Yes, Halloween is this week, and we have plenty of spooky fun options to consider. Here’s a nice list of mostly Free Family Fun as well.

There are still plenty of non-candy related activities, in case you are looking for a break or are saving the scaries for the official day. We’ve also picked a few upcoming holiday happenings for you to keep on your radar.

Budding Adventures
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Start off by exploring various nature topics in the classrooms using your best tools – hands, eyes, nose and ears. Then head into the forest, where we sneakily walk to uncover the wonders of the natural world. Parent participation required. Register online.

Creatives College Fair
The Park Expo & Conference Center

Tuck Mommy and Me Playtime
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center

Participants engage in arts and crafts, story time theater and music with their caregiver.

Dino Safari: A Prehistoric Adventure
The Schiele Museum

Dino Safari: A Prehistoric Adventure… travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaur – last chance to see it today.

Harry Potter Festival
South County Regional Library

Experience a Sorting Hat ceremony, and select a wand. Create a house pet. Join fellow Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws and Slytherins as you compete for House points. This program is for school-aged children who have read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Register online.

Free Evenings at The Mint Plus Mint On The Dot!

Wednesday, October 31, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Both locations of The Mint Museum offer free admission every Wednesday. Mint on the Dot! art chats are offered every Wednesday evening at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. Look for the “Mint on the Dot!” signs on the gallery floor.

Dia de los Muertes
Davidson Library

Families are invited to learn more about the Day of the Dead, explore the exhibit and take part in activities.

World of Outlaws World Finals
Charlotte Motor Speedway

All dirt roads lead to Charlotte as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Series crown their champions at the World of Outlaws World Finals.

Unicorn Party
Mount Holly Branch Library

Friday, November 2, 3:30 p.m.

Make unicorn crafts and snacks. Celebrate all things unicorn.

Double Dare Live!
Ovens Auditorium

Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.

Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live!, inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare, will feature original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo. The live show will have two teams comprised of selected audience members competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges, and more.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
Armour Street Theatre

Friday, November 2 -11, 1:00 p.m.

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the hit motion picture. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

The Last Stop on Market Street
Wells Fargo Playhouse

After church every Sunday, CJ and his Nana board the bus for a trip across town. In this powerful look at the beauty all around us, Nana helps CJ experience the world from a new perspective. See website for showtimes.

Charlotte Marathon
Uptown Charlotte

Saturday, November 3, 7:30 a.m.

Whether you’re crossing the finish line after 1 or 26.2 miles, discover a race day experience perfect for every goal. Get set to join the city-wide celebration. Register for the marathon, half marathon, relay, 5K or kids’ 1-mile run. Race finishes at NoDa Brewing Company with snacks, marathon merchandise and local beer.

Statesville Pumpkin Fest
Downtown Statesville

Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.

Visit with arts and crafts vendors, sample local food, participate in a pumpkin pie-eating contest, enjoy the Carolina craft beer garden, visit the Classic Car Cruise-In, and take the kids to the Festival Kids Zone with games and rides. For an additional fee, register to run the 5K at 8:30 a.m. or to compete in the cornhole tournament.

EpicFest Family Festival
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

EpicFest connects children, books, authors and illustrators through activities that encourage a love of reading and learning. At noon, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will perform in the McColl Family Theatre. The family festival runs until 4:00 p.m. with the young adult author panel to follow until 6:30 p.m.

Puppet Show: Sammy Squirrel’s Holiday Party
Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville

Sammy Squirrel wants to throw a holiday party with all of his friends. With winter around the corner, we’ll find out what Sammy’s animal friends are up to when the temperature drops.

Second Annual CBC Fall Oyster Roast
Cabarrus Brewing Company

Celebrate the changing of the leaves with a good ol’ fashioned oyster roast. Full Moon Oyster Bar & Seafood Kitchen-Concord will be onsite taking care of the food side of things while CBC serves up a fresh local brews! The event is family friendly, both the furry and non-furry kind.

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bank of America Stadium

Bank of America Stadium was designed for fans of all ages. Please note that every child over the age of 12 months is required to have a game ticket to enter the stadium. Any child under the age of 12 months admitted without a ticket must share a seat with an accompanying adult.

Keep On Your Radar

Breakfast With Santa at SouthPark Mall

Celebrate Santa’s arrival to SouthPark in Center Court.

Polar Express PJ Party at Flour Power 

Wear your comfy pjs and have breakfast for dinner. All aboard for this special Polar Express Pajama Party: spinach and bacon quiche, homemade hot cocoa “as thick and rich as melted chocolate” and deliciously fluffy homemade marshmallows are on track for the special trip.

Lighting Up The Lake – Lake Norman Lighted Boat Parade

Save these dates for 3 of Lake Norman’s Lighted Boat Parades: different routes, December 1 – Lake Norman Yacht Club, December 9 – The Peninsula Yacht Club, December 15 – Lake Norman Christmas Light Boat Parade.

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