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Spooky Halloween Events in Gaston County

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Get ready for a spooktacular time as Gaston County unveils its bewitching lineup of Halloween events in 2023! From family-friendly pumpkin patches and eerie haunted trails to Halloween-themed races and chilling movie nights, there's something for every age group. Join the little ones for kid-friendly fun, experience the thrill of spooky paddles, shop for the perfect costume, or immerse yourself in the macabre atmosphere of haunted theaters. With hay rides and a variety of activities, Gaston County promises a bewitching Halloween celebration for all!

Scarecrow Hollow

Oct 2nd-30th | at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Come explore the Garden and have fun seeing these local creations as we celebrate fall! While some Scarecrows are traditional, some are space age, and others are made of live plants, each one is a magical contribution to our fall festivities! Each Scarecrow is unique and is designed by members, supporters, and local organizations.




Pumpkin Patch and Hay Rides

at Lineberger Farm

Wagon rides, pumpkins, fall décor, muscadines, and apples. From 9 - 5 everyday the whole month of October 2023.




Hickory Grove Haunted Trail

Settled in the backwoods of the South Fork River, the Hickory Grove Haunted Trail is one of the original and oldest haunted attractions in the Charlotte, N.C. area. Our guides will lead you through a dark winding path filled with uncertainty and suspense! If you're ready for a heart pounding stroll on a brisk autumn night. If you have a passion for horror or are curious about the unknown or unseen. We dare you to enter our woods!



 

HALLOWEEN RACES


Stanley Creek Massacre 5K/ 10K

October 28th | at Harper Park in Stanley

Looking for a challenging course! Join us for the Stanley Creek Massacre 5k or 10k. Event takes place at 8 am at Harper Park.




Trick or Trail

October 28th | at Warlick YMCA

This outdoor trail run includes the beautiful Sytz Family Trail System located at the Warlick Family YMCA in Gastonia, NC. The trail covers over 3 miles and is great for participants at all levels. Our 1-mile Fun Run is a friendly race involving participants participating for their own enjoyment rather than competition. Trick-or-Trail will have fun for all ages with fall festival. We will have a bouncy house, basketball hoops, corn hole, 5k race, 1-Mile Fun Run race, S'mores, pumpkin decorating, cotton candy, and vendors. This event is perfect for people and children of all ages to dress in a costume and run alongside friends and family!




 

HALLOWEEN SHOPPING

Wandering Witches

Oct 14th | at Gaston Pour House

Welcome to our cozy gathering of witchy vendors and intuitive readers at the Wandering Witches Spooky Season pop-up! Enjoy a cuppa (or 2) while you shop all the magical things - crystals, spells, candles, tarot cards, jewelry and more. Card readings will be available for $25 a session, so be sure to come early to book your spot. Our events are open to all ages, so bring the whole family. See you there!




 

HALLOWEEN MOVIES & THEATRE


Friday the 13th

Friday 13th | at Belmont Drive-In

Get in the Halloween spirit at this showing of Friday the 13th at this iconic drive-in recently opened in Belmont.




Movies in the Park: Ghostbusters

Oct 14th | at Stowe Park

Grab your friends, grab your chairs, and head down to Stowe Park for a fun night of movies under the stars featuring Ghostbusters on the jumbo outdoor screen with epic immersive sound. FREE arcade games, and cornhole. Popcorn, candy, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.



Sweeney Todd

Oct 20-29th | Gastonia Little Theater

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!




Movies in the Park: Casper

Oct 28th | at Stowe Park

Grab your friends, grab your chairs, and head down to Stowe Park for a fun night of movies under the stars featuring Casper on the jumbo outdoor screen with epic immersive sound. FREE arcade games, and cornhole. Popcorn, candy, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.


The Haunting of Hill House

Oct 26-28 | at Cherryville Little Theatre

based on the novel by Shirley Jackson about the most famous haunted house in the country. Get your tickets to see The Haunting of Hill House directed by Autumn Bolton at Cherryville's Little Theatre.