Inside Castle McCulloch’s nigh-impenetrable walls, the fire-spinning, belly-dancing revelry of Castle Carnevale takes place every year. Kings, queens, court jesters, and spitting images of Calvin Coolidge line the drawbridge to adorn guests of the bacchanal ball with free masks, while fireworks illuminate the festival grounds and guide adventurous souls through the merriment of the Mardi Gras of the Carolinas. Creative Carnevale patrons can showcase skills at craft tables or earn costume-contest awards for best traditional Venetian outfit, most provocative, and most likely to stand out at a crossword convention.
Drawing from the more frightening pages of the area's history, Carolina History & Haunts? guides lead lantern-lit tours of eerie and haunted locales. The ?Nightmares Around Elm Street? tour sends groups through the specter-laden streets of Greensboro, while the Beyond the Grave tour braves uptown Charlotte?s paranormal avenues to learn the fates of the less fortunate and possibly even witness a prankster ghost grabbing a dog's tail as it's chased.
Carolina History & Haunts partners with local businesses to give tour goers discounts on accommodations and food, and large groups are eligible for discounted pricing and private tours.
Create A Cake Catering designs custom made-from-scratch treats for special occasions of all stripes. Designers work with clients to create cakes, cupcakes, or cookie designs to match birthdays, weddings, or masterpiece Lego sculpture sketches. Testing tasters can pick up an unfrosted bundt to sample the shop's specialty pound cake ($14). Cake squares, delicate delights covered in icing, make great finger foods for block parties, square dances, and other quadrilateral festivities ($14 per dozen, with a minimum of two dozen). Specialty cakes can be shaped like basketballs, hamburgers, or any other non-pastry items ($55). Though not included in this Groupon, for an additional fee, Create A Cake will deliver goods throughout Guilford County ($10+).
Scan the menu with precision before zeroing in on a taste-bud-blaster such as Ghassan’s signature hot sub—the steak and cheese ($4.99 for six-inch, $5.69 for eight-inch), topped with grilled steak and melted provolone and served with chips and a pickle. Diners can expand appetite appeasing by getting either size of the sub with a platter of fries and a salad ($7.29 for six-inch, $7.79 for eight-inch). Treat your cardiopulmonary system to a tasty, beneficial treat with a heart-healthy chicken kebab platter ($6.49), opting for the Lebanese salad instead of the fries in the platter to give your bloodpump an extra high-five, or take in a traditionally delectable gyro ($5.99 for sandwich, $7.89 for platter), with grilled beef and lamb slices on a grilled pita with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and homemade cucumber sauce. Herbivoyeurs can hit the jackpot with hummus on a pita sandwich ($5.29 sandwich, $7.49 platter) or combine all the veggie options with the vegetarian plate ($7.49), which features falafel, hummus, salad, pita bread, and a pickle.
Inflate the excitement of your next birthday or block party with big, bouncy houses. Bounce-A-Lot can set you up with inflatables shaped like clown houses or cakes. Six-hour moonwalk rentals also are available throughout the week. The small family-owned business makes sure your shindigs stay as safe as they are fun by not allowing sharp objects or rough play in any of its inflatable jailhouses.
Gallins Gourmet Coffee, a division of family-owned Gallins Foods, roasts its own private label of carefully culled beans and extends an array of popular brand-name coffees from around the world. Turn cold cups into cauldrons of bewitching brew with a selection of coffees in single-cup and fractional-pack servings, and ensure that coffee isn't lonely with an entourage of complementary products and accessories. Taste antennas receive sumptuous signals with Gallins-brand GGC Colombian Rich ($25 for 36) or Seattle's Best ($29.95 for 18). Exploratory taste buds with a penchant for travelling can take off with Douwe Egberts Kona Blend ($26.95 for 42) or Timothy's Caramel Vanilla Nut in single-cup servings ($13.28 for 24).