2013 Halloween events in Charlotte

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It's never too early to start thinking about Halloween. After all, it's only September and many of the haunted attractions in Charlotte and the surrounding area are already starting up. For details on Halloween events - including parties, haunted houses and seasonal activities - check out our big, growing list below. Not on the list? To get added, email anita.overcash@creativeloafing.com.

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Ongoing Haunted Attractions
Amazing Maize Maze Approximately two and a half miles of pathways in an operating cornfield. The Amazing Maize Maze challenges folks to think strategically as they search clues that lead to the maze exit. Day maze and night (flashlight) maze tickets available. For more information, visit www.ruralhill.net/amazingmaizemaze.asp. $7-$15. Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 3. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.

Camp Fear The multi-attraction event features a haunted trail, a maze, "Clown Chaos", an "Insane Asylum", a "Living dead Dollhouse," and a "Freak Show." $14-$18. Oct. 11-12; Oct. 18-19; Oct. 25-26; Oct. 31; Nov. 1-2. Camp Fear, 601 Princess Lane, Hiddenite. For more information, visit www.campfearnc.com.

Campground Massacre Haunted attraction with more than three acres of terror for brave visitors who dare to explore the campground. $20. Fridays-Sundays. Through Nov. 2. The Charlotte/Fort Mill KOA RV Park and Campground, 940 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill. For more information, call 866-752-7437 or visit www.themassacre.com.

Ghost Tales in the Dark Tour Explore the plantation by candlelight and hear real ghost stories from staff and volunteers. RSVP is required. To register, call 704-875-2312. $15. Oct. 11, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.; Oct. 12, 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.; Oct. 18, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.; Oct. 19, 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.

The Haunted Mill One of the Charlotte-area's scariest haunted attractions with a special "mature"-themed shows offered. $10-$50. Oct. 11-13; Oct. 17-20; Oct. 24-31; Nov. 1-2. The Haunted Mill, 6325 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont. For more information, call 704-829-6455 or visit www.thehauntedmillnc.com.

The Scarepark The Speedpark at Concord Mills has transformed into a haunted park including haunted mini-golf, a haunted hay ride, fun slide, spider web bungee, go-karts and more. Open every Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Open every night starting Oct. 24 through Oct.31. $5-$25. The Speedpark, 8461 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-5278-464. www.speedpark.com.

Davidson Ghost Walk Walk around the city of Davidson and hear stories of the town's spooky history. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Every weekend in October. Walks begin at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended. 704-928-5454. www.ghostwalknc.com

Queen City Ghost Tours Explore the darker side of Charlotte on this tour around the city. Hear ghost stories about Charlotte's haunted past. $8-$15. Oct. 9-31. Times: 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., & 9 p.m. www.queencityghosttours.com

Hickory Grove Haunted Trail Annual haunted attraction in Gastonia. $12. Oct. 11-12; Oct. 17-19; Oct. 25-31. Mountain View Golf Center, 4064 Mountainview St., Gastonia. For more information, visit www.hghaunts.com.

The Old Haunted School Annual haunted attraction sponsored by Bethany Volunteer Fire Department in Albemarle. $6. Oct. 11-12; Oct. 18-19; Oct. 25-26; Oct. 28-31. 37627 Mountain Creek Road, Albemarle. For more information, visit www.bethanyvfd.org/hauntedhouse/default.htm.

Scarowinds Every year Carowinds transforms the park into a terrifying adventure filled with mazes, monsters, and madness. $26.99-$49.99. Weekends through Oct. 27. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 704-588-2600. For more information, visit www.carowinds.com/haunt.

Scarrigan Farms The annual haunted trail attraction and walking tour includes a "Maniac Maze," a "40-Foot Double Barrel Drop," a "Vomit-Inducing Vortex," a "Purple Haze 3-D Experience," a "Fright Town," a "Tragic School Bus," a "Haunted Moon-Lit Corn Maze" and more. Ticket sales begin nightly at 6:30 p.m. (visitors may enter at dark) and end at 10 p.m. $20. Oct. 4-5; Oct. 11-13; Oct. 18-20; Oct. 25-27; Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-1450. For more information, visit www.scarriganfarms.com.

Latta Haunted Trail Enjoy a haunted trail on horseback every Friday and Saturday in October at the Latta Equestrian Center. $15 per person. Rides offered from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Call ahead for reservations. Latta Equestrian Center, 6201 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-992-1550. www.lattaequetraincenter.com.

Dracula Bites Starving Artist Productions presents this production about a playwright who adapts Bram Stoker's Dracula. What happens next is a horror story of its own. $15-$25. Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 11, 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Oct. 16-17, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 18, 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

A Guide For The Newly Dead Blumenthal Performing Arts Center presents this dark theatrical experience about the transition between life and death. Performed by the ensemble Machine. October 24-Nov. 2. $20-$25. Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 North College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Retro Horror Movie Showings Ongoing horror movies screenings. Oct. 4-10: The Shining; Oct. 11-17: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Oct. 18-24: The Exorcist; Oct. 25-31: Halloween. $5. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. show times. Ayrsley Grand Cinema, 9110 King Parade Blvd. 980-297-7540. www.ayrsleycinemas.com.

Friday, Oct. 11
Salisbury Ghost Walk Take a stroll around the city of Salisbury as guides tell ghost stories and legends. Tours meet on the steps of the Old Salisbury Post Office. $10 for adults; $5 for students. Tours Friday-Saturday in October, 8 p.m. Salisbury Post Office, 130 West Innes St., Salisbury. For reservations, call 704-798-3102. www.salisburyghostwalk.com.

Saturday, Oct. 12
BLOCtoberfest The line up features live music from Phase 2, Loose Lugnuts, Of Good Nature, and Sirsy. Proceeds go to benefit The Prodigal Son Foundation. Free to attend. Oct. 12, 2 p.m. to 9:30p.m. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. For more information visit, www.psfnow.org/events/blocktoberfest.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 18
Shake Your Ghoul Thing 2 Carolina Voices Impromptu presents this special show in observance of Halloween. $12-$20. Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 19, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St.

Halloween Triple PlayBlackFinn will be giving away two free tickets to three different concerts. The Halloween Triple Play will also include a Friday's cheer list with free cover admission and a chance to win a $25 gift card. Oct 18, 9 p.m. BlackFinn, 210 East Trade St., Suite 120-B. 704-971-0522 www.blackfinncharlotte.com.

Thursday, Oct. 19
Hair-O-Ween Performances by Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute band), Hysteria (Def Leppard tribute band) and Hair Nation (hair metal band). $10 (free tickets via download on the website). Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.

Social Flockers: Tilt on Trade's Halloween and Costume Party Drink specials ($1 Jello shots, $2 domestics, and more). $100 prize for the sexiest costume. $7 with costume; $20 with no costume. Oct. 19, 8p.m to 12 a.m. Tilt on Trade, 127 W Trade St. 704-347-4870. www.tiltontrade.com.

All Hallows Eve Children can trick or treat around the plantation as they learn about the history of Halloween and meet famous characters from the past. $8 for adults; $7 for seniors and students, free for ages 5 and under. Oct. 19. Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantaion.org.

Fall Bash Eastside Church is throwing this fall festival with games, a moon-bounce, face painting, food, prizes, and more. Free to attend. Saturday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastside Church, 10132 Harrisburg Road. 704-566-9200.

NuffCed Custome Party Food, cash prizes, drink specials and live performances at this costume party. The party will also raise awareness for breast cancer month. $5 presale tickets; $10 at the door. Oct 19, 9:00 p.m. PX Cafe, 1250 Lucky Penny St.

Sunday, Oct. 20
Carved Charlotte chefs participate in this family-friendly pumpkin-slashing competition. Join the Piedmont Culinary Guild, a new culinary collective, for its pumpkin carving competition inside the Atherton Market. Kids 12 and under are encouraged to participate in their own competition by bringing an already carved pumpkin to the event. There will be live music, free beer from Triple C Brewing Co. and refreshments from Luna's Living Kitchen. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks, and photographer Deborah Triplett will have a photo booth at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Slow Food Charlotte Farmer's Fund. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door and any child without a pumpkin is $5. Oct. 20, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Atherton Market, 2104 South Blvd. www.piedmontculinaryguild.com/carved/.

Thursday, Oct. 24
The Horror Bash Costume Party Presented by Brody & Choch and Kidnice Entertainment, the party features Brody and Choch, Shinobi Ninja, Crazyhorse and Colston, BPL, Sherman Hellville and DJ Shogun. $5-$10. Oct. 24, 9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-942-7997. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Spooktacular at Morrison Family-friendly Halloween event at Morrison in SouthPark. Free food for kids from Earth Fare, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, train rides, face painting, and a pet costume contest with a $100 cash prize. Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Morrison, located at the corner of Sharon Road. and Colony Road. 704-362-5628. www.morrisonsouthpark.com.

Friday, Oct. 25
Charlotte's Rocky Horror Cast, That Type! presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show Charlotte's Rocky Horror Cast, That Type! presents its annual Halloween show. This is the full Rocky Horror experience, complete with a pre-show "virgin" initiation, games, and a screening of the movie with audience participation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thattype. $6.60 in advance via Fandango. Oct. 25, 11:20 p.m. Cinebarre, 8008 Providence Road. 704-543-4581. www.cinebarre.com.

Buff Faye's Spooks & Horror Friday Night Party Bus Check-in from 7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at Hartigan's Pub. Ticket price includes stops to LGBT-friendly bars (including Nickle Bar, Central Station, The Bar at 316, Cathode, and Hartigan's Pub), VIP access and covers to all the bars, party bus favors and a night with Buff Faye and her divas. $250 in prizes for best Halloween costumes (Most Sexy, Most Scary and Buff-Look-a-Like Favorite). Profits from the event benefit Campus Pride for LGBT Youth. For tickets, visit http://ilovebuff-zvents.eventbrite.com. $15-$25. Fri., Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Hartigan's Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St. 704-347-1841. www.hartigans.com.

Nightmare on 5th: 5th & Tryon Block Party Halloween block party at Fitzgerald's in Uptown. Cash prizes for sexiest costume, best group, and best duo. VIP access and drink specials to the following venues: Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, Connolly's on 5th, Sip, Prohibition, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Tilt on Trade, and Roxbury Nightclub. Costume contests at every venue. Check-in for the crawl is at Fitzgerald's from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10. Oct. 25. Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, 201 East 5th St. www.5thstreethalloween.eventbrite.com.

Halloween Barn Dance Hartigan's and Southern Country Charlotte are turning a monthly barn dance into a Halloween themed event with costume contests and more. $5 cover; free for SCC members. Oct. 25, 10 p.m. Hartigan's, 601 S. Cedar St. 704-347-1841. www.hartigans.com.

Nightmare on Morehead Annual Halloween event at Dilworth Neighborhood Grill will include a costume contest, cash bar and music from DJ Spooky. $5 cover with costume; $10 cover with no costume. Oct. 25, 8p.m. to 2a.m. Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, 911 E Morehead St. 704-377-3808. www.dilworthgrille.com.

Haunted Chester The town of Chester, South Carolina is having a ghost walk of the city and ghost tour of the haunted 1914 Jail. Oct.25. Tours begin at 5 p.m. $5-$25. Chester County Historical Society, 107 McAiley St., Chester, SC. 803-385-2332.

Rocky Horror Picture Show. Join Charlotte' local Rocky Horror Cast, That Type, for a special showing of the film, virgin sacrifices, costume contests, and more. Oct. 25. Show starts at 11:15 p.m. $6.60. Cinebarre, 8008 Providence Road. 704-543-4582. www.thattype.com.

Murder and Mayhem at the Duke Mansion Come out to Duke Mansion dressed in your best cocktail attire or in costume for a Southern Gothic themed Halloween party. Oct. 25, 7 p.m. $75. Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. 704-714-4445. www.dukemansion.org.

Costumes and Cocktails Enjoy drink specials, Halloween games, and half-priced bowling when you come dressed in costume. Oct. 25. Strike City, 210 East Trade St. 704-716-9300. www.strikecitycharlotte.com.

Charlotte Zombie Walk The seventh annual Charlotte Zombie Walk invades the streets of Uptown. The staging area will once again be at Phil's NYC Deli and Tavern. Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank. Please bring a least two cans of food to help fill their pantries before the holidays. In addition, there will also be a box for collecting new, unwrapped toys for Brian's Wish. Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Phil's NYC Deli and Tavern, 105 E. 5th St. www.charlottezombiewalk.net.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Grave Digger's Ball Kiss 95.1's annual Halloween shebang will be hosted by Kat Graham of Vampire Diaries and feature a live performance by Flo Rida. Costume contest with $1,000 for best costume and $500 for sexiest costume. For tickets, visit http://kiss95.1.com/tickets. $15-$25. Sat., Oct. 26, 6 p.m. Dixies Tavern, 301 E 7th St. 704-374-1700. www.dixiescharlotte.com.

Music, Monsters & Mayhem Annual Halloween party with live music (Cowboy Mouth, Charity Case and Jon Linker Band) at N.C. Music Factory. Costume contest with more than 10,000 in cash and prizes. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. $15 and up. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. www.ncmusicfactory.com/now/music-monsters-mayhem/.

NodaWeen The freaky 5K will begin at twilight and there will be other Halloween activities, including Kidaween, which runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre will be playing the Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight. Doors will open at 10 p.m. and the party will continue until 2 a.m. Oct. 26. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. For more information, visit www.nodaween.com.

Wicked Wine & Barbecue Festival Tour WineMeDown Events presents this event with shuttle transportation to four NC-area wineries and Lexington for its annual barbecue festival. $55. Oct. 26. For tickets, visit www.charlottehalloweenwinetour-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=6.

Zombie Run Challenge A race/competition that allows participants to be chased by "zombies." For more information, visit www.zombierunchallenge.com. Oct. 26. Renaissance Park, 1200 West Tyvola Road.

Masquerade Halloween The Oak Room is celebrating its first Halloween in Charlotte with a masquerade ball themed party and costume contest. $10 cover. Oct. 26, 10p.m.-2a.m. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St. 704-370-2000. www.oakroomclt.com.

All Tied Up! Bondage Affair Gemini events and Black Linen Entertainment are taking over Hartigan's for this party. $10 cover. Oct. 26, 10 p.m. Hartigan's, 601 S. Cedar St. 704-347-1841. www.hartigans.com.

Halloween at Historic Rural Hill The event is free to attend and will have games, a pumpkin patch, costume contests, face painting, live music and more. Oct. 26, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.

Invasion of the Booty Snatchers. Dharma Lounge is celebrating Halloween with a twist of ghetto tech and booty work. DJ Assault will be spinning the event. $10 for 21+, $12 for 18+. Oct 26. Event begins at 9 p.m. Dharma Lounge, 1440 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-334-8336. www.dharmacharlotte.com

Evil Pig Halloween Party 3rd Annual Halloween Party at the Blind Pig in Noda. The crazier and funkier the costumes, the better. Oct. 26. The Blind Pig, 453 East 36th St.,Charlotte. 980-819-9942. www.theblindpignoda.com

Halloween Concert at The Milestone Club Performances by Bo White Y Su Orquesta, Serfs, Hectorina, Secret Hospital, Kill Your Mules, Wet Mango, Weekenders, Last In Line, Your Fuzzy Friends, Single Shot Sinners and more. $10. Oct. 26. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte. www.themilestoneclub.com

Halloween Daze and Spooky KnightsThe Carolina Renaissance Festival will have two days of Halloween fun to include a zombie jousting challenge, Halloween treasure hunt,costume contest and much more. Kids up to age 12 admitted for free, adult tickets $21-$22. Oct. 26-Oct. 27, 10 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Festival Site, 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville.704-896-5544. www.renfestinfo.com

Bootanical Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens opens up its doors for guests to browse pottery, gourd art, herbal soaps, and handcrafted jewelry, in addition to the gardens. Oct. 26-Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Spinning Spiders and Creepy Crawlers Learn about your favorite creepy crawlers and enjoy Halloween treats and activities. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Free with museum admission. Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-1p.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

Spooky-lesque Burlesque Show: Burlesque is the New Black Big Mammas house of Burlesque presents this burlesque show filled with sexy costumes and two hours of sexy silly Halloween antics followed by a masquerade-style dance party with music from DJ Spider. $12-$15. Oct. 26, 10 p.m. Upstage, 3306 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-430-4821. www.upstagenoda.com

Kids Halloween Party Cajun Canvas welcomes kids and parents to a day of Halloween picture painting, games, refreshments, goodie bags and more. Oct. 26, 9 a.m. $10. Cajun Canvas, South Tryon St. 704-504-5224. www.cajuncanvas.com.

The Divine Comedy Celebrate Halloween on Saturday at 5 Church with music from DJ James K and a costume contest with a $200 gift card. Oct. 26. Doors open at 11 p.m. Free cover. Entrance at the corner of 5th Street and Church Street. 704-919-1322. www.5church.com.

Halloween at Fitzgerald's Gravediggers Ball and Bennett's Bar crawlers get in free with drink specials. Not going to the crawl? Still come out to Fitzgerald's for $4 wells and $6 doubles. Oct. 26. Fitzgerald's, 201 East 5th St. 704-900-8088. www.fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.

Trick or Treat at Kennedy's Beginning at 2 p.m. Kennedy's will have trick or treating for guests, pumpkin carving, and costume contests. Halloween party to follow that night with more costume contests and drink specials. Oct. 26. Kennedy's, 366 North Caswell Road. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.

Sesame Street Halloween Party X Nightclub is switching things up for Halloween and having a Sesame Street themed party. Costumes contest winner receives VIP package for six people. Oct. 26, 9 p.m. X Nightclub, 1000 Music Factory Blvd. 704-288-1781. www.xnightclubclt.com.

Biggest, Sexiest, Naughtiest Halloween Party No cover with costume before midnight. $10 breakfast buffet. Open until 4 a.m. Oct. 26. The Men's Club, 444 Tyvola Road. 704-525-8525. www.mensclub.com.
Sunday, Oct. 27
Costumes and Cocktails IV Halloween party with drink specials, appetizers and a DJ. For more information, visit www.costumesandcocktails4-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=5. $15. Oct. 27. UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St., Suite C, Charlotte. 704-430-4821. www.upstagenoda.com.

Day of the Dead Festival This Mexican holiday (actually unrelated to Halloween) honors loved ones who are dead. The celebration will include authentic cuisine, traditional dancing and costume, music, arts and crafts, skull decorating and other activities. Free to attend. Oct. 27, noon-4 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St., Charlotte. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Ms. All Hallows Eve Buff Faye will host this pageant as Charlotte's finest and fiercest drag queens work the stage. $10 early entry fee, $20 for night of pageant. Oct. 27. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Scorpio, 2301 Freedom Drive, Charlotte. 704-373-9124. www.thescorpio.com

Films of 1968 Present Rosemary's Baby Special showing of the classic horror film. Oct. 27, 7 p.m. $4. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 South Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.

Doom Room at the Zoom Room A special Halloween treat for dogs of all sizes at the Zoom Room. There will be refreshments, agility demos, costume photo booth, spooky doggie dance off, and more. Proceeds benefit CMPD Animal Care and Control. Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. $5 per dog in advance, $10 per dog at the door. Leash required. Zoom Room Charlotte, 12239 North Community House Road. 704-900-6728. www.zoomroomonline.com.

Night of the Living Dead Uptown Cabaret's S.I.N. Sunday Halloween Costume Party will include $1,000 in cash and prizes, celebrity guests, judges and DJs and drink specials ($3 domestics, $4 u-call-its). Oct. 27. Uptown Cabaret, 108 E. Morehead St. www.uptowncabaretclubs.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Haunted Ball The 5th annual Halloween Haunted Ball at Whiskey River falls on College Night this year. There will be over $1000 worth of cash and prizes given away for best costumes and drink specials all night. Oct. 29. Whiskey River, 210 East Trade St., Charlotte. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskeyriver.com/charlotte

Pumpkin Carving Contest At Wild Wings Café Try your hand at carving the most creative pumpkin to win house cash and prizes. Pumpkins and tools provided. Oct. 29. Wild Wings Café Uptown, 210 E Trade St., Charlotte. 704-716-9464. Wild Wings Café Ayrsley, 2131 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Charlotte. 980-297-7000. www.wildwingcafe.com

Halloween at Wing Haven The bird sanctuary will have a day of Halloween fun for kids (ages 3 and up), including storytelling and pumpkin decorating. Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free to attend, but must register in advance. Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 30
Neon Halloween The last Wednesday of the month is neon night at Suite, and this Halloween its time to glow. Bright costumes and accessories make for a different way to enjoy the holiday. Oct. 30. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Suite, 210 E Trade St., Charlotte. 704-971-7878. www.suitecharlotte.com

Mischief Masquerade Marigny's halloween custome party with hookah service and drink specials. $15 for 18 and up; $5-$10 for 21 and up. Oct 30, 10 p.m. Marigny, 130 West Summitt Ave. www.marignycharlotte.com.

Trunk-or-Treat Festival United Way Young Leaders will provide a Trunk-or-Treat Festival for homeless children. Participants are encouraged to decorate their trunk and hand out candy or help with activities for the kids. Free to attend. Oct 30, 5:30 p.m. Salvation Army Center of Hope, 534 Spratt St.

The Phantom of the Opera Robert Ridgell will perform The Phantom of the Opera on the pipe organ. Experience all the horror of the classic film and start your Halloween off right. Oct. 30. 7 p.m. Free to attend. Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road. 704-714-6942. www.christchurchcharlotte.org.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Halloween Howler Bar Crawl Wristband gets you past the line and into the EpiCentre venues without having to pay a cover. There will also be special drink prices at each bar and costume contests. For tickets, visit www.charlottehalloween-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1. $10. Oct. 31. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-688-5980. www.epicentrenc.com.

Petrafied and Silent Movie Night: The Golem Annual Halloween party and screening of the silent horror flick, The Golem. Accompanied by live piano by Ethan Uslan. $3. Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. www.petraspianobar.com.

GWAR Live Costumed metal band famous for gorey performances performs at Tremont Music Hall. With White Chapel, Iron Reagan, and Band of Orcs. $22-$25. Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 West Tremont Ave. 704-343-9494. www.tremontmusichall.com.

Boo FestHalloween party with drink specials ($1 beers, $2 shots, and $4 mixed drinks). Oct. 31, 8.p.m. Prohibition, 200 North Tryon St. 704-358-4244. www.prohibtionclt.com.

Boo Fun Fest The city of Lancaster is turning the City Hall parking lot into a Halloween party including games, costumes contests, a haunted lantern tour, music, face painting, candy, and more. Free to attend, prices for activities vary. Oct. 31. For more information, call 803-246-9266 or visit www.lancastercitysc.com.

3rd Annual Simon Kidgits Club's Monster Mash The night of family fun will include trick or treating through the mall, a pumpkin patch and more. Free for Kidgits club members; $5 to join. Oct. 31, 5 p.m. in "Fountain Court Graveyard." SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road. For more information, visit www.simonkidgitsclub.com.

Zombie Bar Crawl Choose to participate in this bar crawl as a human or as a zombie. Zombies will be trying to turn all humans into flesh-eaters before the nights end and the only safe place is inside the bars of the crawl. $15 for tickets the first two weeks in October. Oct. 31. Registration begins at Volume Lounge in Plaza Midwood at 6p.m. Volume Lounge, 191801 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte. www.charlottezombiebarcrawl.eventbrite.com

Carnevil Label hosts the masquerade ball that includes drink specials, a fashion show, Carolina Ghost Psychic, a vampire's den, and cash prize for best costume. No mask no entry. $15. Oct. 31.Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. To purchase tickets visit www.charlotteseen.com

Boo-HaHa A great place to take the kids to enjoy an evening of safe trick or treating. More than 25 local businesses will be providing goodies for adults and children. Costume contests for kids from infants to 12 years old. Oct. 31. 5:30-8 p.m. Main Street, Rock Hill, SC. www.onlyinoldtown.com

Meek Mill Live Cameo's Dreams and Nightmare Halloween party will feature a live performance from rapper Meek Mills. Free admission. Oct 31, 10 p.m. Cameo, 3049 Scott Futrell Drive. www.cameocharlotte.com.

Nightmare on Tryon Street Vapiano hosts this halloween event with prizes awarded for sexiest costume, best duo costume and most ratchet costume. $10. Oct 31, 10 p.m. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St. www.vapiano.com.

Howl-O-Ween Bash Howl at the Moonis throwing a Halloween bash with drink specials all night and costume contests/giveaways worth $2000 in cash and prizes. Oct. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. Howl at the Moon, 210 East Trade St. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com.

Halloween Bash at 5 Church Halloween Bash to be hosted by Patrick Whalen, Mills Howell, and Alejandro Torio. Music by DJ Clay Hefner and a $200 gift card for winner of costume contest. Oct. 31, 10 p.m. Free cover. 5 Church, Entrance at the corner of 5th and Church St. 704-919-1322. www.5church.com.

3rd Annual Halloween Bash Fitzgerald's will have cash prizes for sexiest costume and best duo costume. Cher concert tickets will be raffled away during the night. Drink specials: half-off 3 Olives and Skyy products and half-off all wines. Oct. 31. Fitzgerald's, 201 East 5th St. 704-900-8088. www.fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.

Datsik Halloween Show The Filmore's upcoming Datsik show will be a night of awesome music and Halloween surprises. Funtcase also performing. Oct. 31, 9 p.m. $20. The Filmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory, Blvd. 704-916-8970. www.filmorecharlottenc.com.

Fetishes and Fantasies The Suicide Sirens of Las Vegas will be forming at this Halloween party at X Nightclub. Come dressed as your favorite fetish or fantasy. Costume contest winner receives VIP Package for six people. Oct. 31, 9 p.m. X Nightclub, 1000 Music Factory Blvd. 704-288-1781. www.xnightclubclt.com.

Hollywood Halloween Maz Entertainment presents this party with music from DJ Ngenius, a costume contest for $500. Oct. 31. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 206 N. College St. www.mazentertainment.net.

Friday, Nov. 1
Kryptonite Halloween Bash + Costume Contest The Glitterati Ball presents this costume/dance party featuring some of Charlotte's best DJ's, bands, artists and drag performers. Wear your best costume for the $5,000 costume contest. Nov. 1, 9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-942-7997. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Ultraween Wickedly Sexy Cosmos and Ultra Entertainment present this Halloween party with music by DJ Cali. Come scary or naughty. Oct. 31. Cosmos Cafe, 300 N. College St. 980-721-1813. www.cosmoscafe.com.

Boo Bash The annual Halloween party has a $1000 cash prize for best costume and live music from Out Of The Blue. 1-2-3 night, $1 domestics, $2 imports, and $3 mixed drinks. $12 cover. Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Coyote Joes, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-399-4946. www.coyote-joes.com.

Charlotte's Rocky Horror Cast, That Type! presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show Charlotte's Rocky Horror Cast, That Type! presents its annual Halloween show. This is the full Rocky Horror experience, complete with a pre-show "virgin" initiation, games, and a screening of the movie with audience participation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thattype. $6.60 in advance via Fandango. Nov. 1. Cinebarre, 8008 Providence Road. 704-543-4581. www.cinebarre.com.

Saturday, Nov. 2
Day of the Dead Party La Paz Mexican Restaurant and Cantina is celebrating the Day of the Dead with face painting, eating contests, and costume contests. Nov. 2. La Paz, 1100 Metropolitan Ave. 704-332-6322. www.lapazcharlotte.com.

Haunt Pop-Up Speakeasy Includes live music (ragtime tunes from Ethan Uslan), candy poker, heavy hors d'oeuvre's from Letty's and hooch cakes from FuManChu Cupcakes. Sales go to KickStarter for Haunt Bar. Nov. 2, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. $10 Includes two non-alcoholic beverages; $25 includes two alcohol drink tickets. Frock Shop, 901 Central Ave. https://frockshop.ticketssoeasy.com.

Charlotte's Rocky Horror Cast, That Type! presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show Charlotte's Rocky Horror Cast, That Type! presents its annual Halloween show. This is the full Rocky Horror experience, complete with a pre-show "virgin" initiation, games, and a screening of the movie with audience participation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thattype. $6.60 in advance via Fandango. Nov. 2. Cinebarre, 8008 Providence Road. 704-543-4581. www.cinebarre.com.

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