Halloween isn't just for little boys and ghouls. The National Retail Federation says 71.5 percent of America's adults celebrate Halloween, spending a scary $9 billion — yes, with a B — on all things Halloween.
Nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) of adults responding to the Federation's report said they plan to purchase or make a costume this Halloween. If you're among them, here are some Halloween parties you should consider haunting. Bring your photo ID; you must be 21 or older if you plan to drink "boos."
Halloween in the West Village
-Where: West Village, Eighth and Pine streets
-When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
-For more information: www.westvillagechattanooga.com
The popular, family-friendly street party in West Village takes on a Halloween theme with trick-or-treating, games for the kids and cocktails for mom and dad. The Cosmic Collective and Dr. B and the Ease will play. A new Halloween-themed laser show will be presented at 8 p.m.
-Where: Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View
-When: 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
-Admission: $15 Hunter members in advance, $20 nonmembers in advance; $25 for all at the door
-For more information: www.huntermuseum.org
Gather your friends for a night in the museum. This costume party will offer a trick-or-treat station, costume contest, cash bar and music by DGSM DJs, Fit of Body and Erika Glück.
Don't miss the chance to see a live torch painting demonstration by artist Hollie Berry, and an exclusive haunted mansion experience by Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga.
Guests must be 21 and older to attend; IDs required.
Note: There will be no on-site parking. Catch a lift with Lyft or Uber.
-Where: Matilda Midnight in the Dwell Hotel, 120 E. 10th St.
-When: 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
-Admission: $15, includes one drink
-For more information: 423-267-7866
Dress in your best prom attire from any era to attend this murder-mystery party. Jules O'Drapes, Dwell High School prom queen, has been found murdered. There are no suspects, but everybody at the party is being questioned.
Night of Fright: Spooktacular Gala
-Where: 901 Lindsay St.
-When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
-Admission: $60, must be 21 or older
-For more information: kcdesign.online
This new Halloween-themed costume party will feature a costume contest with prizes and live music inspired by the movie "Hocus Pocus."
Entertainment will be provided by Magic Lamp Entertainment. A Pick Your Poison beer and wine bar will be offered with signature cocktails from London Calling. Food will be catered by A Silverware Affair.
This party is the debut event of Keegan Chitwood Events and Design. Chitwood is active in local theater productions and a graduate of the New York Institute of Art+Design. Proceeds from the party will benefit the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation, which awards college scholarships to children of breast cancer patients.
Puppy Brunch and Block Party
-Where: Chattanooga Brewing Co., 1804 Chestnut St.
-When: Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28
-For more information: 423-702-9958
Cuteness overload ahead: puppies in costumes.
Chattanooga Brewing is partnering with the Humane Educational Society for an afternoon brunch menu of handhelds and beermosas. There will be prizes for the top three puppy costumes, and guests are asked to bring old blankets and towels for donation to HES.
Sparkle City Disco & DJ Burn One
-Where: The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St.
-When: 8 p.m. doors open, 9 p.m. show Friday, Oct. 26
-For more information: www.thesignaltn.com
Sparkle City Disco is Nashville's premiere group of vinyl disco DJs. DJ Burn One is an Atlanta-based producer.
This is a costume party with specific rules. Guests must be identifiable upon entry. Masks and face paint are allowed if security staff can still match your appearance with your photo ID. Strikeforce Promotions reserves the right to deny entry to anyone who can't be ID'd or is dressed in an inappropriate manner.
No props— such as handheld items, staffs, plastic weapons — are allowed. No spiked jewelry, chains or weapons (real or costume). Also, no re-entry if you leave.
Contact Susan Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 4230757-6284.