Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl • 4-6pm
Union Square will be teeming with super heroes, princesses, fairy tale folks, monsters and creatures from other worlds as HDDA presents the annual Candy Crawl. Costumed children aged 12 and younger are invited to come Downtown for a safe trick or treating experience. The Candy Crawl is from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Downtown businesses will give away treats. The Hickory Museum of Art will be on the Square with pumpkins provided by sponsors for children to decorate.

The Candy Crawl Costume Contest begins at 5:00 pm under the Sails. Parents can register their children at the HDDA booth located near the Sails between 3:45 and 4:45 pm. Three categories of costumes will be judged by the Hickory Community Theatre Guild: Ages 0-6, Ages 7-12, and Families. Winners in each category will receive tickets for a family of four to see the Hickory Community Theatre’s production of “Newsies”. Amy Ogle, HDDA’s executive director will emcee the contest.

The Hickory Downtown Development Association hosts the Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl to promote safe trick-or-treating in downtown Hickory. Sponsors for the Crawl include Pepsi, Hickory Metro Convention Center, Focus and Jackson Creative. For more information on The Hickory Downtown Development Association, membership, businesses, events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email, please visit the website,


Beary Scary Halloween At Grandfather Mountain • 11am-330pm
Visit Grandfather Mountain for a day of nature programs about animals considered creepy and crawly! This fun-filled celebration includes an opportunity to create special Halloween enrichments for the animals and then trick-or-treat through the animal habitats area. Plus, children in costume are admitted at half-price.

This special day features a wide range of activities, including trick-or-treating, spooky arts and crafts, making enrichments for animals and a costume contest. The activities start at 11 a.m. and run to 3:30 p.m. and are included with the price of admission.

The day starts off with craft tables in the Nature Museum, where kids can make their own spooky creations. Also during that time, participants can try their hands at autumn-themed games. These activities will be running throughout the entirety of the event.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., guests can trick-or-treat throughout the park, while learning about bear facts. Locations include the gate house, Half Moon Overlook, animal habitats, Nature Museum, Top Shop and the Mile High Swinging Bridge.

From 11:30 a.m. to noon, kids can participate in Junior Ranger activities, during which they will learn about Grandfather Mountain’s unique ecosystem through hands-on activities.

From noon to 12:30 p.m., a featured speaker will host a nature program called “Are Bears Scary?” This event will take place in the Nature Museum and will be about black bears—discussing such topics as myths and what to do if you encounter one, along with many other subjects.

After the talk, from 12:30 to 1 p.m., kids can show off their creativity at the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter, where special pumpkin-themed enrichments will be made for the animals.

“Enrichments are special treats that help break up the animals’ routines, while keeping them active and intellectually stimulated,” chief habitats curator Christie Tipton explained.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., it’s the moment all the boys and ghouls have been waiting for: the costume contest. This event will also be held in the Nature Museum Auditorium and comes with prizes for numerous costume categories.

Finally, the day wraps up from 3 to 3:30 p.m. when the carefully crafted enrichments are paraded throughout the habitats for the animals to enjoy.

In the event of rain or very cold weather, all main events will be moved and held at the Nature Museum and Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter.

Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646.

For more information, call 828-733-2013 or visit

Newton’s Spooktacular • 4-7 pm
The fun goes from 4-7 p.m. with a variety of activities around the 1924 Courthouse Square including games, costume contests, inflatables, carnival rides, food vendors, live music, and hay rides. Spooktacular is planned and presented by the Downtown Newton Development Association.

Spooktacular is an old-fashioned fall festival. It’s family friendly and features storefront decorations, Halloween-themed inflatables, dinner concessions, and trick or treating with downtown businesses for toys and trinkets.

If you’d like more information about Spooktacular, contact Newton Main Street Program Manager Shannon Johnson at 828-695-4360 or

Ghouls & Goblins Costume Contest • 5-8 pm
Hosted by Newton Park & Rec. located at 23 South Brady Ave, Newton, North Carolina 28658
Pre Registration will start at 4:30 pm.
*Participants can enter either Original/Homemade or Commercial/Store Bought*
Age Categories: 0-3 Years Old: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm; 4-7 Years Old: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm; 8-12 Years Old: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm; 13-17 Years Old: 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Adults(18+): 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Creepy Caldwell 3: Trunk-or-Treat • 5:30-7:30pm
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Campus, Hudson
The Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host Creepy Caldwell 3 on Saturday, Oct. 26 with free fun for all ages.
Trunk-or-Treat will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will include free candy, face-painting, dance tent and balloons for children 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
**The Zombie 5K event has been cancelled**

The event is sponsored by CCC&TI Student Government Association and clubs. All proceeds go to support student organizations at CCC&TI.


Crawdads Trunk-Or-Treat • 6-8pm
The Crawdads will once again host a Trunk-Or-Treat at the ballpark this year. This year’s event is scheduled for Monday, October 28th from 6pm to 8pm. The free event will feature a family-friendly place for kids to trick-or-treat, food, Halloween-themed games, a costume contest, and ‘Dads ticket specials.

This Trunk-Or-Treat will take place on the warning track. Fans will enter the stadium down by the clubhouse and proceed down the line of tables, wrapping up by the visiting dugout. From there, fans will head up to the main concourse towards the Catawba Farms Crawdads Café, which will be open for food and refreshments with a limited menu. There will also be an inflatable bounce house, speed pitch, cornhole, and a retail table set up on the concourse.

Fans will be able to purchase sweetFrog Claw Club, the official Crawdads kids club for kids 12 and under, packages for a discounted $34 (regular price $49). Silver Slugger, the ‘Dads club for fans 60+ presented by Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, memberships are also available for 2020.

Crawdads ticket books for next season are currently on sale and fans can take advantage of a limited-time offer of the regular 10 ticket books plus a bonus 4 tickets for $70 (total savings of $66 off the single game ticket price). There will be Spooktacular savings on half plans as well with the ‘Dads best offer ever. Fans will receive 8 tickets plus 2 bonus vouchers for just $49. The discount is only available in person at the Trunk-Or-Treat.

The Crawdads will open their season at L.P. Frans Stadium on April 16th against the Lexington Legends. For more information about the Crawdads, including promotions, ticket books, and group outings please visit or contact the front office at (828) 322-3000.


Downtown Valdese’ Treats in the Streets • 4-6pm
Trick or Treat downtown merchants from 4-6pm. Main Street will be closed. Special performance by Silver Sneakers ladies. Costume prizes!

Morganton’s Halloween Spooktacular • 3:00-6:00pm
Come to Downtown Morganton Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, and enjoy the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Spooktacular! We’ll have trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 3-5pm (map of locations to be available online by mid-October). When the trick-or-treaters have collected their candy, they can head to the Historic Burke County Courthouse lawn from 3:00pm until 6:00pm for a costume contest and plenty of free games and activities (compliments of the City of Morganton Recreation Department)!

Halloween Carnival – 3:00-6:00pm (Courthouse Square)

Trick-or-Treating – 3:00-5:00pm (Downtown Merchants)

Costume Contest Registration – 3:30pm (Courthouse Square)

Costume Contest Judging – 5:00-6:00pm (Courthouse Square)

A detailed map of all businesses participating in trick-or-treat will be available within 1 week of the event at

Downtown Lenoir’s Trick-or-Treat & the Mad Hatter’s Pumpkin Patch Parade • 3-6pm
Walk around downtown Lenoir and visit businesses and merchants to collecting treats! Create Halloween hats, enjoy face painters and balloon artists, and join in an actual parade! It’s spooky fun for the entire family!

Thursday, October 31 from 3:00-6:00, Participating businesses will have balloons outside their location.

Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by adult.

Face Painting, Temporary Tattoo Artists, Balloon Artist, Make-it-Yourself Witch and Wizard Hats, Wear Your Hats and Join in a Marching Parade.

Mountain View Fire Department’s Trunk or Treat • 6-8pm
Come out and decorate your vehicle, hand out candy and let your kids trunk or treat in a safe and friendly environment. We will be handing out candy from 6 – 8 pm Halloween night. The parking lot will be open to the public to come and set up and decorate your vehicle starting at 5pm. We look forward to seeing everyone and enjoying all the great costumes and decorations.

Mountain View Fire Department is located at 3571 S NC 127 Hwy, Hickory, North Carolina 28602

Our Savior Lutheran Church’s Trunk or Treat • 6-8pm
Our Savior Lutheran Church invites the public out to “Trunk or Treat,” from 6-8pm on Thursday, October 31. Festivities are sponsored by Thrivent and will consist of FREE hot dogs with all the trimmings, drinks, and plenty of treats.

Our Savior Lutheran Church is located at 2160 35 Ave. Dr. NE, Hickory. Opposite Clyde Campbell School.

Town of Catawba Hosts Trunk Or Treat On Main Street • 6-8 pm

Lenoir’s MLK Center’s Halloween Carnival • 5:30-8pm
Don’t miss the annual Halloween Carnival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center! We’ll have candy, games, caricature sketch artist, the best original Halloween costume contest, and more. Lenoir MLK Center is located at 313 Greenhaven Drive NE, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645

Trick or Treat in Downtown Statesville • 4-6pm
It’s that time of year again when all the little ghosts and goblins converge on our downtown businesses to receive their treats. Trick-or-Treating will take place in the Downtown Business District on Thursday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. Participating businesses will give away candy to costumed kids. Please mark your calendars! As in years past, an orange pumpkin with the downtown logo will be displayed in the window of those businesses that are participating in this event.