Because Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, I had ample material to compile this weeklong list of 50 themed parties and events taking place around Charlotte. And remember, this is the one time of year you’re expected to dress as slutty as possible and not be judged—except for the chance to win hundreds or thousands of dollars in cash and prizes in costume contests.
Also, be sure to check Dusk Till Dawn for a separate list of non-Halloween social events and parties taking place over the weekend.
Thursday, October 24
The Horror Bash (Neighborhood Theatre)
It’s a costume party featuring live performances and DJs, including Brody & Choch, Shinobi Ninja, Crazyhorse and Colston, BPL, Sherman Hellville, and DJ Shogun. Presented by Brody & Choch and Kidnice Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 in advance; $10 at the door. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., neighborhoodtheatre.com, kidniceentertainment.com.
Zombie Movie (Heist Brewery)
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Come Get Some, a zombie movie filmed in Charlotte. 9 p.m. Free admission. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St., heistbrewery.com.
Friday, October 25
Guts: Pumpkin-Carving Competition and After-Party (NC Music Factory)
Watch local artisans and creatives compete in this annual pumping-carving competition. There will also be a photo booth, craft table, silent auction, and cash bar. Proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. After-party begins at 6 p.m. inside The Saloon, where Analog Daze will perform live. 4-8 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted. NC Music Factory, Fountain Plaza, ncmusicfactory.com, gutscharlotte.com.
Southern Gothic Halloween Party (The Duke Mansion)
Come dressed in a costume or cocktail attire, and stroll this historic mansion and beautiful gardens. Live music by the Bad Daddies. “Heavenly and devilish” heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, including deviled eggs and angelic caviar eggs, pimento cheese biscuits, a grits station, carving stations, desserts, and more. 7 p.m. $75 ($25 is tax-deductible). Reserve your spot at email@example.com. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, dukemansion.com.
Nightmare on 5th Street: Halloween Block Party (Uptown)
Bar-hop throughout Uptown, and gain admission to several participating venues, including Connolly’s on 5th, Phil’s Tavern, Sip, Prohibition, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Roxbury Nightclub, and more. Grand prize of a free cruise will be given away at the end of the night. Presented by Carolina Nightlife. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Check-in, 7-10 p.m. Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, 201 E. Fifth St., fitzgeraldscharlotte.com, 5thstreethalloween.eventbrite.com.
Fourth Annual Buff Faye’s Spooks & Horror Party Bus
Led by Charlotte’s popular drag performer, a party bus will take you to five LGBT-friendly bars: Nickel Bar, Central Station, The Bar at 316, Cathode Azure, and Hartigan’s. Proceeds will benefit Campus Pride for LGBT Youth. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; $25 at the door. Bus departs from and returns to Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St., hartigans.com, ilovebuff.eventbrite.com.
Nightmare On Morehead (Dilworth Neighborhood Grille)
This annual Halloween party will feature two costume contests with prizes—$250 cash for best individual costume and $200 bar tab (to be used in the future) for best group costume. There will also be complimentary Jello shots for the first 300 people, drink specials, a late-night food menu, music by DJ Spooky, and free parking. Presented by Paschal Promotions. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 with costume; $10 without. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St., dilworthgrille.com, paschalpromotions.com.
Come dressed in a costume and get half off on bowling. There’ll also be drink specials and music. 9 p.m. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com.
Blackout: Halloween Edition (Sip)
The place will be glowing orange, with complimentary glow bands, DJs, drink specials, and a prize giveaway. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sip, 200 N. Tryon St., sipcharlotte.com.
Ghostbusters Costume Party (Roxbury)
Who you gonna call? This party is themed after the classic 1980s movie, and there’s even scheduled to be a replica of the Ghostbusters car there for you to take pictures with. There’ll also be $5 drinks specials. Hosted by Carolina Ghostbusters. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $7. Roxbury Nightclub, 116 W. Fifth St., roxburynightclub.com, facebook.com/roxburynightclubuptown.
Sexy & Scary Mansion (Label)
DJ Mad from New Jersey headlines, plus guest DJs. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com.
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It’s forecasted to be cold Saturday night. But ladies, there’s no need to wear a costume in which you’re fully robed like Queen Charlotte.
Saturday, October 26
Third Annual Zombie Run Challenge (Renaissance Park)
Be a human: race to checkpoints to complete challenges to survive. Or be a zombie: chase humans and eat them (take their life flags). Presented by SportsLink. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $40 in advance; $50 day of. Renaissance Park, 1200 W. Tyvola Rd., zombierunchallenge.com.
More than 20 bars and nightclubs are participating in this event. Each stop features drink specials, and there will be prize giveaways and a costume contest. 1 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 day of. Uptown; check-in at Dixie’s Tavern parking lot, 301 E. Seventh St., rockhouseevents.com/events.
Fourth Annual NoDaWEEN (NoDa)
It’s a multifaceted event throughout NoDa, including the KiDaWEEN, the Freaky 5K race, NoDaWEEN Party, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing. There’ll be costume contests, Halloween activities, cash and prize giveaways, and live bands. Proceeds to benefit Running Works and the NoDa Neighborhood & Business Association. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Visit website for event times and admission costs. NoDa, nodaween.com.
Grave Diggers Ball with Flo Rida (Dixie’s lot)
It’s been one of Charlotte’s most popular, annual Halloween events for 12 years. Multi-platinum-selling hip hop/pop star Flo Rida will perform live. Hosted by Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham. This event also features costume contests with $10,000 in cash and prizes. 6-11 p.m. General admission, $20; VIP front stage, $60; VIP club pass, $80. Presented by Kiss 95.1 FM. Dixie’s Tavern parking lot, 301 E. Seventh St., facebook.com/gravediggersball, kiss951gravediggersball.eventbrite.com.
Music, Monsters & Mayhem (NC Music Factory)
This entertainment complex is being transformed into a Halloween destination again this year. Music by Cowboy Mouth, Charity Case, The Jon Linker Band, and DJ J. Good on the Fountain Plaza. There’ll be costume contests with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Your ticket also gets you admission into several NCMF venues, including The Saloon, VBGB, Wet Willie’s, Osso, and more all night. 7 p.m. General admission, $15; VIP, $50. NC Music Factory, ncmusicfactory.com, ncmusicfactory.ticketleap.com.
Sexame Street Halloween Party (X Nightclub)
This new nightclub has only been open a few weeks, and it’s promising to put on one of the night’s sexiest Halloween events. The sexiest Sesame Street contest winner will receive a VIP package for six people. Music by Kevin Focus. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. X Nightclub, 950 Music Factory Blvd., xnightclubclt.com.
Cadets & Pin Ups: A Vintage Halloween (Mortimer’s)
Beautiful pin ups will be there to serve you, while you dance to music by RedBull DJ, DJ SK. Drink specials include $3 Coors Light bottles, $5 Mali-Boo shots, and $5 Absolut. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Mortimer's Cafe & Pub, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., mortimerspub.com, facebook.com/MortimersPub.
Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque (UpStage)
Experience a spooky burlesque show filled with sexy costumes and a masquerade dance party. Music by DJ Spider. A dinner menu will also be available. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St., upstagenoda.com.
The promoters request that you “bring out your sexiest, wildest, scariest, most creative costumes.” Music by DJ Pyro and DJ Complete. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before 10:30 p.m. if wearing costume; for VIP tables, firstname.lastname@example.org. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., facebook.com/republic.charlotte, thesolkitchen.com.
Mile High Club Halloween (Cowbell)
This chic Uptown burger and whiskey bar gets in on the Halloween action, featuring music by DJ A Styles, drink specials such as $3 Miller Lite, $5 Mali-Boo shots, and $5 Three Olive vodka drinks, and a spiked milkshake toast at midnight. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cowbell Burger & Bar, 201 N. Tryon St., facebook.com/CowbellBurger.
Masquerade Halloween Party (Oak Room)
Come dressed to impress and compete in the best costume contest. Music by DJ Ahuf and DJ Edward Shouse. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St., oakroomclt.com.
Trip or Treat: Halloween Black Light Party (Marigny)
Contests will be held for best female and male costumes with $500 in cash and prizes. Music by ATLiens, DJ Jaws, and DJ Malbogia. Presented by Queen City Bass. 10 p.m. Marigny Dance Club, 1440 S. Tryon St., marignycharlotte.com, queencitybass.com.
The Despicable Party (Label)
Despite a theme inspired by The Despicable Me, this will be far from a kid’s party. Music by DJ Jason Wiggs in the main room and DJ JD on the cabana patio. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com.
Halloween Saturday: The Divine Comedy (5Church)
Party with socialites, with a best costume contest and music by DJ James K. Hosted by Patrick Whalen, Mills Howell, and Alejandro Torio. 11 p.m. Free admission. 5Church, 127 N. Tryon St. (corner of W. Fifth and N. Church streets), 5church.com.
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Sunday, October 27
Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead (Levine Museum)
Experience this traditional Mexican celebration, a time when families honor their dead loved ones and the continuity of life. Activities include music, alter decorating, food, storytelling, and more. Presented by Levine Museum and the Latin American Coalition. Noon-4 p.m. Free admission. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., museumofthenewsouth.org.
Dead Celebrities Industry Halloween Bar Crawl
Party at three of the city’s hottest nightlife venues: Oak Room (6-8 p.m.) with DJs Wiggs and Wonz, Stache House Bar and Lounge (8-11:30 p.m.) with DJs Dirty and Edward Shouse, and X Nightclub (11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.) with DJs Rowshay and Ahuf. Free party limo bus transportation provided by Silverfox Limos. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Facebook invite.
Halloween Party (Fox and Hound)
Get in the Halloween spirit at your neighborhood tavern. Costume contest for cash prizes, DJ, and drink specials. 10 p.m. Free admission. Fox and Hound, 9325 Center Lake Dr. (Northlake); 330 N. Tryon St. (Uptown), foxandhound.com.
S.I.N. Sunday: Night of the Living Dead (Uptown Cabaret)
It’ll be a sinful night, featuring a Halloween costume contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes, celebrity guests, judges, DJs, and drink specials. 10 p.m. Uptown Cabaret, 108 E. Morehead St., uptowncabaretclubs.com.
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Hit television show Breaking Bad has inspired many costumes this Halloween season.
Tuesday, October 29
Fifth Annual Haunted Ball and Costume Contest (Whisky River)
This college night Halloween party features a $1,000 costume contest and drink specials like $2 Miller Lite bottles, $3 SoCo cherry flushes, and $5 well drinks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.
Wednesday, October 30
Wine Down Wednesday Halloween Bash (Delta's)
Come dressed in costume (or cocktail attire) and enjoy half-price glasses of wine, music by DJ 06, cigars on the patio, and prize giveaways all night. Dinner menu will also be available. 8 p.m. Delta’s, 525 N. Tryon St., facebook.com/deltascharlotte.
Neon Nights Halloween Edition (Suite)
This installment of the weekly Level Wednesdays party celebrates Halloween. Wear your costume and dance under the neon lights to music by DJ Dirty. 10 p.m. Admission varies; for VIP tables, email@example.com. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com.
Mischief Masquerade (Marigny)
This is the kickoff of the upcoming weekly Wreckless Wednesdays college night. In honor of Halloween, you’re encouraged to wear a costume (or come as you are). Music by DJ Knight Tyme and DJ J. Good. There’ll be plenty of drink specials as well as hookah service. Presented by Clear Vision Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $5-$15. Marigny Dance Club, 1440 S. Tryon St., marignycharlotte.com.
Thursday, October 31
The CLT Zombie Crawl (Plaza Midwood/Elizabeth)
Good Eats and Meets leads this crawl through Plaza Midwood and Elizabeth, with a limo shuttling participants. The Get Dead Crew will be on hand providing make-up services. Enjoy food and drink specials at each location. 6 p.m.-midnight. $20. Begins at Volume Lounge, 1801 Commonwealth Ave., cltzombiecrawl2013.eventbrite.com.
Eighth Annual Halloween Howler Costume Bar Crawl (EpiCentre)
Experience a full night of bar crawling all within this one Uptown entertainment complex. Participating venues: Suite, Bubble, Whisky River, BlackFinn, Vida, Mortimer’s, Howl at the Moon, Wild Wing Café, StrikeCity, and Enso. Presented by Carolina Nightlife. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com, charlottehalloween.eventbrite.com.
Geishas and Samurai Halloween Party (Baku)
Check out SouthPark’s new hotspot during this stylish Halloween party. Dinner reservations available 7-9 p.m. in the upstairs lounge (704-817-7173), VIP tables (firstname.lastname@example.org), a DJ spinning all night, and beer and cocktail specials. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Baku, 4515 Sharon Rd., baku-restaurant.com, elevatelifestyle.com.
This trivia night is held every other Thursday, featuring the Wykau WAM game that focuses on African American history and pop culture. For this Halloween installment, attendees are asked to dress like a prominent African American–best costume winners will receive a restaurant gift card. Hosted by Joe Drew of WGIV's "Start Something" radio show. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Delta’s, 525 N. Tryon St., facebook.com/deltascharlotte, facebook.com/wykauwam.
Halloween Masquerade Ball (Label)
This evening will feature a fashion show costume contest, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, Carolina Ghost Psychic, and more. Masks required. Presented by Charlotte Seen and Playground Entertainment. 7:30 p.m. $15. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, charlotteseen.com.
Boo Fest (Prohibition)
Contests will be held for best and sexiest costumes for $500 prize. Drink specials include $1 beer, $3 shots, and $4 liquor drinks. Music by DJ J. Good. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., prohibitionclt.com.
Nightmare in SouthPark (City Tavern)
Billed as an upscale Halloween party, with appearances and giveaways by radio personalities from 96.1 FM and 106.5 FM. Also featuring a DJ and live music, drink specials, half-price appetizers, $10 petite inner plate specials, and a costume contest for a $200 cash prize. 8 p.m. City Tavern SouthPark, 4331 Barclay Downs Dr., city-tavern.com, Facebook.
Fantasies and Fetishes (X Nightclub)
On Halloween night, come dressed in your favorite fantasy or fetish costume at one of the city’s newest nightclubs. Best-dressed winner will receive VIP for six people. The Suicide Sirens, from Las Vegas, will perform live. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. X Nightclub, 950 Music Factory Blvd., xnightclubclt.com.
Halloween Old-School Hip Hop Bash (Tempo)
Rock your freshest 1980s or ’90s-inspired hip hop costume. Hosted by Grammy Award-winning rapper Mr. Cheeks and V101.9 FM’s Chirl Girl. Music by DJ Chase. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance. Ages 25 and up. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd., tempocharlotte.com, get.crowntickets.com.
Heaven & Hell Bash (Sip)
You’re invited to walk into Heaven and then raise some hell. Costumes strongly encouraged. Drink specials: $2 select beers, $3 mummy shots, $4 zombie drinks, and $5 blackouts. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sip, 200 N. Tryon St., sipcharlotte.com.
Halloween Celebrity Look-A-Like Contest (Celebs)
Dress like the celebrity you resemble the most and compete for cash and prizes. Specials include $5 martinis and $10 appetizer samplers. Music by DJ Storm. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Celebs Restaurant & Lounge, 445 W. Trade St., celebsrestaurant.com, Facebook.
This champagne bar and lounge is making the night about yellow and Veuve Clicquot. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. For VIP tables, email@example.com. Bubble Charlotte, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com.
Witches of Midwood (Soul)
Get in the spirit with a Halloween-inspired food and cocktail menu. Featuring “Chicken Spell,” pumpkin curry, and grilled octopus dishes, along with drinks such as “Fool’s Fire,” “Punch of Pamona,” and “Soulspell Witch’s Brew.” A DJ will spin. 9 p.m. Soul Gastrolounge, 1500-B Central Ave., soulgastrolounge.com, facebook.com/soulgastro.
Hollywood Halloween (Blue)
Expect crazy costumes in the $500 best costume contest. Music by DJ Ngenius. Presented by MAZ Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; VIP tables available. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 206 N. College St., bluecharlotte.com, mazhalloween2013.eventbrite.com.
Nightmare on Tryon Street (Vapiano)
It was a packed house at this costume party last year. Prizes will be awarded for sexiest, most original, best duo, and most ratchet costumes. Food and drink specials will be served. Music by DJ Shogun. Presented by Moxie Society and NXL21. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10-$15 in advance; to reserve tables, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., vapiano.com, nightmareontryonst.eventbrite.com.
Halloween Bash (5Church)
Best costume wins a $200 gift card. Music by DJ Clay Hefner. Hosted by Patrick Whalen, Mills Howell, and Alejandro Torio. 10 p.m. Free admission. 5Church, 127 N. Tryon St. (corner of W. Fifth and N. Church streets), 5church.com.
Captain Morgan’s Terror Show (Latorre’s)
Hosted by Captain Morgan and his sexy shipmates. Compete in the $1,000 costume contest. Free Captain Morgan Rum will be served. Music by DJ Chaka and DJ Flakko. 10 p.m. Latorre’s Disco, 116 W. 5th St., latorresdisco.com, facebook.com/latorresdisco.
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Friday, November 1
Su Casa’s Halloween Hangover (Dharma)
This popular monthly party is going with a Halloween theme, and featuring eclectic music as always, plus screenings of classic scary movies. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com, Facebook invite.
Kryptonite Halloween Bash and Costume Contest (Neighborhood Theatre)
This annual dance party features DJs, drag queens, and other performers. The costume contest includes categories for scariest, funniest, most creative, and best couple/group costumes with a total of $5,000 up for grabs. Presented by Glitterati Ball. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., neighborhoodtheatre.com, facebook.com/GlitteratiBall.
Day of the Dead (X Nightclub)
In addition to the incredible sound system, the night will also feature The Suicide Sirens, from Las Vegas, performing an extreme burlesque show. Presented by db Promotions and Conciertos Latinos NC. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. X Nightclub, 950 Music Factory Blvd., xnightclubclt.com.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.