Fall is in full swing in the Triangle area and Halloween will be here before we know it! There are so many wonderful events for your entire family to enjoy throughout the last couple of weekends before the big day!
- The theme for this year’s scavenger hunt is zombie doctors, nurses, and patients, so make sure to dress accordingly! The theme was decided upon due to masks being mandatory for all participants. The event will start with a zombie lurch and end back at the park for a themed candy scavenger hunt!
- The event is free for the whole family and takes place on the 24th from 5:00 – 6:00 at Downtown Cary Park.
Carving Pumpkins with Goats – Chapel Hill
- Enjoy a day at the farm carving a freshly picked pumpkin with everyone’s favorite farm friends – the goats! The farm is decorated head-to-toe with spooky and festive décor and all items are provided, including bags to take your seeds home with you. While you’re there, enjoy the train rides and animals!
- Admission is $13.50 and pumpkins, depending on size, are $8 or $16. Tickets must be purchased online and hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 – 8:00, through the 31st. All kids 3 and under are free!
Harvest Festival at Spence’s Farm for Kids – Chapel Hill
- Enjoy a day of hayrides, pumpkins, pony rides, a petting farm, and fun in the woods!
- Open from 10:00 – 5:00 on October 17th and 24th. Families must reserve a table ahead of time online; tables are $50 per family (up to 6 people). Each table includes unlimited access to the fair and complimentary pumpkins.
Food Truck Flix – Durham
- The ever-popular Food Truck Fix is hosting a special screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show! The food trucks that will be featured are Buzzy Bakes, Chirba Chirba, and Pie Pushers. There will also be a costume contest and reverse trunk-or-treat!
- The event starts at 4:30, with the first movie screening at 6:00 and the second at 9:30. Tickets are $25 per vehicle.
Trick or Treat at Old Mill Farm – Durham
- Head out on an adventure through the farm’s haunted vineyard, take pictures with the farm animals dressed in their Halloween best, grab a pumpkin to take home, and enter the costume contest!
- The event will take place on the 24th and 31st from 9:00 – 5:30. Tickets are $25 for children (includes a pumpkin) and $12.50 for adults. Tickets are going fast and must be purchased online!
Durham Zombie Lurch – Durham
- Meet your fellow zombie enthusiasts at the center of Brightleaf Square and lurch (at an arm’s length distance) around downtown! Zombie costumes are encouraged!
- This year, the Zombie Lurch will take place on Friday the 23rd, from 6:30 – 8:00 and participation is free.
Trick-or-Treat Downtown Scavenger Hunt – Fuquay-Varina
- Enjoy your day downtown with the kids on a fun candy scavenger hunt! Every child will receive a scavenger hunt card at the downtown Arts Center between 10:00 – 4:00 Monday – Friday. Once they have their card, they have to follow the clues on their card to finish the hunt and receive a bag of trick-or-treat candy! It’s a perfect way to enjoy Halloween while social distancing!
- The scavenger hunt is free and runs through November 2nd, or while cards are available.
Witch’s Haunted Barn – Hillsborough
- Enjoy your Saturday afternoon at Firefly Farm and take in the spooky and mystifying Witch’s Haunted Barn! There is guaranteed fun for every age and the barn is full of Halloween favorites such as witches, mad doctors, ghosts, vampires and much more! Every child will also receive a bag of Halloween candy as they leave the barn.
- Open Every Saturday in October from 1:00 – 5:00 and admission is $15 per family.
Haunted Hillsborough Tours – Hillsborough
- Haunted tours have resumed in Hillsborough! They will take place every evening at 6:00 and 8:00. Each tour will cover 1.25 miles and last about 2 hours. You’ll learn about all of the ghost stories and legends surrounding the town.
- In addition to the in-person tours, this year they are offering a virtual Stream and Scream! The cost is $10 per household and it will take place on the 23rd and 25th at 6:30.
Spooktacular Truck or Treat – Raleigh
- This is a first-ever for 3 Bluebirds Farm in Raleigh! Drive through the farm with your kids all dressed up and they will be trick-or-treating from the safety of your car. All volunteers handing out candy will be wearing masks and gloves and there will be an opportunity to take a picture as you’re leaving the trunk-or-treat line.
- The event is on the 24th from 4:00 – 7:00 and is free for all vehicles (donations for the farm will be accepted!)
Raleigh Zombie Walk – Raleigh
- This family-friendly event is free and continues to be an anticipated event each year! Get together with your best zombies on the 24th anytime after noon and lurch around downtown Raleigh!
- Start your lurch at Moore Square and follow the route markers to guide you around.
Barktoberfest – Raleigh
- Stop by Compass Rose Brewery this Saturday with the furry members of your family and enjoy a pint, or two, while contributing to a good cause! There will be raffles and a dog costume contest! Proceeds will go directly to Love Mutts Rescue.
- Participate in all of the fun on the 17th from 1:00 – 4:00!
Fall Festival at Lazy Hound Farms – Zebulon
- Spend your Halloween at the farm for the Fall Festival at Lazy Hound Farms! They will have all of their usual fall activities, such as their kiddie maze, petting zoo, tractor, and more, as well as pumpkin hayrides, trick-or-treating, carnival games, and a costume contest!
- The festival will take place on Halloween from 9:00 – 5:00 and tickets are $8 per person.
Haunted Mordecai Festival – LIVE – Virtual
- This free event will take place on the night of Halloween, at 7:30, and can be streamed from the comfort of your own home! Join the Ghost Guild, the exclusive paranormal research team that works in Mordecai Park. They’ll discuss the history and tell the stories that have made the park known as the most haunted place in Raleigh!
As always, given the times, don’t leave home without masks for the family! Many, if not all, events will be requiring them. Enjoy Halloween and fall in style around the Triangle! Don’t forget to also check out our lists for the best pumpkin patches and farms, as well as haunted houses and forests, in the area!