Lurking quietly behind growing piles of fall leaves and ripe pumpkin patches is Santa Claus. The bald fat man eagerly waits for Halloween to pass so that Christmas holiday displays begin popping up within neighborhoods, schools, churches and stores.
He’ll use these displays to chart out his overnight joyride from home to home, cleaning out refrigerators and leaving his calling card – wrapped trinkets – in his wake. Will he spare your home?
We have compiled a list of the remaining Halloween-themed events to enjoy before the stress of the holidays overtakes us.
Oct. 25: Halloween Spooktacular
The Town of Indian Trail provides a safe environment for trunk-or-treating. Festivities include 1,500 free crafts, storytime with the Indian Trail Library, carnival-style games and a costume contest.
• When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25
• Where: Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail
• Details: www.itsparksandrec.com
Oct. 25: Halloween on the Edge Light Show
The family that provides the Christmas on the Edge Light Show presents a 12-minute Halloween-themed show.
• When: 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 25-26, as well as Nov. 1, and 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 27-31
• Where: 3908 Edgeview Drive, Indian Trail
• Details: Find the event on Facebook
Oct. 25: Halloween Horror Skate Party
Kate’s Skating Rink invites adults for a Halloween party with music by DJ Shark of Power 98. Find tickets at www.brown papertickets.com.
• When: 10 p.m. Oct. 25
• Where: Kate’s Skating Rink, 14500 E. Independent Blvd, Indian Trail
• Details: https://katesonline.com/
Oct. 26: Fright Night 2019
The Town of Waxhaw presents Fright Night with trick-or-treating (4-7 p.m.), a costume contest (4:30-7 p.m.), haunted maze (4-8 p.m.) and an adult party (7-10 p.m.). There’s also a scavenger hunt, carriage rides and music.
When: 4 p.m. Oct. 26
Where: Downtown Waxhaw
Oct. 26: Downtown Matthews Zombie Crawl
“Zombies” are encouraged to convene at the Town Green to be led throughout downtown by the “Zombie Outbreak Response Team” to several restaurants, including Carolina Beer Temple, Moe’s Original BBQ and Beantown Tavern. Zombie crawlers pay $35 for swag that includes a glass, tokens for beer and food and access to an after-party at Temple Mojo Growler Shop.
• When: 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26
• Where: Downtown Matthews
• Details: Find the event at www.eventbrite.com
Oct. 26: Fall Harvest Festival
Put down that pumpkin-spiced latte and get off the couch for a few rounds of pumpkin bowling, photos at the pumpkin patch, inflatables and games, face painting and a scarecrow decorating contest at Mint Hill Town Hall.
• When: 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26
• Where: 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill
• Details: www.minthill.com/
Oct. 26: Haunted Walking Tour
The Museum of the Waxhaws gives a Haunted Walking Tour of the grounds that includes s’mores by the fire pit. The event costs $10.
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 26
Where: Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Hwy., Waxhaw
Oct. 26: Halloween Costume Party
The Trail House pairs a costume contest with free palm and Tarot card readings. The event is for adults 21 and older.
• When: 9 p.m. Oct. 26
• Where: The Trail House, 6751 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail
• Details: www.thetrailhouse.com
Oct. 27: Fall Festival
Forest Hill Waxhaw invites the community to worship at 10 a.m. and a fall festival at 11:30 a.m. The festival will include lunch by Moe’s BBQ that costs $12 for adults and $8 for children.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27
Where: Cane Creek Park, 5213 Harkey Road, Waxhaw
Oct. 30: Lake Park Trunk or Treat
Central Church Lake Park’s third annual Lake Park Trunk or Treat includes music, inflatables, giveaways, free hotdog meals, and trunk-or-treating. The church requests attendees wear family-friendly costumes. The church requests pets not be brought to the event.
When: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 30
Where: Central Church Lake Park at 3624 Lake Park Road, Indian Trail