When the Savannah Riverfront Association hired new executive director Jim Downs and senior director of operations Carrie Bligh, the duo promised to shake things up on River Street. 

They've made good on this goal by making the First Fridays/Saturdays bigger and better, introducing new events like Crawl-O-Ween, and now, showcasing guest food trucks - something not typically allowed in city limits. Enjoy the three-day party from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 on the riverwalk.


Savannah Riverfront has organized the first Crawl-O-Ween for adults to enjoy Halloween by pub crawling through River Street. 

"One of our goals as a staff this year was to create new events outside of our festival schedule. Hosting a smaller event like a pub crawl is a great way for us to expand and create a new annual event," said Leigh Anne DiVito, Savannah Riverfront event marketing manager.

While everyone expects some Miley Cyrus and "Breaking Bad" costumes to make an appearance, the real stars will be the drink specials taking place at each of the pub crawl stops and the "Crawl Card" competition that challenges people to visit each of the 10 participating locations. 

The participating bars and restaurants are Bayou Café, Dub's Pub, Joe's Crab Shack, Kevin Barry's Irish Pub, Rusty Rudder's Tap House, Shrimp Factory, Spanky's, Tubby's Tank House, The Warehouse and Wet Willie's.

Besides the drinks specials - like a candy corn martini - and more than $1,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, DiVito says, "Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in America. What better way to celebrate Halloween than in a haunted city?" 

So what's the Savannah Riverfront staff's favorite Savannah ghost story? 

"The story of Anna Powers at 17 Hundred 90 is one of my favorites. It is always interesting to hear guests' experiences encountering her ghost when they stay in that hotel room," DiVito said. 

"I am also drawn to the stories of evil spirits haunting Moon River Brewing Company. ... Our staff have also heard of hauntings in the Shrimp Factory and apparitions in the Harley-Davidson shop."

Food trucks on River Street

Many Savannahians have longed for the day when food trucks can be part of our landscape, while many others don't want that culture to take roots here. Yet, a festival is a good compromise because it's only a two-day event. 

"I found the Atlanta Street Food Coalition and the Food Movement, which is also out of Atlanta, and their main contact gave me the contact information for the individual trucks. 

"The three food trucks that will be traveling from Atlanta are On Tapa the World, the Flightless Byrd and the Pretzelmaker," Bligh said.

The trucks will be set up in the first part of the third parking lot on River Street next to the Anchor Fountain and across from the Abercorn Street Ramp, so Savannahians who have had fingers crossed for food truck integration into our culture should come out and show their support.

"We'll even have Savannah's very own local food truck, Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub & Grill," DiVito said. 

P.S.: Food trucks could start integrating into the landscape of larger events, like St. Patrick's Day.