Time is running out to enjoy all the special Halloween-themed events going on in our neck of the woods.
I know there will be plenty of decorating, costuming, trick-or-treating and "trunk-or-treating," but there are two special places you really should visit this Halloween.
First, you cannot celebrate Halloween without a pumpkin. If you don't have a neighbor who grows pumpkins, or if the deer ate them all, then you need to go to the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church's pumpkin patch to select your own perfect pumpkin.
The best thing about this pumpkin patch is that many people benefit when you purchase a pumpkin.
The church youth group is using the pumpkin patch to raise money for its activities, including an upcoming mission trip.
The pumpkins come from a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, so by purchasing a pumpkin here in Mount Pleasant, you are also supporting Native Americans across the country.
And the pumpkin patch is about more than pumpkins. There are baked goods for sale along with homemade crafts, yard décor and plants. There are great photo opportunities and activities, including stories and games.
The pumpkin patch is open from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Mount Pleasant Methodist, 1260 N. College St., and then every day this week from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 704-436-8845 for more information.
The other thing you absolutely must do is take a drive out N.C. 73 to Millingport and visit the Maze of Terror at the Get Lost Corn Maze, 20935 N.C. 73 West.
During daylight hours, the Get Lost Corn Maze is a lovely place to visit with the family. But at night, when the shadows grow and the darkness falls, the maze becomes a place of nightmares and haunted visions.
The Maze of Terror is a guided tour through the maze and into the woods beyond. Along the way are terrifying surprises and frightening scenes.
Owner Kent Lowder says he and his faithful group of volunteers (it takes dozens of them) like to change things around in the Maze of Terror so that no one knows just what to expect.
Depending on his volunteers, the scenes and scares can be completely different from night to night, increasing that element of surprise for the guests.
Next weekend, the Maze of Terror will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Halloween night. Ticket sales start at 7 p.m.; tickets must be purchased by 10 p.m.. The maze closes when the last group finishes the tour.
The cost is $12 per person, but you can get a $2 discount if you donate two items of canned goods.