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The scary stuff at the Canal Walk starts at 5 p.m. with a haunted boat ride, ghost stories and trick-or-treating. Later that night, Toad's Place hosts a Jam for the Damned with Even Better Than the Real Thing, Brown Sabbath and a costume contest. 648-TOAD.
Halloween in Hanover
The Hanover Arts and Activities Center will be pouring cider and featuring spooky music from the Hanover Concert Band. There will be treats for all, and your little monsters can have their picture take for a costume contest. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Ashland. Call 798-2728 or visit www.hanoverarts.com.
Halloween Ball atHopewell's Beacon Theatre
The prospect of interacting with the opposite sex is so scary to most pre-adolecents, The Beacon Theatre doesn't have to offer any frightening fare at its Children's Halloween Ball. But there will be costume contests, carriage rides and free food. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free, but requires preregistration. 458-6551.
Pouring Halloween at Poe's Pub
The night club is offering a $2 discount off admission if you dare to wear a costume to see Special Ed & The Shortbus and Dick Butt Kiss & The Tightends. Tickets for people dressed regularly are $5. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. 648-2120.
Moosa at Bogart's Halloween Party
Reggae and blues band Moosa is the centerpiece of the Halloween party at Bogart's.
9 p.m. $5. 353-9280.
Halloween Hoopla at the Children's Museum
If you think the streets of Richmond are too scary for your little trick-or-treaters, have them visit a mock-up of the town within the safety of the Children's Museum of Richmond. The museum has erected six Fan District-style houses as part of a kid-sized neighborhood, free of property taxes and wandering college students. Kids can trick-or-treat on the fake street or take part in art projects and a costume parade at The Halloween Hoopla. The treat begins at 4 p.m. Adult tickets are $2; kids get in free. 474-7000.
Ghost writer at Fountain Bookstore
Richmond is full of history and therefore must have its share of ghosts. Paula Kinney has written about the spirits of the capital city in her book Haunted Richmond. The author shares the tales of supposed spirts that inhabit Main Street Station, Laser Quest, Hollywood Cemetery, Big Daddy's and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. She will sign copies of her book at 12:30 p.m. at the Fountain Book Store. 788-1594.
The Choking Kind
Alley Katz is the home of the Choke Chain Halloween this year, with music from Transylvania Stud, Timelord and special guests. The music starts at 9 p.m. The club's Web site demands club-goers "Get Dressed Up or Get Dressed Out." 643-2816.
Fight the Big Bull Takes on "Thriller"
Big band Fight the Big Bull will re-create the gloved one's masterpiece, "Thriller," at Cous Cous restaurant. The music begins, presumably with "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," at 10 p.m. $5. 358-0868.