Costume Contest hosted by Buni Muni. Tickets are $10 and the doors open at 8 p.m.