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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Big list of 2015 Halloween events in Charlotte

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 2:28 PM

It's time to start making plans for Halloween, folks. For details on events - including parties, haunted attractions and other spooky activities and events - check out our big, growing list below. Not on the list? To get added, email aovercash@clclt.com.

4th Annual Halloween Costume Pawty w/ Boxer Butts & Other Mutts Find a costume for your pup/dog  and prepare for some resistance as you force them into the attire. But it's worth the undertaking for this doggy costume contest. There will be prizes and fall beers on tap. Sat., Oct. 24, 1-7 p.m. Lucky Dog Bark and Brew, 19607 Statesville Road, Cornelius. 704-896-5550. www.luckydoglkn.com.

9th Annual Haunted Harbor Featuring live music from RBTS Win, Dap City, Poontanglers, Jaggermouth, Patabamba, Human Pippi Armstrong, Natural Causes, and Patois Counselors. $10-$15. Sat., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-333-9799. www.snugrock.com.

Big Halloween Appreciation Social Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for this Big Appreciation Social, as part of the group's new Big Social Series. Dress in your finest Halloween attire. There will be free appetizers, drinks specials and socializing. Thurs., Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m. BlackFinn Saloon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-971-4440. www.blackfinncharlotte.com.

Boudoir of Horrors: Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque Halloween Show
Big Mamma's House of Burlesque celebrates Halloween with this special themed show. $15-$18. Sat., Oct. 31, 8 and 10:30 p.m. UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St., Suite C. 704-430-4821. www.upstagenoda.com.

Buff Faye's All Hallow's Eve Party Bus Fabulous drag queens Buff Faye, Bella Nichole Jade and Bethanne Phetamine will be aboard this Halloween party bus. The party benefits Campus Pride for LGBTQ Youth. Tickets get you VIP access to bars on the crawl and into a Halloween Costume Contest with $250 in prizes. $25 online. Fri., Oct. 30.  For tickets, visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/partybus.

Carolina Voices' To Die For Feel the shivers run up and down your spine as sweet meets sinister in Carolina Voices’ annual tribute to Halloween. The Impromptu a cappella ensemble will perform quirky numbers about murder, the dead and undead. Songs include "Bring Me to Life" (Evanescence); "If I Die Young" (The Band Perry); "Zombie" (The Cranberries); and "Ghost" (Ella Henderson). $10-$20. Fri., Oct. 23-Sat., Oct. 24, 8-10 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/to-die-for.

Carved 2015 Piedmont Culinary Guild presents this event with local chefs, mixologists, food artisans, food educators, and other culinary professionals who will be carving pumpkins. Vote to see who gets the title of "Carved 2015 Champion." Sun., Oct. 25, 4-7 p.m. Free Range Brewing Company, 2320 N. Davidson St. 704-773-9355. www.piedmontculinaryguild.com/carved-2015-october-25-free-range-brewing/.

Coraline Children's Theatre of Charlotte is partnering up with UNC Charlotte's department of theatre for this musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s eerie and whimsical children’s story, which was made into a motion picture back in 2009. The show follows the young Coraline who ventures into a parallel world, where she sees an alternative version of her life. This is one that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Oct. 16-31. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

Dance in the Dark A pre-Halloween event that begins at 7 p.m. with Dance Trance Charlotte's Halloween Jam Session class, a dance fitness session. Make sure you step out in your favorite costume, as their will be a costume contest. The contest is open to everyone and winners will be announced at 10 p.m. There will also be food specials, drink specials, and DJ Smitty will be spinning Halloween grooves. Free admission. Thurs., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. The Peculiar Rabbit, 1212 Pecan Ave. www.thepeculiarrabbit.com.

Day of the Dead Halloween Party Dress in your best "Day of the Dead" inspired costumes for this Halloween party at Vida Vida. Featuring drink specials, including $5 Lunazul tequila, $4 Modelo, $3 Corona and Corona Light drinks. Sat., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Vida Vida, 210 E. Trade St. 704- 971-8432. www.charlotte.vidacantina.com.

Dracula Theatre Charlotte presents this adaptation by Steven Dietz of Bram Stoker's classic novel. $12-$27. Oct. 30-31, 8 p.m.; Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 11-12, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 13-14, 8 p.m.; Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

"El Cheapo" Halloween Bar Crawl Join Awesome Random Adventures for this bar crawl at N.C. Music Factory. Your ticket includes free cover to participating venues and drink specials. Check-in before 9 p.m. and you'll receive a special bonus from the Comedy Zone. Check in is at Small Bar (between 7 p.m.-9 p.m.). For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $15. Sat., Oct. 31. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Evil Dead The Musical Last year this Canadian musical based off of the Evil Dead film series premiered in Charlotte and it's returning for another one-night-only cheesy, gore fest. The storyline revolves around five college friends who spend the weekend at a cabin in the woods. While there they encounter demons, the dismembering of limbs and other spewing surprises. $20 and up. Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Forever Young: An ‘80s Prom and Halloween Party It’s your turn to go to the prom. Tease your hair, grab a date and be prepared to boogie late. The throwback prom and Halloween party at The Duke Mansion features food from Chef Harrison Booth and tunes from the house band, Bad Daddies. Bid on trips, jewelry and other treasures at the silent auction. Come in costume or wear your prom finest in support of this annual fundraiser for the preservation of The Duke Mansion. For tickets, visit http://dukemansionprom.eventbrite.com or call 704-714-4453. $75 ($25 tax deductible). Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com.

Freak Show Boo Bash The party features a costume contest with $500 in prizes. There will also be drink specials ($1 draft beer, $3 "themed" shots, $4 wells and $6 RedBull and vodka drinks). Thurs., Oct. 29. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St. 704-358-4244. www.prohibitionclt.com.

Gantt After Dark: Thriller Edition The event includes entry to exhibitions and visits to the artisan market place where you can meet visual artists Natasha Walker and Wayland House (6 p.m.), a chance to get your Thriller groove on with A Sign of the Times (7 p.m.) and paint & sip with Cathay Dawkins (7 p.m. and there is an additional $20-$25 fee). There will also be a cash bar and savory samples from Wingzza. $10 non-members; Free for members. Thurs., Oct. 29, 6-11 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 South Tryon St. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.

Genderfusion: Monster's Ball LGBTQ Halloween party with food, drinks, vendors, corn hole, and tarot card readers (from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.); Genderfusion's Infamous Lipsync battle (from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.); and a costume contest with prizes for the "Best Overall Costume," "Most Creative," "Most Hilarious," and "Best Couples Costumes." There will also be a DJ and dancing from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. All proceeds go to Transcend Charlotte to benefit the LQBTQ community. $10. Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Petra's, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. www.petraspianobar.com.

Ghostbusters Costume Party Dress in Ghostbusters attire for this themed costume party. The ECTO-1 (Ghostbusters car) will be there for photo ops. There will also be drink specials, including $5 Stay Puft Shooters and $5 Fire Balls. $5 cover. Fri., Oct. 30. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.

Glitterati Halloween Ball: Assassins The Glitterati Ball is a theatrical costume dance party featuring Charlotte DJs, artists and performers. Costume contest with cash up for grabs. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com. Sat., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. 704-765-2467. www.chopshopnoda.com.

Grave Diggers Ball f. Flo Rida, OMI Kiss 95.1's annual Grave Diggers Ball will feature headliner Flo Rida with special guest OMI. Costume contest for "Best," "Sexiest" and "Group" categories. Sat., Oct. 24, 6-11 p.m. Held Uptown, 500 N College St.  For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.

Great Gaspy Masquerade Halloween The party, presented by Kareem J and Shane Cmb, features music by DJ Rozay and drink specials all night. There will also be a cash giveaway for the best great gaspy costume. Sat., Oct. 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. 704-371-7079. www.apostrophelounge.com.

GUTS An annual pumpkin carving competition. It brings together some of the cities finest pumpkin carvers. The competition is open to local and regional creative professionals that want to test their pumpkin carving skills, and more importantly, raise money for the brave kids of Make-A-Wish Foundation. We raise money through the carver's registration fees, the silent auction at the event, food, drinks and merchandise sold at the event. For more information, visit www.gutscharlotte.com. Fri., Oct. 30. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Halloween Daze & Spooky Nights at Carolina Renaissance Festival Carolina Renaissance Festival celebrates Halloween with trick-or -treating around the 25-acre festival village. There will also be a Halloween treasure hunt and a Halloween costume contest with prizes. In addition to a full day of regular festival entertainment, there will also be the “Knights of the Living Dead” a zombie jousting challenge, three times daily throughout the Halloween weekend. Sat., Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Carolina Renaissance Festival, 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. 704-896-5544. www.royalfaires.com/carolina/.

Halloween Howler Bar Crawl Dress up for this Halloween bar crawl at EpiCentre. Tickets include cover at all venues at the EpiCentre, entry into each venue's costume contest, and special prizes. For tickets, visit http://Halloween15.eventbrite.com/. Sat., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. www.epicentrenc.com.

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Maggiano's presents this night of mystery & murder and a family style dinner. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. Sat., Oct. 31, 7-10 p.m. Maggiano's Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-916-2300. www.maggianos.com.

Halloween Party at The Dirty Hippie
Celebrate Halloween with five bands, five DJs and folks dressed in costumes. Featuring Spectre, Kilo, Sir Cake, Midnight Society, Kill Killas, Towerhand, Cuzco, For the Birds, Brown Eyes Music, Trvck Tevm, The Blue Drifters and more. Music starts at 7 p.m. $10. Sat., Oct. 31. The Dirty Hippie, 5028 South Blvd.

Halloween Party Costume Contest Halloween contest with $250 for "sexiest costume" and $250 for "crowd favorite." There will also be drink specials, including $3.50 wells, $2 Miller Lites and $5 Fireball. Tues., Oct. 27, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.

Halloween Trivia
Calling all Halloween and trivia fans. This event offers an evening of trivia, food, and prizes. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, visit www.cmlibrary.org/programs. Free. Thurs., Oct. 29, 6-7:30 p.m. Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library Plaza Midwood Branch, 1623 Central Ave.

Heroes and Villains Costume Party Come in your best hero or villain costume. Featuring drink specials, a costume prize, music by DJ Gsounds and food. Sat., Oct. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. FireWater, 8707 JW Clay Blvd.

Hotel Transylvania All monsters, ghouls, ghosts, vampires, and werewolves will be checking in for a spooktacular time. DJs Amalgam and Nurotik will be shredding the 1's & 2's all night. There will also be drink specials, free parking, no cover, entertainment, hookahs, crafty cocktails, beers, and wine. Reservations are recommended for seats. Email terri@barreledcharlotte.com or call at 704-626-8850. Sat., Oct. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Barreled at the Lift Speakeasy, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road. www.barreledcharlotte.com.

Howl-O-Ween Have a ghoulish time at Howl at the Moon this Halloween. The piano bar's annual Howl-O-Ween party features drink specials, games, and a costume contest. Drink specials include $4 Angry Orchards, $6 Voodoo Bombs, $7 Witches Brew and $20 86oz Witches Brew Buckets. Costume contest with $500 in cash & prizes. $3-$8. Sat., Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Howl At The Moon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com/howl-o-ween/.

Les Vampires: Silent Film with Live Piano Charlotte pianist Ethan Uslan will be playing piano as a live soundtrack to Les Vampires. $5. Tues., Oct. 27, 9-10:30 p.m. Petra's, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.

Mandyland Presents: Devil's Nights Kinky dance party with DJ Velvetine and the Gogo Devils; fetish performances by Lillian Hellcat, Darling Allure, and Mrs. Mandy; fireplay with Satarah & Saturos; fetish stations with flogging, spanking, wax, rope bondage, and electroshock; and more. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com. $15-$20. Fri., Oct. 30, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. 704-765-2467. www.chopshopnoda.com.

Masquerade On College Street The Sol Kitchen presents this masquerade party on Halloween night at Blue. Featuring music by "The Blend King" DJ Shaun Nyce. For advance tickets, visit https://masqueradeoncollege.eventbrite.com. For table and bottle services, call 704-927-2583 or email deborah@bluecharlotte.com. Sat., Oct. 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Blue, 214 N. Tryon St. 704-927-2583. www.bluecharlotte.com.

Masquerade The Day Party Secret Society Life Entertainment & RUTH in Charlotte present Masquerade The Day Party. A prize will be awarded for the "best mask," so be sure to arrive donning your disguise. Reserved seating, table reservations and bottle service is available. $15 and up. Sat., Oct. 31, 1-6 p.m. Sydney's Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St., Suite 104. 704-503-9060. www.sydneysmartiniandwinebar.com.

Matters of Grave Importance Take a glimpse into the past, present and future of local cemetery history and plans with local historian and preservation expert, Jason Harpe. Harpe will give visitors an intimate look at historic cemetery preservation, and will demonstrate live preservation techniques at the Polk Family Cemetery. He will also hold an extensive discussion session, during which participants may share their individual cemetery preservation experiences or questions. This is an outdoor event, so participants should wear appropriate clothing. $5 adults, $2 students/seniors; does not include applicable sales tax. Cash or check only. Payment may be made day of program. Sat., Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. President James K. Polk Historic Site, 10231 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.presjkpolk.com.

Milestone Halloween Fiasco Annual Halloween event where local bands dress up and perform music by renowned acts. Dr. Cirkustien performing as Talking Heads, Secret Hospital & Bo White Y Su Orquesta as Huey Lewis & The News, Nerve Endings as Black Flag, Del Rio as Weezer, The Seduction as Metallica, Your Fuzzy Friends as The Cure, Crackers and Snackmeat as Black Sabbath and more. There will also be a costume contest with prizes and more. For tickets, visit http://ticketf.ly/1CJUckX. Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. 704-398-4072. www.themilestoneclub.com.

Mirror Moves Halloween Cody Hare and Jason Herring will be spinning 80s and 90s new wave, goth, shoegaze, dream pop, indie dance, dark wave, post punk, art pop, and other jams. There's no cover, but dress up and sign-up for the costume contest, which starts at 11:30 p.m. First place gets $100; second place gets a $50 gift certificate to Stash Pad and third place gets a $25 bar tab. Sat., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Petra's, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. www.petraspianobar.com.

Monster Mashup Featuring four Charlotte DJs (DJ Ahuf, DJ Overcash, Edward Shouse and Mr. Incognito) who will be rockin' all night long as the Fountain Plaza transforms into a huge outdoor club. There will also be a $5,000 costume contest and "side show acts" presented by the guys from Mad Monster. For tickets, visit http://ncmusicfactory.ticketleap.com. $10 in advance. Sat., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-midnight. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Nightmare in Elmwood Walking Tour Come walk around Elmwood Cemetery in the dark. The tour guide will tell dark, tragic, sometimes funny stories about Charlotte's past and point out tombs of interest. Bring your own flashlight. Meets at the main gates on 6th Street. Reservations are $5, and tours are limited to 15 people to preserve the experience. Story themes are suitable for ages 8 and up. $5. Sat., Oct. 24, 7:30-9 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 30, 7:30-9 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 31, 7:30-9 p.m. https://facebook.com/RaconToursCLT.

Nightmare On 5th Street Halloween block party with stops at a variety of Uptown spots. Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.halloween5thstreet.eventbrite.com

A Nightmare on Tryon Street This party, presented by Moxie Society, Nxlevel Charlotte and Eddietainment, features $500 in cash and prizes for a costume contest with categories that include "sexiest male costume," "sexiest female costume," "most creative costume," and "best duo costume." There will also be music and food and drink specials. For tickets, visit www.nightmareontryonst.com. $15-$25. Sat., Oct. 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St. 704-332-2440. www.vapiano.com.

Nosferatu: A Silent Experience Citizens of the Universe presents this an adaptation of Henrik Galeen's silent era script made famous by Max Schreck's performance of Orlok. For tickets, visit http://cotu.ticketleap.com/nosferatu/. $15. Oct. 22-23; Oct. 25; Oct. 28-29; Oct. 30. SalvagedBeauty Noda, 2320 N. Davidson St.

Old Town Zombie Crawl 5K & Fun Run The streets of Old Town Rock Hill will be invaded by zombie hordes. Compete in the USATF certified 5K as a human or zombie. There's also a fun run and kids zone, a zombie makeover challenge and more, including a chance to meet Grand Marshals Kent Wagner & Mike Mundy fromThe Walking Dead 1. After party with the Arts Council of York County. For more information, visit www.oldtownzombiecrawl.com. $30. Sat., Oct. 24, noon-5 p.m. Old Town District of Rock Hill, Main Street, Rock Hill.

Pimps and Hoes Party Wear your best costume for this "pimps and hoes" themed party. Featuring drink specials, including $ draft beers, $3 "themed" shots, $4 wells and $6 RedBull and vodka drinks. Thurs., Oct. 22. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St. 704-358-4244. www.prohibitionclt.com.

Rocky Horror Hair Show Join Aveda Institute Charlotte for their Annual Breast Cancer Research Foundation Fundraising event. Come out to see a night filled with teams who will be showing their creative hair interpretations, inspired by the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's an evening of fashion, fun, and fundraising. $15-$20. Sun., Oct. 18, 6 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. 704-765-2467. www.chopshopnoda.com.

Science on the Rocks: Frights at the Museum An adults-only night of monstrous mayhem. Featuring The Fear Factor Challenge, spooky science experiments, chocolate-covered bugs, a costume contest, Trick-or-treating with liquid nitrogen ice cream and more. $8-$10. Fri., Oct. 16, 5-9 p.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplace.org.

Second Annual Hall-o-ween at the Hall A family-friendly evening of fun, including trick-or-treating, a Lowe’s "build and grow" haunted house craft project, a performance by Illusions and Confusions, and a special showing of Hotel Transylvania. Free for NASCAR Hall of Fame members; $10 general admission. Sat., Oct. 24, 5:30-9 p.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 704-654-4400. www.nascarhall.com.

Super Heroes & Villains Halloween Party This heroes and villains themed party will feature a costume contest ($500 for best male costume and $500 for best female costume), in addition to music by DJ Red and drink specials ($3.50 longnecks and $6 bombs). Sat., Oct. 31. Uptown Cabaret, 108 E. Morehead St. 704-344-0802. www.uptowncabaretclubs.com.

Thriller Halloween Bash Dress in your "Thriller" best for this costume party, featuring music from DJ Jody Jam and prizes. There will also be drink specials that include $2 bottle beers and $5 Fire balls. $8 before 10 p.m.; $10 after 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 31. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.

Trick Or Treat EpiCentre Bar Crawl Awesome Random Adventures, a meetup group for folks in their 20s and 30s hosts this bar crawl around EpiCentre. Goodies include appetizers, cocktail samples and drink specials and free cover to participating spots, including Vida Vida, Blackfinn, Suite, and Whisky River. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $10-$25. Fri., Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.

Ultraween Celebrating Ultra Entertainment's 12th annual Halloween rumba. Featuring music from DJ Cali, DJ MP3 and DJ Will DC. For tickets, visit www.ultraween2015.eventbrite.com. Fri., Oct. 30, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St. 704-975-4472. www.oakroomclt.com.

Zombie Apocalypse Party It's the grand opening of The Dirty Hippie and this Zombie Dance Party is set to feature four bands ( 6 p.m.-9 p.m.), eight DJs (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.) and live art. Tickets are $10 at the door w/ a costume; $15 without a costume. Fri., Oct. 30. The Dirty Hippie, 5028 South Blvd.

Ongoing Haunted Attractions

Camp Fear The multi-attraction event features a haunted trail, a maze, "Clown Chaos", an "Insane Asylum", a "Living dead Dollhouse," and a "Freak Show." Ticket booth opens at 7 p.m. and closes at 11 p.m. nightly. For more information, call 828-632-3815 or visit www.campfearnc.com. $14-$18. Fri., Oct. 16; Sat., Oct. 17; Fri., Oct. 23; Sat., Oct. 24; Thurs., Oct. 29; Fri., Oct. 30; Sat., Oct. 31. Camp Fear, 601 Princess Lane, Hiddenite.

Dark History Walking Tour The tour covers five blocks in one hour and includes over 250 years of local stories, from creepy and tragic to the hilarious and ironic. A costumed guide will take you back in time on your lantern-lit walk through the city. Please visit the Facebook events page for dates and times, various Fridays and Saturdays in October. Reservations are $5, and tours are limited to 15 people to preserve the experience. Story themes are suitable for ages 8 and up. $5. Sat., Oct. 24, 6-7 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 29, 8-9 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 30, 6-7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 31, 6-7 p.m. Corner of Trade and Tryon, 101 N. Tryon St. https://facebook.com/RaconToursCLT.

The Haunted Mill Longtime haunted attraction with 40 actors, darkness, crazy mazes, animation effects, chainsaws and more. For more information, call 704-829-6455 or visit http://thehauntedmillnc.com/. Oct. 21-25; Oct. 28-31. The Haunted Mill, 6325 W. Wilkinson Blvd, Belmont.

Midway Wicked Woods Haunted attraction in Statesville. For more information, call 704-546-7615 or visit www.midwaywickedwoods.com. Fri., Oct. 16, 8-11 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 17, 8-11 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 18, 8-10 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 23, 8-11 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 24, 8-11 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 25, 8-10 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 28, 8-10 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 29, 8-10 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 30, 8-11 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 31, 8-11 p.m. Midway Wicked Woods, 114 Midway Drive, Statesville.

Scarowinds Carowinds transforms into a haunted attraction with scare zones, mazes, rides, shows and a cast of characters who are ready and willing to startle visitors. For more information, visit www.carowinds.com/haunt. $33.99 and up. Fridays-Sundays. Through Oct. 31. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 704-588-2600. www.carowinds.com.

Scarrigan Farms On select October nights, the folks at Carrigan Farms will transform their 130 acre farm to a scary, haunted trail featuring a "fun house," a 3D maze, a "tragic bus" and corn maze. For more information, visit www.scarriganfarms.com. Fridays-Sundays. Through Oct. 31. Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com.

Zombie Hollow Gastonia's new haunted attraction. Trail tours begin at dusk. For more information, visit www.zombiehollownc.com. $5-$10. Fri., Oct. 16; Sat., Oct. 17; Sun., Oct. 18; Thurs., Oct. 22; Fri., Oct. 23; Sat., Oct. 24; Sun., Oct. 25; Wed., Oct. 28; Thurs., Oct. 29; Fri., Oct. 30; Sat., Oct. 31; Sun., Nov. 1. Zombie Hollow, 330 Lewis Road, Gastonia.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

12 crass tips for doing NYE partying right

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

After you've locked in whatever you're doing to bring in 2015 — see big-ass party list here to help with that — take heed of some of our crass advice.

Tip #1
Leave your fucking phone at home. Your friends will tag you on social media anyway, and it won’t end up floating in a hotel toilet.

Tip #2
All cash everything. Instead of plastic, ball out like a real boss and know exactly what you spent the morning after. For extra player points, you can even make it rain at midnight.

Tip #3
Don’t be a party rookie — eat something prior to drinking so you’re not puking your guts out before midnight.

Tip #4
Determine ahead of time what is officially your jam. Songs to avoid: “I’m All About That Bass,” “Fancy” and “Shake It Off.”

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New LGBT bar, Cathode Azure, opens in South End

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

There's a new LGBT bar in South End named Cathode (CATH-OWED) Azure (AZ-YOUR), and although the name eludes me, the bar is absolutely something new and different. This soon-to-be hotspot, located at 1820 South Blvd #106, is the lovechild of owner Doug Lemmone and his partner and their desire to bring the smooth and sexy vibe of South Beach to Charlotte.


Cathode Azure is like walking into a hip lounge, underwater. The entire space is washed in a serene tropical blue that perfectly complements the modern white leather chairs and silky house music. This lounge boasts several unique amenities including an iPad station beside the bar for social networking (or stalking) while you’re waiting on your cocktail and no bottle purchase required “VIP” rooms with chaise lounges and stylish décor. Personally, my favorite element was the absolutely giant platform in the middle of the main room, upon which we were given permission to sit and dance elevated style.

Not surprisingly, there was no shortage of ridiculously good looking people to ogle, and the environment was also conducive for conversation. The layout and ambiance make this is a great spot to meet friends and relax... but then also boogie on furniture if the mood strikes. Doug and crew have managed to successfully create the Miami experience in North Carolina, and it certainly holds up to their concept of providing a refreshing something new and different. Weird name, grand place.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A eulogy for the Breakfast Club

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

With great lament, I announce that a Charlotte institution is in its final days. The doors to The Breakfast Club will close indefinitely on Sunday, Sept. 9. After 11 years of “Rad” '80s-infused, break dancing, neon, wall-to-wall-mirrored, heavily-poured-signature-beverage-fuelled good times, my most beloved dance venue is saying goodbye.

Last week I had a conversation with owner and arguably the best DJ ever in the world, Jody Jam, who explained that due to the fact that the lease is up in the current and discernible location on Caldwell Street, he decided to close the doors and start a new venture uptown. Jody, having only missed three Saturdays of DJing magic in 10 years, says that the departure is “emotional” and that he has loved his time at The Breakfast Club.

“I thrive on seeing Charlotteans have a great time," he says. "The Breakfast Club was a nightclub for everyone, even people who don’t typically go to nightclubs. There is no velvet rope, no VIP areas, it’s come as you are and we leave the pretentious behind.”

Indeed. I have personally spent some of the best nights of my Charlotte youth, and many birthdays, getting my sweaty handprints all over the floor-to-ceiling mirrors (sorry Jody) at The Breakfast Club. In fact, I have such affection for it, that writing this article feels much like what I expected writing my first eulogy would feel. I credit this adoration to the fact that Jody and his staff have created a successful consistency in atmosphere, music and experience over the last decade. The Breakfast Club has always been my choice of location to take visitors to Charlotte because I’m confident that I’m not taking a gamble on the “hit or miss” culture that abounds at many other nightlife spots about town. I know exactly what I’m getting when I walk in the door, and in a way after all these years, it’s much like entering a friend’s house ... a friend who is endearingly stuck in the 80s and loves black lighting. A friend who knows the song you want to hear before you scream it over the current song. A friend who encourages you to dress in public costumes, whip your hair and mimic that scene from Flashdance or Footloose again and again.


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Friday, April 13, 2012

Mega club 'LABEL' to open at N.C. Music Factory

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Club kids, try and contain yourselves: LABEL's coming to town.


Designed by world renowned club designer Francois Frossard, along with local architectural firm Mind's Eye Architecture, the 16,000 square foot multimillion dollar space promises an "over the top" layout and interior decor, complemented by state of the art sound, lighting and video. The club counts technologically advanced DJ booths, a lavish lounge, and the area's largest outdoor courtyard (complete with bars, DJ booth, and its own Greek amphitheater) among its amenities.

Noah Lazes, president of ARK Group and the N.C. Music Factory, stated in a press release that "LABEL will be a marquee venue never experienced before in Charlotte...We have always wanted to see the Mega Club at the NC Music Factory and are extremely excited it is finally arriving. Simply put Charlotte has never seen a venue of this size, budget, and scope."

LABEL's primary owners, Lisa Bennett and Robert Ortiz, share Lazes' vision as well as a commitment to giving back and serving the community. As a result of a joint effort with philanthropist Xavier Grier of the nonprofit organization Amped 4-A-Cure, Inc., LABEL will be the home and title sponsor of the long running AMPLIFIED benefit concert series.

The club is set to open just in time for you to take full advantage of summertime shenanigans. Curious? Same here.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TweetTarts, 1/25/11

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 12:23 PM


A group of ladies from Charlotte’s Twitter community, the #TweetTarts, attended the opening of the hilarious “Celebrity Autobiography” at the Blumenthal’s Booth Playhouse Tuesday night.

Photos by Rhiannon Bowman

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Charlotte Vibe Photography offers $20 deal on portraits

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 8:07 AM

We interrupt this regularly scheduled nightlife photo blog to tell you about a deal from Charlotte Vibe Photography.

Interested in getting photos professionally shot of yourself, but not sure you want to pay out a lot of money? Well, Charlotte Vibe Photography is offering this deal:

$20 headshots, model shots, portraits, or whatever you like. Friday & Saturday we will be shooting in our studio, $20 gets you unlimited shots and you'll get all the photos the next day. $50 gets you a session and your photos are touched up. Email ataylor@charlottevibe.com for details.


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