Fall fests and other local Halloween fun
Fall Festival at Lazy 5 Ranch —Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1: Straw castle, corn box, pumpkin slingshot, pumpkin patch, fall decorations, pumpkin painting and more. Call for reservations on the wagon ride. The animals at Lazy 5 love this time of year. Activities are included with regular admission with the exception of the pumpkin slingshot ($1 per pumpkin to shoot) fall decorations (prices vary), apple butter, and pumpkin painting. www.lazy5ranch.com or 704-663-5100.
Patterson Farms Pumpkin Patch Tours — • October: • Corn Maze • Hayrides • Pumpkin Patch Theater • Puppet Shows • The Barnyard • Tractor Drawn Wagon Ride • Patterson Farm Market & Tours, 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla. Schedule and pricing at at www.pattersonfarminc.com
China Grove Maze of Terror — Oct. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31: Hayride, haunted house, haunted trail and corn maze, all in one. Ticket $10, 7:30-11 p.m., 704-202-5591, 2198 Miller Road, China Grove.
Reaper’s Realm Haunted House And Trail — Oct. 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31: New Zombie Paintball Trail. 1610 Daugherty Road, China Grov, 704-267-0428, Reapersrealmnc.com
October Salisbury Ghost Walk — Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. On Halloween night, tours are at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The walk covers a six block area in down town Salisbury where tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions and orbs will be revealed. Historical facts tell how in the 1800s Salisbury earned the reputation as the “wettest and wickedest” town in the state. Bring camera, smart phone and flashlight, some tales come to life via present day haunts. True stories is all we reveal. $5 students, $10 adults. Age 5 and under free. RSVP to www.salisburyghostwalk.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-798-3102.
Milford Hills UMC Pumpkin Patch — Mondays through Fridays noon-6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 30; closing at 3 p.m. Oct. 30. Money raised supports missions and come from a Navajo Reservation. Schedule groups at 704-636-0471. Milford Hills UMC, 1630 Statesville Blvd.
Wickedly Witty Trolley Tour — Oct. 16-17, 23-24, 30-31: Choose Family Tour (ages 8 and up) or Adult Tour (ages 18 & Up). Climb aboard the Wickedly Witty Haunted Comedy Tour for chilling, wicked and ghostly tales of mysteries, horror, intrigue and lots of laughs. For pricing and reservations call 704-638-3100.
Spencer’s Haunted House on Wheels — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 24, 30, 31: Hear the history and ghostly tales of one of NC’s oldest railroad towns. See historic Southern Railroad Spencer Shops by the light of the moon, hear stories of apparitions that have been seen by railroad men. See historic homes; hear local legends and ghost stories about real people and real events. Complimentary tour ticket to the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum included with each trolley ride. Reservations: 704-762-9359. Adults $12, kids $10. www.spencer dollandtoymuseum.com
Boogerwoods — Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31: In its 38th year. Don’t blink … Phaniel Church Road, Rockwell. Proceeds benefit cystic fibrosis. Info only 704-855-7922. See www.boogerwoods.org
Halloween Fun at Old Salem — Legends and Lanterns Halloween Tours, between 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30• Call 1-800-441-5305 or visit oldsalem.org for ticket info, details and schedules.
Children and youth annual Halloween and crime prevention program — 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30: At JCPrice American Legion Post 107. Food, fun, prizes for best costumes. Police and fireman demonstrations plus Sweet Frogs. Children must be under age 15 and accompanied by a parent/guardian. Info: Leonard Hall 704-640-6360.
Trunk or Treat at the East Spencer Fire Annex — 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30: Games, trunk or treat, face paining, deejay. Wear your costume! 201 S. Long St,
Halloween Kids Night Out at the Rowan County Fair Grounds — 4-10 p.m Oct. 30 • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 31 • Safe trick or treat experience, free treats, 50+ vendors, Halloween treasure hunt, trick or treat bags with maps free to children while supplies last, Halloween costume contest for kids and adults, Smores Circle family story time, haunted cemetery trail walk and haunted house, Halloween maze, kids’ craft stations, dinosaur Halloween adventure with Dakota and Friends, dance with the dinosaurs Oct. 30 4-10 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 31 from 6-10 p.m., bounce houses, live music with Too Much Toni and Envy, bring lawn chair or blanket. Admission fee for wrist band but all activities included except food and shopping. Sponsored by Fun Time Events and Kids Athletics For Life. See event site for ticket information http://rowancountyfair.net/events/ or call 704-310-0354.
Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Scavenger Hunt — 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30: The Friends of the Kannapolis Library need your help! During the revealing of priceless paintings, a crime was committed. The dedicated custodian doing last minute cleaning stumbled upon a theft of the Picasso painting. Later that evening the body is discovered along with clues throughout the library. By wandering the stacks searching clues in reference books, and on shelves and walls, we will be working as a team to solve who committed this shocking crime! The Library will be open for only loyal detectives and the suspects, all locked in to catch a killer. For families, teens, adults. Cabarrus County Public Library, Kannapolis Branch, 850 Mountain St. Information: 980-622-3716 or email@example.com
Concord Candy Crawl — 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30: Concord merchants provide trick-or-treating and family friendly entertainment. www.concorddowntown.com
Fun for kids at the Farmers’ Market — 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday: Bring your kids to the farmers market this weekend where they can decorate and take home a free small pumpkin. All pumpkin decorations are washable/removable so that the pumpkin can be cooked (we’ll include a recipe). Come dressed up and also see our farmers in costume! Salisbury Farmers’ Market is across from Rowan Public Library at Fisher/Jackson Streets; open 9-12 every Saturday until Dec.19.
Downtown Salisbury Halloween FunFest — 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31: Afternoon of spooktacular family-fun with carnival games, haunted trolley rides, hay rides, costume contest, music and more across from the Rowan Public Library. Dress to impress for the annual downtown trick-or-treating at 40 participating merchant locations from 4–5 p.m. 704- 216-PLAY, www.salisburync.gov/play
Spooktacular event at THD — 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Oct. 31: Tour pak trick or treating, costume contest for children, adults and employees, games, a magician, piñata, Bruster’s real ice cream and Nathan’s hot dogs, deejay Fast Freddie. All at Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury, 653 Bendix Drive, www.tilleyhdofsalisbury.com
Trick or treat in Historic Gold Hill Village — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 31: Merchants will be dressed as their favorite alter ego and have a treat for the children. 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road, 704-267-9439, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mean Mug Halloween family movie night and costume contest — Oct. 31: 7:30 p.m. costume contest with prizes • 8 p.m. “The Nightmare Before Christmas.“ 1024 S. Fulton St., email@example.com
W-S Symphony Halloween concert for kids —3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31: Halloween themed music of past and present. Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem.Ticket info at 336-464-0145 or WSsymphony.org
6th Annual Downtown Salisbury Zombie Walk — 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7: Day of zombie and emergency preparedness activities, live music, costume contest, more. Meet special guest Savana Wehunt as seen on AMC’s The Walking Dead. At sundown prepare for the official zombie walk beginning at 7:30 p.m. Zombie walk tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Each ticket includes a professional 4-minute zombie makeover, raffle tickets, and souvenir. Bring canned food items to get two dollars off.Info at DowntownSalisburyNC.com
Free Halloween Portraits for Toys for Tots — Oct. 30-31: Tim Coffey Photography will be taking free portraits of kids in their Halloween costumes at the Literary Bookpost. Bring a new, unwrapped toy (www.toysfortots.org). New children’s books are also acceptable donations. No reservations needed. Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.