MINT HILL, NC – Pumpkin Patches, Hay Rides, Corn Mazes, Trunk or Treats: whether you’re looking for something scary or something silly, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy some Fall fun before Halloween! Here’s a look at some of the best Fall activities happening right now in our area.
After a year of closing the pumpkin patch to address health issues, Riverbend Farm is back! Known for it’s “Big Slides,” Riverbend Farm returns for it’s 29th season. The farm is open afternoons and weekends through October 31: Monday – Friday from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Admission is $5.50 per person age two and up, and it includes use of their famous slides and a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are available for an affordable $.40 per lb.
12150 McManus Road, Midland | (704) 622-7192
Hodges Family Farm
The longest running farm in Charlotte, Hodges Family Farm has been serving Mecklenburg and surrounding counties for over 100 years! Like many local businesses, Hodges Family Farm had to take the 2020 season off, but they’re excited to be back for 2021. Daily through October 31, they’re offering “Fall Fun at Hodges Farm,” including a pumpkin patch, a hay mountain and barnyard animals. On the weekends, they offer hay rides, and the Farm Shop is open. There are always plenty of opportunities for Fall photos! Hodges Family Farm is open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily; parking on the weekends is $5.
3900 Rocky River Road East, Charlotte | (704) 608-8897
It’s back! After a year off due to COVID – not to mention a rainy 2019 Halloween that threatened to cancel the whole affair – Invershiel Haunt presents “Mini Haunt on Nugget Hill.” This year’s slightly smaller Haunt has moved about three miles down the road to Nugget Hill Place along with a cornerstone of the Haunt who’s eager to advertise the new location for this year’s Christmas lights! The Haunt will be back at Invershiel next year. The Haunt starts at dusk on Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31. Saturday will be a more kid-friendly affair, and Sunday will be frightfully fun. The Invershiel Haunt is free to the public.
Nugget Hill Place, Mint Hill
Something spooky is brewing in Indian Trail! From 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Friday, October 22, Chestnut Square Park will be filled with ghosts, goblins and other characters. There will be a DJ, contests, and fun Halloween activities, including a Trunk or Treat. This event is free to attend.
320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail | Indian Trail Parks & Rec: (704) 821-8114; Town of Indian Trail: (704) 821-5401
Blair Road UMC Trunk or Treat
On Wednesday, October 27, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Blair Road United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Trunk or Treat! This event is open to the public, and participants are encouraged to bring a can of kid-friendly vegetables to support the church’s mission Book Bags of Love.
9135 Blair Road, Charlotte | (704) 545-6785
Arlington Baptist Truck or Treat
If chasing your kids door to door isn’t your cup of tea, bring your kids and invite your neighbors to Arlington Baptist’s “Truck or Treat” on Sunday, October 31 at 6:30 pm. In addition to plenty of candy, the event will also feature hayrides and a bonfire!
9801 Arlington Church Rd, Charlotte | (704) 545-4589
Texas Roadhouse Matthews
On Tuesday, October 26, Texas Roadhouse Matthews invites the community to join them for a Trunk or Treat in the parking lot. The Trunk or Treat event is part of Kids Night, where kids eat for just $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entree. Local businesses will be participating by decorating their cars and handing out goodies to kids.
10400 E Independence Blvd, Matthews | (704) 814-0285
Mint Hill Middle School “Fright Night” Trunk or Treat
On Thursday, October 28, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Mint Hill Middle School will be hosting a Trunk or Treat for the community. The family-friendly, all ages event will have a DJ, games and magic in addition to a 20-car Trunk or Treat. Pizza will be sold at the event, but it must be pre-ordered and pre-paid: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054ea4a723a4fd0-fright. The cost is $5 for 2 slices of individually boxed cheese or pepperoni pizza.
11501 Idlewild Road, Matthews | (980) 343-5439
Country Days Corn Maze
Visit the home of the “Big Ears” Maze, seven acres of pure “cornfusing fun!” Available during daylight hours and after dark, the Big Ears Maze is just $8 per person. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. The Big Ears maze offers an interactive “passport” option where participants answer trivia questions at ten designated places throughout the maze and receive directions based on their answers. For younger customers, the “Little Ears Maze” is open during daylight hours and allows parents to enjoy the maze with their children while reading the story of “Spookley the Square Pumpkin.” The “Little Ears Maze” is $5 per person. More than just a corn maze, Country Days offers a wide variety of free and paid farm activities. Free activities include visiting with barn animals, corn hole, sack races, swings and a brand new “augmented reality scavenger hunt.” Fifteen different ticketed activities, including the corn cannon, the cow train, and the TANK slide are $1 each; $18 wristbands offer unlimited access to all ticketed activities (corn maze not included). Country Days is open Fridays (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm), Saturdays (10:00 am – 10:00 pm) and Sundays (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm) through November 6.
416 Joe Lee Helms Road, Indian Trail | weekdays: (704) 753-1299 | weekends: (704) 572-1993
Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out one of these destinations in the greater Charlotte area!
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
Home to the Historic Rural Hill Cultural Center and the famous Loch Norman Games, in the fall, from Labor Day to the beginning of November, Rural Hill also boasts one of the largest corn mazes in the Southeast! The “day maze” is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; there are also two designated entry times on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10:00 am and 4:00 pm). The “night maze” is open Friday and Saturday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Pre-purchase of tickets is required 24 hours in advance for weekdays mazes; weekend tickets can be purchased on site. In response to COVID, Rural Hill offers a “no touch” phone app that allows participants to collect map pieces virtually. Day and night mazes will continue through the first weekend in November this year.
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville | (704) 875-3113
The Hunter Farm
Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm and Thursday – Sunday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, The Hunter Farm offers their “famous wagon ride” to visit with, feed and learn about the variety of farm animals down at the barn. Reservations are required for the wagon ride; $10 tickets include a tractor-pulled wagon ride to and from the animal barn, a cup of feed for the animals, and a small (3-5 lb) pumpkin from the patch. Tickets are required for everyone ages 2+, and the experience takes about 45 minutes. Walking to the barn is not permitted; you must reserve wagon ride to see the animals. No reservations are required for the pumpkin patch, which includes heirloom varieties and gourds in addition to carving pumpkins. The Hunter Farm will be open through November 14.
13624 Providence Road, Weddington | (704) 846-7975
Hall Family Farm
Hall Family Farm is open 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and 9:00 am -7:00 pm Sunday. They recommend calling ahead or checking their Facebook page to make sure they are open before driving to the farm. Formerly located off Highway 521 between Ballantyne and the SC state line, Hall Family Farm now offers the same fall fun in the Van Wyck area near the intersection of Highway 521 and West Rebound Road. Fall season on the farm features a 7-acre corn maze, a musical hayride and, of course, pumpkin picking! There is no charge for admission or access to the playground area. The corn maze is $9 for ages 3+; there is also a kids corn maze for $2.99 per person ages 3+. Kids 2 and under are free. The “Lord of the Rings” big maze is notoriously difficult at night; word is it took the professional test family 90 minutes to find their way out in the dark! Hayrides are $3.50 per person for ages 3+; 2 and under ride free. Make sure to check otu the seasonal refreshments available in the sales tent and cafe!
445 West Rebound Road, Lancaster | (705) 562-4021
Come pick your own pumpkin right off the vine at Carrigan Farms pumpkin patch! A $12 ticket includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch and back, a stop at a petting zoo, and, of course, a pumpkin! Children under two need not buy a ticket, but they do not receive a pumpkin. On select nights in October, the 275-acre farm becomes Scarrigan Farms, the most frightening haunted trail in the region! Note this mile-long walking trail through natural terrain is not an attraction meant for children nor for the faint of heart. Along the way, terrifying actors with the sole purpose of scaring you out of your wits will use every tactic in their arsenal to do so. Anything is fair game, and targeting your phobias is their aim. As Carrigan Farms promises on their website, “If someone hasn’t peed in their pants by the end of the night we know we haven’t done our job.” The Haunted Trail at Scarrigan Farms is $25 per person, and reservations are required.
1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville | (704) 664-1450
Located directly on the NC/SC border, Carowinds offers Hallween fun for kids and adults! Billed as “all fun and no fear,” the Peanuts-themed Great Pumpkin Fest is open Saturdays and Sundays through October 31. In addition to all of Carowinds’ usual attractions, The Great Pumpkin Fest offers additional seasonal activities like Candy Corn Acres, a new, safe spin on Trick or Treating; Lucy’s Mummy Pit, “a sudsy, bubble pyramid of Mayhem;” and Peppermint Patty’s Hay Bale Maze! There are also a variety of seasonal shows and experiences to enjoy like the Bluegrass JamBOOree, character meet ‘n greets and the “Costume Cotillion.” At 5:00 pm, the Great Pumpkin Fest shuts down, and “fear is waiting for you” when the park reopens at 7:00 pm for Scarowinds. In addition to the park’s standard rides and attractions, Scarowinds offers horrifying haunted mazes, elaborate “scare zones,” a ghastly collection of live shows and over 500 terrifying monsters. Scarowinds is open 7:00 pm to 12:00 am Fridays, Saturday and Sundays through the 31st. Separate admission is required for The Great Pumpkin Fest and Scarowinds.
14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte | (704) 588-2600