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Weekender Oct. 28-30: Play festival, artist tour, Halloween and more Halloween

This weekend is full of Halloween events for adults and kids

Here are highlights of what’s going on around Lake Norman this weekend.

Oct. 27-29

Boos and Brews is a play festival of 10-minute plays with a Halloween theme that will be performed Oct. 27-29.

6th Annual Boos & Brews  Play Festival

8 pm | Oct. 27-29. 10-minute plays with the theme of Halloween, ghost/spirit-oriented (comedy or drama). $15. The Actor’s Lab, 20700 N. Main Street, Suite 112, Cornelius.

Oct. 28

Halloween March 

5 pm | Oct. 28.Davidson’s retailers and other participants will be handing out treats along Main Street, starting at town hall and going down to (and including) Depot Street. Marchers may start lining up at 4:45 pm.Regular Halloween trick-or-treating around town will still take place on Oct. 31.

Downtown Mooresville Candy Grab 

3-5 pm | Oct. 28. Kids and adults can dress up and visit downtown businesses that are handing out candy.

Halloween party

Oct. 28. 5-8 pm music by Sara Kelly; 6-8 pm trick-or-treating for children; 9 pm-1 am (adults only) music by DJ Menson. Overflow, 137 Mecklynn Rd., Mooresville.


9 pm | Oct. 28. Trixter, acoustic show. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. BoatYard LKN, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius

Lakeside Artist Studio Tour features twenty participating artist’s work in a variety of media / Image from artist Anne Gallagher

Oct. 28-30

Lakeside Artist Studio Tour 

10 am – 6pm Friday and Saturday; noon – 4 pm Sunday.  | Six studios and neighborhood sites on the Brawley School Road peninsula will be opening their doors so attendees can explore the artists’ work environment, meet visiting artists and purchase wares. Click here for the map of locations.

Oct. 29

Halloween Treat Trail 

5:30-10:30 pm | Oct. 29. The Halloween Treat Trail is a free trick-or-treating event for children 12 and younger. Local businesses hand out nut-free, prepackaged candy to kids in their silly or scary costumes. Families can also enjoy games and activities following the trail, as well as a spook-tacular photo area. The town will be showing a Halloween-themed movie at sunset. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road.

Trick or Treating at Birkdale Village 

10 am-noon | Oct. 29. Come dressed in your costumes and trick or treat at Birkdale Village. Check in at Concierge to grab a map of participating restaurants and retailers.

Halloween Party

5 pm | Oct. 29. 2nd Annual Halloween Party at Thigs hosted by DJ Eddie M. Costume contest prizes and drink specials all night. Free admission. Thigs Cocktail Bar, 21234 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

National Coming Out Day

2-5 pm | Oct. 29. A celebration of National Coming Out Day  on the Davidson Town Green. Enjoy music by Eddie Kennedy. Summit Coffee and Carrburritos will be there along with affirming faith communities, Davidson Lifeline, PFLAG, and other businesses and community organizations. The event is being organized by Lake Norman Families Allies Queers (LKN FAQ), an evolving community project dedicated to creating safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Costume & Candy Crawl

11 am – 1 pm Oct. 29. This is a free event open to kids 12 and younger with adult supervision. Face painters and balloon artist. Dress in your Halloween best and Trick-or-Treat at Regency Village, 7725 Regency Park Drive, Huntersville.

Oct. 29: Owl-O-Ween


10am | Oct. 29. Owl-O-Ween is a family fun day where you can trick or treat along the trail and learn more about owls. Costume contest that can be entered all weekend by coming to visit the raptor center dressed as a bird. Tickets $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, teachers, military adults; $8 students 4 and older with student ID; free for children 3 and younger and members. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville.

Unity in Community large group meeting

10 am- noon |Oct. 29. Race and Identity: an Intergenerational Conversation. The speaker will be Ridgely Chapman, founder and CEO of Global Minds United. Unity in Community is a diverse, community-based nonprofit organization that strives to achieve racial equity in Lake Norman through small and large group engagement, education and activism. UiC is nonpartisan. Davidson United Methodist Church – Chapel, 302 S. Main St., Davidson.

North Carolina OktoberFEST

1-5 pm | Oct. 29. Arts and crafts festival. There will be food, bounce house, kid activities, face painting, coupons, discounts, entertainment and more. Free and family friendly. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, Gold Hall, 4751 North Carolina 49.

Fall Flower Fest 

1-6 pm | Oct. 29. one-day event celebrating the harvest season, cut flowers and hemp through agritourism on our family farm, accompanied by the unique crafts and local arts community, local food and craft beer, with activities and fun for the family. Tickets $15. Blackberry Ridge Farm, 14820 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.

Sheldon’s K9s Fall Fest 

10 am – 2 pm | Oct. 29. Music, food, local vendors, and live demonstrations from the Mooresville Police Department K9 Unit. GoPro Motorplex, 130 Motorplex Drive, Mooresville.

Movies in the Park

Dusk | Oct. 29. Movies begin at dusk and are open to the public, free of charge. “Goosebumps.” Veterans’ Park – Downtown Huntersville. Bring  blankets and lawn chairs.

3rd annual Adult Halloween Party

Noon – 11pm | Oct. 29. 18+ after 7pm. Live music, food and drink specials, games, costume contest, prizes. No tickets needed. Royal Bliss, 7532 Royal Bliss Ct., Denver.

Cosmic Charlie – High Energy Grateful Dead

8 pm | Oct. 29. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, Cosmic Charlie chooses to tap into the Dead’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. Tickets are $20; call 704-358-9200 to order. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte 28204.

Wine on the Vine 

6:30-9 pm | Oct. 29. Join the Greenway, Trail & Bikeway Commission members on the Downtown Green for live music, finger foods, lights and wine while you stroll the new greenway. $10 ticket includes two glasses of wine and a small box of desserts/snacks. Ticket sales end Oct. 20. Trail head, 103 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville.

Halloween Brew Boo Tour 

Noon-6:30 pm | Oct. 29.  Tour departs from the Kilted Buffalo – Langtree, 119 Landing Drive, Mooresville.  $49.95 / $59.95 after Oct. 10. Transportation and complimentary pizza before you depart to four breweries: Lost Worlds, Eleven Lakes, D9 and Primal. Prizes for best costumes.

Food Brew and Rescue

3-7 pm | Oct. 29. Piedmont Animal Rescue event with a band, costume contest and candy for kids, food trucks, fun and adoptable pets to meet. Iredell County Fairgrounds, 630 N. Main St., Troutman.

D9th Anniversary Celebration

12 pm | Oct. 29. Celebrate D9 Brewing’s Anniversary and Halloween. Begin at noon with the release of Special Variants of Head of the Horseman. Also enjoy pumpkin painting, trunk or treat and a costume parade at 2 pm. Where a costume for a chance at winning a prize. Chizacos food truck will be on site and Thomas Anthony steps up to the mic at 7 pm. D9 Brewing, 11138 Treynorth Dr, Cornelius.

A Boatyard Haunting 

6 pm | Oct. 29. Halloween Spooktacular and Costume Party with cash prizes. Live music from We Got the Beat. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Birkdale Big Screen 

Noon | Oct. 29.  NCAA Football.

3:30 pm | Oct. 29- NCAA Football.

Screenings are free for all visitors and seating is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Coolers are prohibited. Birkdale Village, Huntersville.

Oct. 30

Historic – Spirit Day

2-5 pm | Oct. 30. Hugh Torance House and Store, 8231 Gilead Rd., Huntersville.

Jack O’Lantern Jamboree 

10 am – 4 pm | Oct. 30. Event by Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont. General admission for non-members; tickets hereActivities noon – 4 pm including Mummy Bowling, Witch Hat Ring Toss, arts and crafts.

Trunk or Treat

5 pm Oct. 30 | Open to to the community. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.

Blood, platelet drive

8 am – 1 pm | Oct. 30. One Blood’s Big Red Buses can collect whole blood donations or platelet donations. To sign up for whole blood or double red cell donation use this link; to sign up for a platelet donation, use this link. Community In Christ Lutheran Church parking lot, 7621 Norman Island Drive.

Through Oct. 27

Annual Artoberfest

Noon – 4 pm | Tuesday-Friday.  10am – 2pm | Saturday. Local artists’ work on displayat Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville.

Scarowinds 2022

Through Oct. 30


Hordes of hungry zombies and blood-thirsty vampires eagerly wait to make guests their next meal. There is no escaping their wicked screams that fill the park. Add Carowinds’ world-class thrill rides in the darkness under the moon, which creates supreme Halloween – dare we say it? – FUN. Carowinds. 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte.

Through Oct. 31

Carrigans / Scarrigans Farm

Pumpkin picking daily. Pumpkin patch includes hayride to petting Zoo and pumpkin field. Haunted Trail for ages 12 and older. Advanced reservations are required for both actives. Pumpkin picking cost is $14 per person and includes a pumpkin. Haunted Trail price ranges from $20 to $40 per person depending on the date. 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville.

Through Oct. 31

Annual Pumpkin Patch 

Hodges Family Farm main entrance, 3780 Rocky River Rd. East, Charlotte. Open daily 9 am – 6 pm.  Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, hay mountain to climb and jump on, barnyard animals, photo opportunities, picnic areas. Saturday and Sundays you can also expect: $5 parking, hayrides, Farm Shop, treats for purchase.

Through Nov. 11

Mud at the Mill Exhibition

10 am to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday. Cornelius Art Center Gallery, 19725 Oak St.

The 29th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace is held weekends through Nov. 20. Photo by Carolina Renaissance Festival

Through Nov. 20

29th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace 

9:30 am – 5:30 pm. | Saturdays and Sundays. Rain or shine; no pets. Free parking. Go online for details and tickets pricing. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville.