Costume contests require participants to successfully transform into someone else, making it difficult for ordinary people to defeat skilled actors or professional quantum leapers. Attempt to topple the best with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a Halloween Night Costume Bash outing for two at 7 p.m. on October 31 at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art (a $40 value). The outing includes:
- Two admissions (a $30 value)
- Two drink tickets, each valid for one drink (a $10 value)<p>
701 Center for Contemporary Art, Free Times’ choice for Best Columbia Art Gallery in 2010, fuses artistic exhibitions and seasonal scares with a spirited Halloween-night bash. Peppered with original pieces from a lineup of local artists, the spooky soirée offers competitive costume wearers the chance to earn prizes and masked fame in front of a panel of celebrity judges that includes Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, and Eva Moore of Free Times. As the bass-driven sounds of various DJs fuel infectious head bobs from costume-clad rug-cutters and beat-fueled staring contests between rabble-rousing scarecrows, guests can meander over to Grand Hall, where Nickelodeon will be screening a selected horror film on a loop. Photo portraits conducted by professional studios and photographers drape the evening’s moments in ominous themes, whereas a food-truck food court mutes the terrifying screams of empty bellies with alluring eats. Although attendees are not required to don a costume, Halloween masks will be for sale at the door to offer an alternative to those who accidentally dressed like a local fugitive.
701 Whaley St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201Get Directions