The Ultimate Guide to Local Fall Family Fun

September 30, 2021

Cooler temperatures, beautiful foliage, crisp air, falling leaves, 
fairs and festivals, and more.  Fall is a beautiful time of year and a great time to enjoy the outdoors.  We are adding lots of events on our calendar, so be sure to subscribe

Check back often, as new information will be added regularly. Bookmark or pin this page so you can access it easily throughout the season. And don't miss our HUGE list of Local Halloween Events (coming soon) for more ideas on local family fun!

Check the MacKid calendar daily for events
Places where Kids Eat Free or Cheap 

Refer to our list of local places to pick your own apples including:
Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill (Morganton)
Carrigan Farms (Mooresville)
The Orchard at Alta Pass (Spruce Pine)
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard (Hendersonville)
Grandad's Apples n' Such (Hendersonville)
Sky Top Orchard (Flat Rock)

Devine Farms (Newton)
The Farmers' Daughter (Taylorsville)
Johnny Wilson Farm (Sawmills)
Saunders Family Farms (Hickory)
Red Wolf Farm (Maiden)
New River Corn Maze (Boone)
Regal Corn Maze (Statesville)
Lineberger's Maple Springs Farm (Dallas)
Shelby Corn Maze (Shelby)
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze (Huntersville)
Carrigan Farms (Mooresville)
Alpha & Omega Corn Maze (Hamptonville)
Check out our guide to Local Corn Mazes Here


Lake Hickory Haunts (Hickory)
Horror Fields (Sawmills) 
Hallowed Grounds Mill (Hildebran) 
Camp Fear (Hiddenite)
Intensive Scare Unit (Taylorsville)
Hillside Horror (Wilkesboro)
The Haunted Mill (Belmont)

Morganton Ghost Tours
Haunted Statesville
Etheral Crack Ghost Tours
Mountaineer Mystery Tour (Boone)

Lazy 5 Ranch
Zootastic Park
Western NC Nature Center
North Carolina Zoo
Carolina Raptor Center
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Tiger World
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Good Karma Ranch

Plan a foliage tour with our list of best local spots for leaf-peeping or:
Take a hike.
Feed the ducks.
Shop at a farmers market.
Go through a corn maze.
Go on a hay/wagon-ride.
Chalk the driveway.
Take a Sunday drive in the mountains.
Go apple picking.
Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Rake and jump in a leaf pile.
Go camping (or RVing) at a campground or in the backyard.
Roast marshmallows over a bonfire.
Enjoy a perfect autumn day.
Fly a kite.
Go on a long bike ride.
Wash the car.
Blow bubbles.
Go birdwatching.
Build a scarecrow.
Go on a color scavenger hunt.
Shop at garage sales.
Plant bulbs to enjoy in the spring.
Try geocaching.
Go to the park.
Have an outdoor picnic.
Play flag football.
Go trick-or-treating.
Enjoy an outdoor concert.
Star gaze.
Go fishing.


Make a big batch of chili.
Enjoy a home-made pumpkin spiced latte.
Make home-made Halloween costumes.
Bake a batch of pumpkin spice cupcakes.
Make pumpkin scented play dough.
Watch a scary movie.
Make popcorn balls.
Cook your own applesauce.
Prepare some spooktacular lunchbox treats.
Make a bird feeder.
Play a board or card game.
Roast a pumpkin and/or pumpkin seeds.
Make egg carton spiders.
Craft a turkey wreath.
Put together a puzzle.
Make day after Halloween brownies.
Stamp some apple butterflies.
Bake an apple pie.
Make meringue ghosts.
Bake applesauce muffins.
Personalize your Halloween treat bag.
Make a pressed leaf scrapbook.
Serve pumpkin shaped rice crispy treats.
Make Jell-o worms.
Assemble candy kiss acorns.
Make caramel apples.
Serve creepy finger cookies.
Make these cute ruffled owls.
Throw a Halloween party.
Make ghost decorations.
Eat candy corn.
Make a batch of spider cookies.
Enjoy an apple cider float.

Watch football.
Decorate or carve a pumpkin.
Read a good book.
Tell Halloween jokes.
Enjoy a cup of warm apple cider.
Plan a family field trip.
Decorate for Halloween.
Tell ghost stories.
Make ghost luminaries.
Boo your neighbors.
View trains.
Bob for apples.
Have fun with leaves.

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