Throughout the year, different venues ranging from the city to private companies and churches occasionally offer free events for the families of Charlotte and its suburbs. For fall, some of the best events that people anxiously wait for every year are planned including Halloween fun, reading activities and Charlotte’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Novant Health Carrousel Parade
Tryon St. from 10th St. to Stonewall St.
Date: Nov. 28, 2013
A 66-year tradition for Charlotteans, the Carrousel Parade is sponsored by local venues to provide an affair featuring Charlotte’s high school bands, drill teams and clubs. Graced with clowns and an auto show, the Novant Health Carrousel Parade also provides free treats, special guests and activities for the children. Add this parade outing to your Thanksgiving Day tradition to bring smiles, blessings and peace to your special family day.
Trunk or Treat Carmel Presbyterian
2048 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
Date: Oct. 26, 2013
One of the best activities to attend for Halloween is the Carmel Presbyterian Church Trunk or Treat. It is a safe and free way to trick-or-treat with your children without the need of having to go door to door of unknown homes. Expecting to have 40 to 50 trunks filled with goodies, the free event will also sell hot dogs, drinks and chips, have games for smaller and bigger kids and provide a peace of mind for cautious parents.
Halloween ComicFest at Spandex City
2914-A Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
Charlotte, NC 28214
Date: Oct. 26, 2013
Spandex City’s funny name is in honor of our comic book superheros, most known to have spandex-like costumes and bright colors. If you have a comic book lover who is planning to dawn his amazing superhero costume for Halloween, allow him to practice his subhuman powers at Spandex City and receive free treats, a free comic book and door prizes. All proceeds from purchases on this evening will be matched 100 percent by Spandex City and donated to local charities.
Dilworth TOADS (Toddlers Out and About in Dilworth!) Children’s Playgroup
Covenant Church Rec Wing
1000 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Date: Dec. 3, 2013 and every 1st Tuesday of the month
A playgroup designed by the mothers of the Dilworth Neighborhood in Charlotte, every session is an hour and a half and consists of fun activities for the tots with a special guest. According to the Dilworth website, the group has had a raptor venter, baby yoga and music with Holly, to name a few, and receive nothing but fun praise from the mothers. Get on the mailing list to know who the special guest will be for each event.
Tiny Tots Story Time
Ivory/Baker Recreation Center
1920 Stroud Park Court
Charlotte, NC 28206
Date: Nov. 8, 2013
Tiny Tots Story Time is a free service offered by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Center where children ages two to five are read to and then they participate in a crafts session based on the storyline of the book. The story reading and crafts is offered at least once a month and other dates can be found on the website.