Too old for trick-or-treating, but looking for the best adult Halloween parties in the Raleigh area this year? Throughout the cities of the Triangle — Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh — numerous events will be held from October 29th – 31st — to accommodate the many partygoers living in the area. Check out our list of the best clubs and parties, offering a fabulous time during Halloween weekend in the Triangle.
Raleigh, NC Halloween Parties & Events 2010
Friday, October 29th
The Ugly Monkey Party Bar — Singles and couples are encouraged to come out dressed in their Halloween best, for an evening of fun and excitement. Party officially begins around 10 PM, when the DJ starts spinning. A unique bar to begin your Friday night exploration of downtown Raleigh! No cover.
Trim — Come out and rock your hottest “80s” attire in Trim’s fashionable atmosphere. This party kicks off the popular venue’s 3 days of events for Halloween.
Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Restaurant — Creepy Crawlers Halloween Monster Bar Crawl is $7 without costume and $5 with costume. Event registration is at Isaac Hunter’s & The Oxford from 8-9pm. The Crawl starts at 9pm. Free Entry into all of the participating bars — The Big Easy, Isaac Hunters, Woody’s, Landmark Tavern, The Oxford, Tir Na Nog, & The Busy Bee Cafe. 2 different Bar Routes for the duration of the Monster Bar Crawl.
$250 in Prizes —
$100 Best Costume
$100 Best Duo
$50 Most Creative
Carmen’s Cuban Cafe — Offering margarita drink specials and costume prizes, the ‘Sexy Angels & Devils Part III’ Halloween Party is the perfect spot, for practicing your latin dancing skills on Friday.
Saturday, October 30th
Solas — Attend the “Naughty or Nice” Halloween party at Solas. Relax in ‘heavenly’ splendor at the rooftop lounge, or head downstairs to the second floor to experience the ‘naughty’ underworld with other partygoers. Offering over $1000 in prizes for best costumes that evening. Event will feature a DJ and drink specials for guests. Cover is $10.
Bogart’s, Hi5 and Red Room — Pay a $10 cover after 9 PM, for entry into all 3 great venues, which are conveniently located in the same building. Arrive early for a delicious dinner at Red Room or Bogart’s, and stay late for the fabulous party. Or simply arrive later for the festivities. Offering over $4,000 in prizes at their Halloween bash thrown in conjunction with radio station G105. Costume contest check-in area is Bogart’s patio from 9 PM until 12 AM. Prizes for —
-$1000 Best Overall Individual Costume
-$1000 Best Overall Group
-$500 Best Celebrity Look-a-Like
-$500 Best Super Hero
-$500 Best Couple
-$500 Best Jersey Shore
Trim — The chic underground club in downtown Raleigh will celebrate the realm of the undead, on the Saturday of Halloween weekend. $10 cover and 21+ crowd. $500 cash prize for the best group costume of the evening. If you wear a black leather vampire themed costume you receive 1/2 off the cover charge.
Mosaic — The stylish wine bar and lounge with Moroccan-inspired interior will feature a costume contest along with prizes. If wine is not your cup of tea, enjoy one of their tasty martinis or cocktails. Hit up the dance floor in this popular downtown venue, while sporting your Halloween attire.
Napper Tandy’s — Halloween party will offer $1000 in prizes!
Jibarra — If you love Salsa, Reggaetown, House, Hip-Hip and Top 40s — the party at Jibarra will be ideal. Ladies get in free before 11PM. $10 cover. Offering cash prizes for the sexiest and most creative costumes of the night.
The Men’s Club — Although this is a popular “gentlemen’s club” in the city, couples are encouraged to come out and celebrate at their 1st Annual Masquerade Event. Featuring cash prizes, body painting, burlesque performances and of course “adult” entertainment. Costumes and masks (or face painting) required for entry into the event.
Sunday, October 31st
The Pour House Music Hall — Halloween Costume Ball.
CHERUBS 2010 Angel Ball. If you are interested in attending a ball this year, “Masquerading Angels” in Durham, NC presents one of the best options. The formal black and white masquerade ball will be held at the Hilton near Duke University on October 30th. Organized by “CHERUBS – The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support. CHERUBS is the original CDH non-profit organization founded in 1995 to help families and medical care providers of children born with CDH.” You must be 21 or older to attend the event. Tickets are $50.00, and include event entry with access to the auction, ballroom, casino and additional features.
Chapel Hill, NC
Homegrown Halloween. Years ago, after a certain time of night, kids would be safely tucked in at home, and Franklin St. in Chapel Hill became an all adult party known as Homegrown Halloween. Perhaps it signified a parade of sorts, because people roamed down the long thoroughfare in every make and model of costume imaginable. In the past, Homegrown Halloween represented a unique tradition in the college town — attracting around 80,000 students, locals and visitors, who would flock to the downtown area for the exciting celebration. In recent years, due to public safety concerns, the city has intentionally downsized the event making it less appealing to outsiders (non-locals). People can still have a great time in Chapel Hill, but Halloween in the college town is definitely not on the scale of what it was in the past. Why? It is much more challenging to reach the gathering, due to limited parking, and the fact that no bus shuttles are running from the park & ride lots. If you do decide to join in the Franklin St. revelry on October 31st 2010, loads of bars and clubs line the street offering fun times for all. Check out the Homegrown Halloween link for additional info.
Notes: List updated as needed before Halloween. If your venue is not listed and you are having a special event Halloween weekend, please e-mail me with the details or post it in the comments section.
CHERUBS 2010 Angel Ball