Howl-o-Palooza whirls into downtown Lenoir

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

What can you do for Halloween if you’re too old to trick-or-treat, but too young (or just not inclined) to pass out handfuls of candy yourself?

It’s a question that’s been answered with everything from parties to midnight movie showings. In Lenoir, the grown-up’s answer to Halloween is Howl-o-Palooza, which enters its second year this Friday and Saturday.

“The whole idea, when we started it, was something free and something different – not necessarily Halloween stuff for kids,” event organizer Lori Franklin said.

Among the events, you can see screenings of horror films. There’s “Army of Darkness,” a ’92 Sam Raimi slapstick horror, on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Friday. There’s a slate of amateur films – some locally produced – at American Legion Post 29 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. And “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will sashay onto the screen at 10 p.m. Saturday, also at the American Legion building.

You can also spook yourself with ghost stories (at Carolina Mist Winery on Saturday), get your makeup done special-effects-style (1841 Café, 6 p.m. Saturday) or hear a variety of oddly named local bands (Children in Heat, for example, takes the Hogwaller stage at 8 p.m. Saturday).

And there are some activities for kids – including a carnival that Howl organizers have teamed up with the Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market to offer on Saturday at 10 a.m.

It all starts at 6:30 Friday night and ends the following evening.