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October 23rd - October 29th 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Halloween is just around the corner! 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! We will send out next week's Newsletter on Tuesday so you have time to plan all your Halloween fun. Feel free to go to the ParkGeek.com Events Search if you want to get an early view of the holiday events.

The fun starts Thursday! Head on over to the Halle Cultural Arts Center Thursday evening for Pizza and a Movie Night featuring the family favorite Mr Peabody & Sherman.

 

"Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us about Humans" will be the topic of Science Thursday at the Nature Research Center.
 
Thursday night, the Natural Science Center of Greensboro presents a Halloween Laser Show on their 40 foot dome theater featuring a star studded soundtrack including the songs Thriller, Dead Man's Party and a Monster Mash.
 
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 Halloween on Saturday with games, crafts, pumpkin displays and trick-or-treating.
 
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.

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 "Stephen King's Pet Semetary." Friday is "Monster University" and Saturday is "The Conjuring."

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. Come back with the kids Saturday to Trick or Treat on Salem Street and then join them at the Halle Cultural Arts Center for a Goblins Groove with music from the 80's and 90's, dance contests and freaky Halloween tricks and treats.
 
Mordecai Historic Park goes all out on Saturday with the Haunted Mordecai Free Festival, Haunted Mordecai Lantern Tours and Mordecai House Ghost Tours. Friday & Saturday nights they will be running Haunted Trolley Tours.
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.
 
Lurch, shamble or crawl downtown as the undead invade in a mindless, unceasing search for brains Saturday night for the Raleigh Zombie Walk starting at Moore Square.
 
Experience the magic of Marbles Kids Museum after dark Saturday at Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party with activities like Ghoul School, Mad Scientist Lab, Monster Mash Dance Party and more!
 
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.
 
Hear spooky legends and tales of yesteryear Saturday after dark on a Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary.
 
Saturday is a Spooky Movie Night over at the Carrboro Century Center. They will be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas along with selling concessions.
 
Scare-o-lina Skies runs this weekend at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Designed for adults and older teens during the Saturday and Thursday evening shows and the whole family during the matinees Saturday & Sunday, the show will feature Halloween-themed ancient sky legends.
 
The Herbert C. Young Community Center will host the Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash Saturday evening with carnival games, not-so-scary stories, and a lot of other fun activities. Stay later for Herbert's Haunted House and take a spooky walk through the Cary Teen Council's house of horrors
 
Cary's Howlin' Good Halloween will bring festivities to the Performance Green in Downtown Cary Saturday. Join them for a Creative Costume Dance Party, Cary's Great Pumpkin Carve and Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials. They will even have two sessions of a 3D Pumpkin Carving Class.
 
Downtown Hillsborough's Halloween Spooktacular Saturday boasts carnival games, face painting, pumpkin bingo, and a cake walk along with a bounce house. This year you can purchase tickets and wristbands in advance. Stay downtown after dark to take a Spirits of Hillsborough Haunted Walking Tour.

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

 

After the festival Saturday night, Sugg Farm will be hosting Haunted Hayrides at the Farm. There will be werewolves, zombies, witches, night fiends and more along the trail. The Holly Springs School of Dance will reenact Michael Jackson"s Thriller every half hour. Food vendors at the event include Chick-Fil-A, CupCakeBite, Kona Ice and Z's Gourmet Chocolate.
 
This Saturday's Fall Contest Series at Sk8-Cary is for BMX riders.
Saturday is the annual Fall Festival and Living History Day at Historic Bentonville Battlefield. Activities include hayrides, carnival games based on 19th century games, corn shucking contest, townball (19th century baseball), and demonstrations of open-hearth cooking, spinning, sewing, and more.
 
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.

 

Head over to the Weaver Street Market Lawn Friday evening for Music & Stories Under the Stars. The event will kick off with a costume contest followed by music and stories.
 
Art in the Evening with the band Peter Lamb and the Wolves and a Gallery Tour about pairs in 17th century Dutch portraits will kick off the weekend Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
 
Live & Local Music & Art on the Plaza continues this Friday night in Downtown Chapel Hill with the bluegrass sounds of Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims and Live Flower Dancers from Elevate.
 
Historic Preservation Society of Durham volunteers will lead an Architecture & the Urban Landscape Walking Tour through downtown highlighting the many architectural styles popular in the 20th century Saturday morning.
 
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. Saturday also gives you the rare opportunity to take a Mill Technology Tour of all 4 levels of the mill. Enjoy the last day to get out on the water Saturday to Paddle the Pond or have some Family Fishing Fun.
 
The movie We're Back: A Dinosaur Story will be shown Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Come back Monday morning for the film Hotel Transylvania.
 
The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts will be celebrating Artstober Monday. The open house will feature a sampler of the types of performances available throughout the year at the Center for the Performing Arts as well as activities for kids throughout the day.
 
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.
 
Learn to attract Moths and how to identify them Friday night at Lake Crabtree County Park. or go on a Night Exploration along the American Tobacco Trail.
 
Friday and Saturday are both Make a Difference Day in Durham. Submit a participation form and you will be paired with a local non-profit. Saturday is also a Fall Volunteer Work Day at Durham Central Park.
 
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!) continues both Saturday and Sunday to expose kids 6-12 to the joys of fishing at Jordan Lake. You can also take a Canoe Fishing Adventure Sunday on the lake.

 

 

 

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