Halloween is right around the corner, and Spectrum News has you covered for all things that go bump in the night!

Halloween Fun Facts:
  • Magic Words - The phrase "trick or treat" was first used in 1927
  • Pumpkin Spice Everything -Americans produce 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins each year
  • Look Up - Expect to see a full moon on October 31, 2020.
  • Get Your Tickets - $300M is the average revenue from haunted attractions
  • Safety First - 35 percent of parents go over Halloween saftey with kids
  • On Fire- More than 850 homes catch fire on Halloween
  • Sweet Tooth - Nearly a quarter of Americans say chocolate isn't their favorite Halloween treat
  • Dress Up - Popular costumes for pets: pumpkin, hot dog and bumble bee

*Source: WalletHub

1. Santa Ana, California

2. New York, New York

3. Jersey City, New Jersey

4. Newark, New Jersey

5. Laredo, Texas


Where's the fun?


Ghoulash! Halloween Festival!

GREENSBORO: The festival also offers community game booths, a photo booth, costume contests, a pirate maze, bingo and children’s arts and crafts. There will be lots of free candy and treats for the kids.

Apples and Pumpkins Storytime

GREENSBORO: Join us for stories, rhymes, a short movie, and an art activity about yummy apples and pumpkins. This is a preschool storytime for ages birth to 5 and their siblings.

Halloween Fun at Old Salem Museums and Gardens

WINSTON- SALEM: Although Halloween was not part of the historic town of Salem, its presence is alive and well today with trick or treating, pumpkin carving and tours.

Trick or Treat in the Park

ASHEBORO: Join the crowd in Downtown Asheboro on Halloween Night for costume contests, games, prizes, haunted attractions, and LOTS OF CANDY! 


Monsters and Monstrosities

CHARLOTTE: This ghoulish night of a cappella music and amazing make-up and costumes is a must-see for those who enjoy a Halloween bash with creative repertoire, comedy and improvisation.

Movies on the Deck: Hocus Pocus

CHARLOTTE: What’s a Halloween without watching Hocus Pocus? A free showing will be held.


CHARLOTTE: Carowinds' Scarowinds just might give you your annual dose of Halloween fright. When darkness falls the "theme park" transforms into a "scream park" with more than 500 monsters for the Carolina's biggest Halloween event until October 29. 

Ballantyne Wellness and Pumpkin Contest

BALLANTYNE: Don’t miss the chance to connect with over 50 local health and wellness vendors, receive valuable health tips, enjoy festive activities such as a photo station, local mascots food truck fare and walk away with tons of great giveaways

Silly Spooky Hayride 

IRON STATION: Roast s'mores at the bonfire, play games, or shop from vendors while you wait to catch your hayride. Contact us to arrange a hayless ride if need be. 



Pints and Puppies Halloween Pup Crawl

RALEIGH: Bring your furry babies to the City Social Raleigh Pints+Puppies Halloween Pup Crawl, to benefit Hope Animal Rescue! 

Scarecrow Festival

RALEIGH: Come build a scarecrow and enjoy other fall activities. Stuffing materials and forms to support your scarecrow are provided. You come prepared with your scarecrow's wardrobe and your creativity! 


MORRISVILLE: The Morrisville Police and Fire Departments have partnered with Morrisville Parks & Recreation for a festive "Trunk or Treat" event.

Homegrown Halloween

CHAPEL HILL:  Costumes and creativity showcase the best of this spontaneous crowd gathering that occurs each year on Franklin Street.

Trunk or Treat Pumpkin Contest

LELAND: This free event provides families with an alternative to traditional Trick or Treating and is one of the Town’s most popular, drawing several thousand children and parents.

Halloween Weekend Food Truck Rodeo

DURHAM: Bring friends and family to the legendary gathering of 50+ food trucks and local craft beer. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or drink.

Halloween Mall Crawl

CARY: An afternoon of trick-or-treating, storytelling, and a magic show.


All Hallows' Eve at Tryon Palace

NEW BERN: Bring the kids dressed in their favorite costume and get into the Halloween spirit with crafts, games, and of course, candy! While wandering the haunted grounds, you’ll encounter friendly witches, ghouls, and ghosts. 

Trick or Treat Under the Sea

KURE BEACH: Pirate skeletons, caped superheroes, fairy princesses and many more haunt the wild attraction for three nights of ghoulish good times.

Trick or Trot

WILMINGTON:  Whether you want to burn a few pre-Halloween calories with our fall 5k or get started adding them on with our Candy Dash, a family 1 mile un-timed trick or treat walk, there is something for you.