The 2015 Cabarrus Area Halloween Activities Guide, Presented by Splash Auto Spa and CiCi's Pizza
Oct 01, 2015 02:00PM
● By Kevin
We'll soon wish to paint or carve our pumpkins and prepare for trick-or-treating. Fall is officially here! As the seasons begin to change once again, we want to make sure all of your plans are accommodated. So, get your carving tools out and plug these area spots into your GPS so you can find the biggest and best pumpkins in all the land, peruse challenging and fun corn mazes and get all decked out for Halloween!
We searched far and wide for some well-known, pick-your-own pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and Halloween events in Cabarrus County and surrounding towns. Check out our 2015 guide below, sponsored by Splash Auto Spa and CiCi's Pizza.
Scary Dairy Haunted Farm at The Harris Farm - Harrisburg, NCVisit Harris Farm to pick out your pumpkins, see the pigs, goats, cows, baby calves, donkey and horses! Fall hours are Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m.
Pumpkins are available now until they're gone. They sold out fast last year. If you would like to visit outside the hours listed, call Linda at 980-621-5432 to make arrangements.
The Scary Dairy Haunted Walking Trail debuts Oct. 16 and also takes place Oct. 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, between 7 and 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Non-haunted hayrides are on Oct. 18 and 25 between 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
Photos and information courtesy of The Harris Farm
Riverbend Farm celebrates 24 years in the pumpkin business. This fall features exciting new changes. The farm has opened to the public on weekends for the last six years during the month of October.
"A lot of building had to happen before we felt we offered enough activities for the public to enjoy," the website says. "If you will look around on your next visit, every building with the exceptions of the Corn Crib and the Tool Shed, was built or put back together by Farmer Jim and helpers."
Hours are Monday through Friday, 3:30 - 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 - 6 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for anyone age 2 and older. Admission inclues:
- 10' Holstein Cow
- Concrete Pig & Rooster
- Mule & Plow
- "Magic Pumpkin"
- Stairs on Goat Walk
- Farm themed playground (Super Silo Slide & Triple Grain Bin Slide)
- Picnic Areas (BYO Picnic)
- Large International Harvester Tractor
- Barn with Animals
- Wagon Ride to Pumpkin Patch (Pumpkins are .40 cents/lb.)
- Educational Displays
- AIR CANNON: (weekends only) 2 shots - $1
- Goat Walk - Corn Dispenser - .25 cents
- Enjoy ice cream served in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor setting - prices vary.
Photos and information courtesy of Riverbend Farm. Scroll to the bottom for a new aerial video of the farm!
Eastern Cabarrus Historical Museum - Mt. Pleasant, NC Walking Tour of Haunted Mt. Pleasant
Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. – “Join us at the Museum for hot chocolate and doughnuts, then stroll (or drive) around town to hear some of our favorite local ghost stories. Tickets are $5."
Mount Pleasant was the comfort station for wagon travelers in the early 1800’s, according to CabarrusCounty.us. "Some people came to town and never left…even after death. Stories range from a little boy’s ghost who spoke to his sister to a woman so distressed she put rocks in her gown to drown to a Confederate soldier inside a home’s walls."
Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Costumed Candy Crawl
The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 4 p.m., along Downtown Kaleidoscope's West Avenue.
"This is our last festival of the season and we want to get into the Halloween spirit!" the event listing says on VisitCabarrus.com. "We are asking vendors to dress in costume and have candy for children coming out to the festival. Also, we look to have some kid friendly ghost stories and crafts. Help us celebrate the last festival of the season and have some Halloween fun!"
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Trunk or Treats
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 30's Bostwood Estates Trunk or Treat Event has been canceled.
"Some organizations around the US sponsor a 'Trunk-or-Treat' on Halloween night (or on occasion, a day immediately preceding Halloween), where trick-or-treating is done from parked car to parked car in a local parking lot, often at a school or church," Wikipedia notes. "This annual event began in the late 1990s as an alternative to trick-or-treating. The trunk of one's car is opened, displaying candy, and often sometimes games and decorations. Concerned parents see it as safer for their children, while other parents see it as an easier alternative to walking the neighborhood with their kids."
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Halloween Tips from the Cabarrus County Governmental Center
Non emergencies can be directed to 704-920-3000. State briefly what you are reporting. You will have time after help is dispatched to give more detail Name, address or location and your phone number Describe the people involved, the vehicle description and direction of travel Don’t be afraid to call 9-1-1 if you think it’s an emergency.
If possible, stay on the
phone and answer the dispatcher’s
told to hang up.
- Don’t trick or treat alone-go with an adult and in a grou
- Carry a flashlight
- Stick to homes and neighborhoods you are familiar with Have adults go through your “goodies” to make sure they are safe
- Only eat foods that are factory sealed unless they come from someone your parents know and trust
- Don’ t wear a mask that can hinder vision
- Make sure your costume fits so you don’t trip and fall
- Put reflective tape on your costume
- Only go to well-lit houses and never go inside
- Don’t wander off from
Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office is located at 30 Corban Ave SE Concord NC 28026. For the full fact sheet, click here.
There's something for all ages at Aw Shucks! Activities include field trips (animals, planting, agriculture), team building, adults and kids parties, weddings, soda shop (in 1950s style), animal barn (pet and feed), old train car from the 1800s, and the scary haunted trail.
The 13th Acre takes place Oct. 2 through 31 from dark until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
For the farm itself, general admission for the fall takes place Sept. 18 through Nov. 14. Ages 3 and under enter free, 4-12 costs $8 plus tax, and 13 and up costs $10 plus tax. Senior, scout leader and student discounts available. General admission includes:
- Corn Maze
- Animal Barn
- Grain Bin Slide
- 1800s Train Car
- Kid’s Play Area
- Tumbleweed Roll
- Horseshoe and Corn Hole
- Photo Hot Spots
- Kiddie Corral (for 5 and under)
- Paddle Boat Rides
Photo and information courtesy of Aw Shucks! See a video about The 13th Acre below!
The 2015 theme: GOT FOOD: THANK A FARMER. The maze is conveniently nestled between Hwy 218 and Hwy 601 in the small community of Fairview.
The maze opens on Friday, Sept. 25 and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m.
Concessions are available offering a variety of foods that will satisfy any hungry appetite. While you're at the maze, visit the General Store for novelty souvenirs, nostalgic candies, T-shirts, homemade jams, pumpkins and more.
Hours of Operation: Friday: 5-10 pm; Saturday: 10 am-10 pm; Sunday: 2-8 pm; Monday – Thursdays: Reservations Only (Call for Availability).
Prices and Group Rates
Maze: $8.00 (12 & Under Requires Paying Adult)
Little Ears Maze: $5.00: Open Daytime Only (10 & Under Requires Paying Adult)
Children 3 & Under Free To Both Mazes
Most Farm Activities: $1.00 each
Call for Group Rates and Bonfire Reservations, Concessions Available.
Photo and information courtesy of Country Days Corn Maze.
Hayrides and Haunted Trail at Carrigan Farms - Mooresville, NC
On select October nights, the 130 acre farm is transformed into the scariest haunted trail in the region.
"If you are looking for a new and out of the ordinary way to get your heart pumping and adrenaline rushing this October, Scarrigan Farms is the place for you," the website says. "This outdoor walking trail is not for the faint of heart. Each of the scare zones is designed to terrify, from the blood thirsty clowns, tragic bus, and claustrophobia, to the butcher shop, moonlit corn maze and 3-D experience, this is one trail you are sure to remember."
This is not a trail for kids. If you’re under 12 come back when you’re old enough. 2015 Dates for Scarrigan Farms are:
Oct. 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th, and 31st.
To learn more about the scariest haunted trail in North Carolina, visit ScarriganFarms.com
Tractor-drawn hayrides are 45 minutes long and follow a romantic, winding trail all around the farm. Wagons can comfortably accommodate 30 people. A bonfire is provided either before or after your hayride and is perfect for roasting marshmallows and hotdogs. Beginning at 6:00 PM, hayrides are scheduled on the hour until 9:00 PM. Night hayrides are $12.00 per person with a 12 person minimum (children under age 2 are free).
During the months of September, October, & November Hayrides are offered 7 days a week, by reservation only. Pumpkin patch also on premises.
Photo and information courtesy of Carrigan Farms. Click here for more information.
Ten acres of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, running every day, 9 a.m. until dusk, now through Oct. 31.Daily activities include:
- FREE PARKING
- Free admission for families and birthday parties
- Free self-guided tour of the farm and animals
- “Pick Your Own” Pumpkins: $5 and up, depending on size
- Hay mountain to climb and jump on
- Hay maze to wander through
- Light Refreshments
- All of the above PLUS
- Hay Rides: $5 per person, 4 years old and up. Three and under are FREE.
- Pony Rides
The Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill - Huntersville, NCDebuting Oct. 3 this year due to the summer drought, night mazes were eliminated for the 2015 season, and the maze can only be booked on Friday nights by appointment only, according to the executive director.
"Quite simply, the maze cannot survive the high traffic and abuse that a night maze entails," he said in a message on the website. "These were not easy decisions to make and will have a significant financial impact on Rural Hill and its future operations."
Active since 1998, the maze has offered fun for all ages and remains active in the offseason, growing corn and producing bales. This year's 7-acre maze lasts until Nov. 1. Regular operating hours are Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 5-12 get in for $7.50, while 13 and older pay $11.
Groups and team building events are welcome. Photo and information provided by Rural Hill. For complete details, click here.
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