Here’s where to score the best candy this season, from fall festivals to trick-or-treat trails.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m. SpringHill Suites in Southern Pines hosts a free fall festival, with a “spooky forest,” glow-in-the-dark mini golf, S’mores, crafts, a cake walk, food trucks and a “Thriller” flash mob.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27: Refugio Farm Equestrian Center holds its annual fall festival, with two days of face painting, bounce houses, hay rides, horse and pony rides, and s’mores around the campfire. Info.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9-3: Games, food, art, and adoptable pets are on tap at Gulley’s Garden Center in Southern Pines, as well as a station where your kids can add to their slime collection. Take advantage of a plant sale while you’re there.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m. until: The village of Whispering Pines holds its annual Fall-O-Ween Fest, with Halloween games and live music. It’s on the lawn next to the Whispering Pines Police Dept.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28: Wear your spooky best to the Aloha Safari Rescue Zoo for fun, games, prizes and vendors at the annual Boo at the Aloha Zoo.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m.: Come to Weymouth Woods in costume to find ghosts and goblins hiding around every turn on the trails. Pro tip: The trails are bumpy, so make sure your eye holes are on straight.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5-9 p.m.: Haunt downtown Southern Pines, beginning with trick-or-treating at Broad Street businesses and ending at the Downtown Park, with crafts and games followed by a showing of Hotel Transylvania 2 on the lawn.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 3-6 p.m.: Trick-or-Treat from plane to plane at the Moore County Airport.