7 Things to Do This Weekend (Oct. 23-25)

Halloween isn’t cancelled. Bar crawls, horror movies, and pumpkin carving are keeping the spirit alive.
This weekend, carve pumpkins at Second Best while supporting The Covenant House. // Photograph courtesy of Second Best

Halloween Bar Crawl

Reclaim the spooky season at one of Detroit’s most popular annual traditions: the Halloween Bar Crawl. Compete in a costume contest and enjoy live music at an array of essential Greektown haunts. At 50 percent off, the seasonally themed cocktails might just make you forget the horrors of 2020. Well… almost. You’ll still have to remember your mask. $30. Oct. 24. Greektown, Detroit; barcrawllive.com

Detroit Neighborhoods: Midtown and the Cultural Center Walking Tour

Experience those spots instrumental in the formation of Detroit’s culture. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Library Main Branch, The Detroit Historical Museum, and The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History are among the stops on the Detroit Neighborhoods: Midtown and the Cultural Center Walking Tour, which will provide historical insight as well as stunning views. $5. Oct. 24. Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass Ave. #105 Detroit; detroitexperiencefactory.org

Edo Ramen Halloween Art Show

If social distancing has you struggling to muster up holiday spirit this year, throw together a costume and stop by Edo Ramen for a carnival of Halloween revelry. You’ll sip Apple Cider Martinis while examining paintings, sculptures, glassworks, and jewelry of the creepy variety. You may even get a peek into the future with a live psychic reading from Madame Bethany Faith Rest-Henry. No cost. Oct. 24. Edo Ramen, 4313 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak; facebook.com

The Great Pumpkin Carving

Celebrate the season while supporting The Covenant House this weekend. Proceeds from the event support the organization’s efforts to help homeless, runaway, and trafficked youths. Meanwhile, you get everything you need for the perfect autumn day: a couple of pumpkins, a carving kit, a helping of roasted pumpkin seeds, and a pitcher of beer from host Second Best — plus, free pumpkin-painting for the kiddies. It’s a win-win-win. $25. Oct. 24. Second Best, 42 Watson St., Detroit; secondbestdetroit.square.site

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Senate Theater will make its return this Saturday, holding its first showing since March. Accompanied by a live organ performance, a showing of 1920’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will kick-off the theater’s return. Through darkly whimsical visuals, The German silent horror film imparts to audiences an eerie tale complete with murder, hypnotism, and a surprise twist ending. $10. Oct. 24. Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Ave., Detroit; senatetheater.com

(Not-So) Spooky Saturdays

If you’re looking for a family-friendly Halloween affair ¬– with perhaps less booze and fewer boos than our previous recommendations – dress up the little pumpkins, and head to the Detroit Riverfront for (Not-So) Spooky Saturdays. Attendees will enjoy free candy bags, live kids’ music, and access to a pumpkin patch, plus fun Halloween activities like storytelling and spooky kids’ yoga. No cost. Oct. 24. Robert C. Valade Park, 2670 Atwater St., Detroit; detroitriverfront.org

Covet by Christos Luxury Trunk Show

Detroit native Christos Garkinos is returning with his luxury fashion pop-up, Covet by Christos — a traveling shop of rare vintage goods from brands like Chanel, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. This weekend, you have the opportunity to pick up one of these exclusive goods from Garkinos’ trunk show in Birmingham. No cost, but registration is required. Oct. 25. Color Box Luxury Nail & Beauty Bar, 2159 Cole St., Birmingham; eventbrite.com

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