18 spooktacular Halloween happenings

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 18 spooktacular Halloween happenings to consider.

If you’re looking for frightful fun:

Frightmare on Dam Road

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.

Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail

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.

Tunnel of Terror

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.

The 13th Acre

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 Wicked Woods

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.

Charlotte Ghost Tours

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.

Morganton Ghost Walk

Take an hour-long, scenic tour through downtown Morganton and learn about strange sightings and folklore. Some stories date back 500 years! Oct. 30-31. $5. Click here for details.

If you’re looking for some not-so-frightening fun:

Charlotte Fire Department Candy Drop Drive-Thru Event

The Charlotte Fire Department will host a free drive-thru Halloween event at 10 stations from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31. Costumes are encouraged but all participants must stay in their cars. Click here to see a list of participating stations and instructions for the event.

Drive-Thru Boo Halloween

Northlake Mall will host a no-contact drive-thru event. Children will receive a goodie bad and treats, while supplies last. Starts at 2 p.m. at Entry 4 next to AMC Theaters. Oct. 31. Click here for details.

Halloween Drive-in Movie at Charlotte Motor Speedway

See “Hotel Transylvania” on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 16,000-square-foot TV on Oct. 30. Gates open at 5 p.m. The movie is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30 per car and proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. Click here for details.

Movie Night at Optimist Hall

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.

Halloween Weekend at the Hall

Kids ages 12 and younger get free admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. Costumes are encouraged and there will be special Halloween treats located throughout the museum. Click here for details.

Haunted Mini Golf

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.

“It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” StoryWalk

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.

Treats Thru The Streets

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.

Rock Hill BooHaHa

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.

Halloween Train and Scarecrow Stroll

Catch a ride on the Halloween train at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer! There will also be a Halloween scavenger hunt, hayrides and a “Scarecrow Stroll” featuring more than 25 scarecrows across the museum’s 60-acre grounds. Click for more details.

Halloween ’80s Theme Murder Mystery Dinner

Raffaldini Vineyards will host an interactive ’80s/Halloween Murder Mystery Experience Oct. 31. $75, includes four-course dinner and wine. Click here for details.

_____________________________________________________________

Canceled events:

Candy Crawl in Concord

Halloween Spooktacular trick-or-treating in Morganton

Hickory Grove Haunted Trail

Pumpkin Patch Parade and down trick-or-treating in Lenoir