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Halloween in the Charlotte area: Best Haunts 2023

Halloween in the Charlotte area: Best Haunts 2023
October 5, 2023 Allison Andrews

Halloween is my jam.  I’m not sure I have the words to describe how much I love this season and in particular Halloween. Now if you’re like me, two things are true. 

  1. You like to take part in the showmanship of Halloween. I’m all about that. In the past I’ve decorated my home as if it were a real life Haunted Mansion with all the expected and unexpected creepy things I could bring together for this design masterpiece.
  2.  You want to be scared.  


I am also the biggest fan of farms, especially in the fall.  North Carolina is absolutely rich with beautiful farms that you can visit.  If you wanna take a bit of a drive, there are so many gorgeous farms and farmer’s markets to check out.  Western North Carolina has some incredible places worth visiting. I recommend going ASAP.  To find Farms and Farmer’s markets to visit, check this out.


Now for families and kids, corn mazes are a hit this time of year.  Here are just a few of several within an hour of Charlotte. 

Black’s Peaches 

Cherry Place Farm  

Country Days Corn Maze  


Of course, the Charlotte area has a plethora of places to pick a pumpkin. You can usually find a great cup of apple cider, funnel cake, or other delightful treat to go with your pumpkin.

One of my faves is the Charlotte Knight’s Pumpkin Patch happening Oct 7th, right in Uptown Charlotte.


Disclaimer: Stop reading if you scare easy.  There are some legit scary destinations near and around Charlotte.  I’m such a dork I subscribe to a newsletter (year round) that talks about the best haunted sites in the state of North Carolina.  For adults only.  

First, I have to shout out to Carolina History & Haunts Charlotte Ghost Tour. 

This is worth checking out. Tours are actually offered year round so if your Halloween schedule is full of ‘Halloween only’ events then save this one for another time.

Ok now for the really scary stuff. These are large scale scary productions that are truly eventful.  It’s like being in a horror movie, and not for the faint of heart.  

Here are my top 3.  

  1. Woods of Terror
  2. Lake Hickory Haunts
  3. Pinhead’s Graveyard

Oh! Don’t forget about the Pumpkin wall in Elizabeth and take a walk around this historic hood and walk past my haunted mansion…if you dare.  

Don’t even get me started on the pumpkin-related treats to be found this time of year, from pumpkin spice everything to pumpkin shakes and local restaurants that elevate the pumpkin to new heights!

Now that I think about it, I better get started planning my costume now. Mmmmm, any ideas? What’s going to be the year’s hottest costume? I’m already dreading how many Barbies I’ll see. Oh well, enjoy Halloween however you see fit. It’s nice to have so many options.