Some communities continue to pay homage to autumn, while others are going full-blown Halloween mode. Here’s a town-by-town look at some of the region’s largest festivals.
Matthews: Not So Spooky Halloween
Matthews presents a family-friendly event with trick-or-treating, carriage rides, judging for the town’s pumpkin-decorating contest and other activities. The highlight is a movie screening of “Halloweentown” at sundown.
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27
Where: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St.
Fort Mill: Fall Frolic
Celebrate autumn with wagon rides, homegrown pumpkin patch, kiddie corn maze, petting zoo, pedal carts and face painting at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. Admission costs $12 for others.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28
Where: 2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Mint Hill: Fall Harvest Festival
Mint Hill continues its Family Fun Night series with scarecrow and costume contests, bounce house, obstacle course, music and games like cornhole.
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20
Where: Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
Not every Halloween festival has a mechanical bull you can ride. There’s also arts, crafts, candy, inflatables, video games and a costume contest at 11 a.m.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20
Where: Downtown Monroe
Forget the roller coasters. With attractions like Blood Drums, Dark Harvest, Dead Man’s Landing and Zombie High, scaredy cats are going to be screeching in terror.
When: Weekends through Oct. 28
Where: 14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Pineville: Fall Fest
This festival is for music fans, with performances by Too Much Syliva, Pan Jive Steel, Audiophiles Gal Friday and On the Border. There’s also a BMX bike show, pie-eating contest and chili cookoff.
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19 & 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 20
Where: Pineville Lake Park, 909 Lakeview Drive
Stallings: Stallings Fest
You don’t have to wait until next summer for fireworks. Stallings also offers amusement rides, craft and food vendors and music.
When: 1 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20
Where: Stallings Park, 340 Stallings Road
Waxhaw: Fright Night
It’s hard to pick out a main event in a festival chock full of bone-chilling activities, include trick-or-treating (4 to 6 p.m.), costume contest (6 to 7:30 p.m.), haunted maze (4 to 9 p.m.), screening of “Beetlejuice” (7:30 p.m.) and adult party (7:30 to 11 p.m.).
When: 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 27
Where: Downtown Waxhaw
Huntersville: Carolina Renaissance Festival
Already the Carolina’s largest costume party, the Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes haunted with the “Knights of the Living Dead” zombie jousting challenge. Children ages 5 through 12, will be admitted free. Adults pay $25.
When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28.
Where: 1644 Poplar Tent Road
Indian Trail: Spooktacular
More than 90,000 pieces of candy should be enough of an attraction. But Indian Trail is also adding carnival games, crafts, costume contest, DJ, games and storytime.
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19
Where: Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Lake Park: Chili Cook-Off
You’ve overindulged with sweets, now try some heat. Those attending the cook-off can vote for their favorites with donations that go to the Union County Christmas Bureau.
When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3
Where: Community Center, 3801 Lake Park Road, Indian Trail
Marshville: Halloween on Main
Citizens of Marshville won’t be wondering if there are designated times or days for trick-or-treating as the town holds an event on Halloween. Goblins may devour hotdogs, candy and pumpkins, as well as get their faces painted and take pictures.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Main Street