Things to do

13 Spooky (or Not) Halloween Events

Ghoulish treats, wicked adventures and haunting fun, this is Halloween in the Queen City.

The Great Pumpkin Fest - Photo Courtesy of Carowinds

1. The Great Pumpkin Fest & SCarowinds

Carowinds
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, September 14 - October 27

Tiny frights for the littlest goblins. During the day Carowinds offers family-friendly Halloween fun featuring a costume parade, foam zone, mazes and more. Then, at the stroke of 7, a faint mist falls over the park signifying the beginning of Scarowinds….be afraid….be very afraid.

2. Retro Horror Series

Ayrsley Grand Cinemas
September 20 – October 31

Double features, double scares. The Ayrsley Retro Horror Series returns for its 6th year with 6 weeks of classic horror films for $5. Catch Halloween classics like Night of the Living Dead and Frankenstein all throughout the month.

3. The 13th Acre

3718 Plyler Mill Rd, Monroe NC 28112
Fridays and Saturdays, September 27 – October 26

Screams and fright surround this Halloween Haunt. With a newly redesigned trail, characters that will keep you up at night and settings from your worst nightmare, it’s recommended that only the brave attempt to make it through The 13th Acre haunted trail. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Photo Courtesy of Scarrigan Farms

4. 10th Annual NoDa Ghosts and Legends tour

The Corner of 36th & Davidson Streets
Saturday, October 19

Residents both past and present are welcome on this hauntingly exciting tour. Experience storytelling by the Back in the Day history committee of the NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association (NoDa NBA) as they take you on a journey through the neighborhood's most haunting tales. Wander through the streets built in the 1900s and discover "all things spooky, spectral, and supernatural in NoDa’s most haunted—and legendary—places."

5. Scarrigan Farms

Carrigan Farms
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, starting October 4 - November 1

Heart pumping, adrenaline rushing scares can be found at Scarrigan Farms this October. This is not a trail for kids, as even some of the adults can’t bear the horrors this trail has in store. If you’re up for the challenge, round up the squad and brace yourselves for a fright night.

6. Queen City Oktoberfest

The Carole Hoefener Center
Saturday, October 26, 1pm – 5pm

Arts, crafts and good ole Halloween family fun, this years's Queen City Oktoberfest features food, performances, games and "THE TRICK OR TREAT SAFELY CAMPAIGN." There is in shortage of fun to be had as attendees can test their limbo skills and have a bit of sky-high fun in the bounce house. Come dressed in your favorite costume and get in the Halloween spirit.

7. Blakeney Trick or Treat Street

Blakeney Shopping Centers
Saturday, October 26, 2pm-4pm

The Blakeney neighborhood is brewing up an exciting afternoon for all. Local vendors with sweets and inflatable obstacles are sure to bring out the treat-thirsty ghouls and goblins, while the DJ will keep the (witch’s) grooves jamming for the adults. Guests are encouraged to rock their favorite Halloween costumes.

8. Running Scared 5 Miler & Monster Mile

Romare Bearden Park
Friday, October 26, 9am

Critters on the run come out for this fun scenic 5 mile race. The family fun event includes face painting, games, Food Trucks, beer, music and more!

Photo Courtesy of Grave Diggers Ball

9. Kiss 95.1 Grave Diggers Ball | 20th Annual

300 North Bevard Street
Saturday, October 26 at 6pm - 11pm

Going on its 20th annual event, Kiss 95.1 Grave Digger's Ball keeps the city rockin' all Hallow's eve with Halloween contests, funky beats and even celebrity guests. Sport you favorite costume and be sure to put on your dancing shoes because this event is sure to raise the dead.

10. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Charlotte Symphony

Belk Theater
Friday, October 25 at 9:30pm

Frightful sounds will haunt the Belk Theater when the Charlotte Symphony presents The Nightmare Before Christmas™. From the wildly inventive world of Tim Burton's macabre classic, concert goers will experience the dazzling, colorful score of Danny Elfman come to life in the hands of the Charlotte Symphony.

Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall

11. Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall

NASCAR Hall of Fame
Saturday, October 26 at 6pm

A spooktacular night is in store at the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall. The Hall’s mascot, Champ the Cheetah, will transform the building into a full-on Halloween bash. And on the guest list? A few characters who'll be ready for fun and games and wicked treats. Be sure to come in costume.

12. Belmont Boo Festival

Stowe Park
Saturday, October 27, 3pm - 9pm

In the sleepy town of Belmont, a spooky treat awaits all of the little witches and wizards in town during this year’s 2019 Boo Fest. Fun activities, costume contests, carnival rides and other bootastic treats are offered for kids early in the evening, but “If you come for the boos, you should stay for the brews.” As Boo Fest wraps, a "Nightmare on Main Street" will take over the rest of the night with adult-friendly beverages, music and dancing.

Photo Courtesy of Carolina Renaissance Festival

13. Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights

Carolina Renaissance Festival
October 26 & 27

Travel back in time for a spellbinding experience. Knights of the Living Dead zombies will joust in an entertaining battle of gory proportions, as kids and parents enjoy a Halloween Treasure Hunt and so much more. Don your best costume and join in with the Carolinas' largest costume party.

Research contributed by Esther Pinto and Spero Lawson