Halloween isn’t until next Friday, but lots of fun Halloween-related activities are starting this weekend. Here are just a few spooky (and not-so-spooky) activities you might want to check out. For a more complete list, visit Triangle.com and search for “Halloween.”
A Halloween concert featuring ghoulish symphonic tunes and the artistry of Durham’s Paperhand Puppet Intervention. Attend in your favorite costume for a chance to win a prize.
An afternoon of Halloween-themed fun that includes food, music, games and crafts on the lawn. Also, costume contests for kids up to 16 years old, and a paranormal investigation group will reveal their findings from the Mordecai House.
Trick-or-treating, costume contest, spooky music, magic, games and much more.
Bring your own pumpkin or pick one up at the Pumpkin Patch ($3) and get to work at one of the carving stations. Pumpkins will be lit for display and judged. After the pumpkin lighting, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will be shown outdoors under the stars.
Come in costume for this family-friendly Halloween event featuring activities like Ghoul School, Mad Scientist Lab, Monster Mash Dance Party, spooktacular snacks and more. Preregistration required.
Hear spooky legends and tales of yesteryear presented by Cary Players. Tickets usually sell out.
Start off trick-or-treating in historic downtown Apex and ﬁnd your way to the Halle Cultural Arts Center for dance contests, punch and snacks. Young people must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes encouraged.
Dress up like a zombie and stumble along a course that starts at the Acorn and loops the Capitol before ending at Moore Square. An after-party at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub starts around 9. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross.
Explore ghosts and haunts of North Carolina when ghost-hunters and scientific explorers of the paranormal and occult visit to talk about the spooky side of our state. Registration recommended.
This Halloween-themed family festival features a 5K competitive race, a 1-mile fun run and a 100-yard Monster Dash for the little ones. There’s a Kids Zone and a costume contest for adults, children and teams (please use good taste).
Get candies and treats as you walk along the trick-or-treat trail and through the museum exhibit, “The Story of North Carolina.”
Local historian Steve Peck guides you through one of the most historic cemeteries in North Carolina – more than 200 years of history.
Conservator Perry Hunt talks about Tudor blueblood Reginald Scott, the subject of an NCMA portrait, who published an influential book that argued against the existence of witches, prompting a rebuttal by King James and informing Shakespeare’s witches in Macbeth. Featured at the event: a DJ, local magicians and beer.
Dress in your coolest or scariest costume and trick-or-treat around the mall while enjoying storytelling, sing-a-longs, a magic show, a costume contest and more.
Dress up in your best costume and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun. The mall will provide goodies for kids 10 and under.
Each year around Halloween, “Phantoms of the Orchestra” return to haunt the concert hall. The conductor and his terrified assistant must use the power of the baton to control this ghoulish orchestra of the undead and lead them in concert. Kid activities take place in the lobby an hour before showtime.
Clayton Fear Farm Daytime offers Halloween and fall family fun – like a cotton maze, pumpkin patch and more. Tickets: $7-$10.
The Nighttime attraction delivers scarier fun, so it’s not for kids. They have several haunted houses, a “Black Hole” and a haunted cotton maze. Tickets: $10-$25.
Seven terrifying attractions spread out over 50 acres. The main attraction is the Haunted Forest (“you’ll run for the hills, mess your pants and call for Mama,” the website claims), and there’s also a zombie shootout (laser tag), a “Carny Crypt” and more.
A gorgeous pumpkin patch and a cornfield maze, of course, but also a hay maze, barnyard animals and more. A pumpkin is included in admission price.
With 14 acres of corn maze (including 2 acres of an interactive maze for kids), this Rougemont farm is an annual destination for many Triangle families. A “haunted” version of the maze starts at 6 p.m.