Lake Norman offers plenty of Halloween-themed events this month. Here are some we recommend for you. Heard of others? Let us know about them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 25: Halloween March
DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson hosts its annual Halloween March, in which merchants and vendors give out candy to trick-or-treaters, Oct. 25.
The event includes games on the town green at 4 p.m., a march down Main Street at 5 p.m. beginning at Davidson Town Hall and a concert by Rough Draft at 6-8 p.m.
Oct. 25: Halloween Fun
HUNTERSVILLE – Halloween Fun features arts and crafts, games, live music and vendors.
The event takes place 2-6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road.
Oct. 25-26: Ghost Walk
HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, will host a Ghost Walk 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26.
Groups will depart every few minutes for a candlelit tour of the plantation, led by a guide through haunted historical sites. Stops on the tour will include battlefields, a family mourning lost loved ones in the parlor, haunted field hospitals and a cemetery.
Admission costs $10 per person and free for members. This tour is not recommended for children younger than 10.
Oct. 26: Fall Harvest 5K & 10K
HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Fall Harvest yields 10K and 5K road races for adults and a Pumpkin Dash for children.
During the Pumpkin Dash, ages 3-10 can dress in Halloween costumes and race through obstacles, as well as paint a pumpkin.
Registration takes place 6:45-7:45 a.m. Oct. 26, followed by the 10K at 8 a.m., 5K at 8:10 a.m., Pumpkin Dash at 9:30 a.m. and awards at 10 a.m.
For registration fees and rules, go to www.hffa.com/fallharvest2013.html.
Oct. 26: Hoot and Howl
HUNTERSVILLE – The Carolina Raptor Center’s Hoot and Howl festival features Halloween-themed activities, such as face painting, science experiments, games and jack-o-lantern contests.
The event takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the center, 6000 Sample Road.
Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for ages 65 and older and $6 for students. Ages 4 and younger get in free.
Oct. 26: Pumpkin Run
MOORESVILLE – Ghouls and goblins can partake in Mooresville Recreation Department’s 14th annual Pumpkin Run where participants of the 2K fun run/walk are encouraged to dress in costume.
The Pumpkin Run also includes an 8K race for more serious-minded athletes.
Participants will check in at 7 a.m. Oct. 26 at the War Memorial Building, 220 N. Maple St. The 8K race begins at 9 a.m., and the 2K fun run/walk begins at 9:15 a.m.
Raffle and awards begin immediately following the race. The fastest male and female overall will receive awards, along with the top three places in each age group.
The cost to run is $25 for the 8K and $15 for the 2K.
Participants can register online or in person at the Mooresville Recreation Office, 418 Carpenter Ave.
Oct. 26 & 27: Carolina Renaissance Festival
HUNTERSVILLE – The Carolina Renaissance Festival already bills itself as the area’s largest costume party, but the medieval amusement park takes it a step further with Halloween celebrations.
Children younger than 12 get in free and are given complimentary Halloween bags (while supplies last) to trick-or-treat throughout the 22-acre festival village.
Activities include a Halloween treasure hunt, costume contest with prizes and a zombie jousting contest three times daily throughout the weekend.
The event takes place 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at 16445 Poplar Tent Road. Adult tickets cost $21 in advance and $22 at the gate.
Oct. 27: South of Catawba with Ghostly Tales
CORNELIUS – The Cornelius Historic Preservation Commission will conduct a guided walking tour, dubbed South of Catawba with Ghostly Tales.
The 1.25-mile tour starts at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in front of Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.
Along the way, you will learn about when and how the town was incorporated, walk by Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and its cemetery and see local historic landmark designations and other sites of interest.
The tour will last between 90 minutes and 2 hours.
Oct. 30: Downtown trick-or-treating
MOORESVILLE – Downtown merchants hold trick-or-treating 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30. Children may dress up and collect treats from downtown shops.
Oct. 31: Halloween Hunting
HUNTERSVILLE – Birkdale Village hosts a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt that’s sure to be a hit with shoppers.
Clue sheets are available at the fountain and direct participants to find items in the shopping plaza’s stores.
The event takes place 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Birkdale Commons Parkway and Sam Furr Road in Huntersville.
Ongoing: Planet of Terror
MOORESVILLE – Queen’s Landing hosts Planet of Terror, a professional haunted attraction.
The event takes place 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 17-20, Oct. 23-31 and Nov. 1-2 at Queen’s Landing, 1459 River Hwy. Tickets cost $20. Skip lines for $30.
The event is suggested for ages 13 and older.
Ongoing: Costume Swap
DAVIDSON – Children can trade in old Halloween costumes for different ones at the second annual Ben & Jerry’s Costume Swap.
Drop off gently used costumes through Oct. 21 at the Davidson Scoop Shop and return noon-9 p.m. Oct. 22-24 to pick out a new outfit and get free toppings with ice cream.
Kids get new-to-them costumes, saving parents money by recycling princess gowns, witch hats and superhero capes from years past. Any leftover costumes will be donated to the Ada Jenkins Center.
Ongoing: Discovery Place KIDS
HUNTERSVILLE – Discovery Place KIDS offers Halloween-themed activities this month through its Seasonal Science theme.
The children’s museum offers the following weekend activities at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
• Oct. 19 & 20 – Creative Concoctions: Children mix different ingredients to make slimy, messy and gooey concoctions to take home.
• Oct. 26 & 27 – Halloween Sensory: Toddlers can get hands-on with Halloween-themed sensory tables.
• Oct. 30 – Junior Scientists Lab: Children make trick-or-treat bags and see some spooky science experiments.
The museum also offers Halloween activities, such as trick-or-treating, face painting and science experiments at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 31.
Events are free with admission, which costs $8. The museum, located at 105 Gilead Road, opens 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
Details: 704-372-6261 or www.discoveryplacekids.org.
Ongoing: Scarrigan Farms
MOORESVILLE – Carrigan Farms will become a haunted trail at sunset Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Nov. 3.
The farm, located at 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., will offer a haunted trail featuring an Old West mining town, forest ghouls, a tragic school bus and corn maze. Guests will enjoy bonfires and music while waiting to enter at the Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry.
Admission costs $20, with group discounts offered online. Hayrides cost $9-$12. Email email@example.com to register for hayrides.
Ongoing: Haunted Statesville
STATESVILLE – Haunted Statesville features a walking downtown ghost tour full of old stories and legends from the city’s past.
Tours run every half hour between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. Tickets cost $10 per person. Reservations are required.
At the end of the tour, ghost hunters will talk about and showcase video from their stakeout on the second floor of the Historic Statesville Collection building, 212 S. Center St.
The Statesville Historical Collection will also have on display an exhibit of photos that compliment the stories that are experienced on the tour along with light refreshments provided by Preservation Statesville.
Details: 704-878-3436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.