If you're looking for a scare this Halloween, or just a free night out with the family, there are lots of events and activities to choose from throughout Cabarrus County and beyond.
Oct. 26-30, The Return of Reaper's Realm Haunted House and Trail, 3745 Patterson St., China Grove. $8. 704-857-7357.
6-8 p.m. Oct. 27, Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center, 60 Hartsell School Road S.W., Concord. Free family carnival with Halloween-themed games, activities, arts and crafts for ages 4-12. 704-920-5602.
7 p.m. Oct. 27, Modern Film Fest at The Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Free screening of the 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead." Seating is limited. Film will be preceded by the zombie short film "See the Dead"; director Robert Fillion will answer questions. See the trailer at www.modernfilmfest.com. 704-920-2787.
6-9 p.m. Oct. 28, Harrisburg Halloween Festival, 6960 Robinson Church Road, Harrisburg. There will be a costume contest for children 12 and younger, pumpkin-decorating contest, games, inflatables and face painting.
8 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Old Courthouse Theater's "Poe's Midnight Dreary." The premise: Edgar Allan Poe lay on his deathbed in a delirium as he relives his famous works. $20, includes hors d'oeuvres, dessert and wine tasting for evening performances. 704-788-2405 or www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
7-11 p.m. Oct. 28-30, Harris Farm Scary Dairy Haunted Hayride. In its fourth year, it is touted as the only haunted hayride in Cabarrus County. Located on the historic Harris Farm, the 20-minute ride travels the dairy barnyard, Reedy Creek and pastures. $10 per person. 1643 Pembrook Road, Harrisburg. $10.
8 a.m. Oct. 29, Second annual Pumpkin Roll 5K and Fall Festival, West Cabarrus YMCA, 5325 Langford Ave., Concord (off I-85 Exit 54). $25 to race. Register at any Cabarrus County YMCA or online at www.runforyourlife.com. Festival runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; games, face painting, inflatables, cake walk, music, hay rides, food, dunk tank. 704-795-9622. www.cannonymca.org.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29, Fall Festival, North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. Hosted by the Trailblazer Service Unit of the Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council. Activities range from face painting to cupcake walks, and anyone can join the pumpkin painting contest and costume parade. Proceeds will benefit the Girl Scout Family Campaign Fund. The unit serves more than 700 girls in the Concord and Kannapolis areas.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Rocky River Presbyterian Church Fall Festival, 7940 Rocky River Road, Concord. Games for all ages, hayrides, face painting, trunk-or-treat, movie. Costumes encouraged. Concessions available for small fee. Proceeds to benefit annual youth mission trip.
6-9 p.m. Oct. 29, Halloween fun at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave. N.W., Concord. Free family-friendly event to include games, candy, face-painting and more. 704-920-5601.
6-9 p.m. Oct. 30, Historic Gold Hill Ghost Tour. Guided tours by Piedmont Paranormal Professionals, who will explain investigative techniques and equipment, as well as share experiences from investigations at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park. $3-$5. www.historicgoldhill.com.
3-5 p.m. Oct. 31, Candy Crawl. Trick-or-treating and games on Union Street in downtown Concord. For details or to be a part of the event call 704-784-4208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Last year the event drew 3,500 children. Union Street will be closed 1-5 p.m. from the Concord main library to Corban Avenue.
6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Pumpkin Ball Fall Festival at Providence Baptist Church, 5315 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg. All-ages event with free food, games, bounce houses, prizes and trunk-or-treat. Details: 704-455-2813.
6-9 p.m. Oct. 28, Creepy Crawly Celebration, Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. Free all-ages event with marshmallow roast, costume contest, trick-or-treating and free hot chocolate.
Oct. 30-31, Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights at the Renaissance Festival. Free admission for kids, free Halloween bags, treats all around the village, treasure hunt and Halloween costume contest. www.RenFestInfo.com.
4-6 p.m. Oct. 31, Halloween Fun at Birkdale Village. Free event with games, arts and crafts, balloons, moon bounce, hayrides and more. Radio Disney to provide spooky tunes, and Zootastic will have petting zoo and pony rides. 8712 Lindholm Drive, Suite 206, Huntersville.
7:30 and 11 p.m. Oct. 31, two free showings of the 1922 silent horror film, "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror" in Davidson College Presbyterian Church sanctuary, with live organ accompaniment. 704-892-5641 or www.dcpc.org.