Halloween, or All Saint’s Eve, isn’t predicated on religious belief or national pride — it’s all about letting your creepy, freaky flag fly high. Of the big three, with Thanksgiving and Christmas, Halloween is the most inclusive holiday of the season, and Richmond is celebrating with ghoulish glee. Here are some fiendish Oct. 31 festivities to help get you in the spirit.
Richmond Comix (14249 Midlothian Turnpike in Ivymont Square Shopping Center) and Checkpoint Ahead are holding Halloween Comicfest from 1-6 p.m. They’ll be giving away Halloween comics, showcasing macabre work from local publishers Iconograph and Freestyle and Halloween aficionado Chris L. Burke. You can play appropriately creepy video games, take photos of the ghoulish get-ups and win prizes for best costumes. Call 594-2845 or visit halloweencomicfest.com.
- All the Saints Theater Company at the 10th annual Halloween Parade.
The 10th annual Halloween Parade: A Funeral March for Individual and Collective Depression kicks off at 7 p.m. on the southwest corner of Monroe Park. The all-hands-on-deck, New Orleans-styled celebration features towering puppets from the All the Saints Theater Company, stilt walkers, ensemble animal get-ups and assorted other groovy ghoulies fueled into action by the music of pleasures and pains played by members of the No BS Brass band and whoever else brings an instrument. The parade commemorates all those no longer with us, but this year’s event takes on added significance with the recent passing of accordionist and beloved All the Saints member Cayman Mooney. All are welcome to join the rolling festivities.