Check out these 10 free Halloween and fall happenings around the Charlotte area. Note: None of these events has an admission charge, but some of the activities might not be free.
Fri 4-8 p.m. NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. gutscharlotte.com.
Competitors will start their pumpkin carving at 4 p.m. Their final results will astonish you. You'll be able to vote on your favorite pumpkin. The event will also feature a photo booth, craft table, silent auction benefiting Make-A-Wish and an after party at Texicali with live music from Cam Heilinger.
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Davidson’s Halloween March
Fri 5 p.m. Main Street, Davidson.
Costumed kids will start at Davidson Town Hall and march down Main Street. Merchants and vendors along the way will give them candy.
South End Fall Festival
Sat 4-7 p.m. Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd. pritchardmemorial.com.
Enjoy live music by Strange Brew, carnival games, pumpkin-carving contest, hayrides, bounce houses and food trucks. Wear your costume to this family-friendly event.
Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl and Cankerworm Festival
Sat Noon-6 p.m. Midwood Park, 2100 Wilhelmina Ave., and The Vine (formerly Kilgo United Methodist), 2101 Belvedere Ave. plazamidwood.org/crawl.
This annual fall festival celebrates two things: Halloween and the fight against the cankerworm, a moth that wreaks havoc on local trees. Starting at 9, neighbors can purchase tree-banding materials at Midwood Park. At 11:30 a.m. costumed kids will participate in a parade, led by a marching band starting at Midwood Park and ending at The Vine, where there will be trunk-or-treating. From 12:30 to 6, festival activities in Midwood Park will include four live bands, face-painting, bounce house and more.
Halloween ComicFest 2014
Sat Area comic book stores. halloweencomicfest.com.
Several comic book stores in the area are participating in the annual Halloween ComicFest. Stop by and receive a free comic book, while supplies last. Spandex City Comics, 2914-A Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, is also holding a costume contest, hosting a visit from Imperial Stormtroopers, giving away door prizes and holding a graphic novel drive for the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lon Chaney’s ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’
Wed 7 p.m. Christ Church, 1412 Providence Road. christchurchcharlotte.org.
Experience what Halloween was like in 1923 with a screening of Lon Chaney’s silent film, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” It will be presented with the original organ accompaniment by Rob Ridgell on the Neo-Baroque 1979 Gabriel Kney church pipe organ. For all ages. Come as you are or dress in an appropriate costume.
Halloween activities at Bass Pro Shops
Through Oct. 31 Bass Pro Shops, Concord Mills. basspro.com.
The store hosts free daily Halloween activities, including trick-or-treating, Peanuts-themed photo of your child, crafts, costume parade, coloring sheets and a Halloween scavenger hunt. The first 100 kids to get their photo taken Monday-Friday receive a pair of glow-in-the-dark glasses.
Oct. 31 Noon. Time Warner Arena.
Entertain the kids on this CMS teacher workday with a free hockey game. Kids 12 and under get in free to the Checkers vs. Hamilton Bulldogs game with the purchase of an adult ticket. Up to four free tickets per adult purchase. Kids can wear costumes.
Scary Face pancake
Oct. 31 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Participating IHOP restaurants. ihop.com.
IHOP is offering a free Scary Face pancake to kids (12 and younger) on Halloween. The large buttermilk pancake has a whipped-topping mouth and strawberry nose, and two mini Oreo cookies and eight pieces of candy corn on the side let kids create their own Halloween hotcake. One pancake per child.
Oct. 31 Participating Krispy Kreme locations. krispykreme.com/Halloween.
Dress in costume on Halloween and get a free doughnut of any variety at participating locations. Limit one per customer. For safety reasons, no weapons real or fake are allowed, so leave your sword at the castle.