Compiled by Bernie Petit
For ghouls, goblins and candy lovers, this is the best time of the year.
Halloween is just around the corner, and tricks or treats are only part of the fun in upcoming cultural haunts that will get folks in the spirit of the holiday.
From preparations for the Zombie Apocalypse to a family-friendly Halloween celebration at Wing Haven and all the scary and not-so-scary frights in between, there are cultural events in Charlotte-Mecklenburg appropriate for kids, families and adults.
Here’s a look.
Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum
When: Oct. 17.
Where: Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Discovery Place will be full of tricks and treat for Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum, an unforgettable adults-only night at the museum. Grab a cocktail, don your costume and join us for Punkin Chunkin, a Fear Factor Challenge, lots of spooky science experiments, a costume contest and more.
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Spinning Spiders and Creepy Crawlers
When: Oct. 18.
Where: Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Dr., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Enjoy Halloween treats and learn about all of our little friends that scurry underfoot, including spiders, bees, bats, scorpions and more. There will be plenty of other not-so-scary activities to enjoy, including puppet shows, story time, crafts and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.
Cost: Included with admission: $6 ages 2 and up, $6.00, free for children under 2 and museum members.
Things that GO BUMP in the Night!
When: Oct. 18
Where: McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: You remember that feeling – the boogeyman in your closet, the monster lurking in the shadow under your bed, the clicking sound on your windowpane. Overcome your fears and let Carolina Voices’ Impromptu ensemble get you in the spirit of all things ghoulish and scary at its annual Halloween concert, with brilliantly twisted music like Don’t Fear the Reaper and I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes. Arrive early for Zombie Camp and get tips and tricks from makeup experts who will help you look your frightful best for the holiday.
Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors, and $12 students.
The Duke Mansion’s “Homeland” Halloween Party
When: Oct. 25.
Where: Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Expect great food, live music, and a chance to blow your cover at the historic mansion known as Vice President William Walden’s home on the television series “Homeland.” Sneak into the mansion for gourmet food and hush-hush tunes from the house band, Bad Daddies. Bid on trips, jewelry and other delights at the silence auction, or take a tour of the historic mansion.
Cost: $75 per person ($25 is tax-deductible).
Halloween at the Haven
When: Oct. 25.
Where: Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: A spooky Saturday in the Wing Haven Garden where children will make a wonderful fall centerpiece with a pumpkin and pansies in addition to a spooky sweet craft, wander the garden paths for a scavenger hunt, and hear ghost stories at a secret gathering spot in the woods. Later, participants will decorate goblin-friendly cookies with refreshments to share. Dress in costume (optional) and for the weather. Limited availability, early registration encouraged. Bring two cans of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank and receive a $5 gift voucher good for a future family program at Wing Haven.
Cost: $8 per child non-member, $5 per child Wing Haven member.
Zombie Survival Weekend
When: Oct. 24-25
Where: Discovery Place Education Studio, 300 N Poplar St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: If the zombie apocalypse happened today, would you be ready? Go beyond Hollywood depictions with our hands-on training sessions, designed to teach you the skills and science you’ll need to know to defend yourself against the walking dead.
Cost: Sessions start at $50
Myers Park Library Presents: Children’s Pumpkin Party
When: Oct. 31.
Where: Myers Park Library, 1361 Queens Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Throw on your costume* for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and games! Children will also make a take home craft and each will receive a treat bag. This program is best for school-age children. Registration is required.
*Costumes are not required, however, if costumes are worn, please make sure they are kid-friendly.
Visuween – An Epic Halloween Extravaganza of Monstrous Proportions
When: Oct. 31.
Where: Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: A night of music inspired by bands like Muse (Ish), The Killers (S.O.Stereo), The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Grown Up Avenger Stuff), Jack White (The Waves), Queens of the Stone Age (Semi-Pro), The Strokes (The Business People), Faith No More (Dr Cirkustien) and more.
Spirits of Rosedale
When: Oct 24-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The Spirits of Rosedale takes visitors on a night tour through the plantation home’s first floor, kitchen basement, and gardens. Rosedale’s living history team presents this family-friendly Halloween program appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up.
Cost: $15, advance tickets available.
Omimeo’s Black Light Magic: Halloween Dream
When: Oct. 24-Nov. 1.
Where: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
What’s Happening: Join Charlotte’s Omimeo Mime Theatre for a marvelous, luminescent reality, full of crazy characters, unusual illusions and spectacular special effects. Follow the story of a young trick-or-treater as she magically travels from her bedroom to a fantastical world of dreams, masks and haunting images — with just the right amount of Halloween chills. Wear your Halloween costume, fluorescent or white clothes and you’ll really be part of the show.
Midnight in the Garden
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Hear the real tales and ghost stories of encounters and experiences of Historic Rosedale staff and volunteers since 2006. Contact will be attempted in the garden. Who will you hear this night? Who will tap you on the shoulder? What will you see? Please wear flat, quite comfortable shoes and bring a small twist top flashlight. Be prepared to sit on the grass.
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Join professional ghost hunters as they take no more than 8 guests through all 4 floors of Rosedale’s 200 year old plantation house, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will use the latest technology in partnership with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society. Their team will lead the investigation. Please wear flat, quiet comfortable shoes and bring a small twist top flashlight. You never know what you may find… or what may find you.
Hoot and Howl – Day of the Dead
When: Nov. 1.
Where: Carolina Raptor Center,
What’s Happening: Held on the traditional Dia de Los Muertos, the Carolina Raptor Center be remembering extinct species with Calaveras (poems/epitaphs), making paper flowers, engaging in traditional face painting and exploring the sugar skull tradition. The event will also include some traditional Halloween games and crafts including a costume contest, pumpkin painting, trick or treating and making paper plate skeletons.
Cost: $10 adults, $8 students, free for children 4 and under.
Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
When: Nov. 2.
Where: Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The annual free family festival celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, with food, music, arts, crafts, altars and more. Presented in partnership with the Latin American Coalition. It’s not a Halloween event, but it’s an awesome event you won’t want to miss.