Halloween Chills and Thrills for Triangle Tweens and Teens
Seriously scary fun for your older kids
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Looking for some seriously scary fun for your tween or teen? Here's our list of local thrills and chills for older kids.
Clayton Fear Farm
1620 Loop Rd., Clayton
Open Oct. 2-31 on select nights. See website for schedule. Admission to one attraction is $12 and seven attractions is $25. Haunted houses, hayride, cemetery and more. Nonhaunted corn maze and attractions open Sat. and Sun., Oct. 3-31.
Darkside Haunted Estates
11875 N.C. 222 W., Middlesex
Open Sept. 26-Nov. 7 on select nights, 7-11 p.m. See website for schedule. Admission is $17 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and younger. Zombie paintball hayride, clown town, haunted doll factory, cemetery and other attractions. Low-scare night for younger kids on Oct. 25, 3-5 p.m., features a behind-the-scenes tour of the haunted house, trick-or-treating and face painting. Admission is $5 for adults; kids are free.
Halloween at Morehead Planetarium
250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
Scare-olina Skies Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1. Chapel Hill’s newest Halloween tradition is a unique version of the “Carolina Skies” planetarium show. Explore the dark legends behind celestial events and the constellations. Shows Oct. 30 at 7 and 8:30 p.m. are appropriate for adults and older teens. Scare-olina Skies Family Edition, Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m., is a milder version of the show for families with younger children. See website for fees.
The Haunted Forest at Panic Point
2808 Cedar Creek Rd., Youngsville
Open select nights Oct. 2-Nov. 1. See website for dates, hours and fees. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth, which opens at 7 p.m. See website for details. Haunted trail, hayride and crypt. Zombie shootout and carnival games for families with younger children.
Haunted Tales of Yesteryear
Page Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador St., Cary
Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Admission is $1. Purchase tickets online at etix.com. Spooky stories and ghostly legends are performed by Cary Players. Suitable for ages 12 and older.
Haunted Trolley Tour
Departs Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
Oct. 23, 24 and 30; 6:45-9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Take an hour-long journey past downtown Raleigh’s most haunted places. Tours depart every 60 minutes. Purchase tickets via phone or the website through RecLink.
Historical Ghost Walk
Riverside Cemetery, corner of S. Second and Church streets, Smithfield
Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Admission is $3 adults, $2 children. Small groups are guided through the cemetery where costumed re-enactors portray extraordinary persons from Johnston County’s past.
Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
Departs on Fayetteville St., Raleigh
Fri. and Sat. evenings in September, October and November. Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. See website for details. Admission is $15 for adults, $9.99 for ages 8-14. Purchase tickets at zerve.com. Family-friendly, 90-minute walking tour for ages 8 and older combines local ghost stories, folklore and history, and takes guests to the Raleigh City Cemetery and several ghost sites in downtown Raleigh.
Raleigh Zombie Walk
Assembles at Moore Square Acorn (Martin Street side), downtown Raleigh
Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Zombies unite for this family-friendly walk to benefit the Triangle Red Cross chapter. Pets welcome. Admission is free.
Reel-ly Scary Cary
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
Oct. 22-24, movies start at dusk (gates open at 6 p.m.). Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Price includes the movie and one visit through the haunted attraction, which is not recommended for children younger than 12. Take a blanket and enjoy frightening movie classics on a huge outdoor screen. Features PG-13-rated “The Ring” Oct. 22; PG-rated “ParaNorman” Oct. 23; and the R-rated “Frenzy” (Oct. 24).
Spirits of Hillsborough
Tours meet at the Hillsborough Visitors Center
150 E. King St., Hillsborough
Oct. 24, 5-9 p.m.; one-hour tours depart every 20 minutes. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12. Free for ages 4 and younger. Advance tickets purchase at the Hillsborough Visitor Center recommended. Come face-to-face with Hillsborough’s fascinating spirits portrayed by the Orange Community Players. Rain date is Oct. 29, 5-9 p.m.
Xtreme Haunt: A Zombie Shooting Experience
at Xtreme Kombat Park
7460 Hwy. 98, Wake Forest Rd., Durham
Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-24, Oct. 29-31, 7 p.m.-midnight. Ticket window closes at 11 p.m. Advance tickets are $25, tickets purchased at the door are $30.
Visitors ride on a 40-foot military truck with mounted paintball guns to shoot at walking zombies in the dark. Each ticket provides more than 100 paintballs.