Need some inspiration before shopping for a costume and heading out with the family for trick-or-treating? Here are some of the region’s biggest Halloween celebrations:
Carowinds features more than a dozen Halloween attractions and live shows, including the new Depths of Darkness haunted Maze. Kids will enjoy the Great Pumpkin Fest, featuring attractions with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
• When: Weekends through Oct. 29
• Where: 14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte: Carriage Tour
Hear stories of how creepy the city used to be in a horse-drawn ride through Fourth Ward in Uptown Charlotte. Book rides at www.charlottecentercitytours.com.
When: 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29
Where: Trade and Poplar street.
Matthews: Haunted Trail
Matthews Parks, Recreation Cultural Services hosts a haunted trail behind the Matthews Community Center. The event is recommended for children at least 10 years old. Admission costs $3.
• When: 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 to 29
• Where: 100 McDowell St.
Matthews: Great Pumpkin Tap Takeover
The Carolina Beer Temple hosts a tap takeover featuring pumpkin-flavored beers from brewers, such as Cigar City Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Sycamore Brewing, Three Spirits Brewery and Epic Brewing Company.
• When: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19
• Where: 131 Matthews Station St.
Matthews: Not-So-Spooky Halloween
The Town of Matthews offers an alternative to those scary Halloween activities, unless clowns, DJs and face painters freak you out. The event, which targets children 10 and younger, includes a costume parade, bounce house and candy at Stumptown Park.
• When 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28
• Where: South Trade Street.
Huntersville: Halloween in Huntersville
Rural Hill hosts a spooktacular with fun attractions and fireworks at 7:30 p.m. The costume contest features categories for several age groups, including babies and adults.
• When: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21
• Where: 4431 Neck Road.
Huntersville: Renaissance Festival
The Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes haunted with a large costume contest (2 p.m.) and jousting zombie knights. Children can trick-or-treat within the 25-acre amusement park.
• When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29
• Where: 16445 Poplar Tent Road.
Huntersville: Ghost Walk Haunted Trail
Historic Latta Plantation evokes The Legend of Sleepy Hollow the weekend before Halloween for a haunted trail. The plantation dates back to the 1800s.
• When: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 to 28
• Where: 5225 Sample Road.
Monroe: The 13th Acre
Aw Shucks hosts a walking haunted event that is not recommended for children ages 8 and younger. The event, which debuted in 2008, features actors in scary costumes.
• When: Dark until 11;30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
• Where: 3718 Plyler Mill Road.
Indian Trail: Movie Night
The Indian Trail Outdoor Movie Series screens the 2012 animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania” around dusk at Chestnut Square Park. Play games and eat food.
• When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13
• Where: 320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail: Halloween Spooktacular
Vendors pay no fee to participate in this popular candy crawl at Chestnut Square Park, but are asked to provide enough treats for 2,000 children. Families can enjoy games and a pumpkin patch.
• When: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20
• Where: 320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Waxhaw: Fright Night
The Town of Waxhaw offers fun activities for the kids (4 to 8 p.m.) and the adults (8 to 11 p.m.). The big draw is trick-or-treating.
• When: 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28
• Where: Downtown.
Pineville: Halloween Bash
The Town of Pineville offers games, hayrides, inflatables, a cupcake walk and a costume contest for ages 0 to 12 at Lake Park. Wristbands cost $5.
• When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27
• Where: 1000 Johnston Drive.