Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Events
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Fall is a fabulous season for family outings. Jump on a hayride, paint a pumpkin, find your way out of an endless corn maze and taste fresh apple cider. Ghost walks, haunted houses and other blood-curdling attractions await braver souls. Explore our vast selection of fall offerings, from tame experiences to frightful festivities. Events requiring a fee, ticket or donation are marked with an asterisk. Check the daily calendar section for more seasonal fun.
Parents: Use discretion to determine whether activities are suitable for your children. Be sure to call ahead or visit websites to verify hours and dates.
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*Crossroads Corn Maze
3937 Louisbury Rd., Wake Forest
Open through Nov. 4; Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-7 p.m. Five-acre corn maze, hay maze, games and fall produce. "When the Stalks Go Dark," a nighttime corn maze, operates select evenings in October and November until 9 p.m. Take a flashlight.
DJ’s Berry Patch
1223 Salem Church Rd., Apex
See the website for details. Pumpkins of all sizes, North Carolina apples and tomatoes, and other fall produce.
The Family Farm on Avent Ferry
1719 Avent Ferry Rd., Holly Springs
Open Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Specialty pumpkins, gourds and more. Vintage John Deere tractor with pumpkins on site for family photographs.
*Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm
2521 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary
Open Sept. 22; see the website for closing date; Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $14.95 for ages 2 and older. Corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, haystack mountain and more.
*Gross Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
1606 Pickett Rd., Sanford
Open Sept. 15-Nov. 4; Monday-Friday in September by appointment only for groups; Friday, 4-10 p.m. (beginning in October); Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission is $3 for ages 2 and older; other fees vary by activity. Corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, play area and more.
*Hill Ridge Farms Fall Pumpkin and Harvest Festival
703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville
Open Sept. 15-Nov. 4; open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; general admission is $14 for ages 2 and older. Pumpkin patch, covered wagon hayride, 80-foot giant slide, animal corral, play land, picnic areas and live music. Gemstone panning, pony rides and unlimited train rides cost extra. Saturdays in October offer extended hours until 9 p.m. and feature bonfires, s’mores and hot apple cider.
*Hipp Farms Corn Maze and Field of Fun
U.S. Route 401 and Ballard Rd., Fuquay-Varina
Open Sept. 15-Nov. 4. Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (offers nighttime corn maze until 9 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Oct. 13); and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Admission is $10 ages 3 and up; some activities charge an extra fee. Corn box, 10-acre corn maze, hayrides, barrel train, slingshot activity and more.
*Huckleberry Trail Farm
143 Pleasant Hill Church Rd., Siler City
Open Sept. 30-Oct. 30; Thursday-Friday by appointment only for groups; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Ticket sales end one hour before closing. General admission is $10 for ages 12 and older, $8 for ages 3-11. Hayrides, giant corn maze, pumpkin patch and farmyard games. A Flashlight Maze is Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m.
*Ken’s Korny Corn Maze
3175 Benson Rd., Garner
Open through Nov. 10; Monday-Thursday by appointment only for groups; Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. General admission is $12 for ages 6 and older, $6 for ages 3-5. Free for ages 2 and younger with a paid adult. Corn maze, hay barn, corn crib, children's maze and more. Some activities, such as hay rides and rubber duck races, charge an extra fee. A haunted attraction, Harvested Farm Nightmares, requires a separate $20 admission fee and is open 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26-27 and 30-31 and is not recommended for young children.
*McKee’s Cornfield Maze
5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont
Open Sept. 29-Nov. 4; Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 1-7 p.m. See the website for fees. Large and small corn mazes, Bessie the Milk Cow, pumpkin patch and more.
507 Woodland Church Rd., Wake Forest
Open through Oct. 31; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $9/person; gem mining is an extra $6/person. Corn maze, gem mining, hay rides and more.
*Naylor Family Farm and Giant Corn Maze
6016 U.S. 401 N., Fuquay-Varina
Open Sept. 15-Nov. 4; Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.; Monday-Thursday by appointment only. Admission is $18 for ages 3 and older. Gem mining, 10-acre corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm animals, jump pad, corn crib, barrel train and more.
6100 Mt. Herman Rd., Raleigh
Open Sept. 22-late October; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $13-$15 for ages 3 and older. Pick-your-own pumpkin, corn maze, hayrides, corncrib, haystack slide, farm animals and more.
Phillips Farms of Chatham Pumpkin Patch
1282 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro
Open mid-September through Oct. 31. Pumpkins and fall produce.
*Phillips Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Farm
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
Open Sept. 22-Oct. 28; Friday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older. Corn maze, wagon ride, cow train and more. The Haunted Farm, featuring four haunted attractions, requires a separate $20 admission fee and is open 8-11 p.m. Sept. 28-29, and Friday and Saturday nights in October. Ticket sales end at 10 p.m. This attraction is not recommended for children younger than 12.
Porter Farms and Nursery
3525 N.C. Hwy. 42, Willow Spring
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Garden mums, pumpkins, gourds and 16 flavors of ice cream.
*Pumpkin Patch at Camp Chestnut Ridge
2902 Mt. Willing Rd., Efland
Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27; 9 a.m.-noon. Admission is $5/person. Farm animals, hayrides, face painting, nature play area, pumpkins and more.
*Spring Haven Farm Fall Festival
5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill
Oct. 21, 27 and 28, 2 p.m. $13.50-$18.50/person and free for ages 3 and younger; tickets must be purchased in advance online. Take the family to enjoy farm animals, pumpkin carving, a hayride, games, face painting and more.
*Tractor's Corn Maze
13912 Bold Run Hill Rd., Wake Forest
Open through the end of October; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Admission is $8/person (cash only). Free for ages 2 and younger. Corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch. Admission price includes one free pumpkin.
*Vollmer Farm “Back 40” Country Playground
677 N.C. Hwy. 98 E., Bunn
Open Oct. 1-31; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $14 for ages 3 and older. Corn maze, farm animals, pumpkin jump trampoline, barrel train, 100-foot underground slide, corn crib, pumpkin slingshot, hay pyramid and fall produce. Family-friendly movies shown outdoors on a large screen on Saturday nights beginning at 6 p.m.
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*BOOtanical: Pumpkins in the Garden
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill
Oct. 26, 5:30-8 p.m. Admission is $5/person and free for ages 3 and younger. Registration required online. Take a carved pumpkin and enter it in a contest. Wander the garden to see glowing pumpkins, meet live critters and enjoy treats. Proceeds benefit the Wonder Connection program. wonderconnection.org.
Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve
Downtown Park, 319 S. Academy St., Cary
Oct. 27, 2-8 p.m. Admission is free. Carve a pumpkin from 2-5:30 p.m. to be lit for display and judged in a variety of categories from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Take your own pumpkin or purchase one at the event. Family-friendly Halloween TV specials such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” will be shown outdoors from 6:45-7:45 p.m.
*Clayton Halloween Hayride
Clayton Community Park
1075 Amelia Church Rd., Clayton
Oct. 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $5/child; parents ride free with each paid child. Free for ages 2 and younger. Take a hayride around the trail to meet Halloween characters and enjoy games and prizes.
*Costume Dance Party
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary
Oct. 27, 1-2:30 p.m. $1/person at the door. Ages 3-10 don a costume and enjoy an art activity, dancing, costume awards and more with a caregiver.
Crabtree Valley Mall Trick-or-Treat
4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh
Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Ages 10 and younger trick-or-treat at the mall and meet favorite superheroes and Disney princesses in the promotional court, then show off their Halloween costume with free costume photos in the H&M hallway.
Creepy Crabtree Celebration
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville
Oct. 20, 2-6 p.m. Free. Don a costume and explore the darker side of nature with freakish festivities, scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and more.
Crossroads Plaza Trick-or-Treating
213 Crossroads Blvd., Cary
Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. Admission is free. Kids trick-or-treat at participating merchants and enjoy face painting, a bounce house, games for prizes and more.
Decorated Pumpkin Contest
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh
Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Children enter a decorated pumpkin in a contest for prize money and bragging rights. Winning pumpkins will remain on display during October.
Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat
Oct. 30, 4-5:30 p.m. Free admission. Ages 12 and younger trick-or-treat at local businesses on Main Street, and enjoy games and goodies at Town Square (corner of Main and Fayetteville streets) afterward.
*Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria
2828 Homestead Rd., Durham
Oct. 26, 6:30-9 p.m. Guests explore historical concepts of spiritualism from the 19th century and wander the property to see what they can find in this no-scare event. All ages. $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Family Phantasmagoria Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., offers a glimpse of how kids celebrated Halloween in the 1870s and features crafts and hands-on activities. Family Phantasmagoria requests a donation of $5 per car.
Duke Wind Symphony: A Halloween Spooktacular
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St., Durham
Oct. 27, 3 p.m. Admission is free. Take a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this fun and engaging outdoor performance for all ages.
Fall Festival at Park West Village
Village Market Place, Morrisville
Oct. 25, 4-8 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy trick-or-treating and hayrides from 4-6 p.m., followed by a family-friendly Halloween movie outdoors on the green space in front of Stone Theatre Park West 14 at 6:30 p.m. Take a blanket or chairs.
Fall for Cary
Oct. 27, 1-6 p.m. Admission is free. Celebrate the harvest season with pumpkin carving, face painting, a petting zoo, a bounce house, a turkey calling contest, vendors, a pie contest and cookie decorating.
Fearrington Village’s Pumpkinfest
2000 Fearrington Village Center
U.S. 15-501, Pittsboro
Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. See more than 80 beautiful, silly and spooky jack-o’-lanterns created by Fearrington gardeners and chefs. Enjoy a spooky storytime at McIntyre’s Books at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m.
*Fright Night at Forest Hills Park
1639 University Dr., Durham
Oct. 12, 6-9 p.m. Admission is a canned food donation for the Durham Rescue Mission. Ghosts and ghouls of all ages tour a haunted house, and enjoy costume contests and carnival games.
*Goblin’s Groove Family Dance
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St., Apex
Oct. 26 7-9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online at etix.com/ticket/p/5573790/goblins-groove-family-dance-apex-halle-cultural-arts-center. $5/couple, $2/additional child. Parent and child enjoy dance contests, costume contests, a haunted art gallery and other treats. Costumes encouraged. Snacks and punch provided.
Hallow-Eno at West Point on the Eno Park
5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham
Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. Campfire stories and songs, hayrides, face painting and treats for ages 12 and younger.
Halloween at University Place
201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. Admission is free. Kids trick-or-treat in costume at participating retailers.
Halloween Boo Bash
Sponsored by all of the District 1 Boo Crew Community Centers in Raleigh: Abbotts Creek, Brier Creek, Greystone, Lake Lynn, Millbrook and Optimist.
Oct. 26, 5:30-8 p.m. Admission is free. Ages 10 and younger can wear a costume and be a part of District 1's Annual Boo Bash. Visit decorated vehicles for trunk-or-treating, make a spooktacular craft, try your hand at some fangtastic games,, take a walk through a spooky bus (both scary and non-scary versions available) and visit a ghost story area.
Carrboro Town Commons, Carrboro
Oct. 26, 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Carnival games and prizes for all ages. Carve a pumpkin and take it to Town Commons between 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. to enter it in a carving contest. Winners will be announced at 8:15 p.m. at the carnival.
Halloween Egg Haunt
Smithfield Community Park
600 Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield
Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Admission is free. Ages 3-12 go on a hunt to collect Halloween eggs filled with treats. Take a pillowcase or bag to collect treats.
Halloween Mall Crawl
Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St., Cary
Oct. 27, 4-5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Wear a costume and enjoy trick-or-treating, storytelling and a magic show.
Halloween Safe Night
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. Ages 12 and younger can walk along the trick-or-treat trail and through “The Story of North Carolina” history exhibit with an adult.
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St., Wake Forest
Oct. 25, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Ghostly games, face painting, a haunted maze, costume contest and more await families. Free pumpkin giveaway while supplies last. Costumes optional.
“Halloween Spooktacular: Mystery at the Symphony”
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St., Raleigh
Oct. 27, 1 and 4 p.m. $27. Inspector Beckensteiner investigates a concert where major suddenly became minor. The inspector suspects everyone, including the audience. The culprit is revealed in a surprising re-enactment of the ill-fated concert. Compete in a costume contest and try out the instruments at the Instrument Zoo before the show.
Chapel Hill Community Center
120 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
Oct. 20, 5-9 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy games and trunk-or-treat from 5-7 p.m. and a glow-in-the-dark climb for ages 6 and older from 7-9 p.m. The movie "Coco" will be shown in the park at 6:45 p.m.
Carroll Howard Johnson Park
301 Wagstaff Rd., Fuquay-Varina
Oct. 20, 5-9 p.m. Admission is free. Venture down a haunted trail to encounter zombies, ghosts and other monsters. The sunlit family trail for families with younger children is 5-6 p.m., and costumes are encouraged; the full fright trail is 7-9 p.m. and is not recommended for children younger than 10.
Haunting at Harris: Halloween Around the World
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr., New Hill
Oct. 7, 1-6 p.m. Admission is free. Discover Halloween traditions from around the world on a wagon ride. Enjoy crafts, games, live critters and an obstacle course. Costumes optional. Wagon rides leave every 30 minutes. Tickets available first come, first serve the day of the event only. Tickets for 1-3 p.m. rides handed out at 12:30 p.m.; tickets for 3:30-5:30 p.m. rides handed out at 3 p.m.
*Herbert’s Haunted House
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary
Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Admission is $3. The Cary Teen Council invites families to take a spooky walk through Herbert’s house of horrors (all ages; parental discretion advised).
*Historical Ghost Walk
Riverside Cemetery, 100 E. Church St., Smithfield
Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission at the door is $3 for adults, $2 for students. Costumed re-enactors portray extraordinary persons from Johnston County’s past. The tour concludes with refreshments at the Hastings House.
*Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
Oct. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Online advance ticket purchase recommended. Advance tickets are $12/member, $15/nonmember. Week-of tickets, if available, are $15/member, $18/nonmember. Wear a Halloween costume and experience the magic of Marbles Kids Museum after dark. Activities include a ghoul school, mad scientist lab, monster mash dance party and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
*Midtown Pumpkin Palooza
Midtown Park at North Hills
4011 Cardinal at North Hills St., Raleigh
Oct. 21, 3-6 p.m. See website for fees and to register. Pumpkin painting, an inflatable obstacle course, chili cook-off, North Carolina State University mascots, Terrence and Torry Holt’s Tailgate Zone, and a canine Halloween costume contest await families at this festival that benefits the KidsCAN! program.
*Monster Mash Dance
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary
Oct. 13, 6:30-9 p.m. $10/student and free for parents and care providers. Register online at classweb.townofcary.org. Choose program #117339. Students with special needs don a Halloween costume and enjoy a night of music, games and refreshments. Ages 11 and older. Participants must provide their own assistant.
*Mummy and Son Ball
Middle Creek Community Center
123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex
Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m. $21/parent and child pair; $11 additional child. Mothers and sons ages 5-12 wear their favorite costumes at this event featuring games, ice cream, dancing and a costume contest. Register online. Choose course #116813.
NC Sugar Rush: Halloween Edition
200 E. Martin St., Raleigh
Oct. 28, 1-5 p.m. Free. Wear a costume to this food truck rodeo featuring desserts, face painting and balloon artists. Pets welcome.
Ninth Street Trick-or-Treating
811 Ninth Street, Durham
Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m. Admission is free. Kids and dogs enjoy trick-or-treating at participating merchants, a balloon artist, costume contest and more.
Outdoor Movie Night in Garner
Garner Performing Arts Center, Back Lawn
742 W. Garner Rd., Garner
Oct. 5, 7-10:30 p.m. Admission is free. See the PG-rated movie “Ghostbusters” and enjoy food trucks.
*Pittsboro Monster Dash
Pittsboro Elementary School
375 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd., Pittsboro
Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-noon. Registration fee is $25/person. This family-friendly community event features a 5K in costume, a costume contest, cross-fit kids challenge and local food vendors. Register online.
Pumpkin Carving Party
7901 Strickland Rd., #112, Raleigh
Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m. Free. TheeDesign’s 7th annual pumpkin carving party for all ages features prizes for the scariest, funniest and most original carving creation, as well as costume contests, face painting, a video game truck and more. Costumes encouraged. Register online.
Bond Park Boathouse
801 High House Rd., Cary
Oct. 26, 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. Take a carved pumpkin to Bond Park anytime between 4-5:30 p.m. and watch it set sail across the lake in a twilight flotilla that begins at 6:30 p.m. Attendees who enter a pumpkin in the flotilla or dress in appropriate Halloween costumes can enjoy a discounted boat ride prior to the event.
*Pumpkin Patch Express
Museum of Life and Science
433 W. Murray Ave., Durham
Oct 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; trains leave the station every half hour. $15/person; general admission to the museum is not included in the ticket cost. Free for ages 2 and younger. Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the museum's pumpkin patch. Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, and enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before returning to the station. Purchase tickets online; this event sells out quickly.
Conservators Center, Burlington
November; see the website for date, hours and fees. Select, decorate and carve pumpkins for the center’s wild animals to enjoy in their enclosures.
Raleigh Zombie Walk
Imurj, 300 S. McDowell St., Raleigh
Oct. 27, 5-8:30 a.m. Admission is free. The undead of all ages arrive in character and lurch their way along a set route in downtown Raleigh to entertainingly frighten the living. The trek is approximately one mile long and begins at Nash Square. Family-centered festivities take place at Imurj, where young zombies can enjoy crafts, games, entertainment, zombie face painting and more.
*“Rocky Horror Show: Live On Stage”
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
Oct. 26-27, 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $22.50-$35. Theatre Raleigh presents the famed musical that pays tribute to rock stars with big egos and even bigger hair. Purchase tickets at etix.com.
Rolesville Fall FunFest
Main Street, Rolesville
Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Costume contests, live music, arts and crafts vendors usher in the fall season.
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh
Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m. $6/person. Get into the Halloween spirit by learning about spiders. Make a craft, carve a jack-o-lantern and take a walk in the dark woods to look for wildlife. Gather around a campfire and roast marshmallows. Register online; choose program #211674.
Spooktacular Pumpkin Carving
The Studio School of Durham
1201 W. Woodcroft Pkwy., Durham
Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $5/family. Families with children ages 4-10 carve and decorate pumpkins. Materials provided.
*Track or Treat Halloween Express at New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill
Trains run Oct. 13, 20 and 27; departure times are 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $15/person; free for ages 1 and younger. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Wear a Halloween costume and ride a decorated locomotive to encounter goblins in the woods and on the track.
Triangle Town Center Trick-or-Treat
Triangle Town Center, 5959 Triangle Town Center Blvd., Raleigh
Oct. 31, starting at 5 p.m. while supplies last. Free admission. Ages 12 and younger in costume visit participating retailers throughout the mall for special treats. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Trick-or-Treat at North Hills
4321 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Raleigh
Oct. 31, hours vary by store location. Dress in costume and trick-or-treat at North Hills.
Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Fuquay-Varina
Main, Broad and downtown side streets, Fuquay-Varina
Oct. 26, 2-5 p.m. Admission is free. Kids trick-or-treat in costumes throughout both Fuquay and Varina retail districts.
Trick-or-Treat the Trail and Trunk or Treat
Morrisville Community Park
1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville
Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. Kids 12 and younger don a costume and collect goodies from favorite characters on Hatcher Creek Trail and during Truck or Treat with in partnership with the Town of Morrisville Police and Fire Departments. Enjoy bounce houses and food trucks.
Trick-or-Treat the Trails
White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Rd., Garner
Oct. 31, 3-6 p.m. Admission is free. Kids trick-or-treat in costume around a 1-mile trail with a caregiver.
Trunk or Treat at Baptist Grove Church
7109 Leesville Rd., Raleigh
Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. Face painting, s'mores, games, a costume contest and more highlight this event in Raleigh.
Uptown Selma on Raiford Street
Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. Kids trick-or-treat in costume at decorated cars and enjoy bounce houses and a DJ.
*A Walk in the Dark
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m.; Oct. 27, 5-9 p Admission is $12/nonmember, $10/member. In this immersive live theater experience, audiences will follow pirates, pilots and pioneers as they twist and turn throughout a lantern-lit tour of the real “Story of North Carolina." The Oct. 26 event is for adults who like things that go bump in the night. The Oct. 27 event is family event with craft activities and treats to share. Shows are 45 minutes long.
Zebulon Trunk or Treat
Zebulon Community Center
301 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon
Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m. Admission is free. Dress in costume and enjoy music and treats in the parking lot.
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The Cary Theatre’s Zombiepalooza
122 E. Chatham St., Cary
Oct. 26, 7 p.m. See the website for fees; tickets available at the box office. Celebrate the undead at this annual event that showcases local filmmakers’ zombie films, cosplay zombies and more for all ages.
*Clayton Fear Farm Haunted Scream Park
1620 Loop Rd., Clayton
Open Oct. 5-31 on select nights. See the website for schedule. All-inclusive admission for seven attractions is $27; one attraction is $13. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth. Haunted farmhouse, cemetery, hayride and more. Clayton Fear Farm Daytime is a nonhaunted corn maze with attractions for all ages, including a jumping pillow, millet maze, hayrides and 3D painted imagery in Seymour’s House of Dreams. Clayton Fear Farm Daytime is open Oct. 6-28; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is $11.
*Dark Dimension Haunted Experience
North Raleigh Swim Club
8105 Haymarket Ln., Raleigh
Oct. 26-27, 7-9:30 p.m. Admission is $3/person for two haunted houses and an tour through the spooky trail; $10/person for unlimited access. Visitors navigate two haunted houses and a spooky trail in an event that raises funds for the Oak City Outreach center in Raleigh.
*Darkside Haunted Estates
11875 N.C. 222 W., Middlesex
Open Sept. 22-Nov. 3 on select nights, 7-10 p.m. See the website for schedule. Admission is $20 for adults, $12 for ages 10 and younger. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth. Mayhem hayride, clown town, fright trail and other bloodcurdling attractions. Terror-filled, lights-out event is Nov. 3, 7-10 p.m. Low-scare event for younger kids on Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m., features a behind-the-scenes tour of the haunted house, trick-or-treating on the trail and face painting. Admission is $5/adult, free for kids.
Face Your Fears: The Sequel
520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh
Oct. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Ages 12-15 complete as many fearful and phobia-inspired challenges as they dare. Costumes not permitted. Register by Oct. 25. Choose event #229228.
*Ghost Walk in Downtown Cary
Page Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador St., Cary
Oct. 27, 7, 7:20, 7:40 and 8 p.m. Purchase tickets, $15/person, at etix.com. Cary Players entertain guests with spooky legends and ghostly tales of yesteryear on a walk in downtown Cary. Suitable for ages 10 and older.
*Granville Haunt Farm
4534 Hwy. 15, Oxford
Open Oct. 5-Nov.3 on select nights, 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $9-$27. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth. Haunted trail, zombie paintball hayride, corn maze, escape room and more.
*Haunted Forest at Panic Point
2808 Cedar Creek Rd., Youngsville
Open Sept. 22-Nov. 10 on select nights. See the website for dates, hours and fees. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth, which opens at 7 p.m. Haunted attractions include a forest, trail, hayride, corn maze and crypt. Families with younger children can enjoy a zombie shootout, menacing maze and carnival games.
*Haunted Mordecai Lantern Tour
Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
Find out if the Mordecai House is the most haunted home in North Carolina. Half-hour lantern ghost tours take place 5-9 p.m. and depart every 30 minutes. Purchase tickets, $5/person, via phone or online through RecLink (search for “Mordecai” in the advanced search field).
*Haunted Trolley Tour
Departs Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27; see the website for tour times. Tickets are $10/person. Take a 45-minute journey past downtown Raleigh’s most haunted places. Tours depart every 60 minutes. Purchase tickets via phone or the website through RecLink (search for “Mordecai” in the advanced search field).
*The Myers House Halloween Bash in Hillsborough
House address will be posted on the website one week prior to the event.
Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $8/person to enjoy bonfires, outdoor horror movies, food trucks and more. An extra fee of $5/person is required to tour the interior of the house, a life-size replica of the infamous Michael Myers house from the “Halloween” film series, and view its movie memorabilia. Ages 12 and younger not admitted.
*Phillips Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Farm
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
Open Sept. 22-Oct. 28; Friday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Ticket booth closes at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older. Corn maze, wagon ride, cow train and more. The Haunted Farm, featuring four haunted attractions, requires a separate $20 admission fee and is open 8-11 p.m. Sept. 28-29, and Friday and Saturday nights in October. Ticket booth closes at 10 p.m. This attraction is not recommended children younger than 12.
*Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
Departs Wake County Courthouse, 316 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
Friday and Saturday evenings in September, October and November. Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for ages 8-14. Purchase tickets online. Family-friendly, 1.5-mile walking tours for ages 8 and older combines local ghost stories, folklore and history, and take guests to several ghost sites.
*Spirits of Hillsborough Walking Tour
Tours meet at the Hillsborough Visitors Center
150 E. King St., Hillsborough
Tours held the last weekend in October; see the website for dates, hours and ticket fees. The Orange Community Players enlighten and entertain guests as they portray Hillsborough’s dearly departed residents from yesteryear.
*"Strange City of Edgar Allen Poe"
Sonorous Road Theatre and Film Studio
3801 Hillsborough St., Ste. 113, Raleigh
Oct. 19-31, staggered entry times from 8-8:45 p.m. Purchase tickets, $25/person, at strangecitypoe.com. Wander the halls of Edgar Allan Poe’s mind with Sonorous Road Theatre's fully immersive production that examines his famous stories and characters. Suitable for ages 13 and older.
*Xtreme Haunt: A Zombie Shooting Experience
Xtreme Kombat Park
7460 Hwy. 98, Wake Forest Rd., Durham
Open Oct. 13-30 on select nights, 6-11 p.m. Ticket window closes at 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $10, tickets at the door are $15. Visitors ride on a 40-foot military truck with mounted paintball guns to shoot at roaming zombies in the night, enjoy a zip line in the dark and face a challenge in a mini escape room.
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*Aw Shucks! Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe
Open Sept. 14-Nov. 11, Friday-Sunday; see the website for hours. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and younger. Corn maze, hayrides, animal barn, grain bin slide, play area and more. Some activities require an additional fee. The 13th Acre, a haunted attraction through the woods, is open Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 28-Oct. 27 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. (ticket booth closes at 11 p.m.) and is not recommended for young children. Admission is $13.
*Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash
Battleship North Carolina
1 Battleship Rd., Wilmington
Information not yet updated on website.
*Boo at the Zoo
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy., Asheboro
Oct. 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Trick-or-treating, games, storytelling and live entertainment highlight this annual Halloween event. All activities are $3/person in addition to the zoo’s regular admission prices, which are $15 for adults and $11 ages 2-12. Admission is free for ages 1 and younger. Children and adults are welcome to wear costumes for this event; however, adults in heavy makeup or masks are prohibited.
*Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, Virginia
Open Sept. 15-Oct. 28 on select nights. See the website for hours and fees. Haunted houses, an escape room, live shows and more. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.
*Gallberry Corn Maze
5991 Braxton Rd., Hope Mills
Open Sept.15-Nov. 4. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older. Hayride, jumping pillow, corn shack, kids’ fairy tale maze, barrel train rides and more.
*Halloween in Old Salem
900 Old Salem Rd., Winston-Salem
Legends and Lanterns Walking Tours are Oct. 26, 27, 29 and 30, 7-9 p.m. A costumed guide lights the way by lantern through Salem’s nighttime streets. Guests visit several haunted stops in the historic district and hear tales of a local ghostly legend or interact with a person from the past. Tours depart from the Boys’ School (corner of Main and Academy streets) every 15 minutes and last 60 minutes. Purchase tickets online, $40/person.
*Hubb’s Corn Maze
10276 N. U.S. 421, Clinton (between Clinton and Dunn)
Open Sept.15- Nov. 10. See the website for hours. Admission prices vary. Giant corn maze, outdoor laser tag, treasure mine and more. Halloween at Hubb’s, Oct. 26-28, features a costume contest, ping-pong ball drop, flashlight maze and Oz Express train ride.
*Maize Adventure at Kersey Valley
1615 Kersey Valley Rd., Archdale
Open Sept. 16-Nov. 3; Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Admission prices vary. Zip line, 10-acre corn maze, zip line, two giant jumping pillows, bungee trampolines, gem dig, cow train, duck races and pumpkin patch. Kersey Valley Spookywoods, a haunted attraction for ages 10 and older, is open on select nights Sept. 28-Nov. 3. Visit spookywoods.com for schedule. Admission prices start at $30/person.
*Oden Farming Company
1426 Claridge Nursery Rd., Goldsboro
Sept. 21-Oct. 28. See the website for hours. Pumpkin patch, 7-acre corn maze, 2-acre sunflower maze, corncrib, hay jump, wagon ride and more. Some activities require an extra fee.
*The Original Hollywood Horror Show
6333 Bass Mountain Rd., Snow Camp
Open Sept. 28-Nov. 3 on select nights; Sunday-Thursday, 8-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight. Haunted house produced by Hollywood filmmakers features indoor and outdoor paths of terror, live actors and Hollywood sets and props.
*Red Wolf Farm
4137 Providence Mill Rd., Maiden
Open Oct. 6-28 on select days. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $9/person. Free for infants younger than 12 months. Corn maze, 8-acre corn maze, kids’ maze, giant slide, obstacle course, farm animals and more. Some activities require an extra fee.
*Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville
The day maze is open Sept. 15-Nov. 4; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The night maze is open Sept. 21-Nov. 4; Friday-Saturday, 6:30-9 p.m. The day maze is $11 for ages 13 and older, $8 ages 5-12; the night maze is $16 for ages 13 and older, $11 for ages 5-12. Hayrides, 7-acre corn maze, hiking trails and pumpkins.
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte
Open Sept. 14-Oct. 28 on select nights, 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $31 and up. Sinister creatures, scare zones and live music amplify the fun at Carowinds amusement park. This attraction is not recommended children younger than 13. Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest runs Sept. 15-Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring family-friendly Halloween activities. Tickets are $29.99 and up.
*Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock
Open Sept. 21-Oct. 27; Friday-Saturday, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is $38/person; ages 2 and younger are free. Advance ticket purchase required. Ghost train rides, haunted house, freaky forest, 3D maze, trick-or-treating, Halloween characters and shows. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.
*Woods of Terror
5601 N. Church St., Greensboro
Open Sept. 15-Nov. 3 on select nights. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. Ticket prices vary; parking is $5, cash only. This well-known attraction in Greensboro offers 12 haunted attractions, a monster parade every night at 7 p.m. and a midway featuring games, food and more. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.
* Events require a fee, ticket or donation.
This article was updated Oct. 10, 2018
Janice Lewine is the associate editor at Carolina Parent.