By: Shannon McCauley
If I could pick just one season to live in, it would be Fall. At the risk of sounding basic, I absolutely love this time of year. The crisp air, crackling bonfires, pretty falling leaves, getting to wear cozy sweaters and boots, football, pumpkin patches (ok, pumpkin EVERYTHING!) corn mazes, haunted houses, costume parties, trick-or-treating, scary movie marathons. It’s only natural that one of my favorite holidays would be Halloween! Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to commemorate it and this season here in Charlotte.
If you’re like me and ready to start planning your celebrations, read on for your ultimate guide to a Queen City Fall-oween!
For the Spirit Seekers & Daredevils
Dark History Walking Tour
October 8th and 14th at 6pm, $5
Take an Uptown storytelling adventure through the dark history of Charlotte. Topics include: The Crime of the Century, Charlotte’s secret gold mines, Settlers Cemetery’s Gray Lady, Charlotte’s speakeasies, the ghost of the Carolina Theater, Charlotte’s earliest mortgage scam, and the bodysnatching business in Charlotte. This tour takes about 1-1.5 hours. Purchase tickets here.
Nightmare in Elmwood Tour
October 21st, 29th, and 30th at 7pm, $10
Wander through the Pinewood Cemetery with impressive monuments and 160 years of Charlotte history. The stories are funny, tragic, spooky and exciting. Bring a flashlight! Purchase tickets here.
NoDa Ghosts & Legends Walking Tour
October 15th runs every 15 minutes starting at 6:30pm to 11pm, FREE
Hear about the rich history, colorful ghosts and the spirits that still haunt NoDa on this guided walking tour of neighborhood. Pre-registration is not required - just show up and enjoy the night. Tours leave approximately every 15 minutes from the corner of N. Davidson and 36th Street and last about one hour.
Uptown Haunted Ghost Tour
October 12th-Nov 1st (Select Dates) 7pm, $25
By eerie candlelight, take part in a walking tour of some of Charlotte's spookiest places and hear some of the Queen City's oldest ghost stories from an authentic, in period costumed storyteller from The Get Dead Crew. Tour begins and ends at Ri' Ra' Irish pub, where they will have festive food and drink specials. Purchase tickets here.
Ghost Walk Haunted Trail at Historic Latta Plantation
October 21st & 22nd at 7pm, $10
The plantation is turned into a frightening sight once the moon rises over the forest and the spooks come out at night. Those who dare must come aware that the haunted trail is outdoors and unsafe for children under 8. Website.
Paranormal Grounds Investigation at the Historic Rosedale Plantation
October 21st 6:30-8pm, October 22nd 6:30-8pm or 9-11pm, $15 (there is an 11:30-12:30am time slot on this evening referred to as Midnight in the Garden which costs $25)
Join professional ghost hunters as they take groups of no more than 20 guests through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year old plantation, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will use the latest technology in partnership with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society. Their team will lead the investigation. Please wear flat, quiet comfortable shoes and bring a small twist top flashlight. You never know what you may find... or what may find you! Purchase tickets here.
The Spirits of Rosedale Plantation
October 28th and October 29th starting at 7pm
Visitors are taken on a night tour through the plantation home’s first floor, kitchen basement, and gardens to learn about the spirits that are still said to reside there. Rosedale’s theatrical production team presents this family-friendly Halloween production appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up. Tour is approximately 45 minutes. Purchase tickets here.
Select Nights September 16 - October 30, $25-50
Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” to a “scream park” – the Carolinas' largest Halloween event. Experience over 16 different haunted shows and attractions. Purchase tickets here.
The 13th Acre Haunted Trail
September 30th – October 29th Friday & Saturday nights, $11
Flip flops and children under 8 not recommended. Watch the promotional video and get directions here.
(Rock Hill, SC) October 8th through the 29th Friday & Saturday Nights, $25
A truly unique Halloween experience! The zombie apocalypse has begun and a giant horde is making its way to Charlotte! Help save the city and join the resistance in a ZRV (Zombie Response Vehicle) equipped with paintball guns. Purchase tickets here.
Carolina History & Haunts
Select dates and times, $15
On this historic, ghostly walking tour in uptown Charlotte, you'll be guided by lantern light, listening to the stories and haunts of local history. Explore the sites where some of Uptown's departed inhabitants are said to still linger. See some of Charlotte's famous and sometimes infamous landmarks, and learn how the ghostly past has shaped the city of Charlotte today. Purchase tickets here.
Queen City Ghost Tours
Select dates and times, $15
From the Revolutionary War in the 1770's and 1780's to the Civil War in the 1860's and until today, creepy tales and hauntings linger in the abyss of antebellum homes, cemeteries, hospitals and streets of the Queen City. Warning: This tour is family friendly and includes potential non-violent non-contact scary events, not recommended for children under 8. Limited Seating -- Reservations Required – Website.
Kings Mountain Ghost Tour
Oct 15th 7-10pm, $5-20
Experience a terror filled journey through the darkness, hearing accounts of militiamen, surgeons, and everyday common folk. In the heart pounding ending, find yourself in the explosions of the Battle of Kings Mountain. *This tour is wheelchair accessible!* Purchase tickets here.
Select dates and times in October, $22
All the thrills and chills of the Halloween season in a one of a kind campground of horrors. Explore the old farm house and haunted woods behind the campground and come face to face with your worst nightmares! Not recommended for children under 10. Website.
For the BOOzers (Ages 21+)
Halloween Inspired Craft Cocktail Class
October 12th 7-9:30pm, $55
Learn how to master essential cocktail making techniques for the aspiring at-home bartender. These sophisticated Halloween-inspired cocktails are designed to delight your party guests. Ticket price includes: Hands-on professional instruction, personal cocktail stations with bar tools (shaker, jigger, muddler, strainer) 3 cocktails, paired food for each cocktail provided by NoCA Uptown, and take home recipes. Purchase tickets here.
Charlotte's Zombie Bar-ocalypse
October 15th 6pm, $10-30
Charlotte's ONLY interactive bar crawl! Avoid being "attacked" by zombies and make it to each stop along the crawl. Should you be infected by a zombie, report back to tilt on trade to receive your free basic zombie make over by professional makeup artists! Can you survive? Purchase tickets here.
11th Annual Halloween Howler Bar Crawl
October 22nd5pm-2am, $10-20
The largest Halloween Bar Crawl in Charlotte! You will be given an event wristband at check in that will give you FREE ACCESS to ALL participating venues at the EpiCentre. It isrecommended to check in EARLY! Last year the EpiCentre was packed by midnight. Participating Venues: Bubble, Blackfinn, Vida, Vida Vida, Suite, Rooftop 210, Howl at the Moon, Tin Roof, Whisky River, Wild Wing Cafe, Strike City. Last year's attendance: 4,168! Sponsored by Modelo Especial & Larceny Bourbon: both on special at all participating venues! Costume contests at each venue! 21+. No Refunds. Do NOT drink and drive. Use Uber or Yellow Cab to get home safely. Purchase tickets here.
Awesome Adventures Meetup Halloween Bar Crawl at the Epicenter
Oct 28th 7-11:30pm, $20
The 3rd annual Halloween Bar Crawl at the Epicentre! This is the only bar crawl in Charlotte where everyone is going to get appetizers, 3 drinks included, free cover into multiple places in the Epicentre, and an epic afterparty. There will also be costume competitions that night. Cost is $15 if you prepay online with the Early Bird Special through Eventbrite, $20 for Day of the event tickets, or $20 Cash if you pay at the event. Event is hosted by Awesome Random Adventures with over 7,500 members. You can find out more about the group at adventuresincharlotte.com. Purchase tickets here.
The Peculiar Rabbit Octoberfest
Oct 9th-10th, 12pm
Live music. $25 Octoberfest package. $50 collectible 2L glass boot. $14 glass stein. $4 jager shots in collectible glass. Giant pretzels. Raffle prizes and much more! Facebook event link.
Cocktails & Costumes Halloween Party
October 28th 9pm-2am, FREE
Love partying with the hottest professional's in Charlotte? You’ll enjoy the MGH LIFE “OFFICIAL” 2016 Halloween Costume Party at the NC Music Factory! DJ, dancing, prizes, and drink specials. 1st, 2nd, & 3rdPlace Prizes to the Best Costumes. $25 VIP Admission includes 2 Complimentary Drink Tickets & Dinner for 1. Purchase tickets here.
Rich & Bennett Biggest Halloween Crawl in the Southeast
October 29th 1-3pm, $20-30
The Biggest Halloween Crawl in the Southeast is BACK on Saturday, October 29, 2016 and better than ever. There will be 20+ bars involved throughout Uptown Charlotte and lined up great drink specials and at each of the bars. Cost is $20 at prepay events, $25 online, $30 day of and includes drink specials, event koozie, giveaways, costume contest, and entrance into Gravedigger's Ball featuring Afrojack!!! Purchase tickets here.
All Hallow's Twirl (ages 21+)
Costumes suggested for $500 prize contest, but not required. Music and entertainment. Purchase tickets here.
7th Annual Dogtoberfest
An Upscale Masquerade Affair: "Unmasking The Night" (Ages 25+)
October 29th 10pm-2am, $18-36
The Upscale Masquerade Affair will host young professionals from Charlotte and surrounding areas. With VIP section, VIP parking and champagne bar this event will be one to remember. Hosted at the Trolley Museum, signature drinks served by professional staff will ensure the party keeps flowing. This location was selected to support many of the small businesses in the area. A portion of the proceeds generated from the Upscale Masquerade Affair will be used towards a community service effort to feed those at the Men's Shelter of Charlotte during the Thanksgiving season in a VIP way. If you can't attend, your donations will still help to make these men feel like VIPs! Purchase tickets here.
Birdsong Haunted Brewery Tour & MexiCali Stout Release
October 29th 12pm-10pm, FREE
2nd Annual Halloween event - Brewery tours are pretty awesome on their own, but can you imagine a HAUNTED brewey tour? On top of transforming the entire production area into a haunted house/brewery, Birdsong is releasing MexiCali Stout (a delicious dark stout brewed with locally roasted coffee from Central Coffee, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and serrano chile peppers) & awarding special prizes for most creative costumes! Haunted brewery tours will be free of charge & start at 6:30PM, running every 45 minutes until closing time! (Yes, they will be scary and crazy brewery employees might pop out and scare you). It is recommended that you show up at least 30 minutes before the tour you would like to go on in order to secure a spot!
Rocky River Vineyards Hall-O-Wine Festival
October 29th 12-8pm
Dry-sweet wine served, specialty wine tastings and pairings, live music, food trucks, local vendors and artisans, Halloween themed costume contests, and so much more! Website.
Flashback to the 80's Halloween Dance Party
October 29th 10pm, FREE
Join Mortimer’s Pub for an 80’s style Halloween party with DJ Chase Morgan! No cover for this event. Website.
A Nightmare on 5th Street
October 29th 10pm, FREE
Join Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar for a Nightmare on 5th Street! Hosted by Freddy Krueger and DJ FreakyParty. No cover for this event. Website.
Kiss 95.1 Grave Diggers Ball
October 29th 6-11pm, $10-25 (Ages 18+)
Grave Diggers Ball turns the Queen City into the Scream City every October with the area's largest costume contest, DJs and live music performances by chart-topping acts. GDB has garnered national attention as one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the country and has cemented itself as an annual Charlotte institution. Rain or Shine - All sales are final - No refunds. Purchase tickets here.
Abari Monster Bash
Oct 29 12pm-2am, FREE(kids allowed earlier in the day with costume contest at 4pm)
Join Abari Game Bar for one of their favorite holidays! Dress up, play spooky games, and jam out to music! Most horror free games will be on free play all weekend long including: Ghostbusters, Monster Bash, Revenge From Mars, Scared Stiff, Carnevil and more! Prizes awarded for best costumes. Facebook event link.
Howl-o-Ween Pet Party
Oct 30th 1-4pm, FREE
Festive Fundraiser for the Greater Charlotte SPCA at the Pet Wants Charlotte Urban Feed Store. There will be a costume contest, raffle prizes, food trucks, pet adoption and beer! Facebook Event link.
Pints & Puppies Pub Crawl
October 9th 1:30-4:30, $20
City Social will be taking you and your pup on the “Pup Crawl”, stopping at all the best outdoor patios the street has to offer! We will have great drink specials at all the best spots on Montford: Ten Park Lanes, Angry Ale's, Brazwell's and Duckworth's. Embrace the Halloween Theme and dress your dog in a creative costume to show off! A portion of the proceeds will be going to Greater Charlotte SPCA and we will be accepting additional donations to raise money and support for their great cause! Purchase tickets here.
Halloween Barn Dance
Oct 21st 8pm-1am, $6 cover
Mosey on down to Lynne's Dance Club for Southern Country Charlotte's spooktacular barn dance! DJ will be spinning favorite country hits even zombies can't resist two-steppin' and line dancin' to. Facebook link.
Full Moon Fest at Flight
Oct 15th 5-10pm , $15-20
Flight’s first Full Moon Fest in the alley! Full moons call for full beers (naturally), so we have partnered with 10 local breweries to bring you the latest and greatest beer selections in the QC! Enjoy a few hours of sampling, bar games, live music and more for just $20! Purchase tickets here.
Halloween Bash at Fox & Hound
Oct 30th 10pm-2am
Karaoke, beer pong, and costume contest! Facebook link.
Bar Crawl - Crawloween
Oct 29th 5-11pm, FREE
$500 cash prize for best costume! Once you join the Crawl you must stay til the end. You'll spend almost an hour at each bar and are responsible for your own tab. Each bar will have drink/food specials for crawlers only. Winners must be present at the end to receive prize. Facebook link.
Dreamchaser's Brewery October Sip n' Shop
Oct 21st 5-9pm, FREE
Enjoy local delicious Waxhaw craft beer, a beautiful fall night and shopping! Facebook link.
Boo Bash at Coyote Joe's
Live entertainment and Costume contest with $1,800 in cash prizes! ($1,000 first place, $500 second place, $200 third place, $100 fourth place) Facebook link.
For the Trick-Or-EATERS
Remember the Gh'oul Times - Haunted Food Truck Festival
October 22nd, 6pm-10pm, FREE
The Charlotte Open Air Market will be hosting the annual Haunted Food Truck Festival. There will be a stage with live music, outdoor drive in style movie showings of classic horror films, face painting, games, and much, much more. Website.
Murder Mystery Dinner
(Concord, NC) October 22nd 6:30pm, $35
Become an Investigator and help the Detective figure out "WHODUNIT!" with a catered dinner by 2 Gals Kitchen. Wine is not included. Get your tickets early as the last one was a sell-out! Website.
Halloween Bash at Fox & Hound
Oct 30th 10pm-2am
Karaoke, beer pong, and costume contest! Facebook link.
Halloween Treats Cooking Class at Bar Cocoa
October 29th 8:30am -12:30pm, $100
Work alongside one of the award-winning chefs of Bar Cocoa to learn cooking techniques and prepare Halloween cupcakes, ghost cupcakes, and candy apples. Savor the creations, receive complimentary parking, a recipe collection and keepsake apron as part of the $100 class fee. Website.
Fall feast at Bean Vegan Cuisine
A fall dinner fundraiser to support the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Facebook link.
Autumn Treasures Grill'n & Chill'n Festival
Oct 9th 11am-6pm, FREE
(10/8 cancelled due to weather) Local crafters, musicians, and barbecue cooking teams. Kid's zone with inflatables, carnival rides, pony rides, petting zoo, entertainment stage and crafts. Facebook link.
For the Monster Dashers
Running Scared 5 miler & Monster Mile
October 29th 9am, $25-50
Don’t miss the Inaugural Running Scared 5 Miler and Monster Mile. Don up your costume and lace up your running shoes for a high-speed parade of superheroes, zombies, and foam beer bottles. Costume Contest, performance shirts, custom bibs, finisher medals, etc. Following the running events, there will be food trucks, a beer garden, kids’ area, and entertainment. Register here.
Hero Run 5k & 1k Fun Run
October 29th 8am, $10-$25, $25-$50
Runners, walkers and families of all sizes are invited to participate dressed as their favorite super hero. Proceeds from this event will go to the Charlotte Bridge Home to support our local, Charlotte veterans. Run for your hero! Register here.
For the Creepy Crafters
Harvest in the Haven
October 23rd 10am-5pm, $15-20
Have you ever built a Bird Feeder Scarecrow? Well, come on over to the Children's Garden at Wing Haven and learn how! We invite families to gather in the Children's Garden for a take-home Pumpkin Craft, Spider Hunt, Spooky Scavenger Hunt, and more. Festive refreshments will be served. Recommended for children ages 10 and under and their families. Register here.
Studio Cellar Fall Fest
October 22nd 12pm – 11pm
Studio Cellar Charlotte’s first annual Fall Fest! Purchase a pumpkin to paint in the Studio! Additonal Fall crafts offered for kids, photo opportunities with Halloween props, face painting, Trick or Treat candy, Halloween music & all the Fall feels that you can take. Offering 3 Spooky, Instructor-lead Paint Classes and the studio will still be open for freestyle, anytime without reservations! Local beer, cider, wine, and soda served on location. COSTUMES ENCOURAGED! Website.
Zombie Makeup Workshop
October 22nd 11am, $15
Megan Grant and the Get Dead Crew, LLC will be doing a live 1-hour zombie make-up workshop. Students will get to watch a detailed zombie demo (takes about 20-25 mins) followed by a Q&A while materials get dispersed. Students can then partner up and practice on a consenting friend or themselves! Students will also be able to practice prosthetics using LATEX. Sign up here.
Pumpkin Carving Competition
October 30th 4-7pm, $18 advance, $22 at door, $5 kids 11 and under FREE
Once again, Piedmont Culinary Guild is bringing together the area’s best chefs, farmers, mixologists, food artisans, food educators, and other culinary professionals to see who the best pumpkin carver in the region is! You will vote to see who gets the title of CARVED 2016 Champion! A full slate of farming demos, games, raffles, and other surprises make this day fun for the whole family! Your ticket includes, entrance to the event, a souvenir Carved 2016 cup, one Lenny Boy beverage (with supplied ticket) and one voting ticket – which doubles as an entry to the Carved raffle to win one of the carved pumpkins created at the event. Kids who bring a pumpkin they carved themselves get in for free! Purchase tickets here.
For the Fright-Free Families
Safety Around Water Splash & Spooktacular
October 21st 6-8:30pm, $25-50
Join the University City YMCA for a fun family event. All proceeds will be donated to YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s Safety Around Water program. Dinner and fun Halloween activities will be provided for adults and children. Costume contest and raffle for all donors with great prizes. Pool games facilitated by University City Y swim instructors. Bring your bathing suit! RSVP for the event here.
Fall Festival hosted by Greater Life Chiropractic
October 15th 12-4pm, FREE
Join GLC in their 1st annual Fall Festival! Food trucks, pumpkin painting, bouncy houses, hay rides, raffle, vendors. Register here.
GUTS; Creatives Carving Wishes
October 22nd 2-4:30pm, $10, 12 and under FREE
The competition features local and regional creative professionals that want to test their pumpkin carving skills, and raise money for the brave kids of Make-A-Wish. The day includes watching live and action-filled pumpkin carving, music, voting, craft beer, a photo booth, trick-or-treating for the kids, and a special appearance by a local wish kid! And, the creatively carved pumpkins will be available for sale with all of the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Central and Western NC. Purchase tickets here.
Finders Keepers Market
Oct 9th 1-6pm, FREE
Shop local vendors and drink local beer at this festive market! Facebook link.
Stowe Family YMCA Fall Festival
Face painting, trunk or treating, game booths, haunted bus, hay rides and more! Facebook link.
Busy Family Festival and Costume Swap
Oct 16th 1-5pm
Bounce houses, face pairing, t-shirts and swag bag giveaways, and more! Bring last year's costume to swap out with a new one! Facebook link.
Hoot and Howl
October 29th 11am-3pm, FREE with price of regular admission
A Carolina Raptor Center celebration held on the traditional Dia de Los Muertos that remembers extinct species with Calaveras (poems/epitaphs), making paper flowers, engaging in traditional face painting and exploring the sugar skull tradition. We'll also include some traditional Halloween games and crafts including a costume contest, pumpkin painting, Trick or Treating and making paper plate skeletons. At 11 am, enjoy the Meet the Raptors, owl edition on our Festival area stage, 12:30 pm is feeding time for our resident "death eaters," the Vultures, and at 2-3 pm activities on the Raptor Trail. Website.
Autumn at Atherton
Oct 22nd 2-6pm, FREE
A festive market complete with a scavenger hunt raffle, tastings, balloon animals, face painting and much more! Facebook link.
Huntersville Fall Fest
Oct 15th 10am-4pm, FREE
Join in the fun at the 4th annual Community Huntersville Fall Festival. Enjoy the carnival games and inflatables, register for a chance to win a silent auction baskets or shop at local artisan and craft booths. Those attending will enjoy children art & craft areas, hayrides, carnival games, local vendors, candied apples from Kilwins, pumpkins and more! Don't forget to stop by the Champion Sports Performance area for a little friendly competition. Mingle and listen to music entertainment sponsored by Vinyl PI! Come hungry! Local food vendors will be available and include Tenders, Smoke & Go, Vitos Pizza, New Wrap Order, Buffalo's Best, Kilwins, Fun Oh Cakes, Brady's Coffee, Clean Juice and Mike & Diana Shaved Ice. Dont forget to pick up a pumpkin and take it over to the pumpkin decorating booth! Website.
Candy Crawl Fall Festival
Oct 15th 4-9pm, FREE
Family fun with hayrides, music, face painting, games and bounce house. Wrap up the evening at dusk with a movie on the lawn (Zootopia!) and remember to bring your blankets and lawn chairs! Facebook link.
Hall-o-ween at the Hall
October 29th 5:30-9pm, $10
Bring your family for an evening of Halloween fun at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The event will feature trick-or-treating, crafts and games, a kid-friendly Halloween movie and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes to the event. RSVP here.
All Hallows Eve Family Day
October 29th 10am – 2pm, $8, Kids 5 and under FREE
Dress in your best Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat around the Latta Plantation. Play games, see historical demonstrations, meet the friendly farm animals while you visit. Children's costume awards will be given to The Best Historical Character, The Best Classical Storybook Character, The Best Farm Animal Costume, The Most Creative Costume, among others. Website.
Hodges Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
Sept. 24th -Oct 31st, FREE (charge for some activities)
Pumpkin patch, hay mountain, animals. Pony and hay rides on the weekends. Website.
The Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill
(Huntersville) Sept 10th– Nov6th, Fri-Sun, $8-$16
Get lost in a giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. One of the largest in the Southeast, the whole of Rural Hill's 265 acres is available to you and your group during maze hours - take a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn-hole, explore the historic site, play in mini-mazes, have a picnic, hike the trails, pick a pumpkin (in October,) & much, much more! Purchase tickets here.
Hall Family Farm Corn Maze
Select Dates Sept 16th –Nov 6th, $3-10 for various activities
The maze covers over 5 acres of land and features over 2 miles of interconnecting pathways and is sure to keep your family entertained! Don't think that's enough of a challenge? Then try the maze in the dark during a family friendly Friday or Saturday night outing - bring a flashlight and an appetite for adventure! You will also have access to the other family friendly activities available at the farm. Come pick a pumpkin, try the mini mazes, have a picnic, race the ducks with old-fashioned water pumps, or relax with a sing-a-long hayride. Website.
Pumpkin Patch Party
Oct 16th 11am-5pm, FREE
Food trucks, balloon artist, story telling, bubble act, strolling magician, pumpkin carving contest and prizes! Facebook link.
Aw Shucks Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Sept 16th-Nov 13th, activities: $8-$10 includes most activities; Some are extra.
Corn maze, hayrides, bonfires, grain bin slide, animal barn, and more. Website.
Oct 22nd 10am- 8pm, FREE
Handcrafted curiosities and eccentricities. Indoor event, open rain or shine! Website.
October 29th 1-4pm, Donations Accepted $5+
For the 6th year this family-friendly event will delight children and parents alike with interactive Halloween-themed activities, geared for ages 3-12. You and your kids will enjoy an array of activities that include: toddler bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, inflatable dry slide, face painting, arts & crafts, donut-on-a-string, Sherwin-Williams’ pumpkin painting station, balloons, popcorn, refreshments from Hart’s Soda Shop (available for purchase), Hot dogs (available for purchase) and much, much more! Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes. There will be a costume contest with prizes in different age categories at 3:30 pm. Purchase tickets here.
Oct 14th 6pm-10pm & Oct 15th 10am-10pm; FREE (charge for carnival rides)
Live music will be provided Fantastic Shakers, Hinson Girls, Gump Fiction, Lauren Light, Gal Friday and Trial by Fire. There will be juggling, stilt-walking, a trampoline show, a children’s art show, and food. Website.
Annual Blakeney Boo Bash
October 21st 9am-4pm, FREE
Come out to Blakeney enjoying great family and friendly fall activities and crafts. As you listen to music from a live DJ, you can make take home craft like painted pumpkin, sand art and so much more. Come dressed in your Halloween costume if you want. Kids can play in a huge slide, moon bounce and swing or take a train ride around Blakeney. Website.
Indian Trail Trunk or Treat
October 21st 6-9pm, FREE
Crafts, games, activities, costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin roll contest, refreshments, and LOTS & LOTS of CANDY! Website.
Candy Crawl at Downtown Concord
October 31st 5pm, FREE
Local merchants provide trick-or-treating and family-friendly entertainment on Union Street in Downtown Concord. Proudly presented by the City of Concord and the Concord Downtown Development Corporation. Website.
Berkeley Halloween Block Party
(Dilworth) October 31st 5-7pm, FREE
The party starts at 5pm, with a mini costume parade at 6pm! Then, trick or treating will begin at 6:15pm. Berkeley Avenue will be blocked off for this party. Hotdogs will be grilling! Donations are accepted, which allow these great events to continue. Website.
Fall Frolic Weekends at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Oct 1st-31st , $12, kids 4 and under FREE, parking $5 per car
Kick off the fall season on the Greenway with our family-friendly Fall Frolic festival, packed with activities for all ages. Activities include: Wagon Ride to Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins are priced by size) Four acre Corn Maze, Hay Bale Mazes, Pedal Carts, Farm Animals, Corn Crib (dig in the corn!) Corn Hole Games, Cow Train, Lead Rope Horse Rides: (Horse rides available 11am-3pm Saturdays, 1pm-4pm Sundays) Kayaking on Lake Haigler. Website.
Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum (Ages 21+)
Oct 21st 5-9pm, $10 adv. or $12 at door
Discovery Place Science will be full of tricks and treats for Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum, an unforgettable adults-only night of monstrous mayhem. Don your costume and join us for: The Fear Factor Challenge, spooky science experiments, special performances by RadioJacks, Charlotte's premier hit radio cover band, a terrifyingly terrific costume contest, and much more! Cash/credit bars throughout Levels 1 and 2. Purchase tickets here.
Unhinged! By Carolina Voices at Duke Energy Theater
October 21st and 22nd 8pm-12am, $20
This year, acappella group Impromptu gathers at the halls of Arkham Island Asylum, built in 1842, abandoned in 1912 and still inhabited by its tortured souls. Don your best "Steam Punk" costume and get into the spirit of the night with a musical tour of the eerie Asylum – complete with renditions of favorites like Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, Manic Monday by The Bangles, and Creep by Radiohead. Purchase tickets here.
Ayrsley Retro Horror Series
Select Dates in October, $5 Tickets - $10 for Double Feature
Here's the fourth installment of Ayrsley Grand's award-winning retro horror series, which brings classic horror flicks back to the big screen for the entire month of October! Purchase tickets here.
A Little Fight Music
The Charlotte Concert Band will present it's Fall performance featuring famous classical music and modern and works associated with Halloween. Facebook link.
Thank you for checking out my guide and I hope you have a festive Fall season and a Happy Halloween!
Written by Shannon McCauley | @uptowngirlclt
Fueled by carbs, product of the 80's, and my brain is 90% song lyrics.