Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas are ready for fall and Halloween! Here’s a list of haunted trails, corn mazes, fall farm activities and more, for the 2023 season.
Some of these are a little bit of a drive, and are in areas that we typically include in Triangle on the Cheap, but worth checking out.
We’ve classified these attractions as either scary or not scary. This classification just reflects how the attraction is advertised. Your opinion might differ! Some of the attractions offer daytime activities for young children and nighttime activities that are scarier.
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Haunted Trails and Haunted Houses
These attractions might be too scary for young children.
Hollerin Haunts Hayride
2914 Bud Johnson Road, Clinton, NC
Dates from September 22 to November 4, 2023
Ticket prices: $30 for Haunted Hayride, $20 for Zombie Hunt, $12 for The Darkness. Discounts for package deals.
Haunted Hayride, Zombie Hunt, The Darkness
Backwoods Terror Ranch
Sweet Valley Ranch
2990 Sunnyside School Road, Cedar Creek, NC (near Fayetteville)
Dates from September 30 to October 31, 2023.
Visit Surgeon Manor, a Victorian farmhouse that is still home to some of the poor souls that lived in the manor and ended up as experiments in Surgeon Labs. Walk through the Backwoods Terror Ranch cemetery. Beware, you never know what lurks in the cemetery at night. Finally, tour the Slaughterhouse, home of the Delamorte bunch. They are the personal inhumane clean up crew for Dr. Surgeon’s sadistic experiments.
Hawfields Civitans Haunted Forest
Hawfields Ball Park, 2115 NC Hwy 119 S, Mebane, NC
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30, 31
Check Facebook page for prices
Different scenes of horror with ghouls, zombies and clowns. In the end there’s the Dark Maze.
Myrtle Grove Haunted Barn
3510 North Carolina Highway 86, Hillsborough, NC
September 29 to November 4, 2023, every Friday and Saturday, plus Halloween
$25 to $40 depending on date. $15 for no-scare
Offers a no-scare hour from 6 to 7 p.m.
A 5,500 square foot, two-level haunted barn with scares around every corner.
Orange County Feargrounds
Lloyd’s Dairy Barn, 226 North Lloyds Dairy Road, Efland, NC
October 27 and 28, 2023
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$15 for hayride; $15 for barn; $25 for combo
20,000 square feet of ghoulishness! A portion of the proceeds benefit local youth and nonprofit organizations in Orange County.
The Original Hollywood Horror Show
6333 Bass Mountain Road, Snow Camp, NC
September 28 – October 1, October 6-8, October 20-22, October 26-29, November 3-4.
8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. other nights
Emmy award-winning makeup and special effects by filmmakers. Award-winning haunted house, established in 1989. Realistic movie-quality sets, props and special effects from your favorite films.
Haunted Forest at Panic Point
2808 Cedar Creek Rd, Youngsville, NC
Dates from September 16 to November 4, 2023
General admission tickets are $30 to $45, depending on the date. General admission is only $20 on September 16 for the soft opening, but there are limited tickets.
6 haunted attractions, including Haunted Forest, Dark Trail, Haunted Hayride, Killers in the Corn, Stalkers’ Farm (formerly The Menacing Maze), and Carny Crypt. (The first five are included in general admission. Carny Crypt is $5 extra.)
Granville Haunt Farm
4534 US Highway 15, Oxford, NC
Every Friday and Saturday in October, plus October 29 – 31, 2023.
Vehicle with 1 passenger: $10; 2 passengers: $20; 3-4 passengers: $25; 5 or more passengers: +$5 for each additional person.
Drive-thru haunt experience.
Darkside Haunted Estates
Big Daddy’s Farms, 11959 N.C. 222 W., Middlesex, NC
919-269-8620 and 919-818-8748
Fridays and Saturdays from September 22 to November 4, plus October 31.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (except October 28th which is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Ticket prices: General admission tickets are $22 on September 22nd and 23rd, $25 from September 29th to October 21st, $30 on October 27th, 28th, and 31st, and free for adults and $5 for kids on October 28th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Attractions include The Lost Crypt, The Forgotten Cabin, Hatchet’s Fish Cannery, Fright Trail, Insane Asylum, JoJo’s Clown Town, The Slaughterhouse, Mayhem Hayride, Rotten Korr Cemetery, Skully’s Inlet, and The Bundie Hotel
Clayton Fear Farm
Boyette Family Farms, 1620 Loop Rd, Clayton, NC
Fridays and Saturdays from October 6 to 28, 2023, plus October 29-31.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (except October 27th, 30th, and 31st, which are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Tickets are $25 (must be redeemed on the hour)
2022 attractions include The Black Hole, Fear Forest Haunted Hayride, Slaughterhouse, and The Farm House.
13th Door Haunted Manor
970 Frank Timberlake Road, Timberlake, NC
Fridays and Saturdays from October 6 to 14, 2023, starting at 8 p.m. October 19 to 30, starting at 7 p.m.
12 and up: $10; 6 to 11: $5; 5 and under: Free
Attractions include a haunted house and a kids’ carnival. The movie nights are free. Check their website (linked below) to see what attractions will be open on select days.
Xtreme Haunt: A Zombie Shooting Experience
7460 Highway 98/Wake Forest Rd, Durham, NC
Open October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2023.
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
General admission: $25; Fast Pass VIP Admission: $45
Attractions include the Containment Zone (including Black Maze, Prison Cell, and Zombie Corridor), City of Horrors, Laser Zombie Simulator, Xtreme Haunt Walk, Mini Escape Jail, Phobia House, and Monster Blaster (for VIPs only)
Aberdeen Fear Factory
10570 Hwy 211, Aberdeen, NC
September 29 and 30, Thursdays to Saturdays in October. November 3 and 4, 2023.
$25 to $30. Extra for Zombie Outbreak Paintball
This is the largest indoor haunt in North Carolina. There’s also a carnival midway for while you wait, as well as zombie paintball.
Haunted Farm at Phillips Farm of Cary
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
Dates from September 29 to October 29, 2023.
Nighttime Attractions: The old farm hands and clowns come out to haunt around that farm.
More info. Note: Watch Facebook for weather closures.
Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and more
The attractions in this section are suitable for children, and are not intended to be scary. Some of these events might also have a scary component, and we are including that information as well.
1500 Tilley Farm Road, Rougemont, NC 27572
September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2023.
Admission includes participation in all activities and a pumpkin to take home. Food trucks on site and other snacks and drinks available! Beer and wine available for all 21+. Activities include Jumbo Bounce Pad, Jumbo Slide, Hay Mountain, Hayride, Corn pits, Pumpkin Slingshot, more.
The Witch’s Haunted Barn
4911 Hunt Road, Hillsborough, NC
Every Saturday in October, 2023
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$10 per person (Ages 2 and under get in free)
This is a low-priced, family-friendly activity. It’s not meant to be a very scary experience, but, instead, a whimsical look at Halloween, so it should be suitable for all kids of all ages. Before or after visiting the haunted barn you can explore the farm and meet mini donkeys, horses and chickens. Bring a picnic or buy lunch from a food truck on site.
Holder Hill Farm
4822 Holder Road, Durham, NC
Opening on September 22, 2023.
Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to dusk
Sunday: 10 a.m. to dusk
Contact the farm for 2023 prices.
Admission includes all farm activities, as well as a pumpkin that you pick from the vine. Activities include corn maze, hay ride, visiting with farm babies, nature trail, hay mountain, corn crib, barnyard animal bounce, and more.
Phillips Farms of Cary
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
September 16 to October 29, 2023.
Fridays: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ages 2 and over: $15 cash or $17 credit card; Military/First Responders/Seniors (60+): $13
Daytime Activities: Corn Maze, Wagon Ride, Cow Train, Family Fun Park, and Sunflower Field
More info. Note: All purchases aside from the admission booth are cash only. Check their Facebook page for updates on weather closures.
Huckleberry Trail Farm
143 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Siler City, NC
September 30, and every Saturday and Sunday through October 28, 2023.
Age 12+: $12; Age 3-11: $10; Age 65+: $10; Military, first responders and teachers: $10. Pumpkins sold separately.
The attractions include a corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patches (pumpkins sold separately), cotton patches, a mini Field of Dreams, and farmyard games. Also, enjoy life-sized sling shot targeting.
Pumpkin Patch Express
Museum of Life + Science
433 West Murray Avenue, Durham, NC
Saturdays and Sundays in October, 2023
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Available ticket times might vary as spots fill up. Purchase your tickets ahead of time.)
Take the Ellerbe Creek Railway to the pumpkin patch, and pick out a pumpkin. Decorate your pumpkin, go through the hay maze, play nature bingo, enjoy duck races and other activities, and then ride the Ellerbe Creek Railway back.
McKee Cornfield Maze
5011 Kiger Road, Rougemont, NC
September 30 to November 4, 2023, Friday to Sunday
General admission is $15. Children age 2 and under are admitted for free.
12-acre adventurous maze for families and a smaller maze for children. Also, hayrides, pumpkin patch, animals, barrel train ride, play areas, corn hole, ice cream, and more.
Edward’s Battle Haunted House
9401 S. Mere Ct., Raleigh, NC
Check back soon for 2023 dates.
This is a walk-through haunted house attraction created by a Raleigh teen, Edward, who has battled cancer. It’s free to enjoy but donations are collected for Give Kids the world, a resort in Florida for critically ill children.
Pumpkin Patch at Chestnut Ridge Community Farm
2902 Mt. Willing Road, Efland, NC
Saturdays in October, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 1:3 p.m.
$8 per person. Ages 2 and under free. Pumpkins sold separately.
Enjoy hayrides, face painting, animals, outdoor activities, and lots of pumpkins!
P&C Holiday Lights
38 Bennett Ridge Road, Chapel Hill, NC
October 8 to 31, 2023, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
This is a private home where you can see a Halloween haunt in the front yard, with lights and animatronics. Please be respectful of their neighbors. The event is a fundraiser for Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, so please donate when you visit, if you can.
Skeletons for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Several homes are participating in Skeletons for St. Jude’s, where homeowners decorate their yards with massive and elaborate skeleton displays and raise money for St. Jude’s. The map of participating homes is on skeletonsforhope.org, and will be updated, starting in September, 2023. You can also learn about donating on the Facebook page.
Naylor Family Farm and Giant Corn Maze
6016 U.S. 401 N., Fuquay-Varina, NC
September 15 to November 5, 2023.
$20 per person. Kids age 2 and under are admitted for free.
Corn maze, farm animals, pumpkin patch, hayrides, flashlight maze, and more. New in 2022 is a Super Mega Ride-N-Slide. Every ticketed guest will receive a pumpkin on the hayride.
1224 Old Lystra Road, Chapel Hill, NC
October 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2023
$25 per child. Kids under age 2 do not require a ticket.
Halloween on the farm. Costumes encouraged. Enjoy 2 hours of access to the farm. Animals will be in costume. Bring home a small pumpkin or gourd. Each child will receive a pumpkin decorating kit. Have hands-on time with the friendly farm animals. Go trick or treating.
Spring Haven Farm
5306 Homer Ruffin Road, Chapel Hill, NC
September 20 to October 31, 2023, excluding Mondays and Tuesdays, plus October 30 and 31.
$13.50 per person (Ages 3 and under free)
Spring Haven Farm is hosting Pumpkin Carving with Goats. Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, and then carve it. The goats will eat the insides of the pumpkins after you scoop them out. There will also be other fall activities, like a tractor train ride or The Haunted Forest. You can meet other animals as well.
DJ’s Berry Patch
1223 Salem Church Road, Apex, NC
Fall dates: mid-September to October 31, 2023
Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DJ’s Berry Patch is a great place to go to for pumpkins and much more. They will have many varieties of pumpkins and gourds, as well as mums, hay bales, corn stalks, and many other fall products. They will also have limited produce: apples, butternut squash, acorn squash, and cooking pumpkins. There will also be ice cream and pound cakes with fall flavors.
1606 Pickett Rd., Sanford, NC
September 16 to October 29, 2023
$20 per person. Kids age 2 and under do not require a ticket.
Attractions include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, playgrounds, Tom’s Tunnel, Pumpkin Jump, Jump Pad, and hayrides.
Crossroads Corn Maze
5712 Watkins Road, Wendell, NC (new location)
Open from October 6 to 29, 2023.
Fridays: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Adult: $17; Child: $14. Kids 5 and under are free.
Activities include a giant corn maze, hay and rope mazes, and a hayride. A pumpkin is included with the hayride.
The Family Farm on Avent Ferry
1719 Avent Ferry Road, Holly Springs, NC
No admission charge. Cost of pumpkins vary.
Sells NC-grown pumpkins every fall; as well as specialty gourds, pumpkins, corn stalks, and hay bales; and they have a vintage John Deere tractor on-site for photos. You can also meet the farm animals.
Hill Ridge Farm
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville, NC
September 27 to October 29, 2023.
Wednesday through Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
$19.95 per person. Under age 2 free. $17.95 for military and age 65+.
Activities include a hayride, train ride, access to the Animal Barnyard area, the fish feeding dock, Playland activities, pumpkins, and more. No reservations needed. Free pumpkin with admission ticket. Some activities have an additional cost.
10276 US Hwy 421 North, Clinton, NC
September 23 to November 4, 2023.
Wednesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays in Sept/Nov: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays in October: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ticket prices: Weekday (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) – $16.95; Weekend (Saturday, Sunday) – $21.95
Fall Festival, corn maze, and pumpkin patch.
Ken’s Korny Corn Maze
3175 Benson Highway, Garner, NC
September 23 to November 6, 2023.
Age 6+: $17 cash, $18 card
Age 3-5: $10 cash, $11 card
Adventure zone only: $10 cash, $11 card
Hayride: $5 (ages 3+)
Corn maze, sunflowers, giant slides, tire mountain, hayride, ropoe maze, skills game, miniature golf, duck races, more.
Sunflower fields: $5 for admission. Includes one sunflower. Additional sunflowers are $1 each.
Vollmer Farm “Back 40” Country Playground
677 NC Hwy 98 E, Bunn, NC
Contact the farm for dates and prices.
Activities include the playground, farm animals, hayride, pumpkin, corn maze, fishing, jumping pillow, gem mining, and more.
5749 Barbee Road, Durham, NC
Open every day
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring the kids here to choose a pumpkin from the thousands of pumpkins available. Also shop for apples, cider, and more.
Tractors Corn Maze
13912 Bold Run Hill Road, Wake Forest, NC
Open September 23 to October 29, 2023 (Saturdays and Sundays only.)
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for day admissions (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.) and 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for night admission (last ticket sold at 9 p.m.)
Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for day admissions (last tickets are sold at 4:30 p.m.)
Ticket prices: $15 per person (cash only). Ages 2 and under are free.
Besides the 8-acre corn maze, Tractors Corn Maze also offers a free pumpkin, a corn pit, a hayride, and a kid’s play area.