It’s that time of year again — time to relish in the sweet, sweet consumerist escapism of Halloween. But it’s not all about escaping your psyche for a night or the trappings of late capitalism, is it? Treat yourself to one-too-many candy bars whether you’re gallivanting with family or friends or watching a horror film from the couch, and to that new contouring palette you know is essential to completing your look.
TCB wishes all our readers a safe and mirthful weekend of celebration. Stay spooky, and be sure to pick up the latest version of Triad City Beat.
City council candidate forum @ the Yard at Revolution Mill (GSO), 5:30 p.m.
More than a dozen organizations across the Triad partner to host a candidate forum where community members can learn about city council candidates. Bring questions for the candidates, and enjoy beer, wine and snacks while mingling. Find the event on Facebook.
Chasing Trane @ Centennial Station Arts Center (HP), 7 p.m.
The High Point Arts Council and RiverRun present Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary in Coltrane’s native High Point as the first Indie Lens Pop-Up event of the new season. Award-winning actor Denzel Washington narrates several of Coltrane’s print interviews throughout the film. A community panel discussion will follow this free screening. Learn more at highpointarts.org.
The Unconventional Trio @ the Garage (W-S), 8:30 p.m.
A trio of acclaimed jazz musicians converge for a rare improvisational, progressive jazz concert. John Ray, a Camel City-based progressive and futurist jazz bassist who integrates computer effects in performances, invited Stephen Gordon, a renowned jazz pianist and drummer, and Stephen Riley, a world-class tenor saxophonist, to join his on stage for this impromptu performance. Find the event on Facebook.
Halloween Safari @ Piedmont Environmental Center (HP), 7 p.m.
The High Point Parks and Recreation Department presents a family-friendly, non-spooky trek through the woods during which costumed “animals” educate the group about their habitats, diet and other fun facts about their species. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight for the 45-minute walk that precedes a campfire gathering complete with apple cider at the end. Find the event on Facebook.
Silent Night @ Piedmont Opera (W-S), 8 p.m.
The Piedmont Opera presents Silent Night, Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary opera in honor the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I. This will be the first time the opera has been produced in North Carolina. Piedmont Opera is the smallest company in the world to produce the show. The opera will run through Oct. 31. Learn more and find tickets at piedmontopera.org.
Halloween Comic Fest @ Acme Comics (GSO), 10 a.m.
The longest standing comic book store in central North Carolina hosts a spooky comic fest featuring a dozen free comics and free art. Meet local comic artists and participate in short-burst Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Participating players throughout the day will be entered into a prizes raffle and new players are welcome. Find the event on Facebook.
Fall Festival @ Fifth Season Gardening (GSO), noon
Fifth Season Gardening celebrates fall with live music alongside specialty drinks from FruitTickler, coffee from Alamance Kaffee Werks, samples from Preyer Brewing and Gunny Smitty’s hot dogs. Local artisans Hillary Dawkins Whitt and the Bang Cult Vintage are on site to sell clothes, accessories, art and jewelry. Learn more at fifthseasongreensboro.com.
Día de los Muertos @ High Point Museum (HP), noon
The YWCA Latino Family Center guides a discussion about immigrant culture and traditions practiced in High Point to the High Point Museum in celebration of Día de los Muertos. Learn about Latinx culture and peruse Jose Galvez’s photography exhibit while enjoying traditional food and observing Día de los Muertos altars. Find the event on Facebook.
Delicious by Shereen Pop-Up @ Aperture Cinema (W-S), 12:30 p.m.
In conjunction with screenings of “Human Flow,” — internationally-renowned artist Ai WeiWei’s expressive film concerning contemporary mass migration — Aperture hosts a pop-up baked goods sale from Delicious by Shereen. Delicious works with more than a dozen local refugee families navigating integration in the United States through sharing their culinary knowledge. Find the event on Facebook.
A Lemony Snicket Halloween @ Reynolds Auditorium (W-S), 2 p.m.
Come in costume to see WFDD’s David Ford appear as children’s book character Lemony Snicket and lead attendees around the orchestra on a collaborative effort to solve detective mysteries. At 3 p.m., the Winston-Salem Symphony performs pieces like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre” for its spooky Halloween concert. Children can hold, play and learn about instruments at an “instrument petting zoo,” engage in craft activities and help solve who kidnapped Symphony Sam beginning at 2 p.m. Learn more and find tickets at wssymphony.org.
Jewish festival @ Temple Emanuel (GSO), 11 a.m.
Learn about and indulge in foods like matzah ball soup, bagels and bialys with lox, noodle kugel, knishes and desserts like homemade rugelach during a day-long celebration of Jewish faith and culture. Enjoy klezmer music by the Sinai Mountain Ramblers while browsing artisans’ fine art and jewelry, or head indoors for a tour about the temple’s architecture. A kids’ zone features face painting, crafts and inflatables. Learn more at gsojfest.org.
Hand-to-Hand Mini Market @ Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company (GSO), noon
More than 15 artists, crafters, collectors and designers from across the Southeast converge to showcase hand-crafted goods, art and vintage apparel, accessories, houseware and music at this indoor craft market. Bring the whole family and grab lunch at an on-site food truck. Learn more at handtohandmarket.com.
HalloWheels Trick-or-Trail Ride @ Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company (W-S), 6 p.m.
BeersNGears leads a gravel and a single-track group on a creepy ride around Salem Lake. Following the ride, participate in a costume contest and enjoy food from a food truck, local brews and live music at Fiddlin’ Fish. Bike lights are required and cyclists will begin at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about the ride and HalloWheels, a three-day bicycle festival, at beersngears.com.