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October 16th - October 22nd 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend's events are all about Halloween and Fall! One more great weekend where there is something fun to do for just about every age and interest. The State Fair kicks off Thursday and runs through next Sunday. Click through for all the information you need including the five special days.

 
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Getting in the Halloween Spirit
 

Saturday brings my personal favorite Halloween event, the Haunting at Harris Lake County Park. This year's hayride will expose you to the Creatures of the Forest. In addition to the hayride, put on your costume and come enjoy games, crafts, and educational activities.

 

Discover the good nature of bats and see a live vampire bat feeding during Batology 101 on both Saturday and Sunday at the NC Zoo.
 
Come enjoy a Haunted Trail at Carroll Howard Johnson Park Saturday night. There will be both a family version and a full fright version.
 
The Haunted Mordecai Free Festival and Mordecai House Ghost Tours are next weekend, but the fun starts Friday night with Haunted Trolley Tours of historic downtown Raleigh's most haunted places. The trolley departs from Mordecai Historic Park and takes an hour long journey ending at the City Cemetery.
 
Join the Natural Science Center of Greensboro for their annual Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday. Kids can decorate pumpkins, play pumpkin-themed games, enjoy tasty pumpkin treats and watch the animals eat or play with theirs! Make plans to head to Greensboro next Thursday for their Halloween Laser Show.
 
Wolf Awareness Week continues through Saturday at the Museum of Life & Science. Meet an Animal Keeper at the museum's Wolf Overlook to learn about the very rare red wolf.
 
Meet with an Umstead State Park Ranger at sundown Tuesday to discover Bat Basics.
 
Fall Festivals and Fun
 
Downtown Chapel Hill will be buzzing with activity before Saturday's kickoff at Tar Heel Downtown. Come on out to enjoy a concert featuring the Breakfast Club. Tar Heel Sports Network Pre Game Radio Show, an interactive playground for kids and families, a rock climbing wall, and face painting. The UNC Marching Tar Heels, cheerleaders, and of course...Rameses will be there too!

 

The annual West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro will feature some of the southeast's most talented poets while celebrating the many exciting and varied poetic styles on both Friday and Saturday.
 
The Cary Diwali Celebration is back! Come to Regency Park to enjoy music and dance by local children, dance schools, ethnic handicrafts, clothing and jewelry bazaars, exhibitions as well as food choices from various parts of India. This year's theme is Be a light unto Yourself. Mauli Dave of Sa Re Ga Ma fame, along with Sandeep Batra, will perform and the evening will end with fireworks.
 
Join them at the Chavis Community Center Thursday evening for a fun-filled evening of games and activities during their Fall Festival.
 
Get Rad For Ray Saturday at the Marsh Street Skatepark is a family-style event that will feature a festival area with food and vendors, as well as three different skateboarding events. Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Eddie Elguera, Ben Raybourn, and other skateboard legends are confirmed to appear at Saturdays event.
 
Saturday is the Fall FanFest at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Join them for batting practice, play catch, meet some players and win some prizes during the morning festivities.
 
Join them Saturday for an Eastgate Park Neighborhood Fun Day. Both young and old alike, will have the opportunity to participate in fun games and create special art to take home.
 
Saturday morning, the Art Museum boasts a Family Fun Saturday. Bring your kids to explore Unusual Landscapes. Saturday afternoon will feature a Pop-Up Art Cart with free family-friendly art-making activities and gallery games.

History and Art Come Alive
 
This week's Science Thursday at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will explore Neuroplasticity: How food and fitness boost your memory. The Museum stays open until 9pm every Thursday. This week also marks Game Night. Enjoy a variety of games from Ocean-o-poly and Science Bingo to Mousetrap and Operation during their monthly family friendly event.

 

Start your weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday night with live music by Onyx Club Boys, an exploration of Large Scale and the 1952 film On Dangerous Ground.
 
Enjoy Third Friday in Downtown Durham with a Gallery crawl with live music and more.
 
Author Chris Fonvielle will discuss his books and the Sinking of the Albemarle Saturday afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History.
 
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be running Costumed Corn Grinding Tours of the fully restored mill both Saturday and Sunday. Learn about the Historic Trade of Cooper on Saturday and discover the secrets of barrel making.
 
Discover the arts classes and watch demonstrations by Arts Center instructors and students in jewelry, painting, pottery, printmaking and bookmaking during their Fall Arts Fair at both the Pullen Arts Center and the Sertoma Arts Center on Saturday. There will also be art activities for children and original art available for purchase.
 
Bolt will be the Saturday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Come back Monday to get in the spirit with the movie Monster House.
 
Enjoy Fall
 
Come join an Eno River Park Ranger Friday afternoon to search for Water Bugs.

 

Join an Occoneechee Ranger Saturday morning for a moderate 2 mile hike on the Brown Elfin, Overlook and Chestnut Oak trails to enjoy the Mountain Fall Color.
 
Learn the basics of Fishing in Historic Oak View County Park's pond Saturday! They will provide the cane poles and bait.
 
Join them for the 2014 Happy Birds Game with a Hike in the park to help get you started with identifying birds at William B. Umstead State Park Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon, a ranger will cover the Animals that call the park home and discuss how the park has transitioned from forest to Farm to Park. The will cover the Animals of Umstead again on Sunday afternoon.
 
Take a Fall Foliage Walk with real Landscape Architects Saturday at Kids Together Park. After the walk, enjoy a fun art activity using plant materials collected during the tour.
 
Join a Jordan Lake Ranger for a short hike focusing on Nature Photography Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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