It’s a great week for some spooky times during the fall weather. Check out the festivals, concerts and some haunted fun for all ages.
Colorism Affecting Our Future
Levine Museum of the New South
Monday, October 22
The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts & Science Council. In the summer of 2018, Studio 345 student Emily Núñez led high school students in conversations around how colorism has affected their lives and informs their visions for the future.
STEAM Month: Preschool Storytime, Shapes
Myers Park Library
Tuesday, October 23, 11:00 a.m.
To celebrate STEAM Month, enjoy a special story time program about shapes.
Bigfoot 911 at the Library
Mooresville Public Library
John Bruner, founder and leader of “Bigfoot 911” will discuss the history of Bigfoot in North Carolina, including sightings, related folklore and current evidence for Bigfoot’s existence.
National Geographic Live! Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
Blumenthal Performing Arts and Discovery Place Science have joined forces to create a new and unique experience for Charlotte area ‘explorers’ interested in exploring the natural world with National Geographic Live! and connecting with others who share their curiosity. The ocean covers 70 percent of our planet and yet remains a mostly fragile frontier learn more during this interactive presentation.
Do not miss Mount Holly’s annual Hollyween Bash in Tuckaseege Park.
Davidson Town Hall
Families line up at town hall to parade along main street and receive treats from merchants and organizations. Regular Halloween trick-or-treating around town takes place on October 31.
Creepy Crawly Critter-ween
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
Friday, October 26, 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the diversity of creepy crawlies at Reedy Creek Nature Center at night. Check out the animals, costume contest, campfire, marshmallow roast, crafts, hayrides and night hikes.
Doll Hair Salon Spectacular
American Girl Southpark Mall
Learn how to create several cute new ’dos. Participants can also take home bright highlights for their dolls. Afterward, each participant and her spruced-up companion can enjoy muffins, fruit and lemonade in the Bistro. Reservations required.
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
Historic Rural Hill
Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times.
Great Pumpkin Celebration at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops
Stop by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s with the kids for a free photo with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts friends, crafts, a pumpkin toss game, trick-or-treating, costume parade and cookie decorating.
Ride NC By Train to the Lexington BBQ
Charlotte Amtrak Station
Get ready for a day filled with Lexington barbecue, live music and family-friendly attractions. NC By Train will bring passengers to the Lexington Barbecue Festival thanks to a one-day special train stop.
Lincoln County Apple Festival
Watch the apple dish pageant, run the 5K, visit the farmers market, collect and bring home a few apples and visit the Kids’ Orchard.
Creature Feature: Boo Bash
Discovery Place Nature
Have a frightfully delightful daytime exploration of what goes bump in the night. Enjoy crafts, silly story times, special shows and animal encounters with some creepy crawlies. Don your finest costume for a chance to win a prize.
Discovery Place Science
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Get hands-on with electrical, biological and diabolical demonstrations that illustrate the themes of this very first science fiction novel.
Spooky Science: Face Your Fears
Museum of York County
Are you afraid of spiders, snakes or even the dark? Earn your own Bravery Badge by facing your fears as you travel through the museum’s galleries. Not so scary costumes are encouraged. Food will be available for purchase.
Halloween Spooktacular with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Hear Halloween-themed music including favorites from films like “Harry Potter” and “Jaws.” The family fun will include spooky crafts, instrument making, performances by members of the Charlotte Symphony, and a musical petting zoo – an interactive, hands-on experience with orchestral instruments.
Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Prepare to be not-so-scared at the NASCAR Hall of Fame this Halloween. Do nto miss trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch and games with prizes. The frightfully delightful night has been designed with little goblins in mind, making it ideal for kids ages 2 to 8.
The Great Pumpkin Fest
Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay maze, foam zone, plus rides.
Día de los Muertos
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico and Latin America. The Garden will offer live entertainment, crafts, food and activities.
Carolina Raptor Center
During this 30-minute encounter, participants will get “nose to beak” with some of our Bald and Golden Eagle residents and have an opportunity to take a photograph with one of these majestic creatures. Must be age 8 or older. Registration and fee required.
Included with admission: walk around the zoo, wagon rides, carousel ride, face painting, meet princesses and super heroes, balloon animals.
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