Spooky Things to Do In and Around CLT this October

With just a few weeks until Halloween, we’re ready for all things spooky. From the Charlotte classics like Scarowinds and the Great Pumpkin Fest to haunted corn mazes and houses, we’ve pulled together some popular attractions in and around the QC.

Halloween pumpkin head jack lantern with burning candles in scary deep night forest

Great Pumpkin Fest

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 27, 2019 at Carowinds Free with admission

Perfect for families with little ones, the Great Pumpkin Fest Activity Trail has a challenge course, corn maze, hay bale maze, games, crafts and much more. This year it is expanding into two additional areas of the park to be better than ever.


Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 27, 2019 Tickets as low as $38

Carowinds turns spooky with the annual Scarowinds attraction. The park is filled with wandering haunted characters and attractions including mazes and scare zones. Enjoy your favorite rides and games after the sun has gone down. Not recommended for young children.

NoDa Ghosts and Legends Tour

Saturday, October 19 6:45pm-10:45pm Tours ever 15 minutes starting at the corner of 36th & Davidson – Free for all

In its tenth year, this tour is run by volunteers who get these stories from people who have lived in NoDa for decades. Less than a mile, the tour takes about 30 minutes to go through more than 120 years of local history. Your donations make it possible for the tour to return annually.

Kiss 95.1 Grave Diggers Ball

Saturday, October 26 6pm-11pm. Tickets range from $20-$60

The 20th annual Grave Diggers Ball is the largest costume contest in uptown every year. Performance by Diplo will be the hit of the night but make sure to put some effort into your costume to win cash and other prizes.

Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall – NASCAR Hall of Fame

Saturday, October 26 6pm-8pm $15 a person

Ideal for children ages 2-8, this family-friendly event includes a candy hunt and the opportunity to meet and greet with movie characters and super heroes. There will be games, prizes and more.

Blakeney Trick or Treat Street

Saturday, October 26 2pm-4pm

Partnered with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, this is a free, family event. Dress up in your favorite costume to visit vendors tables with candy and learn about Halloween safety. Enjoy a DJ, inflatables and special retail and restaurant promotions.

Queen City OktoberFEST

Saturday, October 26 1pm-5pm Free, family-friendly event

AT&T Fiber presents the biggest arts and crafts festival of the year in the QC. Enjoy performances, children’s activities like face painting, bounce houses and family costume pictures, vendors, food and more.

Running Scared 5 Miler & Monster Mile

Saturday, October 26 9am

Get dressed up for the 4th 5 Miler and Monster Mile presented by SPORTPORT. There are four categories to the costume contest which will take place at 8am at the black events tent near the finish line. There are cash prizes and dining gift certificates for winners.

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights – Carolina Renaissance Festival

October 26th and 27th 10am to 5:30pm

Enjoy the Renaissance Festival and trick-or-treat at over 100 locations throughout the village with a treasure map provided for free. Wear your best costume for a chance to win free tickets to return and other prizes.

Rosemont Manor Community Haunt

October 31 6:30pm to 10:30pm

The annual yard haunt is back and is free for all but donations to the Greater Charlotte SPCA are encouraged. New attractions are added each year so expect a secret addition this Halloween. While the attraction is appropriate for all ages, you can choose what you would like to participate in.

Horror Movies Series at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas

Daily shows at 7pm and 9pm through October 31, 2019 $5 per ticket per show

Ayrsley Cinemas bring back their Retro Horror Series in its 7th year with 6 weeks of classic horror films for $5 and Halloween classics like Day of the Dead, Don’t Look Now, Child’s Play and more.

Scarrigan Farms at Carrigan Farms

Select Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 1 $25 per person – Cash or check only, NO credit cards accepted

Carrigan Farms transforms from the family-fun farm during the day to (according to them) the scariest haunted trail in the region. One mile long, through natural terrain, wooded and open areas with actors, props and sets positioned to scare you and target specific phobias such as claustrophobia, coulrophobia, chiraptophobia, demonophobia, lygophobia, necrophobia, etc. You must be 13 and up to enter.

The 13th Acre at Aw Shucks Farm

Friday and Saturday nights through October 26, 2019 Regular Ticket: $13.00 Combo Ticket with Aw Shucks Farms: $20.00

Dark time 7:30pm til 11:30pm (Last ticket sold at 11:00pm) a walking haunted event through the woods, not recommended for children under 8.  You can choose both haunted and non-haunted options (corn maze, hayrides, etc).

Photo Credit Aw Shucks Facebook

The Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad

Blowing Rock, NC, Fridays & Saturdays, through October 26 Adults $44, Children 3-12 years $38, Children 2 & Under are free *Note that it is strongly recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

The ghost train is worth the trip for a full day of family fun at Tweetsie Railroad. Start the day with the Wild West and end with the Ghastly attractions include the Ghost Train Ride, a Haunted House, Halloween Shows on Main Street, a 3-D Maze, the Black Hole™, Trick-or-Treating, and more. 

Midway Wicked Woods

Fridays and Saturdays through November 2, 2019 Regular Admission $25, VIP $35

This outdoor attraction at the Midway Campground Resort in Statesville has been around for 24 years. Hop on the wagon that’ll take you to the entrance of the trail which is 600ft of a dark maze, a haunted graveyard and a ‘tunnel of terror.’ They have been voted the number 1 haunt in the area by nchaunts.com for many previous years.

Hickory Grove Haunted Trail

Open select weekends and the week of Halloween – see website for details General Admission $15

The Hickory Grove Haunted Trail has been in business for over 20 years and is rated one of the best Halloween attractions in the area. This is one not to miss.

The 901 Nightmare

Open select Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween Ticket prices vary, see website for details

Navigate the haunted forest off of South Carolina highway 901

It’s HAUNTED! Shelby Corn Maze

Fridays and Saturdays in October All tickets $13

Finding your way out of the haunted maze in the dark is not for the faint of heart. This corn maze does have a section that is appropriate for all ages with nothing haunted, just the dark. Their daytime corn maze requires a different ticket.

Photo Credit Shelby Corn Maze Facebook


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