East Nashville News: Halloween 2016 happenings and more

This week’s our country’s annual celebration of all things spooky, and, as with most holidays, you needn’t cross the river to find an appropriate, good hang. Most of this week’s East Nashville News lays out your options for Halloween revelry, but we have a few other bits thrown in for good measure, too.
On to it:

Halloween in East Nashville

Friday through Monday, here’s your stuff to do on the East Side. (We rounded up as much as we could find, but if we missed your event, please reach out.)


Halloween in East Nashville: Costume Scavenger Hunt and Bar Crawl
A good opportunity to show off your costume and flex your phone photography skills: For this Costume Scavenger Hunt and Bar Crawl, you’ll break into teams of four or five, grab hunt clues/rules/etc. and head off on a two-hour scramble from bar to bar to capture your items digitally. (You’re uploading stuff, not carrying it around — scavenger hunts have come a long way.) Crawlers check in at Beyond the Edge at 6:30 p.m., and roll on from there, with the post-crawl awards ceremony kicking off at 9:30. Tickets run $15 per person, $51 for a team of four.
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Register at Beyond the Edge, 112 S 11th St.
Schwing: Seinfeld Halloween
Can’t get behind the year’s costume trends of Sexy Trump™️ and/or 5 Spot Lady Gaga™️? Dig back to when your favorite TV show didn’t mercilessly kill off your favorite characters, and dress up as anyone from the Seinfeld universe for No. 308’s Schwing: Seinfeld Halloween. Puffy shirt Jerry? Kramer with a bag of pretzels? George’s dad in a Manssiere? Get creative, and head to 407 Gallatin from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. DJs Coach and Matt Friction will be providing ‘90s jams, all night.
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Where: No. 308, 407 Gallatin
Hell or High Water: Halloween Party 
Along with music from Lemaitre, Imagined Herbal Flows and Coucheron, there’ll be magicians, palm and tarot readings and more at The Basement East’s Friday party. Costumes encouraged, $15 advance/$20 door in the main room. (The Pub has DJs all night too, and it’s free for main event ticket holders, $1 for everyone else.)
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m.
Where: Basement East, 917 Woodland
Samhain Soirée - Cobra's Rock N' Roll Halloween Party
The building formerly known as Foobar hosts its first Halloween parties after its resurrection as Cobra, starting Friday with this Samhain Soirée, which includes drink specials and “all the best in Halloween-flavored rock and roll, punk, metal and goth served up by DJs Matt Walker Punk Rocker and Chris Crüde.” Admission’s free.
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Where: The Cobra, 2511 Gallatin
It’s a BAT Time at Shelby Bottoms
Not totally Halloween-y, but appropriate for the season: Shelby Bottoms Nature Center tells us that it’s Bat Week 2016, and to celebrate, researchers Steve and Sara Samoray will be at the center, teaching us all about those adorably terrifying creatures and assuring us that they will not, in fact, turn into vampires. It’s free — you just need to register by emailing shelbybottomsnature@nashville.gov or calling 615-862-8539.
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St.


Cheap Trick or Treat! at the Family Wash
Already the winner for the best Halloween party name, the Family Wash hosts a Saturday night throwdown with all the trimmings — costume contest, prizes, live music, etc. It’s $5 at the door, and reservations are recommended.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 p.m.
Where:  The Family Wash/Garage Coffee, 626A Main Street
East Nashville Beer Works’ Hops and Halloween
The East Side’s newest craft brewery, East Nashville Beer Works, celebrates its first Halloween with a daylong community party, partly for little kids, partly for big kids.
Early on (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), there’ll be kids activities like mini pumpkin decorating and kid/dog costume contests. From 5 p.m. on, the party flips to a more adult vibe, with giveaways, a costume contest and more. It’s free, and everyone’s welcome. 
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: East Nashville Beer Works, 320 E Trinity Ln.
Smith & Lentz Halloween Dance party & 1 Year Anniversary
With a full year of brewing beer in East Nashville under their belts, the folks at Smith & Lentz are hosting a combination anniversary party and Halloween throwdown, with a costume contest (best and worst costumes snag prizes), a dance party and other activities. Nicoletto’s Pasta will be there too from 6 p.m. until late, with green chili mac ’n’ cheese, baked penne and more.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m.
Where: Smith & Lentz Brewing, 903 Main St.
Halloween Superjam at Cobra!
On Saturday at Cobra, there’ll be a superjam with The H.O.A, Oh Grandpa and Tame and the Strange, for a $5 cover. If you come in costume (or carrying a beach ball?), you’re in free.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Where: The Cobra, 2511 Gallatin
Recognize: Halloween
DJs Coach & Rate and others will be keeping old-school hip-hop and R&B going, and you’ll be able to capture your costumes in a Halloween-themed photo booth. Ticket holders ($10 advance, $15 day of) get entered into a Titans tickets giveaway, too.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m.
Where: Basement East, 917 Woodland
Spirit Fest
More along the mystical lines than things that go bump in the night, Spirit Fest in Shelby Park is billed as “a day of metaphysical delights” with vendors, psychic readings and other otherworldly offerings. Some more Halloween-y stuff is in the mix too, like a costume contest, pet parade for furry costumed friends and trick or treating. Admission is free with a canned item, pet food or $5 donation for Martha O’Bryan Center.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Riverside Pavilion at Shelby Park, Davidson Rd.
Nashville Boo! Halloween Party
Some family Halloween fun ahead of the big day: Locally focused book shop East Side Story is hosting a party celebrating local author Ashley Crownover’s 2016 kids' book, Nashville BOO!: Scary Tales of the City. There’ll be reading, spooky storytelling, ghost-making and more.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 5 to 6 p.m.
Where: East Side Story, 1108 Woodland Unit B
Papercraft Automata Workshop Halloween Edition
Halloween brings out the crafty best in a lot of us, and this workshop lets you flex those skills at new neighbors Make Nashville’s place. Tony Youngblood leads the class, showing you how to make Creepin' Frankenstein, a Halloween paper monster that, with the help of gears and stuff, walks like the it’s-alive champ he is. Tickets are $7 for Make Nashville members, $12 for non-members, and it’s all ages, no experience necessary.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, noon to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St.
Pumpkin Purposes at Shelby Bottoms
Got a bunch of pumpkins around you’d rather not leave to rot? Head by Shelby Bottoms Nature Center to learn about what you can do with those pumpkininny leftovers, including homemade pumpkin ice cream. It’s free — you just need to register by emailing shelbybottomsnature@nashville.gov or calling 615-862-8539.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St.


Nashville Burlesque presents Devil's Night Witches Ball 
A “full Halloween experience for devilish fun,” from the “bloody red carpet” that welcomes you in to live music and dance routines from Nashville Burlesque and Hellfire Revival, plus a showing of grindhouse film Race With the Devil, photo booth, costume contest, psychic readings and more. Tickets run $30-$50.
When: Sunday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m.
Where: Basement East, 917 Woodland


13th Annual East Nashville Five Points Halloween Pub Crawl
Every year on Halloween night, Five Points gets overrun with costumed grown-ups looking for treats of the alcoholic variety. And area bars abide, during the annual Five Points Halloween Pub Crawl. You’ll find drink specials and prizes at all five participating establishments — Beyond the Edge, 3 Crow Bar, Red Door East, Drifters and Tenn Sixteen — with the party kicking off at 6 p.m. and running to 11 p.m. No tickets/passes required; just head to the Woodland/11th area with your costume on and 21+ ID handy, and start wandering.
When: Monday, Oct. 31, 6 to 11 p.m.
Where: Five Points/Woodland and South 11th
Duke’s Halloween Bash
On Halloween night, Duke’s delivers tricks/treats/candy without making you go door to door, plus themed drink specials, DJs with an appropriate Halloween party soundtrack and more. Costumes: strongly encouraged.
When: Monday, Oct. 31 - Duke’s is open noon to 3 a.m.
Where: Duke’s, 1000 Main St.
Freak Me is the Reason
In the main room at the Basement East: hip-hop and R&B. The Pub: emo/hardcore. Both: costume contest, prizes, specials and more. Free too.
When: Monday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Where: Basement East, 917 Woodland
Hilloween Fun Run
If it’s not the candy that makes you like Halloween, but all the running around while dressed in polyester, this one’s for you: The folks at Nashville Running Company are wrangling their annual Hilloween Fun Run, kicking off at 6 p.m. at the store and covering some East Nashville mileage, before wrapping up back at the shop for beer and candy.
When: Monday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.
Where: Nashville Running Company, 1105 Woodland



— If you’re 65 or older, something that might interest you: On Saturday, Oct. 29, Margaret Maddox Family YMCA (2624 Gallatin Pike) is hosting a free Older Adult Community Health Fair, including blood pressure and diabetes screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings, a chance to chat with a trained "Medicare Navigator" and lots more. It runs 10 am. to 2 p.m.; lots more details here.
New kids shop The Crazy Kukla Boutique is aiming for a soft opening on Sunday, Oct. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. at 1900 Eastland Avenue, Unit 102.
— Wanna meet the famous ice cream-making Jeni? Her Splendidness will be at the East Nashville shop (1892 Eastland) 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 for a Meet the Makers ice cream social, alongside apron/chef-wear makers Hedley & Bennett.
That’s all for this week. Any tips you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.

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