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Halloween Guide 2019

By Elizabeth McGuire

October 23, 2019

Horror Movie Trivia
What: Did you know that Dana Plato, who went on to play Kimberly Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes, was originally pegged to play Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist? If you did, you should go out to the Tin Roof’s Green Room on Thursday.
More: Free; Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.; Tin Roof, 210 E Trade St., Suite 286 
 
Lanterns & Legends
What: Ever wondered what lost souls are roaming the streets of Fort Mill, South Carolina? The town hosts its third annual walking tour, delivering a spooky combination of history and legend.
More: $15; Running now through Oct. 26, times vary; 107 Clebourne St., Fort Mill
 
Annual Upscale Halloween Party
What: Studio Movie Grill will take a break from cinema to host the annual Upscale Halloween Costume Party.
More: $10; Oct. 25, 10 p.m.; Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Suite D-290
 
Charlotte Symphony: ‘Nightmare Before Christmas‘
What: Tim Burton’s classic animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas is still beloved by a devoted fan base 27 years post-release. Charlotte Symphony provides a live soundtrack to this special screening.
More: $19 and up; Oct. 25, 7:30pm; Belk Theater; 130 N Tryon St.
 
 
Spooky Tales in the Dark: Candlelight House Tour
What: Hosts offer spine-chilling tours through Latta’s historic home and kitchen house; followed by hot cider and cookies fireside. Throughout the tour, guests will listen to first hand accounts of ghostly tales from present and past staff, volunteers and visitors.
More: $20; Oct. 25-Oct. 26, times vary; Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road
 
Terrors of the Past: Escape from Devil Charlie
What: This live experience will task you with solving the murder of 18th-century Mecklenburg County resident Polly Alexander.
More: $30-45; Oct. 25, 6-10 p.m.; Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive
 
Mega Halloween Latin Party
What: Come for the culture, stay to compete for $1,000 worth of cash prizes. 
More: $5-10; Oct. 25, 10 p.m.; La Revolucion, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.
 
Schiele-O-Ween
What: The Schiele Museum of Natural History agrees to open their doors after hours for an adults-only night of partying and Halloween fun.
More: $5-$7; Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m.; 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia
 
Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights
What: Kids get in free and are allowed to trick-or-treat at all the different Ren Fest vendors. A full day of regular festival entertainment is complemented by the “Knights of the Living Dead” a zombie jousting challenge.
More: Kids free, adults $25; Oct. 26-27, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Renaissance Festival, 16445 Poplar Tent Road
 
 
Blair Witch Project: A Carolina Theatre Pop-Up
What: On the 20th anniversary of the found-footage horror mystery The Blair Witch Project, join in on this outdoor screening of the flick, but stay out of the woods.
More: Free; Oct. 26, 7:30-10 p.m.; Blue Blaze Brewing Co., 528 S. Turner Ave.
 
Abari Monster Bash
What: Put on your favorite costume to play Abari’s spookiest video games for free while winning prizes at this annual gamer gathering.
More: Free; Oct. 26, 5 p.m.; Abari Game Bar, 1721 N. Davidson St.
 
 
Adult Game Night Costume Party
What: This party has more than 50 games, and with more than 300 “approachable professionals,” you’ll be playing all night. The only rule: Wear a costume.
More: $5-30; Oct. 26th, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Morehead Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St.
 
 
What: Start looking for your best friend’s perfect costume because Brewers is having their first annual dog costume contest.
More: Free; Oct.  26th, 3-5 p.m.; Brewers at 4001 Yancey, 4001-A Yancey Road;
 
Jungle BOOgie Halloween Party
What: Seeking to make a difference this Halloween? Head to Pour Taproom for a jungle party where a portion of your proceeds will go to the Rainforest Alliance.
More: Free; Oct. 26th, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.; Pour Taproom, 1212 Central Ave.
 
Halloween Bar Crawl
What: Celebrate the holiday by spending an afternoon and evening hitting the bars in Uptown.
More: $25; Oct. 26th, 3-11 p.m.; EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.
 
Mandyland Creep Show
What: Pay discounted admission with a costume for a night of music and monsters hosted by none other than Charlotte’s “Evil Clown” himself, Martin Barry.
More: $10-$15; Oct. 26, 9 p.m.; The Rabbit Hole, 1801 Commonwealth Ave.
 
Fall Crawl & Costume Parade
What: This family-friendly event is a full day of festivities, candy, craft beer and costumes in Plaza Midwood.
More: Free; Oct. 26th, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Midwood Park, 2100 Wilhelmina Ave.
 
Boo Bash 2019
What: Promoted as “The best costume contest in Charlotte,” Boo Bash is a night of cash prizes and music from Out of the Blue.
More: $10; Oct. 26, 7 p.m.; Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd.
 
Souls Divided
What: A night of mystery and music includes body painting, aerialists, art giveaways and more.
More: $10.50-$25; Oct. 26, 9 p.m.; QC Social Lounge, 300 N. College St., Suite 105
 
Grave Digger’s Ball 2019
What: Compete for $10,000 in prizes and dance to Diplo at a Charlotte Halloween staple. 
More: $20-$1,500; Oct. 26, 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; 300 N. Brevard St.
 
Cassette Rewind’s Halloween Bash
What: Experience the ‘80s and ‘90s in one night of entertainment with Cassette Rewind and Gump Fiction.
More: $12-$15; Oct. 26, 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.
 
Monster Mash
What: A free day of family fun at Rea Farms ends with an outdoor showing of Hotel Transylvania.
More: Free; Oct. 26, 3:30-7 p.m.; Rea Farms, 9800 block of Sandy Rock Place
 
Halloween Havoc
What: Skylark Social Club invites ANTiSEEN, Green Fiend, No Anger Control and Lil’ Skritt to an evening of Halloween mayhem. 
More: $15; Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m.-Midnight; Skylark Social Club, 2131 Central Ave.
 
Séance of the Idiot Sisters
What: Inspired by the October classic Hocus Pocus, the acrobatic artists of AerialCLT present an original performance.
More: $25; Oct. 26-27, 6-7:30 p.m.; Aerial CLT, 801 N. Tryon St.
 
A Very MOVE Halloween
What: Costumes welcome as Corduroy Mavericks and others take the stage at MOVE #46.
More: $8; Oct. 26, 10 p.m.; Crown Station, 3629 N. Davidson St.
 
What: Costume contest categories include men, women, most original and funniest.
More: Free; Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road
 
Haunted Pinhouse Party
What: A promising event for anyone who’s ever wondered what “Haunted Bowling” was like.
More: Free; Oct. 26, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Pinhouse, 2306 Central Ave.
 
Milestone Halloween Fiasco
What: Bands play cover sets as their favorite performers for another annual bash at The Milestone Club.
More: $8; Oct. 26, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.; The Milestone; 3400 Tuckaseegee Road
 
 
Shipwrecked Halloween Ball
What: The one and only Yacht Rock Revue will headline Q.C.’s saltiest Halloween bash.
More: $20; Oct. 27, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.; Moo & Brew, 1300 Central Ave.
 
Halloween VHS Mixtapes
What: Turn back the clock for a showing of the 1988 horror feature Paperhouse followed by a compilation of spooky videos ranging from fun music videos to horror highlights.
More: Free; Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; VisArt Video, 3104 Eastway Drive
 
Rocky Horror Picture Show
What: The “That Type” Rocky Horror Charlotte cast brings to life the eccentricity of “Transexual Transylvania.”
More: $20; Oct. 30, 8-11p.m.; Rí Rá, 208 N. Tryon St.
 
VHS Potluck – Halloween Horror Edition
What: A chance to dust off your horror VHS tapes and place them in the running as the crowd chooses two movies for a double feature.
More: Free; Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.; VisArt Video, 3104 Eastway Drive
 
 
The Nightmare on College Street
What: Six establishments are on the route for another Halloween bar crawl beginning at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade. 
More: $10-$25; Oct. 31, 6 p.m.; Lucky’s Bar and Arcade, 300 N. College St., #104
 
Insidious Halloween Party
What: Named for the horrifying 2010 thriller, this party is not only free but giving away cash prizes.
More: Free; Oct. 31, 10 p.m.; La Revolución, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.
 
Rosemont Manor Haunt 2019
What: Every year two locals from Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood hand-build a series of frightening attractions for Halloween night.
More: Free; Oct. 31, 6:30-10:30 p.m.; East 5th Street between Ridgeway and Osborne avenues
 
Rosemont Haunt
 
Petra’s Annual Halloween Bash
What: Experience the music of Hectorina and Up/Dn Ensemble at Petra’s, with a best costume prize of $100.
More: $5; Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.
 
Antagonist Halloween Party
What: Come dressed as your favorite antagonist and enjoy themed beer cocktails, music and more. Best costume wins $50.
More: Free; Oct. 31, 6-11 p.m.; Protagonist, 3123 N. Davidson St.

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