Halloween is one of our favorite holidays for several reasons, but mainly because it offers an excuse to dress up in weird clothing and eat/drink ourselves silly.

With the actual Halloween holiday falling on a Monday, many local establishments are hosting parties and Halloween-themed events the weekend before.

Nooga.com takes a look at some of the best potions for your Halloween this year with our annual party guide. All the events encourage costumes (because why not?). And, of course, be sure to keep the drinking at a responsible level. There’s no easier way to become an unwanted internet meme than losing the contents of your stomach in public while dressed in a stupid costume.


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Hogwarts Masquerade at Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place invites all wizards, witches and fantastical creatures to a Harry Potter Hogwarts Masquerade Friday night. The kid-friendly event offers everything you could want, from storytime, prizes and contests to Honeydukes and Hogsmeade. Click here for more information. All ages are invited to participate.

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m.
Where: 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
How much: Free

Frightening Ass Film Festival 6
Many of us enjoy partying on Halloween, but it’s perfectly natural to lean toward cozying up with a scary movie, too. Why not have both? The same folks who bring us the Chattanooga Film Festival in April offer the city’s most prestigious (and scary/weird) horror movie festival on Halloween weekend each year. The all-day festival includes movies, art, comedy, food trucks and live music. Click here for weekend passes to all the events or individual tickets (if available) to each of the events.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 11-3 a.m.
Where: 100 W. Main St.
How much: $35 for an all-access pass

Horrorshow at Swine Gallery
In conjunction with the Frightening Ass Film Festival, local artists have submitted work based on the theme of “horror.” Submitted work will be on display during the film festival.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 11-3 a.m.
Where: 100 W. Main St.
How much: Free

Blackberry Smoke at Memorial Auditorium
Hey, it’s not specifically a Halloween event, but the members of Blackberry Smoke look like they’re wearing costumes onstage, anyway. The Southern rock band will bring their Like an Arrow Tour to the Tivoli Theatre on Friday, and it might as well be a party. Plus, you can catch the show and enjoy the rest of the festivities happening around town. Click here for tickets.

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Where: 709 Broad St.
How much: $34.50-$49.50

Backup Planet at Revelry Room
Backup Planet returns to Revelry Room with their mix of jazz, funk, roots, blues and electronic music. Like the above Blackberry Smoke concert, this event isn’t necessarily a “Halloween” event, but I’m sure they won’t mind if you wear a costume and act a fool. The band will be joined by Maradeen. Click here for more information.

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m.
Where: 41 E. 14th St.
How much: $10

Here Come the Mummies with Peelander-Z
The mummy is often considered one of the lesser of the classic horror monsters, but Here Come the Mummies might change your mind. The eight-piece funk band is the quintessential “dance all night, don’t care” band, and their “terrifying funk from beyond the grave” is sure to get you moving. But if that weren’t weird enough, the completely wild Peelander-Z will also perform. It’s hard to think of a better Halloween double bill than this.

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $25-$30

The Harvest Moon Storyland Maze
The Tennessee Riverpark on Amnicola Highway will host the Harvest Moon Storyland Maze for families on Friday and Saturday evenings. Formerly the Hamilton County Maze, the event is produced by Read 20 and Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. Families will interact with characters from fairy tales and stories, enjoy bounce houses, pet animals at the petting zoo and, of course, ride the Storyland Cow Train. Click here for more information.

When: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Tennessee Riverpark
How much: $1-$5

Creepy Freaky Friday at JJ’s Bohemia
JJ’s Bohemia will offer three bands and a huge “creepy” dance party to celebrate Halloween. Costumes are highly encouraged, and the theme of the party is “Rob Zombie-inspired.” Expect fake blood and makeup for those who want to participate. Tickets are $7. Performers are Heatherly, Stratton Tingle and Caney Village.

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 10 p.m.
Where: 231 E. M.L. King Blvd.
How much: $10

Halloween at Revelry Room: Strung Like a Horse, Nick Lutsko and Genki Genki Panic
Halloween doesn’t get much better than this local triple bill at Revelry Room. Headlining is the always-entertaining Strung Like a Horse, whose penchant for horror themes runs deep. You’ll also get to see Nick Lutsko and The Gimmix, who are always in costume, anyway. Genki Genki Panic is what happens when surf rock meets zombies. Click here for tickets.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
Where: 41 E. 14th St.
How much: $15

Clyde’s on Main: Danimal Planet, Masseuse and the Southern Belles
Clyde’s will present a good old-fashioned Halloween show with the Southern Belles, Masseuse and Danimal Planet at 10 p.m. The popular Southside restaurant and venue is always busy on weekends, but add Halloween to the mix and you can imagine how crazy it will become. Tickets are available at the door.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 p.m.
Where: 122 W. Main St.
How much: $5-$10

Art 120: Dia de los Muertos
Art 120 will co-host a Day of the Dead celebration featuring El Mercado Latinoamericano Chattanooga. Guests can expect artists, performers and vendors during the fair. An art drive will benefit The Howard School, along with an art auction to benefit artists and Art 120. This is a family-friendly event at Art 120 Studios on the Southside.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 12-6 p.m.

Where: 1511 Williams St.
How much: Free

Halloween at Embargo 62
Embargo 62 hosts a Cuban-themed costume contest and party for Halloween. Prizes will be cash and gift cards. Beginning at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy delicious food and music by “old-school mix” DJ Scooter.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Where: 301 Cherokee Blvd.
How much: Free

Ceniza Lounge Halloween events
Ooltewah’s Ceniza Lounge will host Halloween Soiree Saturday night with a live jazz band, dancing and a DJ. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. In the adjacent lounge, costumed guests can win prizes and gift cards. The costume contest and lounge affair begin at 8 p.m.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Where: 9454 Bradmore Lane
How much: Free

AquaScarium at Tennessee Aquarium
Trick-or-treating at the Tennessee Aquarium? Yes, please. The annual AquaScarium event welcomes kids in costume for an evening of “spooky” adventures and free candy inside the aquarium. Guests will experience haunted galleries, candy stations and the new Monster Fish exhibition. This event typically sells out in advance. Be sure to register early here.

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 4-8:30 p.m.
Where: 1 Broad St.
How much: Click here

Ziggy’s Halloween Bash
Ziggy’s offers a ton of bands for your Halloween partygoing. Bands include Infidel, Silver Tongued Devilz and Corpsewax Dollies. This one promise to be weird, with “morbid cabaret dance” and “slime wrestling.” There’s also a costume contest. Admission is $5.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m.
Where: 607 Cherokee Blvd.
How much: $5

The Monster Bash at Bessie Smith Cultural Center
The Monster Bash, presented by Baker’s Barber College and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, is a free event open to children 14 and under. Expect candy and costumes and prizes. Activities take place from 3 to 7 p.m.

When: Sunday, Oct. 30, 3-7 p.m.
Where: 200 M.L. King Blvd.
How much: Free

Haunted Market
The Chattanooga Market invites young ghouls and goblins to trick or treat during the annual Haunted Market. Three costume parades for all ages will take place at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. As always, market vendors will have fall produce, pumpkins, local art and unique gifts for early holiday shopping.

When: Sunday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
How much: Free

The Midnight Zone at Matilda Midnight
Matilda Midnight welcomes you into a strange place, a place where memory and time intersect in strange worlds. Cutlass Cult will be setting the mood with creepy tunes, and the venue will be decked out in Halloween décor. This is a grown-up party for adults only with a “Twilight Zone” theme. Enjoy cocktails, delicious food and more. Click here for more information.

When: Sunday, Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m.
Where: 120 E. 10th St.
How much: Varies

Halloween with Moon Taxi
You’ve seen them on “Conan,” and they return to Chattanooga for the Halloween Bash with Moon Taxi at Track 29. Being that Halloween is on a Monday this year, this concert is the perfect way to celebrate if you have any gas left in the party tank. Moon Taxi will be joined by Big Something at 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

When: Monday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $25-$28

Highland Park’s Haunted Alleyway
A typical alleywayinside Highland Park will be converted into a terrifying, zombie-filled haunted thoroughfare on Halloween. Designed for trick-or-treaters, the haunted alleyway will take place from6 to 9 p.m. Neighborhood volunteers will be dressed in costume, ready to add a little scary to your evening of indulgence. Watch a preview trailerhere.

When:Monday, Oct. 31,6-9 p.m.
Where: 1800 block of Duncan/Chamberlain avenues
How much: Free

Updated @ 3:19 p.m. on 10/24/16.
Updated @ 10:01 a.m. on 10/26/16.