The organizer of Occasional Costume Events makes no bones about the nature of the gatherings.
"There is nothing redeeming or inspiring about these events," Chris Zeitz said.
The group is planning its 12th official outing Aug. 10 in Savannah, the first in the city. Previous events have taken place in Brooklyn, Boston, Louisville, Philadelphia and Chicago, he said.
"Of course, anyone can do this at any time. My hope is OCE becomes something like Fight Club, and I bump into a group doing one I have never heard about. â€¦ Every once in a while, a costume crawl happens which surprises all of us," Zeitz said.
Zeitz lives and works in Boston, but has ties to Savannah through friends and Army buddies.
The idea of Occasional Costume Events began on a wine-induced whim.
"This all started among Army buddies stationed together at Fort Campbell, Ky. After one of us got back from Iraq, we decided - after a lot of wine - to buy Victorian-style clothing in Nashville, Tenn., and fly to New York City in February 2009.
IF YOU GO
What: OCE XII: Time Travelers (Haunted) Savannah
When: 4 p.m. Aug. 10
BAR CRAWL SCHEDULE
4-5 p.m.: World of Beer, 112 W. Broughton St.
5-6 p.m.: The Bar Bar, 219 W. Saint Julian St.
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Murphy's Law Irish Pub, 409 W. Congress St.
8 p.m.-???: Kevin Barry's Irish Pub, 117 W. River St.
"Five of us went out to bars dressed like Victorian gentlemen - canes, top hats, all of it," he said.
After a few years, Zeitz sought ways to keep the fun going and bring about more interest.
"When I had R&R leave from Afghanistan, in February 2011, I rented out part of a bar in Manhattan and had 'Ridiculous-Fest' where people would get free drinks if they did not dress normal. That was a little pricey, so I had to come up with a cheaper way to get people to dress in costumes and go out to bars.
"I found that a trophy motivates 20- and 30-somethings to dress up like it's Halloween at random times of the year, and we've numbered most events and issued trophies ever since," he said.
The Savannah event will have a haunted/time travel theme to "go with Savannah's historical charm," he said.
"Of course, you can wear any costume and participate with us. I bought an astronaut costume because it made me laugh. I think we'll have some aliens, too, for some reason," Zeitz said.
It's free to participate, and your costume just might help take home a prize.
"You have a chance to win the trophy as long as you have a costume and behave. Tip your bartenders, of course, and maybe campaign in the crowd a little for votes.
"If random people tell me someone has a great costume, I count that in the decision about the winner. Eventually, I would like these events to have some charity to support. But as of now, we have not set that up yet," Zeitwz said.
The next two upcoming outings will feature zombies Aug. 24 in Brooklyn and "When Freddie Mercuries Collide" on Oct. 5 in Boston.
People who have never been a part of the event are encouraged to come and see what it's all about.
"It's a bar crawl and a chance to mingle with random people. Very rarely do we tell bars we are coming. The surprise on people's faces makes it all worthwhile," Zeitz said. "There's nothing better than Batman and Captain America walking around your city during the day. I know I'd feel safer."