Whether your idea of Halloween fun is getting your groove on with the party people, fleeing a serial killer with a chainsaw, or simply collecting as much candy as possible, there’s an event in the Charlotte area for you (or you and your kids) over the next several days.
Take your pick:
For kids with sweet teeth
▪ Trick or Treat Street at Blakeney (Ardrey Kell and Rea Road): Formerly known as “Boo Bash,” the event features an opportunity for costumed kids to trick-or-treat their way through the vendors and participating tenants at Blakeney. There’ll also be a bounce house, safety awareness with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, and live music from The HC Oakes band. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free.
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▪ Boo HaHa at Fountain Park (East Main Street, Rock Hill, S.C.): Free trick-or-treating at more than 20 vendors, the Boo Ha-Ha Dance Party, a costume contest and a chance to meet The Carolina Ghostbusters. The grand marshal of the festival is “Maxx,” a 10-foot tall, fully functional robot. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free.
▪ Halloween March in Davidson (Main Street, Davidson): Costumed kids will march down Main Street, collecting candy from business owners and vendors. All families are eligible to participate in the parade. 5 p.m. Friday. Free.
▪ Candy Crawl in Downtown Concord (Union Street, Concord): Yet another official opportunity to trick-or-treat door-to-door at local businesses. 3-5 p.m. Tuesday. Free.
▪ Fall Crawl & Cankerworm Festival in Plaza Midwood (Midwood Park, 2100 Wilhelmina Ave): The event doesn’t have the most Halloween-friendly name in the world, but there’s plenty of related fun to be had – though a chunk of the focus is on the neighborhood’s fight against cankerworm infestation. A costume parade for kids starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a “trunk-or-treat” event at noon at nearby The Vine United Methodist Church; the festival runs from 12:30-6 p.m. and includes pumpkin painting, bounce houses, music and family-friendly food and beverages (in addition to Birdsong Brewery craft beer for adults). Free.
For scary-movie buffs
▪ Retro Horror Series at Ayrsley Grand Cinema (9110 Kings Parade Blvd.): It concludes this week with back-to-back screenings of the original Stephen King classics “Carrie” and “The Shining,” two tales of dysfunctional family drama and supernatural insanity that are considered two of the horror master’s best film adaptations. 7 and 9 p.m. Friday through Thursday. $5.
▪ The Beyond Composer’s Cut with Live Score by Fabio Frizzi at Booth Playhouse (130 N. Tryon St.): Late Italian director Lucio Fulci’s 1981 cult horror film “The Beyond” receives a unique interpretation by Frizzi (composer of the original film’s score), 34 years after the once-controversial movie’s 1983 U.S. release. The event combines a symphony orchestra and Frizzi’s prog-rock outfit Frizzi 2 Fulci with a screening of the movie – which is considered a Grindhouse classic despite its rather scathing early reviews, including a half-star rating from Roger Ebert. 8 p.m. Saturday. $30 ($50 for VIP tickets).
For music fans
▪ Monsters & Monstrosities at Duke Energy Theatre (345 N. College St.): Carolina Voices presents a “ghoulish night of a cappella music and amazing make-up and costumes” for those looking to mark the holiday with comedy, improv and covers of songs with names like “Gravedigger” (by Dave Matthews Band) or that nod at creepy themes (Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” anyone?). Not recommended for young children. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $20; $10 for students and $18 for seniors.
▪ Grave Diggers Ball in “Grave Diggers Parking Lot” (514 N. College St.): Kiss 95.1’s party will feature a costume contest with prizes for the best costume, the sexiest costume and more. Oh, and rapper Macklemore (“Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” “Glorious”) will headline the concert. 6-11 p.m. Regular tickets are $20-$80; VIP booths that went for $800-$1,000 are sold out.
For a hardcore Halloween
▪ SCarowinds (300 Carowinds Blvd.): There are only three days left to experience Carowinds’ annual Halloween makeover, which combines the thrill rides of the amusement park with the ghoul-filled mazes, haunted houses, ghastly live shows, and scare zones with names like Blood Yard and Mass Acres. There are also less scary kids’ attractions. 7 p.m. nightly. $36 and up.
▪ Scarrigan Farms (1213 Oakridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville): Send October out with a scream while tromping through the woods in Iredell County, where you’ll encounter evil clowns (thanks, Pennywise), murderous butchers, ghostly ghouls and other monstrous freaks as you navigate the town, haunted trail, trippy 3D zone, and maddening corn maze. Children younger than 12 are not admitted. 6:30 p.m. nightly through Halloween. $25.
▪ Hickory Grove Haunted Trail (4064 Mountain View St., Gastonia): Anyone who’s afraid of the woods, clowns and doctors should stay away from this haunt, which is set in the forest near the South Fork River. At dark tonight through Tuesday. $15.
▪ The Haunted Mill (6325 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont): As legend has it, this mill – “condemned by the government” – is “a sacred burial ground of a dark civilization.” Translation? Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. In addition to the 20,000-square-foot walk-through mill, there’s an escape room for puzzle solvers and “Purple Planet 3D Golf” for all ages. 7 p.m. nightly through Halloween. $16, or $10 for 12 and younger for the Mill; $4 more for adults or $3 more for kids to add 3D Golf. Escape room tickets must be purchased in advance.