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A Guide to Halloween Party Season in Charlotte

Events happening October 22 - October 31, 2021

So you’ve got the perfect Halloween costume idea, but you don’t know where the party is? Don’t even worry about it. We’ve got you covered. Happy hauntings! 

Stroke Halloween Course

Ongoing through October | Hours vary | Stroke | $12 per player

Each October, Stroke turns its indoor mini-golf course into a haunted maze (but still a mini-golf course). 

Stroke’s Halloween course. (Photo by LunahZon, courtesy of Plaid Penguin)

Smashing Pumpkin Party

Oct. 22 | 6 p.m. | Bart’s Mart | Free

Live music, drink specials, giveaways and a pumpkin carving contest with high stakes: If you win, you get a prize, if you lose, your work gets smashed. 

Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun

Oct. 22 | 8 p.m. | Common Market – Plaza Midwood | Free

A high-energy, death defying, devilishly fun evening of spooktacular performances, Halloween costumes and mingling. Hosted by Skylar Michele-Monet, with performances by King Perka Sixxxx and Aurora Carlisle Nicole and a prize for best costume. 

Charlotte Symphony Presents ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

Oct. 22 & 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Belk Theater | $29 and up

Tim Burton’s macabre classic The Nightmare Before Christmas is shown in its entirety on a large screen while Charlotte Symphony brings Danny Elfman’s rambunctious, colorful score to life. 

Halloween party
‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ will be scored live by Charlotte Symphony.

B(art) Sale & Halloween Hangout 

Oct. 24 | Noon-4 p.m. | Petra’s | Free

Costumes are encouraged for this bake sale and art sale.


Oct. 24 | Noon-4 p.m. | Devil’s Logic Brewery | Free

The brewery with the hellish name has a cute event planned: a costume contest for dogs. Prizes for three categories: Best Overall Costume, Most Creative, and Best Human and Pet Duo.

Dress your dog up for Howl-O-Ween. (Photo courtesy of Devil’s Logic)

Cult Movies in the Cave: ‘Trick or Treat’

Oct. 26 | 8-10 p.m. | VisArt Video | $5 donation suggested

A bullied teenage boy is devastated after the death of his heavy metal idol, Sammi Curr. But as Halloween approaches, he discovers he may be the only one who can stop Sammi from making a Satanic comeback from beyond the grave. Starring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

Paint & Boo’s

Oct. 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Primal Brewery | $25

Local artist Aimee-Rose hosts a step-by-step Halloween-themed instructional painting class while you sip on some Primal brews. 

Halloween Double Feature

Oct. 29 | 8:30 p.m. | Skylark Social Club | $15

Bands followed by burlesque: Oh! You Pretty Things, Harriet Rip, and Sanhaim perform, then the monthly drag revue comes in for another semester of Ghoul School. 

Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl

Oct. 30 | 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. | Midwood Park | Free

The day kicks off with a costume parade for the neighborhood’s little ones, then back to the park for local music, beer, wine, bounce houses, face painting, T-shirts and a vendor village. 

Cassette Rewind’s Back in Time Halloween Costume Bash

Oct. 30 | 8:30 p.m. | Amos’ Southend | $15-$18

Everyone’s favorite ’80s cover band hosts a costume party. Think Hot Tub Time Machine for costume ideas.

Cassette Rewind (Photo courtesy of Amos’ Southend)

Boo Bash 2021

Oct. 30 | 7 p.m. | Coyote Joe’s | $11

Out of the Blue performs at what’s billed each year as “the best Halloween party in Charlotte,” and with $1,800 in costume contest prizes up for grabs, we can see why. 

Movies on the Wall: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Oct. 30 | Movie starts at dusk | Tommy’s Pub | $5

Catch this 1986 flick starring Rick Moranis right outside of Tommy’s, with hot dogs, sodas, popcorn and candy available.

Halloween Bash at The Fat Parrots

Oct. 30 | 10 p.m. | The Fat Parrots | Free

A costume contest, a DJ, cornhole. What more are you looking for? 

Spooky Fest

Oct. 30 | 7 p.m. | Bart’s Mart | Free

Storytelling by Spooky CLT (see our Haunted Uptown story), live music by Monster Piece, and costumes are welcome. 

Halloween Fiasco

Oct. 30 | 8 p.m. | The Milestone Club | $10

Just an absolute clusterfuck of great bands doing covers: Jaguardini does Ace of Bass, Ryan Lockhart does Garth Brooks, The Safety does Taking Back Sunday and many more. 

All Hemper’s Eve

Oct. 30 | 4-8 p.m. | Blackberry Ridge Farm | Canned food donation suggested

Blackberry Ridge Farm hosts this afternoon festival featuring a vendor market, food trucks, beer, pumpkin painting, outdoor movie, trunk or treating, a costume contest, a bonfire and more. 

The Phantom Friends

Oct. 30 | 8 p.m. | Two Buck Saloon | $10

A costume party that includes a live show from Phantom Friends with Red Dress Amy and Rothschild. 

The Phantom Friends will play a Halloween party at Two Buck Saloon. (Photo courtesy of TPF)

Devil’s Night

Oct. 30 | 8 p.m. | Visulite Theatre | $20-$25

Flamingo Revue is ready to fire it up with a burlesque tribute to the spookiest night of the year. Compete for Pumpkin King or Queen in the costume contest during an electric night of glam and gore, the sexy and the scary. 

Soul Train Halloween

Oct. 30 | 10 p.m. | Snug Harbor | $10

That Guy Smitty and VonFunkHauser present a special Soul Train Halloween version of Deep Fried Disco featuring a Soul Train line and costume contest. 

Halloween with Hunter’s Travesty

Oct. 31 | 7-10 p.m. | Comet Grill | Free

The local roots-rock Americana band hosts a Halloween party at Comet Grill. 


Oct. 31 | 8 p.m. | Petra’s | $7-$10

Music from Paint Fumes, Mindvac and Coughing Blood, with sounds from Monster Piece on the back patio. Midnight costume contest with $100 cash prize.

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