Trick or Treat and the parade are behind us, but there are still a few more opportunities to celebrate Halloween—which actually happens Thursday—in Bethlehem.
The South Side Branch of the Bethlehem Public Library hosts a party featuring spooky stories, crafts, Halloween games and of course a tasty treat at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Come dressed up in a costume. Space will be limited, so registration is necessary.
The library’s main branch hosts Nightmare on Church Street for tweens and teens, grades 6 to 12, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Brave the haunted maze, play twisted games, and enjoy killer snacks. Be sure to come in costume.
The Lehigh Valley Storytellers return to Godfrey Daniels at 7 p.m. Wednesday with their special salute to the ghouls, goblins and ghosts that make it so much fun at Halloween. There’s nothing better than a well-crafted ghost story, and this is exactly the opportunity to experience those good-ole chills up and down your spine. Admission is $7.50, but children 5 and under get in free.
B104 and the Miller Keystone Blood Center celebrate Halloween on Thursday (actual Halloween—imagine that) with its annual blood drive at the Bethlehem Donor Center, 1465 Valley Center Parkway, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. B104 radio personalities will also be onsite that day for a live broadcast, and there will be a special appearance by the B104 Bee.
All individuals registering to donate at the annual B104 blood drive will receive a complimentary t-shirt, and can also enter for the chance to win a mid-week overnight stay and ski for two at Bear Creek Mountain Resort. Donors are also encouraged to wear their best Halloween costume for the chance to win a $100 VISA gift card. The winner will be determined by the Blood Center’s Facebook followers.The Associated Mess, the Lehigh Valley's premier short form improv comedy troupe, promises to make you die laughing for a special Halloween performance at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas in SteelStacks on Thursday at 8 p.m. In the spirit of Halloween, there will be:
- $4 tickets to anyone dressed in costume.
- A costume contest, judged by the audience, for the most hilarious costumes. Prizes!
- Candy in exchange for scene suggestions!
- Three Halloween film clips redubbed with our own live dialogue!
Without a costume, tickets are $8, less for students, seniors and ArtsQuest members.
There are some non-Halloween related activities going on in the Christmas City too, this week. Here are a few:
- If you ever were curious about singing with an active chorus, try joining as a guest member of the Lehigh Valley Sweet Adelines, an award-winning singing group in its 55th year of entertaining in the Lehigh Valley. The kickoff event is at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ss. Simon and Jude Church, 730 W. Broad St., Bethlehem. If you like, it come back every Monday at 7 to rehearse for a Dec. 7 performance.
- Multi-cultural, cross genre musical group, the Idan Raichel Project visits the Zoellner Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The leader of this inspiring collective of musicians from a wide variety of cultural origins is Idan Raichel, a composer, keyboardist and producer who is now a household name in his native Israel. Check out this blog from Arts Lehigh on why this show should not be missed.
- Get your low-cost flu shot at Bethlehem City Hall in a clinic offered by the city’s Health Bureau from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Inoculations cost $10 for city residents.
- Hard rocking southerners The Black Crowes bring their blues-infused rock n’ roll to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $57 or four for $150.