Halloween happenings

The following events are planned to celebrate fall and Halloween:

Pumpkin Carving Contest: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, 202 S. Main St., Davidson. 704 892-0604.

The Great Pumpkin Patch for Missions: Hosted daily through Oct. 31 by youth of Davidson United Methodist Church in front of the chapel and the Molly McKay Youth House on Main Street. Noon-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. Pumpkins of all sizes, decorative corn, gourds and baked goods for sale.

To schedule a children's group for story time at The Great Pumpkin Patch, call Kristen Twitchell at 704-892-8277 or email

The Haunted Trail Ride: Thursday through Oct. 31, Latta Equestrian Center, 6201 Sample Road, Huntersville. Haunted hayride, children's straw maze, pony rides, cow train rides, marshmallow roasting. $6 per three activities.

Ghost Walk of Davidson: 7 p.m. daily beginning at the Soda Shop, 104 S. Main St. $10 adults, $5 ages 8-12, free 7 and younger. RSVP at 704-928-5452;

Knights of Columbus Pumpkin Patch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Sundays. St. Therese Catholic Church, 217 Brawley School Road. 704-664-3992.

Scarrigan Farms : Today and Thursday through Oct. 31, Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway at N.C. 150 and N.C. 152, Mooresville. $20 per person. Ticket sales are 6:30-10 each night. 704-664-1450;

Nightmare in Mooresville Spooktacular: 3-6 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Hickory Tavern, 115 Morrison Plantation Parkway. Outdoor festival 3-6 p.m. with bouncy house, children's games and trick-or-treating in the shopping center; fun for adults 7-9 p.m. featuring the Hot Sauce! band at 7 p.m. and costume contest at 8. Details:

Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center: 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Little ghosts and goblins ages 4-12 can enjoy Halloween-themed games, activities and arts and crafts at this free family carnival. Details: Concord Parks and Recreation, 704-920-5600.

Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center: 6-9 p.m. Saturday Free games, candy, face painting. Details: Concord Parks and Recreation, 704-920-5600.

Flashlight Mazes: Friday nights through Nov. 4, Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $15 for age 13 and older; $10 ages 5-12; free for age 4 and younger. Tickets are sold 6:30-8 p.m. each Friday. 704-875-3113.

Hoot N Howl: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday , Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521.

Downtown Davidson Trick-or-Treat March: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. 704-892-3349 .

Civil War Ghost Walk: 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. $8 per person; free to members. RSVP at 704-875-2312.

Boo Bash: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, hosted by Cornelius PARC Department at Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road. 704-892-6031.

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday, Carolina Renaissance Festival, 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. 704-896-5544,

Birkdale Village Halloween Fu n: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Free games, arts and crafts, hayrides, moon bounce.

Mooresville Downtown Commission's 2011 Trick or Treat: 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Joe Marusak