7 p.m.-midnight (also Saturday). Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. $27.99 and up. www.scarowinds.com.
Opening night for the annual Halloween Haunt, which features seven haunted mazes, five outdoor scare zones, two live shows and more than 500 prowling monsters. A new Haunt Pass ($55) allows unlimited admission to SCarowinds through Nov. 1.
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NHRA Carolina Nationals
Spectator gates open at 7:30 a.m. (also Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday). zMAX Dragway, 6750 Bruton Smith Blvd. Single-day tickets start at $20 on Friday and $40 on Saturday and Sunday. Details and full schedule at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dragway.
The best drag racers in the world will compete head-to-head in old-school, side-by-side drag racing during the three-day event, which kicks off the NHRA Mellow Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship.
Sip & Stroll
7-10 p.m. (also 2-8 p.m. Saturday). EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. $25 ($40 for two-day admission). www.sipandstrollcharlotte.com.
The weekend starts with a VIP party and reception featuring Simplified Duo; tickets include three 4-ounce wine samples and five food samples. On Saturday, enjoy art, wine and music; tickets include 10 1.5-ounce wine samples.