For your To-Boo List: Halloween-themed fun in the Triangle

You can find a variety of fun Halloween festivities this year from haunted houses to spooky concerts and even a monster dash. Many events are family-friendly.
You can find a variety of fun Halloween festivities this year from haunted houses to spooky concerts and even a monster dash. Many events are family-friendly. TRAVIS LONG - NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

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 and search for “Halloween.”


The Durham Symphony’s Halloween Spooktacular – A Concert for Families

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.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: Free



Haunted Mordecai Festival

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.

When: Noon

Where: Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: Free

Info: 919-857-4364

Halloween Festival

Trick-or-treating, costume contest, spooky music, magic, games and much more.

When: 2-5 p.m.

Where: City Market, 200 E. Martin St., Raleigh

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: Free


Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve

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.

When: 2-8 p.m.

Where: Performance Green, corner of Academy Street and Kildaire Farm Road, Cary

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: Free


Kooky Spooky Halloween Party

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.

When: 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh

Appropriate for: Children (with an adult)

Cost: $8-$13


Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary

Hear spooky legends and tales of yesteryear presented by Cary Players. Tickets usually sell out.

When: 6, 6:20, 6:40 and 7 p.m.

Where: Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary

Appropriate for: Teens, adults

Cost: $15

Info: 919-460-4963 or

Goblins Groove and Trick or Treat on Salem Street

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.

When: 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: $5/couple, $2/child


Raleigh Zombie Walk

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.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Moore Square Acorn, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: Free



Haunted Carolina

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.

When: 2-3 p.m.

Where: West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary

Appropriate for: Teens, adults

Cost: Free

Info: 919-463-8500 or

Monster Dash

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).

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Cameron Village, 2000 Clark Ave., Raleigh

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: Running, $20-$35


Oct. 31

Halloween Safe Night

Get candies and treats as you walk along the trick-or-treat trail and through the museum exhibit, “The Story of North Carolina.”

Where: N.C. Museum of History, 5. E. Edenton St., Raleigh

When: 6-9 p.m.

Appropriate for: Kids 12 & under (with adult)

Cost: Free

Info: 919-872-9535, ext. 3069 or

Sunset Tour of Old Town Cemetery

Local historian Steve Peck guides you through one of the most historic cemeteries in North Carolina – more than 200 years of history.

Where: Old Town Cemetery, West Tryon Street entrance, Hillsborough

When: 6 p.m.

Appropriate for: Teens, adults

Cost: $5

Info: 919-732-7741 or

Halloween Beer Bar and Magic

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.

Where: N.C. Museum of Art (West Building lounge), 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh

When: 6 p.m.

Appropriate for: Adults

Cost: Free


Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration

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.

When: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Cary Town Center, 1105 Walnut St., Cary

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: Free

Info: 919-771-1295 or

Trick-or-Treat at Crabtree

Dress up in your best costume and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun. The mall will provide goodies for kids 10 and under.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

Appropriate for: Kids 10 & under (with adult)

Cost: Free


Nov. 1

N.C. Symphony Young People’s Concert: “Phantoms of the Orchestra”

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.

When: 1 and 4 p.m.

Where: Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: $23



Clayton Fear Farm Daytime/Nighttime

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.

When: Select dates through Nov. 1

Where: 1620 Loop Road, Clayton


Haunted Forest at Panic Point

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.

When: Through Nov. 1

Where: 2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville

Appropriate for: Teens and adults

Cost: $16-$32


Ganyard Hill Farm

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.

When: Through early November

Where: 319 Sherron Road, Durham

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: $12.50


McKee’s Cornfield Maze

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.

When: Closes Nov. 2

Where: 5011 Kiger Road, Rougemont

Appropriate for: All ages

Cost: $10