Halloween happenings abound in the Triangle

From haunted walks through the woods to wacky events for young children, there are plenty of Halloween activities in the coming days

October 30, 2012 

Wake Forest Halloween: Wake Forest holds its “Halloween Spooktacular” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. The event features a costume contest, face painting, a haunted maze, moon bounce and pumpkin giveaways for ages 12 and younger.

Halloween movie double feature: A Halloween cartoon classic and a movie will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough. 919-245-2536.

Ghost Walk: The Johnston County Heritage Center’s annual Ghost Walk through Smithfield’s historic Riverside Cemetery is scheduled for Thursday. Guided tours with small groups will begin at 7 p.m. at South Second and Church streets – beside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students in grades K-12. Preschoolers can take the walk for free. No tickets will be sold in advance. Tours will depart every five minutes or so. At the end of the course, refreshments will available inside the historic Hastings House on Front Street.

Method Halloween festival: A Halloween festival featuring games, prizes and candy for ages 6-11 will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Method Community Center, 514 Method Road.

Durham Monster Dash: The first Durham Monster Dash will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday through the streets of downtown Durham. There will be food trucks, costume prizes, music and the “Thriller Dance” in front of City Hall. The Durham Monster Dash will be a three-mile course and a kid-friendly one-mile course. Proceeds will benefit Kidznotes, the Scrap Exchange, Keep Durham Beautiful Inc. and Girls Rock NC.

Fright Night theater: Scary movies for teens and adults will be shown from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ralph Campbell Community Center, 756 Lunar Drive in Southeast Raleigh.

Widows and Wakes: Duke Homestead will debut its newest event, Widows and Wakes: a Victorian House in Mourning, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at 2828 Duke Homestead Road. The candlelight tour will take visitors through the historic house as they experience a first-person interpretation of rituals and customs surrounding dying, mourning and attempting to reach the dead. Tickets are $4. Death en Vogue, a temporary exhibit of mourning jewelry and accessories, will be on display in the museum during October. 919-477-5498.

Natural History Halloween celebration: The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh will celebrate Halloween from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring talks such as “Zombie Invasion of the Insect Kind.” Children 12 and younger can register to win prizes in the costume contest. Categories include Creepy and Crawly, One of a Kind, Fantastically Fictional, I Belong in a Museum, and Creatures of the Night. The Junior Curator volunteer program will have a bake sale and pizza sale.

Ghost program: A program titled “Do You Believe in Ghosts?” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Meet ghost hunters. 919-463-8500.

Howl-O-Ween at the SPCA: The SPCA of Wake County will hold the seventh annual Howl-O-Ween celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh. The event will feature crafts, treats, games, story time and SPCA dogs modeling Halloween costumes. A small donation of money or an animal-related item as admission to the event to help support the SPCA’s life-saving programs is appreciated. Partygoers should leave their own pets at home to allow the homeless dogs, cats and rabbits to have center stage.

Southern Village Halloween event: Southern Village will hold a variety of activities from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 400 Market St., Suite 115. There will be a kids-oriented concert with The We Three Band, a hula hoop contest, a bounce house, art activities, and a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. Bring a blanket or chair. Donations of nonperishable food for PORCH will be accepted.

Downtown Harvest Day/Tricks or Treat Halloween Bash: The Heart of Cary Association will hold Downtown Harvest Day from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Ashworth Village in Cary. There will be games, food, shopping, and live music by Tom Teachout. There will also be story time from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cary Elementary. Children’s wristbands are $3, and adult wristbands are $1. A Tricks or Treat Halloween Bash will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cary Elementary in downtown Cary. Children can trick or treat from 5 to 7 p.m. in Ashworth Village.

Morrisville Spooktacular trail walk: The town of Morrisville’s Spooktacular Haunted Trail will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Morrisville Community Park. The early portion of the evening will feature a family-friendly trail with mild scares from 6 to 8 p.m. From 8 to 10 p.m., the trail will become spookier and will be for adults and children 10 and older. The line will stop forming at 9:30 p.m.

The Spooky Trail at Lakemont: Haunted trail on the grounds of Lakemont Swim &Tennis Club, 409 Harvard St., Raleigh. 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday for low-scare version, 7:30-9:30 p.m. for full-scare version. $2 per trip or $3 for combo pass.

Rolesville Haunted Walk: A Haunted Walk is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Rolesville’s Main Street Park. The free event includes a costume parade and contest as well as Halloween storytellers. Carver Fred Zinn will demonstrate how to carve scary faces on sweet potatoes.

Halloween Spooktacular: The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation will hold the annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Central Recreation Center, 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough. Free activities will include a costume contest, and arts and crafts. Tickets will be sold for other activities, and prices will range from 50 cents to $3. 919-245-2660.

Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party: From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett St., Raleigh. Advance tickets: $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. At the door: $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Come in costume for a special night of magical mischief.

Oakwood Cemetery lantern walk: Historic Oakwood Cemetery’s annual Oakwood Lantern Walk is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. A guide will lead walkers among the headstones of the 1,400 Confederate veterans buried in the cemetery to each of the skits portraying a historical event. Refreshments will be served after each tour in the House of Memory. The tour takes about an hour; groups leave about every 15 minutes. Cost: $6 per person, $3 for children 6-11, free for younger children. All proceeds will go toward the upkeep and continued restoration of Oakwood’s Confederate section.

Halloween bash: Fright at the Museum: A mysterious carnival and fundraiser for CAM is set for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. The event will feature dancing, drinks, food, sideshow performances and a costume contest. To purchase tickets, visit www.camraleigh.com/fright or call 919-513-0946. Prices are CAM/now Affiliate Group members: $15; CAM Raleigh members: $25; nonmembers: $30.

Fall Carnival: Carolina Pines Community Center will hold a fall carnival for ages 1-10 with an adult from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the center, 2305 Lake Wheeler Road. The free event will include outside games, prizes and treats. Wear a costume.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Bright Star Theatre will perform “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough. 919-245-2536.

‘Twick or Tweat’: A “Twick or Tweat” event will feature music, dancing, games, and contests for kids 10 and younger from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Hill Community Center, 3808 Edwards Mill Road.

Haunted Forest: Haunted Forest at Panic Point, a Halloween attraction in Youngsville, will be open 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 27, 30 and 31, and Nov. 3. Tickets for the half-mile haunted forest walk are $15. The attraction is located at 2808 Cedar Creek Road. For more information or tickets, go to raleighhauntedhouse.com.

Haunted Happenings at library: Investigate the Paranormal, a free adult program featuring George Matthis, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mills Road, Raleigh. Registration is requested. To register or for more information, call 919-870-4000.

Trick-or-Treat the Trails: Put on your costume for this free event and trick-or-treat your way around trails at White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road, on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Local community organizations and businesses will pass out treats. An adult must accompany children at all times. Overflow parking will be available at Lake Benson Park. www.garnernc.gov; 919-773-4442.

Story time and Trick-or-Treat: A Halloween story time and trick-or-treating will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough. A story time for 1- to 2-year-old children will be at 10 a.m. A story time for 3- to 5-year-old children will be at 11 a.m. 919-245-2536.

Halloween party: The Orange County Main Library’s Teen Advisory Board will hold a Halloween party at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. Enter the costume contest, and enjoy face painting, activities and treats. 919-245-2536.

Hallow-Eno: Hallow-Eno will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Road. Participants will enjoy treats at the Mangum House, face painting at the mill, arts and crafts, hayrides, entertainment, campfire stories and songs, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Bring a flashlight. 919-471-1623.

Haunted forest: A haunted forest will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Turner Farms on Turner Farms Road, Garner. Admission is free, but owners Delane and Megan Hayes will accept donations for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. At 6 p.m., children accompanied by an adult may walk through the forest without the scare factor. Adults must accompany children 9 and younger at all times.

Haunted Adventure: Darkside Haunted Estates’ haunted adventure is open from 7-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October and on Halloween. The house also is open Nov. 2 and 3 at 11875 N.C. 222 W, Middlesex. For details, visit darksidehauntedestates.com.

Wellington Rehab Trick-or-Treat: Begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wellington Rehab and Healthcare, 1000 Tandal Place, Knightdale. Open to the public.

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