Halloween 2014 – List of Charlotte's Best Parties

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This is a wholesome costume, and a far cry from what you’ll see most adults wearing for Halloween.

Tricks are for kids, and these parties are for adults—with plenty of great options to choose from this Halloween. 

Listed in alphabetical order by venue. 


Tuesday, October 28


Yelp Gets Freaky at the Factory (NC Music Factory)
This party will feature food and drinks from two dozen local restaurants, bars, and breweries, and music from DJs Dirty, Edward Shouse, Rowshay, and Yona. 7-9 p.m. Free admission; RSVP required; donations accepted for nonprofit organization Beards BeCAUSE. Fountain Plaza at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., yelp.com/events/charlotte-yelp-gets-freaky-at-the-factory.


Wednesday, October 29


Fears and Beers Prequel Halloween Party (Apostrophe)
Enjoy great drinks, with guest host Drex from Kiss 95.1 FM, and music by Mizzo. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., apostrophelounge.com, amnesianights.com.

Dead Celebrities Halloween Party (Suite)
Come dressed in costume honoring your favorite dead celebrity and compete in the contest. Music by DJ Nova, and several drinks on special. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/suiteclt.


Thursday, October 30


Ultraween: 11th Annual Halloween Rumba (Cosmos)
It’s a Latin-infused costume party. Presented by Ultra Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. Cosmos Cafe, 300 N. College St., ultraween.eventbrite.com.

Fitzscareld’s 3 Days of Halloween (Fitzgerald’s)
The three-night Halloween party kicks off, featuring a DJ, costume contests, and drink specials. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, 201 E. Fifth St., fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.


Click here to read Jeremy Markovich’s profile of 15 Charlotte-centric Halloween costumes.


Friday, October 31


Fright Night on Fifth Street
Bar hop along this bustling street, and enjoy music and drink specials at each stop. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. rockhouseevents.com/events.

Halloween Bash (5Church)
It’s sure to be a sexy good time at this Uptown hotspot, with music by DJ Shawn Firestone. Best costume wins a $200 gift card. 10 p.m. Free admission. 5Church, 127 N. Tryon St. (corner of W. Fifth and N. Church streets), 5church.com.

Zombie Halloween Party (Automatic Slims)
The festivities at this vintage-themed nightclub include zombie models, a costume contest, and music by DJ Rwonz. 9 p.m. $15. Automatic Slims, at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., facebook.com/automaticslimsclt, zombiehalloweenclt.eventbrite.com.

Montford Massacre (Brazwells)
Hit this party along the busy strip, and participate in the costume contest and order from great drink specials. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Brazwells Premium Pub, 1627 Montford Dr., brazwellspub.com.

Glitterati Ball: The Freak Show (Chop Shop)
This is an annual event, featuring a theatrical costume dance party, DJs, bands, artists, and other live performers. Plus, there’ll be a $1,500 best costume contest. Presented by Zali. 9 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 day of. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St., chopshopnoda.com.

Nightmare in SouthPark (City Tavern)
It’s an upscale Halloween party, with music by DJ Rob Reeves, drink specials, a $4 small bites menu, and costume contest for $200 cash prize. 8 p.m. Free admission. City Tavern SouthPark, 4331 Barclay Downs Dr., city-tavern.com, paschalpromotions.com/events/nightmare-in-south-park-0.

Howl-O-Ween (Howl At the Moon)
Have a devilish good time at this party, featuring demons, sexy nurses, dueling pianos, drink specials, and a costume contest. Doors open 5 p.m. RSVP for free admission. Howl At the Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., howlatthemoon.com/charlotte.

Halloweekend (Latorre’s)
The city’s leading Latin nightclub is throwing its annual Halloween party, with music by DJs Cali, Chaka, Flakko, and Precise, and a $500 prize for best costume. 10 p.m. Latorre’s, 116 W. Fifth St., facebook.com/latorresdisco.

Funhouse Halloween (Mortimer’s)
It’s a circus theme at this pub, with great drink specials, and music by DJ Jimmy Hype. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Mortimer's Cafe & Pub, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/mortimerspub.

Haunted Halloween Party (Nan and Byron’s)
Come dressed in costume for a chance to win a $200 gift card, and enjoy $2.50 beer specials and music by DJ Jason Voorhees. Hosted by Becky Kraus, Katie Burcham, Lauren Blake Bongers, Eric Deleon, James Nguyen, and Alejandro Torio. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Nan and Byron’s, 1714 South Blvd., nanandbyrons.com.

Music, Monsters & Mayhem (NC Music Factory)
It’s one of Charlotte’s largest Halloween parties, spanning multiple venues, and featuring performances by Coolio and Tone Loc, and music from DJ Overcash. More than $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in the costume contest. 7 p.m. General admission, $20 in advance; VIP, $40. NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ncmusicfactory.com/event/music-monsters-mayhem-2.

Speakeasy Soiree: Halloween Extravaganza (Oak Room)
It’s an ode to the days of speakeasies, and this party includes music by DJs Strtr, Edward Shouse, and Ahuff, and bootlegger drink specials and a costume contest. 10 p.m. $5 before 11:30 p.m.; $10 after; VIP tables available. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St., oakroomclt.com

Nineteen 80s Halloween (Phil’s)
Relive the 1980s, when Freddie and Jason terrorized movie audiences, and enjoy great drink specials. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Phil’s New York Deli and Tavern, 105 E. Fifth St., philsny.com.

House Party: The Halloween Edition (Phoenix)
It’s a Halloween party in celebration of JCSU’s homecoming weekend, with music by DJ B-Lord and DJ DR. Presented by YTilt and The Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before 11:30 p.m. with RSVP; general admission $15. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., jcsuhouseparty.eventbrite.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.

Haunted Rooftop (Rooftop 210)
Overlook the Uptown skyline in your best costume for a chance to win $500. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/rooftop210.

13th Annual Thriller Halloween Bash (Roxbury)
DJ Jody Jam will play a mix of 1980s and ’90s hits at this party, which also includes drink specials and a $500 costume contest. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Roxbury Nightclub, 116 W. Fifth St., facebook.com/roxburynightclubuptown.

Eighth Annual Haunted Harbor with Slick Rick (Snug Harbor)
It’s a party and concert in one, with performances by the legendary Slick Rick, Benji Hughes, and The Poontanglers, and music from DJ Justin Aswell. Doors open 8 p.m.; show time 9 p.m. $20 in advance. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., snugrock.com.

Side Show (Soul)
The night will feature such oddities as Wolf Boy, Siamese twins, and a bearded beauty. Music by DJ Jason Herring, and cotton candy cocktails on special. 9 p.m. Free admission. Soul Gastrolounge, 1500-B Central Ave., soulgastrolounge.com.

From Beyond the (G)Rave (StrikeCity)
Get your party and bowl on, with music by DJ Botz and DJ Erok, and special glowing effects. 9 p.m. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com.

Thriller Halloween (SMG)
Costumes or masks are strongly suggested, as DJ Paradime spins hip-hop hits. Presented by King Entertainment. 10 p.m. General admission, $20 in advance; VIP tables available. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com/venues/studio-movie-grill, kingentevents.com.

Nightmare On Tryon Street (Vapiano)
Compete in one of several costume contest categories, while enjoying food and drink specials, and music by DJ Shaun Nyce. Presented by Moxie Society and Nxlevel 21. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $15 and up; VIP tables available. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., nightmareontryonst.com.


Saturday, November 1


Charlotte Zombie Bar-Ocalypse
It’s an interactive bar crawl, where guests will start out as humans and their mission is to survive the night without being infected by zombies. There’ll be safe zones at each of the participating bars, which also include drink specials, and everyone will receive a zombie crawl T-shirt. Presented by Good Eats and Meets. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $10 in advance; VIP, $30. Registration and check-in at Tilt on Trade, 127 W. Trade St., zombiecrawl2014.eventbrite.com.

Third Annual Nightmare on Fifth Street
Bar hop along this corridor, while partaking in drink specials at each stop, and competing in the costume contests. Presented by Carolina Nightlife. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. Check-in is at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, 201 E. Fifth St., halloweennov1.eventbrite.com.


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