This weekend, your family may want to put on costumes and check out the Triangle’s newest Halloween event, a downtown festival with everything from a zombie fashion show to an elaborate obstacle course.
The Raleigh Jaycees have given up their annual Terror at Possum Creek haunted house in favor of the new Raleigh Living Dead Festival, which will have a little something for all ages.
The festival will run 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids if you buy online before you go at livegumption.com/raleigh-living-dead/.
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a special area for kids, which will feature 25 carnival games. But there are also plenty of other activities that could be fun for the whole family.
“There is a zombie-themed fashion show, which I think will be really fun for everyone to watch,” said Ashley Nemeth, a volunteer with the Raleigh Jaycees. “I don’t know why zombies are so popular right now, but they really are.”
There will also be a large obstacle course with challenges like climbing walls, hay bales and giant tubes, which Nemeth said will probably be an attraction for older children.
And if your family likes to dance, there will be “Thriller” dance lessons and then a group flash mob performance.
Live music will be playing all day, and adult beverages will be available for the parents.
• If you’re looking for a more low-key Halloween celebration, the free Haunted Mordecai Festival at Mordecai Historic Park, at 1 Mimosa St. in Raleigh, might be a good alternative.
From 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, there will be food, music, games and crafts on the lawn. Plus, the kids can compete in hourly costume contests. The youngest kids, 3 and under, will be judged at 6 p.m. Older age groups compete each hour afterward.
For $5, you can buy tickets for an hourly lantern tour of the house to search for ghosts. If you want to do a tour, it’s a good idea to reserve tickets in advance by calling 919-857-4364.
• If you’re in east Wake, head to Whitley Park on Sunday evening for a free family concert. From 4 to 6 p.m. the acoustic band Ventura Highway will be playing. There will also be a craft table for kids. In case of rain, the concert moves to the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S. Arundell Ave.
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