Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Events


Published:

Photo courtesy of FamVeld/Shutterstock.com

Nature brings the glory of fall to the Triangle this month. Carve a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow or navigate a corn maze. Ghost tours, haunted houses and other spine-tingling attractions await braver souls. Explore our vast selection of fall offerings, from tame outings to frightful festivities. Check the daily calendar events section and online Fall Fun Guide at carolinaparent.com for more seasonal enjoyment. Events requiring a fee, ticket or donation are marked with an asterisk. Check the daily calendar section for more seasonal fun.

Parents: Use discretion as to whether activities are suitable for your children. Be sure to call ahead or see websites to verify hours and dates.

A Harvest of Family Fun

Events for Little Goblins and Ghouls

The Terror Zone

Delight-fall Getaways


Harvest-Themed Family Fun


PHOTO COURTESY OF local favorite photography/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

DJ’s Berry Patch
1223 Salem Church Rd., Apex
919-600-4020
djsberrypatch.com/pumpkinpatch.html
See the website for details. Pumpkins of all sizes, North Carolina apples and tomatoes, and other fall produce.

The Family Farm on Avent Ferry
1719 Avent Ferry Rd., Holly Springs
919-624-8173
thefamilyfarmonaventferry.com
Open Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Specialty pumpkins, gourds and more. Vintage John Deere tractor with pumpkins on site for family photographs.

*Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm
2521 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary
919-886-9519
upchurch.farm
Open Sept. 22; see the website for closing date; Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $14.95 for ages 2 and older. Corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, haystack mountain and more.

Green Acres Farm
1132 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary
919-481-2435
greenacrescary.com
The farm will not be offering activities this fall, but will be selling pumpkins. See the website for hours.

*Gross Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
1606 Pickett Rd., Sanford
919-498-6727
grossfarms.com
Open Sept. 17-Nov. 5; Monday-Friday in September by appointment only for groups; Friday, 7-10 p.m. (beginning in October); Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission is $3 for ages 2 and older; other fees vary by activity. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, play area and more.

*Hill Ridge Farms Fall Pumpkin and Harvest Festival
703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville
919-556-1771
hillridgefarms.com/harvest.php
Open Sept. 16-Nov. 11; open daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; general admission is $14 for ages 2-12, $12 for ages 13 and older. Pumpkin patch, covered wagon hayride, 80-foot giant slide, animal corral, play land, picnic areas and live music. Gemstone panning, pony rides and unlimited train rides cost extra. Saturdays in October offer extended hours until 9 p.m. and feature bonfires, s’mores and hot apple cider. 

*Hipp Farms Corn Maze and Field of Fun
U.S. Route 401 and Ballard Rd., Fuquay-Varina
919-669-5741
hippfarmscornmaze.com
Open Sept. 16-Nov. 19. Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. $10 ages 3 and up; some activities charge an extra fee. Seven-acre corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, hayrides and various races. 

*Huckleberry Trail Farm
143 Pleasant Hill Church Rd., Siler City
919-432-4825
huckleberrytrailfarm.com
Open Sept. 30-Oct. 30; Thursday-Friday by appointment only for groups; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Ticket sales end one hour before closing. General admission is $10 for ages 12 and older, $8 for ages 3-11. Hayrides, giant corn maze, pumpkin patch and farmyard games. A Flashlight Maze is Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m. 

*Ken’s Korny Corn Maze
3175 Benson Rd., Garner
919-779-4765
kenskornycornmaze.com
Open Sept. 15-Nov. 11; Monday-Thursday by appointment only for groups; Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Ticket sales end one hour before closing. Admission is $12 for ages 6 and older, $6 ages 3-5, free for ages 2 and younger. Six-acre corn maze, hayrides, hay and rope maze, and pumpkins. Harvested Farm Nightmares is a separate haunted attraction open Oct. 20-22, 28 and 30-31, 7-11 p.m.; not recommended for young children. Admission is $17.

*McKee’s Cornfield Maze
5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont
919-732-8065
mckeemaze.com
Open Sept. 23-Oct. 29; Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-7 p.m. Admission is $11. Free for ages 2 and younger. Twelve-acre corn maze, 2-acre children’s corn maze, pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals and more. Haunted trail and cornfield maze Oct. 21, 27 and 28, 6-10 p.m.; admission to haunted trail and cornfield maze is $12.

*Naylor Family Farm and Giant Corn Maze
6016 U.S. 401 N., Fuquay-Varina
910-249-2258
naylorfamilyfarm.com
Open Sept. 16-Nov. 5; Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.; Monday-Thursday by appointment only. Last ticket sold one hour before closing. $18; ages 2 and younger free with a paying adult. Ten-acre corn maze, gem mining, hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm animals, jump pad, corn crib and more.

Page Farms
6100 Mt. Herman Rd., Raleigh
919-451-5534
pagefarmsraleigh.com
Open Sept. 23-late October; open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hayrides, corn maze, pumpkins and more.

*Pumpkin Carving with Baby Goats at Spring Haven Farm
5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill
eventbrite.com
Oct. 14-15, noon-6 p.m. $15/person. Carve a pumpkin, and feed the goats and chickens the insides of the pumpkins. Candied apples and hot cider available for purchase. Purchase event tickets online.

*Phillips Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Farm
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
919-467-3004
phillipsfarmsofcary.com
Open Sept. 23-Oct. 29; Friday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger. Corn maze, wagon ride, cow train and more. The Haunted Farm, featuring four haunted attractions, requires a separate $20 admission fee and is open 8-11 p.m. Sept. 29-30, and Friday and Saturday nights in October. Ticket sales end at 10 p.m. This attraction is not recommended children younger than 12.

Phillips Farms of Chatham Pumpkin Patch
7393 U.S. 64 W., Pittsboro
919-337-3374
phillipsfarmschatham.com/pumpkins
Open through Oct. 31. Pumpkins, fall produce and antique John Deere tractors.

Porter Farms and Nursery
3525 N.C. Hwy. 42, Willow Spring
919-567-0504
porterfarmsandnursery.com
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Garden mums, pumpkins and gourds of all varieties and sizes.

*Pumpkin Patch at Chestnut Ridge Community Farm
2902 Mt. Willing Rd., Efland
919-304-2178
campchestnutridge.org
Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28; 9 a.m.-noon. Admission is $5. Farm animals, hayrides, face painting, nature play area and more.

Ragan and Holly's Pumpkin Patch
38 Lewter Shop Rd., Apex
facebook.com/Jeans-Berry-Patch-116133708404504
Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pumpkins and fall produce.

*Smith's Family Fun Farm
1715 St. Mary's Rd., Hillsborough
919-619-2145
facebook.com/Smiths-Family-Fun-Farm
Sept. 29-Oct. 31. See the website for hours. Pumpkin patch, sunflower maze, play area and tractor rides. All activities are included with purchase of a pumpkin.

*Vollmer Farm “Back 40” Country Playground
677 N.C. Hwy. 98 E., Bunn
919-496-3076
vollmerfarm.com
Open Oct. 1-31; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $14 for ages 3 and older. Corn maze, farm animals, pumpkin jump trampoline, barrel train, 100-foot underground slide, corn crib, pumpkin slingshot, hay pyramid and fall produce. Family-friendly movies shown outdoors on a large screen on Saturday nights beginning at 6 p.m.

*William Lyon's Pumpkin Farm
1540 Will Suitt Rd., Creedmoor
919-669-9399
facebook.com/Wm-Lyons-Blueberry-and-Pumpkin-Farm
Open weekends in October, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Eight acres of fun with pumpkin picking, hayrides and corn mazes. See the website for fees.


Events for Little Ghouls and Goblins 


PHOTO COURTESY OF pressmaster/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

*1870 Farm
1224 Old Lystra Rd., Chapel Hill
919-590-4120
1870farm.com
Oct. 26-30. Kids hop aboard a spooky hayride. Visit the website for hours and prices.

Boo Bash!
Millbrook Exchange Community Center
1905 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh
919-872-4156

reclink.raleighnc.gov
Oct. 27, 5:30-8 p.m.; Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free; register online at Reclink and choose program #210912. Kids ages 10 and younger can trunk-or-treat at decorated vehicles, walk though a spooky bus (both scary and non-scary versions available), hear ghost stories, and enjoy crafts and games.

Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve
Downtown Park, 319 S. Academy St., Cary
919-469-4061
townofcary.org
Oct. 28, 2-8 p.m. Admission is free. Carve a pumpkin from 2-5:30 p.m. to be lit for display and judged in a variety of categories from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pumpkins available for sale or take your own to carve. Family-friendly Halloween TV specials, including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” will be shown outdoors at 6:45 p.m.

*Clayton Halloween Hayride
Clayton Community Park
1075 Amelia Church Rd., Clayton
919-553-1555
townofclaytonnc.org/Parks-and-Recreation/special-events.aspx
Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m. $5/child; parents ride free with each paid child. Free for ages 2 and younger. Take a hayride around the trail to meet Halloween characters and enjoy games and prizes.

Clayton Halloween Parade
Horne Square (corner of Main and Lombard streets), Clayton
919-553-1555
townofclaytonnc.org/downtown-clayton/events.aspx
Oct. 31, 2:30-4 p.m. Admission is free. Kids will be treated by Main Street businesses as they make their way in costume to Town Square at the corner of Main and Fayetteville streets for games and goodies.

*Costume Dance Party
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary
919-469-4069
townofcary.org
Oct. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. $1 at the door. Ages 3-10 with caregiver. Wear a costume and enjoy an art activity, dancing, costume awards and more. 

Creepy Crabtree Celebration
Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville
919-460-3355
wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree
Oct. 21, 2-6 p.m. Admission is free. Investigate the darker side of nature with scavenger hunts, games and creepy crafts. Costumes optional.

*Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria
2828 Homestead Rd., Durham
919-477-5498
dukehomestead.org/special-events.php
Oct. 28, 6:30-9 p.m. Guests explore historical concepts of spiritualism and awe from the 19th century and are invited to wander the property to see what wonders they can find in this no-scare event. All ages. $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door.

Fall Festival at Park West Village
Village Market Place, Morrisville
parkwestvillage.net/event/fall-festival
Oct. 26, 4-8 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy trick-or-treating and hayrides, 4-6 p.m. See a family-friendly Halloween movie outdoors on the green space in front of Stone Theatre Park West 14. Take a blanket and chairs. Wear a costume for a chance to win prizes.

Fearrington Village’s Pumpkinfest
2000 Fearrington Village Center
U.S. 15-501, Pittsboro
919-542-2121
fearrington.com/pumpkinfest
Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. See more than 50 beautiful, silly and spooky jack-o’-lanterns created by Fearrington gardeners and chefs. Enjoy a spooky storytime at McIntyre’s Books at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m.

*Fright Night at Forest Hills Park
1639 University Dr., Durham
919-560-4355
dprplaymore.org
Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m. Admission is a canned food donation for the Durham Rescue Mission. Participate in a costume contest, carnival games and a haunted house.

*Goblin’s Groove Family Dance
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St., Apex
919-249-1120
thehalle.org
Oct. 28, 7-9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online at etix.com. $5/couple, $2/additional child. Parent and child enjoy dance contests, costume contests and fun tricks and treats. Costumes encouraged. Snacks and punch provided.

Hallow-Eno at West Point on the Eno Park
5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham
919-471-1623
dprplaymore.org
Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. Campfire stories and songs, hayrides, face painting and treats for ages 12 and younger.

Halloween Carnival
Carrboro Town Commons, Carrboro
919-918-7364
carrbororec.org
Oct. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Carnival games and prizes for all ages. Carve a pumpkin and take it to Town Commons between 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. to enter it in a carving contest. Winners will be announced at 8:15 p.m. at the carnival.

Halloween Egg Haunt
Smithfield Community Park
600 Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield
919-934-2148, ext.112
smithfield-nc.com
Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Admission is free. Don a Halloween costume and collect candy-filled eggs. Take a bag or bucket to collect goodies. Ages 3-12.

Halloween Hoopla
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct., Knightdale
wakegov.com/libraries
Oct. 26, 6-7 p.m. Admission is free. School-age kids listen to spooky stories, create creepy crafts and enjoy treats at this Halloween-themed party. Costumes optional.

Halloween Hoot Storytimes
Wake County Public Libraries
wakegov.com/libraries
Oct. 25-31. Admission is free. See the website for details. All Wake County libraries host Halloween-themed storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. Following storytime, enjoy a costume parade and trick-or-treating. 

Halloween in the Village
Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh
919-714-7447
lafayettevillageraleigh.com
Oct. 29, 4-8 p.m. Admission is free. Families trick-or-treat at participating merchants from 4-6 p.m. and watch an outdoor Halloween-themed movie on The Green at 6:30 p.m.

Halloween Mall Crawl
Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St., Cary
919-467-0145
townofcary.org
Oct. 28, 4-5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Wear a costume and enjoy trick-or-treating, storytelling and a magic show.

Halloween Spooktacular
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St., Wake Forest
919-435-9560
wakeforestnc.gov/halloween-spooktacular.aspx
Oct. 26, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. This annual event features a costume contest, face painting, a cupcake walk, ghostly games and more. Free pumpkin giveaway while supplies last. Costumes optional.

Halloween Spooktacular at Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham
919-286-4400
northgatemall.com
Oct. 22, 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy a costume contest, children’s activities, food trucks and a performance by Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

Haunted Mordecai Festival
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
919-996-4364
raleighnc.gov/parks
Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. Costume contests for ages 16 and younger, food, games and crafts.

Haunted Trail
Carroll Howard Johnson Park
301 Wagstaff Rd., Fuquay-Varina
919-552-1417
fuquay-varina.org
Oct. 21. Admission is free. Venture down a haunted trail to encounter zombies, ghosts and other monsters. Family Fright for families with younger children is 5-6 p.m.; full fright is 7-9 p.m.

Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr., New Hill
919-387-4342
wakegov.com/parks/harrislake
Oct. 14, 1-6 p.m. Admission is free. Meet Blackbeard, the Loch Ness Monster, Paul Bunyan and other characters on a wagon ride. Enjoy crafts, face painting, crawly critters, an obstacle course and games. Costumes optional. Wagon rides for all ages leave every 30 minutes. Tickets available first come, first serve the day of the event only. Tickets for 1-3 p.m. rides handed out at 12:30 p.m.; tickets for 3:30-5:30 p.m. rides handed out at 3 p.m.

*Herbert’s Haunted House
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary
919-460-4965
townofcary.org
Oct. 27-28, 7-9 p.m. Admission is $2. The Cary Teen Council invites families to take a spooky walk through Herbert’s house of horrors (all ages; parental discretion advised).

*Historical Ghost Walk
Riverside Cemetery, 100 E. Church St., Smithfield
919-934-2836
johnstonnc.com/heritage2/hccontent.cfm?PID=news
Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission at the door is $3 for adults, $2 for students. Costumed re-enactors portray extraordinary persons from Johnston County’s past. The tour concludes with refreshments at the Hastings House.

*Lazy O Farm Trick-Or-Treating in the Maze
3583 Packing Plant Rd., Smithfield
919-934-1132
facebook.com/Lazy-O-Farm-124542400961276
Oct. 28, 1-5 p.m. Admission is $10/person; cash only. Child-friendly maze, trick-or-treating for ages 12 and younger, fairytale trail, hayrides, pumpkin patch and more.

*Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
919-834-4040
marbleskidsmuseum.org/kookyspooky
Oct. 28, 6-8:30 p.m. Online advance ticket purchase recommended. Advance tickets are $12/member, $15/nonmember. Week-of tickets, if available, are $15/member, $18/nonmember. Wear a Halloween costume and experience the magic of Marbles Kids Museum after dark. Activities include a ghoul school, mad scientist lab, monster mash dance party and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Midtown Pumpkin Palooza
Midtown Park at North Hills
4011 Cardinal at North Hills St., Raleigh
midtownraleighalliance.org/2017-pumpkin-palooza
Oct. 21, 3-6 p.m. Advance tickets online are $10/adult, $5 for ages 6 and older. Scavenger hunt tickets charge an additional fee. Live music, pumpkin painting, kids’ activities, a high-tech mystery scavenger hunt and canine Halloween costume contest await families at this festival that benefits Teen Cancer America.

*Monster Mash Dance
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary
919-460-4965
townofcary.org
Oct. 14, 6:30-9 p.m. $10/student and free for parents and care providers. Register online at classweb.townofcary.org; choose program #108052. Students with special needs don a Halloween costume and enjoy a night of music, games and refreshments. Ages 11 and older. Participants must provide their own assistant.

Movie by Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature at Dix Park
2105 Umstead Dr., Raleigh
eventbright.com
Oct. 21, 6- 11 p.m. Free. Dress in costume and enjoy a double-feature showing “Hocus Pocus” at 7 p.m. and “Shaun of the Dead” at 9 p.m., as well as costume contests and food trucks. Register online.

Pullen Park Pumpkin Patch Bash
408 Ashe Ave., Raleigh
919-996-6468
raleighnc.gov/parks
Oct. 14, 1-5 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, carnival games, an outdoor movie and crafts.

*Pumpkin Carving Wagon Ride
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr., New Hill
919-387-4342
wakegov.com/parks/harrislake
Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m. $1/person; registration required. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter. Take the family on a wagon ride to the back areas of the park to find the perfect pumpkin and carve it back at the shelter.

Pumpkin Flotilla
Bond Park Boathouse
801 High House Rd., Cary
919-469-4061
townofcary.org
Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. Take a carved pumpkin to Bond Park anytime from 4-5:30 p.m. and watch it set sail across the lake in a flotilla that begins at 6:30 p.m. Attendees who enter a pumpkin or dress in appropriate Halloween costumes can enjoy a discounted boat ride prior to the flotilla.

*Pumpkin Prowl
Conservators Center, Burlington
888-650-1139
conservatorscenter.org
Nov. 11, noon-3:30 p.m. Advance reservations required, $20-$26/person. See the animals’ habitats decorated with pumpkins in a self-guided walkabout. Carve and decorate a pumpkin to be placed in a habitat, and enjoy food vendors. The rain date is Nov. 18.

*Pumpkins in the BOOtanical Garden
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill
ncbg.unc.edu
Oct. 27, 5:30-8 p.m. Admission is $5 and free for ages 3 and younger. Register online at ncbg.unc.edu. Take a carved pumpkin and enter it in a contest. Wander the garden to see glowing pumpkins, design a candy catapult and meet live critters. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, treats and prizes. Learn more at wonderconnection.org. 

Scarecrow Festival
Pullen Arts Center
105 Pullen Rd., Raleigh
919-996-6126
reclink.raleighnc.gov
Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free; register online for a scarecrow space by choosing program #211690. Build a scarecrow and enjoy other fall activities. Stuffing materials provided; take your scarecrow’s wardrobe and your creativity. Once complete, leave your scarecrow to be displayed at the center.

*Spooktacular Durant
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh
reclink.raleighnc.gov
Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m. $6/person. Get into the Halloween spirit by learning about spiders. Make a craft, carve a jack-o-lantern and take a walk in the dark woods to look for wildlife. Gather around a campfire and roast marshmallows. Register online; choose program #211674.

*"Tarheel Tales From the Darkside" Show and Dinner
Church of the Nativity, 8849 Ray Rd., Raleigh
historicinterpretations.org
Oct. 7, 7-9:30 p.m. $29/person. Enjoy a three-course dinner while listening to folk tales, ghost stories, legends and more in this kid-friendly event. Purchase tickets online.

*Track or Treat Halloween Express at New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill
919-362-5416
triangletrain.com
Trains run Oct. 14, 21 and 28; departure times are 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $15/person; free for ages 1 and younger. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Wear a Halloween costume and ride a decorated locomotive to encounter goblins in the woods and on the track.

Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Fuquay-Varina
Main, Broad and downtown side streets, Fuquay-Varina
919-552-0848
fuquay-varinadowntown.com
Oct. 27, 2-5 p.m. Admission is free. Kids trick-or-treat in costumes throughout both Fuquay and Varina retail districts.

Trick-or-Treat on Salem Street
Downtown Apex
apexdowntown.com
Oct. 28. See the website for hours. Admission is free. Kids trick-or-treat in costumes throughout the Historic Apex business district.

Trick-or-Treat the Trail and Trunk or Treat
Morrisville Community Park
1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville
919-463-7110
townofmorrisville.org/index.aspx?nid=584
Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. Wear a costume and collect goodies from favorite characters on Hatcher Creek Trail and during Truck or Treat with the Town of Morrisville Police and Fire Departments. Enjoy bounce houses and food trucks.

Trick-or-Treat the Trails
White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Rd., Garner
919-773-4442
​garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources/special-events
Oct. 31, 3-6 p.m. Admission is free. Kids trick-or-treat in costume around a 1-mile trail.

*Trick-or-Treat Tours
Conservators Center, Burlington
888-650-1139
conservatorscenter.org
Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22 and 29. See the website for tour times. Advance reservations required, $14-$16. Visitors of all ages learn the unique tricks animals use in the wild and enjoy treats throughout the park. Costumes optional. “Legends and Lore,” a tour for ages 14 and older, is offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 14-30 and examines how humans have viewed predators through folklore and science. See the website for tour times. Advance ticket purchase required online, $26.

Trunk or Treat
Baptist Grove Church
7109 Leesville Rd., Raleigh
bgcraleigh.org
Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy truck-or-treat, a pumpkin hunt, s'mores village, costume contest, crafts station, face painting and more. 

Trunk-or-Treat Junction
Uptown Selma on Raiford Street
919-975-1411
selma-nc.com/trunk-or-treat
Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. Trick-or-treat ine costume at decorated cars and jump in bounce houses.

Zebulon Trunk or Treat
Zebulon Community Center
301 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon
919-823-0432
townofzebulon.org
Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m. Admission is free. Dress in costume and enjoy music and treats in the parking lot.

*Zombie Survival
Forest Ridge Park, 2100 Old N.C. Hwy. 98, Wake Forest
Crowder Woodland Center, 5611 Jaguar Park Dr., Raleigh
reclink.raleighnc.gov
Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $50/resident, $65/nonresident. Registration required at reclink.raleighnc.gov; choose program #209484 for the Forest Ridge Park event or #208451 for the Crowder Woodland Center event. Kids ages 10-15 discover the fun in preparing for a zombie apocalypse by learning avoidance tactics, zombie defense tactics, finding and fortifying shelter, caring for the wounded and more. This all-day event takes place on a Wake County teacher workday for traditional schools.


The Terror Zone

PHOTO COURTESY OF Razvan ionut dragomirescue/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

 

The Cary Theatre’s Zombiepalooza
122 E. Chatham St., Cary
919-462-2051
thecarytheater.com/event/4864
Oct. 27, 7-11 p.m.  Admission is free. The theater showcases local filmmakers’ zombie films, cosplay zombies and more.

*Clayton Fear Farm Haunted Scream Park
1620 Loop Rd., Clayton
919-553-0016
claytonfearfarm.com
Open Oct. 6-31 on select nights. See the website for schedule. All-inclusive admission for seven attractions is $27; one attraction is $13. Haunted houses, cotton maze, cemetery and hayride. Clayton Fear Farm Daytime is a non-haunted corn maze with attractions for all ages, including a jumping pillow, millet maze, hayrides and 3D painted imagery in Seymour’s House of Dreams. Clayton Fear Farm Daytime is open Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, 1-5 p.m., Oct. 7-29. Admission is $11.

*Darkside Haunted Estates
11875 N.C. 222 W., Middlesex
919-269-8620
darksidehauntedestates.com
Open Sept. 29-Nov. 4 on select nights, 7-10 p.m. See the website for schedule. Admission is $20 for adults, $12 for kids 12 and younger. Mayhem hayride, clown town, trail and other bloodcurdling attractions. Low-scare event for younger kids on Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m., features a behind-the-scenes tour of the haunted house, trick-or-treating on the trail and face painting. Admission is $5/adult, free for kids.

*Ghost Walk in Downtown Cary
Page Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador St., Cary
919-460-4963
townofcary.org
Oct. 28, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets at etix.com. Hear spooky legends and tales of yesteryear, performed by Cary Players. Suitable for ages 10 and older.

Granville Haunt Farm
4534 Hwy. 15, Oxford
granvillehauntfarm.com
Open Oct. 6-31 on select nights, dusk-11 p.m. Tickets are $10-$40. Haunted trail, zombie paintball hayride, corn maze and more. Non-haunted daytime corn maze open Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

*Haunted Forest at Panic Point
2808 Cedar Creek Rd., Youngsville
919-526-8612
raleighhauntedhouse.com
Open Sept. 23-Nov. 4 on select nights. See the website for dates, hours and fees. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth, which opens at 7 p.m. Haunted hayride, trail, crypt and more. Zombie shootout and carnival games for families with younger children.

*Haunted Trolley Tour
Departs Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
919-857-4364
reclink.raleighnc.gov
Oct. 20, 27 and 28; 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $10/person. Take a 45-minute journey past downtown Raleigh’s most haunted places. Tours depart every 60 minutes. Purchase tickets via phone or the website through RecLink (search for “Mordecai” in the advanced search field).

*Holly Springs Haunted Hayride on the Farm
Sugg Farm Park at Bass Lake
2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs
919-557-3930
hollyspringsnc.us/356/hollyfest
Oct. 28, 7 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $5. Take a hayride to encounter zombies and other monsters lurking in Holly Springs. Ages 10 and older.

Mordecai House Lantern Ghost Tours*
Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
919-996-4364
reclink.raleighnc.gov
Half-hour lantern ghost tours of the Mordecai House from 5-9:30 p.m. are $5 and depart every 30 minutes. Purchase tickets via phone or online through RecLink (search for “Mordecai” in the advanced search field).

*The Myers House Halloween Bash in Hillsborough
House address will be posted on the website one week prior to the event.
myershousenc.com/halloweenbash
Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $7/person to enjoy bonfires, outdoor horror movies, food trucks and more. An extra fee of $5 is required to tour the interior of the house, a life-size replica of the infamous Michael Myers house from the “Halloween” film series, and view its movie memorabilia. Ages 12 and younger not admitted.

*Phillips Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Farm
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
919-467-3004
phillipsfarmsofcary.com
Open Sept. 23-Oct. 29; Friday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger. Corn maze, wagon ride, cow train and more. The Haunted Farm, featuring four haunted attractions, requires a separate $20 admission fee and is open 8-11 p.m. Sept. 29-30, and Friday and Saturday nights in October. Ticket sales end at 10 p.m. This attraction is not recommended for children younger than 12.

*Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
Departs Wake County Courthouse, 316 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
919-371-2653
tobaccoroadtours.com/raleigh-haunted-footsteps-ghost-tour
Friday and Saturday evenings in September, October and November. Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for ages 8-14. Purchase tickets online. Family-friendly, two-hour 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.

*Reel-ly Scary Cary Film Series
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
919-462-2025
boothamphitheatre.com/events
Oct. 26-28, movies start at 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.). See frightful movies outdoors on a large screen. Visit the website for movie titles and ratings. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, which includes the movie and one visit through a haunted house. Purchase tickets online.

*Spirits of Hillsborough Walking Tour
Tours meet at the Hillsborough Visitors Center
150 E. King St., Hillsborough
919-732-7741
visithillsboroughnc.com
Oct. 27-28; one-hour tours depart every 20 minutes on Friday at 8 p.m., 8:20, 8:40 and 9 p.m.; tours depart every 20 minutes on Saturday from 5:20-8:40 p.m. Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and older. Free for ages 11 and younger. Purchase tickets online. Hillsborough’s fascinating spirits, portrayed by the Orange Community Players, rise from the grave to educate and entertain visitors.

*Xtreme Haunt: A Zombie Shooting Experience
Xtreme Kombat Park
7460 Hwy. 98, Wake Forest Rd., Durham
919-596-6100
xtremeparkadventures.com/attractions/xtreme-haunt
Open Oct. 13-30 on select nights, 6-11 p.m. Ticket window closes at 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $10, tickets at the door are $15. Visitors ride on a 40-foot military truck with mounted paintball guns to shoot at roaming zombies in the night, enjoy a zip line in the dark and face a challenge in a mini escape room.

 

Delight-fall Getaways

 


PHOTO COURTESY OF PHIL LOWE/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

 

*Aw Shucks! Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe
704-709-7000
awshucksfarms.com
Open Sept. 15-Nov. 12, Friday-Sunday; see the website for hours. Admission is $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and younger. Corn maze, hayrides, grain bin slide, kids’ play area and more. Some activities require an additional fee. The 13th Acre, a haunted attraction through the woods, is open Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 29-Oct. 28 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. (ticket booth closes at 11 p.m.) and is not recommended for young children. Admission is $11.

*Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash
Battleship North Carolina
1 Battleship Rd., Wilmington
910-399-9100
battleshipnc.com
Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. $5. Free for ages 2 and younger. Family-oriented, no-scare event featuring trick-or-treating, games and storytelling.

*Boo at the Zoo
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy., Asheboro
800-488-0444
nczoo.org
Oct. 28-29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Trick or treating, games, storytelling, live entertainment and a children’s costume contest. See the website for fees. All activities are in addition to the zoo’s regular admission prices, which are $15 for adults and $11 ages 2-12. Free for ages 1 and younger. 

*Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, Virginia
800-343-7946
seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/howloscream
Open Sept. 23-Oct. 29 on select nights. See the website for hours and fees. Seven haunted houses, live shows and more. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.

*Corntacular Adventure at Harvest Ridge Farm
545 Service Rd., Ruffin
336-344-2323
comegetlost.com
Open Sept. 30-Nov. 4; Monday-Friday by appointment only for groups; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older. Free for ages 2 and younger. Two giant corn mazes, jumping pillow, corn cannon, hay ride, pumpkin slingshots, concessions and more.

*Gallberry Corn Maze
5991 Braxton Rd., Hope Mills
910-309-7582
gallberrycornmaze.com
Open Sept.16-Nov. 5.  Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older. Farm animals, barrel train, tube slides, pumpkin patch, jumping pillow and giant corn maze. 

*Halloween in Old Salem
900 Old Salem Rd., Winston-Salem
800-441-5305
oldsalem.org
Legends and Lanterns Walking Tours are Oct. 27 and 28, 7-9 p.m. A costumed guide lights the way by lantern through Salem’s nighttime streets. Guests visit several haunted stops in the historic district and hear tales of a local ghostly legend or interact with a person from the past. Tours depart from the Frank L. Horton Museum Center (924 S. Main St.) every 15 minutes and last 45-60 minutes. Registration required, $35/person. On Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., children can participate in a pumpkin-carving contest on Salem Square. On Oct. 29, 6-7:30 p.m., young goblins can trick-or-treat in costume along S. Main Street from Salem Square to the Frank L. Horton Museum Center.

*Hollywood Horror Show
6333 Bass Mountain Rd., Snow Camp
hollywoodhorrorshow.com
Open Sept. 28-Nov. 4 on select nights; Sunday-Thursday, 8-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight. Haunted house produced by Hollywood filmmakers features indoor and outdoor paths of terror, live actors and Hollywood sets and props.

*Howard Family Farm
250 Crater Rd., Harmony
704-539-4994
facebook.com/Howard-Family-Farm-111656918872281/
Open Sept. 23-Oct. 29, Saturday-Sunday. See the website for hours. Admission is $8/person. Free for ages 1 and younger. Corn maze, pumpkin patch and hayrides.

*Hubb’s Corn Maze
10276 N. U.S. 421, Clinton (between Clinton and Dunn)
910-805-3276
hubbscornmaze.com
Open Sept.16- Nov. 11; Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Admission prices vary. Giant corn maze, jumping pillow, outdoor laser tag, shark tooth dig, hayrides, toddler town, sand pit and more.

*Le Craven Corn Maze
800 Griffin Rd., Mamers
lecravenorchard.com
Open Sept. 22-late October. See the website for hours and fees. Corn maze, kiddie maze, pumpkin patch and more. 

*Maize Adventure at Kersey Valley
1615 Kersey Valley Rd., Archdale
336-431-1700
maizeadventure.com
Open Sept. 17-Nov. 4; Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Admission prices vary. Ten-acre corn maze, zip line, two giant jumping pillows, bungee trampolines, gem dig, cow train, duck races and pumpkin patch. Kersey Valley Spookywoods, a haunted attraction for ages 13 and older, is open on select nights Sept. 29-Nov. 4. Visit spookywoods.com for schedule. Admission prices start at $17/person.

*Miss Angels Farm
252 Heart Lane, Mt. Airy
336-786-1537
missangelsheavenlypiesinc.com/miss-angels-farm.html
Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Pumpkin and apple picking Friday-Sunday. The farm will also offer haunted attractions from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31.

*Oden Farming Company
1426 Claridge Nursery Rd., Goldsboro
919-738-2905

odomfarmingcompany.com​
Sept. 23-Nov. 4. See the website for hours. Ten-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch and more. Haunted corn maze offered the last weekends in October.

*Red Wolf Farm 
4137 Providence Mill Rd., Maiden
828-428-1445

redwolffarm.com/weekend-pumpkin-patch
Open Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28 and 29. Saturday, 10 am.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $8.50/person. Free for infants younger than 12 months. Horse rides, carnival maze, inflatables, giant slide, pumpkin patch, hayrides and more. Some activities require an extra fee. 

*Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville
704-875-3113
ruralhill.net/amazingmaizemaze.asp
Day maze open Sept. 9-Nov. 5; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Night maze open Sept. 23-Nov. 4; Friday-Saturday, 6:30-9 p.m. Day maze is $11 for ages 13 and older, $8 ages 5-12; night maze is $16 for ages 13 and older, $11 for ages 5-12. Seven-acre corn maze, hayrides, hiking trails and pumpkins.

*SCarowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte
704-588-2600
carowinds.com/scarowinds
Open September-October on select nights, 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $29.99 and up. Sinister creatures, scare zones and live music amplify the fun at Carowinds amusement park. This attraction is not recommended children younger than 13. Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest runs Sept. 16-Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring family-friendly Halloween activities. Tickets are $44 and up.

*Strickland Farm Trail of Terror
7346 Strickland Farm Rd., Macclesfield
thestricklandfarmtrailofterror.com
Open Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 7 p.m.-midnight; Oct. 31, 7-10 p.m. Admission is $15. Experience hair-raising scares on a one-mile trail through the woods. Not recommended for kids younger than 12. 

*Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock
800-526-5740
tweetsie.com/special-events/ghost-train
Open Sept. 22-Oct. 28; Friday-Saturday, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is $38/person; ages 2 and younger are free. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Ghost train rides, haunted house, freaky forest, 3-D maze, trick-or-treating, Halloween characters and shows. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.

*Woods of Terror
5601 N. Church St., Greensboro
336-643-3558
woodsofterror.com
Open Sept. 15-Nov. 4 on select nights. See the website for hours. Ticket prices vary; parking is $5, cash only. This well-known attraction in Greensboro offers haunted attractions, a monster parade every night at 7 p.m. and a midway featuring games, food and more. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.


* Events require a fee, ticket or donation.


This article was updated Sept. 21, 2017

Janice Lewine is the associate editor at Carolina Parent.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Week, Sept. 25-28

Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week with outdoor crafts, fishing for beginners, outdoor yoga, and hands-on fun at Duke Gardens.

Museum of Life of Science's Red Wolf Family Will Transfer to New York’s Wolf Conservation Center

On Nov. 6, the red wolf family will transfer to an expanded, 1-acre habitat at the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, New York.

Panera Bread Expands Kids' Menu

Children can choose almost any item from the Panera Bread menu as a smaller sized entree.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

September 2017

Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
View map »


Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
Website »

More information

Take the family for a showcase of popular and folk music and art, dance performances, educational booths, children's activities and food from different regions of Latin America.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, carnival rides, street performers, bluegrass shows and more are all part of Benson Mule Days. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Benson
500 S. Market St.
Benson, NC  27504
View map »


Website »

More information

Take part in a self-guided scavenger hunt for all ages. Drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Take part in a walk for suicide prevention. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. with the walk starting at 2:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Park in Fuquay Varina
900 S. Main Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
View map »


Telephone: 919-593-2578
Contact Name: Katie Biasi
Website »

More information

Discover the rich history and natural beauty of the American Tobacco Trail. Take a walk through time to learn how people historically used and shaped the land along the old railroad bed while...

Cost: Free

Where:
American Tobacco Trail -New Hill Parking Area
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
Website »

More information

Watch a brief slideshow and explore the inner workings of the mill itself. Witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Registration encouraged. Tickets available inside...

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Learn reptile adaptations, observe scales using hand lenses and meet Popcorn, the park's corn snake. All ages with parent. Advance registration required online. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

Carolina Ballet presents the tale of an ugly little duckling who ultimately transforms into a beautiful swan. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $32-$72

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Ballet
Telephone: 919-719-0900
Website »

More information

Spice up your weekend at the 10th Annual Pepper Festival featuring one of the largest chef competitions in North Carolina. Enjoy pepper-themed dishes and brews, family activities, a kid chef...

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
Briar Chapel, Great Meadow Park, Chapel Hill, NC
Margaret B. Pollard Middle School 185 Granite Mill Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
View map »


Sponsor: Briar Chapel & Abundance NC
Telephone: 919-511-5181
Contact Name: Hannah Eck
Website »

More information

Listen to a story about Johnny Appleseed, play the game of "fruit dash" and create a seed work of art to take home. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

In recognition of the special role that companion animals play in many of our lives, Millbrook Baptist Church hosts its 6th Annual Blessing of the Animals and fundraiser for Second Chance Pet...

Cost: Free

Where:
Millbrook Baptist Church
1519 E. Millbrook Rd.
RALEIGH, NC  27609
View map »


Sponsor: Millbrook Baptist Church
Telephone: 919-876-1519
Contact Name: Franka Hawkins
Website »

More information

Honor hometown heroes and enjoy live music and free food while recognizing the Holly Springs Police and Fire Departments for their dedicated service. See a fire truck and Cinder the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sunrise United Methodist Church
5420 Sunset Lake Rd
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Telephone: 919-303-3720
Website »

More information

Enjoy hay rides and a hay bale obstacle challenge. Visit the “What’s it all About” Hay discovery table and take a leisurely stroll down to Ma Sue’s Hay Bale...

Cost: $8 and up

Where:
Hubb's Fall Festival and Corn Maze
10276 US Hwy 421 N.
Clinton, NC  28328
View map »


Telephone: 910-564-6709
Contact Name: Tammy Peterson
Website »

More information

Discover the secret art of "spider sniffing." Take a flashlight. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville , NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
Website »

More information

Celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle with family-friendly activities ranging from stunt shows and specialty rides to live music and local vendors. See website for hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family for live music, crafts and food. See website for hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Town Hall
301 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Use sticks, leaves, seeds and other natural materials from the gardens to make paint brushes and use them to create a fall masterpiece. All ages.

Cost: Free for members; $5/nonmember.

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Take a nature stroll. Ages 3 and older with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy a 45-minute class designed to strengthen and stretch the entire body, balance the nervous system, improve body awareness and more. Yoga classes for children incorporate breathing, music,...

Cost: $12/child; $10 for siblings

Where:
Yoga Garden PBO
184 E. Street
Pittsboro, NC  27312
View map »


Sponsor: Kids Yoga with Emily
Telephone: 919-780-3516
Contact Name: Emily Behr
Website »

More information

From alligators to opossums, come face-to-face with a new live animal each week. All ages. Sessions are at 11 a.m.,  11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Programs start on time; arrive a few minutes...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Windows on the World
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Make a craft inspired by the leaves changing colors. Materials provided. All ages with adult. Registration is not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Experience a music and movement class. Explore Orff and percussion instruments and do a little jumping and jamming.  Call to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Millbrook Baptist Preschool
1519 East Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
View map »


Sponsor: Millbrook Baptist Preschool
Telephone: 919-876-4030
Contact Name: Suzanne Holleman
Website »

More information

Learn basic fishing skills, fish anatomy and the role fish play in an aquatic food web by participating in a variety of games and activities. Use your skills to try and catch a fish or two and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
Website »

More information

Learn what monarch butterflies like to eat and ways to attract them to your backyard. Make a butterfly craft to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attend...

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Spend the morning in a magical fairy garden looking for fairies. Make a magical wand and decorate a fairy door to start a fairy garden at home. All ages. Register online.

Cost: $5/child member; $10/child nonmember

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

From alligators to opossums, come face-to-face with a new live animal each week. All ages. Sessions are at 11 a.m.,  11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Programs start on time; arrive a few minutes...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Windows on the World
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

More information

The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore the water in the pond to see what's living in the water. Create a special pond friend to take home. All ages. Register online.

Cost: $5/child member; $7/child nonmember

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Enjoy an outdoor session of yoga. Ages 3 and older with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn about nature and wildlife with a park naturalist. All ages with parent. Advance registration required online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Discover how beavers live, eat and play in their watery world. Search for beaver signs around the pond. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online. Choose course #210656. 

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
View map »


Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
Website »

More information

The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Play with nature. Use natural items to explore and play with under the pine trees. Take a picnic lunch. All ages. Drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Help park staff with citizen science projects. Take a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Ages 8-10 with adult; 11 years and older adult optional. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
View map »


Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
Website »

More information

The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Enjoy garden stories and make a craft to take home. Take a blanket. All ages. 

Cost: Free for members; $5/nonmember

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Hear a funny tale by Gianna Marino about nocturnal animals that are afraid of the dark, only to find out that they are night animals themselves. Learn some fun facts about the nocturnal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
View map »


Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
Website »

More information

Enjoy imaginative play in a natural setting. Materials provided. All ages. Register online. Choose course code #210655. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
View map »


Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
Website »

More information

Learn how to help your baby excel in motor development and mater the skill of crawling. The class will look at crawling from the earliest stages, all the way through learning how to challenge your...

Cost: $30

Where:
Baby + Co.
226 Ashville Ave
Cary, NC  27518
View map »


Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
Website »

More information

Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Receive a sampling glass and passport for a $10 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Stroll the shops at Waverly Place and visit the participating retailers for wine samples and special promotions.

Cost: Samples available for a $10 donation

Where:
Waverly Place Shopping Center
307 Colonades Way
Cary, NC  27518
View map »


Sponsor: Kay Yow Cancer Fund
Contact Name: Robin Pate
Website »

More information

Families gather to form a group and enjoy an overnight experience, which includes a Dutch oven dinner, a naturalist-led night hike, s'mores, a light breakfast and time for fishing. Take a tent...

Cost: $15/youth, $20/adult

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore light pollution and how different shades of light affect wildlife. Measure the stars and discover the importance of the moon for sea turtles. All ages with adult. Advance...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Walk or run in a 5K or 10K run and stay for the music, games, food, raffles in an uplifting event raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. AlzNC provides education,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Cary, NC


Website »

More information

Shop for clothing, baby equipment, toys, books and more. Many items half-off from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cash and credit cards only. Kids can learn all about fire safety and explore a real fire...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
HillSong Church
201 Culbreth Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
View map »


Sponsor: Chapel Hill-Durham Mothers of Multiples
Website »

More information

Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is partnering with Wake Forest Arts to present the inaugural Wake Forest Dance Festival. This free event will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Take part in a self-guided scavenger hunt for all ages. Drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Join gardeners as they share the joy of gardening and planting with the next generation. Read a gardening story, learn about the parts of a plant, what plants need to survive and about all the good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Garden Supply Company
1421 Old Apex Road
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919.460.7747
Website »

More information

Free food, classes, activities and more await families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Garden Supply Company
1421 Old Apex Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover how beavers live, eat and play in their watery world. Search for beaver signs around the pond. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online. Choose course #210657. 

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
View map »


Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
Website »

More information

Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy a day at the park and listen to stories from professional storytellers in an event presented in partnership with Wake County Public Libraries. Featured storytellers include Tim...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27610
View map »


Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Telephone: 919-212-7695
Contact Name: Abby Jones
Website »

More information

Kelly Starling Lyons debuts her new chapter book series "Jada Jones" along with illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton. Enjoy a rock craft, prizes and refreshments. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy a one-hour coding lesson. Choose either the 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. session. Call to register. 

Cost: Free

Where:
thecoderschool - Raleigh
13200 Strickland Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27613
View map »


Sponsor: theCoderSchool - Raleigh
Telephone: 191-939-01708
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
Website »

More information

The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore the amazing adaptations that make animals great migrants. All ages. Advance registration required online. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
View map »


Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
Website »

More information

Carolina Ballet presents the tale of an ugly little duckling who ultimately transforms into a beautiful swan. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $32-$72

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Ballet
Telephone: 919-719-0900
Website »

More information

Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
View map »


Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
Website »

More information

Put on a straw hat or sun bonnet and head to the park to try out the types of farm chores the Ingalls family had to tackle and what they did to get ready for winter. Explore how the family tended...

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Be part of the 2017 Harvest Festival, organized by St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church Raleigh, where authentic freshly cooked food, stage performances, music, live auction,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church
Address: 225 Bashford Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »

More information

Families gather to form a group and enjoy an overnight experience, which includes a Dutch oven dinner, a naturalist-led night hike, s'mores, a light breakfast and time for fishing. Take a tent...

Cost: $15/youth, $20/adult

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Carolina Ballet presents the tale of an ugly little duckling who ultimately transforms into a beautiful swan. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $32-$72

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Ballet
Telephone: 919-719-0900
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit Module

Magazine

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Directories

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Annual Guides

Education Guide

The 2016-17 Education Guide offers 643 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

Our debut Triangle Go-To Guide connects you to family fun resources across the Triangle. Plus, find out who our 2017 Readers' Favorites are.