12 01 Spooktacular timeIt’s a Spooktacular time of the year for visiting the historic downtown district according to Hank Parfitt, who is on the program committee for the Cool Spring Downtown District. Parfitt would tell potential visitors that any time of the year is a good time to get downtown. There is so much to see and do that it’s hard to know where to start. One option is a carriage ride called Carriage Tours of Old Fayetteville that will take you and some of your friends on a 45-minute to one-hour tour with a professional tour guide through the historic district. Connecting guests with the past as they are pulled by two draft horses in a limousine wagon, this carriage tour engages you in the 250-year-old history of the city of Fayetteville in a fun and entertaining way. The carriage holds up to eight people and has a canopy for protection from the sun and light rain. The carriage rides take once a month. The next one is Oct. 19, and the next one is Nov. 16. Both rides are from 1-6 p.m. and the cost is $25 an hour, or $20 with military ID and children 12 and under are $15. Parfitt recommends that you call in advance, but it’s not required.

On Oct. 31, get to downtown for a  special carriage ride. Not only do the owners of S&S Carriage Rides, Tina and Gary, provide the historic carriage tour, but they also go all-out during the different holidays. Count Dracula will be steering the carriage this particular evening, and the carriage will be in a Halloween costume, as well. Rides begin at 3 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. These rides last 15 minutes and are a great break from the trick-or-treating many will be participating in downtown already. The cost for this evening is $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under. However, if you’re an adult, and you arrive during that first hour, 3-4 p.m., it costs $5.

All carriage rides begin and end at 222 Hay St. Pay using cash or debit/credit cards.

For something that is a little more frightful this month, The Dogwood Festival is prepared to deliver. On Oct. 19, enjoy an eerie evening as historians guide you through Cross Creek Cemetery for a stroll among the tombstones. Tickets are $10. Call in advance to reserve a spot for your Historic Haunting: A History Cemetery Tour experience, as the spots do tend to fill up quickly. Visit the Dogwood Festival’s website https://www.thedogwoodfestival.com/fall-festival for more information.

There is a lot going on in downtown Fayetteville this month, including spooky carriage rides. Photo Credit: VisitFayettevilleNC.com

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