Don't know what you're doing yet for Halloween? Never fear! Check out this list of Halloween events - including parties, haunted houses and family-friendly activities - in Charlotte and the surrounding area.
Ongoing Halloween events
13 Doors Haunted House Presents Circus of Syndrome. Located at 1101 Hawthorne Lane. Dates/times are as followed: Oct. 8-9, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Oct. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Oct. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Oct. 30-31, 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. For more information, call 704-907-7836 or visit http://13doors.webs.com.
The 17th Annual Campground Massacre Haunted House. Featuring more than 60 props and frightful creatures. For more information, call 1-866-752-7437 or visit www.themassacre.com. Oct. 21, 7:30-10 p.m.; Oct. 22, 7:30-11 p.m.; Oct. 23, 7:30-11 p.m.; Oct. 24, 7:30-10 p.m.; Oct. 27, 7:30-10 p.m.; Oct. 28, 7:30-10 p.m.; Oct. 29, 6:30-11:30 p.m.; Oct. 30, 6:30-11:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 6:30-11 p.m. $20; $10 for children 8 years old and under.
Queen City Ghost Tours. Hear stories of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins who have decided to hang around to finish unfinished business. $5-$15. Oct. 20-31, 6 p.m.,7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.queencitytours.com/qcghosttours.html.
The Fright Factory at NC Music Factory. A multiple room haunted house, featuring "zombieland," "vampire manor," and "the circus of fear," in addition to coffin rides, a fleet of hearses and more. $10. Box office opens at 7 p.m. and the factory opens at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 31. NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte. For more information, visit www.ncfrightfactory.com.
Scarowinds. Featuring 11 nightmarish frights, scare zones and live shows. Oct. 8-10, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.; Oct. 15-17, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.; Oct. 22, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.; Oct. 23, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Oct. 24, 7 p.m.- 12 a.m.; Oct. 28-29, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.; Oct. 30, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. For more information, visit www.scarowinds.com. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 704-588-2600. www.carowinds.com.
Davidson Ghost Walk Ghost Walk. Tours begin nightly on weekends in October at 7 p.m. in front of The Soda Shop, 104 S Main St. in Davidson. $10 for adults; $5 for children 8-12 years old; Free for children under 8 years old. To make reservations, call 704-928-5452 or email email@example.com. For more information, visit www.ghostwalknc.com.
Salisbury Ghost Walk.Hear ghost stories, legends and the results of paranormal investigation about historic Salisbury locations. Tours available every Friday and Saturday in October. Walk: $10 for adults; $5 for students. Times: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Haunted Trolley: $15 for adults; $12 for students. Times: 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31. For more information, call 704-642-1734 or visit www.salisburyghostwalk.com.
Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail. The 130-acre farm transforms into a haunted trail. Ages 12 years old and up. $20 per person; Group discounts available. Oct. 28-31, 6:30-10 p.m. Carrigan Farms, 261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. For more information, call 704-664-1450 or visit www.scarriganfarms.com.
Friday, Oct. 29
Fright Night Bash. Halloween Party featuring a cash prize costume contest, raffles, music and drink specials. $5 with costume; $10 without costume. 9:30 p.m. The Pit, 1925 Westinghouse Blvd., Charlotte. For more information, visit http://thepit.bugzinc.com/.
2nd Annual Nightmare on Montford. One free draft beer (until they are gone), cash bar, free parking, two costume contests (with cash prizes) and drink specials. $5 with costume; $10 without costume. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Andrew Blair's, 1600 Montford Drive, Charlotte.
5th Annual Halloween Howler Bar Crawl. A costume mandatory Halloween Bar Crawl on a Charlotte double-decker party bus. Check-in at Bad Dogs Burger & Brew. Crawl will go to Howl at the Moon, Buckhead Saloon, Dixie's Tavern and more. For more info, call: 704-516- 2674. $10. 7 p.m. $10. Bad Dog Burgers & Brew, 8933-2 Jim Keynes Drive, Charlotte.
Civil War Ghost Walk. A spooktacular historic event led by a guide through a haunted Civil War site. Venture through the explosive battlefield, witness a family mourning their lost loved ones in the parlor, make your way through the haunted field hospital and more. $8. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Continues on Oct. 30. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville.704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Halloween Fun Run. Annual Stallings Elementary Halloween fun run. One-mile run, walk, skip or ride in stroller. Halloween treats and costume contest. $3 per person or $6 per family by Oct. 29. 9 a.m. Stallings Elementary, 3501 Stallings Road, Stallings.
A Nightmare on Cedar Street Hartigans Halloween Weekend. Friday: Takeover Friday will be there for a spook-tacular cocktail party, while the SCC hold its monthly Barn Dance in the basement. Saturday: Costume contest in the basement, with $100 grand prize. Hartigans, 601. S. Cedar St. www.hartigans.com.
Mischief Night. Featuring Andy Rourke of The Smiths and a special guest DJ. 9 p.m. Butter NC, 950 Seaboard St., Charlotte. 704-295-1565. www.buttercharlotte.com.
Wicked Women of Wax. Featuring DJs Glojin, Mixtress Krikett, Miss Tiffany and Maryjane. $4 Halo bombs and imports. 10 p.m. $5 cover. Halo, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte. 704-246-1752. www.haloclt.com.
Halloweekend at Suite. $1,000 costume contest. Suite, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte.704-971-7878. www.suitecharlotte.com.
Halloween Party at Fox and Hound. $200 for best costume, live entertainment and drink specials at all Fox and Hound locations. Pineville location, 8500 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-541-0794; Uptown location, 330 N. Tryon St. 704-333-4113; Ballantyne location, 15235 John J. Delaney Drive. 704-544-8902; Northlake location, 9325 Center Lake Drive. 704-509-2853; Lake Norman location, 8711 Lindholm Drive. 704-895-4504. www.foxandhound.com.
Comet's Costume Party. Featuring music by Noises 10 and drink specials. 9 p.m. Comet Grill, 2224 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-341-4300. www.cometgrillcharlotte.com.
Ghostbusters Costume Party. It's also 1-2-3 drink night, which means drink specials ($1 domestic beers, $2 imports and $3 mixed drinks). $7-$8. Breakfast Club, 225 N. Caldwell St., Charlotte. 704-374-1982. www.that80sclub.com.
A Heaven and Hell Halloween Costume Contest. $1,000 in cash and prizes and $3 true blood shots. The Men's Club, 444 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-525-8525. www.mensclub.com.
Halloween at Snug Harbor. Featuring a concert by Babyshaker, Black Skies and The Have and the Have Nots. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Charlotte. 704-333-9799. www.snugrock.com.
Back to the Future 80's Night. Wear your 80's gear to get in free. Drink specials include $3 screwdrivers and $4 pop rock shots. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Music, Monsters and Mayhem. Indoor/outdoor festival featuring live performances by Cake, Gin Blossoms and Night Ranger at Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre, as well as admission to Butter, Black Bear Saloon, Halo, Wet Willies and The Fillmore, and The Fright Factory - a multiple room haunted house with coffin rides and a fleet of hearses. There will also be a costume contest with $2,500 in cash prizes ($1,500 for first place, $750 for second place and $250 for third place). $15 and up. Gates open at 6 p.m. NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte. For more information, visit www.ncmusicfactory.com
Disco Bloodbath. Featuring music from DJs Nat Eichler and Matt Van Dam and a costume contest with $500 in cash and prizes. 9 p.m. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., Suite 105, Charlotte. 704-334-8336. www.dharmacharlotte.com.
Haute! Seductive. Chic. Opulent. A masquerade affair presented by A Talk of the Town and Digital Divas. 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave., Charlotte. For tickets, visit www.ez-tixx.com.
Rich and Bennetts 10th Halloween Pub Crawl. Featuring drink specials, individual/group costume contests, giveaways and cover charges into bars and the Gravediggers Ball. $20-$30. 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.rockhouseevents.com.
Haunted Halloween Rockin' Ghoul Spooktacular. Featuring performances by Klown (a Kiss tribute band), Knuckle Sandwich (an 80's hard rock/heavy metal tribute band), The Mangles and The Wiggle Wagons. $10; Free for children 12 years old and under. 6 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave., Charlotte. 704-343-9432. www.tremontmusichall.com.
Danse Macabre. Presented by Single Cell Productions. Featuring performances by HellTrash and Virgin Iron, as well as DJs Prototype 9 and more. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Amos Southend, 1423 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.
6th Annual Glitterati Ball: Zombieland. Costume contest with a chance to win $1,000. Also featuring DJ Wiiz Kid, J Studio Dancers and other special guests. Presented by J Studio, Glitterati, Just Twirl and My Townhome. $5-$10. 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. For more information, visit http://glitteratiball.com/tickets/zombieland.
Halloween Costume Party. Featuring a performance by Dawg E. Slaughter. 9 p.m. Twilight Caribbean Restaurant, 10210 Berkeley Place Drive, Charlotte. 704-295-0102. www.twilightcaribbean.com.
GraveDiggers Ball. Featuring performances by Ke$ha and Kevin Rudolf, as well as a $1000 costume contest and $500 sexy costume contest. $15-$25. 6 p.m. Dixies Tavern, 301 East 7th St., Charlotte. 704-374-1700. www.dixiescharlotte.com.
Annual Halloween Carnival. Featuring family fun for all ages. Includes food (hamburgers, hotdogs and chips), a dunking booth, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, a rock climbing wall, an obstacle course, a cake walk, a silent auction and more. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, 1600 W. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte.
Annual Boo HaHa. Safe trick-or-treating and a costume contest for children ages 10 years old and under. 5:30-8 p.m.Held along Main Street in Rock Hill, SC.
Day of The Dead & Haunted Homesite. Annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead where those attending can learn more about the holiday celebrated in Mexico, Central America and parts of the United States. 3 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.
Halloween Activities at Concord Mills. Family-friendly activities at the mall. Kidgits members are invited to enjoy live music, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, games, giveaways and more in the food court. Families can also enjoy mall wide trick-or-treating starting at 6 p.m and continuing until 8 p.m. Participating retailers will have a pumpkin in their window. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Concord Mills Mall, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.
NoDaWeen. NoDa Halloween festival featuring a Freaky 5k Race, a Pimp My Pumpkin Auction and a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. For more information, visit www.nodaween.com.
Simon Kidgits Clubs Halloween Fun. Family-friendly event where children can enjoy arts and crafts, games and activities, a bouncehouse, goody bags and Halloween costume contests. Must be member of Simon Kidgits Club and may sign up at www.simon.com or at the event. $5 membership fee. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Held in the center court of SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte.
Ghost Walk. Walk the paths of those who once worked, lived and died at Rosedale. Stories of strange encounters on the property will be told. Advance reservations encouraged. Tour lasts one hour and 30 minutes. $10. 5:30 p.m. Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-335-0325. www.historicrosedale.org.
Midnight in the House. Explore the spiritual side of one of the oldest homes in Charlotte. Hear first hand accounts of supernatural incidents that have occurred on the property. Must pre-register online and arrive at 10:45 p.m. $85 per person; $150 for two with online reservations by Oct. 26. Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-335-0325. www.historicrosedale.org.
Charlotte Family Yoga Centers Halloween Party for Kids. This event will feature costumes, pumpkin carving, storytelling and more. 6 p.m. Charlotte Family Yoga Center, 10211 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 4, Charlotte.
Altar Ego Masquerade Ball. A Halloween costume party and fundraiser to benefit NShape with N Youth Foundations mission to help children and families affected by obesity. Music provided by Mr. Tibbs. $20-$30. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 617 E. 28th St. For advance tickets, visit www.shopwithnettie.com.
Growlers Haunted Pour House. Halloween Festivities featuring drink specials, music and a costume contest. 8 p.m. Growlers Pour House, 3120 North Davidson St. www.growlerspourhouse.com.
Nightmare on Commonwealth. Live entertainment with Big Mammas House of Burlesque. $5-$10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Petras Piano Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. www.petraspianobar.com.
LIQ-OR-TREAT A Halloween Cocktail & Candy Pairing at Crave Dessert Bar. Brought to you by Good Eats and Meets and Crave Dessert Bar. An assortment of candy-inspired cocktails resembling classic Halloween treats like Candy Corn, Caramel Apples and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups will be available, paired with candy. $10, which includes one complimentary Candy & Cocktail pairing. 8 p.m. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. 5th St. www.cravedessertbar.com.
The Scooby Boo at 316. Bar at 316 will be transformed into your favorite mystery-solving gangs hideout, where you can help solve the mystery of the Martini Monster. $100 prizes will be handed out for sexiest, silliest and best Scooby Boo theme-related costumes. The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave. www.thebarat316.com/main.html.
Hollows of NoDa. Costume party with DJ Dubbs to spin Top 40 hip hop, pop and R&B. Sat., Oct. 30, 10 p.m. $15. Prevue, 2901 North Davidson St. www.prevuemusichall.com.
Charmed. Featuring magicians, illusionists, mystics, dancers and performance artists. 7 p.m. Free admission with purchase of NC Fright Factory ticket; $10 cover. Halo, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte. 704-246-1752. www.haloclt.com.
Fangtasia. Werewolf vs. Vampire costume contest with a $500 prize. Featuring music from DJ Complete and drink specials. Alley Cat, 314 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-374-8765. www.thealleycat.com.
Haunted Halloween. Featuring costumes and music from DJ Ben Hamilton. For advance tickets, visit www.wantickets.com. $15 at the door. The Forum, 300 N College St.
Horror-Ween. Contest for best horror movie costume with a $500 cash prize up for grabs. Mez, 210 East Trade St., Charlotte. 704-971-2400. www.mezcharlotte.com.
Thriller Costume Contest. Hosted by "Doc" of the Matt & Ramona show from 107.9, The Link. Costume contest with a $500 cash prize. 8 p.m.-2:30 A.M. $8-$10. Breakfast Club, 225 N. Caldwell St., Charlotte. 704-374-1982. www.that80sclub.com.
Halloween Party. Featuring live entertainment, drink specials and a costume contest with a $1,200 grand prize. 7 p.m. Joker's Dueling Piano Bar, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-2628. www.queenslanding.com.
Howlin' Halloween Party. Featuring drink specials ($5 32 oz. Bud Light, $7 Jager bombs, $12 24 oz. zombie punch bones, $20 86 oz. witches brew bucket of booze) and a costume contest with $1,500 in cash and prizes. 6 p.m. Howl At The Moon, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com.
Halloween Cruise on the Lady of the Lake. Features heavy hor d'oeuvres, a DJ and a cash bar. Wear your favorite costume. Boards at 8 p.m.; departs at 8:30 p.m.; returns at 11 p.m. $50. Queens Landing, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-2628. www.queenslanding.com.
Halloween Masquerade: Krewe De Sade. Featuring a costume contest with a $500 prize. $10. Marigny, 1440 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. www.marignycharlotte.com.
Hallow Eve Party: Feathers and Fetishes. Featuring a $500 grand prize for best costume. Kazba, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-761-6567. www.kazbacharlotte.com.
Halloweekend at Suite. Gravediggers Ball Afterparty. Suite, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-971-7878. www.suitecharlotte.com.
Hallowing at Wild Wings Cafe - EpiCentre location. Carnival of Carnage. Featuring a costume contest, drink specials and live music by Crashbox. Wild Wings Cafe, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-716-9464. www.wildwingcafe.com.
Hallowing at Wild Wings Cafe - Ayrsley location. Hollywood Hell. Featuring a costume contest, drink specials and live music from the Scoot Pitman Band. Wild Wing Cafe, 2132 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Charlotte. 980-297-7000. www.wildwingcafe.com.
Hallowing at Wild Wing Cafe - University location. Carnival of Carnage. Featuring a costume contest, drink specials and live music by Crashbox. Wild Wing Cafe, 711 W. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte. 704-708-9453. www.wildwingcafe.com.
Robot Johnson's Halloween Show. $15. Doors open at 9:15 p.m. Show starts at 10 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave. Tickets are available at www.nccast.com/latenight.htm.
Whisky River Halloween Bash. $500 best costume contest. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. For more information, visit www.whiskyrivercharlotte.com.
Old Pro Halloween Party. Costume party with prizes, drink specials, a DJ and horror movies playing all night long. Old Pro, 6300 Carmel Road. 704-540-4722.
7th Annual Buckhead-Less Ball Costume Contest. $1,000 in prizes for sexiest and most original costumes. Live music and DJ all night. $10. Buckhead Saloon, 201 E. 5th St., Charlotte. 704-370-0687.
Boo Bash at Coyote Joe's. 1-2-3 weekend with a costume contest for cash prizes. $12. Coyote Joe's, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. 704-399-4946. www.coyote-joes.com.
Babyshaker, Aqualads & Temperance League live at The Fillmore. $15 and up. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. The Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St., Charlotte. For more information, visit www.ncmusicfactory.com.
Sunday, Oct. 31
OuzoWeen. Featuring house beats, ethnic hits and top 40 tunes by DJs Dim and Havana. Costume contest with cash prizes. 10 p.m. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., Suite 105, Charlotte. 704-334-8336. www.dharmacharlotte.com.
"Sin City" Halloween Party. Costume party. Free entry until 11pm. Doors open at 10 p.m. Club Ice, 300 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-334-8700. www.clubicenc.com.
Sihk-or-Treat. Featuring performances by Astrid Haven, Stitchy C with Iconoclast Crew, F. Dux, DJ DeVille, Beth Ann Phetamine and The Body Bags. 6:30 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave., Charlotte. 704-343-9432. www.tremontmusichall.com.
Dia De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead. Celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday with cultural displays and altars, Mexican cuisine, dancing, music, story-telling, activities and more. For more information, visit www.latinamericancoalition.org. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St., Charlotte. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.
Halloween Party. Family-friendly event with a dinner buffet, games, music and more. $10 for adults; $5 for children under 5-12 years old; Free for children under 5 years old. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-377-3808. www.neighborhoodgrille.com.
Halloween Fun Festival. Family-friendly event featuring games and activities for children, hay rides, balloons, a petting zoo, a costume contest and more. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville.
Buff Faye's Spooktacular Hallo-Queen Ball. Halloween show and costume contest. Featuring host Buff Faye and Beth Ann Phetamine. Doors open at 9 p.m.; Show starts at 11:30 p.m. $10-$15 cover. Scorpio, 2301 Freedom Drive, Charlotte. 704-373-9124. www.scorpios.com.
Sin Sunday: Fang Bangers Ball. Featuring drink specials ($4 true blood cocktails, $3 domestics and $4 you call its) and a costume contests with $500 prizes for best male and female costumes. Uptown Cabaret, 108 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-344-0802. www.uptowncabaretclubs.com.
The Halloween Edition. Hosted by the Cheryl Girls. Brought to you by The Sol Kitchen. Costumes optional. Free. Marigny, 1440 S. Tryon St. For more info, visit www.thesolkitchen.com.
Spooktacular Halloween Party. Dress up and enjoy drink specials. Connolly's on 5th, 115 W. 5th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9070. www.connollysirishpub.com.
Costume Contest at Boardwalk Billy's. $250 cash prize for best group and sexiest costumes. Drink specials. Boardwalk Billy's, 9005-2, JM Keynes Drive, Charlotte. 704-503-7427. www.boardwalkbillys.com.
A Black Hearts Ball. Featuring Cowboy Mouth. $10. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.