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October 24th - October 31st 2013 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! This newsletter is going to take you all the way to Halloween next Thursday so you can plan out all your spooky fun.

Halloween Events

There are several events going on next Thursday on Halloween. After two weekends of spooky fun, Mordecai Historic Park will run their Haunted Trolley Tours through downtown Raleigh"s most haunted places for one last time on Halloween.
 
West Point on the Eno will host their annual Hallow-Eno with hay rides, campfire stories, entertainment and spooky treats.
 
Get on their costumes and bring the kids over to the Carrboro Town Commons for a Halloween Carnival. Come enjoy the night and experience great carnival games such as the Bean Bag Toss, Ring the Magic Mountain, Duck Pond along with wickedly good prizes.
 
Its Owl-O-Ween on the American Tobacco Trail. Come learn about the amazing adaptations of owls and the species that live in the park and dissect an owl pellet for some not-so-spooky fun.
 
Many of the wonderful shops and restaurants in downtown Hillsborough will be handing out candy and other treats for a Hillsborough Halloween.
 
Put on your costume and trick-or-treat your way around the one mile loop trail at White Deer Park as you Trick-or-Treat the Trails.
 
Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will explore Bats: Beneficial, Beautiful & Burdened along with BOGO tickets to Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution.
 
Homegrown Halloween will continue for its sixth year in Downtown Chapel Hill for the more grown up crowd.

 

Leading up to Halloween

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, Haunted Mordecai Lantern Tours and Mordecai House Ghost Tours. Friday night they will be running Haunted Trolley Tours.

 

My favorite event this weekend is the Natural History Halloween Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. There will be plenty of live animals, presentations, crafts, a costume contest and, best of all, the Halloween Bake Sale! Come enjoy amazing Halloween themed treats presented by the Museum's Junior Curators up on the third floor.

Koka Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park is getting in the spirit Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a Howlin' Good Halloween. There will be both a Spooktacular Haunted Trail and Reel-ly Scary Cary Movies all three nights. Thursday night will feature Cape Fear, Friday Hotel Transylvania and Saturday Sleepy Hollow.

Wake Forest starts things off early with a Halloween Spooktacular at Flaherty Park Community Center this Thursday. This year's festivities will include 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. Also in Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Farmer's Market will be celebrating Fall Fun Kids Day on Saturday with games, pumpkin displays and trick-or-treating.

The Method Community Center will host a Fall Festival on Friday night and Millbrook Exchange Center invites you to their Boo Bash Friday.

The Witches on Salem Street will be out in Apex for a Ladies Night of shopping, dining and fun! Wear your witches hat while shopping and dining to receive special discounts at downtown Apex restaurants and businesses.

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. Durham Central Park will offer Trunk or Treat 2013 this Thursday evening. Historic Fuquay will be Trick-or-Treating Friday afternoon. Wake Forest and Apex will host kids on Saturday. As part of Trick-or-Treat on Salem Street, the Halle Cultural Arts Center invites you to Goblins Groove, a family friendly dance with games, contests and treats.

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.

Spring Forest Road Park will host a Zombie Zumba Dance Party for all ages Friday night at Spring Forest Road Park.

Scare-o-lina Skies runs this weekend at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Designed for adults and older teens during the Saturday and Wednesday evening shows and the whole family during the matinees Saturday & Sunday, the show will feature Halloween-themed ancient sky legends.

The Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash in Cary Saturday at the Herbert C. Young Community Center is a family friendly carnival. Cary will also host Downtown Harvest Day and the Great Pumpkin Carve Saturday along with showing classic Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials. After dark, they will offer Haunted Twilight Tours for an older crowd.

Downtown Raleigh hosts the Raleigh Zombie Walk on Saturday at Moore Square Park. Young ghouls, goblins, pirates and princesses are invited to dress up and creep on over to Marbles Kids Museum for Kooky Spooky Halloween Party on Saturday.

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

Saturday is Hollyfest in Holly Springs! Enjoy food, music, crafts, games and contests for kids, racing pigs and more at the new Sugg Farm Park location. In honor of Halloween, this year's festival will also feature a pumpkin carving contest. Click through for the complete schedule of events.

 

Also in Holly Springs on Saturday, kids are invited to a Pumpkin Palooza at the Holly Springs Cultural Center for festive fall games and crafts.

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 Duke 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 schedule of performances.

Last weekend was for bikers and this Saturday's Fall Contest Series at Sk8-Cary is for the Skateboarders.

The North Carolina State Fair runs through Sunday if you haven't had gotten there yet. Thursday is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day and five cans of food will get you a free admission ticket.

Culture & History

Experience 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 with the band Peter Lamb and the Wolves, a Gallery Tour and the Car Crazy Series returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art with the 1976 film Car Wash. Friday is also College Night at the Museum of Art. College students with id can enjoy a free fry bar, musical performances, activities, and the Museum's first design exhibition, Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed.
 
Explore the inner workings of Historic Yates Mill and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery during a Saturday at the Old Mill Tour and on Sunday, a Mill Heritage & Local History Tour. You can explore the park from a different perspective Saturday morning as you Paddle the Pond. Come out to the millpond Sunday and fish the old fashioned way, with a Cane Pole.
 
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.
 
The Croods will be the featured flick for Thursday night's Pizza and a Movie at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. The movie is free and there is a charge for pizza.
 
Thursday nights Science Cafe will explore FBI Safeguards for Science & Technology with a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You can also check out their amazing special exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution with Buy One Get One Ticket Free, Thursday night only.
 
Come on out and enjoy the extended season of the Hillsborough Arts Council's Last Fridays Art Walk.
 
Join the Durham Community Concert Band for An Afternoon of BOO-tiful Music Sunday afternoon! Dress up the little goblins and ghouls, pack up your picnic blanket, and enjoy an afternoon of music on the lawn at Durham Central Park. Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks, and get an early start to Halloween as they play family friendly Halloween-themed music.
 
The movie Hotel Transylvania will get your kids in the Halloween spirit Monday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center

 

More to do at the Parks

Lake Crabtree County Park invites you to join them Saturday for Creepy Crabtree! The park-wide event will investigate the darker side of nature as you make dreadful decorations or creepy crafts, go on a scary scavenger hunt, listen to spooky stories and tour the park in the dark during a haunted hike.

 

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

Discovery Days is back Saturday morning at Pullen Park with a special Mad Science program about Spooky Science. Tuesday's Discovery Days will explore Seed Science.

Blue Jay Point County Park's Family Wildlife Series, Eeek-O-Lanterns will teach the whole family about fall fruits of all kinds as you create Jack-O-Lanterns from pumpkins and natural materials on Saturday.

Join a Jordan Lake Ranger for a nice leisurely Nature Hike of the Old Oak Trail Saturday afternoon.

Bring your favorite Ghost Stories and enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate during Eno River State Park's kid friendly program Saturday night.

Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain's geologic wonders as you explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist on a Geology Hike Saturday afternoon.

Set out at dusk with a Durant Nature Park Ranger Saturday to listen for Owl Calls plus learn why these creatures of the night are so well adapted to living in darkness. After a hike, you'll enjoy s'mores around the campfire while practicing your newly learned owl calls!

Eat too much at the State Fair? Burn off those extra calories with a 2-mile State Fair Repair Fun Run Sunday on the American Tobacco Trail.

Carroll Joyner Park invites you to join them for either a morning or afternoon Fall Foliage Tour on Monday and a Park Ranger at Umstead State Park will be exploring the Forest's Edge on a Tuesday evening hike.

 

 

 

 

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