It’s time for hayrides and pumpkins. And I’m not just talking about pumpkin spiced lattes. Here is a growing list of fall and Halloween festivals for 2014. Most of these are free. Some have a nominal charge and some charge for activities. Do you know of others? Let me know and I’ll get them on the list. This list will be updated, as many organizations haven’t published information yet. Also, make sure to check out the list of haunted hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. And if you haven’t already done this (what are you waiting for?) you can subscribe for one daily email from Charlotte on the Cheap. Make sure to click on each link for the necessary details. Want to get your event a prime spot at the top of this list? Ask me about sponsoring this post. Email [email protected]
Retro Horror Films
October 3 – November 6
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Boulevard
$5 tickets. Different retro movie each week.
Ballantyne Fall Festival–Autumn in the Park
Ballantyne District Park, behind Morrison Family YMCA at 9405 Bryant Farms Road
Hayrides, bounce house, face painting, field day activities, pumpkin painting, Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast
Autumn Treasures Fall Festival
October 11, 12
Boot camp, pig races, BBQ, entertainment
Waxhaw First Fright Day
October 11 (Rescheduled date)
Live music in the streets, a haunted house obstacle course, spooky carriage rides, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating and pumpkin bowling.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Cinebarre, at Arboretum
October 17, 24, 31
Spookfest at Sea-Life Aquarium
October 18, 19; October 25, 26; October 31, November 1, November 2
Discounted admission; underwater pumpkin carving; trick-or-treat
Pineville Fall Festival
October 17, 18
Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville
Carnival rides, live music, juggling, more
All Hallows Eve celebration
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville
Trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, historical Halloween characters.
$8 adults/$7 kids
Belmont Fall Festival
Stowe Park, 24 South Main Street, Belmont
Arts & crafts, entertainment, inflatables
Blakeney Boo Bash
Blakeney Shopping Center, at Rea Road and Ardrey Kell Road
Pumpkin painting, sand art, wax hands, slides, moon bounce, swing, train rides, live DJ and a dog costume contest
Fall Festival at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center
Sugaw Creek Recreation Center, 943 West Sugar Creek Road
Arts and crafts projects, pumpkin carving, carnival games
GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest
NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard
Watch the pumpkins get carved, and then vote on your favorite
Trunk or Treat
October 24, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Indian Trail Trunk or Treat (and grand opening of Chestnut Parkway Park)
Matthews-Indian Trail Road and Chestnut Parkway
crafts, games, costume parade, treats
Davidson Halloween March
Main Street, Davidson
Costumed kids march down Main Street, collecting candy from business owners and vendors.
Free Halloween activities at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills
Free photos, crafts, scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, and more.
Huntersville Halloween Festival
Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Games, arts & crafts, moon bounce, pumpkin patch
1st Annual South End Fall Festival
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Boulevard
Live music, hayrides, bounce houses, pumpkin carving contest
Small Hands, Big Art Fall Festival
Small Hands, Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road
Crafts, pumpkin decorating
Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl & Cankerworm Festival
Plaza Midwood neighborhood
Live music, kids’ activities, tree banding material sale
Spooktacular at Berewick
6625 Berewick Commons Parkway
Train rides, bouncy house, pony rides, face-painting, pumpkin decorating and balloon art, goodie bags, baby lion and kangaroo.
Various comic book stores. Follow above link for details.
Free comic books, other activities
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Christ Church, 1412 Providence Road
Lon Chaney silent film with live organ accompaniment
Interactive activities, entertainment, treats
Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Avenue
Free night with several live bands
Day of the Dead Celebration
Levine Museum of the New South, 200 East 7th Street.
Explore the Mexican tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, with activities, food, storytelling and altars.
Enchanted Fall Festival
Piedmont Progressive Preschool, 9704 Mallard Creek Road
Storytelling, a nature walk, Faerie House competition, face painting, touch-a-truck, a cupcake walk, art and carnival games