We finally arrived at the end of what seems like a long, long journey to the weekend before Halloween, and the calendar is flooded with spooky events sprinkled for you to get into around the Mountain State.  As I have been doing of late, this a good time to remind you that THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS.  It’s just a starting point, so don’t expect anything comprehensive, and if you feel strongly about me leaving anything out, feel free to mention it in the comments.

The big event this weekend is the annual Halloween Hootenanny at The Empty Glass.  It happens Friday and Saturday, and here are the graphics with all the details, including performances by several RFC mainstays…

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM.  Friday Ryan Brandenburg takes the stage. Saturday Soia Copple performs at the beloved bookstore/cafe/art gallery. Saturday morning, our old friend, Glen Brogan, will be at Taylors at 11 AM, signing copies of his beautifully-illustrated Golden Book adaptation of Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

Aside from the aforementioned Hootenanny, The World Famous Empty Glass Cafe has some great stuff this week  to tell you about.  Thursday at 5:30 PM, Swingstein and Robin return with Swing for a good cause. Later on Thursday, at 9 PM, Jacob Copeland takes the stage. Friday Tim Courts plays during happy hour before the Hootenanny takes over.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. It’s still a going concern with the ‘rona surging again. And now there are seasonal allergies, the flu, newly-elected insurrectionist House Speakers, evil people who give out candy corn for Trick or Treat, razorblades with apples inside and other damned good reasons to be careful. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

Keep in mind that all shows are subject to change or be cancelled at the last minute.

If you’re up for going out, here are a few suggestions for the weekend, roughly in order, after the jump…