Thirteen great Halloween parties to go to in the Triad
By: Chelsea Daniels-McGirt and Katie Murawski
1. From Oct. 26-27 in Winston-Salem, head to Monstercade, located at 204 W. Acadia Ave., for two nights of Halloween festivities. On Friday, Monstercade is hosting “SlashDance: Drag and Dance,” from 9 p.m. to 2 am., where attendees dress as either victims or killers for a night of costumes, drinks, drag shows and dancing. Augustine Phillippe, Lolita Van Dank and Athena Phillippe will be performing and after DJ Misterbailey will slay the dance floor. The cover charge with a costume is $5, and $7 without. This party is for those 21 and up. On Saturday, come back for “Normageddon: Return of the Chads and Night of Preps.” Take a break from the weirdness of this spooky holiday and “don’t let the frat bros catch you at the quad wearing anything but pink-popped collars and golf hats.” New jam band Crizpy Melonz will be performing, along with a DJ set by TURBO KILLER & GUY NICE. This event is free and takes place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, visit both Facebook event pages.
2. On Oct. 26 in Greensboro, head on down to Boxcar Bar + Arcade for some wicked fun, and a wicked Halloween Party. It’s a dynamic duo for humans and their doggy friends! Enter your furry companion into the doggy costume contest from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to midnight you can enter yourself, or a group into one of four costume categories: Scariest, Funniest, Best Group, and Best Overall. The winner for the doggy contest will be announced at 7 p.m., and the winner in the adult category at 12 a.m. Boxcar will be brewing up a batch of spook-tacular drink specials, along with other fun activities. Not to mention the 100+ arcade-style games and 24 American drafts already in house; this party will be one you don’t want to miss! Check out this wicked Halloween party, located on 120 W Lewis St. For more information visit the Facebook event page.
3. On Oct. 27 in Greensboro, grab your pets, grab your best costumes and join the party downtown. Natty Greene’s Brewpub will be hosting their third annual Barks, Brews, and Boos bar crawl. Located 345 S. Elm St., the bar crawl will begin at 3 p.m. at Natty Greene’s. Participants along with their furry friends will crawl, Halloween style, to pet-friendly bars and restaurants downtown Greensboro. Participants are asked to meet back at Natty Greene’s at 6:30 p.m. for the pet costume contest, and games. All pet costume participants will receive a Barks, Brews, and Boos T-shirt, a custom pint-sleeve and exclusive specials at participating locations; along with entry into the pet costume contest. Participants will be judged on creativity, behavior, and coordination with their human’s costume. There will be first place prizes, as well as collars and leashes given to all costume contest participants. Anyone wanting to participate in the bar crawl only must be 21 years of age, and tickets are $10. For more details, visit the Facebook event page. One-hundred percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of Piedmont.
4. On Oct. 27 and 28 in Winston-Salem, take the kiddos and doggos to go trick-or-treating in the Downtown Arts District and Old Salem. On Saturday, head to Trade Street starting at noon and ending at 3 p.m. to participating shops for candy and treats. Participating shops include North Trade Street Arts /DADA Gallery & Office, Visual Index, Mast General Store, Center City Frame, Studio 7, Delurk Gallery, Art Connections, Eyes on Trade, Liberty Arts Coffee House, The UPS Store – Liberty Street, Reboot Arcade Bar and Sunnyside Mercantile. On Sunday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. take a stroll in Old Salem for an evening of costumes, candy and community hosted by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
5. On Oct. 28 in Greensboro, Greensboro Drag Brunch is back for a special Halloween brunch taking place at Bites + Pints Gastropub, located at 2503 Spring Garden St. With two seatings (at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), co-hosts Crystal Frost and Fuscia Rage along with Rose Jackson, HeidiNCloset, Shofonda Addams, Onyx Addams and Phil Voila will be performing. For tickets ($15 and $20) and more information, check out the website.
6. On Oct. 27 in Greensboro, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. comic book lovers should head to Ssalefish Comics, located at 1622 Stanley Rd. for Halloween Comic Fest 2018! According to the Facebook event page, the Halloween Comic Fest is like Free Comic Book Day, “but with even better weather.” This second annual event will offer 25 percent more free comics as well as a buy-two-get-one–free sale (on graphic novels, statues, action figures and back issues), and more visiting artists, decorations and “other goodies we can’t talk about just yet!” There will also be a costume contest for kids and adults. Attendees need to come in costume and have a staff member take their picture. Then on Sunday, those photos will be posted online for people to vote on. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. 7
7. On Oct. 27 in Greensboro, the third annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat will be from 3 to 5 p.m. All participating businesses will have an orange pumpkin in the window. “Those participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project will provide non-food items for kids with allergies – designated with a teal pumpkin in the window,” the Facebook event page states. The Greensboro Youth Council Ghoulash! will begin at 2 p.m. at Center City and LeBauer Parks, and will feature bounce houses, food trucks, a costume contest, games, arts and crafts, face painting and more before trick-or-treating starts. (For more information visit the website.) Participating businesses include 1618 Downtown, Antlers and Astronauts, Blue Denim, BohoBlu, Boxcar Bar + Arcade, Brew Peddlers, Cheesecakes by Alex, Crafted – the Art of the Taco, Crooked Tail Cat Cafe, Deep Roots Market, Dudley Cosmetology University, Fire Salon & Spa on Elm, Ghassan’s Fresh Mediterranean Eats, GreenHill, Greensboro Cultural Center, Greensboro History Museum, Grey’s Tavern, Horigan’s House of Taps ,Jacob Raymond Custom Jewelry, Just Be, Liberty Oak, Mellow Mushroom, Meraki Handmade NC, Natty Greene’s Brewpub, Pier Oyster Bar & Grille, Polish&Threads, Preyer Brewing Company, ReAligned, Scuppernong Books, Smith Street Diner, Something BARowed Candy Bar Stations, Sonder Mind and Body / The Well Cafe and Juice Bar, Terra Blue, The Biltmore Greensboro Hotel, The Christman Company, The Green Bean, Thousands O’ Prints, Triad Stage, Vintage to Vogue Boutique, Vivid Interiors, and Wrangler Pop-Up Store.
8. On Oct. 27 in Greensboro, from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. head to Little Brother Brewing, located at 348 S. Elm St., for their Monster Mash and Halloween doggy party. There will be two costume contests (one for humans at 9 p.m. and one for dogs at 7 p.m.) and chances to win a $50 gift card from The Natural Dog and a $100 gift card from Little Brother Brewing. There will be beer releases, face painting and a puppy adoption fair by Ruff Love Foster Care & Dog Rescue. There will be live music by Viva la Muerte, followed by a DJ set by Prez from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
9. On Oct. 27 and 28 in Greensboro, head to Shiners, located at 435 Dolley Madison Rd. Suite M, for two nights of Halloween fun. On Saturday, it’s Shiners’ sixth annual Zombie Prom from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Come dressed like it is your high school prom all over again, only this time with the option to come “zombified.” A zombie prom king and queen will be announced and crowned at the end of the night, which includes prizes from local sponsors. There will be other prizes and giveaways, along with free food, drink specials and live music by Zakky Khrist, Come Clean, Desired Redemption, Sir Plus, Rumy Da Beast, and Mightier Than Me. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9:30 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, the cover charge is $5 for ages 21 and up, and $10 for ages 18 and up (must have an ID to enter). On Oct. 28, Shiners will also be hosting Fetish After Dark with dynamic duo costume contest. “This contest is pet-friendly, so if you’re Batman, your dog can be Robin,” the Facebook event page states. “The winners must be a duo that makes sense…and will also receive a $25 bar tab!”
10. On Oct. 31 in Greensboro, be sure to check out the seventh annual Cosplay Competition from 6 to 9 p.m. at Geeksboro Battle Pub, located at 2618 Lawndale Dr. According to the Facebook event page, all cosplayers will be professionally photographed and posted online. Winners will be selected by who gets the most votes online and will get free coffee or soda for a year plus “supreme bragging rights.” Categories include Best Cosplay, Runner Up, Judges Award, Best Genderswap, Best Couple/Group, and more. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
11. On Oct. 31 in Greensboro, Smith & Edge and Sid Ranger will be hosting a Halloween Party + Costume Contest. With only a $5 cover at the door, Smith Edge will be providing the community with Halloween fun as unique as their bar. Located on 422 N. Edgeworth St., there will be snacks, drinks, and a fair share of tricks and treats. Live music will also be provided with a variety of musicians and musical styles. Greensboro natives, Tide Eyes, will fill the room with sounds of pop, funk, psychedelic, and electronic vibes. Also representing the hometown of Greensboro, one of a kind, Vega Varia, will move the body and soul with her unusual yet, melodic vocals. For more performers and details, check out the Facebook event page.
12. On Oct. 31 in Winston-Salem, spend Halloween at The Millennium Center, located at 101 W. Fifth St., for its annual Halloween Bash. This year, The Mantras are headlining and will be joined by Big Daddy Love and Marvelous Funkshun. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The bash is for ages 21 and up, there will be a cash bar with popular wine, beer and spirits. All attendees must have a valid ID at the door. No outside food or drinks, no backpacks or large bags, no weapons, drugs, or alcohol allowed in The Millennium Center. Tickets are $12 advance (until Oct. 30 at 11 p.m.), $15 day-of-show. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Please call (336) 723-3700 for all questions. Follow The Millennium Center on Facebook and Instagram or check out the website for more information.
13. On Oct. 31 in Greensboro, head to Joymongers, located at 576 N. Eugene St. for a very “Hoppy Halloween,” presented by IBERIABANK and Joymongers Brewing Co. There will be live music from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. by J. Timber + Joel Henry Band with special guests, free candy and beer pairings, and a costume contest. King-Queen Haitian Cuisine will be there from 6 to 9 p.m. and winners of the costume contests will receive gift cards and prizes ($25 for first place, $15 for runner-up and a pint glass for third place). “A member of Joymongers staff will be coming around taking names and information of costumed patrons throughout the night,” the Facebook event page states. “Best costumes will be announced at the end of the live music set at 10:30 p.m. Must be in attendance in to win!”