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Cabarrus Magazine's 2017 Halloween Guide Presented by CiCi's Pizza

Oct 02, 2017 07:57PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
The weather is finally starting to get cooler, leaves are starting to change color, and every grocery store is fully stocked in fall gear. 

It must be autumn! This time of year is an exciting time for the whole family and the Cabarrus area really knows how to get into the fall spirit. 

We've compiled some local-area pumpkin patches and corn mazes that would be great to visit. Also, included are some exciting upcoming events that you won't want to miss, presented by CiCi's Pizza.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Looking for the perfect pumpkin this season? There are so many great places in the area, it will be difficult to choose just one! Read on to find pumpkin patches and corn mazes that will be fun for the whole family.

Cabarrus County

Riverbend Farm

As fall approaches, Riverbend Farm will begin its 25th year in the pumpkin business. They have grown 20 acres of pumpkins with, hopefully, a few surprises. 

They've had their farm open to the public on weekends for the last 17 years during the month of October. 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. They've added 5 large slides from 24' to 42' long! Come try their Air Cannon and shoot 2 apples at the school bus for a $1.

Location: 12150 McManus Road, Midland, NC 28107

Monday-Friday: 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10am-6:00pm
Sunday: 1pm - 6pm

For more information about hours and pricing, you can visit their website

Union County

Aw Shucks Farms

2017 Maze: Celebrate the American Red Cross 100 yrs. in Union County!

The Corn Maze at Aw Shucks® is never haunted but always lots of fun at night with a flashlight! With a new design each year, the maze at Aw Shucks® is their most popular attraction. The maze is never overwhelming and even young kids do well. Most visitors take 25 minutes to emerge from the corn! Be sure to bring a flashlight for the maze at NIGHT!

They also have a marketplace that offers a variety of seasonal produce, local products, and lots of pumpkins, gourds, Indian Corn, and more. Other attractions include a kids play area, an 1800s train ride, picnic areas, and more.

Location: 3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe, NC 28112

Open: Mid-September – Mid-November

Visit their website for more information on times and attractions. 

Country Days Corn Maze 

This year, the corn maze is all about the wonderful Wizard of Oz! Country Days Corn Maze invites you to come and get swept off the farm with Dorothy into a magical corn maze for the 2017 season. You'll meet the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow while traveling the yellow brick road to Emerald City. Can the Wizard of Oz help you get back home? 

Their maze is conveniently nestled between Hwy 218 and Hwy 601 in the small community of Fairview, NC.

Other attractions include
Corn Cannon
Cow Train
Duck Races
Farm Kiddie Striker
​Hop-A-Long Rodeo
Petting Zoo
and more! 

Location: 416 Joe Lee Helms Rd, Indian Trail, NC 28079 

Visit their website for more information. 

Hall Family Farm

Fall season on the farm features a 5 acre corn maze, pumpkin picking, musical hay ride, kids activities, school tours, group tours, birthday parties, and refreshments. There is no admission charge to get into this fun farm!

After pickin' and playin', visit the sales tent for a refreshing cold slushie or unwind with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa. And while you're there check out their delicious breads, jams, salsa, and ciders.

The farm is centrally located in the Ballantyne Area, at the intersection of Johnston Rd and Providence Rd West.

Location: 10713 Providence Rd West, Charlotte, NC 28277

Visit their website for more information. 

Iredell County

Carrigan Farms

At Carrigan Farms they grow tens of thousands of pumpkins every year. Each and every hayride includes a trip to the pumpkin patch, where kids of all ages (adults too!) each pick their very own pumpkin. Pumpkins range in size from 2-20 pounds, so everyone can find their size.

Weekday hayrides depart every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the month of October at 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM sharp. 

Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are offered every Saturday and Sunday in October from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with wagons departing every 15 minutes. Cost is $10.00 per person and includes a pumpkin, a visit to the petting zoo, and fresh apple cider. No reservation is needed for weekend hayrides between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Also, on select October nights, Carrigan Farms 180 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.

Location: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, NC 28115 

Visit their website to learn more about their spooky attractions. 

Mecklenberg County

Hodges Family Farm

Hodges Family Farm is proud of their local history and excited to say that their Farm is the oldest running farm in Charlotte! They put great emphasis on FAMILY, "Our family, your family, and the greater family of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area." 

Agritourism is their main focus: educating children, families, and the general public about farming and farm animals. For over 100 years, Hodges Family Farm has been serving Mecklenburg County and its surrounding counties. 

Their pumpkin patch is open daily from now through October 31st, from 9am to 6:30pm. 

Location: 3900 Rocky River Road East, Charlotte, NC

Visit their website for more information.

Hunter Farm

The Hunter Farm Fall Pumpkin Patch is a great place for the whole family to enjoy the trill of the hunt for the perfect pumpkin. Enjoy a hay wagon ride to the milk barn, petting barn, where you can feed the animals, then to the pumpkin patch.

On Saturdays this Fall Hunter Farm will feature Food Trucks from a variety of local food truck companies.
Open 7 days a week through October 31st, times vary. They also have light concessions and picnic areas. 

Location: 13624 PROVIDENCE RD, WEDDINGTON, NC 28104

Visit their website for more information. 

Rowan County

Patterson Farm Market & Tours

Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. is a proud part of the Patterson Farm Family. They love hosting events, field trips and activities on the farm so people can learn where their food comes from and create memories.

Can you help the Man in the Yellow Hat find Curious George at Patterson Farm? This year, Patterson Farm's corn maze is all about Curious George! 

Visit them Saturdays & Sundays from 10 AM - 6 PM now until October 31 for all kinds of Fall Fun on the Farm. Stop by on weekdays for their 1 PM puppet show and Afternoon Fall Fun on the Farm (2-6 PM). While you're there, be sure to check out their NEW Pumpkin Patch, Gracie Graham Treasure Mine Adventure, Corn Maize Tours, Geocaching Tours and much more.

Location: 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla, NC 28125

Visit their website for more information.

Fall Events

Whether you're looking to join a spooky walking tour or get into the fall mood with the family, here are a few fun things happening in the area this season.

Thriller Dance Lessons - start Sep 05 2017 0600PM

Thriller Dance Lessons - Oct 5, 2017 6:00PM

Ever wanted to learn the King of Pop’s famous Thriller dance? Now’s your chance! Head over to the studio Tuesdays at 6pm for special Thriller practice leading up to our Thriller Masquerad... Read More » 


Town Theatres The Hunchback of Notre Dame - start Sep 22 2017 0800PM

Town Theatre's The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Oct 6, 2017 8:00PM

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score. The musical begins as the bells ... Read More » 

Historic Salisbury Foundations OctoberTour - start Oct 14 2017 1000AM

Historic Salisbury Foundation's OctoberTour - Oct 14, 2017 10:00AM

On October 14 and 15, 2017, Historic Salisbury Foundation offers the rare opportunity to step inside ten of Salisbury’s finest private homes and two of the area’s notable landmarks. Octob... Read More » 


Autumn Jubilee - start Oct 07 2017 1000AM

Autumn Jubilee - Oct 7, 2017 10:00AM

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Historic Salisbury Foundations OctoberTour - start Oct 14 2017 1000AM

Historic Salisbury Foundation's OctoberTour - Oct 14, 2017 10:00AM

On October 14 and 15, 2017, Historic Salisbury Foundation offers the rare opportunity to step inside ten of Salisbury’s finest private homes and two of the area’s notable landmarks. Octob... Read More » 


Tractors Galore Weekend - start Oct 14 2017 1000AM

Tractors Galore Weekend - Oct 14, 2017 10:00AM

Come out and touch a tractor! This weekend is filled with tractors of all shapes and sizes! Sponsored by James River Equipment. Our Fall Fun on the Farm Weekend Events run from Sept. 2... Read More » 


Stumptown Tractor Clubs Annual Show and Pull - start Oct 20 2017 1000AM

Stumptown Tractor Club's Annual Show and Pull - Oct 20, 2017 10:00AM

Just say "no" to electronics and hand held devices and step back in time to see the marvels of early farm machinery plus the power of truck, tractor, and lawnmower pulls at the annual Stu... Read More » 


Movie Night Double Feature - start Oct 21 2017 0700PM

Movie Night Double Feature - Oct 21, 2017 7:00PM

Join us for movie night on the farm featuring “Curious George: A Halloween Boofest” and “Curious George: Spooky Fun”. Movies are FREE with paid weekend admission during the Fall Season. ... Read More » 


Fall Festival  Movie in the Park - start Oct 21 2017 0300PM

Fall Festival & Movie in the Park - Oct 21, 2017 3:00PM

Fall Festival begins at 3 p.m. Movie (Monsters Inc.) begins at 6:30 p.m. Come dressed in your costimes and enjoy games, treats, crafts and more. Read More » 

"Thriller" Masquerade Ball - Oct 27, 2017 8:00PM

This annual event celebrates the fun tradition of the carnival season. Attendees are invited to dress up in costume, or just come as yourself. The evening includes general dancing plus ... Read More » 


Columbia City Ballet presents Dracula Ballet with a Bite - start Oct 27 2017 0700PM

Columbia City Ballet presents: Dracula Ballet with a Bite - Oct 27, 2017 7:00PM

Blood, fangs, and death are just a few of the things you will find in this favorite Halloween cult classic. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, we see Count Dracula continue his seductive ... Read More » 


Trick or Treat in the Park - start Oct 27 2017 0530PM

Trick or Treat in the Park - Oct 27, 2017 5:30PM

Games * Candy * Food * Inflatables * Costume Contests * and More! Hundreds of costumed trick or treaters gather at the park each year for costume contests, games, trick or treating wit... Read More » 


Pumpkins in the Patch  Candy in the Corn - start Oct 28 2017 1000AM

Pumpkins in the Patch & Candy in the Corn - Oct 28, 2017 10:00AM

Come out dressed in your Halloween costumes or attire. Trick or treat around the farm. This event will take place on Saturday AND Sunday. Our Fall Fun on the Farm Weekend Events run fr... Read More » 


Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Candy Crawl - start Oct 28 2017 1200PM

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Candy Crawl - Oct 28, 2017 12:00PM

Come out to our third annual Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Candy Crawl! We will have artits and performers as well as candy and hope to see everyone dressed out in their favorit... Read More » 


Halloween Daze  Spooky Knights - start Oct 28 2017 1000AM

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights! - Oct 28, 2017 10:00AM

Already the Carolinas' largest costume party, the Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes the place to celebrate Halloween! Enjoy FREE Child Admission with no coupon required for all child... Read More » 


Gold Hill Ghost Tour - start Oct 28 2017 0500PM

Gold Hill Ghost Tour - Oct 28, 2017 5:00PM

Enjoy a fun night of ghost stories at one of the most haunted sites in Rowan County. Ghost stories and tours will begin at The RUSSELL-RUFTY SHELTER in the park at 5:00pm. Doors open for ... Read More » 


Halloween Fun Fest - start Oct 28 2017 0300PM

Halloween Fun Fest - Oct 28, 2017 3:00PM

Our annual Halloween Fun Fest in Downtown Salisbury will bring ghoulish fun to residents and visitors of Salisbury and beyond. The City Hall parking lot will transform into a Halloween ca... Read More » 


Trunk or Treat Concord - start Oct 30 2017 0600PM

Trunk or Treat Concord - Oct 30, 2017 6:00PM

Bring some wrapped Candy & the Family out to K1 Speed for an evening of fun, sweets contest, raffles, and prizes. Races will be $5 dollars off during the entire event. Contest W... Read More » 


Candy Crawl - start Oct 31 2017 0300PM

Candy Crawl - Oct 31, 2017 3:00PM

Local merchants provide trick-or-treating and family-friendly entertainment on Union Street in Downtown Concord. Proudly presented by the City of Concord and the Concord Downtown Developm... Read More » 

Sweet Street at the Park - start Oct 31 2017 0500PM

Sweet Street at the Park - Oct 31, 2017 5:00PM

Sweet Street is a family-friendly trunk or treat festival. There will be food, games, activities, live music, lots of candy and fun! Event is free and open to all ages. Read More » 

Fall Back 5K - start Nov 05 2017 0150AM

Fall Back 5K - Nov 05, 2017 1:50AM

The inaugural Fall Back 5K is a new and exciting run event in the City of Kannapolis which starts and ends on the beautiful NC Research Campus. This is the 7 of 8 races in the 2017 Run Ka... Read More » 


Spooky Halloween Tricks & Tips

If you're feeling creative this Halloween season, here are a few fun articles to help you get going! 

    Scary Good Seasonal Treats   - Oct 02 2017 0431AM

Scary Good Seasonal Treats

Whether your tastes tend toward the spooky or spectacular, or maybe a little of both, this Halloween you can set the scene for a scary good time with a menu that entices goblins big ... Read More » 


    Sweet Seasonal Treats for Fall   - Sep 25 2017 0431AM

Sweet Seasonal Treats for Fall

Crisp fall days call for flavorful desserts that warm you from the inside out. Read More » 


Be Scary but Safe this Halloween - Oct 24 2016 0432AM

Be Scary but Safe this Halloween

Halloween is all about trick-or-treating for the kids and finding a creative costume that wows for festive partygoers. Read More » 


Halloween Match-Maker - Oct 14 2016 0431AM

Halloween Match-Maker

Are you ready to celebrate the spooky season? Read More » 


From Easy Art to a Sweet Treat - Oct 03 2016 0431AM

From Easy Art to a Sweet Treat

Spooky, silly or symbolic, carved pumpkins are an essential ingredient to any Halloween celebration. Read More » 


Bring Autumn Colors to Spiced Sweets  - Oct 03 2016 0431AM

Bring Autumn Colors to Spiced Sweets

Cooler temperatures, beautiful changing leaves and the familiar scent of pumpkin pie spice are all signs of fall. Read More » 


This guide was sponsored by:

CiCis Pizza - Kannapolis NC

CiCi's Pizza

Enjoy an endless buffet of pizza, pasta, salad, soup, and dessert at the CiCi's in Kannapolis, NC. We serve up more 100% real cheese, more meat toppings and a garlic butter crust for one ... Read More » 

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