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Spooky season parties scheduled for those over 21

(Featured photo is of 80s Station)

Too old to trick or treat, but still want to wear a costume and have fun?

Several “grown-up” Halloween parties are scheduled around town. Here’s a look at a few of them.

This year’s WestoBOO! Bash is coming home.

After two years at other venues, a Grimm-ly inspired feast and party will be at the Westobou Gallery on Broad Street Oct. 27.

“Subject Dolly is transforming the gallery into a spooky modern interpretation of Hansel and Gretel,” said Matt Porter, Westobou director.

Subject Dolly is the artist who will be supervising the party to make sure participants are eating, drinking and being merry on the night. Of course, dressed as the witch from the Grimm’s fairy tale, she might be fattening up subjects for a dinner of her own, Porter said.

There are actually two events on Friday, Oct. 27, according to Porter.

A Hansel and Gretel-themed feast will be held first followed by a party.

“The main takeaway is that it is a feast and a party, and people can buy tickets for one or both of those things. Sometimes, people are confused by that” he said.

To learn more and buy tickets, go here.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, there are two more events in downtown Augusta for adults.

It’s Thriller at the Miller featuring the band 80s Station, billed as Las Vegas’ premier 80s  tribute band with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Just like the name sounds, the group is inspired by the music of the MTV generation.

These songs have staying power, said Matthew Gucu, one of the lead singers.

“I think that social media especially TikTok is responsible for that,” he said, adding that hits from the 80s are often used in reels and the catchy, synthy pop sound is appealing to younger generations.

His teenage daughter is often surprised when he knows the lyrics to songs she’s familiar with that are simply remade 80s hits.

The band has been around since the mid-1990s when Gucu and Tiffany, the female lead singer, were part of the band Love Shack. They changed the name about 10 years ago. Their costumes and musical stylings emulate other 1980s musicians from Slash to Billy Idol to Rick James.

In addition to 80s Station, DJ Coco will spin tunes.

There’s a costume contest for best costume.

General admission is $30; VIP tickets are $65. For more information, go here.

Also on Saturday is the 16th annual Black Cat Carnival at Le Chat Noir starting at 8 p.m.

The event is Augusta’s “biggest and best Halloween block party,” according to the Facebook event page.

It offers free entertainment by Arcane Arts and more. There will food trucks, vendors and carnival games. And what would a carnival be without a sideshow? There’s one of those as well.

Very important person (or very important clown in this case) packages are also available. For VIC ticket information, go here.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at Sign up for the newsletter here.

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