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Fear and Fun can be Found in Johnston County this October

Fear and Fun can be Found in Johnston County this October


The Clayton Fear Farm has been run by Boyette Family Farms for years and is the Triangle area's only scream park. This means that the Fear Farm isn't just a haunted house or maze, but a spooky destination with 7 uniquely terrifying haunted attractions. You could spend hours being scared to death!

This year’s frightening features offer the opportunity to pick your scare. Will it be the dark corn maze, the spooky woods, the terrifying school house, or a trip into a black hole? Be sure to bring your friends along, if you bring enough there’s a group rate. Ticket pricing lets you pick a little scare or a whole lot of terror; tickets are available for all attractions or on a per attraction basis. Check out the Clayton Fear Farm schedule on their website for dates and times.

Night time scare attractions are recommended for kids ages 12 and up. However, you can also visit Boyette’s during the day for non-scary Halloween fun with younger kids. There are hayrides, a playground, a corn maze, pumpkin picking, games, and other activities. Open through October on Saturdays from 10:00AM to 5:00PM and Sundays 1:00PM to 5:00PM.


New to Johnston County, in Kenly, is Sonlight Farms, offering a corn maze as well as bounce houses, hayrides, fall games, and fun props for family photo ops. There is even a smaller maze for the little ones to have fun in. Open every weekend in October on Fridays from 5PM to 9PM and Saturdays 3PM to 9PM.

Visit the Sonlight Farms website for more information and location. Sonlight is owned and operated by locals Joshua and April Phillips, who love the fall and wanted to create a place on their farm that family, friends, and visitors could enjoy everything the season has to offer. They hope you make a Sonlight visit a part of your family’s fall traditions.


Smith's Nursery and Produce Farm runs a pumpkin patch every October on their sprawling family farm. Not only can you get a pumpkin for carving but you can explore the farm which has hayrides, animals, a sunflower field, a pond, and even bee hives. Be sure to take the family to the Smith’s Fall Festival on October 22nd from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. There will be all the usual fall activities listed above plus horseback rides, music, bbq, a firetruck demo, face painting, and more. Visit their Facebook event page for more information.

Lazy O Farm in Smithfield also offers fall fun on the farm experiences for kids and families. The best time to go is Saturday October 29th from 2:00PM to 5:00PM for their Trick or Treating in the Maze event. This is a non-scary event for the little ones with animals, hayrides, a playground, and even a new Fairy Tale Trail offered this year. For more information on the event like location and cost, visit the Facebook event page.


Wilson’s Mills Pumpkin Festival will take place on October 8th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at the Wilson’s Mills Town Hall. This is a family friendly event with vendors, children's activities, dunking booth, music, food, and much more! There will be a 5k Run/Walk for the Sue Daniels Memorial and Backpack Buddies, as well as a charity car show. A day of fun for everyone and admission is free!


For the lovers of fall who are over 21, plan to hang out at a local brewery, beer store, or your own back yard with a cold one in hand this October. Our Johnston County craft breweries have you covered. Deep River Brewing is known for their Fall and Winter seasonals, one of which is a Pumpkin Pie Porter with all the spices you associate with Fall. The other is a show-stopper brewed in the style of a Belgian Dubbel with local Johnston County sweet potatoes and toasted marshmallows going into the brew. It's called the JoCo White Winter. Yum! Double Barley Brewing has put some rock n' roll into their seasonal beer called Gourd Rocker Imperial Pumpkin Porter. This is a rich, creamy, nicely spiced beer like many other delicious fall seasonal beers. Except that in true Double Barley fashion this craft brew comes in at a 9.4% ABV. That's why it's called gourd rocker!

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