Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, so expect plenty to be happening in town the preceding weekend and the days leading up to the spooktacular day itself. Here are the top events going on now through October 31 to get you into the spirit of the season.
3 p.m.-12 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at Hoppin’, 1402 Winnifred St.
Costumes aren’t required, but are definitely encouraged – especially since you could win a $100 Hoppin’ gift card for best costume, a $50 gift card for second place, or a $25 gift card for third place. Plus you can enjoy 50 rotating self-serve craft beer taps (including pumpkin beers!) as well as 12 wine and prosecco taps, and live music from talented pianist Wallace from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.
Up your decoration game by painting your own pumpkin at NoDa Brewing. Your ticket includes your first pint of beer as well as all the materials you’ll need to paint a fun and festive or totally frightening pumpkin to take home with you, and a few design ideas to help you get started. Either bring your own pumpkin ($16) or buy a pumpkin ($22).
10 p.m.-2 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. A-208
Whisky River is calling for all “sexy costumes” for a big party, plus a best-costume contest and drink specials all evening.
8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Run For Your Life, 901 S. Kings Dr.
At this point, runners will be a week out from the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon and ready from some final preparation. Cruise along on the 10K route (hills included) and indulge in the trick-or-treat-style candy handouts along the course. There’s a party hosted by RECOVER (the marathon’s shirt sponsor) along the way as well.
10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at The Rabbit Hole, 1801 Commonwealth Ave.
Join MiSFIT Dance for an hour-long dance cardio class under the blacklights at The Rabbit Hole, followed by a costume contest. For $10, you get the class itself and a mimosa. Plus, the winner of the costume contest will get a $25 gift card to Peculiar Rabbit and two free passes to any MiSFIT Dance class.
9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
Enjoy a scenic five-mile (or one mile) race through and around Uptown, starting and ending at Romare Bearden Park. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. After the race, stick around for activities like face painting and games for the kiddos, as well as music, food trucks, beer and more. $45 to participate in the 5-miler or $25 for the Monster Mile.
10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.
Start your morning with spooky crafts like instrument making, hear performances by members of the Charlotte Symphony and get a hands-on experience with orchestral instruments. Then, don’t miss a concert conducted by Christopher James Lee with tunes from Harry Potter, Jaws and other films.
3 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 in Charlotte’s LoSo neighborhood, Southside Dr. and Yancey Rd.
Don’t miss out on the LoSo Costume Crawl, including stops at Escape Tactic, GoodRoad Ciderworks, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Thirsty Nomad Brewing, The Broken Spoke, Red Clay Ciderworks, Brewers at 4001 Yancey, Sugar Creek Brewing and Queen Park Social. Visit each venue and participate in the costume contest — prizes will be given to the two best individual costumes, two best group costumes, and four visitors who attend ALL venues listed here.
2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Legion Brewing, 1906 Commonwealth Ave.
Stop by Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood on Saturday for an afternoon of candy, caramel apples, a photo area and family-friendly games like Candy in the Hay, Cornhole, Jenga and Connect Four. And don’t worry, the event will be fun for the adults, too — you get to look forward to special beer releases. This event is totally free to attend, and costumes are encouraged.
2 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at BB&T Ballpark, 325 S. Mint St.
You can attend Charlotte’s 10th annual pumpkin carving competition to watch the live carving action by creative professionals, vote for your favorite carving, trick-or-treat with the kiddos, strike a pose in their photo booth, get a free “GUTS” tattoo, participate in a 50/50 raffle and more. All of this is for a good cause, too — 100% of event proceeds benefit our local Make-A-Wish chapter.
1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Lenny Boy Brewing Co., 3000 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte-area dessert shops and bakeries like Ninety’s Ice Cream & Sandwiches, Cast Iron Waffles and Cookie Dough Bliss will have desserts available for purchase (to pair with a beer or kombucha, of course). Expect gluten-free and vegan options as well during this market.
4-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew, 2220 Thrift Rd.
Calling all pugs (and other pups that like pugs): head to Lucky Dog Bark & Brew for this annual fundraiser benefiting the Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue. Take part in a costume contest for the doggos, as well as bobbing for beers for the people, treats for sale, drink specials and food trucks.
2-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 – 28 at 15th St. Market, 512B E. 15th St.
$30 gets you 2 beer tickets, one escape room and entrance into giveaways! Choose from Dracula’s Lair Escape Room or Jurassic Backbone Escape room. Guests check in at 15th Street Market. Sponsored by Unknown Brewing, NoDa Escapes and 15th Street Market.
7 p.m.-2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd.
Expect $1,800 in cash prizes for the costume contest, a $10 cover, live music by Out of the Blue and drink specials.
8-11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road
Don your cocktail attire or a costume (as your favorite music legend) and support the preservation of The Duke Mansion. Enjoy music by Hey DJ, sing karaoke, play over-sized outdoor games, join a silent auction and indulge in food and drinks by Executive Chef Harrison Booth. Tickets are $75 per person.
7 p.m.-2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Abari Game Bar, 1721 N. Davidson St.
Spooky games will be on “FREE PLAY” at Abari Game Bar on N. Davidson on Saturday night. There will also be a DJ from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., swag for people in costumes and Jello shots (because why not?).
7 p.m.-2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at VBGB Beer Hall & Garden and 8.2.0, 820 Hamilton St.
There’s NO cover for this festive fiesta, and you basically get two parties in one. You can come decked out in your best costume for a DJ dance party at VBGB, where the patio will be fully tented and heated. Then you can walk across the parking lot to 8.2.0 for festive karaoke and frighteningly good pizza. Expect killer drink specials at both places.
12 p.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Red Clay Ciderworks, 245 Clanton Rd.
Enjoy hot mulled cider, trick or DOG treats for your pups, and a doggie costume contest at 4 p.m. Owners and dogs are encouraged to dress in costumes, of course, and Magnolia’s Poboys will be on site to keep your bellies full.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Dr.
Okay, technically Día de los Muertos is its own holiday outside of Halloween — but you can enjoy a family-friendly day of fun celebrating family and friends who have passed with face painting, stilt walkers, crafts for children, horse drawn carriage rides and more. The Beer Garden will be open and beverages, lunch and treats will be available for purchase. This event is free for members or with a General Admission ticket ($12.95 for adults, $6.95 for kids 2-12).
12 -5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St.
Get yourself, your kiddos and/or your pups in costume and head to Sycamore Brewing for a costume contest for each category (adults, children and pets) with prizes for each winner. Get a photo in their Pumpkin Patch, go trick-or-treating at each food truck, enjoy live music and try one of the fresh seasonal beers from Sycamore Brewing or ciders from Wild Blossom Cider. Free to attend.
10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 at NoDa Brewing, 2921 Tryon St.
Lace up your sneakers, don your costumes, and get ready for this costume run and contest with NoDa Run Club. At noon, you’ll head out for a 1, 3 or 5 mile run around the NoDa NE neighborhood. Costume contest categories will include best individual costume, best duo or group and best pet costume, with prizes for each category. Participation is totally free.
9 p.m.-12 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 at Caswell Station, 366 N. Caswell Rd.
Stop by Caswell Station for a hauntingly delicious meal, then walk through the haunted house after you’re done eating — if you dare. Tickets are $5, which includes one drink voucher. You can also enjoy a seasonal drink special: either a Smoked Voo Doo Juice ($8) or a Black Magic Margarita ($8). Costumes are encouraged.
8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Rí Rá Charlotte, 208 N. Tryon St.
Make your way Uptown to see this Rocky Horror Picture Show featuring “That Type” – Rocky Horror Charlotte Cast. Tickets are $20, which includes a Rocky Horror-themed cocktail. Get ready for an evening of good times and debauchery.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7th St. Public Market, 224 E. 7th St.
Bring your kids in costume to trick or treat at the 14 small businesses in the 7th St. Public Market. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can stop by for lunch, coffee and some candy.
5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Fourth Ward Park, 301 N. Poplar St.
Meet near the fountain on 6th and Popular for the “Parade through the Park,” followed by costume awards for children, dogs and parents. Then go trick-or-treating throughout the neighborhood, and enjoy a bouncy house and kids’ games at the dead end on 9th St.
4-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 S. Tryon St. Ste. 110.
Dress your pups up in their spookiest attire for the chance to win prizes from Wooden Robot Brewery, KeenDog, TwistedEats, Skipper, Pet Wants Charlotte: The Urban Feed Store, Social Pet at Charlotte and The Dog Salon. BONUS: Wooden Robot will also be serving pumpkin spice rimmed Good Morning Vietnam and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup infused Night Mayor baltic porter, and they’ll be playing scary movies on every TV.
8-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Solstice Tavern, 3221 N. Davidson St.
Big Pop is leading a “trivia spooktacular” starting promptly at 8:30 p.m., with prizes and drink specials. Definitely come in costume.
8 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at City Lights Rooftop, 555 S. McDowell St.
This nostalgic throwback Halloween party will offer a 360 view of the city, two craft cocktails (or wine or beer), live music from DJ Sonny, and automatic entry into the costume contest with cash prizes ($500 prize for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place) all for the $20 ticket price.
6 – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Brewers at 4001 Yancey, 4001 Yancey Rd.
Not only will Brewers at 4001 Yancey be serving up all of the delicious variations of their infamous Pumking brew — but they’ll also be hosting a costume party with awesome prizes AND a silent disco.
7 p.m.-1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Get into Petra’s with no cover charge and experience live music (from Broom Stick, Human Pippi Armstrong and DJ Monsterpiece), karaoke (hosted by Mike Earle), a gallery opening reception featuring art works by Kelly Keith and a midnight costume contest with a $100 cash prize.
9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at AMC Theatre, 7325 NorthLake Mall Dr.
What $50 will get you: a seat on the party bus (costumes are required), food, drinks, games, and music. The ride will take you to places like Club One Sports Bar.