2022 Fall Events in Raleigh and Beyond
Autumn is magical in the Triangle, and the options to enjoy the season are nearly endless. Jump on a hayride, navigate a corn labyrinth or visit one of the area’s lively festivals. Looking for thrills and chills? Head to one of the area’s haunted attractions where creatures of the night lie in wait. We’ve curated a robust selection of fall activities in Raleigh and beyond. (At press time, not all venues had updated information for 2022, so be sure to check with event organizers before heading out.)
Looking for more fall fun? Head over to our sister site for a roundup of Western Wake fall fun.
By Janice Lewine
Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
Crossroads Corn Maze
Open October 1-31; Friday, 1-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 1-7 p.m.
Hay and rope mazes, hayrides, games and s’mores. Visit the website for admission fees. “When the Stalks Go Dark,” a haunted attraction, takes place Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7-9 p.m. and requires a separate entrance fee.
5712 Watkins Road, Wendell
Hill Ridge Farms Fall Pumpkin Festival
Open September 28-October 30; Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Hayride, jumping pillow, corn house, farm animals, train rides, gem panning and more. Admission is $15 per person; free for ages 1 and younger. Purchase tickets at the gate.
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville
Ken’s Corny Corn Maze
Open late September-early November; see website for rates and hours.
Ten-acre corn maze, hayrides, corn tunnel, wooden pirate ship and other activities. A haunted attraction takes place on select nights in October and requires a separate entrance fee.
3175 Benson Road, Garner
Open September 24 through Oct. 30; Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Five-acre corn maze, hayride, cow train, farm animals and pumpkins. $12 per person Wednesday-Thursday; $18 per person Friday-Sunday.
6100 Mt. Herman Road, Raleigh
Phillips Farm Corn Maze
Open September 17-October 31; Friday, 3-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Admission is $15-$17 for ages 2 and older.
Corn maze, wagon ride, cow train and sunflower field.
6701 Good Hope Church Road, Cary
Porter Farms and Nursery
Open through October 31; Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Pumpkin, mums and fall produce.
7615 Ten-Ten Road, Raleigh
Clayton Harvest Festival
October 27-30; Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
Four-day festival in downtown Clayton features carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off, kids activities and car, motorcycle and tractor shows.
Festifall Arts Markets & More
October 8, 15 and 22; 1 to 6 p.m.
Chapel Hill’s annual fall arts festival returns this year as three separate markets in the downtown district offering interactive art experiences and entertainment.
Frankenfest on Main
October 29, noon-4 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween with a costume contest, trunk-or-treat, street performers, music and games.
North Carolina State Fair
October 13-23; visit the website for rates and hours
Rides, music, live entertainment, livestock competitions and every fried food you can imagine highlight this annual fair and agricultural exposition at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.
4285 Trinity Road, Raleigh
Rolesville Fall FunFest
October 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Take the family for arts and crafts vendors, music, games, a kids costume contest and food trucks.
121 Redford Place Drive, Rolesville
September 30, 5-10 p.m.; October 1, noon-8:30 p.m.
Koka Booth Amphitheater turns on the Bavarian charm awaits with live music, authentic food, wiener dog races, a German car show and a KinderPlatz. Tickets are $20-$25 per person; free for ages 15 and younger.
8003 Regency Parkway, Cary
Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Dark Raleigh Walking Tour
October 27-28, 5:30-9 p.m.
Join the Friends of the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum to learn more about the city’s macabre past during its annual true crime Dark Raleigh Walking Tour. The tour is recommended for ages 16 and older due to the mature/adult nature of the stories that are re-enacted by local actors and actresses. Tours start every half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 for museum members.
220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
Geek & Grub Halloween Market
October 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Come in costume for trick-or-treating, giant board games, geek-themed artisans and food vendors at Fred Fletcher Park.
820 Clay Street, Raleigh
Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party
October 28, 6-8:30 p.m.
Wear a costume and experience the magic of Marbles Kids Museum after dark with Halloween activities like Mad Scientist Lab, Monster Mash Dance Party and more. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult over the age of 18. Advance ticket purchase required online, $16/members, $20/nonmembers.
201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
“The Music of Harry Potter”
October 28, 8 p.m.; October 29, 3 p.m.
The North Carolina Symphony performs enchanting music from the Harry Potter movie series at Meymandi Concert Hall. Purchase tickets online.
2 E. South Street, Raleigh
Pumpkin Carving with Goats
September 28-October 31
Visit Spring Haven Farm, which will be full pumpkins, food trucks, tractor train rides, spooktacular decorations and friendly goats watching as you carve a masterpiece. Purchase tickets online.
5306 Homer Ruffin Road, Chapel Hill
October 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit with mysterious creatures, masterful magicians, fortune tellers and vendors selling handmade items and treats. Enjoy spooky crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and a parade. Admission is free.
226 E. Martin Street, Raleigh
Track-or-Treat Halloween Express
October 15, 22 and 29; rides depart at 2, 3:15, 4:30, 6 and 7:15 p.m.
Hop aboard “The Triangle’s Train” to view scenes of flying witches, smoking cauldrons, Count Dracula and other friendly creatures on a train ride through the New Hill woods. Passengers can play Mummy Mayhem, a game where riders search for 13 mummies hidden along the train tracks. Listen to songs by the singing pumpkins in the rail yard and watch model trains zip around the Garden Railway. Purchase tickets, $14 per person, online.
Magic and Mischief: A Wizard’s Market
November 19, 1-6 p.m.
Young wizards and witches enjoy activities, crafts, music, handmade goods, and magical food and drink at Fred Fletcher Park. Admission is free.
820 Clay Street, Raleigh
Clayton Fear Farm
Open September 30-October 1-31; Thursday, 7-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7–10 p.m.: October 31, 7-9 p.m.; visit the website for rates.
Creatures of the night haunt the Slaughterhouse, Farmhouse, Fear Forest, Haunted Hayride, Fear Farm Academy and Black Hole attractions. Online ticket purchase required.
1620 Loop Road, Clayton
Darkside Haunted Estates
Open September 23-October 31; Friday–Saturday, 7–10 p.m.
Bring your nightmares to life in an insane asylum, haunted hotel, mayhem hayride and spooky cemetery. Admission is $25 adults, $15 kids ages 12 and younger.
11959 N.C. Highway 222 W., Middlesex
Edward’s Battle Haunted House
Drive past a haunted yard in Raleigh filled with ghosts, goblins, vampires and other ghouls created by a Raleigh teen who has battled cancer. Donations are accepted and benefit Give Kids the World. Follow Edward’s Battle Haunted Yard on Facebook for details about this year’s event.
9401 S. Mere Street, Raleigh
Granville Haunt Farm Drive-Thru Drive-In
Open October 1–31; Friday–Saturday, 7–10:30 p.m.
Enjoy thrills and chills from the safety of your car. Admission is $10–$25 per car for up to 4 passengers; $5 per person for vehicles with 5 or more passengers. Purchase tickets online.
4534 U.S. 15, Oxford
Haunted Forest at Panic Point
Open September 24-November 5 on select nights; hours vary
Five haunted attractions include a hayride, forest, dark trail, corn maze and farm. Admission is $30-$75 per person; Carny Crypt is an extra $5 per person. Purchase tickets online or at the gate.
2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville
Haunted History Walking Tour
Learn about the history of some of Raleigh’s most important landmarks as tour guides tell a ghost story at each stop. Admission is free, but online registration is required and tips are appreciated. Tour departs from the
200 N. Blount Street, Raleigh
Oakwood Cemetery Series
September 30, October 1-2; 6:30 p.m.
Burning Coal Theatre Company takes you into Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood Cemetery to deliver a series of short plays based on the lives of the people buried there. Admission is $30 adult, $10 student and must be purchased online.
Raleigh Most Terrifying Ghosts, Spirits, and Haunts
Raleigh is a city filled with dark haunted stories and legends. Spirits of the deceased are said to walk among us, especially after dark. This tour shares the locations and the lore associated with the most famous and notorious of these haunts, and the burial places of many of these former citizens of our capital city. There are 21 stories told at 20 different locations, mostly in the N.C. State University and downtown Raleigh areas. Some of these locations are on private property, so please be respectful of property owners and keep your ghost hunting activity confined to the streets and public sidewalks in front of these locations. Tour locations are available for a $10 purchase through the built story app available through the App Store and Google Play.
Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
Operates year-round on select nights; hours vary
Ghost stories, history and folklore are interwoven in a 1.5-mile walking tour that stops at several ghost and paranormal sites. Suitable for ages 8 and older. Admission is $18 adult, $15 ages 8-14, and tickets must be purchased online. Departs Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh (exact meeting location provided after ticket purchase).
Visit the website for dates and to purchase tickets.
Face your fears in the Containment Zone, Xtreme Haunt Walk and the Laser Zombie Simulator.
7460 Hwy. 98, Wake Forest
Adult-Only Halloween Events
Halloween Happy Hour + Face Painting
October 28, 4-6 p.m.
Halloween happy hour in the Warehouse District with Raleigh Founded features face painting and tasty treats. Admission is free. Register online.
2409 Crabtree Boulevard, Raleigh
Haunting at Pour House Circus Show
October 9, 8 p.m.
Be dazzled by circus and sideshow acts, including burlesque, pole dance, acro yoga, hooping, juggling, clown and mime, contortion and more. Tickets are $18-$25 per person.
OktoberFest Bar Crawl
September 24; 3-10 p.m.
Don your lederhosen and dirndls for a sweep of participating bars on Glenwood Avenue featuring live entertainment, DJs, a costume contest and more. Tickets, $9-$30, are available online.
Raleigh Halloween Bar Crawls
October 22, 29 and 31; 3–11 p.m.
Wear a costume for spooky drink specials, live DJs and costume contests at participating bars in downtown Raleigh and Glenwood South. Admission is $9.99 per person and tickets must be purchased online.