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Savannah, Georgia is the type of city that has more dead man’s tales than a storybook about pirates you’ve ever read, and a different version of every story, depending on who your narrator is for the day. When you’ve been here for any amount of time, you might find yourself developing a version of classic local tales that is all your own. From Bonaventure to Colonial Park Cemetery and most walking ground downtown, we have over 300 years of war, disease, famine and really anything bad that could have happened, adding to a vast list of marked and unmarked graves in the area. Some folks believe that all of these unknown and sometimes disturbed burial grounds have a lot to do with why Savannah is continually full to the brim with paranormal activity. Whether it be curses, murders, or just plain unexplained phenomenon, someone, somewhere in Savannah has their version of the story to tell and is usually pretty happy to do so. We love being smack in the middle of a haunted city and sometimes get really into it, especially around this time of year. That’s why Savannah collectively has a strong love for all things spooky and Halloween related.

Being one of the most haunted cities in American comes with a certain expectation, one to party hard on Halloween and though the all of the usual festivities may not be taking place this year, there is still plenty to do and see during this holiday. Though businesses have been opening back up and planning to host guests, not everyone is going all out like they would normally, with most areas adhering to social distancing standards. Because of these new regulations, calling ahead to ask about reservations would be your best bet this year. Updated to reflect recent changes, we’ve compiled a list of activities to enjoy on October 31, 2020 in the beautiful Historic District of Savannah, Georgia. Don’t forget to keep watching the blog to stay informed about what’s going on in the city at any time and follow us on Facebook/Instagram for tales from the #PartyBike.

Front Porch Improv

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As always, we as a community have been able to depend on Front Porch Improv for years, and will continue to for many to come. Look no further than the Front Porch Improv Theatre on West Victory for a true staple of Savannah’s performance artist culture. Not only does this group consistently produce stellar comedy shows, their members all actively work within the community, doing their best to spread positivity and well being. With a 20% seating capacity currently, and social distancing measures in place, groups and couples have to purchase their tickets at the same time in order to sit with each other and guests are encourages to pre-order alcohol before the show. Lasting 70 minutes and starting at 8 pm on Halloween Night, guests can pre-order tickets for the Front Porch Improv Halloween Show in person or virtual viewing.

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All Ages Halloween Party With a Twist

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Painting with a twist” has become a regular addition to the list of things you have to try at least once while living in/visiting Savannah. Unlike the normal painting with a twist that includes an age limit, this party is for everyone in the family. Come alone or bring the entire crew, dressed up in costume to get a special gift! No need to bring any sort of supplies, they provide it all for you. Located on Oglethorpe Avenue, find Painting With A Twist at 1 pm on Halloween to enjoy a truly “twisted” afternoon.

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Halloween 2020 Style on Tybee

Socially distanced trick-or-treat style festivities are encouraged by the fine folks of the Shops at Tybee Oaks. Asking kids of all ages (adults too) to dress up in their most horrifying costumes and (while remaining a safe distance from other groups of people) march around the shops, who will be giving out treats. From 3-4 pm on Halloween, don’t miss out on trick-or-treating, 2020 style! Tybee Island is a short drive (about 20 minutes) from Downtown.

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Fall Festival

What person doesn’t have a fond memory from a fall festival or two in their lifetime? In Garden City, a neighboring city to Savannah, True Vine World Harvest is hosting a fall festival on Halloween. From 5-8 pm, come dressed up in your favorite kid friendly costumes and enjoy games, candy and tricks all in a safe, socially distanced environment. Come out dressed as the hero of your choice and have a blast in the most wholesome way.

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What person doesn’t have a fond memory from a fall festival or two in their lifetime? In Garden City, a neighboring city to Savannah, True Vine World Harvest is hosting a fall festival on Halloween. From 5-8 pm, come dressed up in your favorite kid friendly costumes and enjoy games, candy and tricks all in a safe, socially distanced environment. Come out dressed as the hero of your choice and have a blast in the most wholesome way.

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Savannahs Comic Book Trick or Treat

Known for their normally annual “Halloween Comic Fest” in recent years, Savannahs Comic Book Trick or Treat will be a bit different from prior events. From 2-6 pm on Halloween, patrons are encouraged to dress up with their kids to come enjoy a socially distanced trick or treating event in and around the store. With (sanitized) grab bags and plenty of heroes wandering around, this is the perfect place to bring your kids to enjoy trick or treating in a safe way. Hosted by Neighborhood Comics on Bull Street, you won’t want to miss it!

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Wormsloe Plantation Noble Bones Scavenger Hunt

Though their normal Halloween themed celebrations have been put on hold for this year specifically, you can still attend Wormsloe Plantation’s Noble Bones Scavenger Hunt on any weekend in October, including Halloween. General “Noble Bones” has lost all of his “noble bones” and guests begin at the museum with a QR code to find them. Enjoy the historic Wormsloe Plantation’s notorious beauty, while learning and having fun outside. From 9 am – 4:45 pm on every Saturday this month, you can enjoy this scavenger hunt on Halloween or any weekend before.

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SCAD Film Festival

Known to be the biggest university-run film festival in the United States, SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) has hosted close to 100,000 people annually for the Savannah Film Festival for the last 22 years. This year, the event will be held online this year in a completely virtual setting, with tickets available for purchase now. You are able to buy single event tickets and matinée passes but full access festival passes are sold out at the time of publishing this article. Act fast, for the first time in history, you can enjoy all of what the Savannah Film Festival has to offer without getting dressed up to do it. Whether you’re the obscure movie lover or an old hat just wandering what your favorite filmmakers have been up to, there’s a storyline or ten to enjoy for all movie buffs. Running from October 24-31, Halloween is the final day to participate but don’t wait until then to purchase tickets for any viewings, they sell out quickly.

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Halloween Paint Party

Latin Chicks Restaurant and Catering on Waters is thrilled to be hosting a “Halloween Paint Party” at 4 pm on Halloween. For 35$ you are allowed to learn how to paint your own canvas while enjoying drinks and a meal, and wearing a costume is entirely encouraged. Limited seating is available so purchase your tickets while you still can!

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VOICE Festival’s “An All Hallow’s Night of Streams”

Paying tribute to the classical influences of Halloween culture, Savannah VOICE Festival is keeping up the tradition of providing outstanding musical theater to audiences of all ages. Completely free to stream on Halloween (and some days leading up to) once at 7 pm and then again at 9 pm. A combination of old opera, theater and many more influences with a spooky twist will be featured in this virtual showing. This experience is for everyone in the family, all ages are encouraged to take part. With modern tributes to Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family and The Twilight Zone, there’s sure to be a little something for everybody involved.

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Conclusion

2020 has definitely been a different year than what we are used to but that does not mean we have to stop celebrating our favorite holidays, even Halloween. Here at Savannah Sip N’ Cycle, we want to encourage all of our guests to stay safe and adhere to necessary guidelines while still enjoying a great evening. As one of America’s most haunted cities, Halloween is important to us and we look forward to enjoying it with you, even if it be virtually or from a distance. Don’t forget to keep a watch out for other spooky events happening throughout the month of October, there is always something going on for any age group. From haunted tours, bar crawls and hotels you can actually spend the night in, to escape rooms, scavenger hunts and dinner with ghosts, if there’s a way you can enjoy a haunted experience, there is a business in Savannah that has thought of it. Be sure to keep an eye out for more articles about Savannah and everything the city has to offer. Whether you’re a guest looking to plan a trip or a local just wanting to change up their routine, we are constantly adding information that is relevant to you.

 

Stay safe and Happy Halloween from us at Savannah Sip N’ Cycle!