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CHARLOTTE HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS October 21, 2016

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Charlotte offers a plethora of paranormal activities for Halloween! Haunted Houses, from the fairly tame Scarowinds to the heart-pounding Haunted Mill, all your traditional favorite fear factor locations are waiting for you during October!

Charloteeans searching for suspense (without the screams) can also find frightful fun throughout the Charlotte area this month!

Blumenthal Arts presents THE ILLUSIONISTS October 21-23 at Oven’s Auditorium. Considered the world’s best magic show, seven magicians are prepared to awe and delight with their sophisticated art of deception!

Queen City Ghost Tours offers a historical scare, starting in Uptown Charlotte! Learn about ghostly visitors from the Revolutionary War to present-day, local haunted homes! Walking and driving tours are available.

Detectives of all ages will enjoy the Murder Mystery/Dinner –Evil Never Dies on October 22nd. Intrigue and wine will dominate this whodunit evening at Cougar Run Winery! Help solve the mystery while enjoying a dinner catered by 2 Gals Kitchen.

Stretch your skeleton and move those muscles at the first annual Costume Dash on October 29th. Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy the fun run through South End! Costume contest, prizes, and after party at Draught Charlotte. Charitable sponsor is the American Cancer Society. NoDaWeen festival includes a Freaky 5K and a Pimp My Pumpkin competition. The 3rd Annual Hound Dog Hustle is a way for you and your four-legged baby to enjoy the fall foliage! The 5k run/walk on Oct. 23rd starts at 9:00 am and benefits the Carolina Bassett Hound Rescue. The Rescue saves homeless hounds from kill shelters.

Sophisticated spooks will find their inner fabulousness at The Duke Mansion’s Casino Party and Auction on October 28th. Casino games, silent auction, dancing with delicious delectable created by executive Chef Harrison Booth. Midnight in the Garden at Historic Rosedale Planation offers an indoor and outdoor experience for all ghost busters! The Paranormal Grounds Investigation will be 6:30-8pm using technology in partnership with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society. Real ghost stories and possible spirit contact continues in the Paranormal House Investigation, 9-11pM.

Halloween can be fun and educational! Plaza Midwood’s Fall Crawl Cankerworm Festival will be on Oct. 29th, 9am-7pm. Tree banding supplies to get rid of those real-life creepy crawlies will be available from 9am-12pm. Enjoy the festivities including a costume parade, live music and libations from Birdsong Brewery. Dia De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead will be presented at the Levine Museum of the South on Sunday, November 1st. Traditional foods, art and dances will have you transported to Mexico! Science on the Rocks Fright at the Museum will be at Discovery Place in Charlotte’s Uptown! This is an adult event with a live zombie dissection, live music, creepy crawly experiments and much more! October 21st.

Fall is gorgeous in Charlotte. Enjoy outdoor Halloween festivities at Times Haunted Food Truck Festival on October 22nd. Movies, food trucks, movies, and a costume contest will fill The Charlotte Open Air Market, 5471 Central Avenue. GUTS on October 22nd at the BB&T Ballpark will be a pumpkin panic as carvers compete for the best jack lantern! A special “peoples choice” vote will have everyone cheering for his or her favorite! Benefits Make-A-wish foundation. Hall’s Family Farm is pumpkin picking fun for the entire family! Pumpkin Patch and hay rides ever day through October 31st. Also catering to your little cowboys and cowgirls, Hodges Dairy Farm offers a child size maze, pony rides, farm animals for your little pumpkins. A short drive from Charlotte will have fall fun finders looking skyward! The Hot Air Balloon Fest featuring 50 hot air balloons, balloon flights, wine and craft beer tasting, kids zone and much more in Statesville! October 21-23rd

The Queen City s a hotbed for a heart-ponding, happy Halloween. Get on your ghoul on by running, riding, dancing, and eating your way through an October bursting with fun in Charlotte!

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UNMASKED HALLOWEEN FUN IN CHARLOTTE October 3, 2015

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October Charlotte is beautiful with her precious city of green unmasking the brilliant colors of fall! October is forever a pumpkin picking, candy cruising, cider sipping, fun festival time in the Queen City!

Pumpkins, hayrides, haunted houses and trick or treating can be enjoyed at many Charlotte area attractions like Carrigan Farms (Scarrigan Farms for Halloween) , Carowinds (Scarowinds) and the Hall Family Farm in Ballantyne

Outside the sugar-pumped squeals, pumpkin patches and haunted houses, Charlotte offers grownups a more unmasked October of spooky fun!

October 2-November 5th The Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14 is showing a Retro Horror Film Series. Enjoy classics such as: The Birds, An American Werewolf in London and Friday the 13th!

Make your reservations for an Uptown, candlelight, historical walking ghost tour of Charlotte offered by Port City Java Hearst Tower! The Carolina History and Haunts tour guide, dressed in 19th century attire, will take your group through historic 4th ward and settler’s cemetery.

The budding chefs in your family will enjoy mastering Pumpkin. Gourds, Squash and Candies Cooking Class offered at Mimosa Grill on South Tryon Street on October 3rd. On October 17th Upstream restaurant in Phillips Place will offer a yummy cooking class of Sweets and Treats featuring baking goods and pastries!

The 2nd Annual Cider Fest on October 9th will have you enjoying juicy fall apples with an adult twist! Rooftop 210 will feature cider mixology, samples of different ciders and new cider cocktails at this fall-themed festival!

South Charlotte’s Ballantyne Festival-Autumn in the Park will feature Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast on October 10th! You don’t want to miss local brews, family fun and fresh oysters! The festival will be at Ballantyne District Park at 9405 Bryant Farms Road.

Historic Rosedale Plantation is perfect for celebrating your inner ghost! The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon-Antebellum dinner will be at the plantation on October 17th. Enjoy an elegant farm to table 7-course dinner all served in an appropriate period candlelight atmosphere.

Also at Rosedale, on October 23rd and 24th, a Paranormal Grounds Investigation will have all creatures of the night on a ghost -busting quest! Join professional ghost hunters as they take you through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year- old plantation, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will have the opportunity to use the latest technology with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society.

Knight Theatre at 430 South Tryon Street will musically celebrate Halloween suspense with Evil Dead The Musical on October 25th! This comical musical tells the story of college friends accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them into demons. w

Dracula will be performed on October 30th-November 15th at Theatre Charlotte. Dark humor and terror at the theater will be a great way to celebrate Halloween!

Release your inner poltergeist at Charlotte’s grown-up venues of apparitional hunts, theatrical phantoms and deliciously demonic vittles!

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CHARLOTTE OFFERS HAUNTINGLY HAPPY HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS October 22, 2013

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Charlotte is ready to get her scare on at Halloween events for the young and for the over 21 crowd! Adults seeking a scary evening in the Charlotte area have a variety of venues to choose from. The 8th Annual Gravediggers Ball returns as the most popular Halloween event in Charlotte!  Located at 301 East 7th Street, this is THE over 21 party to get your ghoul on! If dancing and partying spells Halloween fun, then the Gravediggers Ball is the place to be on October 26th!

Music, Monsters and Mayhem is a Halloween musical event at the NC Music Factory, 100 NC Music Factory Blvd, on October 26, beginning at 6:00pm. Multiple bands, a $5,000 prize for the costume contest, and multiple venues guarantees a spooktacular evening!

Wicked Wine and BBQ Festival Tours is for those goblins who enjoy their barbeque with a touch of sophistication! The Tour provides round trip transportation to four NC Wineries and the 30th annual Lexington BBQ Festival! The tour departs at 10:00 am from Charlotte (midtown and University City areas) on October 26th.

The 8th Annual Halloween Howler is a costume bar crawl on October 31st from 7pm-2am. Wriggle into that costume, check in at the Epicenter Uptown and crawl some of the hottest bars in Charlotte! www.charlottehalloween.eventbrite.com

For the sports enthusiast, The Queen City Twilight Costume Race is back, hosted by NoDA, just north of Charlotte’s Center City. The Freaky 5k Twilight Race begins at 6;00pm and the night can be topped off at the NoDaWEEN party at the Highland Mills parking lot, in front of Heist Brewery. Sponsored by the NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association (official “Voice of the Arts District) a minimum 20% of the 2013 proceeds will be donated to Running Works. Running Works is a non-profit charity for the homeless.

Charlotte’s little goblins have a great many spooky, and not-so-spooky, choices to celebrate their Halloween!

Older kids in the Charlotte area consider Scarowinds a right of passage! Scarowinds, located at Carowinds amusement park is October 25-27th. Mazes with terrifying creatures and thrill rides will be sure to entertain the kiddos ages 13 and over. For the wee little pumpkins, Carowinds also offers a family friendly Great Pumpkin Fest on Saturdays and Sundays October 5-27, noon to 5:00pm.

NoDa, Charlotte’s favorite Art District is sponsoring a NoDa KiDaWEEN on October 26th, 2-5pm! A Monster Obstacle Course, Bouncy House, a spooky walkway and a prize for the most creative costume are just a few of the fun events! Live music will be provided by NoDa’s JUICEBOX, a high-energy, kid-friendly band.

Spooktacular at Morrison in Southpark will offer train rides, face painting, trick-or-treating and a pet costume contest on Thursday, October 24, 5:00pm-7:30pm.

Treat-O-Ween at Carolina Place Mall will be held October31st from 6-8pm. Radio Disney Charlotte will present their Monstober Halloween Dance Party in the food court. There will be Halloween crafts, and prizes.

Promenade on Providence on the corner of Providence Road and I-485 is a a free Halloween event on October 25th. The double feature Hotel Transylvania and Franenweenie will begin at dark. The kids are welcome to trick-or-treat with the merchants.

Young or more adult, Charlotteans have a variety of spooky venues to choose from in the Queen City. Get your ghoul on and have a happily hideous Halloween!

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CHARLOTTE OFFERS A FUN HALLOWEEN FOR ALL AGES October 18, 2012

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Scary goblins, haunted houses and ghoulish activities abound in Charlotte during the month of October. Charlotte has entertainment and activities for all fright levels, and there is surely some wickedly wonderful fun to accommodate all during the month of Halloween!

Because the even the smallest witches and wizards want to join in the spirit of Halloween, Carowinds Amusement Park offers a Howl-O-Fest’s Boo Blast for the youngest set.  During the daytime, the park’s Paladium Amphitheatre Plaza is transformed in to a street party of frightful fun for kids and their families. Complete with activities that are fun-scary, not scary-scary, Howl-O-Fest’s Boo Blast is an exciting compilation of shows, attractions, and interactive activities throughout the day.  Then, the older kids (13 and older) can come back at night for SCarowinds Halloween Haunt XI. SCarowinds has long been a rite of passage for all teens! (www.carowinds.com ). The younger set can also enjoy a natural Halloween at Creepy Crawly Celebration! Friday, Oct 26, 6:00p to 9:00p at Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC.  The museum celebrates all that’s creepy and crawly Halloween weekend! Live animals, touch tanks, costume contest, marshmallow roast, and trick or treating included. Also, for the wriggly and giggly, head out to Lake Norman to join the Sate Park Rangers to investigate creatures living in the region. Costumes are optional, but call ahead due to group limits, 704 528-6350.

If you are looking to be terrified, The Campground Massacre in Fort Mill, www.themassacre.com ,  is a scream-your-head off choice. The 130-acre Carrigan Farms inMooresville, NC is a short 30-minute drive and turned into Scarrigan Farms, www.scarriganfarms.com, every October and is a very scary haunted trail for the older, thrill-seeking set.

For a more sophisticated, musical Halloween route. Wicked Divas of Broadway is being presented October 28-29 by the Charlotte Symphony at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, www.blumenthalcenter.com. The North Carolina Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard will have Music, Monsters and Mayhem for those interested in some wicked entertainment.  The 12th Annual Grave Diggers Ball at 301 E. Seventh St.is an annual party has become one of the biggest Halloween events in the region and often sells out.

Whether you are looking to get your goul on by being terrified, investigating creepy crawlies outdoors, dancing the night away, or watching a show Charlotte is sure to leave you spellbound!

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