Windows down, seat heater on, PSL in hand, and autumn leaves in view: It’s time to leave the pumpkins behind and hit the road.
Consider changing things up this season by planning a fall road trip to Randolph County, NC, where celebrations, harvest vibes, coziness, and — of course — some jumpscares await.
Check out our fall bucket list to see where to find pumpkin-tossing animals, fall food + drink favorites, spooky trails and haunted houses for the daredevils, and more.
🐻❄️ Boo at the Zoo and Pumpkin Palooza
Do polar bears celebrate Halloween, too? At North Carolina Zoo, they do. (So do elephants and seals.) This year, go trick or treating at the Zoo’s family-friendly fall tradition, Boo at the Zoo, or see Pumpkin Palooza, where animals promise a smashing good time. Bonus: You’ll find plenty of photo opps.
🪦 Spooky Bottom Haunted Trails
This Halloween, we challenge you to hike down a haunted trail. And not just any haunted trail, but the Fear Carolina’s 2020 Victims Choice Award winner for the best haunted attraction in North Carolina. Witness backwoods horror, plus new scenes for 2023 (think: a longer hike and more scares). Who will be your ride-or-die on this trail?
🏺 Potters Pumpkin Patch
Think if you’ve seen one pumpkin patch you’ve seen them all? Think again.
Head to Seagrove, NC, for its annual Potters Pumpkin Patch, featuring ceramic pumpkins, gourds, autumn leaves, and woodland creatures made by its renowned potters’ community — plus scented candles, seasonal snacks, and more from the five participating shops. Grab your patch map at any shop and check all of them off the list.
🎃 Pumpkin-Picking Adventures
Looking to embrace the season of harvest? Check out the Fall U-Pick activities at Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur. Help (well, kind of) the orchard harvest the 20,000 pumpkin seeds they planted across three patches in spring.
Get the most out of your visit on Saturdays, ft. live music, weekend-only apple cider donuts, and special events like alpaca petting and axe throwing. Explore more fall activities.
Where did the term “Jack-O-Lantern” come from? Take a guess