Halloween Events This Week

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Halloween is my favorite holiday by far. I have always enjoyed a good scare, and ever since becoming more skeptical, finding something that can actually scare me is an ongoing challenge. Even more, I love the costumes–the creativity, the chance to pretend to be something you’re not (or, perhaps, to fully be who you really are without the stigma).

I have also always struggled with social anxiety, yet even in my worst stretches, when I wouldn’t leave the house, Halloween was the one time of year when I could practice bravery-via-costume and get out and meet people. If you’re looking for something to do this week, various skeptic, atheist, humanist, freethought groups are having parties, pub crawls, movie nights, and more spooky events. Check them out below, first alphabetically by state in the United States, then Canada, England, and Scotland. Click on the event name for more info.

If you know of an event not listed, please leave the details in the comments and I’ll update the post.

Happy Halloween!

United States

Alabama

Birmingham

Halloween at Five Points South

Darwin’s Tavern

Thursday, October 31, 7:00 PM

 

Arizona

Flagstaff

Friday Night Freethought: Dia de los muertos celebracion

Flagstaff Freethinkers

Friday, November 1, 7:00 PM

 

Tucson

The Night Before Halloween Party

Tucson Atheists

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 PM

 

Arkansas

Little Rock

Science after Dark: The Science of Fear

Museum of Discovery

Wednesday, October 30, 6 PM to 8 PM

 

California

Lake Forest

South OC Halloween

The Orange County Atheists Conversational Meetup

Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 PM

 

Long Beach

Beer & Board Games (Halloween Costume Edition!)

Long Beach Atheists

Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 PM

 

Pasadena

Special Hallowe’en Trivia-ing Skeptically

The Greater L.A. Skeptics

Thursday, October 31, 8:00 PM

 

Santa Cruz

Halloween Street Party

Atheist Community of San Jose

Thursday, October 31, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

 

Stockton

Halloween Movie & Party: Evil Dead (2013)

Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers

Thursday, October 31, 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM

 

Colorado

Arvada

Drinking Spookily

The Mile High Skeptics

Thursday, October 31, 7:00 PM

 

Denver

Secular Hub Movie Night: The Cabin in the Woods

Secular Hub

Thursday, October 31, 6:30 PM

 

Fort Collins

Tiny Tot Trick or Treating in Old Town

Secular Families

Thursday, October 31, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

 

Georgia

Atlanta

Special Skeptical Halloween Event

Atlanta Skeptics

Saturday, November 2, 6:00 PM

 

Illinois

Peoria

Movie Night: Night of the Living Dead

Peoria Secular Humanist Society (Peoria , IL) – Meetup

Thursday, October 31, 6:30 PM

 

Montana

Missoula

Day of the Dead Pub Crawl

Missoula Area Secular Society

Saturday, November 2, 7:00 PM

 

New York

New York City

Cerebral Cinema—Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Center for Inquiry–New York City

Wednesday, October 30, 7:15 PM

 

North Carolina

Asheville

Halloween Party

WNC Humanists

Saturday, November 2, 7:00 PM

 

Rhode Island

Cranston

Costume Party and October Meeting

Humanists of Rhode Island

Monday, October 28, 7:00 PM

 

South Carolina

Aiken

Halloween Party

Freethinking Friends of Augusta and Aiken

Saturday, November 2, 6:00 PM

 

Texas

Corpus Christi

HALLOWEEN: Evil Dead the Musical

Corpus Christi Atheists

Thursday, October 31, 11:00 PM

 

Dia De Los Muertos Street Festival

Corpus Christi Atheists

Saturday, November 2, 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM

 

Utah

Orem

Halloween Bash

Utah Valley Postmormons

Friday, November 1, 7:00 PM

 

Virginia

Williamsburg

Retro Cinema: Halloween on Halloween

Southeastern Virginia Skeptics

Thursday, October 31, 7:00 PM

 

 

Canada

Bowmanville, ON

Paranormal & Metaphysics

Durham Region Freethinkers

Thursday, October 31, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 

England

Basingstoke

Deborah Hyde: Halloween Interview With a Vampire Expert, CafeSci-Basingstoke

Winchester Skeptics

Thursday, October 31, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 

London

Things That Go Bump in the Night—When Skeptics Meet the Supernatural

Central London Humanists

Friday, November 1, 7:00 PM

 

Scotland

Edinburgh

Skeptics on Halloween—Witches in Scotland

Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub

Thursday, October 31, 7:30 PM

 

Featured image by Nicola Jones.

About the Author:

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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