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Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (also Saturday). 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $18 for adults, kids 12 and younger are free. 877-896-5544; www.renfestinfo.com.

Looking for a fun and safe place to trick or treat? This weekend, the Carolina Renaissance Festival offers free admission for kids and free Halloween bags. Treats are all around the 22-acre village.


Carolina Panthers

1 p.m. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St. $38-$415. 704-358-7800; www.ticketmaster .com.

The home team – coming off a win over the New Orleans Saints – tries to stay in first place against a tough Arizona Cardinals squad.


Forbidden Farms

6:30-11 p.m. (also Friday and Saturday, and Oct. 29-Nov. 1). 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. $20 (cash only). 704-664-1450; www.forbiddenfarms.com.

The annual attraction has four chilling choices: Haunted Trail, 3-D Maze, Moon-Lit Corn Maze and – new for 2008 – Phobia Forest.


Carolina BalloonFest

7 a.m.-6 p.m. (also 3-10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday). 260 Hanger Drive, Statesville. $8, free for 4 and younger. www.carolinaballoonfest.com.

This three-day event soars with more than 50 colorful hot-air balloons, live music, food, a kids zone, and North Carolina wine tastings.



10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Palisades, N.C. 49 near the Buster Boyd Bridge, Lake Wylie. $13-$15 (12 and younger free). 704-376-8524; www.the palisades.info.

This is the last day to get a look at three luxury homes priced above $2.5 million each. It's a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes.