What's going on this weekend?

Spook me? Spook you!

Looking forward to the last weekend you’ll see this year without Christmas lights adorning every visible surface? Got a Halloween costume all prepped to wow the ladies? Sad and lonely in a dark room as the sun goes down?

You’re in luck, because within these words you’ll find the secrets to a successful weekend. Let’s begin:

First, get a good 50 percent of your Christmas shopping out of the way now by hitting Christmas Made in the South. It’s 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Ave. Bring $6 to get in, because the organizers just want to make things difficult. Once inside, let your childlike glee take the form of homemade jars of custard with a bow on top.

Once that’s done, you’re ready for Samhain. You’ve got plenty of options, but I suggest Belloo’s, 900 Front Ave., for Saturday. Why? Because it’s a “Pin-up girls and Bad Boys” theme, which means if you’ve managed to leave your dark room, you get to see pretty girls. Cover is $5.

If you can pull yourself away from Miss February, head down to The Roadhouse, 1047 Broadway, where a very dear friend of mine, DJ Roonie G, will be performing his mad, mad disco beats while even more attractive women dance around in sexy costumes. Cover is $5, and Roonie performs at 10 p.m.

-Alan Riquelmy

Do the Monster Mash

Your "original" costume idea was slashed when you realized everybody and their mother is dressing up as Lady Gaga this year. No problem. Halloween is a holiday designed for last-minute shoppers.

Peruse the costume leftovers at places like Party City (5555 Whittlesey Blvd.), Night Moves (2723 Manchester Expressway) and Spirit Halloween (1591 Bradley Park Drive and 3166 Macon Road).

Once you've snagged an ill-fitting naughty nun getup, you'll likely be all dressed up with no place to go Saturday night. Fortunately, you can check my Walk of Shame nightlife blog all weekend for a comprehensive list of all the hottest parties. You're welcome.

Finally, wrap up the weekend by watching Styx and REO Speedwagon perform at the Columbus Civic Center Sunday. Show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $37.50 and $47.50. Call 706-653-4460.

-Sonya Sorich

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