The weather is about to get cooler and we're getting closer to Halloween.
The region's corn mazes, pumpkin patches and hayrides are gearing up for a big season. A few opened in the last couple of weeks. Many more will open this weekend and in the next couple of weekends.
So if you're looking for corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and other Halloween events, then here's your list. So far, there are more than 80 events and venues on the list. You can search by sorting for your city and county and click on "details" to learn more, including hours, cost and age recommendation (which is important for those haunted houses).
One bit of news to share: The Durham Jaycees will not have its long-running haunted house this year. But the Raleigh Jaycees, which wasn't able to hold its haunted house last year, is working to offer one this year. More details to come on that.
And, as I write on the database page, here's an answer to the big question of the season: When do kids around here go trick or treating? Is it on Oct. 31? Or is it on another day?
For the vast majority of communities in the region, kids will trick or treat on Oct. 31, a Monday this year.
It gets confusing for some people because many towns and cities do not take an official stand on when trick or treating happens. But, historically, if you live in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Sanford, Rocky Mount, Morrisville, Knightdale, Holly Springs, Hillsborough, Fuquay-Varina and Clayton, the kids will be out looking for candy on Oct. 31. And if you live in other communities not named here, it is highly likely that Oct. 31 is the big day. In fact, Fayetteville and Cumberland County have officially encouraged parents to send their kids out from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31.
Go Ask Mom will be on top of this. So if anything changes, we'll let you know.
Here's our 2011 Halloween and fall fun list!