Community members gather for Halloween event

Boos and Brews attendees walk around, mingle and drink while in costume. Thrive Alabama organized the event to raise money for HIV and STD testing. 

Community members attended Boos and Brews at Singin’ River Brewing Co. to support Thrive Alabama Oct. 27.

The event was hosted by Thrive to raise money for a mobile testing unit, as well as to raise awareness about HIV and STD testing. Boos and Brews consisted of cemetery tours at nearby Florence Cemetery and a costume contest.

Approximately 150 were at the event.

“It is truly amazing how many people have come out,” said Robert Dodge who led the cemetery tours.

Raffle tickets were available for purchase at the event to help raise money. Several local businesses donated prizes such as gift cards and gift baskets to help support the cause

Attendee Callie Gwin said she admired the participation of local businesses.

“I appreciate that the proceeds are going to a good cause and that local businesses got involved,” Gwin said.

The costume contest was one of Attendee Caitlin Lee’s favorite parts of the event, she said.

“(The event was) very fun and festive,” Lee said. “I have enjoyed seeing all of the costumes and people looking strange.”