Fall is the best time for festivals in Charlotte. Costumed kids, pumpkins, treats…what could be better? Most of the following festivals are free. The exception are the Kidgits events at some malls, where you have to purchase a Kidgit membership. This costs $5 for the year and then all the events are free. This list includes Halloween, fall festivals, sponsored Trick-or-Treat events and Day of the Dead celebrations. Make sure to click through each link to get further details on the events.
Northlake Mall’s Fall Fest
Saturday, October 13th, 10am to 4pm
Outside Entry #1
Crafts, games, free pumpkins, free food sampling, more
Fall festival at South County Regional Library
Tuesday, October 16th, 10am to 12pm
Intended for kids up to 5 years old
Blakeney Boo Bash
Saturday, October 20th, 10am to 5pm
Blakeney Shopping Center, at Rea Road and Ardrey Kell Road
Fall activities, crafts like wax hands, painted pumpkins and sand art, and music from a DJ. Come dressed in your Halloween costume if you’d like. There will be a huge slide, a moonbounce and a horse-drawn hayride.
The Children’s Schoolhouse 31st Annual Carnival
Saturday, October 20th, 10am to 3pm
Davidson’s Village Green
Fall Festival at Providence United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 21st, 3pm to 6pm
2810 Providence Road
Come and wear your Halloween costumes and get treats from the PUMC youths’ car trunks. There will be exciting activities for all, including inflatable bounce houses and slides, carnival games, face painting, tattoos, a fire truck, the “FUN BUS”, decorating pumpkin station and much more.
Spooktacular at Morrison
Thursday, October 25th, 4pm to 8pm
Morrison at Southpark, at the intersection of Sharon and Colony Roads
Free dinner for kids at Earth Fare (6 kids per adult meal purchase), pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, free train rides, face painting, balloon artist and a pet costume contest.
Fall Festival at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center
Thursday, October 25th, 5pm to 8pm
Pumpkin carving and other fall activities
Fall Festival at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
Friday, October 26th, 5pm to 8pm
Contests, prizes, games, magic show and a special guest.
Creepy Crawly Critters Celebration at Reedy Creek Nature Center
Friday, October 26th, 6pm to 9pm
Live animals, costume contest, marshmallow roast, and trick or treating included. Free hot chocolate.
Fall festival at Beatties Ford Road Library
Saturday, October 27th, 11am to 1pm
All age kids
KiDaWEEN in NoDa
Saturday, October 27th, 12pm to 3pm
Free but donations are accepted. There will be an 18-foot inflatable slide, obstacle course, a popcorn machine, face and body painting by real tattoo artists from Fu’s Custom Tattoo, bobbing for apples from Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, live music by Juice Box from NoDa Records, a costume contest and more.
Concord Mills Fall Event
Saturday, October 27th, 2012, 11am to 1pm
Free Trick-or-Treat Bag compliments of The Hub and FREE Kre-O Bumblee Transformer (limit one per family, while supplies last).
Halloween ComicFest at Spandex City Comics
Saturday, October 27th, 11am to 1pm
3611 Mt.Holly-Huntersville Road
Be a part of a (hopefully) record setting group photo with the Imperial 501st Stormtrooper Legion and an 8-foot tall Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Also experience an appearance by the Carolina Garrison of the Imperial 501st Legion Stormtroopers and photo opportunities with various costumed heroes. Get a free comic book (one per customer while supplies last), free door prize drawings, free Halloween snacks and a geek trivia contest.
Halloween at Rural Hill in Huntersville
October 27th, 2pm to 6pm
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
games, face painting, moon bounces, hay rides, costume contest, pumpkin decorating, live music, more
Treat-O-Ween at Carolina Place
Sunday, October 28th, 12pm to 3pm
Trick or treat at select retailers, Radio Disney Halloween Dance Party, games and prizes, Halloween crafts from Small Hands, Big Art, stroller decorating contest, magic, stilt-walking, juggling
Day of the Dead Celebration at Levine Museum of the New South
Sunday, October 28th, 12pm to 4pm
Admission to the celebration and the museum is free all day. Enjoy activities, alters, food, story-telling and more.
Fall festival at University City Regional Library
Monday, October 29th, 4:30pm to 6pm
All age children
Southpark Monster Mash
Wednesday, October 31st, 6pm to 8pm
Free pumpkin to decorate, crafts, music, prizes and goody bags. Radio Disney will be there with interactive entertainment and games.
Downtown Concord’s Candy Crawl
Wednesday, October 31st, 3pm to 5pm
Trick-or-treat in downtown Concord. Also face painting and games.