Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year (awkward), so expect plenty to be happening in town the preceding weekend. Here are 9 events to get your celebration started.
For binge watching Halloween films
Halloween Movie Marathon
Friday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Nov. 3 at Coco and the Director, 100 W. Trade St.
Coco and The Director is bringing back its annual Halloween Movie Marathon with nine days of spooky films and a variety of horror options from family-friendly Hocus Pocus to creepy viewings like The Shining. Candy will be sold for $1 with all proceeds supporting Children’s Miracle Network, and the coffee shop’s treats like the Caramel Popcorn Kronut will be sold as well. The films are free to enjoy.
For a sexy costume party
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.
For a night of music
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.
For a good cause
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.
For a sweat sesh
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.
For a sugar rush
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.
For a family-friendly show
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.
For a blend of art and karaoke
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.
For a party bus journey
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.
For some competitive trivia
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.