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Haunted Happenings Just Outside Raleigh

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Ghouls just want to have fun, and what better way to spook up some fun than getting the pants scared off you during a local haunt. Here, we round up some haunted houses, trails, mazes, walks, farms and more worth venturing to this month. You may or may not be tempted to sleep with the lights on afterward…

Clayton Fear Farm

Through Oct. 31
Clayton

The iconic scare fest that is Clayton Fear Farm is back with the hayride and maze. Experience the terror of the Fear Forest Haunted Hayride—aka the longest 20 minutes of your life—on a 40-foot hay wagon from hell charting territory few dare to go and from which even fewer return… then venture to the Haunted Maze and find your way through 8 acres of extremely tall Sudangrass. Scared yet?

Darkside Haunted Estates

Through Nov. 6
Middlesex

Come over to the darkside… and watch your nightmares come to life through a 1/4-mile haunted walking and Mayhem Hayride through the backwoods, as well as new attractions such as the Insane Asylum, JoJo’s Clown Town, the Slaughterhouse, the Bundie Hotel, the S. S. Sea Hag and RottenKorr Cemetery. We dare you to take the scare! 

Kersey Valley Spookywoods

Through Nov. 6
Archdale

Prepare to be spooked! Dubbed by USA Today as one of the 2021 Top Haunted Attractions in America, Spookywoods features 13 themed sets, including Victoria’s Revenge, Werewolf Forest and Slaughter House, each of which boast scary-good set designs and horrifically amazing actors—it’s like a scary movie come to life!

Hollerin Haunts Hayride

Through Nov. 6
Clinton

Calling all children of the corn. These haunted attractions are guaranteed to “scare the yell out of you.” Hop aboard a tractor for the Haunted Hayride; make your way through a spooky corn maze; or take down some zombies with a paint gun. 

Spooky Bottom Haunted Trail

Through Nov. 6
Seagrove 

Do you have what it takes to make it through Fear Carolina’s  2020 Victims Choice Awards Winner for Best Haunt in the Carolinas? Walk through cabins, houses, mine shafts, swamps, villages, haunted woods and more to find out. Scares beware!

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington

Through Oct. 31
Wilmington

Take a tour through Wilmington’s most haunted homes and burial grounds while hearing eerie tales and ghostly occurrences from professional storytellers and ghost hunters. You’ll never see Wilmington the same…

Haunted Forest @ Panic Point 

Through Nov. 6
Youngsville

Hallo-scream is here. Fright night found at NC’s No. 1 Haunted Forest at Panic Point in Youngsville, comprised of four haunted attractions and 32 unique scenes—including Panic Point’s feature attraction, the Haunted Forest, where you find your way through tears of blood and a 1/2-mile of murderers, spiders and aliens via 11 scenes of mayhem; along with the Dark Trail; Killers in the Corn; and Menacing Maze.

Granville Haunt Farm

Through Oct. 31
Granville

Welcome to your nightmare. North Cackalacky’s first contact-free drive-thru haunted trail is here for the spooking. Do you dare? You and your boo crew creep it real and stay in your vehicle, driving along the thrill-and-chill packed trail for, well, a wicked ride. 

The Witch’s Haunted Barn

Through Oct. 30
Hillsborough

More thrills, less frights, this “haunted” experience is great for the whole family, providing a whimsical look at Halloween—think a coffin fitting room, aliens, spiders, skeletons, clowns, witches and more. Plus, there’s candy for all at the end (if you survive…).


For those who fear the frights, there are plenty of other fun things to do this October that are 100% scare-free. See our round-up of other family-friendly fall happenings just outside of Raleigh below.

NC Eat & Play’s Fall Hootenanny

Oct. 7
Cary

What could be more North Carolina than a hootenanny?! Join local blogger NC Eat & Play for a fun-filled event featuring live folk/bluegrass music, wood-fired pizzas from V Pizza and other tastings from local vendors, beer and Cheerwine, games, giveaways, and a farm-style train ride at Phillips Farms of Cary.

Pumpkin Flotilla

Oct. 29
Cary

Fans of the annual holiday flotilla in Wrightsville will be pumped to add this local pumpkin flotilla holiday edition to their agenda. Come costumed and bring your carved pumpkin, then watch as they all set sail across Bond Lake at twilight. On-site concessions will be available to buoy up the fun factor while you watch your pumpkin creation float along the lake.

Halloween Hike

Oct. 31
Durham

It’s like your very own Blair Witch Project by iPhone (I mean, you’ll be ’Gramming it, obv) via hike at the Eno River State Park. Don a costume and be prepared for all the spooks that lurk within the shadows. 

Pumpkin Patch Express

Through Oct. 31
Durham

All aboard! The Pumpkin Patch Express is back in the Bull City at Museum of Life + Science with a hay maze, nature bingo, mini golf and more—plus, your chance to pick the perfect pumpkin in the patch. 

Carving Pumpkins with Goats

Through Oct. 31
Chapel Hill

It’s baaaack! Fall fun just “goat” serious. Pick your perf pumpkin in the patch at Spring Haven Farm and then trot over to the pasture for carving with cute friendly goats. Insider tip: The goats love to nibble on the insides of the pumpkins after you scoop them out. 

Naylor Family Farm

Through Nov. 7
Fuquay-Varina

Give ’em pumpkin to talk about and spice things up with the fam or your boo on the farm through a giant corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayride, jump pad, barrel train, pedal karts and so much more. 

Tractor’s Corn Maze

Through Oct. 31
Wake Forest

Have an a-maze-ing time finding your way through the 8-acre corn maze (go during the day, or up the spook factor by going at night); then take a hayride. All tickets include a free traditional jack-o’-lantern or exotic pumpkin (blue dolls, pink dolls, ghost, warty goblins and more) that you can take home to carve.

Halloween Bash

Oct. 30
Zebulon

Slide into Halloween weekend via Lazy Hound Farm’s big slide—plus enjoy food trucks, hayrides, mazes, a playground, farm animals and more. Don your best costume for the chance to win the costume contest!

Halloween Express Train

Oct. 16, 23 and 30
New Hill

Track or treat! Trade the broomstick for the Halloween Express Train and spook up some fun traversing kid-friendly scenes of flying witches, smoking cauldrons and more. Halloween costumes are highly encouraged.

Millstone Creek Orchards Pumpkin Pickin’ Adventure

Through Oct. 31
Ramseur

Gourd morning! Millstone Creek Orchards has planted more than 12K pumpkin seeds across three different patches, offering a dozen-plus different varieties of pumpkins and gourds from which to pick. Search for your fave to take home; then enjoy the farm’s signature apple slushies, cider doughnuts, an orchard hayride and more. Fall doesn’t get any better than this!

Potters’ Pumpkin Patch

Through Oct. 30
Seagrove

For a more unique pumpkin-picking experience, head to the Scenic Pottery Highway each Saturday in October to shop for such home accoutrements as ceramic pumpkins, gourds, autumn leaf pottery, woodland creatures, scented candles and seasonal refreshments from various local pottery purveyors.

Crossroads Corn Maze

Through Oct. 31
Wendell

“Getting lost has never been this fun.” Throw on a flannel and enjoy all types of fall entertainment, including a 5-acre corn maze,  hay maze, fresh fall produce, games and more. 

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