First Friday October jam-packed with activities

Sep 29

First Friday October jam-packed with activities

The highly anticipated October First Friday will soon be here! Dubbed Monster Mash, downtown will be packed with festive Halloween-inspired happenings and much more on Friday evening, Oct. 6.

Hope you have your Halloween costume ready early as many businesses and organizations will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. There will be lots of live music, dance performances and crafts during the event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. throughout the downtown area.

A few highlights of the evening will include a Halloween-themed performance by the Kokomo Dance Team. Decked out in full costumes, the team will perform in the parking lot at Main and Mulberry streets. The team is composed of more than 60 members from Kokomo High School and Central Middle International School.

From 5:30 to 8 p.m., on the eastside of the courthouse, Sound of Music will present a Rock Star Academy Band concert. Bands featuring classic to contemporary rock music will perform about 45 minutes each.

These happenings are just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a listing of what’s planned for First Friday October:

  • Have you ever read a book that changed the way you looked at the world? Kokomo Howard County Public Library will do that with the “Human Library.” The Human Library is much like a regular library except the books are volunteers from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. At KHCPL Main, you’ll find a board listing all the books available for checkout. Titles include “Catholic Convert to Judaism,” “Trans Male College Student,” “Foster Child to Homeless Woman,” “From Child Mexican Immigrant to Small Business Owner,” and “Mother of Two Autistic Children.” You select the book you want to read, then you sit down and talk.
  • Who’s Yer Coustic will perform live on the patio at Wings Etc., where trick-or-treaters can nab some candy. There will be a craft table on the patio where children can paint masks or have their hair temporarily colored
  • Disabled American Veterans will have acoustic music, an open mic session and games on the westside of the Courthouse Square as part of a fundraiser for a new transport van. This vehicle provides transport for veterans to their out-of-town medical appointments. Joining the fundraiser event will be Dance Elite, which will perform Halloween-inspired dances, including “Thriller.” There will also be prizes from Indiana Music Garage.
  • Kokomo’s only charity-based haunted attraction, Edge of Insanity Haunted House, will have its haunters in full costume and make-up handing out candy. You can also get discounted tickets, T-shirts and more. The haunted attraction is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
  • The Very Early Childhood Education Center will host a Fall Open House at its location in the United Way building. They will also offer a storybook walk and fall activities for preschool children.
  • Scare Away Breast Cancer event at Superior V will be the culmination of Scare Away Breast Cancer Week which seeks to inform women and their families about the risks of breast cancer. The Friday evening event will get under way at 5 p.m. at Superior V with a silent auction. Following a short program at 5:30 p.m. and a 6 p.m. performance of “Thriller” by Wallace School of Integrated Arts, there will be progressive tour of the city of Kokomo. The silent auction closes at 8 p.m. Then at 9 p.m. the Jason Skaggs Band will perform. Tickets are $10. After the concert, Superior V will stay open for After Dark, an adult night club for those 21 and over. There will be VIP tables available for the event, which will be 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Stop in at Bohemian Tattoo Club for Halloween treats and the annual hot apple cider bar! The shop will have locally sourced hot apple cider with a bar of toppings and additions, including whipped cream, caramel, red hots, chopped peanuts, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and much more.
  • Calling all musicians, poets and artists! Beyond Borders Bookstore at Bind Café is having an open mic night during First Friday! To sign up, email
  • There will be live music starting at 7 p.m. at Rhum Academy of Music, 500 W. Superior St.. Mitchell White and Kassey King will open the show, with WLRS rocking out the rest of the evening. There’s so admission charge.
  • Zombies are taking over The Hub Downtown! OK, not really, but you can get registered for the Oct. 7 Zombie Dash that will benefit the Autism Resource Center of Kokomo. There will also be a Cooper & Company pop-up boutique.
  • LeaderOne Financial will host the City of Fists Roller Derby team and will take entries to win tickets to Edge of Insanity Haunted Attraction and Grissom Maze of Terror. You’ll wanna get there early for some great trick-or-treating as well.
  • Artworks Gallery will host guest artist Carlos Bermudez, a former Kokomo resident known for his mural work around Kokomo, including the crane on the railroad buttress on Washington Street. Ramona Daniels, an in-house artist for Artworks Gallery, will have artwork on display. The KASH Youth Visual Arts Club will have its annual chair auction, so swing in and make a bid!
  • First Baptist Church invites the whole family to enjoy a free hotdog. They’d love to meet and talk with you!
  • Meet author Blake Wright at Kokomo Toys & Collectibles and pick up a copy of his new book, “Toys That Time Forgot: A Visual History of Unproduced Action Figures, Volume One.”
  • Beauty Bar on South Buckeye Street will have candy for trick-or-treaters and facepainting.
  • Howard County CASA will have a variety of movie characters in costume handing out lots of candy. Find them on the Courthouse lawn.
  • The Split Sole Clogging Connection will perform.
  • Kokomo Confectioners’ Company, 207 E. Superior St., will be open and offering pastries, cupcakes, sweets and more.
  • Redeemer Lutheran School will have games and prizes for every child. Parents can receive information about the School Choice Program in Indiana as well as material about Redeemer Lutheran’s educational program.
  • IU Kokomo Union Street Gallery will feature the Connected Foundations exhibit as well as IU Kokomo student artwork from a screen printing class. There will also be candy for trick-or-treaters.
  • CQ Salon will have free temporary spray color for kids, as well as coupons for salon services and candy.
  • Summit Salon Academy Kokomo will offer demonstrations of what the school has to offer to future students and clientele. We will have product on display and will provide services such as braiding, make-up application, hairstyling, shaving and more. They will also apply Halloween-themed special effects make-up.
  • Community First Bank will be have a fun booth set up outside the Main Office location with candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters.
  • The Howard Community CareMobile Unit will be parked on the Courthouse Square to share information about hand hygiene.
  • Bona Vista Programs will debut its new downtown Bona Vista Gift Store at Buckeye and Walnut streets


  1. Community First Bank would like to offer a booth for trick or treaters! We’ll be set up outside our main doors!

  2. Cathy /

    Sadly, you didn’t mention Oscar’s Pizza us doing a pumpkin carving.

    • Misty Knisely /

      I don’t have any submissions from Oscar’s. Did you guys announce? If so, hope there’s not a kink in the system! Do you have additional details so that I can it to the listing?

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