Happy Wednesday Smarties! I hope you are enjoying this week of fantastic giveaways. The weekend is full of family fun. From the Lake to Ft. Mill, there is something for everyone. Zootastic to Anne Springs Close Greenway, Concord Mills to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden – there is an activity for you. Chose from ghost tours, fall festivals, creepy crawlers and charity runs. All you have to do is get out and enjoy!
Trunk Show featuring Erin McDermott’s jewelry
October 24, 10:00am-2:00pm
Come see Erin McDermott’s exquisite collection…just in time for the holidays!
Bootastic Fall Festival
Zootastic Park of Lake Norman
October 27, 9:00am-5:00pm
Activities Include, Corn Pit, Hay Rides, Bouncy House, Games, Pony Rides and Much…Much…Much more!
Romp n’ Roll’s Annual Boo Bash
Romp n’ Roll, Harrisburg
October 26, 5:00pm-8:00pm
This Halloween, join Romp n’ Roll for a frightfully good time! Fun for the whole family, children up to 6 years of age are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes (no glitter please!). We will have awesome gym activities, Halloween treats, balloon animals, and a costume contest! Registration for this event is recommended and space is limited. Please stop in or call to reserve a spot! Cost is $10 per child, $15 per family.
Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions
Time Warner Cable Arena
October 26, 7:30pm
The 2012 Kellogg’s® Tour of Gymnastics Champions, a national tour featuring Team USA’s top performing gymnasts following the 2012 Olympic Games in London, is coming to Time Warner Cable Arena on October 26th.
Creepy Crawly Celebration!
Reedy Creek Nature Center
October 26, 6:00p to 9:00p
Celebrate all that’s creepy and crawly on Halloween weekend! Most creatures in our world are not warm and fuzzy, but that doesn’t make them any less lovable. Come see for yourself how these creatures play an important role in our environment. Live animals, costume contest, marshmallow roast, and trick or treating included. FREE hot chocolate! Cost is free.
Spinning Spiders & Creepy Crawlers
Charlotte Nature Museum
October 27, 10:00am
It’s a hauntingly good time that is a little spooky, but not-too-scary. Enjoy Halloween treats and learn about all of our little friends that scurry underfoot. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
October 27-28, 9:00am-3:00pm
This celebration is for those little ones who want to celebrate the friendlier side of Halloween. Participate in fun, plant-based activities and ghoulish games. Search for plants with spooky names like the creepy eyeball plants and bat-faced cuphea. Children who wear their costumes get 50% off of admission.
The Kidgits Celebrate Halloween at Concord Mills
October 27, 11:00am-1:00pm
The Simon Kidgits Club event, presented by The Hub TV Network, will offer fun and frightening seasonal activities including music by Mr. Nigel, a ghoulish goody-bag, a mummy wrap and a pumpkin pass. Little ones will enjoy kid-friendly, spooky-themed episodes of popular shows. Members aged 12 and under should meet in the Food Court dressed up in their favorite costume. Mall-wide trick-or-treating will take place on October 31 at 6:00pm. Participating retailers will have a pumpkin in their window. Cost is free for Kidgits Club Members.
Brookhaven Family Run for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
October 27, 8:00am
The 5th Annual Brookhaven Family Run for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will be held Saturday, October 27th in the Brookhaven Subdivision in Matthews. The family-friendly event will feature a 5K run/walk, 1-mile run, as well as kids 40 and 100-yard dashes. There will be plenty of things in store for runners and non-runners alike, including raffle prizes, food from The Meat House, and a Kid Zone featuring crafts, inflatables, balloon animals and more.
Festival – Anne Springs Close Greenway
Anne Springs Close Greenway Nature Center
October 27-28, 10:00a to 10:00p
Pick Your Own Pumpkin, Corn Maze, Farm Animals, Archery, Horseback Rides, Haunted Corn Field, Wagon Rides, Hay Mazes, Kayaking & Canoeing, Pedal Karts, Concessions, Much More! Cost is $12 and some activities will require an extra fee.
Shoe Zoo Grand Opening
Shoe Zoo, Davidson
October 27, 11:00am-1:00pm
Shoe Zoo, a kids’ shoe boutique, is holding a Grand Opening Celebration. There will be live animals, Paint Savvy face-painting and drawings for free merchandise. Additionally there will be a visit from Shoelace, the resident gorilla.
Queen City Ghost Tours
Queen City Tours
Weeknights and Weekends – please check website for tour times.
This “family-friendly” spooktacular event focuses on ghosts, ghouls, and goblins — also known as people –that have left behind a trail of fear. This spooky tour highlights the worst and most bizarre events in the Queen City and captures human beings at their worst. Everyone has a bad side and we will uncover those naughty, grueling, and horrible events that have to this day left chilling evidence of days best forgotten. Not recommended for children under 8.
Rollin’ Stonehaven 5K
Sardis Swim & Racquet Club
October 27, 8:00am-9:00am
Help us fill a truck for Crisis Ministry with our holiday food & coat drive (please bring people food, pet food, gently worn coats, hats and gloves). The 5th Annual Rollin’ Stonehaven 5K begins at Sardis Swim & Racquet. There is also a bake sale benefitting the East Meck Swim Team and Hayrides – wear your Halloween costume! To register for the RSH 5K, visit www.stonehaveninfo.com and download the entry form. First registered are guaranteed an official RSH 5K race tee shirt. Cost is Adults $15 (includes t-shirt) Kids 6-12 $10 (includes t-shirt) Family $30 (includes 2 t-shirts) Under 6 free (no t-shirt).
Free Fall Crafts Open House
Small Hands Big Art
October 27, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pumpkin painting (while they last) and fall crafts for children ages 4+. Free, open to the public. For more information, visit our website or call.
Schiele – O – Ween
October 26, 6:00pm-8:00pm
If your family is looking for some spooky fun, look no further than The Schiele! Our Schiele-O-Ween event will be filled with fun and interactive family activities, including cowboy trick or treating, planetarium shows, hands-on activities and a special showing of our stage program Halloween Tales. Great for the entire family-kids are encouraged to attend in costume! $7 for all ages / $5 Advance tickets available-call 704-854-6676
Christ Church Fall Festival
Christ Chuch, Providence Road
October 27, 10:00am-Noon
Join us for the Fall Festival 2012 on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 AM – Noon. This will benefit the Christ Church Nursery. Featuring music by The Plaza Family Band, bounce houses, popcorn, pizza, face painting, cookie & pumpkin decorating, balloon sculptor, and more! Ticket Prices are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Children under 12 months are FREE.
Day of the Dead Festival of Souls
Levine Museum of The New South
October 28, Noon-4:00pm
FREE admission all day , plus activities, alters, food, story-telling and more. In partnership with the Latin American Coalition. Experience a traditional Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebration – a time when Mexican families remember their dead and the continuity of life. Free to attend.
Carolina Place Mall, Center Court
October 28, Noon-3:00pm
Dress your kids in their costumes and join us for a Halloween Spooktacular at Carolina Place! Trick or Treat at select retailers throughout the mall. Radio Disney Halloween Dance Party, games and prizes
Halloween crafts from small hands, big art. Stroller decorating contest with great prizes, Magic, stiltwalking, juggling and more!
The Chop Shop NoDa
October 27, 12:00pm
No one celebrates Halloween like NoDa! There are many facets to this all day extravaganza:
Noon: family-friendly Kid-a-Ween (ages 12 and under) This FREE family-friendly event will delight children with interactive Halloween-themed activities, costume contests, face-painting, an inflatable obstacle course, a giant fun slide, and live music from Juice Box (the high-energy, kid-friendly band from NoDa with songs about “veggie power,” counting and healthy living)!, 6pm: by the Freaky 5k race (all ages) with prizes for fastest run times and best costumes. Later, join us for a free festival with food trucks, plenty of drinks, and live music. Late Night, enjoy a paid concert inside Chop Shop and then watch Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight like you’ve never seen it before!
donna downey studios
October 26, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Come and enjoy live music, lite food and drinks, vendors/artists/crafters selling products as well as a FEATURED Local Artist on display inside the studio.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
October 26-28, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 3:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
The Peanuts gang’s all here – Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Sally – in this delightful musical that will have you celebrating childhood, or revisiting it! Charlie Brown just wants to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl, while Snoopy and Linus want to daydream. Meanwhile, the rest of the group battles book reports, kites, baseball and misunderstandings in this classic Broadway musical based on the iconic comic characters of Charles Schulz. For ages 5 and up. Cost is $20.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Matthews Community Center
October 26-28, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Join us as Icabod Crane, the awkward and superstitious school teacher disappears on Halloween night. Icabod has cast a spell over the town by impressing the ladies, but the men folk; especially Brom Bones, are less than thrilled. Using local folklore and superstitions the men plan and plot to rid the town of the unwelcome and unlikeable Icabod Crane. Icabod learns of the legend of the headless horseman; only to disappear himself leaving behind only a pumpkin head and furthering the legend of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. This production will scare and delight, a perfect Halloween treat. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Cost is $9-$10.