13 events to get you in the Halloween spirit

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Courtesy of The Duke Mansion
Sangrias & Cigars: A Benefit for The Duke Mansion is Oct. 26.

Got ghosted? If you did, we’ve got you covered.  Here’s our roundup of events to keep you busy during Halloween.

This year’s events include costume contests, Dracula Dodgeball and even a candy crawl. There are classic events like SCarowinds and some new events like the Charlotte Museum hosting its first-ever haunted home site.

Whatever spooky activities you’re looking for this Halloween, grab your pumpkin spice latte and read our 2019 round up to find it. 

Saturday, Oct. 19

(1) Ayrsley Retro Horror Series

Cost: $5
When: All October long
Where: Ayrsley Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd.
Who: Mostly ages 17 and older — check individual movies

When are your favorite horror films are hitting the big screen? Ayrsley Retro Horror Series includes classic horror films on the big screen with retro trailers, ads, props and themed beers.

Pro tip: Retro Series Coordinator Kara Leonard said to arrive early to take photos with movie props. Also, check out the local themed beer options at the concession stand like Catawba White Zombie.

Courtesy of Kara Leonard
Ayrsley Retro Horror Series shows classic horror films on the big screen all month long.

(2) Halloween-themed Disney Junior play date

Cost: Free
When: 1-3 p.m.
Where: SouthPark Mall, in the Center Court
Who: Families with young children

SouthPark is calling all Disney lovers. This playdate will feature activities inspired by the Disney Junior television series, including Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals and T.O.T.S. Activities include a craft project for children to create their own Disney Junior character masks, a Halloween-themed photo booth, face painting and a DJ.

Courtesy of SouthPark Mall
A Halloween-themed Disney Junior play date is Oct. 19 at SouthPark Mall.

(3) Huntersville Halloween Festival

Cost: Free
When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Huntersville Athletic Park and Recreation Center, 11836 Verhoff Drive
Who: all ages

A Halloween Egg Dash will include 23,000 black and orange eggs filled with candy. The free entertainment includes Dracula Dodgeball, local crafts vendors, food trucks, bounce houses, balloon twisting, airbrush tattoos and more. The annual costume contest starts at 5:30 p.m.

(4) SCarowinds

Cost: Starting at $39.99
When: Select nights through Oct. 27
Where: Carowinds, Exit 90 off I-77
Who: all ages

It’s a classic. Carowinds is transformed from a “Theme Park” into a “Scream Park.” SCarowinds includes mazes, scare zones, shows and rides with over 500 monsters waiting for you.

Courtesy of Sierra Burrell/Carowinds
Carowinds has been transformed into SCarowinds, with monsters and spooky attractions.

(5) 10th annual NoDa Ghosts & Legends Tour

Cost: Free
When: 6:45 p.m.
Where: leaving from 36th Street and North Davidson Street
Who: all ages

Get your walking tour on: The NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association’s 10th annual Ghosts & Legends Walking Tour leaves every 15 minutes. Block out about an hour for the tour. Register at North Davidson Street and 36th Street the night of the 19th to lock in your time slot.

Friday, Oct. 25

(6) Terrors of the Past: Escape from Devil Charlie

Cost: $30- $45
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive
Who: adults 21 and over

Some of the scariest stories are based on a little truth. The Charlotte Museum’s first haunted home site, “Terrors of the Past: Escape from Devil Charlie,” is an interactive theatrical performance focused on the 1791 death — and possible murder — of Polly Alexander. It’s a 45-minute tour with costumed actors, where you will try to solve the true crime story of Polly Alexander. Attendees will also enjoy a pre-party with drinks and a DJ

Pro tip: Museum education specialist Lauren Wallace suggests buying your tickets early, as this event is expected to sell out and no tickets will be available at the door. It takes place at a historic site, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk over uneven surfaces.

Courtesy of Charlotte Museum of History
“Terrors of the Past: Escape from Devil Charlie” is Oct. 25.

(7) Trick or Treat in the Park


Cost: $3 cash for “all you can play”
When: 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
Where: Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg
Who: all ages

Hundreds of costumed trick-or-treaters will gather for costume contests, games, inflatables and, of course, candy. The first costume contest will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26

(8) Blakeney’s Trick or Treat Street

Cost: Free
When: 2-4 p.m.
Where: 9839 Rea Road
Who: families

Enjoy an afternoon of Halloween spirit in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. Families can explore vendor tables, visit with on-site safety advocates about safety during trick-or-treating season. There will be an inflatable obstacle course. Prior to Trick or Treat Street, families are invited to participate in the kid-friendly Big South 5K Road Race. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Blakeney Shopping Center.

Pro tip: Show up early to enjoy music, games, on-site safety demonstrations and to trick-or-treat through vendor tables — the candy goes fast. 

Courtesy of Blakeney
Families can explore vendor tables with costumes and games at Blakeney’s Trick or Treat Street on Oct. 26.

(9) Halloween Masquerade

Cost: Free
When: 8 p.m–1 a.m.
Where: Corkscrew, 412 W. 5th St.
Who: adults over 21

Find a Boo at The ‘Screw. Music will be provided By Old Skool Entertainment, and there will be drink specials. Costumes are encouraged.

(10) Sangrias & Cigars: A Benefit for The Duke Mansion

Cost: $75
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road
Who: adults only

Needing a menu with a Cuban flavor? Enjoy a festive fusion of Cuban and Spanish cultures at this bash to benefit the historic Duke Mansion. Hey DJ will be in the house with his live musicians. Dance to Top 40 hits and get a Latin dancing lesson. Hand-rolled cigars will available at the cigar bar. Join the silent auction with trips, experiences and jewelry. Dress to impress with a tropical flair.

Pro tip: For inspiration on what to wear, check out these ideas from The Duke Mansion’s Andy Faulkenberry.

Courtesy of Duke Mansion
Enjoy a festive fusion of Cuban and Spanish cultures at Sangria & Cigars on Oct. 26.

HalloweenThursday, Oct. 31

(11) Candy Crawl

Cost: Free
When: 3-5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Concord
Who: all ages

Get your sugar rush. Local merchants will provide trick-or-treating and family-friendly entertainment on Union Street in Downtown Concord.

(12) Haunted Warehouse Halloween

Cost: $30
When: 6 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Where: Norfolk Hall, 2905 Griffith St. 
Who: adults over 21

This one’s for the music lovers. It’s a Haunted Warehouse Halloween. Enter into a spooky Haunted Warehouse with house and techno from international headlining DJs Richy Ahmed (Hot Creations), and Mikey Lion w/ Lee Reynolds (Desert Hearts). Costumes encouraged. 

Pro tip: Parking is very limited. Uber or LYFT is recommended, or take the light rail to the New Bern Station stop – it is 55 steps from the venue.

(13) The Nightmare on College Street — Charlotte’s Largest Halloween Bar Crawl

Cost: $12.97-$35.95
When: 6 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Where: Lucky’s Bar & Arcade, 300 N. College St., #104
Who: adults over 21

The crawl is on. This Halloween Bar Crawl provides entrance into six bars for one price. Registration is at Lucky’s Bar & Arcade from 6-8 p.m.. Then make your rounds to Vida Vida, Blackfinn, Whisky River, Rooftop 210 and Suite. There will be drink specials at all locations.

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