C5’s guide to Halloween season in Charlotte


Whether you love dressing up for Halloween, visiting haunted houses or just carving a pumpkin, there’s a variety of fun and frightening events happening in Charlotte. Listen to the CharlotteFive Podcast hosts, Sallie Funderburk and Alicia Thomas, talk about all the haunted attractions, spooky events and family-friendly happenings going on in the Charlotte area over the next few weeks.

If you’re the daring type who enjoys a good ghost story, look into these haunted spots in Charlotte:

The Dunhill Hotel

237 N Tryon St.

via The Dunhill Hotel

Charlotte’s oldest hotel originally opened in 1929 as the ‘Mayfair Manor’. Several employees have claimed that in one particular room of the 10-story hotel, you will sense a weird and eerie energy that “runs up your spine”. Throughout the years, there have also been several suicides on the property since the hotel was once the tallest hotel accessible to the public.

Video via WBTV/Queen City Weekend

According to The Charlotte Observer, in 1988, renovation crews found human remains including an intact skull in the basement. The man had been dead as long as five years once workers found him. The scariest part? The mystery of this man’s death has never been solved.

And don’t think The Dunhill has shied away from any of these ghostly claims. Upon request, you can order the ‘Ghost Cider’–which isn’t even on the menu.

The Haunted Mill

6325 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC

Just 20 minutes from Uptown, Charlotte’s only haunted walk-through attraction actually has documented paranormal activity. There have been several YouTube videos claiming to ‘prove’ that there’s this sort of activity when visiting the Mill, but we’re too scared to even open them, to be honest.

The Mill was originally built in 1924 as the Vision Hosiery Mill. Legend has it that a former employee hanged himself in the Mill’s offices. Employees have claimed to hear and see weird things in the years since.

Tickets to The Haunted Mill, Escape Room at The Mill and Purple Planet 3D Golf start at just $16.

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If you’re looking for a place in the Queen City to be spooked, check out these attractions:


300 Carowinds Blvd.

Everyone’s favorite amusement park, Carowinds, offers up some of the most thrilling and frightening attractions in Charlotte including:

Haunted Mazes including Dark Harvest, Slaughterhouse: The Final Cut, Depths of Darkness and more.

Scare Zones including Bloodyard, Mass Acres, Deadman’s Landing and more.

Shows including Blood Drums, Skeleton Crew and more.

Tickets to SCarowinds start at just $37.

SCarrigan Farms

1213 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC

This 170-acre farm is transformed into a truly terrifying trail. The website claims, “We’ll be waiting. If someone hasn’t peed in their pants by the end of the night, we know we haven’t done our job.”

The trail could have everything from a clown asking you inside a van to a monster breathing down your neck. Yeah, we’re out. Thanks though.

Tickets to SCarrigan Farms start at just $25. You must bring cash or check only, no card.

If you want to bring your kids or just keep the atmosphere completely G-rated, check out these family-friendly Halloween activities:

The Glow: Jack O’Lantern Experience

7301 Bruton Smith Blvd., Rock City Campgrounds, Concord, NC

If you’re looking for a Halloween Wonderland, this event is for you. You’ll be able to marvel at more than 5,000 hand-wcarved pumpkins with everything from beautiful landscapes to iconic figures like Mickey Mouse. Seasonal snacks and fall beverages will also be offered.

Tickets start at just $16.99.

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