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


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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. 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.

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Events for Little Goblins and Ghouls

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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.

*Pumpkin Patch Express at the Museum of Life and Science
433 West Murray Avenue, Durham
919-220-5429
lifeandscience.org/ppe17
Open every Saturday and Sunday in October, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Trains depart every half hour. Express tickets are $12 per person plus museum admission. Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the museum's pumpkin patch. Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before returning to the station.

*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
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 


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*A Walk in the Dark
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
ncmuseumofhistory.org
Oct. 28, 4:30-7 p.m. Admission is $10/nonmember, $8/member.  In this immersive live theater experience, audiences will follow pirates, pilots and pioneers as they twist and turn throughout a lantern-lit tour of the real “Story of North Carolina."  Shows are 45 minutes long and suitable for all ages. Halloween-themed crafts will be available in the lobby starting at 4:30 p.m, and dinner will be available for purchase from Only Burger food truck, which will be parked outside the museum on Edenton Street from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

*1870 Farm
1224 Old Lystra Rd., Chapel Hill
919-590-4120
1870farm.com
Oct. 26-29. See the website for hours. Tickets are $10-$18; free for ages 1 and younger. Dress in costume and take a hayride around the farm that offers one kid-friendly "boo" on the trail. Stop for trick-or-treating at Miner Moe's Cabin, the Chicken Hotel and more. Haunted gemstone mining is an optional activity.

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. Take part in spooky, family-friendly festivities and games that also provide educational opportunities, such as the Webstacle Course and the Arthropod Zoo. Meet the park’s pet snake, Willy. Visitors can earn prizes by visiting each of the event’s booths and participating in activities. Halloween costumes encouraged.

Day of the Dead Celebration
City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
919-996-2220
cityofraleighmuseum.org
Nov. 3, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. 
The Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday running from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, is a celebration in which family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have passed on. The museum will showcase family-friendly cultural interactive elements onsite, including Mexican music, dancing and crafts.

*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 Parade
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
ncmuseumofhistory.org
Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Admission is free, but registration is required for the parade at eventbrite.com. Enjoy crafts and treats from 11 a.m.-2 p.m, and a Halloween parade at 2 p.m. led by First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper. Costumes encouraged.

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.

Heart of Cary Harvest Festival
Downtown Cary
heartofcary.org
Oct. 28, 2-6 p.m. Admission is free. Family-friendly activities include pumpkin carving, a petting zoo, bounce house, cookie decorating and face painting. Highlighting the day’s events will be a trick-or-treat treasure hunt contest. Prizes will be awarded to families who visit the most establishments. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.  The festival will also host arts and crafts vendors and food trucks.

*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.

Library Labyrinth
Durham County Southwest Regional Library
3605 Shannon Rd., Durham
919-560-8592
facebook.com/events/455007141566176
Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 29, 2-5 p.m. Admission is free. All ages enjoy a maze in the library along with coloring sheets, a scavenger hunt and a candy guessing game. Costumes encouraged.

*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. 

*Scare-olina Skies
Morehead Planetarium
250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
moreheadplanetarium.org
Oct. 27, 8 p.m.; Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7.68/adults, $6.51/kids. Enjoy a Halloween-themed version of Morehead's classic star show. Learn about stars, constellations and celestial events through legends from ancient cultures.

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 at University Place
201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
919-945-1900
universityplacenc.com
Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating and a costume contest with prizes.

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 Ninth Street
Ninth Street, Durham
regulatorbookshop.com
Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m. Admission is free. The Regulator Bookshop joins fellow Ninth Street merchants in welcoming trick-or-treaters. Costumes encouraged. The bookshop will hold a "Scary Stories Storytime" with storyteller Amy Godfrey starting at 4 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat on Salem Street
Downtown Apex
apexdowntown.com
Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m. 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 and Movie in the Park
Chapel Hill Community Center
120 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/parks-and-recreation/festivals-events/trunk-or-treat
Oct. 28, 5 p.m. Truck or treat, ghost stories, a haunted walk and a movie in the park highlight this event. Enjoy A Glow in the Dark Climb from 7-9 p.m.

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 in 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.


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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.

Face Your Fears/Teen Fright Train
Pullen Park
520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh
raleighnc.gov/parks
Oct. 30- 7-9 p.m. Ages 12-16 complete as many phobia-inspired challenges as they dare. Costumes not permitted.

*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.

*House of the Fury
3801 Hillsborough St., Ste. 113, Raleigh
sonorousroad.com/fury
Oct. 26-31, 8-11:30 p.m. Online tickets are $25/person. Interactive, PG-13 theatrical experience where audience members determine what happens next. Appropriate for older teens and adults.

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.

*Trail of Terror
Northwood High School
310 Northwood High School Rd., Pittsboro
eventbrite.com
Oct. 13, 7:30-10:30 p.m. $5/person. Take a terrifying walk down Northwood's haunted trail. Proceeds benefit the school's junior class. Ages 12 and older. Purchase tickets online.

*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.

 

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*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.-5 p.m. Trick-or-treating, games, storytelling and live entertainment highlight the zoo's annual Halloween event geared for ages 2-12. A children’s costume contest takes place both days at 2 p.m. All activities are $3 per person in addition to the zoo’s regular admission prices, which are $15 for adults and $11 ages 2-12. Admission is free for ages 1 and younger. Children are welcome to wear costumes for this event; however, adult costumes, masks and face paint are prohibited.

*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.

*Elizabeth City Historic Ghost Walk
Meets at 516 E. Main St., Elizabeth City
historicghostwalk.org
Oct. 13-14, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $12 per person. Hear ghost stories about residents, including Blackbeard, Frances Culpepper and many more, who once made their home in Elizabeth City.

*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 Oct. 26, 2017

Janice Lewine is the associate editor at Carolina Parent.

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Children with special needs and their families enjoy an afternoon of boating. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #111595.

Cost: $7/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Come celebrate Turtle Day by stopping by the park’s visitor’s center to learn some cool facts about North Carolina’s turtles! Meet our live park ambassador – Frankie the Turtle – and play...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
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Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Learn all about frogs and toads while investigating real live tadpoles. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online at http://apm.activecommunities.com/wakeparks/Activity_Search/2711.

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
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Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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Join us at Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro every Thursday at 10 a.m. for a casual storytime on the porch or even out in the yard. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatham Marketplace
480 Hillsboro St.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Sponsor: Chatham Marketplace
Telephone: 919-542-2643
Contact Name: Craig Kolman
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Enjoy an easy-paced and stroller-friendly walk along the greenway. Suggested for ages 3 and younger with parent. Register online. Choose course #219869.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn parenting strategies to help a child with special needs. Register online. Choose course #111592.

Cost: $11/resident, $15/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Decorate a walking stick to use on your nature hikes. Repurpose some invasive bamboo canes to paint and wrap with string. The result will be a personalized walking stick perfect for using to...

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
Telephone: (919) 870-2871
Contact Name: Nikki Jones
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For families and visitors requiring special accommodations, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Exploration Center will stay open late for visitation during a quieter...

Cost: Event free; $3/person for featured exhibition

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
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Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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Explore the gardens to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Ages 3-5 with...

Cost: Free for Arboretum Family members, $5.00 per child for nonmembers.

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Campus Box 7212
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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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
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot air...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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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
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Bats are the world's only flying mammals, and having wings is only one of the adaptations that make them unique. Discover just how special bats are during this evening program.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 191-946-03355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot air...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
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Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
Website »

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Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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​CraZBrain Science Track out and Summer Camps has expanded to Holly Springs. Tour the facility, try out some activities and meet staff members This drop-in event is free; parental...

Cost: Free

Where:
CraZBrain - Holly Springs
333 Earnie Lane
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: CraZBrain
Telephone: 919-357-2200
Contact Name: Aaron Rothrock
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Learn what geocaching is all about and find a geocache in the park. Take your own unit or smart phone with a geocache app or borrow one from the park. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the Cypress...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Ratty, Badger, and Mr. Toad love spending leisurely summer days going boating. Folks coming to Yates Mill did, too! One never knows what sorts of adventures a simple day on the water can bring....

Cost: $2.00 per person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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The VFW Post 7383 honors veterans by handing out Buddy Poppies, the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, answering questions and providing other information, in front of...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Age 6 & under free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Ride on a diesel-powered train and enjoy festivities in the rail yard. Enjoy a beach-themed cookout complete with grilled shrimp, chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and non-alcoholic tropical...

Cost: $12/adult, $10 ages 2-12. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Join a nature instructor to look for signs of deer like antler rubbings, tracks and scat.  Decorate deer tracks to take home and play fun games to learn more about these magnificent mammals....

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Durant Nature Preserve
Telephone: 919-870-2871
Contact Name: Nikki Jones
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn how salamanders compare with their reptile cousins. Ages 5 and older. Register online at http://apm.activecommunities.com/wakeparks/Activity_Search/2724.

Cost: $1/participant

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Children in grades K-5 enjoy an art-filled afternoon. Materials provided. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Dr.
Apex, NC  27502
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided,...

Cost: $10.00 per boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy an old-fashioned Memorial Day event on the lawn of the historic house that includes  barbecue (chicken or pork) and fixins, old-school relay games, prizes and fun. Tickets must...

Cost: $20-$25.

Where:
CocoFARM
960 Luther Rd.
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: CocoFARM
Telephone: 919-985-1865
Contact Name: Corrie Burton
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Celebrate the season opener by enjoying live music under the pines. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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