It's time to start making plans for Halloween, folks. For details on events - including parties, haunted houses and other activities - check out our big, growing list below. Not on the list? To get added, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scarowinds Carowinds transforms with horrifying mazes and scarezones. $32.99-$55. Oct. 17, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 18, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Oct. 19, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 24, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 25, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Oct. 26, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 31, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat., Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 704-588-2600. www.carowinds.com.
Zombie Hollow Gastonia's new haunted attraction. Costumes welcome, but no masks allowed. Opens at 5 p.m. for concessions. Trail tours begin at dusk. Open until 12 a.m. on Friday/Saturday and 10 p.m. on week nights. Held at 330 Lewis Road, Gastonia. $10 for adults; $5 for kids 10 years old and under (cash only). Oct. 23-26; Oct. 29-31; Nov. 1. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/zombiehollow.
Scarrigan Farms The 130-acre farm transforms into a haunted trail with. four parts: "The Funhouse," "3D Maze, "Tragic Bus," and "Corn Maze." Ticket sales begin nightly at 6:30 p.m. (first victims enter at dark) and end at 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.scarriganfarms.com. $20, cash only. Oct. 17-19; Oct. 23-26; Oct. 30-31; Nov. 1. Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com.
21st Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival Sure, there’s jousting, comedy shows and turkey legs at the fest, but if you come this weekend you can get a Halloween spin on the medieval merriment. Tricks and treats are lurking around the 22-acre village. Oh, and the jousting gets a zombie tweaking (“Knights of the Living Dead”), too. $9-$21. Halloween-themed shenanigans, Oct. 25-26. Festival continues through Nov. 23. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. www.royalfaires.com/carolina.
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. 10-11; Oct. 17-18; Oct. 24-26; Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Camp Fear, 601 Princess Lane, Hiddenite. www.campfearnc.com.
NoDa Ghosts & Legends Walking Tour Free tours of NoDa filled with stories of ghosts and the spirits that continue to haunt the neighborhood. No pre-registration required. Tours leave approximately every 15 minutes and last about one hour. Free. Oct. 17, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen, 501 E. 36th St. www.facebook.com/NoDaHistory.
Things That Go Bump in the Night Featuring music like "Don’t Fear the Reaper," and The Homecoming Queen’s "Got a Gun," campfire horror stories, and a “zombie camp” loaded with tips on how to look extra creepy this year for Halloween. $20. Oct. 18, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
That Type! Rocky Horror Charlotte’s Rocky Horror Cast, That Type!, performs with the screening of this cult classic. Oct. 17; Oct. 24; Oct. 31; Nov. 7; Nov. 21. Cinebarre, 8008 Providence Road. 704-543-4581. www.cinebarre.com.
Horror Night Double Feature This horror night double feature will include the premiere of HoneySpider, a locally filmed and produced movie and George A. Romero's 1968 zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead. Oct. 18. Gem Theatre, 111 West 1st St., Kannapolis. 704-932-5111. www.gem-theatre.com.
Back Alley Film Series Screening The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. $5-$10. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road. backalleyfilmseries.com.
Retro Horror Series Oct. 24-30: Silence of the Lambs. Oct 31-Nov. 6: The Shining. $5. Screenings at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd. 980-297-7540. ayrsleycinemas.com.
The K of D, An Urban Legend PaperHouse Theatre presents this spine-chilling (one woman) show that tells the story of a young girl whose brother's death sets off a mysterious series of events. $20. Oct. 23-25, 8 p.m.; Oct. 29-30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 31, 10 p.m.; Nov. 1, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Sleepy Hollow Full Moon Party The full moon party will feature a giveaway for Gravedigger's Ball tickets. Oct. 24. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.
Ghostbusters Costume Party Dress in Ghostbusters attire for this costume party at Roxbury. Drink specials include $5 fire balls, $5 vodka flavored drinks and $2 bottle beers. Also, the ECTO-I (Ghostbuster car) will be available for pictures. $5. Oct. 24. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
Rich & Bennett’s 14th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl Tickets are $20 and include drink specials, an event koozie, individual/group costume contests, giveaways, and cover into participating bars. Oct. 25, 1 p.m. For tickets, visit www.richandbennett.com.
Hollywood Halloween MAZ Entertainment presents this Hollywood-themed Halloween party with music from DJ Complete. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/hollywood-halloween-v-tickets-13425240255. Oct. 25, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-375-8765. www.phoenixcharlotte.com.
2014 Geek Gala: The Charlotte Geeks' Excellent Adventure Comedy, music and magic make up this geeky Halloween party. The theme is time travel, but feel free to come as you are. $30. Oct. 25, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. http://charlottegeeks.com/geek-gala/.
2014 Halloween ComicFest Meet storm troopers and super heroes for Halloween during this door prize and comic book giveaway event. Come as your favorite super hero for a chance to win a $500 Spandex City shopping spree. Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spandex City Comic Book Lounge, 2914 Mt Holly-Huntersville Road, Suite A. www.spandexcity.com/comicfest.html.
BooTanical This Halloween event at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features a costume parade, hayrides, fall beer/wine sampling and more. Bootanical is free with general admission. All children wearing costumes will receive free admission to the Garden. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road. www.dsbg.org.
Halloween Bash Held in historic downtown Belmont, the Halloween Bash features a costume contest, a zombie run, carnival games, food, candy, prizes, live entertainment and more. Free. Oct. 25, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stowe Park, 24 South Main St. www.cityofbelmont.org.
Ghost Walk: A Haunted Trail The Latta Plantation tour will highlight the bloody scene of Civil War battlefield, a soldiers cemetery, a ghostly prison camp and other scary and historical stories and sightings. $10. Oct. 24, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org.
Halloween Football Party at Dog Bar The event features plenty of Great Danes in addition to a costume contest, drink specials, football broadcasts, and more. $5 donation. Oct. 26. Dog Bar, 3307 N. Davidson St. 704-370-3595. www.dogbarcharlotte.com.
Miss All Hallow's Eve 5th Annual Pageant The annual pageant, hosted by Buff Faye, will feature entertainment by Tia Douglas and Angela Lopez. Pageant registration ($25 entry fee) at 11 p.m. Part of proceeds raised will benefit Campus Pride for LGBTQ Youth. $7. Oct. 28, 11 p.m. Chaser's, 3217 The Plaza.
Arrichion Halloween Party Arrichion hosts this Halloween-themed party/class (non-heated and held in wrestling room). It will be a 45-minute long yoga class and afterwards there will be candy, cupcakes and drinks. Costumes are recommended. Class will be at 6:15p.m. Free admission. Oct. 29, 6:15 p.m. Arrichion Hot Yoga, 125 Winona St. 704-201-4586. arrichion.com.
Halloween Fun Charity Benefit The event, benefitting Reagan's Wish and S.A.M., combines comedy and Halloween fun. Proceeds will be used to fund Project Lifesaver and to provide Buddy Benches, iPADS, weighted blankets and more. Please join us for this amazing cause. Reception and costume contest from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Followed by a live auction and comedy show. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $15. Oct. 29, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Ultraween Come win some money and get in the groove for the weekend festivities during this Halloween "thirsty" Thursday. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com. $10-$15. Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Cosmos Cafe, 300 N. College St., Suite 101. 704-372-3553. www.cosmoscafe.com.
Dinner With The Ghost And The Devil Good Eats and Meets presents this Halloween-inspired event. There will be a candlelight ghost tour followed by a multi-course meal accompanied with four craft cocktails to sip and savor at Dandelion Cafe. For more information, visit www.ghostdinner2014.eventbrite.com. $50. Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Dandelion Market, 118 W 5th St.
Music, Monsters & Mayhem at N.C. Music Factory The Halloween bash and bar crawl features live music from Coolio, Tone Loc and DJ Overcash. There will also be a costume contest with more than $5000 in cash and prizes. $20-$25. Oct. 31. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. www.ncmusicfactory.com.
Buff Faye's All Hallow's Eve Friday Night Party Bus Buff Faye's annual Halloween party bus ride features Bella Nichole Jade, BethAnn Phetamine, Tia Douglas and Valarie Rockwell. There will be a costume contest with more than $250 in prizes and the bus stops at LGBT-friendly bars (Lineup: The Bar at 316, 8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.; L4 Lounge, 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Chaser's, 10:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. and Glitterati Ball at Chop Shop, from 12 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.). Part of proceeds from tickets sold will benefit Campus Pride for LGBTQ Youth. Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Backstage Unique Vintage Apparel, 2005 Central Ave. www.buffpartybus.eventbrite.com.
Glitterati Ball: The "Freak Show" The Halloween bash includes a costume contest with $1,500 up for grabs. Oct. 31. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. 704-765-2467. www.chopshopnoda.com.
Grave Diggers Ball Kiss 95.1's annual Halloween Bash features a costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes and live music from Capital Cities. Oct. 25, 6 p.m. Dixie's Tavern, 301 E 7th St. www.eventbrite.com.
Haunted Halloween Party Nan and Byron's Halloween party, hosted by Becky Kraus, Katie Burcham, Lauren Blake Bongers, Eric Deleon, James Nguyen, and Alejandro Torio, will feature a costume contest with a $200 gift card up for grabs. There will also be $2.50 beer specials and music by DJ Jason Voorhees. Oct. 31, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Nan and Byron's, 1714 South Blvd. 980-224-7492. www.nanandbyrons.com.
Thriller Halloween King Entertainment presents this Halloween event at Studio Movie Grill. The red carpet events, featuring “look-a-like” celeb guests will also feature music from DJ Paradime. Costumes and masks are encouraged. For tickets, visit www.kingentevents.com. Oct. 31, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Studio Movie Grille, 210 E. Trade St., Suite D290. 704-688-2400. www.studiomoviegrill.com.
The Shed: Halloween Hip Hop Edition Featuring local emcees and BYOB. Drinks are available for purchase and folks can come in costume or not. Charlotte’s own Lotta and Adrian Crutchfield will perform with a variety of local musicians. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com. $4.50. Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dupp&Swat, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112B. www.duppandswat.com.
The Duke Mansion’s “Homeland” Halloween Party The Duke Mansion will house live music, a silent auction, and plenty of food and drink to benefit the preservation of The Duke Mansion. Guests are welcomed in costume or cocktail attire. For tickets, visit www.dukemansion.com/specials/the-duke-mansion-2014-halloween-party.htm. $75. Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.org.
Awesome Adventures Halloween Bar Crawl Awesome Random Adventures: Charlotte's 20s & 30s Social Club hosts this Halloween crawl (Tilt on Trade, Chima, Suite, Rooftop 210). Dress in costume to parade around several Uptown bars where you'll enjoy food and drink specials. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/awesome-adventures-charlottes-best-20s-and-30s-social-club. Fri., Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. Tilt on Trade, 127 W. Trade St.
13th Annual Thriller Halloween Bash The Halloween bash, hosted by DJ Spider, features a $500 cash costume contest along with a mix of '80s and '90s music from DJ Jody Jam. There will also be drink specials, including $2 bottle beers, $5 fire balls and more. $10. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
Drop !t Featuring Borgore, Ookay, and Styles & Complete. Oct. 31, 9 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.
JCSU HC House Party: The Halloween Edition Celebrate JCSU homecoming in costume or “homecoming fly” with music by DJ B-lord, DJ DR and DJ Mydnite. For tickets, visit www.jcsuhouseparty.eventbrite.com. $17. Oct. 31, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Phoenix, 300 N. College St. 704-375-8765. www.phoenixcharlotte.com.
9th Annual Halloween Howler Bar Crawl One of the largest Halloween events in Charlotte will take over the Epicentre this year with special prizes, drink specials and costume contests. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com. $15. Oct. 31, 7 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. 704-688-5980. www.epicentrenc.com.
3rd Annual Nightmare on 5th Street It’s a chance to get the last bit of Halloween out of your system before the weekend is over. Check in at Fitzgerald’s before 8:15 p.m. for your wristband and itinerary. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com. $15. Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, 201 E 5th St. 704-370-0687. www.fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.
Halloween Freak Show Party at Bar Charlotte Bar Charlotte's Halloween "Freak Show Party" features music from DJ Freaky and a costume contest for "best costume" and "sexiest costume" with $500 cash up for grabs. Free admission before 11 p.m. Oct. 31. Bar Charlotte, 300 N. College St. 704-342-2545. www.barcharlotte.com.
7th Annual Haunted Harbor w/ Slick Rick Featuring performances from Slick Rick, The Ruler, Benji Hughes, The Poontanglers and more. $20-$30. Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-333-9799. www.snugrock.com.
Zombie Halloween Party Seasonal Affairs Productions turns Automatic Slims into a Gothic-inspired graveyard with zombies. Dress in your best Halloween costume. $15. Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Automatic Slims, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-987-0612.
Halloween Party at Amos' Southend Featuring Thunderbear, Our Creations, Drown The Horizon, A Choise, Wood Head Bob, Persistent Shadow, Dirty Legacy, Hopeless Semantics, Plow ., Modules, Sonnets for Capricorn, The Forgotten Sons, Until Dark, Hexxes, Guard My Ways, Halflife Hybrid, and Elizabeth Crim. $10-$12. Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.
A Nightmare On Tryon Street Moxie Society and NXL21 present this costume party with more than $500 in prizes for "sexiest male costume," "sexiest female costume," "most creative costume," and "best duo costume." There's also music from DJ Shaun Nyce and food and drink specials. For tickets, visit www.nightmareontryonst.com. Oct. 31, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St. 704-332-2440. www.vapiano.com.
Yo Gotti Halloween Night Presidential Movement Entertainment presents Yo Gotti and a costume party. Free entry before 11 p.m. with costume. Oct. 31. Cameo, 3049 Scott Futrell Drive.
From Beyond the (G)rave This party features DJ Botz and DJ Erok for an unprecedented All Hallow's Eve glow experience. For more information, email email@example.com. Free. Oct. 31, 10 p.m. Strike City (EpiCentre location), 210 E. Trade St. 704-716-9300. www.facebook.com/events/1551805128383421/.
Bubble’s Official Grave Diggers’ Ball After Party Show your wristband from the ball to get in with no line and no cover. For more information, visit facebook.com/bubblecharlotte. Oct. 25. Bubble, 210 E Trade St. 704-733-9427. bubblecharlotte.com.
Howl-O-Ween Bash The dueling piano bar will have a costume contest with $500 in cash and prizes and plenty of drink specials (including $3.50 Angry Orchards, $5 fireballs, $6 angry balls and $20 86 oz. buckets of "ooze.". Oct. 31, 5 p.m. Howl At The Moon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com.
Charlotte Zombie Bar-ocalypse This bar crawl, presented by Good Eats and Meets, features a VIP make-up session for folks who want to look their zombie best. Registration and check-in is at Tilt on Trade, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Then, from 7:30 p.m. until 12 a.m. stops include Connolly’s, Fitzgerald’s, Prohibition, RiRa and SIP. At 12 a.m., the crawl moves to Roxbury. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://zombiecrawl2014.eventbrite.com. $10-$15. Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Tilt on Trade, 127 W. Trade St.
Brazwell’s Montford Massacre Win prizes at the costume contest and enjoy drink specials all day with no cover. Oct. 31. Brazwell’s Premium Pub, 1627 Montford Drive. 704-523-3500. brazwellspub.com.
Angry Ale’s Halloween Bash Cash prize costume contests for best overall, best group, and sexiest Halloween costumes. Oct. 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Angry Ale’s, 1518 Montford Drive. 704-525-3663. angryales.com.
Maverick Rock Taco’s Dia De Los Muertos Pumpkin Ritas, live music from The Cordovas, and cash prize costume contests. Oct. 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Maverick Rock Taco, 1513 Montford Drive. 704-527-1400. xeniahospitality.com/maverick/.
Gold Club presents Miss Mena Burlesque Bombshell Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Gold Club, 5624 Old Pineville Road. 704-523-4545. thegoldclubcharlotte.com.
Scream Costume Party & R Peezy Run The City Video Release Party Featuring a live performance by Raphael Ratliff and music by DJ Chuck T. Everyone in a costume gets in free before 11:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://scream4eventbrite.com. $10. Oct. 31. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave. 704-334-4935. club935.net.
Halloween Weekend at Uptown Cabaret $1000 in cash and prizes including a $500 cash prize for best costume. Bridgette The Midget is performing both nights, and Rubber Doll appearing Sunday. Oct. 31-Nov 2. Uptown Cabaret, 108 E Morehead St. 704-344-0802. uptowncabaretclubs.com.
Visuween Free music all night from local bands masquerading as world famous performers. Bands will perform material from Muse, The Killers, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and The Strokes. Free. Oct. 31, doors open at 8 p.m. show starts at 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-358-9200. visulite.com.
2014 Rock Hill Halloween Pub Crawl Four stops all featuring drink specials, costume contests, and provided transportation. Oct. 31, 6 p.m. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Halloween Hootenanny Featuring live music from Sinners & Saints, Everymen, Elonzo, and Amigo. Petra’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. petraspianobar.com.
Noche de Rum-BOO! Halloween Party and Costume Contest Rumbao Latin Dance Company puts a Halloween twist on its monthly salsa social. Dress in costume and plan to dance the night away. Fri., Oct. 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Rumbao Latin Dance Company, 3116 S. Tryon St. 704-221-0654.
Crohn's Costume 5K Costume party and 5k to benefit Crohn's disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Nov. 1. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.
Big Mammas House of Burlesque's Boudoir of Horrors! Burlesque Show Performances from Big Mamma D, Silver Kitsune, Meredith Sparkles, Amelia Bareheart, Ophelia PopTart, Pepper La Rouge, and Hellcat Harlowe. $15. Nov. 1, 10 p.m. and midnight shows. UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St., Suite C. 704-430-4821. www.upstagenoda.com.
Halloween Hangover The craft beer craft features live music (Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, The Loudermilks, Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers and more) at each stop and transportation via a Raging Uptown bus. Locations include The Vinyl Pi, The Cork and Cask, Crafty Beer Guys and D9 Brewing. For more information, call 704-457-9368. Nov. 1, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. $40 (includes admission to each location all day, a bus pass (shuttle buses run every 20 minutes from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.), and four craft beer tickets that can be redeemed at any participating locations. For tickets, visit http://zalipresents.inticketing.com/evinfo.php?eventid=445400%27.