Axios Weekender: 30 things to do in Charlotte this Halloweekend

Axios Weekender: 30 things to do in Charlotte this Halloweekend

Blood bag cocktail from Scarowinds. Photo: Courtesy of Carter Cook/Axios

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63. Partly sunny. 40% chance of rain.

Great Elizabeth Pumpkin Wall: Since 2004, residents of the Elizabeth neighborhood have carved pumpkins and displayed them in rows along a wall. Each year, there’s a one-word message like “peace” or “vote.” This year’s word will be revealed during a lighting ceremony on Friday at 6:45pm and will remain up through Monday, Nov. 1. Free. 2229 Greenway Ave. Details.


Spooktown at Skiptown: Peep the dog costumes during Skiptown’s 13 Days of Halloween event. Now through Oct. 31. Free. Details.

Scarowinds: The spooktacular event features more than 500 monsters, ghosts and goblins roaming around the park, plus plenty of haunted attractions and shows. If that’s a little too scary, try the Great Pumpkin Fest for your family instead. Now through Oct. 31. 7pm-midnight. $39-$72. Details.

Carolina Renaissance Festival: Go for the costumes, stay for the turkey legs. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 21. 10am-5:30pm. $27 for adults, $17 for children under 12. Details.

Pinhouse Haunted House: Expect haunted bowling, a costume contest (with $100 gift card prize), live music, fall beers and pumpkin spice frosé. 7-11pm. Free. Details.

Myke Towers at Bojangles Coliseum: The rapper stops in Charlotte on his “El Young King” tour. $74+. Details.

Fear Factory at Camp North End: The century-old former car factory will transform for this free Halloween party with live music and various food and drink options. 6-9pm. Free. Details.

NoDa Brewing’s 10-year anniversary party: Celebrate the brewery’s decade mark at this weekend-long bash with special beer releases, axe throwing, brewery tours, costume contests and more. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Free. Details.

Food Truck Friday at Resident Culture: Get your hot dog fix with Patty & The Dogs’ food truck. 2-5pm. Details.

Candy Crawl at Camp North End: Go trick-or-treating with the whole family across the 76-acre campus. 6-8pm. Free. Details.

Kings Drive Farmers Market at 939 S. Kings Dr.: It’s the last weekend to shop the Simpsons Produce farmers market for the season. 6am-7pm Friday and 6am-3pm Saturday. Free. Details.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at Knight Theater: Conductor Roderick Cox, one of the few Black conductors in the world, will guest conduct this weekend’s concerts. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday. $24-$137. Details.


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Rich & Bennett’s 20th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl: Put on your costume and get in the spooky spirit with an Uptown bar crawl. Expect drink specials, a costume contest and swag. Check-in is 1-3pm. $10-$25. Details.

Lake Norman Brew Tour: Visit four breweries — D9, Lost Worlds, Beer Lab by Ghostface and Hoptown — on this guided tour with 12 (!) beer tastings. Departs from Kilted Buffalo in Mooresville. 12-6:30pm. $59.95. Details.

Petty Thieves’ Halloween Party: For more beer, head to one of Charlotte’s newest breweries, Petty Thieves, for games, candy and a cover band battle. 5pm-late. Free. Details.

Running Scared race: Run four miles (or just the “monster” mile) at this Uptown race. 9am. $24.99-$39.99. Details.

Charlotte Doodles meet-up: Mix and mingle with the many doodles of this great city at Skiptown every Saturday. 10-11am. Details.

Kings Drive Art Walk: Missed Festival in the Park? Here’s a second chance to see local art in picturesque Freedom Park. Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Free. Details.

Yoga on the Greenway: Unwind at Anne Springs Close Greenway with yoga every Saturday. 10-11am. Free for members ($5/month). Details.

Shipwrecked at Moo & Brew: Yacht rock fans, this one’s for you. There’s also burgers and beer (duh) and a costume contest. 4-9pm. $30. Details.

Halloween Bar Hop in South End: Celebrate spooky szn with a bar crawl through South End hot spots like Charlotte Beer Garden, Hoppin, Slate, Slingshot and more. Drink and food specials at each spot. 4-10pm. $15 day of, advance tickets are sold out. Details.

Patio Party at Sweet Lew’s: Head to the Belmont neighborhood barbecue joint for $10 mimosa buckets, yard games and a costume contest. Details.

Howl-O-Ween at Birdsong: Dress your dog in their Halloween best and enter to win prizes at Birdsong’s pet-friendly Halloween party. 1-4pm. Free. Details.


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Guts & Glamour Drag Brunch at Hot Taco: Celebrate Halloween with a little guts and glamour. Admission is $10 and there will be a special food and drink menu you can indulge in. 11am. $10+. Details.

Hornets vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Stay tuned to see what Melo’s postgame outfit will be this time. Neon orange for Halloween perhaps? 7pm. $10.50+. Details.

HBCU Culture Homecoming Fest at Bojangles Coliseum: This festival and marching band battle will takeover Bojangles Coliseum all day with a street festival ahead of the five-band showdown at 5pm. $14.95+. Details.

Bike and Brunch at Devil’s Logic Brewing: This weekly bike ride concludes with brunch and beers at the Elizabeth brewery. It’s called balance. 9-10am. Free. Details.

Plaza Midwood Halloween Crawl: It’s Sunday Funday in Plaza Midwood on Halloween with a bar crawl. Legion also has free tarot card readings. 5-9pm. Free. Details.

Sunday $4 Mimosa Madness at Protagonist: Spend your Sunday sipping $4 mimosas. Choose from orange, pomegranate, cranberry, and grapefruit juice. All day. $4/drink. Details.

Rosemont Manor Haunt 2021 at 2100 block of East 5th St.: Expect a haunted house and spooky performances and decorations in the yard. Mask required for indoor portions. 6:30pm. Free, $5 donation toward SPCA appreciated. Details.

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