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October 28th - November 3rd

by Pam & Michael Davison

There are plenty of fun Halloween events going on this weekend! It looks like the weather is going to be fabulous so whether you are looking for spooks and screams or science and music, have a great weekend!
Halloween is Here!

If you haven't made plans for the weekend yet, there are still plenty of 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 Haunted Trolley Tours.
Koka Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park is getting in the spirit Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Reel-ly Scary Movies. Monsters Inc. is a family friendly flick showing Thursday. Friday brings the 1963 classic, The Birds. Saturday rounds out the festival with Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Scare-o-lina Skies runs this weekend at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Designed for adults and older teens during the evening shows and the whole family during the matinee Saturday, the show will feature Halloween-themed ancient sky legends. Also in Chapel Hill on Friday night, join the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill on Voices From the Grave - The Haunted Walking Tour of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. Homegrown Halloween will bring loads of costumed grown ups to Downtown Chapel Hill Sunday night.
In Hillsborough, Friday night will feature 2010 Halloween Spooktacular at the Central Recreation Center and the "Spirits of Hillsborough" Haunted Tour.
Come on out Sunday to Hallow-Eno and enjoy hay rides, campfire stories, entertainment and interesting treats at West Point on the Eno. Join the Naturalist at Eno River State Park on Saturday for a Creatures of the Night hike through a spooky field and forest.
There will be Goblins in the Park over at Lake Benson Park Friday night. The festivities will include crafts, carnival games with prizes, hay rides, a haunted trail, and a costume contest.
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 celebrate Friday afternoon while Raleigh joins in Saturday afternoon and Apex will have candy ready Saturday evening along with Hillsborough.
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 Batology. While learning a whole bunch about the elusive bat, each day will end with a vampire bat feeding!
Head on over to the Carrboro Town Commons to start the fun early Friday night at a Halloween Carnival complete with games and a costume contest.
Celebrate Halloween early at the annual Zoo Boo Bash at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro on Thursday! 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.
Durham will be hosting a Teen Costume Party at the W.D. Hill Recreation Center on Friday night.
The Raleigh City Museum and Burning Coal Theatre Company are teaming up for a third year to tell the stories of Raleigh's history in a new, Halloween-themed script, The Ghosts of Fayetteville Street.
The Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash at the Herbert C. Young Community Center will have something for everyone on Saturday. The evening begins with Carnival Games and fun for younger audiences and ends with Cary's Annual Haunted House.
On Saturday, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be the site for a Natural History Halloween. The celebration, will attempt to change your fears to fascination while meeting snakes, spiders, gators, and other live animals from the Museum"s collection. Special games, fun activities and a costume contest will make this a Halloween to remember. All weekend long, young ghouls, goblins, pirates and princesses are invited to dress up and creep on over to Marbles Kids Museum for Halloween at Marbles . Join them for a weekend full of creepy crawlies, pumpkin carving and things that go bump in the museum!
Once night falls Friday, the ghosts of Yates Mill rise to haunt the living. Muster your courage to see what these ghoulish ghosts have to say when you take the Haunted Mill Trail. Morrisville Community Park will also 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 contest 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.
Little River Regional Park will be the site for the Annual Funday Festival . The event will feature a car and motorcycle show, music, DJ, dance, gospel, country, Latino singing, mime, basketball, soccer games, moon bounce, games, prizes, raffle, bingo, and food.
The much anticipated annual Recycle Sale fund-raiser for Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is back! You can drop off items to donate for the sale on Thursday and Friday, as well as, check out the sale Saturday for some great deals for a great cause.
Music, Movies & Art
Pullen Arts Center's Gallery will feature art in all mediums created by their participants and instructors during the Pullen Arts Center Annual Participants Show.
The Fall Film Series & Friday Night Wine Bar returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art with the 1934 film Bright Eyes staring Shirley Temple, James Dunn and Jane Withers.
The Oak City Classic Football/Cheerleading Clinic is a skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 8 -15 to compete separately against their peers. The free event will be held at the Chavis Community Center.
Funday Sunday Downtown continues this Sunday in Downtown Wake Forest with an afternoon concert.
Cary Band Day is back this weekend. Come on out and enjoy the music and spirit of the marching bands.
More to do at the Parks
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park is a beautiful place to visit in the Fall. This weekend, in addition to the scenic park and informative, interpretive center, you are also invited to take a Mill Technology Tour or a Heritage Tour of the historic mill.
Join a Park Ranger at William B. Umstead State Park to learn Basic Land Navigation or do some Biking Through History.
Lake Crabtree County Park will be the site of a Kids in Training (KIT) Event. Click through for more information on this kid focused event.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about camping? Wednesday afternoon, the whole family is welcome to take Camping 101 at Crowder District County Park.



 

 

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