Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Events
Explore our vast selection of fall offerings, from tame experiences to frightful festivities
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Autumn is a glorious season in the Triangle. Visit a local farm to hop on a hayride, sip apple cider and find your way out of corn maze. Scare yourself silly in one of the area’s celebrated haunted houses, or venture down a dark trail to greet the undead. 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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*Carving Pumpkins With Goats
5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill
Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. $13.50-$20/person and free for ages 3 and younger; tickets must be purchased in advance online. Take the family to enjoy goats and other farm animals, pumpkin carving, a hayride, face painting and more.
DJ’s Berry Patch
1223 Salem Church Rd., Apex
See the website for details. Find 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. Shop specialty pumpkins, gourds and more. Take advantage of a vintage John Deere tractor with pumpkins on site for family photographs.
*Gross Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
1606 Pickett Rd., Sanford
Open Sept. 21-Nov. 3; 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; combo ticket is $16. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, 10-acre corn maze, Farm Scene Investigation activity, hayrides, pumpkin patch and more.
*Hill Ridge Farms Fall Pumpkin and Harvest Festival
703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville
Open Sept. 21-Nov. 3. Starting Oct. 1 hours are 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and Sunday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday. Saturdays in October offer extended hours until 8 p.m. and feature bonfires, s’mores and hot apple cider. General admission is $14 for ages 2 and older. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, hayride, 80-foot giant slide, live music and more. Gemstone panning, pony rides, unlimited train rides and face painting (Fridays-Sundays) cost extra.
*Hipp Farms Corn Maze and Field of Fun
U.S. Route 401 and Ballard Rd., Fuquay-Varina
Open Sept. 14-Oct. 27. Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (offers nighttime corn maze until 9 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Oct. 5); and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 2 and older; some activities charge an extra fee. Enjoy wagon rides, a 10-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, barrel train, a slingshot activity, a corn box and more.
*Huckleberry Trail Farm
143 Pleasant Hill Church Rd., Siler City
Open Sept. 28-Oct. 27; 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. Discover hayrides, a giant corn maze, a pumpkin patch and farmyard games. A nighttime Escape Maze is available Oct. 19 and 26, 6-9 p.m.; $15/person.
*Ken’s Korny Corn Maze and Harvested Farm Nightmares
3175 Benson Rd., Garner
See website for 2019 dates, times and admission. Enjoy a 6-acre corn maze, 10-acre fall playground, hay jump, corn tunnel, hay ride, straw maze and more. Harvested Farm Nightmares are offered on special nights.
*McKee’s Cornfield Maze
5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont
Open Sept. 28-Nov. 3; Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 1-7 p.m. See the website for fees. Find large and small corn mazes, farm animals, Bessie the Milk Cow, a hay bale climb, a pumpkin patch and more.
507 Woodland Church Rd., Wake Forest
Open Sept. 21-Oct. 27; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $9/person; gem mining costs an extra $6/person. Check out a corn maze, gem mining, hay rides and more.
*Naylor Family Farm and Giant Corn Maze
6016 U.S. 401 N., Fuquay-Varina
Open Sept. 14-Nov. 3; 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. Discover a pumpkin patch, pirate ship, farm animals, gem mining, a 10-acre corn maze, hayrides, a jump pad, a corn crib, a barrel train and more.
6100 Mt. Herman Rd., Raleigh
Open Sept. 21-late October; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $15 for ages 3 and older. Pick your own pumpkin and check out a corn maze, hayrides, a corncrib, a haystack slide, farm animals and more.
*Phillips Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Farm
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
Open Sept. 14-Oct. 27; Friday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. The ticket booth closes at 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for ages 3 and older. Find a corn maze, a wagon ride, a cow train and more. The Haunted Farm, featuring four haunted attractions, requires a separate $21 admission fee (get a $1 ticket discount if you pay with cash) and is open 8-11 p.m. Sept. 28-29, and Friday and Saturday nights in October. The ticket booth closes at 10 p.m. This attraction is not recommended children younger than 12.
Phillips Farms of Chatham Pumpkin Patch
1282 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro
Open mid-September through Oct. 31. Shop for pumpkins and fall produce.
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. Purchase garden mums, pumpkins and gourds, and choose from 16 flavors of ice cream.
*Pumpkin Patch at Camp Chestnut Ridge
2902 Mt. Willing Rd., Efland
Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 9 a.m.-noon. Admission is $5/person. Discover farm animals, hayrides, face painting, a garden and nature play area, pumpkins and more.
Ragan and Holly’s Pumpkin Patch
38 Lewter Shop Rd., Apex
Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Purchase pumpkins and fall produce.
*Tractor’s Corn Maze
13912 Bold Run Hill Rd., Wake Forest
Open Sept. 21-Oct. 27; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Admission is $8/person (cash only). Free for ages 2 and younger. Check out a corn maze, hay ride and pumpkin patch. Admission price includes one free pumpkin.
*Vollmer Farm “Back 40” Country Playground
677 N.C. Hwy. 98 E., Bunn
Open Sept. 28-29; Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older. See farm animals and purchase fall produce. Also, try a corn maze, pumpkin jump trampoline, barrel train, 100-foot underground slide, corn crib, pumpkin slingshot and hay pyramid. Family-friendly movies shown outdoors on a large screen on Saturday nights beginning at 6 p.m.
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Boo Bash: Halloween Special Needs Dance
Clayton Community Center
715 Amelia Church Rd., Clayton
Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. Free. Do the limbo and dance the night away at this event for middle and high schoolers with special needs.
*BOOtanical: Pumpkins in the Garden
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill
Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5/person and free for ages 3 and younger. Registration required online. Meet green monsters, tackle the spider obstacle course, craft a magic wand and leaf critter, hear creepy crawly tales, and more. View the nature-themed carved pumpkin display, and come dressed in a favorite plant or animal costume.
Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve
319 S. Academy St., Cary
Oct. 26, 2-8 p.m. 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. 25, 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.
Creepy Crabtree Celebration
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville
Oct. 19, 2-6 p.m. Free. Wear a costume for this family festival that explores the darker side of nature with scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and gruesome games.
Decorated Pumpkin Contest
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh
Oct. 3, 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. 31, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. 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. 25, 6:30-9 p.m. Guests of all ages explore historical concepts of spiritualism from the 19th century and wander the property to see what they can find in this no-scare event. $10 advance online tickets, $15 at the door.
Fall Festival at Park West Village
Village Market Place, Morrisville
Oct. 24, 4-8 p.m. 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.
Fearrington Village’s Pumpkinfest
2000 Fearrington Village Center
U.S. 15-501, Pittsboro
Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. 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.
500 W. Murray Ave., Durham
Oct. 18, 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/8697361/goblins-groove-family-dance-apex-halle-cultural-arts-center. $5/parent-child 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. Free. Enjoy campfire stories and songs, hayrides, face painting and treats for ages 12 and younger.
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. 25, 6-8 p.m. Free. Ages 10 and younger can wear a costume and be a part of the annual Boo Bash. Visit decorated vehicles for trunk-or-treating, play fangtastic games, take a walk through a spooky bus (both scary and nonscary versions available) and more.
Carrboro Town Commons, Carrboro
Oct. 25, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Games and prizes for all ages. Carve or paint a pumpkin and take it to Town Commons between 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. to enter it in a contest. Voting takes place from 6-8 p.m., and winners will be announced at 8:15 p.m. at the carnival.
Halloween Mall Crawl
Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St., Cary
Oct. 26, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Wear a costume and enjoy trick-or-treating and a magic show.
*Halloween Party for Special Needs
100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro
Oct. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is $3/person. Ages 15 and older with special needs enjoy a Halloween dance featuring games and a photo booth.
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St., Wake Forest
Oct. 24, 4:30-8 p.m. Free. Don a costume and enjoy ghostly games, face painting, a haunted maze, a cupcake walk and more. There will be a free pumpkin giveaway while supplies last. Costumes are optional.
“Halloween Spooktacular: The Composer is Dead”
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St., Raleigh
Oct. 26, 1 and 4 p.m. $27/person. Help discover who killed the composer, as a detective interrogates each section of the orchestra to determine whodunit. Join us as Lemony Snicket’s popular children’s book ”The Composer is Dead” comes to life with music by Nathaniel Stookey, plus other Halloween favorites. Compete in a costume contest and enjoy a variety of fun activities before show time.
Chapel Hill Community Center
120 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
Oct. 19, 5-9 p.m. Free. Enjoy games and trunk-or-treat from 5-6:30 p.m. and a glow-in-the-dark climb for ages 6 and older from 6-8:30 p.m. A family-friendly movie will be shown in the park at 6:45 p.m.
Haunted Mordecai Festival
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m. Free. Participate in costume contests for ages 16 and younger, games, crafts and food.
Carroll Howard Johnson Park
301 Wagstaff Rd., Fuquay-Varina
(Park at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center at 820 S. Main Street and take a bus to the haunted trail)
Oct. 19, 5-9 p.m. Free. Encounter zombies, ghosts and other monsters on a haunted trail. The sunlit trail for families with younger children is 5-6 p.m.; 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. 13, 1-6 p.m. Free. Scarecrows, werewolves and other creatures haunt Harris Lake County Park’s trails during a full moon in October. 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. 25-26, 7-9 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
100 E. Church St., Smithfield
Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 5-17. Tour the historic Riverside Cemetery and hear fascinating stories about five of Johnston County’s former residents.
*Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
Oct. 26, 6-8:30 p.m. Online advance ticket purchase recommended. Advance tickets are $13/member, $15/nonmember. Week-of tickets, if available, are $16/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. 13, 3-6 p.m. See the website for ticket prices. Pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, inflatable obstacle course, chili cook-off, Oktoberfest food, giant-sized games and more await families at this annual festival in midtown Raleigh.
*Mummy and Son Ball
Middle Creek Community Center
123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex
Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $21/parent and child pair; $10 additional child. Mothers and sons ages 5-12 wear their favorite costumes and compete for prizes, dance in the Monster Mash and have a cool treat from the Monster Graveyard. Registration required online. Choose course #127099.
*Pittsboro Monster Dash
Pittsboro Elementary School
375 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd., Pittsboro
Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Registration fee is $30/person. This family-friendly community event features 5K and 10K races in costume, a 1-mile fun run, Crossfit Kids obstacle course and local food vendors. Register online.
Bond Park Boathouse
801 High House Rd., Cary
Oct. 25, 4-7 p.m. 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. Food trucks, live music, face painting and discounted boat rentals round out the fun.
*Pumpkin Patch Express
Museum of Life and Science
433 W. Murray Ave., Durham
Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 27-27. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; trains leave the station every half hour. $15/person; museum admission is not included in the ticket cost. Free for ages 2 and younger. Journey to the museum’s pumpkin patch aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway. 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
Nov. 16; see the website for date, hours and fees. Online ticket purchase required. Select, decorate and carve pumpkins for the center’s wild animals to enjoy in their enclosures.
Raleigh Zombie Walk
Begins in Nash Square in downtown Raleigh
Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Free. Come out for the 13th annual Raleigh Zombie Walk/flash mob and invade the streets of downtown Raleigh. After the 1-mile trek enjoy a night downtown celebrating the holiday.
Rolesville Fall FunFest
Main Street, Rolesville
Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Usher in the fall season with costume contests, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and more.
*Track or Treat Halloween Express
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill
Trains run Oct. 12, 19 and 26; departure times are 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $14/person. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Wear a Halloween costume and ride a decorated locomotive to encounter goblins in the woods and on the track.
Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Fuquay-Varina
Main, Broad and downtown side streets, Fuquay-Varina
Oct. 25, 2-5 p.m. Free. Kids wear a costume to trick-or-treat throughout both Fuquay and Varina retail districts.
Trick-or-Treat on Salem Street
Oct. 27; see the website for hours. Free. Kids trick-or-treat in costumes throughout the Historic Apex business district.
Trick-or-Treat the Trail and Trunk or Treat
Morrisville Community Park
1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville
Oct. 26, 4-7 p.m. Free. Kids ages 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.
Trick-or-Treat the Trails
White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Rd., Garner
Oct. 31, 3-6 p.m. Free. Kids trick-or-treat in costume around a 1-mile trail with an adult.
Trunk or Treat
Smithfield Community Park
650 Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield
Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Kids hunt for candy in the town’s pre-Halloween event.
Trunk or Treat Celebration
Zebulon Community Center
301 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon
Oct. 25, 5-7 p.m. Free. Wear a costume and enjoy music and treats.
Uptown Selma Gazebo
114 Raiford St., Selma
Oct. 28, 5-8 p.m. Free. Kids trick-or-treat in costume at decorated cars and enjoy bounce houses and a DJ.
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*Clayton Fear Farm Haunted Scream Park
1620 Loop Rd., Clayton
Open Oct. 4-31 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. 5-27; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is $11.
*Darkside Haunted Estates
11875 N.C. 222 W., Middlesex
Open Sept. 21-Nov. 2 on select nights, 7-10 p.m. See website for the schedule. Admission is $20 for adults, $12 for ages 10 and younger. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth. Face your fears in JoJo’s clown town, fright trail, insane asylum and mayhem hayride. A terror-filled, lights-out event is Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m. Low-scare event for younger kids on Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m., features a behind-the-scenes tour of the haunted house, trick-or-treating on the trail and face painting. Wear a costume. Admission is $5/adult, free for kids.
*Ghost Walk in Downtown Cary
Page Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador St., Cary
Oct. 26, 7, 7:20, 7:40 and 8 p.m. Purchase tickets, $15/person, at etix.com. Cary Players entertain guests with ghostly tales of yesteryear and spooky legends on a walk in downtown Cary. Suitable for ages 10 and older.
*Granville Haunt Farm
4534 Hwy. 15, Oxford
Open Oct. 4-Nov. 2; Friday and Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$26. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth. Haunted trail, zombie paintball hayride, 9-acre corn maze, escape room and more.
*Haunted Forest at Panic Point
2808 Cedar Creek Rd., Youngsville
Open Sept. 21-Nov. 2 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. Six haunted attractions include a forest, a trail, a hayride, corn stalkers, a corn maze and a 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
Oct. 25-26. Find out if the Mordecai House is the most haunted home in North Carolina. Half-hour lantern ghost tours take place 6-9 p.m. Friday and 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Tours 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. 18, 19, 25 and 26; 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. 19, 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $10/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 and a life-size replica of the infamous Michael Myers house from the “Halloween” film series, and view movie memorabilia. Ages 12 and younger will not be admitted.
*Phillips Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Farm
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
Open Sept. 14-Oct. 27; 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 $12 for ages 3 and older. A corn maze, wagon ride, cow train and more. The Haunted Farm, featuring four haunted attractions, requires a separate $21 admission fee (get $1 ticket discount if you pay with cash) and is open 8-11 p.m. Sept. 28-29, and Friday and Saturday nights in October. The ticket booth closes at 10 p.m. This attraction is not recommended children younger than 12.
*Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour and Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk
Departs Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
The Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in September, October and November. The Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk occurs on Friday and Saturday evenings in September, October and November 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 in Raleigh and Durham for ages 8 and older combine 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 ghoulish residents from yesteryear.
*Xtreme Haunt: A Zombie Shooting Experience
Xtreme Kombat Park
7460 Hwy. 98, Wake Forest Rd., Durham
See the website for dates and hours, and to purchase tickets. 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.
The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St., Cary
Oct. 25, 7 p.m. See the website for fees; tickets available at the box office. Dress as a zombie or horror film character and enjoy local filmmakers’ zombie flicks on an outdoor screen.
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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. A corn maze, hayrides, an animal barn, a grain bin slide, a 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
Oct. 29, 5:30-8 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Little ghouls and goblins board Battleship North Carolina in costume for trick-or-treating, games and more.
*Boo at the Zoo
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy., Asheboro
Oct. 26-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Trick-or-treating, games, storytelling and live entertainment highlight this popular 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. 14-Oct. 27 on select nights. See the website for hours and fees. Discover 12 haunted attractions, two escape rooms, live shows and thrill rides. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.
*Elizabeth City Historic Ghost Walk
Downtown Elizabeth City
Oct. 11-12, 5:30-9:30 p.m. $15 for adults, $12 for children. Enter seven historic homes where you’ll meet friendly apparitions who tell of their life and time in Elizabeth City during bygone days.
*Gallberry Corn Maze
5991 Braxton Rd., Hope Mills
Open Sept.14-Nov. 3. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Admission is $11 for ages 3 and older. Hayride, jumping pillow, corn shack, kids’ fairy tale maze, barrel train rides and more.
*Hubb’s Corn Maze
10276 N. U.S. 421, Clinton (between Clinton and Dunn)
Open Sept. 14-Nov. 3. See the website for hours. Admission prices vary. A giant corn maze, outdoor laser tag, a treasure mine and more. Halloween at Hubb’s, Oct. 25-27, features a costume contest, airplane ping-pong ball drop, trick-or-treating, a flashlight maze and Rocket Man Hubb’s Express trackless train ride. See the website for hours.
*Maize Adventure at Kersey Valley
1615 Kersey Valley Rd., Archdale
Open Sept. 21-Nov. 2; Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Admission prices vary. Find a 10-acre corn maze, kid maze, a monster mystery game, two giant jumping pillows, bungee trampolines, a gem dig, duck races and a pumpkin patch. Admission is $20/person. Kersey Valley Spookywoods, a haunted attraction for ages 12 and older, is open on select nights Sept. 27-Nov. 2. Visit spookywoods.com for the schedule and fees.
*Nightwatchman Halloween Tours
900 Old Salem Rd., Winston-Salem
Tours are Oct. 25, 26, 29 and 30, 7-9 p.m. A costumed guide lights the way by lantern through Old Salem’s dark 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. Advance online ticket purchase required, $40/person.
*Oden Farming Company
1426 Claridge Nursery Rd., Goldsboro
Sept. 21-Nov. 2. See the website for hours. Pumpkin patch, 10-acre corn maze, corn crib, hay jump, play area and more. Some activities require an extra fee.
*The Original Hollywood Horror Show
6333 Bass Mountain Rd., Snow Camp
Open Sept. 26-Nov. 2 on select nights; Sunday-Thursday, 8-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight. A 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. 5-27 on select days. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $9/person. Free for infants younger than 12 months. Enjoy a kids corn maze, an 8-acre corn maze, a play area, pumpkin bowling, pedal tractors, farm animals and more. Some activities require an extra fee.
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte
Open Sept. 13-Oct. 27 on select nights, 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $35 and up. Spine-chilling haunted houses and attractions, more than 500 terrifying monsters, live shows and favorite rides highlight this annual event at Carowinds amusement park. This attraction is not recommended children younger than 13. Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest runs Sept. 14-Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on select days and features 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. 20-Oct. 26; Friday-Saturday, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is $44/adult, $38/child; free for ages 2 and younger. Advance ticket purchase required. Ghost train rides, a haunted house, a freaky forest, a 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. 20-Nov. 2 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 Sept. 12, 2019
Janice Lewine is the associate editor at Carolina Parent.