Have a week of whimsy and magic… we’ve rounded up fall festivals, outdoor movies, magical story times, and some spooky kid-friendly adventures so you can start to make the most of the changing season.


Creepy Nature
Schiele Museum

Monday, October 8

Discover the truth behind vampire, mummy and zombie mythologies as you take an expedition through ‘undersea perils, mysterious jungles, forbidding swamps, and an abandoned mine’.



Forced From Home Exhibition
NASCAR Hall of Fame

Monday, October 8 – 14

Forced From Home is an interactive exhibition presented by Doctors Without Borders to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis. Visitors navigate an immersive 10,000-square-foot outdoor space designed to simulate the journey of a person forced to flee.



Family Night Bingo
Statesville Fitness and Activity Center

Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 p.m.

Each bingo card is $1; play the same card all night until you win. Fun for the whole family.



African-Print Fashion Now! A Story Of Taste, Globalization And Style
Mint Museum Randolph

Opens Wednesday, October 10

Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See “popular” garments, runway fashions designed by Africa’s newest generation of couturiers and styles favored in Africa’s urban centers.



Little STREAM’ers: Apple Impressions
Mooresville Public Library

Thursday, October 11, 10:30 a.m.

Use apples, paint, and other material to create a still life painting. Also, learn about Vincent Van Gogh and other famous still life artists.



Preschool Explorers: Preschool Explorers: Totally Turtles
McDowell Nature Preserve

Thursday, October 11, 10:00 a.m.

Discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration.



The Glow: A Jack-O-Lantern Experience
Charlotte Motor Speedway at Carolina Rebellion Campground

Thursday, October 11 – 28

Experience a wonderland of expertly-carved pumpkins. Walk the trail of jack-o-lanterns, viewing different themes along the way. Advanced tickets required.



Creepy Crawlies
Latta Nature Center

Friday, October 12, 10:30 a.m.

Meet some of the nature center’s resident creepy crawly creatures, and learn what makes them so special. Child registration is required; parent attendance is required.



Movie Night: “A Wrinkle In Time” + Trick or Treating
The Green at Promenade on Providence

Friday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.

Start with trick or treating and then enjoy the outdoor movie – A Wrinkle in Time.



Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail – ages 12 and older
Carrigan Farms, LLC

Friday, October 12 – 27

The haunted trail located is open Friday and Saturday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older.




Kids Helping Kids Day
Atrium Health Levine Children’s

Saturday, October 13, 8:00 am – noon

Activities include a Teddy Bear Clinic where your children can get a child-friendly, hands-on demonstration of what happens when patients enter the hospital, an area to make cards and friendship bracelets for patients, food, games, giveaways and family-friendly activities more.



Wizards At Discovery Place Kids
Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville

Saturday, October 13 + 14

Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids. This weekend the wand chooses to read “Which Way to Witch School?” by Scott Santoro, create your own wand and learn a magic spell.



Charlotte Vegfest 2018
The Park Expo and Conference Center

Saturday, October 13, 11:00 a.m.

Charlotte Vegfest is a free event with exciting local and national vendors, speakers, vegan cooking demos, kids activities, free prizes and gift bags.



Fall in Love With Family Day At The Bechtler Museum Of Modern Art
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Saturday, October 13, noon

Families can explore the Bechtler collection through special hands-on art activities and family-focused museum tours. Complimentary guided tours of the galleries will be available.



Super Saturday
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Saturday, October 13, 1:00 p.m.

Join Sarah Dippity, a high-energy, interactive, comedy show that includes magic, ventriloquism and lots of family-friendly laughs.



Huntersville Fall Festival

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy local art and craft booths, children games and crafts, inflatables, scarecrow making, food trucks, pumpkin patch and live entertainment.




In A Fall Forest
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Sunday, October 14, 2:00 p.m.

Explore the trails of Reedy Creek while being surrounded by the beauty of a fall forest.



Butterfly Project 10-Year Anniversary Event
Levine Jewish Community Center

Sunday, October 14, 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate the anniversary of the Levine JCC’s butterfly project! Enjoy a Charlotte Ballet performance and a garden ceremony.


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