Halloween is just around the corner and there are many fall and Halloween events in the area to keep even the most fearsome ghosts, goblins and zombies happy. Here’s a roundup of local events:
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Numerous Halloween Hoot programs are planned Tuesday, Oct. 25, to Monday, Oct. 31, at Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex and West Regional Library in Cary. The programs will feature story times, costume parades, trick-or-treat events and more for various age groups. For more information and to register, call each library: 919-387-2100, Eva Perry; 919-463-8500, West. Online, go to bit.ly/2e4PZCM.
Thursday, Oct. 27
The Reel-ly Scary Cary Film Series and Haunted House and Trail is 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, to Saturday, Oct. 29, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets: $10 for ages 13 and older; free for children 12 and under (movie only; Haunted House not recommended children 12 and under). Contests and trick or treating featured on select days. Food and non-alcoholic beverages allowed. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No pets. For more information and a schedule of films, go to bit.ly/2dp4OuN.
Friday, Oct. 28
▪ Trick or Treat in downtown Fuquay-Varina is 2-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at participating businesses. For children ages 10 and younger. fuquay-varinadowntown.com
▪ Cary’s inaugural Zombiepalooza begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the parking lot next to The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Free. Screenings of 13 short zombie films by local filmmakers will be featured. Prizes will be awarded for the top films. A costume contest also will be held; face-painting will be available on site. A showing of the 1968 zombie classic “The Night of the Living Dead” is 9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by BREW at The Cary and Crosstown Pub. Rain or shine. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cApRxJ.
Saturday, Oct. 29
▪ A Harvest Festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Faith Baptist Church, 1004 U.S. 64 W., Apex. Free and open to the public. The event will feature food, games, a puppet show, hayride and more. 910-876-9196, fbcapex.org
▪ The Track or Treat Halloween Express begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. Tickets: $13; free for children under age 2. For more information and tickets, go to TriangleTrain.com.
▪ The Great Pumpkin Carve is 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Ivey-Ellington House, 135 W. Chatham St., downtown Cary. Charge for pumpkins; all activities free. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d0Mhq9.
▪ The Halloween Mall Crawl is 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St. Free; all ages. bit.ly/1lM4clh
▪ Trick or Treat on Salem Street is 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in downtown Apex. Salem Street will be closed for the event, which will feature treats from area businesses, cotton candy, popcorn, inflatables and more for children. Costumes welcome. bit.ly/2dlcIci, bit.ly/2eewdD2
▪ Trick or Treat the Trail is 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, along Hatcher Creek Trail at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. Costumes welcome. The Morrisville police and fire departments will host Trunk or Treat, featuring decorated police cars and fire trucks, during the event. Free. Food trucks will be on site. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cR2w6w.
▪ Herbert’s Haunted House is 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. For all ages. Cost: $2 per person. For more information: bit.ly/1lM4clh.
▪ The Goblin’s Groove Family Dance is 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Parent/child dance; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes welcome. Refreshments provided. Tickets: $5 a couple, $2 per additional child. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2cz25Ny.
▪ The Haunted Hayride on the Farm is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. Recommended for children 10 and older. Cost: $5. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2dP9zig. 919-557-2906
▪ Haunted Tales of Yesteryear is 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Tickets: $17 per person. For more information and tickets: bit.ly/1lM4clh.
Sunday, Oct. 30
▪ Learn about pumpkins past and present and then paint one to take home at the program Family Feature: Pondering Pumpkins from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. Cost: $1 per person; registration required. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d9ixoY or bit.ly/2dYTZRB.
▪ Trunk or Treat is 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Holly Springs United Methodist Church, 108 Avent Ferry Road. Free. bit.ly/2d7LzEH
▪ The Pumpkin Flotilla is 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Bond Park Boathouse, 801 High House Road, Cary. Free; all ages. For more information: bit.ly/1lM4clh.
▪ A Fall Festival is 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary. The event will feature a Trunk or Treat, children’s costume parade, a chili cook-off and more. Open to the public. 919-467-9394, wpumc.com