In Sway Guides

Thought Halloween was canceled? Ha. Plan your month around our #swaysix guide to getting spooky (or just scaring up some candy).

In Moore County:

:: Friday, Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m.: Bring your top-notch navigational skills (looking at you, guy who gets lost in Pinehurst) for an after-dark corn maze experience during Flashlight Friday at Kalawi Farm and Ben’s Ice Cream.

:: Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24: Encore Theatre presents the Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon — during which two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil’s Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. Tickets here.

:: Friday, Oct. 30, 9:15 a.m.: SLAM is hosting a free Pumped Up Pumpkin workout at First Baptist Southern Pines. Prepare to lift, sweat and all that gourd stuff. 

:: Friday, Oct. 30, 6-11 p.m.: Get in the Spirit at the NAV: Want to investigate a mystery on a haunted trail? Sip beer while your kid plays games and gets his face painted? Throw spears at “ghosts?” Enter a costume contest? Do it all with Nightmare at the NAV.

:: Friday, Oct. 30, 5-6:30 p.m.: Trick-or-Treat downtown Southern Pines businesses during the annual Halloween Haunt, followed by games, crafts and more. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. More info here.

:: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2-4 p.m.: Trick-or-Treat at businesses in downtown Aberdeen, while taking advantage of sweet deals at local businesses. Info here.

:: Saturday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.: Join a fall festival Trunk-or-Treat at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Carthage, with food, music, games and activities. Fun or Christian-themed costumes only; no ghosts, ghouls, goblins or scary outfits. Here’s a flyer.

:: Saturday, Oct. 31 5-8:30 p.m.: Scavenge for Candy in Aberdeen. A scavenger hunt at Aberdeen Lake Park leads to prizes for those 16 and younger. The hunt will be followed with an outdoor screening of Hocus Pocus.

:: Saturday, Oct. 31., 5-10 p.m.: Dress up at The Leadmine. Find a perfect Karen wig and a date that’ll dress like a mid-level manager for Costumes and Cocktails. Your Halloween cocktail photo could win you a $50 gift card. 

:: Through Nov. 1: Weymouth Woods is not holding its popular trick-or-treat trail, but it has added a self-guided Creepy Critter Crawl adventure and guided Spider Strolls. Info on both here.

Scares Within a Short Drive:

:: Through Oct. 31: Stay in your car for a ride through the Granville Haunt Farm, a drive-thru trail that charges by the car.

:: Oct. 16-31 (weekends): If you’re looking for COVID-friendly Halloween scare, take a drive to the all-outdoor Stoney Point Trail of Terror (Fayetteville) or the Clayton Fear Farm (Clayton).

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