As Oct. 31 draws near, there are many ways to safely celebrate All Hallows' Eve this year. Whether you’re looking for ghosts and ghouls or just an excuse to dress up, here are 17 spooktacular Halloween happenings to consider.
If you’re looking for frightful fun:
Mr. Putty’s Fun Park in Tega Cay has transformed into a scare park with haunted mini golf, open air scare zones and zombie ax throwing. $15 for haunted house; other activities cost extra. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Click here for details.
The outdoor trail and corn maze are open on select nights through October. The haunted trail is not recommended for children younger than 12. Reservations are required. $25 per person on Thursdays and Sundays and $30 per person on Fridays and Saturdays. Click here for details.
Get a scream as your car gets cleaned at Aquawave Express Carwash in Belmont. Open from 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday through Oct. 31. $22. Click here for details.
It’s one of Monroe’s most monstrous Halloween attractions: the haunted trail at Aw Shucks Farm. Open Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 31. $13. Click here for details.
Midway Campground Resort in Statesville features scary buildings, a maze, spinning tunnel of terror and 3D clown room. Open weekends through Oct. 31. $20. Click here for details.
Explore the haunted pubs, hotels and old buildings in uptown, and visit a cemetery along the way. Fridays and Saturdays through October. $25. Click here for details.
Take a slow drive through the grounds at the Museum of the Waxhaws to see what entities have invaded the cabin and woods! Oct. 24. $20 (tickets are limited). Click for more details.
Join Soul Sisters Paranormal and Ghost Biker Explorations for a nighttime tour of the 115-year-old Henry River Mill Village in Hickory, also known as District 12 in the film, “The Hunger Games.” Oct. 23-24. $30. Click here details.
Take an hour-long, scenic tour through downtown Morganton and learn about strange sightings and folklore. Some stories date back 500 years! Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31. $5. Click here for details.
If you’re looking for some not-so-frightening fun:
Charlotte Motor Speedway has teamed up with candy maker Mars Wrigley for the first-ever drive-thru Track 'n Treat event on Oct. 25. Attendees will drive around the iconic speedway, stopping along the way to pick up candy. Admission is free. Click here for details.
See the family-favorite flick “Hocus Pocus” in the main courtyard at Optimist Hall and get a tarot card reading. Readings are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the movie begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Click here for details.
Play 18 holes of Haunted Mini Golf at The Speedpark at Concord Mills. Open seven days a week. $7 per person for unlimited mini golf games. $29.99 for unlimited mini golf and unlimited go-karting. Click here for details.
Lake Norman Mini Golf is also offering a family-friendly Halloween-themed experience on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Prices start at $6.50/$8. Click here for details.
Enjoy a stroll through Patriots Park in King Mountain stopping along the way to read pages from the classic Peanuts tale of the Great Pumpkin. Open daily through Oct. 31. Click here for details.
The town of Valdese will host a drive-thru event from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at various locations throughout downtown. Click here for details.
The 37th annual BooHaHa will be a drive-thru trick-or-treat event at Fountain Park from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Click here for details.
The Scarecrow Stroll at the North Carolina Transportation Museum features more than 25 scarecrows across the museum’s 60-acre grounds in Spencer. The scarecrows will be on display through Nov. 1 and are included with museum admission. Click for more details.
Raffaldini Vineyards will host an interactive ’80s/Halloween Murder Mystery Experience Oct. 31. $75, includes four-course dinner and wine. Click here for details.
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