From costume contests to haunted houses, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween around Charlotte.
While some go to amusement parks for the thrill of the rides, SCarowinds visitors will get an additional thrill. Carowinds transforms into a “scream park” for Halloween with mazes and scare zones like CarnEvil, Bone Brigade and Depths of Darkness, along with scary characters roaming the park. Admission is charged.
• When: Select nights through Oct. 27
• Where: Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd.
• Details: www.carowinds.com/scarowinds
Indian Trail: Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween is on a school night this year, making it hard for kids to stay out late trick-or-treating. Luckily, Halloween Spooktacular in Indian Trail takes place on the Friday before Halloween, allowing for a full night of fun and enough time to sleep in the following day. Kids will be able to go “trunk-or-treating,” and there will be contests and DJs.
• When: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25
• Where: Chestnut Square Park, 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
• Details: www.indiantrail.org/132/Community-Events
Marshville: Halloween on Marsh Street
Parents will not have to wonder if there are designated trick-or-treating areas in Marshville as the town hosts its own celebration for Halloween. Kids in attendance will be able to enjoy free hot dogs, pumpkins, hayrides, games and a DJ playing music throughout the event.
• When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
• Where: Main Street, Marshville
Matthews: Haunted Trail
Those who are not afraid of being scared will enjoy the Haunted Trail presented by Matthews Playhouse. Visitors will be able to walk through the trail in the woods behind the Matthews Community Center and get spooked by actors in costumes, who will scare them when they least expect it. There will also be food trucks and desserts for guests, along with a Not-So-Spooky hour for children. Discounted presale tickets are available online and at the box office until Oct. 23.
• When: Oct. 25 to Oct. 27
• Where: 100 E. McDowell St.
• Details: www.matthewsplay house.com
Matthews: Not-So-Spooky Halloween
Kids can get ready for Halloween without getting scared at Not-So-Spooky Halloween hosted by the Town of Matthews. Little monsters can enjoy face painting, carriage rides, sweet treats and an appearance by Curley the Clown. There will also be a pumpkin-carving contest and a showing of the film, “The Haunted Mansion.”
• When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26
• Where: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St.
• Details: www.matthewsnc.gov
Monroe: Halloween Happenings
Those looking for a daytime Halloween event can look no further than Halloween Happenings in Monroe. Along with arts and crafts, games, bounce houses, food and candy, visitors also have the opportunity to ride a mechanical bull. There will also be a costume contest.
• When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19
• Where: Main Street in Downtown Monroe
• Details: www.monroenc.org
Pineville: Halloween Bash in the Park
Pets can get in on the Halloween fun at this Pineville event with a “Howl-o-ween” pet costume contest. There are fun activities for humans too, including a hayride, bounce house and a cupcake walk. Tickets are $5 cash only.
• When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25
• Where: Jack Hughes Park, 513 Main St.
• Details: www.pinevillenc.gov
Waxhaw: Fright Night
The whole family can enjoy the weekend before Halloween at Fright Night in Waxhaw. Along with trick-or-treating in the business district, kids and their families can enjoy spooky carriage rides, a haunted maze in the park and a scavenger hunt.
• When: 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26
• Where: Downtown Waxhaw
• Details: www.waxhaw.com/669/Fright-Night