Scarrigan Farms: The sixth annual haunted trail at Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway (N.C. 150 East), welcomes visitors for thrills and chills at sunset each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 3. The event features hayrides, a “mind-bending” vortex, a 3-D experience, an Old West mining town, gruesome forest ghouls, a tragic school bus and a haunted corn maze. $20 per person; group discounts online. Night hayrides are $12 per person; weekend pumpkin patch hayrides $10 per person. www.scarriganfarms.com.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Oct. 28. Washington Irving’s spooky production. Matthews Community Center. 100 McDowell St., Matthews. Details: www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
Family-Friendly Very Big Goblin Bash: 1-5 p.m. Oct. 28, VBGB Beer Garden, N.C. Music Factory, 920 Hamilton St. Face-painting and bounce house, 1:30 p.m. Junior Cornhole Tournament, 2 p.m. costume parade with prizes, 3 p.m. trick-or-treating (parents asked to donate one bag of candy) and 4 p.m. “School of Rock” performance, followed by Children’s Talent Show. Details: vbgbuptown.com.
2012 Howl-o-ween Costume Event: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 28, Humane Society of York County, 8177 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, S.C. Parade of costumes for human kids and canines, 50/50 raffle, photos, prizes and treats. Details: www.humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org.
Trunk For Treats: Oct. 31. Independence Hill Baptist Church’s free alternative to Halloween, held at 10220 Eastfield Road, Huntersville. Hot dog dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m., children’s games 6-7 p.m. and Trunk for Treats 7-7:30 p.m. Details: 704-596-2124; www.independencehill.org.
Halloween Photo Extravaganza: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31. Haithcox Photography in Dallas will host its seventh annual Halloween photo event. Staff will photograph costumed kids of all ages, and a donation of any amount will get participants a free 5-by-7 photo. All proceeds benefit nonprofit Gaston Hospice. Details: 704-922-7696.
Downtown Concord Trick-or-Treating: 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31, games and treats with Union Street businesses in historic downtown Concord. Details: 704-784-4208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Mooresville Trick-or-Treating: Merchants will hand out candy from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. www.downtownmooresville.com.
Downtown Statesville Trick-or-Treating: Merchants will hand out candy from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31. 704-878-3436; www.downtownstatesvillenc.org.
Indoor Trick-or-Treating: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Concord Mills mall, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. Participating retailers will have an orange pumpkin in their windows. Details: 704-979-3000 or www.concordmill.com.
Complied by Joe Marusak, Hilary Trenda, Tracy Yochum and Lake Norman Magazine