Rural Hill Amazing Maize MazeThe great thing about this Halloween favorite is that the maze changes each year. Come get lost in the giant 7-acre corn maze—one of the largest in the southeast—that features more than 2 miles of interconnecting paths. To really get in the Halloween spirit, navigate the maze using a flashlight after the sun sets as part of Rural Hill’s Family Friendly Friday Night Mazes. These popular events also feature great music and roaring bonfires. When: Through Nov. 3Where: Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, HuntersvilleMore Info: www.ruralhill.net or 704-875-3113
Downtown Davidson Halloween March Every year, scores of people descend on Main Street in Davidson to show off their best costumes and enjoy some free treats from local merchants. Organized by Davidson Parks & Recreation, the annual event is a great way to have fun with friends and neighbors and to get to better know local merchants, who keep their doors open extra late to greet trick-or-treaters. When: Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.Where: Starting at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. in DavidsonMore Info: www.ci.davidson.nc.us or 704-892-3349
Pumpkin PatchesFor many families, looking for the perfect pumpkin is one of the most enjoyable traditions of Halloween. Carrigan Farms and Patterson Farms both offer expansive pumpkin patches, offering Halloween revelers an assortment of locally and regionally grown pumpkins just waiting for someone to carve out their full potential! When: Throughout fallWhere: Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville; and Patterson Farms, 3060 Millbridge Road, China Grove. The Carrigan Farms pumpkin patch is open for hayrides every weekend in October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More Info: Call Carrigan Farms at 704-664-1450 or Patterson Farms at 704-857-5242
Scarrigan Farms Haunted TrailOn October weekends, the 130-acre Carrigan Farms is transformed into one of the scariest haunted trails in the region. For those who love a good fright, this ½-mile haunted trail is sure to deliver, with a tunnel vortex, twisted funhouse, 3D maze, and lots of costumed ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. Participants must be 12 years or older. As the website says, “If someone hasn't peed in their pants by the end of the night we know haven't done our job.”When: The haunted trail opens at dark on weekend nights (except for Sunday October 6). Closing time varies. Where: Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., MooresvilleMore Info: www.carriganfarms.com/scarrigan or 704-664-1450
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Downtown Mooresville Annual Halloween Treat for FamiliesEvery Halloween, town officials organize this fun, family-friendly event, where kids can show off their costumes and pick up candy and other goodies from local businesses. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy quality family time, the brisk fall weather, and some tasty treats all at the same time.When: Oct. 30 from 3-5 p.m. Where: Downtown MooresvilleMore Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-662-3336
Halloween at Latta PlantationThis historic homesite in Huntersville boasts a bevy of Halloween activities, including All Hallow’s Eve, a Civil War Ghost Walk tour, and a candlelight tour of Latta Plantation with ghost stories. When: Select nights in OctoberWhere: Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road in HuntersvilleMore Info: www.lattaplantation.com or call 704-875-2312
Hoot and HowlThe Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville hosts this annual event that features family-friendly activities such as face painting, spider Bingo, owl masks, and cookie decorating. Families can also enjoy hayrides, special visits from reptiles and insects, and wacky science experiments. Plus, children are sure to enjoy the costume and hooting contests. When: Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, HuntersvilleMore Info: www.carolinaraptorcenter.org or 704-875-6521