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October 25th - October 31st 2012 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

 Halloween is here!! It looks like the weather is going to be awesome so whether you are looking for spooks and screams or science and music, have a great weekend!

The ParkGeek Passport Challenge rages on this weekend. Keep on scanning those QR Codes and see how much fun you can have.
This Weekend's Passport Destination is split between two awesome events! First, a Natural History Halloween at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is an awesome event for all ages where you can get up close and personal with some of Halloween's most infamous creepy (and cute) critters. The Destination Sign will be up on the third floor at the Junior Curators Pizza & Bake Sale. Definitely check out the Bake Sale. The Junior Curators go all out with a deliciously creative assortment of goodies! Kids 12 and under can enter their Costume Contest. The contest boast fun categories like "Creepy and Crawly," "One of a Kind," "Fantastically Fictional," "I Belong in a Museum," and "Creatures of the Night."
The second featured event is Creepy Crabtree at Lake Crabtree County Park Friday afternoon and evening. It is a park-wide event where you can learn about bats, snakes, and spiders! You can make dreadful decorations or creepy crafts, go on a scary scavenger hunt, listen to spooky stories and explore the park in the dark during a haunted hike.
Halloween is Here!
There are so many fun options for you and your little gouls and gobblins. Some of these events do have admission fees and many require pre-registration (and some sell out fast) so make sure you click through for all the information. Mordecai Historic Park goes all out on Saturday with the Haunted Mordecai Free Festival, Mordecai House Ghost Tours and Haunted Trolley Tours.
Koka Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park is getting in the spirit Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Reel-ly Scary Movies. Woman in Black will be playing Thursday night, The Spiderwick Chronicles on Friday and the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday.
Scare-o-lina Skies runs this weekend at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Designed for adults and older teens during the Friday & Saturday evening shows and the whole family during the matinees Saturday & Sunday, the show will feature Halloween-themed ancient sky legends. Homegrown Halloween will bring loads of costumed grown ups to Downtown Chapel Hill Wednesday night.
The Triangle Parks are joining in on the holiday fun, too! Eno River State Park will celebrate Spooky Creatures of the Night on Saturday night. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area invites you to their Haunted Trail Hike on Tuesday evening. The fun starts Wednesday afternoon over at White Deer Park with Garner's first ever Trick-or-Treat the Trails. Come on out Wednesday to Hallow-Eno and enjoy hay rides, campfire stories, entertainment and interesting treats at West Point on the Eno.
Kids are invited to Pumpkinpalooza at Historic Yates Mill County Park on Thursday afternoon. Also Thursday, the Flaherty Park Community Center will host a Halloween Spooktacular featuring a costume contest, face painting, a haunted maze, and moon bounce, along with a variety of other ghostly games and activities, and free pumpkin giveaways.
The Method Community Center will host a Halloween Festival on Friday night. Carolina Pines Community Center will host a Fall Carnival and Green Road Community Center will host a Halloween Spooktacular on Monday evening. Come to Laurel Hills Park on Tuesday for Twick or Tweat, a fun evening of spectacular surprises, music, dancing, games, contests, and tweats!
Many of the Triangle businesses will be joining in on the Halloween fun. Bring your kids in costume to any of these downtowns and enjoy Trick or Treating at local businesses. Historic Fuquay will be Trick-or-Treating Friday afternoon and Wake Forest Friday evening. Saturday at the Wake Forest Farmer's Market you can taste your way around the Chili Cook-off and kids in costurme can get a special treat from the farmers and bakers. Saturday night in Cary, as part of the Cary's Halloween Bash, kids are invited to go Trick-or Treating. Apex will also host kids Saturday and Hillsborough on Wednesday.
Head on over to the North Carolina Zoo this weekend and, in addition to the beautiful drive amongst the fall color, you can enjoy a weekend of  Boo at the Zoo. The weekend will be full of trick-or-treat games, magic and storytelling, live entertainment and a children's costume contest.
The Weaver Street Market Lawn will get you in the holiday spirit on Friday night with some Stories Under the Stars including a costume contest, music and stories. Head on over to the Carrboro Town Commons to start the fun Wednesday night at a Halloween Carnival complete with games and a costume contest.
Celebrate Halloween early at the annual Boo Bash at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro on Tuesday! At this "scare-free" family event, adult and kid goblins should come dressed in costume to play spook-tacular games,
enjoy crafts and face-painting and go trick-or-treating. The museum will also be offering 3 showings of their laser light show, Fright Light on Friday night. Night of the Mummies Saturday & Wednesday is a special combo event featuring the"Fright Light" laser light and music show and a ticket to the Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato Exhibit.
Durham will be hosting a Teen Costume Party at the W.D. Hill Recreation Center and the Durham Monster Dash on Friday night.
In Hillsborough, Friday night will feature the "Spirits of Hillsborough" Haunted Tour. Join them at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Friday for a Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary. Your tour guides will share spooky legends and tales of yesteryear, guaranteed to send a chill up your spine. Tuesday night come back to the Page-Walker Arts & History Center to learn More Mysteries and Secrets: Exploring Cary-Area Cemeteries.
The Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash in Cary Saturday will include a carnival, trick-or-treating, hayrides, live bluegrass music and the Fright School's Annual Haunted Housein three locations; Cary Elemetary, Downtown Cary and the Cary Arts Center.
Downtown Raleigh hosts the Raleigh Living Dead - Halloween Festival on Saturday. Young ghouls, goblins, pirates and princesses are invited to dress up and creep on over to Marbles Kids Museum for Halloween at Marbles on Saturday. Join them for a Halloween Week full of boo bubbles, roasted seeds, pumpkin pounding, costume making, bat bungee and spiders dropping starting Thursday and running through Halloween on Wednesday.
Morrisville Community Park will sponsor a Halloween Spooktacular Trail on Saturday. The early portion of the evening will feature a family friendly trail with mild scares. Later in the evening the trail will become spookier, and is suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older.
Fun Fall Festivals
It is time for Hollyfest in Holly Springs! Enjoy food, music, crafts, games and contests for kids, racing pigs and more. In honor of Halloween, this year's festival will also feature a children's costume parade and a pumpkin carving contest. Make sure you stop by the Cub Scout Pack 356 booth for some scrumptious hot dogs and baked goods.
Arts and Crafts, a Chili Cook-off, a classic car show and lots of great live entertainment along with the Fuquay-Varina area business exposition will make a Day in Downtown the place to be.
The Fall Music Festival in the Park at Durham Central Park on Saturday will feature a festive Hero-­themed program with a concert by the Durham Community Concert Band, a mid-­concert Halloween Parade and an assortment of Durham area food trucks.
Bring the whole family for fall games, food, and live music by Tom Teachout throughout Cary's Ashworth Village. Downtown Harvest Day will include Corn Hole, Candy Corn Toss, Witch Pitch, and more family fun games and will tie into the Cary Tricks and Treats Halloween Bash.
The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts will be celebrating Artstober with an open house featuring a sampler of the types of performances available throughout the year. Come enjoy live theater, ballet, opera, the symphony and childrens activities throughout the day. Click through for the complete shedule of performances.
Sunday is Autumn Fun Day at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Join them to enjoy several activity stations and displays.
Culture & History

Victorian mourning traditions and customs at Widows & Wakes: A Victorian House in Mourning at the Duke Homestead State Historical Park Friday night. Costumed guides will lead you through the historic house, where you will experience period funerary and mourning practices, witness a period seance, and hear performances of North Carolina folk ballads.

Art in the Evening, a Gallery Tour and the Fall Film Series returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art with the 1997 film L.A. Confidential.
Explore the inner workings of Historic Yates Mill and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery during a Mill Heritage & Local History Tour both Saturday and Sunday. As a special treat, Yates Mill is also offering a Tip Top to Bottom Mill Tour on Saturday.
Historic Preservation Society of Durham volunteers lead an Architecture & the Urban Landscape Walking Tour through downtown highlighting the many architectural styles popular in the 20th century.
Find out how Latinos are handling the realities, opportunities, and challenges of life in the Tar Heel State during North Carolina's Emerging Latino Population, a program Sunday at the North Carolina Museum of History.
More to do at the Parks


Harris Lake County Park invites you to celebrate the season with a Hayride and Pumpkin Carving. Bring the whole family out to the park Sunday afternoon.

Come explore the Wonders of Lake Michie by Moonlight Friday night for an evening canoe paddle.
Historic Yates Mill County Park will come Alive After Dark on Friday. Discover nocturnal animals on a nature walk and look for bats, beavers and moths.
Take an Owl Prowl at Durant Nature Park Saturday evening and then enjoy s'mores around the campfire while practicing your newly learned owl calls!
Northgate Park will be sharing the basics about Spiders and then taking a hike to practice what you have learned on Saturday afternoon.
Lake Crabtree County Park is looking for homeschoolers and kids that are tracked out to learn about Amazing Owls on Monday afternoon 




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