Weekend To-do: Oct. 29-31

Do you want the good news, or the good news?

The first good news is that after five straight days of week, two straight days of weekend start at approximately 5 p.m. CST today.

The other good news is that by this time on Monday morning, we’re all going to be rich. Candy rich, that is.

It’s Halloween weekend, and that means the list of entertainment choices below is about 5,000 pixels long. Also, we’ve listed the costume contests that we could find this week, but if you know of more, please add them in the comments, and we’ll add them to list.

Teamwork. Weekend. Party.


If your goal is to stockpile enough candy to get you through the winter, that quest starts with Trick-or-Treat on the Square, from 3-5 p.m. on Friday.

While you’re up there, you could stop by the Fayetteville Town Center for the 2nd Annual CAT Spooktacular from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. for some “bouncy houses, monstrous mini golf, a Haunted House, sinister face painting, a Mad Scientist’s Laboratory and costume contests” for kids.

Want to see some awesome local bands dress up as another band, and do a set of their songs? There’s one of those shows at Smoke & Barrel Friday night with Arrowhead Project as ZZ Top, Miniature Colossal Men as The Ramones, and Black Pearl, T Jay and Lucio as Outkast.

George’s has BigUns for happy hour, and afterwards, The Pink Trash Ball, benefiting the Susan G. Komen foundation. There will be live music by The Bouffants, snacks, a silent auction, and lots of folks dressed in pink.

The Shady Janes will release their new CD “Silence and the Sway” at the Boom Boom Room Friday night. You can also download the new disc for free at their Bandcamp page. Televise opens the show.

DJ Beat Bachs is hosting his 4th annual Halloween Dance Party at Speakeasy. If you’re not familiar, you should know that these folks go all out. DJs Beat Bachs, Baby Armie, and Nicholas Scott will provide the dance tunes this year. Cost is $5 before 11 p.m., and $7 after.

There’s a masquerade ball at Uncle Gaylords Friday night. I’ve never been to one of their Halloween parties, but word on the street is they rule.

Also, don’t forget about the local version of the Rally to Restore Sanity / March to Keep Fear Alive at Wilson Park.

Costume contests


Spay Arkansas is hosting a costume contest on the square during the farmers’ market. It starts at 10:30 am, it’s $5 to enter, and if you don’t feel like putting on a costume, you can enter your dog instead.

At 6 p.m., the Razorbacks will be beating the bird turds out of the Vanderbilt Commodores. Sorry, Commodores.

Tunes-wise, The Great Scotts are doing two sets as the Beastie Boys at Smoke & Barrel Saturday night. Word on the street is that they’ve been working on this project for over a year. Austin’s The Blind Pets are in town for a set as well.

Partying like it’s 1999 is so 1992. Rogue is hosting a Halloween party Saturday night with Randall Shreve, and they’re encouraging folks to dress like it’s 1932.

Punkinhead played their first show in twelve years on Halloween 2008, and this year, they’re keeping the tradition alive over at George’s. I never saw one back in the day, but their Halloween shows are legendary. More rock will be provided by Shulertown, Ben Miller Band, and Andy Frasco.

Costume contests:


Sunday is Halloween, and it also happens to be the last Sunday Farmers’ Market at the Botanical Garden. It’s also Farmers’ Market Customer Appreciation Day.

Candy Lee & The Sweets are at Greenhouse Grille for a special Halloween brunch show. The Sweets. Get it?

As if you won’t be getting enough real chocolate this weekend, you can get some of the audible variety at Whole Earth Organic Lounge’s Audible Chocolate Halloween Edition featuring Bizar and Ultrasonic Nozzle.

Big Gigantic is back in town for a show at George’s Sunday night, and according to the little flame by their name on George’s website, the show is close to selling out, FYI.

If you feel like celebrating Halloween night with a more low-key party, Smoke & Barrel is showing three Halloween-ish movies, with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the AMC Premiere of “The Walking Dead,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” I’ll bring the toilet paper if you bring the toast.

There’s a ton more below, and feel free to add to the list in the comments. Happy Halloween, y’all.

Friday, Oct. 29
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Arrowhead Project / Miniature Colossal Men / Black Pearl / T Jay / Lucio
Fayetteville Town Center: 2nd Annual CAT Spooktacular
Wilson Park: NWA Rally to Restore Sanity
El Sancho Mexican Grill: Halloween costume contest
Ella’s: Tim Paul
Greenhouse Grille: Walter Savage
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Jamie Wolfe
Jose’s: Joe Giles
UARK Bowl & Ballroom: Rock-Tober Fest
Arts Live Theatre: Night of the Living Dead
Whole Earth Organic Lounge: Terra Nova’s Kosmic Karousel
Buster Belly’s: Busters Halloween Party and Costume Contest
ROTC Grill: Minus Bob
Maxine’s: Jed Clampit & Friends
Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Chooch & The Sidehill Gougers
GoodFolk: Danielle Gasparro
Walton Arts Center: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
UA Campus: Urinetown: The Musical
Uncle Gaylord’s: Uncle Gaylords Halloween Bash
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Drewpy Drawers
Grub’s: Boom Kinetic
Boom Boom Room: The Shady Janes
George’s Majestic Lounge: The Pink Trash Ball / BigUns
Speakeasy: Beat Bachs’ Halloween Dance Party
Saturday, Oct. 30
Brenda’s Bigger Burger: Homecoming Halloween Burger!
UA Campus: NWA Tobacco Free Coalition- Razorback Tailgate
Arts Live Theatre: Night of the Living Dead
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: The Great Scotts / Blind Pets
Ella’s: Lorie Morris
Greenhouse Grille: Hog Town Hot Club feat. Jim Greason
George’s Majestic Lounge: Punkinhead / Shulertown / Ben Miller Band / Andy Frasco
Maxine’s: Jed Clampit & Friends
JJ’s Grill n Chill: TJ Scarlett
Jose’s: Cousin Eddie
Grub’s: Ten Cent Hat
Rogue Pizza Co.: Randall Shreve
UA Campus: Urinetown: The Musical
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Ryan Enis
ROTC Grill: The Tyrones
Drifters: Jason Strode Band
LIT: Fat Beats with Tricks and Treats
Whole Earth Organic Lounge: Strange Heroes
Fayetteville Square: People & Pets Costume contest
Sunday, Oct. 31
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Farmers’ Market Customer Appreciation Day
Greenhouse Grille: Candy Lee and the Sweets
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Amy Mayes – Clarinet Recital
Arts Live Theatre: Night of the Living Dead
UA Campus: Urinetown: The Musical
Drifters: Jason Strode Band
Pesto Cafe: Shannon Wurst
Whole Earth Organic Lounge: Audible Chocolate Halloween Edition
Speakeasy: For The Hell Of It Club Event
George’s Majestic Lounge: Big Gigantic
Rogue Pizza Co.: Redstone Hall
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: AMC Premiere of “The Walking Dead,” Followed by Rocky Horror!