Where to find spooky events and activities this weekend in Lawrence

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As we head into Halloweekend, Lawrence offers plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween, from concerts and culture to contests and candy.

This list includes some of the fun, but be sure to check our full events calendar for much more.


River Rat Halloween PartyRiver Rat Skate Shop is hosting an all-ages Halloween celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Partygoers can expect live music, pumpkin painting, a costume contest and more.  

Foxy By Proxy Revue’s 12th Annual Hextravaganza: Those 18 and older are invited to see the talented Foxy performers onstage at Liberty Hall Friday night. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8.

Trick or EatStop by the Lawrence Farmers’ Market from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning for some early trick-or-treating. Shoppers who show up in costume and bring a bag can get treats from vendors as they walk through the market.  

British car show: Come 8 a.m. Saturday morning, the space in front of Brits on Massachusetts Street will be lined with cars from the Lawrence All British Car Club. Members of the club will be there in costume to hand out candy to those who stop by to view the cars.  

Up & Away Indoor Play Halloween Bash: Join the family fun from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 2525 Iowa St.

Wet Plate Photo Op: Lawrence residents who want a chance to be photographed in costume can make an appointment or arrive at the Lawrence Community Photo Studio for a wet plate photo, a vintage photography method that goes back to the 19th century. The pop-up will last from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Book an appointment here

Pre-Halloween Costume Contest: Show up in costume at 1313 Mockingbird Lane between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday to be photographed and entered in the store’s annual costume contest. Contestants have the chance to win $100 worth of mystery treats, which will be tailored to the winner’s interests. Possible winners will be narrowed down to a final list of five in the following week, and the community will get the chance to vote for a final winner.  

Halloweekend in the Woods: “Make the sidewalks of Marvin Grove your runway to debut your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat among the trees with KU’s two museums and participating artists in this year’s Backyard Bash,” according to the Spencer Museum. “Make your own seedbomb with artist Kirsten Taylor and enjoy ‘Footsteps of Our Ancestors,’ a series of songs and stories by Tweesna Rose Mills that integrate different Indigenous peoples histories and walks of life. Decorate a pumpkin and take home art and science activity kits while supplies last. Costumed canines welcome, too!” The event is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween concertVenue 1235 opens the doors for its first Halloween live music event at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event features a costume contest, spooky drinks, and live music courtesy of PlayDeadCalifornia Voodoo-Widespread Panic Tribute Band, and SUNU. Purchase tickets here for $10.  

Trunk or TreatLawrence’s Nothing Unique Organization and Praise Temple Church of God in Christ have a night of Halloween festivities planned at their second Trunk or Treat, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Activities include a cake walk, bobbing for apples, and a costume contest. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. See many other trunk or treat events on the Times’ full events calendar.

Library Trick-or-Treating: “Follow the friendly ghosts in the library to find special treats. You might have to do a few tricks along the way too!” The event is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Public Library.

Halloween at the WatkinsHead to Watkins Museum of History for masked Halloween festivities from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The museum’s celebration includes a scavenger hunt and trick-or-treating.  

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