Things to Do

Spooky Halloween Activities in Charlotte

Halloween 2020 is different this year, but you can still safely enjoy ghoulish treats, wicked adventures and haunting fun.

From haunted ghost tours to a themed arts and crafts night, Charlotteans have carved out creative ways to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.

Due to COVID-19, events are subject to change or to be canceled.

Haunted Hall 2018


4th Annual Queen City Oktoberfest

Where: Funtasticks Charlotte
Saturday, October 31 from 12-6 p.m.

The Queen City Oktoberfest is the biggest arts and crafts festival of the year. The whole family can enjoy homemade crafts, a Halloween bake sale, safe trick or treating, go-karts, family pictures and more. This event is outside, but face masks and social distancing are required so everyone can safely experience the fall festivities.

Kids Go Free! Halloween Weekend at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Where: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Friday, October 30 - Sunday, November 1

Get your little monsters ready for some high-octane Halloween fun at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Kids can experience everything the Hall has to offer for free, while also picking up some treats along the way. Costumes are highly encouraged.

Running Scared 5 Miler & Monster Mile

Where: Virtual
Halloween weekend

Grab the kids and run off the candy sugar rush because Charlotte's largest family-friendly Halloween 5K has gone virtual this year. The 5th Annual Running Scared 5 Milers and Monster Mile is for anyone who wants to be creative and have fun dressing up in costume. Since this event is virtual, you're able to run whatever route you want anytime during Halloween weekend. Register online here.

Just a Bit Spookier


Carolina History & Haunts

Where: Uptown
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights; 7 and 9 p.m.

On this historic, ghostly walking tour through Uptown, you can explore the sites where some of Charlotte's departed still linger. Follow your guide by lantern light and see some of the famous, and sometimes infamous, landmarks while hearing tales of how the chilling past has shaped the city today. Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone. Tours meet at the Hearst Tower Outdoor Plaza. Please wear a mask as social-distancing may not be possible in the tour group.

Meet Charlotte's Ghosts with Charlotte NC Tours

Where: Uptown
When: Times vary depending on tour

Learn about Charlotte's oldest residents who never left on these spooky tours. Choose your adventure and join a creepy and historic ghost tour on either Segway, scooter or foot. No matter how your family decides to meet the local haunts, everyone will have a blast uncovering the Queen City's darker side. Children of all ages are welcome on the walking tour, but the scooter and Segway tours have weight and height requirements. Please wear a mask as social-distancing may not be possible in the tour group.

Nightly Spirits Charlotte Ghost Tour and Bar Crawl

Where: Uptown
Fridays and Saturdays in October

This 21+ tour gives you the chance to chase the spirits of Charlotte (both in liquid and ghostly form). Experience a haunting mixture of ghostly sights and pub crawling on this 2-hour walking tour. Your costumed guide will lead you on about a mile-long journey through the most haunted spots in Uptown. The purchase of drinks is not included in the ticket price, nor required, but there will be down time at each haunted bar to listen to stories and to take in the spooky ambience. Masks are required both on the tour and while in the bars.

The Spookiest


Scarrigan Farms

Where: Mooresville, NC
Thursday - Sunday in October. Reservations start at 7 p.m.

Heart pumping, adrenaline rushing scares can be found at Scarrigan Farms this October. This is not a trail for kids under 12, 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. Masks are required while on the trail and wherever you can't social distance. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online.

The 13th Acre

Where: Monroe, NC
Friday and Saturday nights in October. Hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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 (and no kids under the age of 8) attempt to make it through The 13th Acre haunted trail. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Lake Hickory Haunts

Where: Hickory, NC
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Get into the extra spooky spirit at this one-of-a-kind haunted theme park. Lake Hickory Haunts has been voted one of the scariest Halloween attractions in the Carolinas and with ten, terrifying attractions where you'll be immersed in multi-dimensional special FX and breathtaking scares, you'll see why. Purchase your tickets online to avoid the line at the box office. Masks are required while inside any closed/indoor space and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the property.