Autumn is magical in the Triangle, and the options to enjoy the season are nearly endless. jump on a hayride, navigate a corn labyrinth or visit one of the area’s lively festivals. looking for thrills and chills? head to one of the area’s haunted attractions where creepy creatures of the night lie in wait.
At press time, not all venues had listed updated information for 2022, so be sure to check with event organizers or visit the event websites before you head out.
PUMPKIN PATCHES AND CORN MAZES
Crossroads Corn Maze
Open October 1–31; Friday, 1–9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday 1–7 p.m.
5712 Watkins Road, Wendell
Hay and rope mazes, hayrides, games and s’mores. See website for admission fees. “When the Stalks Go Dark” takes place Fridays and Saturdays in October, 7–9 p.m., and requires a separate entrance fee.
Hill Ridge Farms Fall
Open September 28–October 30; Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville
Hayride, jumping pillow, corn house, farm animals and more.Admission is $15/person; free for ages 1 and younger.
Ken’s Corny Corn Maze
Open late September–early November; see website for rates and hours.
3175 Benson Road, Garner
Ten-acre corn maze, hayrides, corn tunnel, wooden pirate ship and more. A haunted attraction takes place on select nights and requires a separate entrance fee.
Open September 24–October 30; Wednesday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; Friday, 1–6 p.m.;Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
6100 Mt. Herman Road, Raleigh
Five-acre corn maze, hayride, cow train, farm animals and pumpkins. $12/person
Wednesday–Thursday; $18/person Friday–Sunday.
Phillips Farms Corn Maze
Open September 17–October 31; hours vary
6701 Good Hope Church Road, Cary
Experience a corn maze, wagon ride, cow train and sunflower field. Admission is $15–$17 for ages 2 and older.
Porter Farms & Nursery
Open through October 31; Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, noon–6 p.m.
7615 Ten Ten Road, Raleigh
Pumpkins, mums and fall produce.
Clayton Harvest Festival
October 27–30; hours vary.
This four-day festival features carnival rides; a barbecue cook-off; kids activities; and car, motorcycle and tractor shows.
FestiFall Arts Market & More
October 8, 15 and 22; 1–6 p.m.
140 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Explore three separate markets offering interactive art experiences and entertainment.
Frankenfest on Main
October 29, noon–4 p.m.
Enjoy a costume contest, trunk-or-treat, street performers, music and games.
North Carolina State Fair
October 13–23; see website for hours.
4285 Trinity Road, Raleigh
Enjoy rides, music, live entertainment, livestock competitions and fried foods.
Rolesville Fall FunFest
October 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
121 Redford Place Drive, Rolesville
Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, music, games, a kids costume contest and food trucks.
September 30, 5–10 p.m.; October 1, noon–8:30 p.m.
8003 Regency Parkway, Cary
Enjoy live music, authentic food, wiener dog races, a German car show and a KinderPlatz. $20–$25/person; free for ages 15 and younger.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Geek & Grub Halloween Market
October 22, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
820 Clay Street, Raleigh
Come in costume for trick-or-treating, giant board games, geek-themed artisans and food vendors at Fred Fletcher Park.
Marbles Kooky Spooky
October 28, 6–8:30 p.m.
201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh
Wear a costume and experience the magic of Marbles Kids Museum after dark with like Mad Scientist Lab, Monster Mash Dance Party and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance ticket purchase required.
“The Music of Harry Potter”
October 28, 8 p.m.; October 29, 3 p.m.
2 E. South Street, Raleigh
The North Carolina Symphony performs enchanting music from the Harry Potter movie series at Meymandi Concert Hall. Purchase tickets online.
October 29, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
226 E. Martin Street, Raleigh
Visit with mysterious creatures, masterful magicians, fortune tellers and vendors selling handmade items and treats. Enjoy spooky crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and a parade. Admission is free.
Track-or-Treat Halloween Express
October 15, 22 and 29; rides depart at 2, 3:15, 4:30, 6 and 7:15 p.m.
3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill
Hop aboard to see flying witches, smoking cauldrons, Count Dracula and more. Play Mummy Mayhem and listen to singing pumpkins. Purchase tickets for $14 online.
Magic and Mischief:
A Wizard’s Market
November 19, 1–6 p.m.
820 Clay Street, Raleigh
Young wizards and witches enjoy activities, crafts, music, handmade goods, and magical food and drink at Fred Fletcher Park. Admission is free.
Clayton Fear Farm
Open September 30–October 1–31; Thursday, 7–9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 7–10 p.m.; October 31, 7–9 p.m.; visit the website for rates.
1620 Loop Road, Clayton
Creatures of the night haunt the Slaughterhouse, Farmhouse, Fear Forest Haunted Hayride, Fear Farm Academy and Black Hole attractions. Online ticket purchase required; visit the website for rates.
Darkside Haunted Estates
Open September 23–October 31; Friday–Saturday, 7–10 p.m.
11959 N.C. Highway 222 West, Middlesex
Bring your nightmares to life in an insane asylum, haunted hotel, mayhem hayride and spooky cemetery. Admission is $25 adults, $15 kids ages 12 and younger.
Edward’s Battle Haunted House
9401 S. Mere Street, Raleigh
Drive past a haunted yard in Raleigh filled with ghosts, goblins, vampires and other ghouls created by a Raleigh teen who has battled cancer. Donations are accepted and benefit Give Kids the World. Follow Edward’s Battle Haunted Yard on Facebook for details about this year’s event.
Granville Haunt Farm Drive-Thru Drive-In
Open October 1–31; Friday–Saturday, 7–10:30 p.m.
4534 U.S. 15, Oxford
Enjoy thrills and chills from the safety of your car. Admission is $10–$25 per car for up to four passengers; $5 per person for vehicles with five or more passengers. Purchase tickets online.
Haunted Forest at Panic Point
Open September 24–November 5 on select nights; hours vary.
2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville
Five haunted attractions include a hayride, forest, dark trail, corn maze and farm. Admission is $30–$75 per person; Carny Crypt is an extra $5 per person. Purchase tickets online or at the gate.
Haunted History Walking Tour
200 N. Blount Street, Raleigh
Learn about the history of some of Raleigh’s most important landmarks as tour guides tell a ghost story at each stop. Admission is free, but online registration is required and tips areappreciated. Tour departs from the North Carolina Executive Mansion.
Oakwood Cemetery Series
September 30, October 1–2; 6:30 p.m.
701 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh
Burning Coal Theatre Company takes you into Historic Oakwood Cemetery to deliver a series of short plays based on the lives of the people buried there. Admission is $30/adult, $10/student and must be purchased online.
Raleigh Area’s Best Halloween Decorations
Using the Built Story app available for iOS and Android, tour takers can purchase access to the best Halloween decorations in Raleigh, Wake Forest, Morrisville, Apex and Holly Springs with turn-by-turn driving directions. You’ll also find a walking tour of “Raleigh’s Most Terrifying Ghosts, Spirits and Haunts.”
Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
Year-round on select nights; hours vary
Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh
Discover ghost stories, history and folklore in a 1.5-mile walking tour. Suitable for ages 8 and older. Purchase tickets online: $18 for adults and $15 for ages 8–14. (Exact meeting location is provided after ticket purchase.)
7460 N.C. 98, Wake Forest
Visit the website for dates and to purchase tickets. Face your fears in the Containment Zone, Xtreme Haunt Walk and the Laser Zombie Simulator.
Halloween Happy Hour + Face Painting
October 28, 4–6 p.m.
2409 Crabtree Boulevard, Raleigh
Halloween happy hour in the Warehouse District with Raleigh Founded features face painting and tasty treats. Admission is free. Register online.
Haunting at Pour House Circus Show
October 9, 8 p.m.
224 S. Blount Street, Raleigh
Be dazzled by circus and sideshow acts at the Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop, including burlesque, pole dancing, acro yoga, hooping, juggling, clown and mime, contortion and more. Tickets are $18–$25/person.
OktoberFest Bar Crawl
September 24; 3–10 p.m.
Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh
Don your lederhosen and dirndls for a sweep of participating Glenwood Avenue bars featuring live entertainment, DJs, a costume contest and more. Purchase tickets for $9–$30 online.
Raleigh Halloween Bar Crawls
October 22, 29 and 31; 3–11 p.m.
Downtown Raleigh and Glenwood South
Wear a costume for spooky drink specials, live DJs and costume contests at participating bars. Purchase tickets for $9.99/person online.