Since Halloween is on a Monday this year, a lot of the celebration is going on this weekend.  Whether you celebrate the actual holiday, going to parties can always be a fun change of pace.  There are several fundraiser parties, parties with prizes, some are family friendly and some are not.  Check out the list below to see if anything fits what you want to do this weekend.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween!


Saturday, Oct 25, 7 p.m.
Duke Mansion
400 Hermitage Road
Charlotte, NC
Reservations: 704-714-4445
Tickets: $75 ($25 tax-deductible)
Party like a star in the heart of Myers Park at this fundraiser in the famous Duke Mansion. The secret agent theme refers to the historic house’s role in Showtime’s “Homeland” series where it served as Vice President William Walden’s home. A top notch food spread from chef Harrison Booth, tunes from the Bad Daddies and a silent auction featuring trips and jewelry are on the agenda. Come in costume or in cocktail attire.

15th Annual Grave Diggers Ball
Saturday, Oct 25, 6 p.m.
Dixie's Tavern parking lot
219 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
Tickets: $15
One of the season’s biggest parties is sponsored by Kiss 95.1 FM. This year’s headliner is Capital Cities, plus performances by Eden XO and Night Terrors. $10,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs for the scariest and sexiest costumes (register 6-8 p.m.).

Halloween at The Haven
Saturday, Oct 25 10 a.m. to noon
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
Charlotte, NC
704-331-0664 x103
Tickets: $10 members/ $25 per family up to 5 nonmembers
Get a head start on Halloween by bringing the kids for a spooky night in the garden with games, ghost stories, goblin cookies and other treats.

USO Style Show and Halloween Costume Party
Saturday, Oct 25 5 p.m.
VFW #9488
2831 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
Tickets: $15
Support our wounded veterans by attending this special event to raise money for Lukes Wings, a non-profit providing airlines tickets, hotel and restaurant vouchers for family members during veterans’ rehabilitation and recovery. Tickets include a funny, singing and dancing USO Show is funny, a spaghetti dinner and a Halloween costume contest with a cash prize. There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.

2014 Haunted Hotel Costume Gala
Saturday, October 25, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Hotel Concord
14 Union Street, North
Concord, NC 28025
704-794-9500
Tickets: $25
This adult-only Halloween Party at the historic Hotel Concord includes two drink tickets, snacks, DJ entertainment, and costume contest. Cash bar.

6th annual Geek Gala: The Charlotte Geeks' Excellent Adventure
Saturday, Oct 25 7 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28217
Tickets: $35
The Charlotte Geeks get together to celebrate Halloween convention-style with a film festival, a scavenger hunt, Munchkin Grudgematch, entertainment by the Pineapple Shaped Lamps and Hannibal the Liar, and, of course, gaming. This year’s theme is time travel.

The Aveda Institute Charlotte Presents: The Monster Ball
Sunday, Oct. 26
Chop Shop NoDa
399 E. 35th St
Charlotte, NC 28205
Tickets: $10
Annual event includes three runway segments, platform artist presentations, an Alumni Competition, raffles, and a best dressed competition.

Dinner With The Ghost And The Devil...Candlelight Ghost and Cemetery Tour
Thursday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
Dandelion Market
118 W. Fifth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-333-7989
Tickets: $50 single/$90 couple
This special event arranged by Good Eats and Meets includes two evenings of Halloween fun: Thursday, October 30th (Devil's Night) or Wednesday, November 5th (Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night). The evening begins with a candlelit walking tour of some of Charlotte’s spookiest places accompanied by ghost stories, by a costumed guide from the Get Dead Crew. After the tour, the Dandelion Market will serve a multi course meal accompanied with four craft cocktails.

11th annual Ultraween
Thursday, Oct 30 10 p.m.
Cosmos Uptown
300 N. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Annual Halloween Rumba costume party, presented by Ultra Entertainment.

Music, Monsters & Mayhem, 2014
Friday, Oct 31, 7 p.m.
NC Music Factory
Charlotte, NC
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate
One of Charlotte’s biggest Halloween parties – and richest costume contests – takes place at the NC Music Factory. Coolio, Tone Loc and DJ Overcash entertain in the Fountain Square. Register at the Small Bar by 10 p.m. to compete in the $5000 costume contest. First place wins $2000 cash and a BMW Ultimate Driving Experience. Tickets include admission to many of the NC Music Factory clubs including Label (until 11 p.m.), and Texicali, VBGB Beer Hall and Garden, Wet Willies, Osso, Small Bar and Matties Diner (until midnight). The party benefits Project Halo, a no-kill animal rescue and sanctuary based in Charlotte.

8th Annual Glitterati Ball
Friday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
Chop Shop NoDa
399 E. 35th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Tickets: $10 advance/ $15 day of show/ $3 extra at door for under 21
This theatrical costume dance party features top DJ's, bands, artists and performers. Grand Prize of $1500 for Best Costume.

The Shed: Halloween Hip Hop Edition
Friday, Oct 31 8:30 p.m.
Dupp & Swat
2424 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Tickets: $3
Featuring Lotta and the area's top musicians and emcees. Cash bar or BYOB.

Thriller Halloween @ Studio Movie Grill
Friday, Oct 31, 10 p.m.
Studio Movie Grill 
EpiCentre
Charlotte, NC
King Entertainment presents a red carpet event with look-alike celebs and music from DJ Paradime.

JCSU HC House Party: The Halloween Edition
Friday, Oct 31 10 p.m.
Phoenix Nightclub
300 N. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Tickets: $15
DJ Blord and The Mighty DJ DR host. Dress code: Homecoming Fly or costume.

Slick Rick's Old School Halloween Party
Friday, Oct 31 9 p.m.
Vibrations
5237 Albemarle Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28212
Tickets: $10-$15
Party Old School style with Slick Rick's The Ruler. Cash prizes for best male and female Old School Halloween costumes.

Halloween Dance Party at Lynn's
Friday, October 31, 8 p.m.
Lynn's Dance Club
4819 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28217
Tickets: $6
Dance to your favorites from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Free dance demo and lesson with Kim Pickett of Detroit-Style Urban Ballroom.

Halloween Bash in Old Town Cornelius
Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. to midnight
Kadi
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC 28031
704-765-1794
Party organized by Bella Love includes costume contest, Halloween games, photo ops, appetizers and craft beers, and live music.

Halloween Costume Party
Friday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Studio on 24th
401 W. 24th St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
704-617-7444 or 704-605-8980 (text for more info)
Tickets: $20
21 and over party (ID required). Ticket includes free drinks until midnight. Cash prize for “baddest” costume, plus live performances, hosted by Baker Boy & Ray Bandz.